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Muscle spasms?

I have had a dual lead PM for 11 months. Last night I started have small muscle spasms or something similar just below the PM. They didn't hurt, but were aggravating. They happened about every forty seconds or so and lasted for less than 5 seconds. They finally quit after about 12 hours. Any experiences or thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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I have a Question about rate drop response.

I am into 2 years with my pacer a medtronic duel lead. i have had no problems for the last year. Now all of a sudden I am really feeling the rate drop response that it has set on it. I get a funny hard to describe sort of tight feeling in the abdomen and I know my pacer has kicked me up to 100bpm. This has happened probably 1500 times in the last year and I have felt it maybe 3 times. I have felt it 5 times in the last 2 days and once it woke me up at night. I have also felt flushed in the face...

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Will you share your experience to help another patient?

I'm the director of patient advocacy for Emmi Solutions, a company that makes online patient education programs for people who will be having surgery for all types of medical conditions, including patients who will have ICD's and pacemakers. We will also be producing programs in the near future on atrial fibrillation and coagulation management therapy.

We talk with patients directly about their experience, and ask patients to watch our programs and provide feedback because we want to...

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Question

Hello everyone,
I am one week post pm implant, 46 y.o. who for the past 2 years had passed out several times after exercising. I had a Reveal monitor placed in August and it only took a few weeks to capture the events that lead to the pacemaker. Diagnosis: Sick Sinus Syndrome. Fortunately I work with about 60 cardiologists so I have had great care. Just a quick question, I have a single lead in my atrium with a Medtronic device. It sometimes feels as though my heart is out of sync, is this...

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battery end

Hi, I am supposed to pacemaker dependent,but I got this last battery in '99, St jude said I had 85% the other day but i had plenty of time left.
Does anyone know at what percent they change the battery?
You would think I WOULD KNOW THIS IS MY THIRD BATTERY.
Thanks and God bless, Nelson

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swelling and incision

I had the pacemaker/defibulator put in on 7/3/07, since them it has been swollen and very painful, then I had to go back in because my incension busted open, they restitched it put me back on antibiotics, home health care. Now going on my 4th month its still swollen ans now I have a opening about 1inch long in my incision ang a bubble of blood. The doctor says he has never seen this before and does not know what step to take next. This is ugly painful and causes me pain. Does any one out there...

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For Your Information.

To everyone affected by the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead recall.
It is very important that you read the following.

~ Dominique ~


Recall Information
HCMA ( Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association ) responds to the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead recall October 2007
The HCMA fully supports the use of ICD’s in those at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Years of research and surveillance have proven this therapy to be safe and effective in HCM patients a...

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Careful What You Say

Careful what you write.

I received a telephone call from one of my sons today telling me that he had seen something I wrote about my pacemaker experience on Google while he was looking for some information on pacemakers. Of course I had to check it out and found that some of our postings on the PM Club site do make it to Google for whoever to read. Frankly, that information made me think that I had better be sure of any replies I make. Since I normally run some amount of time behi...

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Dependancy on pacemaker

Hi,

Last one month I am in dilemma. I was excessively sweating
when I was at physical job in my professional field. Reported the matter to Cardiologist. Feed back was fully dependant on PM. Reason was Stress, Anxiety and less exercise. Gone to my Home town. Shown to the programmer of Biotronik Dealer.
He also told the same thing. Doctor told after re chekups that I am suffering from cervical spondilitis. Due to that I am sinking
sometimes. After implantation I got some...

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7 weeks post PM dual chamber

Hi! I just joined today. I've read some of the postings over the last couple weeks. I was under the impression that I'd be uncomfortable for a couple days or so, but have had several different pain problems, some of which have improved.
During the surgery something painful happened (I think it was insertion of PM) that woke me up + stopped my heart for about 20 seconds. Since then I've had sore throat/neck, armpit, breast, pacemacker pocket, and back..all on the left side. The throat/...

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Strange...

