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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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thank you

I am new to this pacemaker club. I posted a few days ago for the first time. I am going to have my pacemaker replaced in a month or two. Of course, I am nervous. There were 4 wonderful people who took the time to respond to my posting. I just wanted to say thank you. Being new to this club, I would like to know how you get to chat with another member. Also, is there a way to communicate with someone who has responded to your post?
Thanks so much,
Searching Woman

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jessie, do you want to chat?

I left the chat room :12:30 a.m. CDT, but appears you're still online, so thought I'd give this a try. I'm new to chat rooms. I'll go there until 12:45 and then's it's nighty-night for me! I still can't get my MJH to quit coming up in the right-hand column of the chat log even though I click on the X to leave.....

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jessie, do you want to chat?

I left the chat room :12:30 a.m. CDT, but appears you're still online, so thought I'd give this a try. I'm new to chat rooms. I'll go there until 12:45 and then's it's nighty-night for me! I still can't get my MJH to quit coming up in the right-hand column of the chat log even though I click on the X to leave.....

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new to this

I am getting a pacemaker on the 29th and I am very nervous. I have no idea what to expect. Any help here? I have a very slow heart rate and blood pressure so I hope this helps me.

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Fun day! Aborted PM implant session!!

Well, this has been a fun day! I was scheduled to have my PM installed today at UCLA-Santa Monica hospital with my amazing doctor. Showed up at 6AM this morning, got prepped, drowsed off under sedation and woke up to find out that they couldn't finish the job! Why? 'Cause they got in there and discovered that the vein they wanted to use was too small - something to do with a stenum bone that kind of bends in towards the heart cavity and, since birth, has probably played a little havoc with th...

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To Jessie

Let me know if you got my message. I sent it 3 times and there seem to be a problem. I hope so I went on forever!
cottontop

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sweating,dizziness, severe left arm pain,severe fallscausing injury, and shocks

good day all, i am a 46 yr.old female,i have had my pacer for 2 yrs, and to this day i am having problems daily,cant sleep on left side, the implant rubs my collarbone constantly,i wake up during the night and my heart is racing so severely, my heart dr, says she has done all she can except monitor it, and everytime i go to see her, the guidant person has to reset my pacer, i was never told anything about my insignia being on a recall list until i found it on the internet does any one have any i...

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Pacer check today

Hi Everyone - Today had my PM interrogated - dislike that term, makes it sound like the PM is guilty of something, doesn't it? It is guilty of keeping me going for the past 15 months!

I am pacing 100% in the ventricle, same as 6 months ago and 54% in the atria. Last time that was 52%. It is set pretty low and I still have 5.8 years left on my pacemaker. EKG showed the pacemaker doing its thing. I feel so blessed to have this little gem implanted in me. When I think of the alter...

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So much information!

I'm redoing this because it didn't post and now I can't remember everything I said! Lori: My daughter's heart block was diagnosed in 1994 at her kindergarten physical when her pediatrician heard a murmur (I believe) and sent her to a cardiologist. I had hoped we would be able to "watch and wait" for several years, but her first pacer implant was in 1998. As you read in my "bio", it hasn't been smooth sailing since...
Smitty: You are apparently the resident guru. Would you (and anyone...

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Laser teeth whitening and hair removal

Hi all, recently I was at the dentist having a check up when we got on to talking about laser teeth whitening. Does anyone know if you can have laser treatments such as this or hair removal, eye surgery etc.. does the laser somehow interfere with the PM. Seems unlikely?
Thanks

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You know you're wired when...

You play MP3 files on your pacer.

Member Quotes

A pacemaker suddenly quitting is no more likely to happen than you are to be struck by lightening.