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MINI MAZE PROCEDURE

Hello
This is my second post today so many questions. I had mentioned being in afib now for about 4-5 days i have a pacemaker for tachy - brady syndrome i take coumadin i also take digoxin and tambacor ant atenalol because of the afib but have never had it last so long anyway the last time i saw my cardiologist he mentioned doing a mini maze procedure he told me there was only one dr in colorado who did this and he happened to be at the hospital i use has anyone had this and did it work he...

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Hi Dani

Sorry to hear you are headed for a pacer as well.
I have no family history. I actually got a virus and it went to my heart and I got ectopic atrial tachycardia. Long story short
it took 4 ablations to get rid of it and ended up with heart rate too slow and it stopping multiple times a day for 8 seconds.

I was very dizzy, short of breath, and had no exercise tolerance. It happened pretty quick after my last ablation. I do feel 100 % better since the pacer though, other than t...

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Should I get a PM?

I gave birth 5.5 weeks ago. at 9 days postpartum, I felt a little weird (figured it was anxiety, long time sufferer) so I checked my bp, was 170 /97 pulse 44 called OB they said go to ER. I was just tired. just had a baby....Endedup seeing a cardioologist. had a holter shows sleeping rate 33-70's and day rate 50's - 100's I do not think I am really having symptoms because when i get dizzy I will checck my pulse its around 60 then Ill feeli ng fine at night and it is sometimes down in the u...

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new to club!

Hi all
I am a new pacer pt. Just received pacer almost 3 months ago at 26 for SSS. I was wondering if anyone ever experienced increased pain in pocket and sharp electric like pain in lead area. I have a dual chamber that was placed under the muscle. I have had increased pain and low grade fevers( up to 101) over past two months. All blood cultures negative. Is this normal and has anyone had this? I am trying to convince myself it's normal but any experiences would be appreciated! Thanks

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Pacemaker for SSS now Heart beating SVT

Hello, It's been a long time since I was at the site--
In Dec 2006 I got my new Medtronic Adapta. Things have been great. I had a pacemaker checkup 4 weeks after in implant, everything was great. I was told with this pacemaker I would have it checked every six months. Well, that was in July, and I had 19 episodes of SVT. My doctor did not like the results and had the rep could to his office and have a recheck. Now I'm on a Beta Blocker(hate the side effects) again and back to 3 month check...

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Not Quite Right

On June 11, 2007 I had my PM implanted. Since then there have been several times when I have went to get up after a few steps felt odd. It's hard to describe. I feel kind of light headed or in a fog all of a sudden, like maybe getting ready to pass out. I know things like this happen as we age but this has happened a lot more since I got my PM.

I had bypass surgery on February 7, 2007. All my doctors tell me there is nothing mechanically wrong with my heart and I've never had a hear...

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A FIB WITH PACER

Hello
Have not been on for a bit but the site changes are great,love it.Anyway my question is about a fib and pacer i have been in a fib now for several days went to er and the Dr there said i was throwing pvc and i told him no i think thats the pacer he said you are probably right LOL and he is the Dr. anyway since i already was diagnosed with afib they just said call my dr see what he wants to do so i did he said double my tambacor and see him on 8/14 well the problem is i am still in a...

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Left Shoulder Pain

I thas been nine weeks since my PM implant and around 2-3 weeks ago, I started having almost spasm type pain in my uppe left shoulder on the inside. I had been sore at times since the implant but now if I turn my shoulder a certain way, it really pains for a few seconds. I am wondering if I may have some inflammation in the rotator cuff and would need some Physcial Therapy. Any comments?

Sharon

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Golf Swing

G'day, newcomer from Australia here. Had an ICD implanted a week ago.

Feeling pretty good and as a golfer, keen to get back into it.

Read a few posts on here which indicate there should be no problem after a few weeks, but the thing that bothers me at the moment is that it would appear that the device will actually get in the way of my swing.

I'm right handed and the implant is on the left pectoral, and when I take my left arm across my chest, my stretch is r...

