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Leads

Hello all, can a perforation from a pacing lead cause pain, and it also goes to my neck. cardio says its to risky to extract the lead, i had the leads implanted 17 years ago, but the pain is every day now when lifting and pulling in my work, anyone else having this problem, 

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Tinnitus

Hi, I've had my pacemaker for about three years now without any problems, however not long after having my pacemaker fitted I developed Tinnitus. Has anybody else out there experienced the same problem.

Many thanks

Owen.

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What exactly does the doctor do when he/she interrogates my PM

I've had a PM for 5 years now. I also have a medical background. All this time I thought I understood what was going on when they interrogated my PM but, apparently, I don't.

I have an excellent cardiologist. He's 77 years old but he can still keep up with the best of the 40 year olds. They stand in awe at his skills---EXCEPT! He dabbles at technology but he hates it and he isn't as sharp at it as he probably could be. I'm not seeking advice about my cardiologist. Fo...

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Heart feels like it's racing

Just wondered if anyone taking the above medication had the "racing" symptoms in stomach and feelings of being "tensed up and unable to relax" all the time. I get some acid reflux so was advised to take this, also because I am on Clopidogrel. I keep stopping and starting with this as I also developed headaches before. I'm really unsure what to do and trying to get a doctors appointment could take me a long time with the shortage of doctors at our practice. 

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Are there any athletes in this forum?

Hi!

 

Is anyone on this forum an athlete? I am looking to talk to anyone that either does triathalons, running races, cycles 100+ miles per week and has a pacemaker.

 

Kind regards,

Kate

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Pacemaker and pregnancy

I have lived with a heart condition my whole life. After open heart surgery as a child, I lived relatively normally, albeit with leakage and heart block. It does not typically affect my life though as I am very active and run marathons.

At my most recent yearly check-up, my husband and I informed my cardiologist that we want to start a family. The doctor told us he wanted to first run some tests to see how my heart would hold up to the stress that pregnancy brings. I passed all the test...

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dislodged leads

Hi, I've posted here before about dislodged leads and a lead was pacing my diaphragm. I had a revision. I went for my 2 week checkup and the leads were dislodged again.  They turned off my device said they were 3 mos out for appointments. I decided to go to another ep and he scheduled me for removal of my biotronik ICD and just go with a pacemaker, no defibrillator in 2 weeks.  When I got to the hospital, infection had developed in the pocket. I had a TEE, and have an...

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C1 driving license (HGV)

Hi all,

Im 22 and I just graduated as a Paramedic. I was due to start my job but for this I have to do a C1 driving test. I sent off for a provisional license from the DVLA but they have now had my license for 8 weeks. Due to this I have had to delay my intake with the ambulance service to start my job. The DVLA have contacted my consultant and apparently now the DVLA doctors are deciding if I am fit to drive larger vehicles. I am a bit scared as if they say no I cant start my job as a...

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Fit Bit

I have a combination Pacemaker/ICD and would like to have something I can wear that will detect my heart rate.  Is a Fit Bit safe or is there another simmilar type of deviec that is recommended?

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Where to get ID card?

Hey everyone,

So I've had a Pacemaker since I was little, and I turned 18 last year, but I never got a new ID card(since my old one says child/underage/dependent). I've never really needed to use my ID card before, but I feel like I should get a new one. And I don't have anyone to talk to about this since my mom died in June. I called my cardiologists office about it but all they told me was that I need to call the company, but I'm not sure what information I'll need...

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Getting the Pacemaker Put In, General Anaesthetic??

Hi everyone, I know the normal procedure for getting your first pacemaker implanted is just local anaesthetic. I was wondering if anyone had general anaesthetic?

As a squeamish person I will most likely faint under local especially if I can feel the leads going inside of me. So really hoping that I can be unconscious, if that’s not the case, what was everyone’s surgery like?

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Tachycardia after vigorous jumping

I went to an aerobic class today and ive done vigorous jumping..after 3 hours i have palpitation...and my heart rate is more than 100 beats per minute and it is not going back to my normal heart rate which is 90 beats per minute..what i shoud i do ? Im very worried..

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Depression

Hello everyone, this is my first post. I got my PM 10/01/2018 so today makes my 1 week. I am 31 years old. I was diagnosed with symptomatic bradycardia and it seemed like everything moved so fast. A few months ago I was enjoying my summer and all of a sudden I was passing out in the e.r. Adjusting and accepting this new life has been hard for me and it just barely started. I do some modeling, I'm used to getting overdressed and doing things with my friends and now I just feel ugly. Everyt...

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My Story ...living with a Pacer for nearly 54 years.

Hello There,

 

After posting up a message a few days back I thought I would post up a bit of my story and hopefully I hope it can help some of you.

I was born in 1956 by caesarin to a mum who was 43 years old.  She had many complications getting pregnant and finally fell while going in to menopause.  Doctors had picked up on my heart condition while listening to my heartbeat with one of those little horn things they used years ago.

In my mothers words I...

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New pacemaker

I had my device put in on 10/2 I'm home and tonight I noticed I feel like my chest is congested but there's no coughing or anything. As I was on the couch, I had my dog sitting next to me and thought she had hiccups, I could feel this twitching on my right side. So I figured it was her after moving it didn't appear again. I went to bed and I noticed it again, it wasn't painful just this twitching or fluttering feeling on my right side. Kinda freaks me out. I've been trying...

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Restitutions/ limitations with a pacemaker

Hello everyone,

Does anyone run into any limitations/restrictions with having a pacemaker? My electrophysiologist and my Medtronic owners manaual mention avoiding strong electric or magnetic fields, such as large electrical generators and radiofrequency. Also to avoid full contact activities— taking hits or falling can dislodge pacemaker or shift the wires in the heart. 

I’ve had mine for over a yr now with no issues but am in the Arm...

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Unexplained chest pain

I am 58 years old and have had 2 pacemakers in one year due to the wrong one the first time.. the first one hurt constantly as it slid over under my shoulder bone. But i never felt the kind of feelings i get now, which is a heavy feeling (pressure) with pain type prickly sensations all around where the pacemaker is, also when i stand for any length of time it hurts in that same area so badly the pains radiate all the way through my shoulder to my back and up the left  ...

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How have others felt post surgery?

I’m confused, am I Neo From the Matrix?

Im a 39 year old that’s 3 weeks post pacemaker implant. Recently I have been on this Life Is Too Short (YOLO) mentality. Spending money, pushing the honesty boundary with friends and family, and creating a very aggressive bucket list. After all when we die does it really matter what our 401k balance is? 

This this is the the first time I have faced the reality, that we, truly don’t have control of when we leave this ea...

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Pain

I just had a 2 lead Medtronic pacemaker implanted on my right side yesterday.  He put it on the right because I am left handed.  Thr Dr. also removed my biotronic monitor implant, which was on my left side.  I am having a lot of pain in the middle of my chest and it hurts when I take a deep breath. I slept in my recliner because I couldn't get comfortable. Any suggestions?

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Bus and jeep

hi I'm from the philippines and have a question about traveling to school.Is it bad to use bus or jeep especially bus because people who ride on a bus im my place are compressed inside and tight and would that be safe?I have my 3rd pacemaker surgery done 6 weeks ago.worried that leads would be dislodge again.

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