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MRI, oh my.

So, I have a torn up Achilles' tendon in my heel and an appointment with an orthopedic doc on Friday. I saw my primary care doc on Monday and she wanted me to get an MRI of the ankle/heel before the Friday appointment. 
 

the first imaging center I spoke to said their machines work fine with my "MRI Safe" device, but they don't have the team necessary to work with pacemakers so I was referred to my local hospital MRI center. After speaking to them,...

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Slow recovery

Hi everyone

 

i am a new member but have actually had a pacemaker since the age of 10 and I am now 47.  Three weeks ago i had a routine battery replacement (it had been 12.5 years since my last one).  The surgeon had real trouble getting my pacemaker out, apparently between scar tissue and cartilage growing around the unit they essentially had to cut it out, and create a whole new 'pocket' rather than using the existing one.  I am improving and my wound...

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Pacemaker check

what is involved in a pacemaker check at the doctors office

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COPD and my PM

Although I have a long list of health issues, other than my heart, the most pressing is the COPD. I just learned a lesson that may be useful to others. I use a Trelegy inhaler once a day and it works quite well. Then Monday when I used it I noticed that I did not seem to taste the powder as before, but just figured I was getting used to it. Yesterday it was like I simply inhaled air. I wear a smartwatch and frequently check my HR. I noticed early in the day that my HR was elevated between the...

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A cancelled pacemaker check

My upcoming pacemaker check has been cancelled. Should I be concerned about the remaining battery life as it paces around 80% of the time and it was fitted nearly 7 years ago.

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Boston Scientific doctor near Rochester NY?

Does anyone know of an electrophysiologist near Rochester NY who does Boston Scientific pacemakers?

My current pacemaker is near the end of its lifetime, and I would like to replace it with a dual sensor pacemaker from Boston Scientific. I need adaptive pacing for my chronotropic incompetence. My current pacemaker (from Medtronic) is not helpful for biking.

Or maybe I'm asking the wrong question? Maybe plenty of doctors are willing to put in a Boston Scientific, and the r...

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Feeling the pace

Hi

It's me again sorry to keep going on about this topic. 

How many of you can feel when you are pacing? I don't mean the bit of a flutter when it starts, it's the real thump of the heart beat in the chest and neck, for those of you that do have this do u learn to ignore it.

Not going in to the history of it all as I am on here so often these days people must be fed up. But not a newbie to PM now have one lead and need to know if its possible to accept these...

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Does anybody have a copy of FrankMCW pdf

I have sent a couple of messages to Frank and an E-Mail to try and get his PDF he talks about in his postings. I have had some of the same issues with the optimization giving me grief when I exercise and wanted to read it. if anybody wanted to send it my way I would appreciate it as I have an appointment with the Doctor next week.

 

Thanks 

 

I have it now Thanks

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Pacemaker settings

My Study showed severe sinus node dysfunction with bradycardia 

mode DDD

Base rate  70

rest rate off

paced Av delay 250

sensed Av. delay 225

max track rate 120

max sensor rate 130

vip on   What is VIP?

ventricular safety standby on

response rate Pvarp/v ref  high

Thanks to this group I learned about RR and tested it out and I go from 70 to 90 just sitting to standing  I never ran a rate over 7...

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Shape of pacemaker

What does my St Lukes pacemaker look like? Where can I see a photo?

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Medical Clearence Check

Hi everyone,

So I have been considering applying to a foreign service fellowship with the department of state in the USA. But upon reading the requirements I saw that it requires you to pass a medical check. I was wondering if any of you know if my pacemaker would prevent me from passing one. I can't find any clear information online about the required medical check. I am not pacemaker dependent and have no other medical conditions that would prevent me from passing. But I can&...

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Exercise and PM adjustments

I have a dual chamber pacemaker/ICD set for 50 bpm. The EP wanted it set low enough because when it paced I became "symptomatic." He wanted to all but turn it off. So rather than flipping the off switch, so to speak, he put it low enough that I just wouldn't pace. 

Since then, I have gradually returned to my cycling and have become as non-competively proficient as I ever was (minus the long six-hour rides). But now I go through definite periods when my breathing...

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What pacemaker, is it still there?

I wonder if my comment here might be a hopeful thing for some in their early pm days.  
   I reckon it took around two years for my heart to become happy with my twin lead St Jude pm for complete heart block. 
    And now, two and a half years on, I'm not even aware I have a pacemaker, or even a heart. I'm almost a normal old man, whatever that is!


   
   

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Quick surges of rapid heart rate

Since last visit to cardiologist and having device check i’ve been experiencing rapid heart rates off on on throughout the day. Sometimes when doing nothing but sitting and then when involved with movement that in the past would not have been considered taxing.  Wondering if settings could have been changed on pacemaker?  I will be contacting doctor but I’m interested in knowing if the tech who does checking on pacemaker does anything other than set heart rate?  Min...

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Small 2mm-3mm mobile clot appearing to attach to RA lead near prosthetic tricuspid

Just got some TEE results uploaded to my electronic records today.  My current cardiologist mentioned nothing of the discovery of a 2-3mm mobile vegetation (sonographer said possibly fibrin) in my right atrium where my atrial lead is brushing near my porcean tricuspid valve.  It says the mass is mobile but appears to be attached to the lead.  I am not on anticoagulants.  Is this something I should be concerned about? Clot or vegetation in my atrium sounds like a bad thing?...

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Probiotics?

Two weeks ago I had a small spot appear on my pacemaker scar, and some soreness/possible swelling under my arm that might have been related but might also have been coincidental. The pacemaker has also been feeling just generally a bit sore, as if something is rubbing or has moved. My GP put me on antibiotics in case of infection which really affected my stomach.  For a while was taking the probiotic lactobacillus rhamosus which was really helping. But I stopped taking it becau...

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life

has anyones doctors tell you what other factors lie with pacemaker? i mean does it fix your problem and should just go on living life like youo want? What can i expect later in life with my heat condition. i am in complete heart block or was before my devise.

 

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S ICD

  • by Jonq
  • 2020-09-16 11:14:25
  • ICDs
  • 146 views
  • 3 comments

I just got my pacemaker battery changed and a s icd implanted too under my left arm pit area been out hospital 4 days recovering well i just wanted to know whoever has and s icd or icd when recovered can i go back to normal lifestyle out with friends alcohol weekends because i know they say alcohol can cause heart to go fast and may trigger icd 

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Beta Blockers

I had a PM inserted in June for a sick sinus node. I am thinking perhaps a beta blocker will slow my rate to lower than the set rate of 70 continuously and then I won't have any PACs, which are very unsettling. However, I am not sure of this logic.  Beta blockers do make me tired.  

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The Saga Continues.....

Over the past week I have been experiencing blood pressure drops. I can't catch them in the act but I sure feel them. Out of no where I feel extremely weak, flush, almost disoriented and then anxious. These arent panic attacks. These are different. I've noticed they happen when I'm hungry but I'm not a diabetic. Just had all my levels checked and everything is normal. I've also been to the ER three times in 10 days for chest pain, dizziness, and these blood pressure drops....

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