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I'm back...............

Thank you all for keeping me in your prayers for another computer. I just bought a new computer and it's feels great. I also bought a treadmill.

I have a question that you might be able to answer. I've been feeling my own heart beat and my pacemaker has been on stand-by. Has anyone ever experienced this and what should I do. It happens off and on during the day and when I sleep. Can anyone tell me what this is. I've been doing great with running and eating the right food. I ho...

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High Blood Pressure??

Wondering if anyone out there has developed high blood pressure since getting a Pace Maker? Just a thought that occured to me. Never had high BP in the past but in the last few months it has been high. I take Toprol XL 100mgs for SVT and have for years which also lowers the BP. 2 months ago doctor put me on a drug called Atacand for high blood pressure. Started with 8 mgs. and then increased it to 16 mgs. Still taking the Toprol but when I had the prescription refilled the pharmacy gave me...

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Where is Auntie?

Hi peoples,
has anyone heard from "auntiesamm" lately she seems to laying very low...... she was a great supporter of the photo album ..hope she has not gone all shy on us>>>>>Peter

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Jolts in Chest

I'm sorry I forgot to add to my comments about the jolts in the chest that my pacemaker has been checked several times by the Medtronics rep and the leads are working well and firing about 33% of the time. None of the jolts or any problems were picked up by the check. Strange????

Georgeh4

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Jolts in Chest

Hi- I'm 4 months into my Medtronic dual lead pacemaker for bradycardia, slow heartbeat. The process has worked fine after the initial anxiety issues but recently have experienced what I call jolts to my chest (not electronic) as if someone punched me that makes my body jump up a bit. This only happens in the evening while laying down and reading or watching TV,. There is no pain, just a jolt or bump in the mid chest area.
I am on Metoprolol .25 mg.Has anyone experienced this and found out w...

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Contents of the March 21 "Dear Doctor" Letter from Medtronics

I found this on DrugInjuryWatch.com - a blog I was kindly directed to by another member of this site. It is identifed as being the context of the March 21,2007 Dear Doctor Letter that Medtronics sent out.



... On March 21st, Medtronic issued a "Dear Doctor" letter concerning higher than expected conductor fracture rates with the Sprint Fidelis lead. The Sprint Fidelis is Medtronic's premium defibrillation lead. It is the first sub-7 french ICD to be released (St Jude Med...

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R F ABLATION

Hello Pacemakers,
Had a R F Ablation Monday 22/10/07..
Doctor who preformed the proceedure told me the "ODDS" before starting..90% chance you will go home feeling great, throw your medication away and get on with your life..5% chance no change..5% chance worse off than when we started.. Well Murphy's law clicked in and I came out worse..
Pacemaker??? oh no says doctor in one month we will give the proceedure another go..
So there you go..The latest news from down under..

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Help

I have tried to add a picture of Dottie and me twice and all I get is the little square with the X for my efforts. It is a JPEG file and I think I have followed the instructions. Can anyone tell me where I am going worng.
Smitty

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I finally able to login:)

Thank you blake . I followed your last email steps in helping me get logged in. they must have worked. Karen

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tightness and sensitivity

Hi I'm new to this but lately I have been having a tightness in my chest and around my defibrillator I have also been very sensitive in my chest even when I wear a t-shirt I have to pull it away from my chest to get relief ,my cardiologist said it is because I have had two different bypasses and that I have damaged nerves from surgery,I was just wondering if this is normal! I had my first bypass in 1991 and second in 1993 but didn't think should stil sensitive after 14 years!!

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to windway

Sorry, My computer locked up and would not respond at all. It is working again now. In responsre to your question. Yes I am about 600 miles north of where the fires were. I will catch up with you later send me a private mail on your sport. sounds interesting. Bowlrbob

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Pain in arm, neck

Good Morning All,

I was just wondering if any of you have pain in your arm/neck after almost 1.5 mos. since pm implant. Last night it woke me up, I had a pain in my left arm (right where you would flex your muscle), and then a dull pain, but like a stinging in my left side of my neck. I also feel like my PM has moved up a little, closer to my collar bone. My GP says it is ok, but I'm wondering if maybe it is rubbing on one of the leads or something. I still can't sleep on my left s...

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An updated (4 months after ops)

Hi All,
Just an updated from Indonesian.
Last Saturday I visited my EP for PM checking. Everything was going well and Rate Response feature was set OFF since my natural heart can catch up to 155bpm during stress/treadmill test.

Last month I drove my car to my hometown about 200km away to celebrate Moslem Iedul Fitri festive (aftef 1 month fasting periods). I seems impossible to be done without PM. Thank God and to all of you who support me at the beginning to join this site...

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Member Gallery

Wow -- the impact of the Member Gallery, for me, is huge! I'm enthralled by seeing all these lovely, friendly faces -- real, normal people! I didn't realize I still felt like a bit of a freak for having this titanium box in my chest helping my heart along (I don't know anyone else who has a pacemaker), but looking at all of you makes me so happy, and feel like I am normal too (ok, Valerie, the Stalker comments aside! : - ) I've missed you, girl -- and so happy to see your picture!)

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Anyone to chat

I'm entering the Chat if anyone wants to join

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Re PM and weight loss

Hi Everyone

Just reading the previous posts regarding PM movement and weight, and wanted to say congratulations to Peggy and Belly321 with your weight loss – well done!!

Future new pacer here with a quick question. I’m 36, always battled with my weight, but since my complete heart block diagnosis 5 months ago, I’ve been off work sick, told not to do anything that makes me dizzy or SOB (which even a short, steady walk brings on, so my gym membership is suspended). Consequent...

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Lightheadedness

Hi,
I had my PM implanted 6/1/07 and have felt like it is helping alot. I have recently felt lightheaded ( almost like my eyes were dialated and everything was bright ) when I go into certain grocery stores. I know it sounds silly, but I'm wondering if those cooling cabinets, etc. are putting out a magnetic field that is affecting my PM. Anyone else ever had anything like this?
Thanks,
Jack

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hour 8

Well I wanted to say hi to everyone here. I've been reading along for a while now. In short I developed a crazy autonomic dysfunction a year ago (labile heart rate and blood pressure) lots of episodes of passing out or near passing out with heart rates in the 30's. I did have a period of around 6 weeks where my heart rate fixed itself (after having a seizure from crazy high blood pressure) but the rates came back down. Finally sick of feeling well.....sick all the time and am currently in hour 8...

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Feelin' like a Weenie...

Gee, I thought I'd be 100% better by now ( 1 month post-op ), but seems I still have days I feel like a "Weenie" (Sorry Oscar Mayer no hard feelings). Anyway, I still have some days that I feel pretty anxious about all of this, especially since I must start back to work on Wednesday and I am a busy nurse.
I have days like today, that I have skipped beats (seems more prevalent if my GI system is acting up, where I feel kind of bloated, this in turn makes me feel a little SOB and am more awa...

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Thanks for help

Don, Thanks for the info. I just finished reading about someone else who had a similar problem and it too was a broken lead. I have always been concerned because my unit "flops" when I lay on my right side. I am calling the docs now. Thanks again.
Vangie

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