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Summer bathing suit or cover up with biventricular ICD implanted

I had a biventricular ICD implanted 2 weeks ago. I knew there was going to be a scar an a slight prteusion but my device is large and is very noticeable. I’m a 67 y/o female and 108lbs with small frame. I’m vacationing on a beach and I’m at a loss how I can cover up most of my protrusion. I’m blessed and very thankful for this device as it truly saved my life. Any ideas would be helpful.

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I would like to talk to some of the 'younger' pacemaker people - especially if you have congenital heart problems. I've been having some annoying issues.

Hello!

I am a 38 year old male. I was born with a 3rd degree heart block, discovered when I was 14 - thus I was bradycardic.

My cardiologists waited until I was 28 to implant my pacer. I never had any identifyable symptoms prior to this. It was put in , as an 'insurance policy'.

Three years ago, it was noted on my echo that my ejection fraction was a little low (45-50%). I am not sure if this is new, or old. Until I started a family about 8 years ago, I sadly paid li...

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A few beers?

I’m on about my sixth week with PM, using only atrial lead. Felling better just about everyday. Had PM installed due to bradycardia and Afib. Now set to 70 bpm and on Flecainide and beta blocker. I’m. 58 years old and in good physical shape (for the most part).

I know alcohol is a no no for Afib, but I still imbibe 2-3 beers nearly daily. In fact, when I’m feeling crappy, a beer or two generally relaxes me and makes my stomach feel better. Usually, my chest p...

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New Pacemaker

Hi first post. 54 year old male, very active and fit, history of SVT for the last couple of years. Had my second ablation on May 22 that left me with second degree heart block. Spent a 1.5 week with very low heart rate (20 at night to 40 during the day), finally got my dual chamber Boston Scientific pacemaker last night.

Today had been a rough day, pain is definitely there but under control. However I feel very weak, I have been in the hospital for the last 5 days and did loose 15...

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PICKLING OF CUCUMBERS

Canned foods are prone to the growth of Clostridium botulinum, bacteria that causes botulism which is a deadly form of food poisoning. While some foods are acidic enough to prevent the growth of this harmful bacteria while canned, most need to be further acidified to ensure they’re safe for consumption (Binning, 2005). This necessitates a form of food preservation known as Pickling which is the process of food preservation using acidic preservatives either vinegar, lemon juice or b...

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ORGANIZATION’S MISSION AND SCOPE

Nursing is a profession that is tasked with the protection, promotion, and optimization of health. According to the American Nurses Association (2008), nurses are essential in the elevation of better health in the treatment of individuals and communities at large. Quality nursing care requires that a nurse, whether surgical or caring, is well taken care of to give maximum care.  Peer reviewed education, as well as other social aspects affecting nurses, are an essential component for prov...

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METABOLIC DISORDER SYNDROME

Metabolic Disorder Syndrome in People with Severe Mental Illnesses

Introduction
            Metabolic syndrome is a condition that comprises several disorders like obesity, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, dyslipidemias, hypotension and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome is largely associated with mental illnesses. Schizophrenics have been the main targets when assessing for this condition due to their like...

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to Dave H

has anyone explained how an increase in EF could cause less stamina and PVCs as iu stated?  i do not understand that. thanks

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Feel pacemaker kick in when lay down

I'm 32 year old guy. Got my PM bc of bradycardia/syncope. I had a dual chamber PM inserted 3 weeks ago. I've had 3 EP visits to adjust my settings (which have helped a LOT!). They've made a lot of adjustments and have turned my voltage down. But I still can feel it kicking in when I do 3 things:

1) Lay down on my back (about 30 seconds of completely feeling the PM kick in)

2) Crouch down (think tying shoes crouching to look at a lower cabinet, etc.)

3) Bending ov...

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aromatase inhibitors side effects on heart rhythm

I had a PM implanted in 2013

In 2017 I had breast cancer and had radiation and was perscribed aromatase inhibitors.

I am now having new and disturbing ventricle contractions multible times a day (have a ZIO monitor on at the moment and will be sending it in tomorrow)

Its odd that neither my oncologist nor my cardiologist sees a link between the side effects of the inhibitor and heart issues, as I have just googled information from 3 different sites that link the tw...

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Battery change questions

Help please on battery change, which I’m having done next week.sorry to ask you all but these questions are on my mind and I can’t wait til the op to find out.

Whats the recovery time, need to let work now when I’ll be ok

When will I be able to swim?

How soon can I return to coaching gymnastics, involves supporting and lifting gymnasts

Thanks so much

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Leads question

Hi there, 

i know there is a lot of posts on this topic already on here, with very reassuring answers. I was fitted with my device 7 years ago at the age of 40, in sunny Spain. I have weight trained and exercised for the last 25 years so I was devestated when the doctor told me I could no longer do weights. His reason was the constant repetitions would damage the cables. At first he was non negotiable however after a year he said I could do some curls. Fortunately I found this...

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PVC's

Can my replacement pacemaker be causing more frequent PVC's.

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Medical I’d bracelet

hi y’all I had a ICD and crt-d put in a few days ago. Do I need to get a medical I’d bracelet 

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Sudden drop

Hi y'all.

I have been searching for this topic, but I figure I'll just ask my question.

PM was recently reset to 70/140. It was suddenly dropping to at least half at exertion ( for example HR of 130 and the PM would bring it down to 60).

Like I said, it was just raised a little because of this. But it is still happening! I guess that means that at exertion  I must be reaching at least 140 or 150. PM kicks in and for hours I am at 60 or so, definitely not getting...

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Coughing by pacemaker

I feel jerks in left side to stomach , some times high and some times low, and feel coughing , is it ok

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Simple and safe to use

Hello Friends, I am Tamilian, 75,  just joined the club. Hope U R all doing well. I got my PM done on 5/28/19 and the Dr.put me on Paradaxa 150 mg twice a day. It is a blood thinner. Previously I have been getting occasional heavy nose bleeds and I never took any aspirin or other blood thinners. I am concerned about using such a heavy dose of Paradaxa daily as it may cause sudden heavy nose bleeds. Does anyone has similar situation, is there a less dosage. My BP is normal. If the PM is c...

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New to the group

This is probably the most exclusive group I’ve ever joined. I will have a pacemaker implanted next month. At 72, I’ve always been extremely active and   have no symptoms except fluttering occasionally. I had a Holter monitor and was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. I have both bradycardia and tachycardia.. I have always had a low heart rate but the holter shows it is down in the 30s while sleeping and I have spikes over 100 a couple of times a day. If anyone has brady/tach...

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Day 3....

Feeling ok but not sure what I should feel or not feel. Bpm not dropping like before so not so tired or dizzy 

hard to sleep more than a few hours feel awake after 3-4 hours. I am sure that will get better in time.

 

Cant wait for 1 week suture check on Wednesday. I think it is the unknown that is creating anxiety. I am ready to go back to work and routine 

Sorry frustration sets in from time to time 

Happy Saturday 

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Pacemaker pain

Hi all

I am 46 and I am 17 days post pacemaker insertion for complete heart block. At 10 days I started with central chest pain, worse on inspiration and my d dimer was raised. My ECG and troponin was normal. My CTPA was negative.

Although the pain is easing, it reoccurs at night when I am led on my R side. The pacemaker is on my L.

I am having a check of the pacemaker on weds to check positioning etc. It feels like something is poking me in the chest on the inside. 

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At age 20, I will be getting a pacemaker in few weeks along with an SA node ablation. This opportunity may change a five year prognosis into a normal life span! I look forward to being a little old lady with a wicked cane!