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Feeling worse than before pacemaker

I had my pacemaker placed about a month ago, I had the implant done due to Uncontrolled AFib , however , I seem to feel worse now than before the pacemaker. I completely understand the recovery period and that things will take a while to feel normal, but , I feel worse as time goes by and my symptoms are getting worse! I have shortness of breath and seem to have a slight cough,my heart rate increases on its own and wakes me up at night, feeling tense all over and can't seem to be abl...

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Recently advised pacemaker for Bradycardia

Hello -

I am a very healthy & active 68 year old male dentist. I was recently advised to get a pacemaker for Bradycardia. I had absolutely no symptoms but heart rate would constantly come up as low as 35 on physical exams. I was given a holter monitor for 24 hours and later told there is a complete AV block. Heart muscles are otherwise healthy as evidenced by an echocardiogram done today.  Very ambivalent about the pacemaker. What should I do?

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HIS-Purkinje Conduction System failure

Hi everyone, I got my Medronic's PM about 8 weeks ago. I have probably been having SVT for years but it was never caught on an ECG. Last April after a day of hiking my HR went up to 158. I was just going to bed and wasn't sure what to do about it. My FitBit caught it and I tested it with BP cuff. it was the same - stayed up for over an hour. I was becoming very anxious as it seemed like a long time for the heart to be beating that fast. They gave me adenosine, which brought it down ri...

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Machine shop equipment interference

Hello everyone,

I'm scheduled to receive an ICD in a few weeks and looking for a solution to a potentially career ending problem. I work in a die shop and have been told that I will not be able to be around surface grinders due to the magnetic fields around the magnetic chuck when energized. This is a substantial part of my job. Anyone else with a similar situation and is it possible to wear something over the area to shield the implant from EMI(copper)? Also whether or no...

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Heart beat and sleep

Hi had a box change 1st June unfortunately my top A lead wasn't working but surgeon decided I didn't really need it, so just turned it off. 

I feel OK but I just can't sleep the PM was changed to 50Bp it had been at 60Bp for the last 23years.they say to make my heart work harder? As soon as I try to sleep I get the flop flop feeling and if I get to sleep I wake up with a strong beat my PM kicking in I think. I want to go back to the hospital but don't want to look a...

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Discomfort

Hello, Everyone My Name Is Suki I'm 49 And I Received My Pacemaker Wich I Named "Grace" On July 27th 2020, On My Last Check Up My Dr, Said I Healed Quick And My Incision Looks Amazing, But I Still Feel Discomfort On The Incision It's Self Is That Normal?

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Over-training?

I'm now 7 weeks post-pacemaker implant, which was done to prevent blackouts I was suffering due to low resting heart rate. It only kicks in if heart rate drops below 50bpm.

I'm a very keen cyclist, 33 years old. I was in good shape before this but lack of training over last 3-4 months is starting to show and I want to get back to full fitness.

Now that the device is in and has been checked my doctor has basically said I can start to train to get back to where I was fi...

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Subclavian DVT

Hi everyone! I have a brand new Medtronic Azure pacer,  two weeks old today.  And today, his ugly stepsister showed up in the form of a DVT in my arm. So I'm panicking a little bit. Went to the ER first thing and they confirmed what I thought.  They put me on xarelto and I went home.  I've had a big anxiety problem since all this started in Feb this year and today, it's been really bad.  

Anyone else have issues with left arm clot...

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Popping my neck with newly implanted pacemaker

I just had my Pacemaker placed last Thursday. I've been very careful about not raising or stretching my arm. However, I just popped my neck and instantly panicked. I never asked the Dr. or nurses if I could do that. I'm worried I may have compromised a lead. I can't find anything written about this. Has anyone been told not to do that while they're still under restrictions. I feel so silly asking this but I'm so nervous about breaking or dislodging a lead. 

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Feel worn out!

Hi! I received my pacemaker four days ago and felt like a million bucks the day after. I was thrilled!

Since then, I feel so run down and tired. I'm okay with the pain, all is well, bp good, pulse amazing, I'm eating, moving around and slept the last two nights. My daughter comes to visit. I'm just really tired.  

I was diagnosed because of a slow heartbeat for years, that started dropping into the 30s! I'm wondering if my heart can...

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ICD

Hello.

I may be in the wrong saloon, but does anyone know what they will do WHEN I decide not to replace my battery? Will they remove it of simply turn it off? (Please don't chime in with "why" etc.)

 

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Ventricular pacing

Hi All! Happy to have found this awesome page! I am pacing 100% in the ventricles but 0% in the atria, does this mean I'm 100% dependant on the pacemaker? 

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Pacemaker tuning for mountain biking

I am a 71 year old mountain bike enthusiast but I can't keep up with my friends anymore. I had my pacemaker put in about 5 months ago. After the initial disorientation I started taking data on heart rate during my rides (apple watch). I felt that my heart rate was too low (130 bpm) during steep pitches. Gradually we've increased that over the months to 150 bpm with the slowest recovery time possible and supposedly a pretty sensitive to motion response.  I am learning how to...

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weird and ongoing situation

Hey there, Its Ahamad here I love to join the club, so I born with third degree heart block got dual chamber pacemaker in 2013 things were going very well till 2020 when in March 2020 I started feeling some shortness of breath and went to my cardiologist. He did echo and tell that your EF decrease to 45% but he said your heart is little weak. They upgrade my pacemaker to Crt pacemaker but I still having complications its been almost four months now, my heart beat very fast and having some nau...

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OT: Responses

Those posting replies are doing a great service to fellow patients. Just one request, could you give the Readers Digest shortened version of your response. I'm old and running severely short on time, not to mention attention span. It's near impossible for me to read a complete history of the world. Thanks

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Fluttering feeling

I am having this aggravating flutter feeling in my chest and throat. I asked the Device nurse at the Doctors office and they don’t know what is causing it. I’ve had my Pacemaker for about 5 weeks. Does anyone else experience this?

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MRI and the PM

I recently had a Medtronic Micra AV leadless PM installed. The care says it is MRI-conditional. Anyone have any idea what that means?

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Low blood pressure

Hi everyone.

On Dec. 5, 2019, I had a pacemaker implanted. After about 3 weeks, I started feeling light-headed and had difficulty concentrating, sometimes feeling like I might faint. My normal blood pressure prior to this implant was approximately 136/80. In recent months, my blood pressure is now much lower, approximately 100/60. I have spoken to numerous doctors and cardiologists and they have not been able to explain any of these changes, saying that this is relatively normal. I...

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New member advice request

Hi All

I am due to have a pacemaker fitted next week and would be grateful for any advice on settings to enable me to continue running to a similar level than at present.

I am a 63 year old  male and ran a sub 20 minute 5k before lockdown with a HR max of around 155 to 165 when racing and 125 to 130 when running steadily 

I would be grateful for advice on settings and questions I should ask to find what suits though appreciate from other posts that it might take fu...

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HEART FAILURE

I JUST VISITED MY HEART SURGEON AND HE SAID MY PACEMAKER IS WORKING FINE BUT THE SYMPTOMS I'VE BEEN HAVING FOR 1 MONTH INDICATE I'M IN HEART FAILURE AGAIN.  I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN CA. FOR THE WINTER AND SINCE COMING BACK EAST I HAVE BEEN IN TACHYCARDIA AND BRADYCARDIA AND PULSE RATE UP TO 114..  I THOUGHT THE PACEMAKER TOOK CARE OF THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE THIS IS WHY I GOT THE PACEMAKER IN THE FIRST PLACE.  SINCE COMING BACK, I HAVE A NEW CARDIOLOGIST I SEE IN A WEEK'S...

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