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Isn't there a way to keep looking through the posts as one is still in the chat room. One could kind of wait in chat ,while they are posting or answering posts. Then if another enters chat the icon could flash up that lets the person know someone else has entered chat. I mean the chat is great but if you go back I think you will see more of SO and So entered chat "Hello" sos and so left chat, etc...The only way i know to go around this is to open up 2 tabs and log in twice. One goes to chat ,one...

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CHat

cary ,a quick chat in the chat room?
Susan

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More surgery...

for my gallbladder to be removed.. And they found a mass on my liver, and my heart is enlarged with fliud around it. I also have a urinary dilation with my bile duct going into my liver swollen. Smitty what does all this mean.It seems to never stop. Didn't mean to bring anyone down ,just a simple pity party, only lasted 30 seconds though. LOL. Hope all are well.
Susan

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Percentage of Use

I had my first follow up appt. yesterday and they found that in the first week, my PM was being used 16% of the time. Is there a normal amount or is everyone different?

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pulled both leads out

I had pm pu in last thursday. when I woke up on tuesday morning my sling had ripped and my arm was over my head. I didn't think too much about it and sewed the sling. that evening I had huge muscle spasms on my right side. after calling the surgeon I went to the hospital and found out that I had pulled one lead out 2" and the other one out 6". had surgery to put them back and now he has me on a very restricted regimen. I'm really scared but know I have to be careful.
judy

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Christmmpace

Has anyone heard from James in New Jersey? Is he on vacation with his wife and children? I haven't noticed any
posting or comments from him in the past several weeks.
And how is Lenora??? Surferman

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First Patient in the NATURE Observational Study in the U.S

DENVER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Study Will Look Into the Evolution Of AV Conduction Disorders in Pacemaker Patients.
ELA Medical, Inc., a Sorin Group company (MIL:SRN) that specializes in the design and manufacture of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators, announced the first U.S. implant in NATURE, an observational study that will enroll 1,440 patients in North America and Europe.

The objective of the NATURE study is to observe the evolution of atrio-ventricular conduction d...

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Relocation Surgery Completely Successful

Some of you are familiar with my story. I got my first PM in January and had a smooth, easy recovery initially. Cardiac issues all solved. But I never got to the point of being pain-free, and certain routine activities, as well as sports, continued to hurt even after 6 months: drying my hair, sleeping on my left side, a seatbelt, kayaking, backpack or purse on my left shoulder, etc. I'm very thin-skinned at the PM site below my collarbone and it was a very prominent lump, and so close to my shou...

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Pre- ICD Any Advice?

Hello All,

I am new to this site, but have a feeling that we will be here quite a bit. My husband will be receiving his ICD on August 14th. i am doing last minute panic research online. Any advice, do's don'ts. Things we should ask, things we should know? Just know that it will be a Medtronic, that is it.

Taking baby steps, terrified the whole way.


any info, tips, advice, things to be concerned with would be greatly appreciated.
the wife.

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Medic Alert Tattoo?

Does any have a medic alert tattoo? Thought that might be cool. I go without my jewelry a lot. But, though it might be cool to get the medic alert service and have my number and symbol tattooed on the inside of my wrist or somewhere veiwable. I know first responders are trained to look for a medic alert but would they notice a tattoo? Any one have any input on that?
Amy

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PTSD gets me a Pacemaker?

Is there anyone else out there that has or had PTSD and got a pacemaker after? In addition to my job as a boat Captain in the USNPS and 4 years as a rescue boat crewman in the USCG I was a first responder to both TWA flt. 800 and to NY Harbor on Sept. 11 2001. These events effected me very much to the point of attempted suicide and subsequent diagnosis of PTSD. June of 2006 my heart stopped and some doctors have said it is possible the stress of those events could have caused my heart stoppage....

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Jessie if you're still on go to chat

Jessie if you're still on go to chat

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to say hi.

Just wanted to say hi to everyone, and let everyone know i'm back and doing ok. sorry i haven't been on for a while. i've been dealing with problems at home, and depression. i lost interest in a lot of things. But things are looking better.

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Post PM implant

Nine days ago had PM implanted for heart block. It was done at my HMO and am not pleased with the post implant care. Never saw the doc post surgery, attending cardiologist came by and said he would see about getting me realeased and never showed up again. One week later to HMO for check up on PM, attended by a young tech with less than a year experience and briefly seen a cardiologist at the clinic who was surprised that I since had two near faint episodes. She suggested it may have been vaso...

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Right Breast Pockets???

My dad just received a pacemaker at the age of 80. He very much misses the use of his left breast pocket in all of his shirts, where he would carry his cell phone and at night a small mag flash light. Are there any manufacturers that make men's shirts with a right breast pocket?

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ASD, A-Fib, A-Flutter and now PM

What a year! I started off feeling fine. A routine physical with EKG informed me I had atrial fibrillation. This led to an Echocardiogram, which led to a TEE which led to open-heart surgery in march to correct a large ASD (atrial septal defect) and the a-fib (maze procedure.)
Four weeks after the surgery, life was starting to get good again, when my heart beat sped up without reason. Back to the hospital to discover I now had atrial flutter! Ablation procedure to stop the flutter....

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CT Findings

Hi Everyone! I finally got a copy of the CT report and I thought I'd share the SVC finding...

BTW you might want to grab a chair and sit down.....

"There is a chronic near total occlusion of the Superior Vena Cava just proximal to the insertion of the azygos arch with marked enlargement of the superior intercostal veins, the accessory hemiazygos vein and the distal azygos vein and arch. Prominent subcutaneous collateral veins are also noted."

OK, you can breathe...

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beginning symptoms

I was just told I need a pacemaker. I have known I have complete heart block for 10 years but have never been symptomatic. My heart rate is usually about 46 but i have seen it anywhere from 37-55 while awake. I had some episodes where it sped up and things became distant 2 times. The medical doc thougt it was panic attack though I've never had one. My cardiologist says, I'll have to get a pacemaker eventually anyway and it's possible I felt my heart pause. I was very scared that day and tho...

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ICD and returning to exercise

Hi Everyone

I am from Northern Ireland and have Long QT Type 1. I got a shiny new I.C.D in Nov '06 and I have been scared to return to any sort of proper exercise ever since. I was quite active before my diagnosis but after finding out that my heart condition is triggered by exercise has made me very wary. I have the usual fears of leads being pulled out and inappropriate shocks so my question is..... what sort of exercise do any of you guys do? I have started cycling and walking agai...

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Soft Touch Seat Belt Thing

Does anyone have this PM protection pad advertised on this site? Wondering if it works well. I am having a problem when I drive. The seat belt irritates my incision and applies too much pressure to the area. I've been using a soft heavy washcloth but it keeps slipping and looks a little silly too.

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You know you're wired when...

Your ICD has a better memory than you.

Member Quotes

In fact after the final "tweaks" of my pacemaker programming at the one year check up it is working so well that I forget I have it.