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Working out

Hi I am 34 and just got PPM installed in me yesterday and I am an avaid gym lover. I just wanted to check will I ever be able to life weights in gym ever again ? 

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Can you operate an aircraft as flying crew?

Can you operate an aircraft as flying crew?

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Pacemaker

I had bad chest pains in the center of my chest and pain in my right side of my jaw. I have a pacemaker put in back in may because my heart would stop beating i also have angina.i have nitroglycerin when the pain in my chest happens. I ened up taking 2 pills with in 15 mins. How can i know if its a heart attack or is it angina attack?  It took 20 mins for my chest pain to stop.i can take up to 3 nitroglycerin in 15 mins both attacks have the same symptoms.  Thanks for any help ...

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New Member and CRT-D Implantee

Good evening. I am a 41 y.o. male. About 4 months ago I went into the hospital for an appendectomy and came out being told I needed to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist. The bright side is the appendectomy lead me to seeking the help I needed for my heart .

I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, LBBB, and EF of 20%. I've learned a bunch of new words:) My EP implanted a CRT-D seven days ago. Anyways that is where I am today. 

Beyond any physical issues, my biggest...

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What manufacturer is best

My 67 yr old dad had a valve replacement 4 months ago and the surgery went great until he had HIT from the heparin which then triggered a stroke. After spending months recovering and learning to walk again he was finally starting to feel like he might get his life back. Then a week ago he had stage 3 heart block episode and had to have CPR administered and got a temp pacemaker. He is now scheduled for permanent pacemaker surgery on Tuesday. Although risks of pacemakers are low,...

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Gastric Pacemaker

Hi 

I have had a gastric pacemaker for 10 years now and at my last yearly dr. visit I was told that my battery is dead. Has anyone out there had their battery replaced? How intensive was the procedure? Any problems?

Thanks for your info

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Cogenital Heart Block

Hi there. So my husband and I recently had a son who was born at 24 weeks and 5 days. He is now 31 weeks gestation, but 6 weeks old. He has been diagnoised with full cogenital heart block. I'am diagnoised with sjogren's syndrome in which the doctors say that is what lead to the full heart block in my sons heart because of my antibodies. My son is tolerating his heart rate and has been since birth. His heart rate is anywhere from the 80's-100's. A normal prematur...

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Hi

Hi All, 

I'm sorry this is not related with pacemaker, but do we have any Virgina tech Professorr over here. Plz comment if we have any 

:)

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Pacemaker repositioning

As a follow-up to https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/33858 (pacemaker moved 12 days post-implementation) I went to the hospital today and saw first the specialist arrhythmia nurse and then the senior EP consultant in the arrhythmia team. They both agreed the pacemaker had moved -- even if they couldn't actually find it -- it was placed under the muscle and has shifted up and sideways to pinch nerves but is still so well-padded they can only estimate an approximate position.

Becau...

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16 years of infection update

I've had my infection since 2002 looking like endocarditis still waiting for my operation. My pacemaker pocket is full of puss which burst last week leaving a hole in the centre. hopefully I will be getting the pacemaker removed soon. I also found out I have three veins in my heart. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this before its called an AVM. They put a pacemaker wire in my third vein which is sticking through my heart and going into my lung. I'm awaiting open...

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Different Models of CRT-D Devices

  • by BarbD
  • 2018-09-20 14:02:11
  • ICDs
  • 177 views
  • 8 comments

How does the EP doctor decide which CRT-D device to use on a particular patient?  It looks like there are several manufacturers (Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude, ...?) and each manufacturer makes several models.  How do you know which one if the best one for you?  Are there specific ones that are better than others, or with better features I should be looking into?  Sorry - kind of overwhelmed here and trying to do some research.

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Medtronic Linq monitor

When I had my pacemaker implanted I did not have my Linq monitor removed.  It had migrated from my breast to my lower rib cage.  It’s still there.  Has this happened to anyone else?

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A question

They say that time is a great healer  . Is that why you've got to wait so long to see your doctor ?

Ian

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Hematoma

Had surgery nearly 2 weeks ago to swap pacemaker lead but found my scar is still bruised and a little swollen guess its hematoma how long does it usually take and is there any ways can get down quickly 

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Bariatric surgery after long term prednisone use - experiences/advice?

Hi everyone,

As anyone who has been on long term prednisone knows, they give you your prescription and throw in 10 buckets of free fat!  Woo (not).

I've been on prednisone for the last 3 years since getting my pacemaker and being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.  In that time my weight has almost doubled, I've developed sleep apnoea, lost my hair, I now suffer from severe joint pain, high cholesterol, questionable blood sugar levels,and I'm very se...

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MYCARELINK PATIENT MONITOR

Hello, I was given a MYCARELINK PATIENT MONITOR at my 6 week post op appointment. 2 weeks later I haven't plugged it in yet. The reason being I have a young toddler who would tamper with the device with it being on my bedside table. Looking to buy a small shelf to have it up higher on the wall.

Does anyone know if the monitor can be in a covered shelf? Or placed inside the bedside table as long as it remains plugged in?

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Warm flush sensation while driving

Hi, I am 2 months post ICD surgery. Today while driving I suddenly felt a warm flush sensation in the middle of my chest...my head started to feel woozy...and to keep from feeling like I was going to pass out/lose control of the vehicle...I started breathing heavily in and out to get me through. Has anyone ever experienced this before? Could it be related to the ICD? Or perhaps this is something I need to talk about with my family doctor?

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No Symptoms but 17 hours of Atrial Flutter!!!

O.M.G. !!! I just got a call from Alaska Heart Institute - they implanted pm for CRT 6 yrs ago & no problems (couple adjustments at device clinics) until last week 9/11 the bedside monitor transmitted 17 hrs of Atrial flutter.  I'm 59. I have no recollection of any symptoms - I went to pool - aquasize & work (front desk at museum), home, work the next day. Yikes I'm scared to point of having a panic attack.  just saying/admitting.that reduces my a...

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Update and of course more questions now.

My husband had appointment moved up today and this is what we learned..his ejection fraction is 25% now( was 55% last summer before dual pacemaker placed)  Dr has suggested 3 lead pacer with defibrillator and wants him to have stress test next week. He put him on enteresto 2x a day as well as Coreg. The dilemma now is second opinion and where. Anything we should know about meds and just wow this is overwhelming. Any input helps. My anxiety is thru the roof and I’m scared of us maki...

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pacemaker- Should I or Shouldn't I

I am told I need a pacemaker.  I experience mild to mod dizzy spells infrequently but I'm not passing out yet.  My resting heart rate is usually low 40s.  Should I wait?

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At age 20, I will be getting a pacemaker in few weeks along with an SA node ablation. This opportunity may change a five year prognosis into a normal life span! I look forward to being a little old lady with a wicked cane!