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2nd opinion on beginning symptoms

I just got home from my second opinion. I saw my hometown cardiologist. I have 3rd degree asymptomatic heart block. He says to cancel my surgery on the 21st for now. He says he hasn't heard of new recommendations to go ahead and pace patients like me but wants to research it further and have me do a treadmill test. My heart block was discovered 10 years ago by accident when I went to a cardiac arrhythmias class at work when I was 25. I am a nurse. I was happy to hear the news and look fow...

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Get back o it.

Hi! I am a 27 year old female and I had a pacemaker installed last week due to a slow heart beat and complications due to that. I have always enjoyed exercising and was wondering how long you waited until you got back into it. I don't want to get too out of shape so would like to start back soon. I really would like to use the elliptical or run. I feel great with the pacemaker, save the terribly sore shoulder that I am sure you all experienced. Any suggestions?

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Donation of Pacemakers

Hi!

I'm a Funeral Director in Alabama. I am working with a family to donate their loved one's pacemaker. I have found a company to donate the pacemaker to but they have also brought me the Pacetrak Plus, a pacemaker transmitter. Does anyone know a company that I could donate this Pacemaker Transmitter to for this family?

Joanna Foster
Funeral Director
Pelham, AL

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thank u for all the feedback

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who responded to my post. it really made me think about it and what really happened.
So i feel it was innapropriate because my left breast was fullly exposed and i dont see a need to touch it. my pacer isnt behind it or anything. plus this was after the tech guy hooked me up to patched and the computer thingy. I'm scared to go back to him (my doc) also because when I left his hand grazed my butt. After the long awkward hug . . .
but than...

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Airbag injury

Does anyone have information on airbag deployment in an automobile accident and the potential for bodily injury caused by either malfunction of the pacemaker/defibrillator or to the body because their casing?

My wife Shirley recently had these devices implanted this year and ask me.

Davidhelton1@bellsouth.net

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Probably Silly Question

New here. Had bivent pacemaker installed Aug 7th.
How can one tell what percentage of pacemaker being used?

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Lead problems

My son received his 1st pacer this past April to treat heart block. After just under 4 months his vetricular lead is having conduction problems. His doc says it is likely scar tissue around the site where the lead enters the heart that's insulating the electrical connection. They want to remove the existing lead and put in a new one. He has the type with a helical anchor. On line, I found a patent for a modified version of this kind of anchor that stated this scarring is a known problem with the...

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Postage


Postage from the US to Canada is 69 cents for first class, regular mail.

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upper limit

Has anyone found the upper limit on their pm impairs there ability to exercise? When I run it seems that I have a real hard time catching my breath. If I slow then I can catch my breath.
I have asked the tech to turn off the upper limit on the pm so that my bpm can go as high as it needs to. But she seems reluctant and has it set at 170. It hink my heart wants to go higher.
Is it possible to turn it off? What is the upper limit that others have? My diagnosis is sss resulting in b...

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Photo album donations

Hi Everyone -

When I went to the link to make a donation to the Photo Album fund I found that in addition to my donation there would be a $6.00 fee for handling through PayPal. Now, I thought about this and realized this might be the quickest way to get it done, however, if I would just write a check to mail I could add the $6.00 I would have paid for handling, and the fund would have $6.00 more than otherwise. If those of you who are interested in making a donation would do this ra...

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Anyone for Chat

I'm entering now if anyone wants to join

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confused

Hello out there......I am so confused, and hope that someone can answer some questions for me. I had a pacemaker put in November 2006 and I am doing fine. I am just confused as to what happened the night I got sick. We were traveling and we were 2 states away from home. I did not feel well so we stopped and got a motel room. Very soon after I vomited 2 times within a 20 minute period and I just figured I had a virus. I soon became nauseated again but realized It was not a vomiting nausea,...

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New Member

Had my PM implanted on 8/09/2007 and now in the recovery stage. There a lot of things I want to get back to doing. Golfing(normally 5 days a week), weight lifting (modified for PM), However, I will take my Doc's advice on the 60 days for golf and strennous exercise. I certainly don't want to pull a lead out. I found this group quite by accident and it is quite comforting to know that you can share your concerns with others in the same boat. I am still quite sore and black and blue from the...

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MEDTRONIC TO ACQUIRE BIOPHAN MRI SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

PITTSFORD, NY, AUGUST 9, 2007 – Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: BIPH), a developer of next-generation biomedical technology, today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement with Medtronic, Inc., (NYSE: MDT) to acquire Biophan’s MRI safety patents in a transaction worth $11 million in cash. The transaction is anticipated to close within 60 days.

Under the terms of the agreement, Biophan will transfer to Medtronic its MRI safety patent portfolio, which inclu...

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Being cold

I was wondering if prior to being paced if any of you with congenital complete heart block had problems being cold all the time? I seem to be unaturally cold. I am comfortable in my house when the temp is 80. I wonder if it is related to the heart.

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Lori Want to enter Chat

Just curious?

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New to pacemakers

Would like to hear from anyone soon to get a pacemaker. Mine is scheduled for August 21. It's always on my mind. Wondering if you're feeling that way.

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Unfortunate setback in pursuit

Hello everyone,

I think by the title you can imagine where I am going with this. This is such a crazy rollercoaster that I am thinking I may cut back on my posts this site so you all don't have to come along for the ride too. I think I may just post more--if I ever get any further.

I went to the pacer doc. Completely blew off CT and wondered why I even came to see him. He said the CT is probably "off" in my SVC severity. He just wants to "watch it"--apparently just watch it...

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Log onto Chat

I will be in Chat at 17:30 EST USA if anyone wants to enter.

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Friends from far places..

Thanks for being there for me. I thank all you SO much, though I have not told you enough how much I look towards you all for support. You really are a wonder set of a human beings. I don't know how you do it. I wish I could be half the persons' you are.If anything should happen to me be sure not to wander. Wait here for the next scared person .Looking for sometnig they don't even realise what it is until one of you reply. Then the heros are showing their capes and tights!I don't find that i sa...

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The experience of having a couple of lengths of wire fed into your heart muscle and an electronic 'box' tucked under the skin is not an insignificant event, but you will survive.