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STILL NO PACEMAKER

Hello all from Australia..
Last time I posted message under the title of "Pacemaker here I come" I advised that I was to go through a cardioversion to see if I could put off the PM, well guess what, the cardioversion
worked at 50j and for a whole three weeks I felt great then pop back to the old problems..
Well back to the Doctor expecting to be able to have PM fitted so that I could get on with my life..No not to be,he wants me to go through a RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION..Anyone in...

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Surgery

Hi i am having surgery on the 27th of this month and having a pacemaker fitted.
Does it hurt, can you feel them doing this??
Regards Daisy

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DARN!

I’m losing my touch, I tell you!

My apologies once again. I forgot an important day for one member.

Dear CHELS,
Happy Late Birthday!

Chels was born on June 18, 1985.

On the day that you were born, the pacers got together,
And decided that they’d place themselves in you.
So they waited six long years for you
And made your skin turn pink instead of blue.

And the title of that song ori...

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PaintBall

Hi my name is keith am 24 i got my PM on Nov 27 2006....
i been playin paintabll for 6yrs i love it and its a big part of my life.. but i have not played it yet with my PM... maybe im just
Nervous.... like what will happen if i got hit there or what now sould i go out and buy a Chest Protector.... i dont want to give up a sport that i love and injoy

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I'm a dog and I'm on pacemaker #2

Hi there, I am Maggie, a six year old Border Collie. I had my first pacemaker when I was two. I have third degree heart block. I had a Medtronics Kappa. Today I had a Medtronics Sigma implanted. OK. By now you have probably figured out that my mom is writing this for me. We used to have the screen name Maggies Mom, but we've changed it to Snipsnapper. Anyway, if you are interested, you can read my story on this site, if you can find it! But, like I said, I had my second PM implanted today. My in...

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Why So Tired?

I had bypass surgery 2/07/07. One week later I was back in the hospital for a leg infection and the week after that I had walking pneumonia. Since then I've had 2 bouts of a-fib that I know about and my PM implanted last Monday June 11. After all this you'd think I would feel great but instead I am always tired. I do try to exercise 3-5 days a week and be as active as I can but I'm always tired. I go for my first PM check up next Tuesday.

Is there something they could do then to help...

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Dental Work

I had my first dental appt. this AM, the first one since having my PM implanted on 6 March, 07. Now that I have the PM, the hygienst will only use the cleaning/polishing brush and the scaling pick; she says she cannot use the ultrasound cleaning machine cause of the pacemaker. My dentist said that the AMA has developed a list causing dentists not to use certain machines/devices on PM patients. Does anyone know what the other medical devices are??? Surferman

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How to stay alive and healthy

Go to the three below Web Sites and live long and healthy:

http://www.angioprim.com/Learnmore/howitworks.asp?RepID=20534

http://www.plaqueprevention.com/?RepID=20534

http://personal.lig.bellsouth.net/g/a/gagliant/Email/HelpfulHints(4).html

Let me know what you think.

Cheers and good health to you and yours,

Anthony J. (Tony) Gagliano, Sr.

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FUN AND GAMES; ANSWERS

The suspense is over, Valerie, help is on the way. I hope it cures your headache. ( sigh! )

CARRIE
THE SHINING
MISERY
PET SEMATARY
THE GREEN MILE
DOLORES CLAIBORNE

~ Dominique ~

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Thanks!

Thanks Valerie for sending out the update. I just got home and what do you know the first thing I do get on here. This time the pain is far worse than the others. The drugs sure don't last as long as I wish. They took my entire SA Node and as Valerie said my pulse is now set to a normal speed at 70 entering into surgery it was sitting at 130 he said it didn't take much work figuring out things.
I probably won't be on for a couple days because i'm lazy and just wanna sleep. Please know tha...

