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wire coming out?

I had my pm put in Aug. 3 and pulled the leads out a couple days later...had to have surgery again to put them back. All was fine till a few days ago when I noticed a white bump a little above the suture line. It looks like a pimple. I went for a routine visit to my cardiologist today and brought it to his attention. He said it is a wire from the pacemaker and could be a major problem if it breaks through the skin. I am scheduled to go back to the surgeon Sept. 17. Has anyone ever had some...

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Chat Room

People do visit the chat room but it seems that they miss each other, and there is nobody to chat. Perhaps it would be good if those that wanted a chat visited there on the hour or thereabouts; that way at least if anybody is going to be there, they will be there.

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Arm movement questions

Most of the literature warns about lifting and moving your arm above your head on the side where the PM is implanted. Does anyone know of any restrictions for lifting (like a 15 lb suitcase) using the arm on the side where the PM was not implanted? It has been about 12 days since I had the operation.

Thanks

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Well tomorrow is pacemaker day!!!

I have surgery in the morning. I am getting a little nervous but you guys helped me see it was going to be ok. Thanks alot for the responses and also for the info as I read other posts.

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Guitar strap concern

I am right handed guitarist, concerned with pressure of strap on inplant on leftside to be done at 6:00am tomorrow the 29th . any guitarist out there with any advice regarding this concern PLEASE respond as soon possible. THANK YOU

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Problem With Pacemaker

My mother is experiencing a strange sensation with her new pacemaker. This is her third one and she has never experienced this before. Every three hours, she feels three thumps or pulses, around the clock. Her pacemaker model is Adapta made by Medtronic. Has anyone ever had this happen or knows of someone that has had this problem? Her cardiologist is puzzled by this and wants to give her a new lead and another pacemaker. She is 79 years old and is recovering from the other pacemaker surgery Aug...

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Stress Relief

Since my bypass surgery in February and then PM implanted in June, I seem to get stressed out a whole lot easier. I'll feel sick for two or three days. My cardiologist has told me there is nothing mechanically wrong with my heart. I've never had a heart attack. He tells me that I'll still have bad days from time to time but not to worry about them. He has told me to get my mind off how I feel and quit checking my bp all the time. He says when you check your bp too often you'll expect it to be hi...

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Occasiona numb feeling in upper Diaphragm

My was installed in May. Healing has been pretty good.
Here's a question:
While driving across the US and Canada, I would notice a numbness kind of feeling in my upper diaphragm. No pain, just a numbness.
Has anybody else had this? I just feels so odd.

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Thank You All

I just wanted to say thank you all very much for all the helpful and wonderful comments you have given me. I know things always look bad in the middle of the night. lol but actually things are starting to look up. I got my pacemaker on an emergency basis and was not expecting anything like this to happen at all. I was just feeling tired and exhausted lately at work and had no get up and go. I attributed it to the heat (it has been sooooo hot here in Georgia lately) and thought that was all...

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latest rush to the hospital

hi this is my second time to post,i went to the er in my home town with chest pains racing heart,dizziness and very weak,they called a guidant rep to come to er to take readings ,she turned down the lower chamber as low as she could,and left the er dr,sent me home with an angina attack, told me to follow up with my family dr next day, went and the ekg reading then sent me to a heart institute, where the pacer was put in 2 yrs ago, the tech was thier and he said the bottom chamber was pacing befo...

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really nervous

hi all im new to this site and i hope all u pacers dont think im mad....i got my first pacer in 2003 due to heart block in aug 2006 i started to feel unwell one of the leads came out causing pacer to pause vry scary i tought i was going to die.now sometimes i feel it is happening again i feel funny like its going to pause but it doesnt i have all the symptoms except the dizziness i had as before its like i have a lump in my throat does this make any sence to any1

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depression

I have just gotten a pacemaker implanted, only a week ago. It is really kind of scary and upsetting. But the pain is slowly going away and I do feel so much better than I have in a long time, that it is strange that I feel so depressed. Any suggestions would be appreciated
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Due For Repalacement

I due to have a replacement pacemaker in the next 6months. My job is very physical i can be on my feet up to 12hrs a day. Sometimes i cant keep up with my day. Im tired beyond what i can physically & emotionally can handle. My pacer is fine & my heart is fine. I wanted to know if anyone else feel like this or if my im letting fear get the best of me.

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Has anyone heard of this??

Hello
I am 24yrs old...i have had my PM for 7 months now. Recently i have been helping my new boyfriend on the farm..and have had some extreme irregular heartbeats. Everytime i get on the fourwheeler or drive or ride in the truck over alot of bumps..i get a lump in my throat..shortness of breath..and have irregular heart beat....EVERY SINGLE TIME...i go over alot of bumps!! Does anyone else experience this or does anyone know the cause or could this hurt me...what do i need to do???
Al...

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Medic Alert Bracelet Question

Can anyone tell me what should be engraved on a medic alert bracelet besides the fact that I have a pacemaker? Should I have the manufacturer and type? What about doctor name and number? Thanks for helping.

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Longest lasting pacer???

Hi everyone!! i just had a visit with my cardiologist yesterday. My pacemaker turned 15 in July and the battery is still going strong!! I feel very lucky about this, and I asked the pacemaker tech how long the longest pacemaker lasted. She said the longest she knew personally was 23 years. Does anyone know of one that lasted longer??? I'm just curious!!

Thanks!!!

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You know you are getting old when...

Old Age Jokes

You know you're getting old when....
- When your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you're barefoot.
- When your doctor doesn't give you x-rays anymore but just holds you up to the light.
- When a sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemakeropens the garage door nearest you.
- When you remember when the Dead Sea was only sick. eel good.
- You have more patience; but actually, it's just that you don't care any more. <...

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what should i expect

hi everyone, iam a 47 yr old man ive had cardiomyopothy since birth and i also take metatropl 25 mgs a day like forever now . but last week i had a very scarry spell with fast heartbeat and chest pian sweating i thought it was a heart attack b ut my dr says no now i need a pacemaker they say , just wanted to know what should i except will my life change much ?

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chest pain

Hi, I'm 35 female & had my second pacemaker in 2004 but when I had my first 1, I had problems with 1 of the leads, so when they did the second pacemaker they capped the lead to prevent further problems, thinking that everything was ok & working fine I was told during 1 of my check ups that again 1 of the leads were'nt working properly, so they put my appointments to every 3 months.
Also, I've just recently been having chest pains, specially around the area of where my wires lie, the kind o...

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Our Valerie

Hi Everyone -

I had a lovely email from sweet Valerie yesterday. She has had some continuing medical problems but managine okay. It is apparent she has a wonderful, loving, supportive family. She did send me a joke so I know she's still got that sense of humor and spirit. She lives about 15 miles from me as the crow flies, so we're hoping at some point we can meet up soon. I'm looking forward to also meeting her mom. For those of you who are new, when I had knee replacement surg...

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You know you're wired when...

You have a maintenance schedule just like your car.

Member Quotes

A properly implanted and adjusted pacemaker will not even be noticeable after you get over the surgery.