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problems again

I have been told that i have sinus traycardia( i may have spelled
it wrong). I have been sick for a month with constant coughing
and congestion.they have put me on antibiotic 3 times.
i am dizzy and short of breath.some chest pain off and on.
they are sending me to my heart dr again.
What is this condition.i have a pacemaker.
could someone help?

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Problems in the cold

I am a first time poster and I very pleased to find such a helpful site. I have had a dual unit medtronic defibrillator since September 2002. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with others, particularly those new to the procedure. For now I need to find out if others are having the same problems as I am.

My experience with the defibrillator has genearlly been very positive after I got over some very long and painful left arm and chest pain issues post surgery (6 mon...

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tingle in left arm

please let me know if anyone else has had any tingling in there left arm, it seems to be getting worse as the weeks go on. dont want to go to the e.r. if i dont have to. thanks

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Hello Kay

Thanks for the message....
Great to hear from fellow Aussie....
Your only a early one with your pacer....
Hope all goes well with it which I am sure it will.....
Message me anytime...
Denise
And if there is anyone who wants to chat feel free....
I would like to know I can help..

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EMT's and a pacemaker

My brother had his first pacemaker put in 10 years ago; it was replaced almost 5 years ago. It was checked in March and scheduled to be re-checked in May for battery life. In May it would have been 5 years old. He died suddenly this week without having any known problems. When the EMT's came and were told that he had implanted pacemaker, they said they were not picking up any signal from it.

Does this sound like battery failure? I called the measurement company and was told the E...

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Coping with your Pacer from One who has had one for 42 years

Hi everyone...
I was 8 when I recieved my first pacer....42 years later I am still here and enjoying a wonderful life.
Everyone....Please be postive...think postive and go out and take on the world. Believe me..I've had my share of ups and downs..I've had over 20 ops in my life...but truly I never let it get me down. I am married to a wonderful man,had 4 great kids and now I am the nan to 3 little girls. I have tried to do everything. Even now I still excerise and walk regularly. The...

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Countdown

Thank all the posters with their information about getting ready for surgery. Due to your information, I did my shopping, and am now set up. My date for surgery is May 2, 2007. If it hadn't been for this website, I wouldn't have known to get a strapless bra and button shirts to wear after surgery.
I am getting my PM due to a heartrate of about 36. I'm a 56 year old woman, and I'm tired of feelin' tired! This site has been an education and a comfort to me. Thanks again. :-) Barb

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Dental Root Canal Work

Two days ago my Dentist wanted to start Root Canal work on one of my teeth.
However, he postponed it because of a piece of dental equipment that almost all dentist now use for root canal work, and he was unsure if this equipment would be a problem with my St Jude Pacemaker.
The equipment in question is known a a "MORITA APICAL LOCATER"
This above-mentioned dental equipment, replaces the old system of the dentist having to use a small hand file to clean out the tooth canal befor...

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Lenora, are you out there?

Hi Lenora, I have been reading Elisa and Surferman's comments about BP readings, meds, etc. and they have a lot of questions. Reading their postings I realize that these are great questions we can all learn from. Could you possibly address this for all of us? We need our resident RN to help out. I haven't been on for over a week and am so glad to be back! Thank you and as always God bless and keep you.
Sharon

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lead wire extraction-YIKES

Hi all I'm 47 had a pacer since 19 many lead changes ( excess hardware) had a percutaneous laed extraction 5years ago - did not care for it at all LOL- Now my battery is done and no room at the inn I need another extraction they shot for 6 last time got 3 one broke in half took myself off coumadin after 2 years not a good drug unless you eat the same food everyday - I'm not the best eater- I have numerous abandoned leads some are since I was 19- screw ins you name it it's probably in there - I a...

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Losing weight

Hi, my son is 20 years old has had a pace/difib. since 14 years old. He is now in the best shape of his life. He was not over weight - but had a football player built. You really could not see the pace/difib. before. Now that he has lost weight you really see the square spot. Do other people have it that visible?
Do you cover it? What about in the summer and swimming He is always wearing a tshirt.
Also, when you have the battery changed - do they make the incision on the same li...

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Shocking experience!

I turned my head and received a quite jolt at work, it ran from my neck to my chest and down my arm. It felt like I had been shocked but it might have just been nerve endings. It really was rather uncomfortable. I had this happen to me several times with my old pm but this is the first time since I got my new one in January 06. Anyone else ever have this happen?


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Having a good time..

Hey everyone i am so glad that i have found this site! its great. Well i know that this question may be something that alot of people look down upon but has anyone had any complications with their pacer because of drinking? Im 22 years old and like to go out and have a good time. I am just afraid that something could happen. So if some of you have had experience with drinking with your pm and could tell me about it that would be great! thanks

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Throbbing...

Hey all, Im leah im 22 years old and had a pacemaker put in last month. Now a month after i am having some throbbing kinda around my pacemaker. I was just curious if anyone has ever encountered this or if im just experiencing something different. I call my nurse all the time and now i thought i might just ask you all.

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Looking for others with same experience

Hello! I am a 39 year old woman who just got a pacemaker
on Tuesday. The whole thing is just crazy how it happened and it is a long story. My question is............is it normal the first couple of days to feel irrigularities in my heartbeat when lying down? My pm does not kick in till 110 because it is being used to prevent a block that is rate related.....usually exercise brings it on. Kind of a problem since I am a p.e. teacher. Anyway, I am pretty sore but that seems to be lessoni...

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Denise

Hi....I had my first pacemaker at the age of 8
Now 42 years later.....I am still having a wonderful life here in the lovely land of the loveable Aussie
I am married....had 4 healthy children and I am the proud grandma of 3 girls.
I want to travel to the wonderful USA for holidays....
is there any restricion for coming to US with a medical condition.. I am travellling for the first time overseas....

Thanks

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Guidance

I am a therapist treating a client who has had two ablations and has been recently told a pacemaker is the primary form of treatment to asssit with her arrhythmia. My client is extemely skeptical, and fearful of this option. This is outside my scope of practice (cardiac issues) and I thought some peer support may assist with my client's decision making process.

Does anyone know of any support groups in the greater Toronto area that I could refer the client to??

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Help

Hi I don't know if this is the right forum for me. I do not have a pacemaker but my 46 yr old husband had one implanted almost 3 weeks ago and life has gotten worse not better.
He had the PM put in after a car accident indicated that his heart was pausing. We were told that shortly he would be better than ever. He was a healthy man, walks 8 miles a day, doesn't drink, smoke, or eat poorly. He should have bounced back quickly from the procedure??? His dr. wants another blood test in 3...

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chat

though I am happy that the chat is up and running. I am able to use it and before the changes I could not access it at all. The only thing is that one can not see who is on the chat before one posts.
I think there needs to be a feature that shows a list of those that are in the chat room . and I think there could be a time that all could understand ,like zulu time or military time. That way there is no confusion. I do believe lots seem to like it but getting more on would be great.
J...

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Chiropractor Visit

Is it ok to see a chiropractor for adjustments and what should I becareful of

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Your old device becomes a paper weight for your desk.

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