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Treadmill stress test

My husband has appt tomorrow morning for a stress test.  He got his PM in February and does ok in normal circumstances, but is still out of breath when he climbs stairs or goes up any kind of elevation.  Last week the cardiologist suggested the stress test which we both were excited about.  It would seem that they would see just what is going on in real time.  Well, to make a long story short, he fell last Monday at work.  Did come home with a swollen lip and two brui...

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Skipping beats

I’m in a hotel at the airport and noticed my heart skipping the odd beat. I’ve only had my PM for about 6 days and my anxiety is going through the roof. Please tell me this happens to other people. I’m on the verge of not getting on the plane. My heart is still regular but skips. I’ve suffered with AF and Flutter for years and had multiple ablations. This was meant to be my new beginning. Help 

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HR completely screwed up while running or cycling

Hello!

In December 2018, I had to have a pacemaker implanted. It is a Medtronic Azure XT SR MRI SureScan with a SINGLE lead into the lower chamber of my heart. (They could not put the second lead into the atrium due to small veins. My AV node is not working at all and so the important lead was to the lower chamber.) 

I am a male, 52 years old and a recreational athlete...used to run 6 - 8 miles at a 11:30 min/mile pace 2 - 3 times a week. I also biked 50 miles at ap...

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Running a treadmill

Hi,

Anyone feeling interference/disturbance when running a treadmill?

Have felt this when I been running during the last 7 years or more. But never expect it was the treadmill, interference with the PM, that causing it. Always believed it was my own fitness level.

But was running in 12 km/h. Pulse was about 170 bpm and passed about 2.3 km. During the run it was like a block or cramp slowely bulding up in the chest, the area near the heart/electrode. And also in the nerve up...

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Cornea transplant

A bit OT - but for anyone interested/involved - Wife of 60+ yrs suffers a genetic problem called "Fuch's Dystrophy."   It's a corneal inherited problem where the rear layer of cornea goes south on you, making the world look to you like it is on the other side of a jellyfish (Wife's descriptiion).   It starts at about 30 years, but does not become a real nuisance till you are about 60. 

Until about 2011, the only so...

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Shortness of Breath After PM

I am a veteran and for about 15-20 yrs I was treated several times a year for what the docs kept calling chronic bronchitis and sinus infections. About 6 yrs ago I went to a pulmonary specialist outside the military and within 2 visits they diagnosed me with COPD. 

I'd also had 2 heart attacks in the past 30 yrs. One treated with an angioplasty, the other with a triple bypass. After the 1st heart attack it was noted I had an minor AV block. That has never changed over 30 y...

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Interference restaurant pagers

I was surprised that I had a strong reaction to the resturant pager that alerts you when your meal is ready for collection at a resturant. It was near my chest when it went off and I had instant symptoms. I wonder if anyone has had strong reactions to anything unexpected like this?

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Swelling above pm scar, feeling sad

I am 9 days after surgery. When I took dressing and steri strips off I was  shocked by what I saw. Above the scar line is swollen and misshapen. I phoned hospital yesterday and they called me on for a look at it. The doctor said it’s just swelling although the nurses were convinced it was a harmatoma. 

The doctor told me to take 5 days course of paracetamol. The swelling is painful. They did blood tests and they were clear. 

I hate looking at my scar and even...

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Magnetic leads

I'm new here so please forgive me if this subject has already been blogged.

My pacemaker / de-fib wes implanted in Nov 2017.  The leads are magnetic.  Since that procedure, I have had the need for an MRI on two occasions (prostate and R knee).  Unfortunately due to the magnetic leads, the MRI procedure could not be done thus the diagnosis and need for surgery has been impaire / comprimised.  I know that non-magnetic lead pacemakers of the same make and model...

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Slow heart, and chest pain, help please

I do not have a pacemaker yet, but my heart rate at rest is often in the 40s and dips into the upper 30s at night.  I am not an athlete, but fairly active.  I have sinus rhythm, but have had a slow heart for 10 years, was told it is Sick Sinus Syndrome.  I haven't had any significant symptoms until now.  I have chest pain (angina?) often, everyday, and I read that can be from untreated slow heart, bradycardia.  My cardiologist is holding off putting in a pace...

