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Can not chat

I cant seem to chat. Help? what am I doing wrong?
Susan

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New to PMC

Active and in good health after only 3 or 4 days of feeling a little dizzy and faint on Feb 28, 2007 I actually fainted at a site just 2 miles from St. Lukes (Mayo) Hospital. Fortunately my wife was with me and able to drive me to the Hospital. I walked into the ER and blacked out for real at the ER desk. When the EMT tried to take my vitals there was no pulse and he began Chest compression. Within minutes I was wheeled into the ER and had several attendants treating me and they called for the C...

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Sorry

Sorry Rand and Ella I cant get back on the chat just wanted you to know I didnt just rudely stopped talking. Nice to talk to you both and I hope hope to do it again real soon.
Susan

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Chat Room

Ok I see a few people are here, talk to me in the chat room i am waiting...lol, Colleen

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Pacemaker update

To all that have helped me I say a big thank you for all your help!!!
If interested pleas reference "Told I need a pacemaker" posting
I have just returned from a specialist in arrhythmias and he reviewed my file and determined that I do not need a pacemaker..although the future may bring differern circumstances but not now. He said due to my heightened vagal tone and active lifestyle I am seeing dropped beats at night. The vagal tone he said is more active at night that is why my holt...

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AT 500

Is there anyone out there who is having problems with this model. It was great at first, then about six months later I started to feel really awful. They went in and found out a lead wasn't turned on, I felt great again, now I back to feeling awful.

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More Recall News

Medscape Alerts
Guidant Issues Advisory on Early ICD Battery Depletion
from Heartwire — a professional news service of WebMD

Steve Stiles



April 11, 2007 (St Paul, MN) - The Boston Scientific division Guidant is warning physicians and patients [1,2] that some models of its Vitality, Vitality 2, and Contak Renewal 3 and 4 lines of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) devices may require...

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a blessing

Saturday morning when I went to religious services at my synagogue I asked my Rabbi if there was a prayer that one gets for getting a pacemaker. He thought for a moment and said, "tick tick, tick tick, tick tick." One more for Blakes next book. AmyMarla

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A similar topic

Hi Guys,

I have been reading your posts with interest. I am flying to Naples from the UK in a couple of months time. It is the first time I have flown since I've had my pacemaker and I'm a little nervous. I have read all your experiences, so I think I'm pretty clued up on what to do and what not to do - thank you all.

I just wondered if there are any language experts on the site who could tell me how to say "I have a pacemaker" in Italian please? I'd like to write it on my...

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flying

What is the protocal for passing through airport security? I've never done it. Should they let us go to the front of the line?
Rusty

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Another ER Visit!

Still wasn't feeling up to speed and started having trouble breathing again today went into the ER and just got out about an hour ago. So they figured out the problem. My pm was causing me to go into tachycardia and my body just couldn't handle it. So the dizzy feeling, and the loss of feeling in my left hand had spread into my feet. Now it is set correctly and hopefully will function well. Every doctor told me I was crazy along with my parents. They tried to tell me it was in my head and when t...

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Hey gang

Hi everybody,
I just had an ICD implanted for the first time last week. I heard about this site and thought it would be nice to be in touch with folks with similar experiences. So far my chest is a little achey from getting a piece of technology lodged in it but apart from that I'm feeling good and looking forward to worrying a little less about my rebellious heart giving me trouble at inoportune times. I just wanted to say hi to everybody. So.."Hi!"

Cheers-
Cory
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TWO SURGERIES

Hello Everyone, I was recently diagnosed with third degree heart block. I am 50 years old and never had any symptoms and felt great! The only way I found out about my condition was by working out at the gym. I always wondered why my heart rate would never get up there when I was on the treadmill. So I decided to go get it checked out. Seems I have a bad AV node.I was implanted with a medtronic dual lead PM of Feb. of this year. Just in time for Valentines Day.The first surgery was not so good....

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VT, ARVD faulty lead?

Hello,
I am 56 years old and have been having episodes of VT over a number of years and 7 years ago I had an ICD implanted and prescribed Sotolol. I have tried Nebivolol and Flecanide but find Sotolol suits me best, however any more than 120 mg per day gives me a headaches and sleepless nights. I was diagnosed as having ARVC (ARVD in USA). Over the past 2.5 years the incidents of VT have increased considerably and I have had quite a number of shocks. In October 2005 I had ablation and was f...

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Symptom Question-Am I crazy?

Like some of you this is all new to me also. I would like to know if anyone else deals with the same issues. The past two years they thought I was having seizures because of an abnormal EEG and I could not wake up in the mornings. After a 7 day sleep deprived EEG they found that my heart rate and blood pressure drops to low and explained that the communication between my brain and my heart doesn't work at times. The EP Doctor said I need a pace maker. I failed the Echo Stress Test but the Heart...

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Sympton Question-Am I crazy?

Like some of you this is all new to me also. I would like to know if anyone else deals with the same issues. The past two years they thought I was having seizures because of an abnormal EEG and I could not wake up in the mornings. After a 7 day sleep deprived EEG they found that my heart rate and blood pressure drops to low and explained that the communication between my brain and my heart doesn't work at times. The EP Doctor said I need a pace maker. I failed the Echo Stress Test but the H...

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no marathon

Hello all,
It's going on 4 weeks since I got my pm. It was a rocky start but I have been doing better daily, for the most part. I still don't feel 100% yet. I'm writing today because today was the marathon I was hoping to run. I had trained and lost 50 lbs but due to bradychardia I was given the pm and my first marathon went out the window. I went out to cheer on my friend and training partner. I was so sad at first but when he ran by I jumped out and ran with him to talk to him. He...

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Has anyone heard from Electric Frank?

I was just wondering if anyone has heard from Electric Frank
lately? .He used to have some very good answers to some of our postings.
Hope he is OK!

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Chatting now

Chatting now until 4 pm EST .
see below posting

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Update!

I haven't had a chance to get on lately. I spent Fri night Sat morning in the ER with more pain. My pacemaker is doing fine my heart rate was tachy and my blood pressure decided to go high and then went down. I was severly dehydrated and my potassium level was at 3 which is low. I had the sharpest chest pain that I had expereienced since getting the pacemaker. They gave me a lot of drugs to help with all the pain. The ER doctor said that it could be atleast another month before I have complete f...

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