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Travel two weeks after pacemaker implantation?

Hi Everybody,

I'm a 21 y/o student getting a pacemaker implanted in a week, and our university is traveling for a football game by plane two and a half weeks after my surgery. At the game, I would be physically exerting myself due to the activity I'm involved in. Is it nieve of me to think I will be recovered enough to travel 17 days later? Also, I've been told I will not be able to lift my arm past shoulder height, and...

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Pain

I am almost post 3 weeks from the implant of my dual chamber pacemaker.   My incision has healed well.  My question is about left arm pain.   Sometimes it feels like I’m having horrible muscle spasms in my left armpit.  Is this normal?  Any tips on pain relief??

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How do I know if lead has moved

Hi All need advice, had my Pacmaker 4 yrs now and these last few weeks I have been getting a lot more pulsating and twitching in the Center of my belly. My Pacmaker is set to pulse I can feel it but it’s going a lot more frequent and don’t know if this is ok. Anyone have any problems what should I do !

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Heart Transplant....

SO..we are heading towards Christmas...and half a century ago..Doctor Christian Barnard performed the first one...the World looked on in disbelief...not least of all that this occurred in a troubled part of Africa.

 

So..now..a tiny baby has had a heart transplant.

 

For ALL of us who have had our thoraxes split open...coz thats what they do....Dont we live in great times ???

 

AN EARLY HAPPY CHRISTMAS  to all those who find PM...

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Steady heart rate

Even when ex recusing ( brisk walking) my heart rate does not change from 60 bpm. Should it?

 

jim h

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Direct Current Cardioversion

waiting to have a Direct Current Cardioversion,

seems a smple procedure with high success rate.

has anybody had it, ?

how long before normal life can resume?

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Sleepless nights

Hi all you pacers out there, just wondering if any of you are having a hard time sleeping?  I feel so restless, nervous. Has any of you been experiencing this. This has been a rough recovery for me. I am 32 days post pacemaker, shouldn't I be feeling better? Getting concerned. Maybe Iam not giving myself enough time. Restless soul. 

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Exercise

Got my pacemaker 31days ago,wondering when we can start to rebuild ourselves. I have shortness of breath with everything I do, just wondering if light exercise would help. or is it to early. I am thinking that conditioning would help my pvc's. The Doctor hasn't said when I can start to exercise. 

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Pvc's

Good morning pacers! Wondering has anyone had a lot of pvc's after getting a pacemaker? I have always had some pvc's but since I got my pacemaker Iam having one right after the other. Went to see the cardiologist yesterday. put me on medication, just not working out only made them worse. Just wondering is this normal. 

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stinging /burning pain around pacemaker site

I've had my pacemaker since 2014 and over the past couple of days I have been suffering from stinging/burning sensation around the pacemaker site,more intense depending on how I move.Is it normal to still have pain like this occasionally after having the pacemaker for  over 3years.

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Rate adjustment?

So, got my second lead a few months ago.  SO much better than the one lead I was first given for SSS.  I was getting symptomatic again.  Dizzy, tired.  I went back to running awhile after the second lead was installed and found I could go longer and faster almost immediately.  Now when I say faster, I mean faster for me.  I’m an old marathoner (70) but have always tried to do one marathon a year as a little goal. I run about 14 minute miles over l...

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Redness

I woke up several times last night with the area at my pacemaker site itching and I would be scratching as I was waking.  This morning I have redness about the size of a nickel with a blistery little bump in the middle. It’s right at the very bottom right side of my pacemaker.  I’ve had the pm for almost 3 years so I wasnt sure if site infection could be the issue after this long?  Any ideas from anyone or has anyone had anything similar?

 

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Not Feeling Great Today

Hi. I'm new here.. Just joined.. I'm almost 40(this month) & I've had a PM since Feb of 2016.. On my second one that I had placed this past June. I had endocarditis and had a valve replacement twice. They put the first PM in after the first valve surgery and took it out of the left side and placed a new one on the right side with the second valve surgery. I've been doing pretty good since having the second surgery in June but starting yesterday I'm feeling very achy an...

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Reasons Leads are extracted?

I just had my right ventricular lead extracted.  The R wave was down to 1 and my lead was making alot of noise.  Another smaller hospital originally put this lead in the apex right in a scar there 3 years ago.  I have a scar in the apex and no one could diagnose me nor why.  I had an ablation two years ago in the vicinity of the apex lead which fixed my VT and I have been off meds and running and vt free ever since.  However the lead in the apex was failing and t...

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New to pacemaker - palpitations?

I just had my pacemaker implanted Monday last week and since then I've had lots of palpitations. Sitting on the couch I'm fine, but getting up and doing just about anything brings them on. I had my dressing removed yesterday and mentioned the palpitations to the NP, but the people in the device lab had already gone home, so she said she'd leave a note for one of them to review the data from my CardioMessenger and see if anything looked off.

I talked to one of them today and...

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Entresto

I have been on Entresto 24/26 for a month and just pushed up into 49/51  EF is 21%.  I am 52 and just got new 2 lead defibrulator 3 weeks ago. Does anyone have any expwrience yet with exercise and increasing EF up to or over 35%  I do not like the CHF and water issues. Hoping I can strenghten heart enough to stop it.  Is this a pipe dream, has anyiojne done it?  I am gonna try!  Looking forward to hearing back. Thank you all.

I am in Atlanta GA

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Entresto

I have been on Entresto 24/26 for a month and just pushed up into 49/51  EF is 21%.  I am 52 and just got new 2 lead defibrulator 3 weeks ago. Does anyone have any expwrience yet with exercise and increasing EF up to or over 35%  I do not like the CHF and water issues. Hoping I can strenghten heart enough to stop it.  Is this a pipe dream, has anyiojne done it?  I am gonna try!  Looking forward to hearing back. Thank you all.

I am in Atlanta GA

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Mitral regurgitation

Anybody have regurgitation?   Just found out echo results today which includes moderate regurgitation.   Have an appt. in a few weeks and will find out more then but wondering how concerned I should be where it's moderate.   It's probably a pretty common thing though.   Love...

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Implant site of pacemaker

I've had my pacemaker for about 3 months.  It's very prominenent under my left clavicle.  I'm thin and athletic.  Was this the best spot to put it?  A friend of mine has his deeper and lower under the pectoralis muscle.  When I lie on my side it pinches sometimes. Also I feel it during my golf swing sometimes.  Is this the most common site; just under the clavicle?  Why do you think the MD chose that spot over the other?

Thanks,&n...

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Ventricle Only Pacing?

Hey all,

I have my 1 year check-up coming up in a few weeks, so I've been doing som reading/research so I can be prepared with questions for my doctor, and one thing I came across is that pacing of the ventricles can weaken the heart and lead to heart failure.

This concerns me a lot because I'm only 32 years old, so I'm obviously going to have a PM for a very long time, and last time I was at the doctor (which was my 8 week follow up after implant) they had told me tha...

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