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pacemaker feels like it is plucking my heart

I am 8 months post op  i developed hb bc my electrical system of my heart was severely damaged during surgery. i have chb requiring a pacemaker.  3x a day i can feel my pacemaker "pluck" my heart 4 beats quite strong.  it happens at 5:30 am, 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm like clockwork.  i hate the feeling.

went to my ep today and he said there is nothing he can do and he has NO idea why it is happening.  i think it is stemming a nerve.

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Airport metal detectors

I travel a lot. Often 3-4 airports a week and once a month outside the country. I've got an ICD/pacemaker and I'm paced about 95% of the time. 

For the first few months I was very diligent at showing my card and waiting to go through the back-scatter machines or get the pat down service at the security checks.

But then one day, I decided to walk through the upright to see what would happen... would I set it off? would my pacing stop? Would it shock me?  I closed...

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Stamina

I had 25 radiation treatments to my head November and December 2018, then I had a pacemaker put in March 6, 2019. I still don't have a lot of energy since the insertion. It's been five weeks. I run out of stamina around noon and have to rest around three hours. Is this normal?

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Pins and needles

Has anybody had any problems with their pacemakers whilst using a flymo lawnmower?.It would have been the 1st time i had mowed the lawn after having a pacemaker fitted some 5 weeks ago and i could have sworn that i was getting a sort of extreme pins and needles sensation and the pacemaker seemed to be a lot more prominent at the site.Anyone any ideas?

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Pulse rate during exercise

Prior to my implant it would take a prolonged period of jogging for my heart rate to get to 135 bpm. I had my implant 7 weeks ago and apparently my CRT is set to active, but my heart rate gets to my cut off rate of 145 in literally minutes.

Did I get that much out of shape in 8 weeks? Could this be a programming issue? My Doctor tells me my pulse is reacting on its own to the exercise, but this does not feel right.

I would appreciate any insight anyone may have.

Th...

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Using a sander?

Hello Everyone,

The weather is nice and I want to refinish/ stain a table. It’s a small project that requires some sanding. I was wondering if anyone had used a sander with their device, any problems? Tips?. I will call Medtronic just to be sure, but just curious. Thanks in advance, Paula

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Feeling unwell with a pacemaker

My first post so hello! I had my pacemaker 9 months ago then an ablation procedure 3 months ago. Also had a flutter corrected late 2016. I was mostly  well before the ablation 3 months ago but now having regular spasms of feeling faint (but not blacking out). Had a change in medication last month too. See my cardiologist next week but feeking increasingly anxious. Any views out there?

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Scheduled for CRT-D in 2 Weeks and Very Afraid

Last fall my cardio and EP docs said I was in a “gray area” as to whether I should get a CRT-D at that time. I have ischemic cardiomyopathy, my EF was 35% as measured on echo, and a ZIO patch showed 20 episodes of non-sustained vtach.  I was too afraid to get the device, so they recommended I get a cardiac mri and wear another Zio patch in 6 months to reevaluate.

Well 6 months has passed so last month I had the cardiac MRI and wore a ZIO patch again for 2 weeks to evalu...

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symptoms association with lead moved

What are some of the symptoms you will experience if one your lead wires have moved.  Im concerned that I might have used my left arm too much.  I had the pacemaker inserted April1 and have had the feeling that Im having today.  It is like indigestion and a slight ache in th back under my scapula.

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Replacement PM not the answer?

Here's the scenario: Altho I had a painful Illiotibial Band issue, I performed well on a Pulmonary Function Stress Test on a treadmill on Nov. 15, 2018.  Heart Failure Cardiologist didn't offer much info about the PFST to me afterward. I wasn't doing much for daily exercise during this period.  On Dec. 18, my Sports Medicine Doc - using a portable Echo device - spotted the area of my ITB and treated it successfully w/a cortizone injection. ( I could walk normally again!!...

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Hello again !

Well, it has been a while. I just rembered of this place this morning when I woke up. To summarise. im 6 years older than the last time i was here. I am writing my magistrate thesis. Oh, and how could i have forgotten. In 2016 I had an ablation that was suposed to help my arrythmias. Well, guess what it did, atleast for a shor time. Maybe a month after the procedure i had 8 shocks in the course of 5 mins. After that I was prescribed amiodarone. One year later i was having problems with anxiet...

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Device Migrated

Had my first ICD placed in January and have been experiencing a lot of pain around it and feel like its mving around. Just left the doctors office and he's pretty sure the suture holding it in broke becasue its' definitely migrated and in a different place now.  I have to go in Friday and have it put back in the righ spot. (Mine is sub pectoral).

I'm assuming this wont be too different than when you go in to have a new one put in after the battery life is out of an old...

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Downward Slide

Hi,

I’ll make this as brief as possible. A year ago I presented with 3rd degree block, was diagnosed with sick sinus and given a Pacemaker. Exactly 6 months later I received an ICD. Exactly a year to the day I was first diagnosed, I was shocked while working out. I’m sliding down a slippery slope to a state of unhealthy and I’m terrified. I just turned 50 and have been exceptionally healthy my entire life. There has been no diagnosis in a year, just two devices and inc...

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PM Interrogation

It's me again. It seems I come running home almost every time I'm due for another interrogation. I've read SO many posts that people generally feel nothing when their PM is interrogated. Me? I nearly do a face plant onto the floor every time. I also have anxiety disorder so just the thought of this tomorrow has me in a fizz. What I need is honest answers vs soothing words if they don't exist. My fear is whatever my doctor does during this that he won't respond fast enough...

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Need to be Syncronized

I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time in November 2017.  At hospital for unrelated procedure found out that I was in bad shape and if I had not been at hospital would probably have died quietly at home alone.  My blood pressure was very high and my heart rate was very low so within a couple of days I had a Pacemaker to take home with me.  Was of course a big surprise but happy to have it.  

The day after leaving hospital I was getting what...

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Pacemaker

Hi,  I am in my 60''s with a pacemaker placed 2 months ago for AV node block with bradycardia and arrhythmia.  My question is about clothing and pressure on the pacemaker.   My grandchildren like to put their head on my shoulder as I read to them, one on each shoulder.   Is the pressure from their heads cause for concern.   Also my bra straps seem to rub some.   I know the skin is still tender and not concerned about that just if this...

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Hockey Goalie Additional Chest Protection?

Hey, new to the club, got my Dual Chamber pacemaker on 3/26.  Any of y'all out there a hockey goalie?  I feel like I'm healing up very well and quickly so I'm hopeful to get back on the ice in May but debating if my chest protector is enough protection or if I should be adding some additional padding.  I wore a heart rate monitor for a couple weeks while playing and took a direct shot to the monitor (through the padding of course) and I felt it but it...

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Concerts

Has anybody had a problem at a concert sittong to close to speakers 

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Strange reaction

my 91-year-old father had a pacemaker implanted 2 years ago. He has had five episodes where he is sleeping and all of a sudden he is woken up because he says he feels like a mini explosion in his torso. We've had the pacemaker checked and the specialist sees no irregular activity .

Has anybody else experienced anything like this?

~Estela Rosales

 

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Brand new 4-4-19

Hi all, Mike here in Wisconsin. Never had heart problems in my family. I had been feeling weak, passed out twice, kids wanted me to see a Doc but I was a stubborn 'tough' guy and didn't. Last week I got a call about a job, then went to visit my Pastor. Twice during our chat I nearly passed out. I thought I better get my heart listened to. I drove to the local walk in clinic and with 10 mins. they said they had bad news. I knew it was bad when they wanted to send me to their compet...

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I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.