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Pain

Hi I am almost at the end of my tether I had my pacemaker implanted on 3rd April this year so over four months now I lost my job due to working in an electro static industry and being 61 am not optimistic about getting something else I’m still in pain daily in my neck shoulder and chin the only relief I get is when I’m in bed it’s like a shooting pain going up to my chin and the area round we’re my heart is sometimes hurts I’ve been back to cardiologist and they...

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Scuba divers

Hello everyone and thank you for me being able to join this forum. I am a Dane and lives in Denmark 

 I might get a PM within the next year or so, and need to get a PM suited for scuba divers set to min.5 ATA equal to 40 meters. Anyone know about a brand? I understand St. Jude have one. Let me know of your experience 

thank you 

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Confused

I just had a Medtronic Azure XT DR MRI Surescan pacemaker implanted 4 days ago.  (Bradycardia, heart stopped for 5 seconds, was told blood was filling top chambers, but not going to bottom chambers)
I am lost--my doctors have told me next to nothing. I am assuming its a duel chamber, since there are stickers for two leads. (was never told)
Im reading that I should have been told what it was set to pace at before I left the hospital--nope! No clue about this. I have been trackin...

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Effect of weight loss

I read somewhere that if one loses too much weight, the PM can fall out of its "pocket."  Is this true? I've lost 30 pounds, and am planning to lose more (hoping). I could stand to lose 30-50 more pounds (and I'll still be heavy after that, but I don't want to go too low). I've been making my docs happy, but they didn't mention this potential problem!

Just to elaborate:  losing a lot of weight takes hard work, focus, and determination--something I...

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Back spasms

Have pm 2 days and have spasms while in certain positions in bed or in a chair. They go away when I change positions. Feel like someone inside poking me. Should I inform my physician immediately or at my two week checkup?

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New to the world of Pacemakers

Hey everyone,

I just had a Pacemaker installed about 4 weeks ago.  About 2 weeks ago, I finally went for a short bike ride and I was having a difficult time to say the least!  Yesterday I went for my first check-in to see how it's performing etc. and find out that the upper limit was set at 130bpm.  Waaay too low.  After some discussion, the upper was set at 170bpm.  I don't know if it's still set too low.

My question is - has anyone had this a...

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DEMENTIA

My husband has had ICD for nearly 7 years now and recently has been showing signs of some type of dementia.After an initial visit to the Doctor he has told him to stop taking his statin (Artovastatin) for 3 weeks as this drug had been known to cause memory problems and see if there is any difference.Has anyone experienced any memory problems whilst taking this drug and after taking it for 5 years + would be not have been affected sooner?Is there any risk for stopping it for a short period of...

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Heartrate

I just restored my Omron heart rate monitor watch. I presently have bradycardia with PVC’s.  Also, an Assurity 2272 pacemaker. Low end set at 80bpm. To my surprise, when I put this unit on my chest and watch on the wrist , Am I reading my actual heart rate with no interference from PVC’s? Anyone have an answer?  Thanks

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Truble with social media accounts??? Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Kik, Snapchat, Gmail, Tinder etc...

Hi!

I have had my PM for 11 years now. And experienced a lot of electric magnetic interference and magnetic resonance. After adjusting the settings for the PM, from unipolar to bipolar, a lot of my physical problems such as tension headaches, fatigue and sleeping troubles has ended. And I am extremely grateful for that. And also since my proplems lasted in 7 years!!!

Now I have another problem. I feeling a lot of tiredness/fatigue after I have registe...

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100% Paced

Hi All,

This is my first post, I have been reading forum for past 4 months since receiving dual chamber pacemaker. I am a mum of 2 teens, 48 years old with a brady/tachy syndrome plus a complete heart block. I am being paced at 100%, just curious if there are others pacing at 100%. Thanks

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Resting rate

After nearly 18 months with my dual chamber pacemaker set at 60bpm, my electrophysiologist today said there was no reason to continue my atrial pacing. My pacing in the upper chamber was roughly 75% but that was because my set rate was 10 bpm higher than my intrinsic and the historic data provided by my PM showed there were no abnormal beats to be concerned with in a lower rate  

So, beginning today it’s all me!! He set my low threshold at 45 bpm. My quest...

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My Story

Back in Feb. 2018 I had a 2 lead Medtronic pacemaker installed for Sic Sinus syndrome Bachcardia.  All went well even after I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgins Lymphoma that May.  Started chemo RCHOP in July and a bit of radiation in November and was NED (no evidence of disease) just last month. Pacemaker did just fine during whole time but last week I get a call from cardiologist saying that I'm showing signs of ventricular tachycardia...150 bpm.  New, visiting...

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Exercise- pushups

Can anyone comment on the performing of pushups and the wearing out of the leads of a pacemaker.

thank you

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One month post surgery isuue

AFter two years had to have lead replaced.  Battery replaced at same time.  One month after surgery area around battery-pacemaker still sore, including periodic aches in upper chest and arm. Battery seems to be protruding.

 

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Micra Pacemaker

Hi 

I just got a micra pacemaker and couldn't find any recent posts on this type of PM. I had it fitted as an emergency 2 weeks ago after a 13 second sinus-node arrest made me collapse. I was asymptomatic before the collapse episode but with family history of heart problems. They only found the cause of the collapse as I'd had an implanted loop recorder inserted 2 weeks prior and they were able to interrogate the device and look at the data. All ECGs, holter, blood tes...

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i might have moved my pacemaker -- and now it hurts

I was pretty close to being dead -- my heart was stopping, once I woke up about a foot above the floor, I had convulsed.  My heart had stopped, my body convulsed in an attempt to restart it, and as i said, I was a foot or so above the floor, headed down fast!, when I woke up.

All of this is ancient history since I've had my Boston Scientific pacemaker installed -- it saved my life.

Not one event of this kind and my health generally has been much better. 

But a...

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome post-pacemaker insertion

April 25 I had my aortic valve replaced (2nd time, first time was 2004). Because of my age, I was advised not to have TAVR, as the replacement valve would not be a good candidate for replacement in another 12 to 15 years. I therefore underwent the whole sternum-cracking surgery.  Six days later, I had to have a pacemaker inserted due to heart block caused by the surgery.  I have been suffering with intense sensations of stinging, biting, burning across my chest from armpit to armpit...

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Pacemaker tapping

So, wow, 5 weeks ago had a two chamber pacemaker installed due to slow heartbeat and heart beat stopping for 3 to 5 second intervals. Feel a whole lot better. So I am amazed at some of the posts here. You can actually tap on your pacemaker to speed it up, seriously? The other day my smart watch said my heart rate was at 134, and at the time not doing any type of physical labor. I have a Medtronics unit. Any comments with truthful answers appreciated! Lol.

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Anxiety and ocd

I have ocd and it seems a bit worse since getting a pacemaker and having a faster heart rate. Has anyone else experienced this and did it get better after some time passed?

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New pacemaker

Hi 

I am 28 years old and had my first pacemaker for 20 years. Due to complications with my pacemaker I had to have my new one fitted pretty quickly this week. As this is only my second pacemaker and I was so young when I got my first one I didn’t know what to expect with the pain level. It has been nearly a week and I’m still taking the pain medication. Is this normal? How long have yous taken off work etc? And when can you get back to the gym 

thanks&n...

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