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Did you see this site information?

This may be old info., but it is something you might want to have for reference.
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/safety/easnote.html

Barb

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pacemaker

Gellia & Cathryn thanks so much for your positive comments, it really makes me feel there's hope. I really still have a lot of questions that my doctor doesn't seem to answer really good, I feel like I' m not in good hands with this doctor, so I'm looking for another cardiologist for my next appointment on August.

Have a great day
Debbie

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MRI Scan

I was at the hospital yesterday, on another problem and the specialist recommended that I went for an MRI scan. I pointed out that I had a PM and thought it was not advisable. He took a note of the make and model and thought that some types did not cause a problem.

I have a St Jude, dual chamber, and when I read the book, it says to avoid Electro Magnet Interference, EMI and lists an MRI scan as a source of EMI.

Just wondered if anybody else has any experience of MRI scans.

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Could this be a good sign?

HI everyone. I can only imagine each of you must be just aching to hear some good news about my situation. I hope this is.

I told myself yesterday I was only going to try one last time with the docs at the current place. This was before I went back to see my internist there--which was yesterday. Well, she has ordered additional lab work to look at muscle enzyme (for damage) and also a CT scan with contrast--which is about as close to venogram I can get without getting one.

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thanks and a question

First time to the site as I was diaganosed and pacemaker fitted 2weeks ago all within 6weeks (what a shock!) Having now read so many different letters on so many subjects, I needed answers to. I would like to say thank you and how very reassurring it is to have so many people going through the same worries and having someone to help give you an answer that knows what it feels like.I live in U.K drive an auto car when is it safe to drive again there seems to be a bit of confusion. Look forward...

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IT'S TIME FOR A GOOD HEALTHY LAUGH.

It's been a while since we've had something to laugh about. I hope this little quip makes up for it.

The following quotes were taken from actual medical records dictated by physicians. They appeared in a column written by Richard Lederer, Ph.D. for the Journal of Court Reporting. These and other language gems will be featured in Lederer's new book - Fractured English, to be published by Pocket Books in the fall of 1997.

* By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart h...

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You Rang...?

"I'm sorry to hear she's been a bit off lately"
Hey, wait a minute; I’m not off! Oh, health wise you mean… :)

First, thank you Cathryn, Jessie, Tammy, and Suze for all the prayers. It truly means a lot to me. Its so good to chat with people on this site, b/c even though the world is psycho and demented, its great to know that there are people who truly care about others, especially if they haven’t even met in person! But then again, some can also be caring and psycho, haha j...

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Pacemaker

On 6/8/2007 I had to go to the emergency room due to sharp chest pains, at first i didn't want to go thinking it was gas!!! but pain was getting worse so i decided it was time for me to go to the hospital. As soon as I got into the emergency I had a heart attack!!! my heart stoped for 5 seconds (flatline) hr later second heart attack, heart stops for 6 seconds, minutes later third heart attack, this time stops for 8 seconds, I only woke up for the cardiologist to tell me I needed a pacemaker and...

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Update--again

Hi everyone,

I wasn't sure if I should post this...I just want everyone on this site to know how much I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement I've been given.

I went to my EP's colleague yesterday to talk about possibly extracting my device and repositioning it on the other side. He said he would do it, but he called the procedure on me "dangerous" and "life-threatening." He made no hesitation to scare the living c__p out of me. I don't want to do anything in this...

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TENS and pacemaker

I have a pacemaker placed due to asymptomatic high grade AV block on 6/25/07. I had a lumbar fusion with instrumentation on 1/24/07. I was using a TENS unit for pain control and neuropathy in my leg. Just wondering if anyone knows if it is safe to use my TENS unit with pacemaker.

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possible pacemaker infection

Hi everyone. I am a 34 woman who had my pacemaker placed on 6/25/07 (St. Jude) for asymptomatic high grade AV block. Since 7/15/07 I have had drainage from my incision site and the site keeps opening more, it is now about halfway open. I was started on Keflex 500mg four times a day. I have seen my EP doc 2 times since then and have been to the ER twice. I am fearful that my pocket will become infected and will need my pacemaker replaced. After 9 days of antibiotics the site is still draining lot...

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interfere

does anyone know if an icd can interfere with radio equipment I am a 911 Dispatcher

Thanks Denise

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Confused about type of sensor

Hello club,
I am scheduled to recieve a PM next month. I enjoy running and cycling alot. I only have slow resting heart rate. So far, my rate climbs normally when excercising. What is the best sensor for runners and cyclists? Accelerometer? Or minute ventilator?


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Defective Pacemaker

Just recently had to replace my pacemaker (model #5370) because of a "defect". The surgery this time took alot out of me - can't seem to get my energy level back and I'm unable to walk long distances. Has anyone experienced this? It might be that I'm expecting too much too soon. My surgery was just last week. Would appreciate any comments or advice you might have to offer. Thanks.

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Where's Valerie?

Has anyone heard from Valerie lately? I'm missing her goofy jokes and helpful information in the postings for the last few weeks and wondering what's up with her? Are you on vacation perhaps? Let us hear from you, girl! My daily dose of laughs is down with your absence. Take care, Cathryn

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What's recovery time/process like?

After 15 years of dealing with an idiopathic arrythmia I've arrived at the point where it's time for a pacemaker - bottom end of my heart rate is now going too low. I'm pretty cool with the whole idea, given that I figured out 15 years ago that I'd need one of these things eventually. I'm just glad the technology exists and that it works - thanks to all those who have done this before me! So I go for my implant sometime in August.

But being the active (and otherwise healthy) person t...

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Stopped working

Hi everyone, just wanted you all to know that my pacemaker has stopped working and i have to go in in a few days time to have a new one. Mine lasts for 3 years and in May this year i started beeping, went to the hospital and was told that my batteries were going and that i have 3 months to change them before they went completely dead. As i was alarming 4 times a day and was quite loud i had the alarms turned off. To my surprise on thursday i was beeping again. Went in friday and was told it was...

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An update.

Hi all. I have not posted for a while, so I thought I would update everyone. I still read the site daily, and am greatfull for the information.
I had my lower rate set @ 80 in january and they were going to change the rate to 60 at a later date. When they changed the rate in May, within 24 hours of my base rate being set @ 60 I had headaches, dizzyness and was exhausted.
I waited about 6 weeks to see if my body would adjust and had no improvement. Mid june I had my lower rate changed...

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cough

Hi Folks,
I had my implant at the end of April...things went very well. I am doing fine. I did start a cough..dry..and it has lasted up to this day. My GP says there is nothing in my lungs..it must be an allergy. I was just wondering if anybody that the same symptom..I really don't think it is the PM but I though I would ask...I am on vasotec for the last 10 years so I don't beleive it is the drug...any suggestions/
Gary

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Getting a new lead in a different country

Hi all! Let me just it's wonderful that there is a site like this one. I'm 29 and I've had a pacemaker for 5 years now, due to neurocardiogenic syncope... I've felt much better since then, except for the last few months when I got exceptionally tired. So I went to see the pacemaker technician and they said they have to replace a lead. The NHS, in the UK, just sent me a letter saying that I'm being admitted on Monday to replace the lead. I'm originally from Mexico and have always been treated in...

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Member Quotes

As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.