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To: Pat

Thanks Pat for your answer to my PM pinching. I have
only one lead wire and today was the first time to be
aware of this discomfort in that area. This is not a constant thing. Just got a phone call from MD and they will see me
Monday morning just to make sure everthing is ok.
Gene

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AH! Sorry!

I didn't write a birthday post for FOUR pacers. Not good.
Well, better late than never I guess.
So, lets see....

1.Amanda: July 29, 1956
2.Karen: July 31, 1962
3.Neat: August 2, 1966
4.Constance (carismendez): August 2, 1983

And now, I’ll do my best to overanalyze the birthdates given, just for my own amusement.

Amanda was 6 when Karen was born.
When our pacer “Neat” was born, Amanda was 10, and Karen was 4.
Then, when Constanc...

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Pinching around PM after 6 wks.

Just wondered if an;yone has experienced a pinching sensation around the pacemaker after 6 weeks of the implant? This occurs on a sporadic basis. I have not done anything as far as heavy exertion until Tuesday. I played my first tennis game but used my right hand...implant on left side. I did lift some pebble stones in a bag that same day but have really not lifted anything heavy during this entire period. Please contact about this if you have experienced same feeling. Thanks Gene Ray

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Just

celebrated another birthday thanks to the Pacemaker. I don't know if you know the book Harry Potter but did you know I share a birthday with him and his author J.K. Rowling. Had a nice quiet day with family.

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Holter Monitor Data

After the Holter Monitor Data is studied, is it ever in a summarized format that can be reasonably understood by the patient? Has anyone ever seen their findings? --EL

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29 with pacer and ready to start a family

I'm 29 and have had a pacer since I was 17. Things have gone well over the years and I've only had 1 battery change since but my doctor tells me that in the next 2 years I will probably need the surgery again. He also said I could be considered high risk because of a slight arythmia. Of course, my husband and I talked about having a baby in almost exactly 2 years too. I don't take any meds and I'm very active but I'm concerned.

For those of you who have had children with a PM - did an...

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inappropriate or appropriate?

This is a very private matter for me because I am pretty new to the whole pacemaker thing so I don't exactly know if this was ok or not.
I went in for a check up on my pacemaker and everything with my device is fine. I just need to know for pacer check ups where they have felt around your pacers and how low down your chest they feel. It probably sounds silly, I didn't think much at all until some more awkward things happened in the appointment with just us two and the closed door.

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Tate's Getting PM on Aug. 6

Hello new friends,

WOW! This is all so new to me. Please offer any information that might be helpful to us. Our soon to be 5 year old son (Tate) will receive a pacemaker on Monday, Aug.6, 2007. Tate was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and has recently developed a slow heartbeat & irregular heart rhythms. Tate has had 3 open heart surgeries & several heart caths during the past 4 1/2 years. He has gone into total heart block on 4 different occassions. We knew he would...

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update time once again!

I got my day finally scheduled to go to Mayo Clinic it will be Oct. 1 and 2nd. The first cardiologist apt was suppose to be in Aug. and he referred me on right away is what the lady over the phone told me today. I take it that he knew he couldn't do anything for me.
I still have been pretty weak and continue to get tired really easy though have came to realize that i'm just going to have to work around this.
My chriopractor has been one of my great friends through out my child ho...

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To Smitty

Hi Smitty - I responded to an email from Vicki, a newbie, on this site. However, my answer is really inadequate. Would you please once again post your explanation of how a PM works, when it works, etc.,; you did this for me last year & it made everything so clear for me. She has an unusual set of circumstances and you are the best person I know of to help her understand. There are some other newbies, too, who I believe will benefit from your words of wisdom. Thank you, my friend. God bless...

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Ablation

Hi everyone. I have just returned from an appointment with consultant and he is advising me to consider having an ablation.
This is because my A.F is getting worse and worse despite them trying different medication and strengths. I have a pacemaker which he says will make it easier. I dont really remember mush of the info I was given can anyone fill me in on the pro's and cons..many thanks Jude.

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Since I got my pacemaker, I don't pass out anymore! That's a blessing in itself.