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Remote interrogation - Guidant

Hi Everyone - Those of you with Guidant pacemakers like me I have a question for you. Did any of you receive an unsolicited remote interrogation setup from Guidant. Yesterday I talked to a good friend who lives about 20 miles from me though not at all rural and he received via FedEx a letter telling him he would receive the device via FedEx within the next week. It arrived & he hooked it up and has been interrogated twice since then and will be interrogated again next Monday. He tells me the...

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Another Update to Endless Pain

Hi everyone,

Well, no idea yet what's happening. Had lung scan, nothing. Ultrasounds of both legs and my arm show nothing. No clot evidence, at least not yet.

Yet, my left arm (the pacer side) continues to swelling in other places and the pain is just as unrelenting. When I was at the hosp the other day for my ultrasounds, I stopped in to visit the pacer people and showed them my arm. One of the nurses looked at both arms, felt them both and could tell a noticeable differen...

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PM phone check-ups

I have had my PM for 5 years now and I used to have them checked over the phone every 3 months, then it became every 2 months, and for the last 5 months it has been every month. I see my EP doc once a year (July) and have a PM check in the office every year. By them changing my phone checks once a month, does that mean that my PM battery is on it's last leg? Just curious if anyone knows.

I have my yearly PM check in the office tomorrow, so I guess I will find out for sure then. J...

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Re-Introduction of Myself

Hello to all!

My name is Jenny and I am 26 years old. I have been a member for about 4 years, but it has been a least a year or two since I last logged on. I thought I would see what was new with everyone and read up on some of the posts.

I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted in 2002. I have had problems with 2nd degree heart block, tachycardia, bradycardia, PAC's, PVC's, and minor atrial fib. since I was about 14 years old. In 2002, I had an EP study done and had a...

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Boo!

"Heartland" (t.v. series): Two thumbs down. Dont bother watching it. lol

take care,
~valerie

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friendship

Hi Dan my name is Ashley Amaro I just turned 18 on june 18,2007 anyways I just read your story on pacemaker club and you said do you know anything about pacemakers will iIdo I had mine inplanted on December 19,2001 scince then I got to do everything from fishing to rock climbing to playing basketball to hannging out with my familay and friends so lets keep in tauch and if you have a questions on coucers just give me e-mail at dolphinfan4@verizon.net.

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6 questions - can you help?

Hi again. My 2nd posting. I'm having an ICD put in on 4th July 2007, a week later than the original date of 27th June. (Happy Independence to America).

Can anyone answer these?

1. What is a basic explanation of how the ICD works when the heart rate is too fast?

2. Does the ICD shock you according to what it detects - or is that preset by your doctor?

3. Are there any activities that can set off a shock that are unrelated to problems with the heart?...

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Touchscreens

Since we found out that using a bodyfat tester was not recommended for ICD patients I was wondering if the same applies to touch-screen monitors. I know that they use some kind of electric current to calculate where your finger is pressing on the screen. With things like the iPhone coming out and other entertainment devices like touch-screen games you see at bars etc. I wonder if there is a risk of unnecessary shock from using touch screens. Hmmmm....

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FUN AND GAMES.

This post has nothing to do with pacemakers, it's all for fun.

Over the course of his career, Stephen King has provided plenty of material for Hollywood to work with. Can you unscramble his other page-to-screen titles?

REACIR
HET NINIGHS
YSIRME
TEP AMTRYASE
ETH REGNE LEMI
SLOEDRO BARILCNEO

Answers tomorrow.
Good luck!
~ Dominique ~

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Ladies bathing suit types after PM?


I am only one month post-op with my PM, but am looking forward to going to the pool soon. Do any ladies have ideas of a suit style that will hide my scar (I read that sun exposure will cause darkening), and cover my "bump"? There has to be others who have had to figure this out among you all. Thanks
Barbara

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You know you're wired when...

You read consumer reports before upgrading to a new model.

Member Quotes

I have had my pacer since 2005. At first it ruled my life. It took some time to calm down and make the mental adjustment. I had trouble sleeping and I worried a lot about pulling wires. Now I just live my life as I wish.