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Pacemakers and induction stoves

Does anyone have had an experience with induction stoves.

I hear that induction stoves may interfere with pacemakers.

Any inof would be appreciated as we are remodelling our kitchen and looking at option of installing an indcution stove.

 

Thanks

Shane

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Hydroxyzine?

Hello all,

i was prescribed Hydroxyzine shortly after my pacemaker surgery as a primary doctor noticed that I was showing signs of anxiety during my bandage removal visit and she said they'd be completely fine with all of the heart stuff that I have gone through (pacemaker almost 2 weeks ago and a mechanical valve in Jan of 2020). 
 

the first time I took the meds during the day, they mellowed me out and made me feel very relaxed. I was glad they worked and didn...

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Lead Replacement... Use the same vein? Come in from the other side?

My leads need to be replaced and I will see the cardio electrician soon to go over the options.  I can think of three.  (1)  Remove and Replace - in kind.   (2) Insert the replacement without removal.  (3) Come in from the other side.

Seems like (1) & (2) are more risky than (3).  If so, why would a doctor consider doing (1) or (2)?

I want to think this through before seeing the cardio electrician.   I...

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Day 8 post gen replacement and more fatigued now than I was in the beginning

Hi all, I posted here before but I'll repeat relevant information. I'm 59 and had my first pacemaker implanted when I was 41. Last Wednesday, September 8th, I had my second generator replacement. This time, they put in a different PM. I've suffered from fatigue ever since I had the first one implanted. The thinking back then was that this was due to dusautonomia which I was diagnosed with later. However that is pretty much resolved and I remained fatigued, extremely! And I spoke w...

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Pacemaker insertion scheduled

I'm scheduled for a pacemaker. Testing was done in June/July  when I had bradycardia, irregular radial pulse, less than 1 second of mild chest discomfort and difficulty walking far because of weakness, fatigue, occasional SOB.   Since mid August, those symptoms have mostly  disappeared as far as I can tell.  The only thing I feel is slight chest pressure (or am I focusing so much on my heart that it just seems so?).  

Does anyone hav...

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cardiologist visits

I had a Biotronik Edora 8-DR-T installed a year ago, and it is wonderful! Not a single vasovagal attack. However, my cardiologist will not see me unless I have a problem. I am 91, on lisinopril and atorvostatin. I see a PA (physician assistant) once a year. This does not seem to me to be sufficient attention to my case, but maybe I am wrong? I am curious how often others are seen by their cardiologist?

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Increase in pacing numbers

I am a 67 year old man and I have had my pacemaker installed on Jan., 2019 for a Mobitz type 2 block. I noticed that since that time by pacing has gone from AP 24.7%, VP 28.8% to my most recent AP 38.2% and VP 33.8%. Is this normal? I work out on my Peleton at least 3 times a week and  at times I push it quite a bit. I am wondering if it is safe to exercise at that level.

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I just want to feel better..

I was seen two weeks ago tomorrow by my EP after my last episode. He says that I'm now having some atrial flutter and started me on 25mg Metoprolol Tartrate twice a day. He said that my atrial rate was a little over 200 and ventricular was 160. Is this common with flutter? My EP continues to be very vague. And for the medicine, I don't feel awful but don't feel great either. I'm still having times where I feel my heart is racing and feel the fluttering in my chest. O...

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RV capture

Dr turned off RV capture, now feeling short of breath and dizzy and tightness in lower neck area. Says RV lead pacing in unipolar. Could turning off RV capture cause the symptoms I am having? When I was in the hospital rep changed from bipolar to unipolar and set capture threshold to 1.8@0.5. Couldmturning off the RV capture cause my symptoms? Any comments will be appreciated. I have a duel chamber biotronic pacemaker . I was in hospital for heart failure and first time afib! 

&nbs...

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Apple AirPods Pro?

Anyone else use the wireless Apple AirPods with a pacemaker? I see Apple recently released documents stating most of their products would suggest not using with pacemaker. 

i use Apple AirPods Pro and have a stainless steel Apple Watch Series 6 with the magnetic wrist loop. 
 

wondering if these are safe? I see people say the Watches are fine, but I wonder if I should try a different band as the metal one is held together by a magnet. 
 

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Just removed my bandage after my third pacemaker

Hi everyone! This is the first time I've posted. But I'ved appreciated the information I've gotten from all of you over the years, thank you! I was initially given a pacemaker at the age of 41, in 2005, due to bradycardia secondary to sick sinus syndrome. Later, I was diagnosed with dysautonomia, And there seems to be various opinions about whether the dysautonomia may have caused the sick sinus syndrome or vice versa or two separate things. I just had my second generator replacem...

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zarelto

anyone  have side effects from  zarelto. like slightly bleeding gums

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Lead replacement

Good Morning everyone!

three years ago one of my leads needed replacing. So another lead was fed down the same vein and malfunctioned lead was capped off.  During the process I went into VF and was ‘zapped twice’ ...During the process I suffered a pericardial effusion!  I’ve just found out that this second replacement lead is showing signs of malfunction!  I am terrified!  I have to go back in three months to see if the numbers have stabilized. &nbs...

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How about a little GOOD news!

There was a time when I was the most doubtful of pacemaker recipients--did I need it, was it going to do anything, did it make matters worse?? My opinion began to change when I was able to try a beta blocker once again, with the pacemaker there to help keep my heart rate from tanking. I started to feel better. After my first interrogation, my doctor was not happy with the extent to which my a-fib was controlled, so increased the beta blocker--again, thank you, pacemaker! I got a call jus...

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Ablation due to PVCs

I had a ICD/Pacemaker installed 3 yrs ago due to cardiac arrest at 52.  Never determined the cause.  All has been good, but 4 months ago, I started having pvcs.  The 24hr holt monitor says I'm having PVCs 89% of the time.  I fell heart pounding and some dizziness about 40% of the time.  My iwatch is where I found it first occurring and 2 months later on my quarterly pacemaker download it was seen.  With that said, they are considering ablation procedure. &nbs...

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going to hold your breath

Hard to explain explain.  Maybe involantary gasp, or like gong to hold your breath for a second.  Does anyone get that?

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5 Days Later

Hello all,

I passed out at work last week and then woke up feeling fine. Went to ER and they couldn't find anything. Scheduled myself an echo on my heart (I had a mechanical valve put in Jan 2020) just to be safe and while driving to my appt my vision got foggy, heart rate elevated and arms turned into jelly. Lucky for me I was able to pull over and call 911. The team of cardiologists identified a Left Bundled Branch Blockage from my previous surgery that said can sometimes cause pe...

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"Jitters" and Shaking after Pacemaker

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I am writing this on behalf of my mother, who recently received her 1st pacemaker at the age of 69 (almost 70 years old).  She had her procedure on July 30th and ever since then, has been experiencing what she calls as internal "jitters" throughout the inside of her body and shaking. 

Until February of this year, my mom was healthy and a "young" 69 year old.  In February, she then started t...

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Possibly joining the ICD club

Well, this has been an exciting week. 

Last Thursday the heart transplant team at Birmingham rang with the news that they were restarting detailed assessments, but as two long outpatient days rather than three inpatient days. They hope to assess me next week subject to a review of a recent lung function test which showed my lungs operating at 75% of normal - not great when you add it to their July assessment of my kidneys at 33% of normal, so I already wouldn't be surprised if...

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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