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Elliptical?

Hi- do you guys know how long we need to wait until doing the elliptical trainer (the one without using your arms)? I am walking and riding the bike and it feels great! I am anxious to do the elliptical. Also, any hints for sweating to keep the area dry? I know that I need to keep it covered in the shower for a month but does that also apply to sweating? Any ideas?

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Private Messages

Admin. and others...I was just wondering if those of you who have recently used the private message feature on this forum have had this problem: I go to enter the person's name to send a message to and it says in red next to it "invalid user" when you KNOW that isn't right (re: that person exists on the site and is an active member)? I continue with the meesage anyways and then send it hoping it sends--and it seems like it has. The message pops up in my 'sent' folder. I haven't heard back fr...

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VasoVagal Syncope

Tilt Test was positive, all Heart Test Normal, wearing belt for a month, then may have implant machine for a month. Cardiologist not so sure syncope since it only happened after the medicine was introduced. I have passed out this year over 12 times. Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Drop and then I hit the floor with my face no warning.. Am I a candidate for pacemaker if Belt test and machine in test so nothing.
DesertRose

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Backpacking

Hello I love to go backpacking but after a recent trip to isle royal national park I'm afraid I'll never be able to do more than day hikes. I could never get my pack in a comfortable position that didn't irritate my pacemaker site so I ended up wearing the shoulder straps down around by upper arms which was brutal. Has anyone out there found a backpack that's design is pacemaker friendly? I've looked at lumbar packs but haven't found any with a capacity for more than just a day hike.

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Thank YOu For THe GREAT Comments Everyone!!!

Thank you everyone that commented about me riding my Seadoo again! It makes me feal GREAT to know that there are alot of us "Young" folks (lol) still having a great time! Many of you sound like your even more active after pacemaker implants. WOW! God Bless and KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!

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Religion & Pacemaker

Hi all,

I have waited over a year to post this. I still have not gotten over the event and want some feedback just to ease my mind.

I met a neighbor at our pool last summer. We did not know each other except in that aspect. Our children are of different ages but got along well.

One day, she noticed my scar from my bathing suit and asked me what had happened. I said in a very casual manner I have a pacemaker implanted. She turned dreadfully pale and her face...

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What 65 means

My son found this website for me and encouraged me to join. I have to tell you though that it will be my son or husband who checkes the site and writes my questions and replies. In fact my son will guide me through this process since the internet and computers are something i know very little about. They can do the internet and I'll do the cooking. I always say: "stay with what you know".
Anyway here's some of the details of my pacemaker: Got it in November of 1991, after the operation I w...

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New member- a few questions

Hi,
I just joined this forum, thanks already for the helpful information.

I'm female and in my 30's and I got a pacemaker 3 weeks ago. I had a few cardiac arrests and went to the ER, so there wasn't much planning involved. The surgery was fine, but I ended up with a significant pnuemothorax, which bought me a few extra hospital days and a really fun chest tube. There's no real reason for the CA, except bradycardia and a funky sinus node.

Anyway, I want to know if anyo...

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phanthom strikes again

i jumped out of bed it was really weird my chest hurt i had shortness of breath my bp 98/52 hr 55 my head hurt i went and had my device checked no problems where found this is not the first time within 15 mins.my hr was78 my bp 128/70 i have had this thing(st.jude v193) since 01-15-05 and have pulled my leads out 06-06 my real shocks have come while i was asleep and i jumped out of bed........murf

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exercise restart

I have a Class I heart block which is being corrected with a pacemaker. I am inerested in the experience of others as would regard exercise restart and any limits that are known. I do use a pulse monitor during exercise and adhere to aerobic pulse rates.

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Sorry for not posting lately!

To all the new people on the site which seems to be many I want to welcome you all.
Still haven't been up to par lately and haven't been having as much energy as I wish. I have also been a little down more lately as I am 21 and fighting this battle all alone or atleast sometimes it feels that way. My sister is more support line and as she is getting farther along in her pregnancy she hasn't been able to keep up with me as much. I saw her this past weekend and she gave me a lot of encoura...

