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Shower

Is it fine to take a shower after 6 weeks of surgery?Is it ok if the water comming from the shower to hit my incision area directly?

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Screamming

Is it bad to scream?well the reason why would i scream is beacause of horror videos.I watch horror videos everyday in the past when i still dont have a pacemaker but now I do so is it bad to scream or startled?My had my pacemaker implanted 6 weeks ago by the way.

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What to expect post operative for PPM placement

 Going in tomorrow for pacemaker placement. Curious what to might expect after the procedure. Would appreciate any comments in regards to recovery time, wound healing, any unusual sensations with device in place, frequency of pacemaker adjustments, activity restrictions, or any other thoughts. Thank you for any insight. 

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Flying with an ICD?

Am flying to Atlanta this Friday. First time flying with my ICD. 
A little nervous about airport security - any advice? 

Thanks! 

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Pacemaker and weight lifting

I had a dual lead pacemaker implanted five weeks ago. What are my limitations in regards to weightlifting exercises. My general pre-pacer routine consisted of overhead press, shoulder press, lateral raise, seated dip, arm curl,pectoral fly, and chest press.

I have a follow up appointment in ten days, but curious as to what others have been told.

Thanks in advance.

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new crt pm lowers ejection fraction

Hello all, this is Philman with some serious concerns.  had a stroke in

June of 2017 working on good rehab through feb of 2018 when i needed a new pm to replace my duel lead medtronic ... it was decided that we implant a st. judes bi ventricular crt. I believe it is called quadra allure mp.  I was told it would give me more horsepower and smoothr pacing with the extra lead.HOWEVER...  had my first echo in august and my E/F was lower than it has e...

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Day 28 -- Pacemaker reburial

So, I've just got back from the hospital where they 'reburied' my pacemaker (their term) -- i.e. relocated it to a new pocket closer to the medial line than the one from which in went a-wandering 16 days ago. Some wound pain, as I would expect, and another 7 days of driving/showering restrictions, plus they're a little worried about infection from re-opening the original wound, but I was firm with the consultant (who asked 'are you really really sure)' that I wasn'...

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HIS Bundle Pacing

Has anyone in the group had a procedure done called HIS Bundle Pacing? It is an alternative to putting the third wire into the coronary sinus vein if you have a CRT implant and are having difficulty in placing the third wire properly ,

My EP suggested it but said it is a new procedure and only a handful of EPs have the experience to do this.

 

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Three tries... help!

I had my first device place May 25, 2018, when I went to leave the Boston Scientific rep said the lower leads were firing incorrectly. However, as it was Memorial Day weekend she stated no would come in and I should go. I did and promptly passed out. (Not my style) Back to the hospital I go only to have them release me again, with directions to call Doctor’s office on Tuesday. I left a message with “his nurse”. Afree waiting and waiting, I finally get someone to listen and g...

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Biotronik CardioMessenger II-s

I have had my pm for three years. In the last few days my messenger unit has been doing something funky. It will go from being green to steady yellow. Sometimes it will change back pretty quick, other times it will stay on yellow until I unplug it. Is anyone else having this problem, or have had it? Any suggestions? Ty in advance

 

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ICD/CRT-D: Inappropriate shocks

  • by BarbD
  • 2018-10-02 17:35:20
  • ICDs
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  • 11 comments

Does anyone know the real statistics on how many people get inappropriate shocks from their ICD/CRT-D?   I’ve been reading a LOT of stories on here where people are getting multiple inappropriate shocks and the idea of that is just terrifying to me.  Is there anything I can do or should ask about in order to minimize this risk?  I’ve read something about SmartShock Technology – does anyone have any experience with this? Do all CRT-D devices have this tech...

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I am new here and would like to share experience and inspire (and be inspired) other people with ICD

Hi Everyone

I am 49yold and I am passionate about running. I started only 5 years ago, but it became part of my daily life. I was able to run Berlin Marathon in 2h58 and NY Marathon in 3h'03 min in November last year. Unfortunately I had a severe Vemtricular Tacquicardia in January this year (my heart went up to 280bpm..after an interval triaining run), followed by an ablation in April which ended up with a Tampane (hemorragy) and consequent 8 tacquicar...

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Teaching Hospitals and CRT-D Implant

  • by BarbD
  • 2018-10-02 10:05:10
  • ICDs
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  • 6 comments

I am currently going to a teaching hospital in Boston where my EP practices.  We are discussing implanting a CRT-D, and when I asked him if he’d be doing the surgery/procedure he just said “me and my assistant/fellow”. I asked whether he’d be at least doing the lead placement and he repeated me and my assistant would be doing it.  He saw that I was a bit uncomfortable with this and just said he’d be there the whole time overseeing everything.

He s...

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Lead dislodgment

Just spent 3.5 hours in the ER my atrial lead is pulled and inappropriately shocking me. I just returned back to work (I'm a nurse) 3 weeks ago post op lead revision.  The MD is recommending leaving a dislodged lead in and turning down the rate and voltage so that it doesnt shock me.  I am having a hard time accepting leaving a lead in my heart that will be harder to remove years later.  If it's not working right why are they leaving it. They are also blaming it on my b...

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Tremors Went Away with Pacemaker

I had hand tremors that were so bad that I sometimes put weights on my wrists to better eat dinner. After I got an emergency pacemaker for asystole/bradycardia, the tremors abated significantly. Has anyone had a similar experience? Does anyone know why this might have happened?

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Pounding

I have had my device almost eight years.   The last few days, my heart began pounding so hard I could feel it in my chest.  The first time I felt It, I was leaning on my right arm.  The booming did not seem to match my pulse, but this could have been my poor measurement because the booming was intense.  Any thoughts?

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Crt leads

I was just told that I will need surgery to place my third wire after 2 attempts.

Has anyone had their lead inserted via surgery?

 

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Short of breath

I am 4 weeks post pacemaker implant for rather sudden onset total heart block with sick sinus syndrome. I am still very short of breath when walking 100 feet or more. Is this norma

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Pacemaker CPR?

I have asked several professionals the following questions but have never been told a direct answer.

If I fall and am not breathing will the performance of CPR injure me worse if I have a pacemaker? I know CPR is performed lower than the heart and implant area but how will CPR start the heart if a pacer is inserted? Will CPR affect the pacer and patient?

If the pacemaker stops will CPR actually start the heart back up long enough to get...

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Altitude sickness

Last  week my adult son  decided to take a short drive .He just had his second pacemaker/ defibrillator  in Aug.  Living in Los Angeles the mountains aren't that far.  As he drove just past  the ski lifts,about 7,000 feet up ,he had trouble breathing, upset stomach,and pain from the left ear down to the heart. Made it down and home. He rested that night but was weak and still had the pain. The next morning I drove him to ER and he was admitted . After &n...

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