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bivent

my bivent is on the right hand side ive had an icd for over 10 years but latly i can feel a pulse around my icd it looks and feels like my heart is beating on my right side 

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Upper body weight exercises 6 weeks post pm operation

Not getting any response from my doctor's nurse about whether or not I can use our riding mower nor about upper body work in the gym. So, here I am.

Any suggestions regarding the upper body workouts? I figure start light and avoid latpulldown at this point. Sitting chest press should be gentle as well as seated row. Free weights light. Maybe 5 lbs or less.

BTW I am 71.

Thanks for your input

 

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Help me understand pacing percentages

Ths is an interesting word problem, so please give me time to set it up.

I recently went to my electrophysiclogist (EP) because I continue to have ventricular tachycardias, sometimes three a day. Luckily my ICD paces me out before it delivers the horse kick. They looked at my intrinsic heart rate and decided the  low  rate of my PM was too high, so they knocked it down from 60bpm to 45. They also dialed down my atrial tracking. My intrinsic resting rate wants to be 48-50. afte...

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Knitting after pm

Hi

does anyone know if it’s ok to knit after pm op? I am on day 6. Wasn’t sure if the repetitiveness of knitting would be a problem. 

Thanks 

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PM dependent expectancy

Sinus node bradycardia. When I got the pm 3 years ago, my natural heartbeat was working 60% of the time. Yesterday I learned from the interrogation that my natural heartbeat is now working 20% of the time.  What’s next?

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Anyone else with Predominantly cardioinhibitory automically mediated syncope

Hi I had a pm op last Thursday and was just wondering if there are other people out there with a pacemaker for the same condition as I have? Would be good to know how it’s helped. Feeling quite down at the mo and just wanted to focus on future a bit. 

 

Thanks

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Right sided shoulder and chest pain

Hi all! I’m new to the club. I am a 36 year old mom of 4. I was diagnosed with SSS/bradycardia. I had a St. Jude PM implanted 4 days ago. I was just wondering if anyone else experienced pain on the right side of the chest that radiates to the back?  It feels better when I ice it and take something for the pain, but once the meds wear off the pain is horrible. I expected to have pain on my left side, wear they implanted the PM...Not sure if this is normal due to sleeping w...

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20% COPAY with medicare advantage plan- HELP

Furious and worried. I'm not sure which of these is worse for me right now.

 

After 4 years, both of my leads have failed. 

I'm on medicare advantage with no other insurance. 

it will be a complicated surgery to remove and replace both leads, and the doc wants to also replace the PM.

I have not been able to get a cost estimate of the surgery and equipment from anyone. Not Humana, not the hospital, not the doctors.

I live in Nevada. Ca...

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Visibility of an ICD/ pacemaker

I’m now 4 weeks post op and now the swelling has all but gone the implant is quite visible and shows even when wearing a fitted t shirt.

I’m an athletic build,  not particularly skinny. I was wondering does the implant sink more into the chest/ muscle as time goes on ? 

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PMakers and chest CT scans

A safe procedure?

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Wanting to run again despite having an ICD

I am a 58 yr male that has had 2 heart attacks and VTach with an EF of 28.  I also have RA  I had an ICD implanted 2 years ago.

I used to be a long distance runner and completed several marathons.  While not realistically thinking this is in the cards I would like to run again.  Walking is OK but I long to be able to run again. My Cardiologist has encouraged me to exercise.  It has been nearly 8 years since the last time I ran any distance.  It's l...

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pacemaker replacement

Hi guys, some advice please.  In two weeks they are replacing my 18 month old 2 lead St Jude with a Metronic CRT-D.  This is to correct a LBBB that was caused by the current pacemaker. MY EF was 32%.  Doc said I didn't really need an ICD but current thinking is if you're puttingin a CRT you might as well make it a CRT-D.  He also want to remove one of the leads. 

Your thoughts?  Any advice?  What should I expect?

Thanks in advance.

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Only 4 days after PM op

Hi I am a newbie to this site and also to having a pm. I had op last Thursday. 

I am 57, live in UK and all my life I have had Predominantly cardioinhibitory automically mediated syncope with a heart stop of 18 secs, although this was only fully and properly diagnosed 18 months ago. Finally 2 weeks ago I agreed to the pm and had the operation last Thursday. 

I am still shocked that it has come to this although I clearly understand the help it can give me,...

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Volleyball vs. ICD

Hello! I just had my ICD implanted 2 weeks ago after a sudden cardiac arrest while playing volleyball. I’m sharing my experience in this microblog if anyone is interested.

Just wondering of anyone here had something similar and managed to come back to train and play volleyball.

 

https://medium.com/@rodrigoalberini/intro-88c0cf081082

 

Cheers!

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Introducing Myself. Glad to be in this club

Hi. I'm Susan. I just got my pacemaker five days ago.I had Rhematic Fever when I was 10 years old and was aware that there was some scarring in my heart and that if could cause me some trouble as I aged. I tried not to think about that much and essentially lived my life as if there was no potential probles associated with this. I partied (not too much), worked. got married, had three kids, worked some more, got my black belt in Taekwondo, started a business (which I still run), had m...

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PM/ICD's

You'd think by now, some ICD device maker would use this video in their advertising.   Guess Mick wants too much $$$!   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGyOaCXr8Lw

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Decorative Plasma Lights

My husband has a collection of decorative lamps which includes plasma globes and discs. Last night, the first time we've entertained friends since my pacemaker was implanted, he had all the lights turned on. At the end of the evening I was helping him turn them all off and noticed my pacemaker feeling quite warm. Fortunately I made the mental connection associating this with the plasma lights before I touched one of them. I did some searching and found information to support my...

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boston scientific crt-d device

my boston scientific crt-d device sometimes feels like it is turning in the pocket  - it moves a lot  anyone else have this happen

 

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Years of Service

So I just received my seventh pacemaker,and was curious as to if there was anyone that lived with a pacemaker as long as I have. Was surprised to find this club and see so many people like me. Still looking for who has lived with pacemaker longer than 45. But then again I'm only reaching people in this club. How is there not information out there that covers things like this?

 

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Induction stove tops

I know there are many posts on this subject, but while doing a web search I came across this one pager from St. Judes dated April 2012. Here's the link to a pdf that will download:

 

Here's the text from the pdf:

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Effects of Induction Ovens on St. Jude Medical  Implantable Cardiac Rhythm Devices  
 
Background Induction ovens use i...

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You know you're wired when...

You name your daughter “Synchronicity”.

Member Quotes

So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.