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Hunting Questions

Hi there, I received a pacemaker in January of this year and I am requesting information on hunting and the pacemaker. I usually hunt with a bow and a rifle, does having a pacemaker limit hunting with any of these? Approximately a month ago, I also had an AV Node Ablation and I am not sure if this will prevent me from doing any hunting. I appreciate all of you out there, I read all of the postings on a daily basis, learning from all of you. Thank you, Jake

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Hey! When can I ride my Seadoo!!??

My doctor thought I was crazy when I asked when I could ride my Seadoo again! Whats the big deal?? Am I correct in assuming I will be able to do everything I could do before, after I heal? Hey everybody out there in internet land. Tell me the great stories of the sports you still get to participate in and all the fun you are having, even though you have a pacemaker! Help! I need to hear something great! Also, is there any other 50 yr olds or younger, that have a pacemaker?? Everyone, keep your s...

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Insomnia

I have had my pacemaker now for six months and have had a hard time with sleeping. My cardiologist said she has never heard of this problem with anyone else. Now I have just read on here about people who's pacemaker can be set to a sleep mode where your BPM 's are lowered during sleeping hours.Could this be my problem?

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Is it just me or...

Is it just me or has anyone else had this happen?

The other day when I went for my PM tune up they turned on my rate response. Although they made no changes to my lower bpm setting of 60, my pulse seems to be averaging a bit faster now. Now average seems to be in the mid to upper 60's. Also my bp sems to have come down some to a very normal range. I seem to have more energy now when I exercise. The only thing the tech told me was that my pulse would probably go higher when exercising...

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One Month After PM

Hi All,
Yesterday was one month since I had my PM inplanted. Recap...rushed to ER and found out I had complete heart block. Admitted and watched for 3 days. Didn't go away so pace maker. I take Toprol 100 mg for irregular and rapid heartbeat. Docs thought problem might have been from the drug but it wasn't. So, I still take the Toprol..for rapid and have a PM for slow. Geez!! In addition to that I have 2 leaky valves. 2 years ago they were moderate. I have to go for echo and holte...

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Doctors implant pacemaker into a 15-hr-old baby

MUMBAI — Doctors here successfully carried out a surgery to fit a pacemaker on a 15-hour-old baby, born with a slow heartbeat.

The baby, not yet been named, was diagnosed with a intrauterine congential heart block and slow heartrate of 45 as compared to normal 120 beats per minute about two months before his birth when his mother went for an ultrasound check.

It is a rare case as it occurs one in 20,000 cases, Wockhardt hospital cardiac surgeons who performed the surgery sa...

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OK WHAT IS THIS THING

I just had my PM installed on the 20the of aug,so I am new to this PM world. Mine was installed because my sinus nod doesn't fire to well and my heart rate resting is in the low 30's. I have been living with a heart that did not know how to beat for 5yrs and I became quite comfortable with it,till every time I stopped moving my heart rate would slow down so far I would almost pass out, for example. I was on stage performing and when the songs would end it was like a black curtain was closing in...

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severe dizziness

Hi all. I havent posted in a while...im having some problems again. It seems im okay for a while and then all of a sudden things happen again. Im 24. Have a pacemaker for 1 and half years. I've been told i have cardiogenic syncope for which i take medication and i have not had a fainting episode since i started medication like 6 months ago. Yesterday i tried to get out of bed and i was severely dizzy that i had to lay back down. Even when i was laying down i felt very dizzy. It took about 10 tri...

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how long does a pacemaker last?

I was wondering how long does a pacemaker last.
i have had mine since 2003.april 3rd of 08 it will be 5 yrs old.
i recently had mine checked and its not as strong as it
was.could this mean the battery is going down.

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