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Drop in Heart Rate and Blood Pressure During Exercise

Hey all,

I wanted to tap into the collective wisdom of the board since my doctors haven't been able to diagnose the issue.

This past spring I developed an issue while exercising (speed walking - 2.8 to 3.0 mph).  After going 2.3-3.0 mi, my HR will suddenly drop (less than 30s) to my resting HR (I have a Galaxy Watch, Wahoo arm band, and Polar H10 chest strap).  I then become dizzy and feel fatigued; furthermore, I am unable to raise my HR more than 10-20 bpm and am j...

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Entresto

Hey folks, I have had a pacemaker since April of 2020. Immediately after surgery I felt great, but then my doctor turned my resting rate up to 65 and started me on Entresto. Since then I have been very tired. When I sleep, it just doesn't feel like the sleep is nearly as good as it once was. Trying to figure out if it's the new drug or the higher rate. I'm only 40 years old and had minimal issues with fatigue prior to being diagnosed. Any thoughts?

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fatigue issues

Hi all....any advice most valuable please..?

Had my 3 lead pacemaker tweeked recently to suit my increase in rate response required at higher alpine elevations.This has made a hugh difference to my training plan and I was able to dig deeper when required.

I have been working out real well and snowshoeing through deep snow regularly for long periods.

I have just led a 5 day alpine skiils course that has left me feeling very depleted energy wise and suffering fatigue. ...

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having problems with newly installed dual chamber Biotronik Edora pacer

i am new to this group and just had my pacer installed thursday July 2nd. I thought everything was ok but a few times during recovery i felt this weird rumbling feeling, i told the doctor and staff about it but they said it was probably normal and was making adjustments... so i went with that, i got released and home friday and contunued to experience the weird feeling events, so on saturday i created a log and started recording when i had the event and low and behold it quickly became obviou...

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First pacemaker

Hey everyone! 
I just got my first pacemaker on July 1 2020.  I was told about all the driving/ arm restrictions.  Does that mean no husband time?  
Also- should I be concerned if I can feel pvcs or arrhythmias ?? 
 

and one more thing is - I accidentally hit the back of my right hand that had one of the IVs.  ( just got out of the hospital after 7 days) it literally started to balloon. I freaked out and had my husband put pressure on it...

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Blood thinner

Was told by nurse that I did not have to quit taking my blood thinner med prior to surgery. Almost all other procedures I have had had be quit 2 to 3 days prior. Any experience would be appreciated. Heading in Wed

 

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Fell Flat on My Chest

One week ago, I took a hard fall. I went down on my knee caps, my arms flew out so I did not break the fall, and I landed flat on my chest. The following day, I had some discomfort to the left of my pacemaker, towards my armpit. Each day the pain has become greater and has now traveled towards the center of my chest. It is painful to cough, laugh, sneeze, blow my nose, reach with my left arm, and take a deep breath. At first it felt like someone punched me. Could I have damaged the muscle tha...

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Pacing rate question

On June 30 I went in my first device check since getting my pacemaker on May 28. I was satisfied with answers I received at the time from doctor and the rep. As I  was advised here, I got a copy of my summary. I was told that my base rate is 70 and also told that the ventricle apex lead was pacing at 93.7% and the atrial appendage pacing 5.9% of the time. The doctor said this demonstrates my problem was LBBB and 3rd degree heart block and also said my SA node seems strong. The more...

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Overpacing

Does anyboody have experience with a pacemaker that paces the heart too fast - ie, significantly faster than needed for the activity at hand and/or faster than the heart is used to?  What are the sensations you have experienced.

I ask because I have swum a mile or more three times a week for over 50 years and also spent several decades on beta or calcium channel blockers while dealing with paroxysmal atrial fib.  The result was an ultra efficient heart,  a resting pulse i...

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Lead Removal

I am scheduled for a lead removal due to malfunction.

headed to the Cleveland Clinic and have Dr Wilkoff perform the procedure. I have anxiety associated with this and looking for anyone who has been through this to provide some advice.

