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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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sure!

Hi, I always wish to chat! pacergirl ;-)

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Some good news at last

My father Kenneth should had been having a CT scan next year 2008, but having read about chemotherapy tablets the family pushed early December 2007 for him to have a second CT scan. We received the results 2 weeks ago. The consultant is very pleased with the results and the tumor has decreased and he does not want to see my father until next March 2008.

As a family everyday we have been giving him, Mushroom Drops, Q10, Oxygen drops, Coral Calcium, Shark Tablet, Moducare, Seleno an...

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question

i was hoping to persue a career in nursing or carework, prefebaly paediatric or cardiac nursing. i was wondering if anyone here can tell me if this is possible. i know there is alot of heavy lifting and stuff involved. Am i being realistic in my dream???

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burning pain from lead

I got my pacemaker on Oct. 16. I expected pain/discomfort from incision. But now, whenever I am active I get a burning pain above my pacemaker. I showed my doctor where the pain is and he says that is the location of the leads. Neither my cardiologist nor cardiac surgeon say that they have ever had this reported before, and can offer no help other than try something over the counter for pain. Can anybody tell me anything about this?

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shingles

hi i was just wondering if anyone knew of a connection between shingles and heartblock caused by an electrical problem. i developed heart block after i suffered shingles on the face and a friend thought she had read somewhere that the two might be connected. i just wondered if anyone had any thoughts.i have had three further bouts of shingles since and always get fast heartbeat prior to an attack.

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Happy New Years to all and to the Hopps family

This is an old posting and I thought I share it with the new people.

WE SOULD ALL THANK MR. JOHN HOPPS
John Hopps, a Canadian, invented the first heart pacemaker. At the age of 21, he joined the National Research Council in 1941 after training at the University of Manitoba as an electrical engineer. He found that by using mechanical means the heart could be artificially started again after it was exposed to a cooling process. With this discovery, Hopps was able to build the firs...

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Jan. 9th

Welp ....... just got off the phone with my nurse and I will have my pacemaker as of Jan. 9th @ 1:00pm! Any advice as I get ready for that day?

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heart and brain

did u kno that if u exercise ur heart and brain u can live longer?

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Iliac vein missing at birth

Hi there.

I had my pm changed out on Dec. 19th. When they went to put the temporary pacemaker in, they determined that I was born without my "external iliac vein" in my right leg. Has anyone else heard of this? I've been looking on the internet trying to find the probabilities of this occurrence and to see if any one else mentions this condition, but have not come across anything.

I'm not concerned as I haven't had any problems with it, but I'm really curious and inter...

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Anyone From Florida?

Hey was just bored and wanted to see if anyone here was from Florida. I am from Daytona Beach, and no it is not an awesome city :)


Britt<3

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Dizziness and Numbness

My dad got a pacemaker put in 2 months ago after have severe dizzy spells to the point of almost passing out. He wore a monitor for 48 hours and they discovered his heart was stopping for up to 4 seconds at a time.

After the surgery he felt fine for 3 weeks, but then started to have the episodes again. They last from a couple of minutes up to 10 minutes. During that time he is very dizzy and his right side becomes numb (his tongue, arm and leg). All through the episodes his pulse rate...

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But I think it will make me feel a lot better. My stamina to walk is already better, even right after surgery. They had me walk all around the floor before they would release me. I did so without being exhausted and winded the way I had been.