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Sleep apnea and PM.

Hello all,

Received my PM 1/19/2021

I just had a sleep apnea test . (two day home test)  I requested it due to my diagnosis of SSS.  I heard sleep apnea can cause isssues with your electrical system.

Sure enough it came back that I have severe sleep apnea.(AHI 52.9)  Now I wonder if this was the issue all along.  Any one have a pm implant due to sleep apnea? 

On the test result it stated that my HR lowest reading was 38.  My pm i...

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Pacemaker Always Jolting

So I've had this new pm for about a year now and recently on some days it jolts for about 5-10min at a time. I feel a little tired afterwards when it stops but other than that feel normal, should I be concerned? 

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Post PM Implant

Hello all,

I'm a newbie to the club. Just had my PM implanted two weeks ago tomorrow. April 9, 2021.  Still trying to process all of the events that lead up to it.  I'm a 58 year old woman and NEVER had any issues at all with my health. A two days leading up to my ER visit, I felt as though I wanted to pass out.  The night before my ER visit I passed out in bed and came to.  The morning of my ER visit, I told my husband what had happend the night before. He a...

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Heart rate settings

What rates are you PM's set?   Mine is at 60 and 120, have a neighbor that had hers raised to 70 and says she has a lot more energy, any experience with that?   I've never been given that option or advice.    TIA

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Very bruised left nipple

Two years ago I had a basic pm after AV node ablation, but I soon developed permanent Atrial flutter and  my LV function became moderately impaired. I also had two VT episodes a year apart. The latter in January, conveniently as I was walking up the stairs to the Cardio dept.   Cardio advised an upgrade to a CRT-D.  Had this done two weeks ago.  Have had a bumpy recovery so far and feeling pretty exhausted.    When I was allowed to s...

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Opinions on medical jewelry

Hi everyone. I am looking for opimions on a topic of very little importance! When I first got my pacemaker, 3 months ago, I thought it would be a good idea to get a medical information bracelet. I figured that, if I experienced an accident or illness & was unonscious, it was important that medical personnel know of my pacemaker before doing certain tests or procedures. Now that I think about it, at that point damaging my pacemaker would be the least of my worries! Also, since undressing m...

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Pacemaker

I  a 72 year old,  fit female. In January this year I had a PM fitted and I was discharged the same day not having an x ray which I had been told to anticipate a few days previous.  After 10 days the one lead was suddenly  stopped  working to full capacity. I was told the problem was either a faulty lead or the consultant had screwed in the lead too tightly. Another procedure was needed a few weeks later.The lead was tested and found to be o.k.   I was not t...

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the power of being optimistic

A cardiologist reviewed 15 studies - over quarter of a million patients between all of them- on the relationship between health and optimism. I think a lot of us know this intuitively but it's fun to see the science overwhelmingly back it up. 

"Rozanski called the data 'consistent' across the studies. 'In every case, there was a strong relationship between optimism and a lower risk of disease,'"

"Biologically, pessimism is associat...

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papers that show a potential link between covid and acquired heart block

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7311354/

https://academic.oup.com/europace/article/23/3/451/6085830

Here are two papers suggesting that some people with COVID have acquired heart block.

 

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beta blockers

Hello everyone,

 

How is everyone doing? I just wanted to make a quick post too see if anyone has had similar issues too me. I have been on 80mg of Nadolol now for 4 months for issues with non-sustained vT and anxiety. 

For a really long time now i have felt tired, drowsy and had really achy, tired legs, all everyday for quite a while. I think this could be related to the medicine (not sure if achy legs could be caused but maybe). Has anyone else experienced this o...

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Hello! I am rather new here, thanks for being here!

I had a PM inserted last August. It appears I am having Pacemaker syndrome issues. My electrophsiologist wants to put a third lead in and says there is a 40% chance of improvement. Since the implantaion I have had post-exertional malaise, edema and fatigue. Has anyone gone back for a third lead?  Did it help?  Any information is greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!!

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Hard Lump at Incision Site

I am 65 and received ICD surgery on April 2. The level of pain, for the first 3 days afterward, took me aback. However, I am no longer in pain. I am pretty sure that there was no infection. The scar line has healed very neatly, no leakage, no discharge and the bruising has almost completely disappeared. 

My concern is that there is a hard mass (bulge) under the incision area which has not gone away. Is this a cyst, a keloid or the device itself? Will this go away o...

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Mammogram

I am scheduled to have a mammogram next month. This will be first since having a pacemaker. I am right to assume that the nurse doing the mammogram will not go too close to my pacemaker? I can tell her where exactly where it is. 

I have read online that it is all right but I am a bit apprehensive. What are other members experiences of mammograms?

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pm device

what does jt mean if. you feel. your heart beating  fast

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Blood clot in left arm

I got a two lead PM put in a week ago for low heart rate.  Within a few days I developed painful deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my left arm. I have three clots starting in my. Subclavical vein going down my arm with much swelling, pain, and limited motion.  I've been on eliquis for three days. Has anyone else had this, and how long should I expect it to take before I feel better?! The PM seems to be doing fine. 

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good morning

concerning sleeping.   kidney not working to well.   and was told to only take tylenol. felling better. every day. after 2 months from pm implant have a good day

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Dental extraction

Pacemaker 2019. Having tooth extraction next week. Dentist not reassuring. Can anyone confirm this is safe. Logically it is but just wanted to know how other pm patients have managed... thank you in advance. 

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Please help! Feeling awful after surgery + other concerns

Hi everyone! I could really use some guidance. So, I am 26 and got my pacemaker implanted four days ago. I know that pain/soreness in the incision is totally normal, but even despite this, I haven’t felt well since getting the pacemaker put in. A few things I’ve been experiencing:

  1. Sharp pain in my left side ribs around the mid-section
  2. Dizziness/lightheadedness + nausea
  3. Soreness on the right side of my neck, and inside my throat when I cough
  4. Back...

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Soar

Had my second pacemaker installed yesterday !

I had forgotten just how soar it was, 8 years ago.   Be good as new again in a week or so. 

Back buying , selling, overhauling engines and equipment.  Did I mention I am also retired ?  LOL !!

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New Job?

Hi, I just had a PM put in a week ago today for Complete Heart Block 3rd degree AV. I’m using my vacation time now while I await my cardiologist visit and find out my work restrictions/limitations.

I work at a moving company, as a mover, so I’m used to carrying/lifting/moving heavy and awkward furniture/pieces. I’m basically taking this as a sign to get a different job, less labor intensive. I’m 40. Just started looking for jobs within my local hospital.

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