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Doing Great!

Forgot to mention that I am doing well. Came home Friday & am always glad to be back in my home with my hubby and especially my dog. They really get you up and going with a joint replacement these days! More pain this time than with the right one 4 years ago but the left was ever so much more involved (a train wreck as the surgeon said). Should not have waited so long. Anyway, it is now behind me and I am so happy, looking forward to a quick recovery. Physical therapy in the hospital bega...

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They do match!!!!!

Hello Everyone - A great big thank you to everyone who wished me well on my knee replacement. And, especially to our little Valerie. I have never, ever been as astonished, surprised, astounded, etc. as when she walked into my hospital room not long after my surgery! God could not have sent a better angel! She is surely one of the most special people I have ever known and to think she is just 21. We will see really great things from her as she continues her education & begins her career. Sh...

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Acute Heart Attack

Hello,

I wanted to ask you if you've ever been through a Triple Bypass Surgery. My aunt had a acute heart attack this passed Saturday. I'm very upset because she's like my second mother to me. My heart went out to her yesterday, the doctors had to do a Balloon and place a stent in her to open up the blockage. She feels and looks great. They said, she needs to have a triple bypass surgery. I was wondering what to expect from the post operation issues. I'm very; very hurt by t...

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Bad experience on a tour.

Hi: I want to share with you a bad experience I had last week.
My wife and I were on a guided tour through Italy. For those not familiar with this, over there guides provide their "flock" with radio receivers walky-talky like, so that the guide proceeds with his/her explanations and the group gets the info even if they get mixed, as they usually do,with another crowd of tourists. I was given one of these things, hung it round my neck and we proceeded on a short slope towards the ruins of P...

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Choosing the implant physician

I have problems with exercising (I have a recent post entitled "Chronotropic Incompetence"). I am asking for some advice on how to go about choosing a doctor to implant a PM. I started with an interventional cardio. who was very open minded in sending me to an EP. It took a couple of years to reach the diagnosis that a PM is what I need. Should I use an EP or the interventional cardio? Should I base my decision also on the device manufacturer used? To complicate things I just read an article fro...

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"Endless pain" response

Hello again, everyone. Thank you to all who responded. I forgot to mention in my post that my doctor is with a large university medical center, in fact one of the biggest in the country and listed as the "best" in my state. So going to another for a second opinion is very difficult for me, especially as I also rely on public aid (medical) in my state to help me (if they do, that is).

I also have concerns about a possible blood clotting issue because the swelling in my arm just began o...

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Just saying Hello!

I just found your site&signed on.After reading some of the messages, I guess I've been lucky. My PM was installed& I volunteered for a research program in my area.The only thing I don't like about the pacer is the every other month phone checks.Are they really as good as an office check? They never tell you anything when their done but I guess since it's still beating I'm okay!
So far there have been no problems. I've had my PM since2004.Thanks for letting me talk.Till next time,
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Doctors And Drug Sales Reps

The following, written by Patricia Barry, is from the June, ‘07 issue of AARP Bulletin. If this is an accurate description of the thoughts and actions of the people promoting prescription drugs, I have to wonder what the thoughts and actions are of a representative promoting medical devices such as pacemakers, joint replacements, etc.

Doctors Still Chummy With Drug Sales Reps

“There's a big bucket of money sitting in every office and every time you go in, you reach your...

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RECOVERY TIME

HI

I HAD POSTED A MESSAGE EARLIER STATING I HAD A PM IMPLANTED ON JUNE 24, 2007, SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAY 24, 2007. I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH RECOVERY. I STILL HAVE DAYS WHEN I DO NOT FEEL UP-TO-PAR. MY ENERGY LEVEL IS A LITTLE LOW. I HAVE BEEN TOLD TO BE PATIENT, IT MAY TAKE SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS. THE PM IS WORKING GREAT. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRADYCARDIA. IT WAS QUITE A SHOCK. MY PULSE WAS BETWEEN 44-48.

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I got it done

I got my Pm on the 6th. Dr says it is two wires but has a defibualator. To speed up heart and shock if it quits beating.
Paces 24/7.
I sure have been sore and hurt. IT WAS DONE IN dALLAS,TX.
It is getting better, but sure am weak.