 

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Seatbelts

This coming Tuesday marks two weeks since I got my pacemaker. It also marks the day I have been told I can drive again, but I must stick to driving an automatic at first (normatively I drive a stick shift, but the doctor who put in my device said I should drive an automatic for the first week before returning to stick shift). My concern here is with wearing a seatbelt. Riding with my wife, the seatbelt comes over the right shoulder, but it is a bit close to where my device was placed. I reali...

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Leads

I am two and a half weeks post op and, after being really careful, absentmindedly got up off my chair and stretched both arms over my head. Should I be worried about detaching a lead? Would I feel it?

Thanks in advance,

Jerry

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Coming up to week 1 with the PM, Communicator question

I had my Pacemaker (Boston Scientific, two leads) inserted last Monday (June 29) for a heart block and so far everything is just going fine and I feel great.  My resting pulse rate is now low to mid 80's up from the very low 40's it was at before.  No problems with the incision site and I have my first follow up with my cardiologist on Wednesday.  

I do have a question about the Boston Scientific communications box though.  It's a Boston Sc...

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Sharp pain

I had my dual chamber PM implanted 4 days ago after the procedure I started getting some sharp pains in my opposite shoulder. By that night it was so bad I was in tears. It has gotten better but now it is horrible shooting pain in my right shoulder with every heartbeat if my HR goes above about 100. Could this all be from swelling or the procedure, or do you think it's a lead placement issue? I'm calling the doctor on Monday if it persists. 

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P/M router

Newbie (82 years) … some of the posts give information that I don't follow. However, here's my situation:

A couple of years ago it was found that I had aortic stenosis and I was given a new (non metallic) valve. All went OK.

I've been on a 2.5 mg diuretic (Benza-something or other) and 20 mg Simvastatin for quite a few years. This was because of high b/p ... this high b/p is under control.

Because of a heart flutter I was put on Apixaban (2 x 5mg daily) ab...

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Problems with pain and pulsating after pacemaker install

My daughter pointed me to this site after doing a little research to help me with a problem that i have been having since the installation of a pacemaker. After wearing a heart monitor my Dr. contacted me and indicated that I needed a pacemaker.  I had regulalrly missed heart beats and he said that the results were definite and without the pacemaker I was at risk of passing out. I had the pacemaker installed about two weeks ago, and everything seemed to be ok. After o...

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Problems with pacemaker

Hi All had mine fitted 9 weeks ago during worst of Covid.  Was done within a week of being told I needed it without any prior discussion.  Worst experience of my life as surgery was both brutal and barbaric.  Went home same day only to be on way back in two hours with chest pain and difficulty breathing.  Back to theatre as vent lead had moved and punctured wall of heart.  Pain was worse than b4 (sedation didn't work either ) pain was worse than day before as I wa...

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the 5th week after implantation

This is my 5th wk. after implantation of PM.PM was necessary because of a  ' sick Sinus ' e.g. 3rd degree AV block (Bradycardie).

Pump & valves 100%.

No medication not now and never in the past!

My first checkup was after 2wks. - nothing worth mentioning except that the PM technician altered the settings on my instigation. 45 >> 175bpm.

Have been cycling for over 50years on a high level...

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Pins & Needles

Hi guys,

Just looking for advice and thoughts on the following.

I had my new PM implanted on my dominant RHS last April after having my previous device removed due to unfortunately getting Endocarditis..

Anyway I have recently returned to my construction /Plastering job and over the last week or so I have noticed I am getting pins and needles a lot at night time in both arms, especially if I raise them above my head. I am now wondering if this is a circulation problem and co...

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Air fryer

Shortly after I got my air fryer, my heart rate begin to goup. Next thing I know I am in Afib. Wondering if there is any connection between the air fryer an my pacemaker? Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks in advance. 

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