In my health class we are currently learning about how to preven heart disease and affects of obesity stuff like that. For some reason I'm angered about how people like my teacher keep talking about preventing heart disease and having to get things like a pm but i find it offensive how he doesnt tell how it could affect your family, or how 1 out of every 100 kids is born with heart disease. I just find my enraged reaction strange because i feel as if i should be saying something during the lesso...

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Happy Birthday to the pacemaker

Pacemaker, created in Minnesota, marks 50th birthday
Happy Birthday to the pacemaker, which turns 50 years old today.

By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune
October 31, 2007 – 12:37 PM

A power failure on Oct. 31, 1957 that stretched from St. Cloud to Faribault, Minn. and eastward to Eau Claire, Wis. led to a conversation between University of Minnesota Medical School surgeon Dr. C. Walton Lillehei and Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic.

Lillehei asked Bakken to...

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left pectoral

Hello everyone !
I had a pacemaker, a St. Judes placed in Aug 23 2007. Everything has gone well. I have been lifting weights pretty regularly very light and conservative with the blessing of my Cardiologist. On wed 31st of October I pushed it a little harder. Anyway as of last nite my left pectoral muscle every so often starts twitching, the muscle itself. It is visible to the naked eye.

My question is this...If I did some damage to the pacemaker, leads wires etc. would this be o...

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I'm A Senior Citizen

Many of us on here are seniors. I just found this on a paper folded up in an 20 old book I have. I thought it might give all us ancient's a laugh. God knows we can use one.

I'm the life of the party...even when it lasts till 8 P.M.
I'm very good at opening child proof caps with a hammer.
I'm usually interested in going home before I get where I'm going.
I'm good on a trip for at least an hour without my aspirin , beano, antacid...
I'm the first...

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grandchildren

i am leaving nov. ist to fly to calgary to see my grandchildren. jessica is eleven and michael is eight. he plays house league hockey and his favourite team is detroit even tho he occasionally gets to go to the flames games. lol he has a detroit jersey and wears it to school all the time. jessica has started figure skating. she just loves it so that is what is most important. i thoroughly enjoy spending time with them. their parents are going on a holiday so i will have the pleasure of having th...

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happy halloween

hi and happy halloween to all the ghosts and goblins and witches etc. with pacemakers and defibs. lol lol hope everyone got a lot of candy. i had to keep my husband out of the chocolate haha jessie

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3 month device check

Hi everyone,
Just had my first 3 months check of biventricular pacemaker.
Performed by St. Jude Medical technical consultant. Went very good. I told him I feel tired most of time and he said he would see what he could do. He made adjustments and then told me the following:

"Prior to 10/29 checkup device was not pacing in ventricular chambers now is pacing both chambers."

I do think I have more energy and hope it continues to improve.
Best regards to all, b...

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abalation not right routefor afib?

Allan (41) edinburgh here three weeks today since pm implant

I spoke to my heart surgeon /doctor( on phone) about my racing heart and return episodes of afib.And he told me beta blockers maybe the next step and when i asked him about the abalation route he said that that would not be appropriate as having afib and sick synus syndrome with a pace maker it was more likely to be unsuccessful.

Only thing is i would really like to double check with my pm technician if my afi...

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Removing Gallery pic

When I put my first pic in it came out teensy-weensy http://www.pacemakerclub.com/membergallery/....

Can the galary guru take that one out and leave the new one which is the appropriate size? Pretty please?

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Has anybody experienced this?

Hi to all, I have not been able to get on as often but wanted some input from some others.My energy level has finally started to gradually increase which is great my spasms are still intense and even more so lately.
Last night I experienced my usual spasms but they traveled across my scar area and for about three hours I sat in extreme pain and pressure over my pm. It felt like my pm even jumped up and down with each spasm I had. This was unusal as this has not happened before.
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You know you're wired when...

You’re officially battery-operated.

Member Quotes

Just because you have a device doesn't mean you are damaged goods and can't do anything worthwhile and have to lie down and die. In fact, you're better and stronger. You're bionic!