Is it nornmal to feel really warm around cest, under arms, and back. I just started noticing it on the 8th of this monh.

my only restrictions are not to raise arm above head of lift heavier than a gallon of milk.

I can...

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WAKING UP AT NIGHT

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad I discovered this site. I have an 18 month old who had a pacemaker implanted 2 months after he was born due to complete heart block -atrioventricular. As he's growing he seems to be having less complete night sleep as he wakes up about the same time almost every night (between 3 and 3:45AM), kicking, stretching forcefully, and upset. He still tries to go to sleep as you can see he's loving his night rest but something is bothering him. I don't understand why t...

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Just quick up and

a thank you Blake. I had forgot my password since you the new setup here. The change over happened during the busiest time and I forgot to write it down.. My nephew was a basketball team and the ended up winning the district games. They were one game away from winning state but lost the last game before the state finals Then in May I got a really bad cold that lasted three weeks and turned into bronchitis. Question Can coughing affect the pacemaker settings. Since then every now and then I will...

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Golf

Good news. Just returned from my doctor's office after my first visit since the PM was put in on May 10, 2007. After testing the device he told me I could play golf in two weeks as long as I didn't try to act like Tiger Woods! Going to give it a go after six weeks for nine holes.

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FEELING BETTER AFTER PM

I HAD A PM INSTALLED JUNE 24, 2007. HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO NOT FEEL GOOD. I HAVE SOME DAYS OKAY AND O THERS NOT OKAY. SOME SAY IT TAKES SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS .

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Endless pain?

Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I've written and am curious about whether anyone else has ever experienced what I am feeling right now.

I've had two prior pacemakers try to expel themselves from my body. Usually due to infection, an infection could not be found. A third machine was placed on the same side as the other two but deeper down under the muscle--that was in May, 2006. It's over a year later and the pain I began having after that surgery just won't end. The pain is t...

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Update!

I wanted to say sorry to everyone that I haven't gotten to get on and post on anybodys questions. I read over some of them and just wanted to sum up everything in one thing so I wouldn't have to spend a lot of time.
Sharon we all do think of you and pray for you and hope that knee is getting better. Valerie your heart is amazing thank you for supporting me through this last hospital stay this past week.
To the others who are facing problems with doctors and any other issues. I hav...

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fast heart rate

Hello
Its been a while since i have posted anything but just recently i have noticed my heart rate is up tp 125 or so that is even in the morning just waking up,my upper threshold is something like 177 but is this normal could it be a-fib or from stress which i have been under alot the last couple of weeks i have had my pacemaker since 12/05 and never have noticed this before any ideas ?
Thanks Valerie
mytrose444@aol.com

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visits

Wow, Sharon will be very happy to read these encouraging messages when she comes back.

I really want to visit again b/c she is just the sweetest person. She emits this light around her; like a glow...then again it could have been the light above her hospital bed, lol jk
Anyway, I'm not sure how much is too much in regards to visiting, so I'm thinking maybe one more time...I'm not too sure....suggestions please? hehe. thanks.

It was quite an adventure getting there thou...

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Life after having PM

Hi All,

Will PM really make you do the activites that you havnt done for a long time because of your heart problem? My girlfriend, is now unconscious because she experienced shortness of breathing yesterday resulting to heart attack i guess,.. The Doctor recommends that she needs to have a PM,.. She has a cardiomyopathy.. does anyone of you have the same condition as her before? does it true that PM will add another 10 yrs for you to live? I guess this one will depend on you right?...

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ICD then ablation???

hello,
i recieved an icd in dec. of 2006 for which appears to be a viral cardiomopthy. i have since improved about 90%. the problem is that about 11/2 ago i recieved 4 shocks in one day from av node arrhythmia. my doctor said no big deal i will take you into the lab and do ablation. this was about a month ago and i am still feeling awful from it. i have off and on again burnning over my entire chest, i have not been able to wear a bra for a full day has it feels uncomfortable, just overal...

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