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coumadin and surgery

Thanks to all who responded to my previous messages. I now take warfarin (generic coumadin) for atrial fibrillation. Can anybody tell me what the doctors will do if other surgery is needed. If they temporatily take me off coumadin before surgery, won't that again put me at risk for blood clots deuring that time?

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Hi, could anyone help?

Hi my name is sarah and i had a pacemaker fitted in may this year im 17 years old.

I was wondering if anyone knows if you can join the RAF if you have a pacemaker?

Thanks for your time.

x

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question

recently ive been extremely tired. I am never tired!!!! sometimes i can feel my heart fluttering and this morning i could feel my pacemaker kicking in u could see it kicking in to u could see my chest jumping. ive never ever felt it kicking in before i hardly notice its there. Do you think its worth bothering my doc about? or should i just ignore it for a little while longer and hope it goes away?

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Hematoma following receiving new pacemaker

Hi-

I am new to the site - what a great resource! I just had my old pacemaker (implanted March 1st, 2007) removed and replaced with a new device in a new position. Since I am on Coumadin, and had to switch to Lovenox for the surgery, I developed a hemotoma at the surgical site, about the size of a half lemon. I was in the hospital a week instead of overnight, and iced the site 24/7 for that week. I have now received advice to begin hot compresses for 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a day...

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Medtronic InSync III (8042b)

Does anyone have difficulties with their Medtronic InSync III ICD? I have the above pacer installed and am pacing biventricularly. This is my 5th pacemaker, but 1st defibrillator. I am also curious how many of you have congenital heart defects. I was born with transposition of the great arteries and received my 1st pacer at 9 years...

-Zed

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sleeping hours

Hi everyone I have a dumb question.Do doctors set the pacemakers at a lower hr for the sleeping hours ,Thank you

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St Jude Pacemakaer Model 5826

Hi I'm Jack's wife. I lost him in February of this year. He had a a-symptomatic 2nd degree heart block after he experienced a heart attach twenty years ago. He had a regular cardiologist and life was fine. In October last year he experienced a dizzy spell while we were in church. He was taken to hospital and his doctor said "Jack you've had the heart block for years but now that you've experienced symptoms its time for a pacemaker". No big deal I thought. Well, after the pacemaker he nev...

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Life Insursnace

Hi there, I want to wish a healthier 2008 to all of us and families from (not so today) sunny Malta.

I have a question regarding Life Insurance. I have had an ICD for the last 5 years now and this had followed two pacemakers that i had for the previous 13 years. My problem is that I need to make a life insurnace but could not find an insurer that could help me. Anyone knows of an insurance company that cater for us?

looking forwrad for a positive answer.

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PM & Tattoos

Hi Everyone,

Now this might sound strange but..I just have to ask it any ways.I have 2 tattotts already ( Prior to getting my PM in Sept of this year). I want to know if Anyone has any experience with this. s it safe to get another one for me?

Gloria

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im now a cyborg!

greetings all! i have just received my first pacemaker as of 12/14/2007 and all is well. i am 49 y/o and diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and i know you all know what that is. i have read most of the info on this site and is is very informative and beneficial and i thank all of you for your time. this is my first ever surgery, not even a dental cavity so i am very new to all of this even though i am in the health care profession-it has never been me personally! i understand the lifting restric...

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knock me off my feet....

Heloo all,
well for all of my life they thought i had epilepsy? then 18 months ago i had the reveal device implanted and turns out i have very intermitant total heart block....in the last ten years i've had about three attacks.....one week after diagnosis i had a pacemaker implanted and it was pretty truamatic, i am just about human again today.......some christmas hey?.......ho hum .............cannot quite belive it.......chippy22

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What HR does a stethoscope pick up?

My son is 17 months old and has had a Medtronic EnPulse dual chamber, rate responsive pacer his whole life due to complete congenital heart block. So while the atrial part of his heart works pretty well, the ventrical part does not ... because the atrial cannot communicate at all with the ventrical. His ventrical rate (which the doctors refer to as his underlying heart rate) is average 43 bpm. So when his pacemaker is working well, his natural atrial rate might be 150 and his natural ventrica...

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Pacemaker Questions

Hi,

I am wondering if it is normal to feel extremely tired after getting a pacemaker. On November 28th I passed out while driving my car. When I got to the hospital my heart rate was around 40. The doctors really couldn't find out why my heart rate was so low, so after a day in the hospital they sent me home. On December 12th, I passed out again--this time while laying in bed talking on the telephone. When the paramedics got to my house my heart rate was 32. I was taken to a different...

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device on recall

just discovered (myself) that my guidant insignia is on recall (my serial number is specifically) I'd had device failure (complete loss of telemetry) which is specifically mentioned in the recall although this only appeared within this last 6 months and has progressed from intermittent to complete. I've had my pacer for 4 years, has anyone else had their device fail this late on after the recall? (mine was in the initial batch of recalled devices implanted before march 2004)


tha...

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Cost of replacement pacemaker?

After reading the cost of surgery etc. for a PM I got to wondering does it cost the same for a replacement? I have only had mine for 6 months but at the rate we are paying I won't have paid off my first one before I need a new one!

Amy

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Another question by me (im kinda dumb)

hi all,
i was just wondering if when they replace the pacemaker do they make the incision in the smae place?? i have a keloid scar and have been offered plastic surgery on it but i dnt want to have it if they are just going to cut it open again when i get the pm replaced.
any answer would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Question about 2 year old w/pm

Hi:
My son has had a pacemaker since he was 9 months old. He had a few complications but seems to be doing well. He is now almost 2 years old and has had phone checks every month and all results were OK. He had compete heart block...that's why they put it in....anyway....he seems to be having some trouble and i am not sure if it's from his heart or something else. he has an appt next week to check him but what's happening is that when he runs around playing....alot of running.... he gets...

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replacement surgery over

Hi Dear Friends,
I am now about 29 hours post surgery. I had my new angel placed in me yesterday morning. Thank you to everyone of you who sent me messages, prayed for me, and kept me in your thougths.

The surgery went well. I got to the hospital by 6 AM and was home by 11AM with a brand new angel....my new St. Jude pacer.

I am still tired from all the meds and I plan on taking a nap anytime that I feel like it! I guess after 13 years, I forgot about what the incis...

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cost of pacemaker

Hi what is average total cost to have a pacemaker implanted?

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wanna chat

pacergirl would u like to chat

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