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<*>*<*> Happy Birthday! <*>*<*>

To a very special member, and a very dear friend.
September 5, 2007.

Maureen, your name means " Star of the Sea. " And as such, here is a poem I'm sure was written with you in mind.
I hope you have a super nice special day.

~ Dominique ~

A poem by Edith | 6/1/2007 age 12.

Beautiful Maiden, Star of the sea,
Look down with love, upon me.
Give me grace, hope, love and truth,
To keep with forever through old age and youth.
G...

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Quick chest pain followed by sweating

Had my PM installed in May. This has happened to me about 5 times since. I get a quick sharp pain in my chest (like one quick heart beat) and break out in a cold sweat.
Went EMERG the first time it happened and had blood work and ECG. All looked to be "normal", but this can't be normal... can it?

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:)

Hi peoples,
How I missed this cyber-place. It’s been what…..10 years? It feels like it. First, important announcements:
HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY TO:
1. Lenora: August 28
2. Winelover: August 31, 1954
3. Chris (CBulifant): September 1, 1970
My apologies for my late announcement! I hope you all had a great b-day and got everything you wished for :)
And “hi there!” to all the newly implanted pacer people :) I’m sure you al...

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Punch

So this is kind of a dumb post but one of my friends that hasn't seen me in a long time greeted me with a punch to the chest (it wasn't meant in a bad way). Anyway he punched me right on my ICD, he totally forgot I had it and felt awful after. Nothing seems to be wrong but I wonder if I should be worried about anything. It's probably fine. I feel stupid calling my Dr. about it so I haven't. Has anyone had something similar with a blow to the area? I'm guessing since the box is made out of titani...

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fast/slow heart rate

hi i was just wondering if anyone knew the answer as to why i suffer from a regular fast heartrate sometimes and need beta blockers to slow the rate and yet i had to have a pacemaker for intermittent heart block. what i dont understand is why i have a fast heart rate that needs slowing sometimes and yet i needed a pacemaker for episodes of heart block. hope this makes sense but no one seems to understand why im confused especially as im aware of the fastheart rate but had no symptoms to the hea...

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premature atrial contractions?

So after my pacemaker was installed 3 weeks ago I started getting these weird flutters in my heart when I was walking around or on the phone. These things where happening 20 to 40 times a day and it was getting to the point and still is where I am getting scared that I will never function normally again. The doctors are trying all different types of med's but nothings working. I am being held hostage to this. Doe's anyone have the same?

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Swimming

Hi,
This is my first post.I had my P.M installed in March this year after some palpitations and very occasional dizzy spells.It has been an experience over the last 6 months and I'm finally getting into full swing with my exersize.I want to swim but am not sure about the risk of lead dislodgement or crushing.I am also confused as to the weather or not I should do weights.

Cheers
Pete

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Reveal Plus Implantation

I have VasoVagal Syncope and my Doctor wants to implant an Reveal Plus. Has anyone had this procedure, how did you feel during the implant. What does it tell the Doctor? I want information from Patients view for Reveal Plus.

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Photo Album project

Hello Everyone all over the World!

As you can see thus far we have raised $250.00 and are half way to the goal of $500.00. For anyone not familiar with the project, many of us thought having a photo album of our Pacemaker Club friends would be a wonderful thing! Since most of us will not have an opportunity to meet face-to-face a photo album would make us feel like we know a person. The folks on this board are some of the best friends I will "never meet". It is kind of like having...

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Pacemaker Pain

A while ago I posted about having pain around my pacemaker. It's 15 years old, I had it implanted when I was 11, and I have never had pain around it before. At your advice, I went to the doctor (I didn't see my regular cardio) and he said that it didn't seem to be an infection, there is no swelling, inflammation or discoloration, and that the pacemaker was possible pushing on something, or it was a muscle pull. It has been two weeks and I'm still having discomfort. The pain is not severe, bu...

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Info on dangers

I've seen lots of questions on what devices are okay and not lately, I've done a project for school on pacemakers before and saw this sight so I went back to it and got the information.

This information was copied from:
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=24

Devices that may put your pacemaker at risk
If you have an artificial pacemaker, be aware of your surroundings and the devices that may interfere with pulse generators. This list will help...

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Be thankful for a little bit of Tech

All,

I am a 50 Test and Design Engineer fatehr of 3 (9,9 &4). This past May I developed CHF and we, (The Docs and I), didn't know how bad it was until I had not been able to sleep for a week and went to the ER. While in the ER I had 3 micro attacks. Following a grunch of tests including a PET they were able to figure out theat the lower third of my heart was just dead meat. And a Bypass wouldn't do any good. So after the letters and the anger, the sadness and teh fear, the Docs s...

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microwaves

Ive heard so much about microwaves yes and no about them being harmful. My Dr. tells me they dont affect a pacemaker. It must be in my head...but when a family member uses the microwave I feel something in my arm.....am I imagining it or what?
Thank you!!

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Junctional Rhythm and Pacemaker

I've been putting off getting a PM for several years. Actually my 5 year old problem with an exercise induced bradycardia was not diagnosed as requiring a PM till a couple of years ago. Anyway, now it seems my heart goes into a junctional rhythm when I start exercising. Sometimes it is an accelerated rhythm. (The junctional is a backup pacemaker and if it's accelerated that means it's actually going faster than the sinus node).

My EP says that a PM by itself may not help and I'm goin...

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weightlifting

To Mr Boatman,
I received your message in regards to weightlifting. You mentioned you have full range of motion with no weight restrictions. Could you tell me how intense are your workouts and what weightlifting movements do you perform?
Thank you,
Charlie

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weightlifting

Hi....Im a 52 year old male and had a pacemaker put in om Aug.24th, 2007. My question is this:
I have been lifting weights my whole life even competiing in powerliting. Once I give myself the necessary time to heal, will I be able to continue my weight training?
Thank you,
Charlie

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Ipods & Pacemakers

Hi, I read on the web about Ipods affecting pacemakers, has anyone else read about it? & would like hear about other peoples views on this?, how true is it? also is there any recent reasearch on other things that we should be aware of?

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FOR EVERYONE.


Poem Title: Celebrate Labor Day

Working everyday
morning, noon and night
We deserve a little break
don't you think that's right?

Bring the picnic basket
with all the good things to eat
For today we'll take it easy
and give ourselves a treat

We'll play horseshoes
or maybe some volleyball
We'll do a little swimming
together with friends and all

So celebrate labor day
and whatever your plans may be...

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~~~Photo Album~~~

Just wondered what happened to all the enthuiasm for the photo album.....the total seems to have been the same for around three weeks..
I would have thought with the amount of members we have we should have made the $500 in the first week and had some spare to help Blake with his charity
I seem to remember members asking Blake for the album to be part of the site it would be a shame to let it slide now.

Just my opinion.....Peter

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Can you feel the pacer kick in?

Will someone educate me on what (if anything) you feel when your pacer kicks in? Right now, I can't imagine it would be worse than the chest cramping I have. I've heard from people about 3 brands of pace makers: Medtronic, St. Jude and Guidant. Are there any other brands? I'm spending the weekend researching each.

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You know you're wired when...

The meaning of personal computer is taken a step further.

Member Quotes

The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.