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What to expect after a CRT-D installation

Good morning I'm a newly joined 58 yr old male and I unexpectedly had to have a CRT-D installed 4 weeks ago. I'm on Sotalol as well.  I was expecting the side effects of the medications such as light headedness etc, all that is fine.  I do however also have occasional bouts of higher then normal heart beats at rest, and increased blood pressure that last anywhere from 5 minutes to 50 minutes, which isn't listed as a side effect.  Is this something I should expe...

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Oxygen levels low. Meter show occasional low reading for pulse

My oxygen levels have been low with allergies and when I test with meter  it shows occasional pulse readings in the 50s and 40s. I had a sinking feeling when this happened.

I've had a two wire pacemaker 5 years. This happened  before and was put on a monitor which did not find low readings in hospital over night. Pacemaker Tech said that happens occasionally and not to worry, Pacemaker works more reliable thann tester. I've haad that sinking feeling again. My Card...

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Is there a pacemaker that addresses slow heart rate and AFIB

An Abbott PM2272 pacemaker was implanted a little over a year ago.  At the time my main complaint was slow heart rate but I also averaged one or two AFIB events each year.   Now I am having many more AFIB events and am less than deliriously happy with this particular pacemaker (which has been recalled for leaking).  Is there a device that could have addressed both slow heart rate and AFIB that might have been a better choice than this Abbott PM2272 to address BOTH conditio...

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Shortness of breath

I have been experiencing terrible shortness of breath, and tiredness, even when walking round the house. I am generally a very fit person but this seems to be getting worse and affecting every day life. Just wondered if it could be pacemaker related. Any ideas anyone. 

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Survey Responses - Good News

Hello everyone, you may be surprised and relieved to learn that we have finally achieved our goal of 300+ responses to our Post Op ICD/Pacemaker Pain Survey.  Our closing number of responses is around 314 up from 247 at the last count, which is a good number of responses to work with.  I want to thank you all most sincerely for your help and patience with my posts over 6+ months.  We have got there in the end and I am absolutely delighted with the result and I hope you will be...

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Spike in heart rate

Just seeking some advice

Have had a Metronic Dual Lead Pacemaker since October 17 for total heart block during the night. My heart stopped for over 20 seconds whilst I was asleep but restarted thank goodness. Only found a week or so afterwards when my Reveal Device was checked, holiday cancelled and pacemaker implanted. I'd been experiencing faintness for some time.  I'm doing ok prefer not to have one at all but obviously no alternative. 
In the early hours...

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CRT-D for Low EF

  • by miker
  • 2022-01-02 16:51:21
  • ICDs
  • 179 views
  • 2 comments

I had a heart attack 13 years ago (49), took about 6 months to start feeling right but heart rate/blood pressure always remained low, like high 40's low 50's and 100/70. Year after year Cardiologist never said much other than things looked great. Had a near-syncope 4 years ago while eating breakfast. Put on Holter and after 2 weeks recorded another VT, it stopped spontaneously in about a second and I felt momentarily light headed. Echo, stress test, catheterization, EP test...

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arrythmia

I have had an arrythmia for 4 hours or more. Feel like crap - tired and a little light-headed.

3rd arrythmia since pacemaker was implanted in Aug. 2021. This is the longest it's lasted.

Does this just run its course without intervention, or should I call 911?

I know you're not doctors, but you guys are pretty well informed. Would appreciate your input at your earliest opportunity. Thanks.

 

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Wishing all a wonderful new year!

Just stopping through to wish everyone a wonderful new year.  As difficult as it can be sometimes to deal with these devices it's nice to know there are others going through it and who understand it.

Thank you all for your continued support and comments whether in agreement with my opion or not!  I know it's all well intentsioned!

I wish you all continued good luck in your journey!

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MRI

Hi all,

I just recently found out, that although new pacemakers are MRI compatible, the leads in my body are not. This has been very disappointing, since I've been dealing with horrible Vertigo for several years, and other troubling symptoms.    Any hope on the horizon for an answer, to solve this?
 

Thanks

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Accepting My Pacemaker

A couple of days after I was released from the hospital after going into cardiac arrest and dying I started doing days of research trying to find out why this happened to me and how long I would survive.  The internet can be a great tool or it can be terrifying.

I searched what is the life expectancy of a person with a pacemaker?

Depending on how much you need to use your pacemaker, the lifespan can vary from anywhere between five to 15 years, and it all depends on how often...

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Perspective on next steps - potential total A/V block with PM

Hi Group,

Yes another newbie here with a general perspective question.  I would greatly appreciate any responses that help with the decision.

Male 58, 6', 185 lbs.  I developed AFIB and Artial Flutter starting 2-3 years ago which became progressively more debilatating: a flight of stairs fully winded me.  I had a number of nuclear stress tests showing no underlying heart disease. I tried several anti-rhythmic drugs that did not help and made me extremely sleepy...

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pacemakers and Smart watches.

Firstly, Happy New Year, Ihope it is safe and healthy for all my metal friends and their humans.

I have been given a smart watch. I think I can feel something in my cgest occassionally. Anyone experience this?
Is there any i terference problem?

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all the members of the Pacemaker club! It is almost 2 years since my first pacemaker and I would like to thank all the members for help and replies to my posts.

I hope 2022 sees an end to COVID!

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What Do You Take for Colds?

Hello everyone,

Hope all is well. Reaching out because I'm curious what other members take for medications when it comes to being congested or having a cold? I've noticed ever since getting my mechanical valve and PM there seems to be a list of meds I can't take (because they interact with my existing meds I would assume?). 
 

I figured someone on here must have the secrets to battling a cold!

Right now I'm on Warfarin, Metoprolol and Amlodipin...

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Atrial Tachycardia

So I had a generator replacement on Dec 15. I posted before about this because during the procedure and an hour after I went into afib and developed what they told me was an atrial flutter. They used the pacer to trick my heart back into a normal rhythm and gave me meds to control it. Today at my follow up, after they had time to review the events of that day, said it was not really a flutter but atrial tachycardia. Has anyone else had this after a gen change? I was 30 when I got my first pac...

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New pm implant

Has anybody blood pressure gone up since the implan of a pacemaker mine is higher and it seems I get arrhythmia when it goes up or have arrhythmia now more so than before thanks

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Still feeling Sinus Node Pauses

Geez...

okay, a lot of you all are super supportive, and there/here when I need you. 

As I've explained before, I suffer from Sinus Node Pauses, for around 18 years while on active duty in the United States Army I would go through dizzy spells. Cardiologists had a hard time getting to the bottom of my underline condition, often blaming me for my complaints. Too much coffee, drinking, athletic supplements were often pointed out as my own doings...meanwhile it was my nodes...

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Scar Itch

It isn't uncommon for scars to feel itchy following the healing process, this itchiness can last several months.  In my case 30-days after I had a severe infection and my pacer was removed and a lot of dead tissue was removed my pacer was re-inserted and hooked up.  It’s been 9-months and I have a nasty-looking scar but the past couple of weeks I have developed a severe itch in the scar area and along the collar bone I broke several years ago where a plate was inserted.

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Flutter and Pacemaker

Been managing afib/flutter  for 10 years now. I can tell when I am in aflutter and can not function. I have been cardio converted over 30 times. I am being told that a pacemaker with a sinus node ablation would stop the flutter/fib. They tell me my heart would still be in flutter. If I am still in flutter and the pacemaker is controlling heart rate only, will I still feel terrible like I do now when in flutter/fib? I have asked the EP and cardiac Doctors and they seem to dance all around...

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You know you're wired when...

You play MP3 files on your pacer.

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