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Low heart rate with PM

I had a PM put in a week ago. I had low heart rate in the 30s and 40s. I was dizzy. light headed, tired, and actually throwing up from it all. The PM is set at 60 so I thought that imy hear rate would stay steady at 60 in a resting state.  Every time they checked my heart rate at the hospital it was in the 40s but they didn’t seem to be concerned. Now that I’m home checking it it is still in the 40s and I still feel like crap. What’s going on?

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Medicare Elective Replacement Zone

Anyone here have first-hand experience regarding the what, where, and other things regarding the replacement of their PM or battery and the time frame and conditions and song and dances they had to perform to meet Medicare's guidelines?  My device clinic nurse has stated that when the battery power falls to a certain number, the device will produce a sound similar to a backing garbage truck at 8AM every morning. 

--Dave--

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Palpitations

My pacemaker was installed Sept 2017.  I've had no problems until today.  I had palpitations that were not as extreme as before the pacemaker.  Is this normal?

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New PM- what to expect

June 25th I received my PM after having an 'incident' that has been explained as my 'wiring shorting out'- my heart is in otherwise great condition. I had about a 3 hour episode on the 23rd of June where I felt like passing out, nausea, heart flip-flopping and my pulse went to 34. In the ER it went from 34 to 110 for a short period then to normal. At that point we were sent to another hospital with a cardiologist on call. This is where I learned about a level 2 something or ot...

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Two-lead pacemaker

Hi everyone. I am 82 years old and after wearing a heart monitor for 48 hours I was diagnosed with complete Bradycardia. In fact the monitor showed that my heart would stop beating for several seconds when I was asleep. I had my Advisa DR SureScan Pacemaker implanted on 27 July 2017. The lower threshold was initially set a 60 BPM. However, at my first followup on 10 August 2017, I complained of being listless and with no energy when I awoke in the morning and the lower threshold was set at 70...

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Post surgery

Hi I’m getting my dual chamber pacemaker on Monday 7/16. I can’t take any type of pain medication due to severe allergies so I’m wondering how much pain should I expect after the surgery and how long did it take to recover? I’m 50 and in good shape but the last month I’ve struggled with shortness of breath and been extremely tired. I also have RA so that hasn’t helped. 

Any advice would be appreciated as I am becoming extremely anxious as Monday...

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Pacemaker change to 3 wire pacemaker from 2 wire.

My Cardio Doctor stronly sugests I change to a 3 wire pacemaker. I've only had current 2 wire for 3 years. He says it will make a big difference in blood flow.

Anyone experience this situation?

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Preop clearance

Haven't posted in a while but wondering how hard it is to get preop  clearance? Knee scope scheduled in 10 days and they say I need ep clearance. I haven't been following with one or doing device checks, no issues, but have to go to get clearance.  So starting over with one in network with my insurance and hoping he won't delay the surgery. 

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Tachy - brady syndrome , Do i have to get a pacemaker ?

Hey guys, 

Im a 19 years old girls, last year i was diagnosed with cancer... so because of that i spent quite much time at the hospital.... so during the controls and treatments  ... they found out that my heart is not okay....  my doctor just told me that i have tachy brady syndrome... they didn't tell me too much about this.. my next appointment is in two weeks ... but im tooo curious to wait until that so.... i started searching  on the internet...

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ablation

  • by lb151
  • 2018-07-11 22:36:51
  • ICDs
  • 125 views
  • 4 comments

my doctor has recently been talking about doing an ablation and making me totally dependent on the pacer. I have been very resistant to the idea. I would like to hear any stories and ideas you guys have on this. Im scared of the idea and need some help

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Wired vs wireless headphones

I have wireless surround headphones for my pc and ps4. Both trip my pacemaker and put me into asynchronous test mode.  Makes me feel yucky.  My wired surround headphones and my PS virtual reality visor with headphones doesn't affect me at all because they're wired.  Why is that and would all wired headphones be safe to use?

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Improvements?

My diabetes clinic nurse asked about my pm and I said about the tachies I still get. She was concerned but I said well, theyr'e a nuisance but not life threatening. She said she'd get a doctor to phone me at home later.

Two hours later at home, a doctor phoned and said, "What's this all about then!"  Having explained these tachies last from two minutes to twenty since having the pm, she said I shouldn't have to put up with them.

Thinking of what I...

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Newbie

Hi, I'm new. I have not yet had my surgery but was told yesterday that I would require a PM with 2 leads as my heart has stopped for up to 16 seconds at a time, apparently when I am asleep as well so guess who is a night owl all of a sudden, gah!

I've been fainting on and off for 15+ years now and finally after having an implantable loop recorder inserted in early May, it's become apparent that 'Bradycardia' is my nemesis. I just wanted to tell the members here that...

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implant location

I need a CRT-D implanted. I am left handed and the EP mentioned that having it implanted on my right side may cause a problem because the lead will be longer. He is recommending it to be on the left side even though I am left handed. Anyone else had it on the right side?

I also asked to have the implant below the muscle. Has anyone had issues having it below the muscle vs. in a pocket below the skin?

 

 

 

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Pretty in Pink

as usual, my titles are somewhat misleading, but the pretty in cyan didn't sound as good.

I'm starting to become one of those annoying patients for my poor medical team. Frequent messages to and fro, whimpering, whining, complaining. This weak has been particularly difficult for them and I may just be pushing my luck. Hate to have them dump me after all these years. You know how difficult it is to properly train doctors, they aren't the brightest, and speak a foreign la...

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paced beats vs pvc

Hi All,

I have a medtronic dual chamber pacemaker. I know this might sound like an unusal question but if there are any knowledgeable people here i need your help. If the ventricle is paced intermitently, can you differentiate between a premature ventricular contraction or a ventricular paced beat on a ecg or holter?

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Medtronic Home Monitor

This website is the best, you are all very reassuring.  Thanks for the insightful responses to my question. R

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PACEMAKER/DEFIBULATOR IMPLANT

I had my Pacemaker/Defibulator installed November 3, 2017.  I am 86  years old.  My recovery has not been what I expected.  Yes I have gotten color back in my face, but I find I can't "go for a walk" without tiring and feeling "shortness of breath".  I don't expect too much improvement because of my age, but would just like to be able to move around a bit...go for short walks.....I use to fast walk at least a mile a day...I was given Entres...

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4th Pacemaker Soon...leads are 21 years old

I received my first pacemaker in 1996.   I have had two replacemtns and it appears i am headed for PM number 4.   I have not had problems with anything thus far except now one or more of the leads is defective.

I have an appointment on 20 September 2018 at the pacing clinic and immediately following I will see my cardiologist to discuss "our" plan.

I am 73 so I am not interested in taking any more risk than necessary.  In other words,, if leads r...

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Concert on Discharge day!

First, I am now 5 days post-op PM and 7 days post-op Watchman. I had a day of rest in the hospital between the two procedures. Both went really well except for the bruising up and down both arms, right groin and of course around the PM insertion site. I'm still getting such strange looks from people, I just tell them I'm recovering from a gunshot wound. LOL I was back in my room by around 2:30 and much to my surprise my Doc said, after going through all of the post-op instruction...

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You know you're wired when...

You have a shocking personality.

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