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Nerves

Weill this nerve twitching, pain in my armpit ever get better or is it here to stay? I hate it but I guess is better than alternative, just wondering if anyone else gets this it is on and off  been almost two years.

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PM Replacement

Recent check up to assess PM (Medtronics) battery life, gave it 0.5 months to 21 months.

My question why is the range so great and is the battery life based on voltge drop?

What is the basis for raplacement and at what point do they decisde it should be replaced.

This will be first PM replacemnt, since implanted 10.5 years ago.

Apprecaite any comments.

Bob

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Cellulitis

My doctor "thinks" I may have cellulitis in a toe adjoining another that has athlete's foot in the toe cleft they share. I have peripheral neuropathy so I never felt the athlete's foot in the cleft (normally I inspect the spaces between my toes daily but I've had a bad case of sciatica and bending my leg is very painful) of my toe. My first notice there was a problem is the second toe was red half way down and swollen. I treated the athlete's foot and it was healing...

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DIY analysis

Hi Everyone,

New to the group. I’ve had a Medtronic pacemaker for a couple of years which was fitted in Japan to control rhythm and suppress arrhythmias. In general all good. However, on occasion I get a low level atrial fibrillation which the pacemaker cannot stop. Unfortunately the only way I can detect it is by noticing weight gain and a general “feeling” at which point I go to my doctor and they read the pacemaker and congratulate me on detecting it. Then we go thr...

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email verification does not work

I signed up as a member yesterday. Today I tried to answer an email from you asking me to verify my email address. When I clicked on the response buton, I got an error message from my web browser saying only "something went wrong." I don't know how to verify my email, and I'm afraid I won't be able to join your clup. Can anyone help me?

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pacemaker dependancy

I was born with a defect that resulted in me having a pacemaker at 18mo. Now that I am 29 years old, my original leads are struggling to perform adequately, resulting in me "using up" the battery life of most devices in five years. I have had about five pacemaker replacements and now I am having issues with scar tissue and my chest cavity being concaved where they have removed tissue. During my last operation, doctors wanted to move my pacemaker to my abdomen, but I was very sc...

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Partially open incision 2 weeks later

I got my first PM on July 30th. On Tuesday, the bottom of my incision started bleeding old brown blood. My EP sent me to the wound clinic, and I got the incision debrided and flushed with antibiotics. I go back next Tuesday. I have to change the dressing and repack the open hole at the bottom with collagen, so I took off the bandage today, and the top 3/4 of the incision looks great, but the bottom is still very open and deep and bleeding old blood still. Has anyone else experienced this...

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Which would you believe?

1. Manual BP check (Stethescope held by a nurse with good hearing): "I can barely hear your pulse!  - I come up with something like 85/48."

2. Arm BP device: Usually "E" - due to my PVC's or various numbers high and low.

3. Wrist BP device: Seems the most reliable. My usual numbers are 105/64 P85 PVC's ignored 

Who would YOU believe?

-Dave--

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Echos

This past February, I had a pacemaker optimization performed.  Doc. stood behind the sonographer and watched the ultrasound images on the screen and gave instructions to a device nurse to change my PM settings to this, that or the other thing. Final result was a claim that my LVEF was raised from 20% to 35%+ altho I didn't feel that much better. Fatigue continued. Couple days ago, I had a right and left heart Cath ------------ no blockages, YAY!!  In a couple more days, I'll...

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Raised blood pressure since PM

Hi, I had a PM for bradycardia 8 days ago, and since then my blood pressure has gone up considerably. I have always had low blood pressure (107/60 ish) and a low body temperature, to do with my low resting heart rate (36-44 pre PM), but now my HR is set at 50, both my temp and BP are up too. I've been checked for infection and my bloods are all clear, so it's not that. Is this a normal adjustment?

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