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Pacemaker or not??

I was recently referred to a cardiologist by my primary care physician.  For the last 6 months I had been having dizziness when standing from a sitting position and had fainted once.  The cardiologist placed a heart monitor on me and later that night I had a really bad migraine which I get about 2x a year.  Due to the migraine, I was severly vomiting off and on for a couple of hours.  The next morning my cardiologist called me and told me to go to the emergency room b...

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Device for CHF

I had my device implanted July 2017 for CHF with EF of 15-20%. Just had a MUGA scan and it is up to 41%. Does that mean I am cured?

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Motorcycle intercom

  I just ordered a motorcycle intercom yesterday to keep in touch with my motorcycling friends. I really did not think about the pacemaker when ordering it so I am doing well! 

 I know we should be wary of mobile phones next to the unit but what about bluetooth intercoms? The unit will be about 6 inches from my implant site. I always keep my mobile on the opposite side of my body in a waist pocket. 

 After 19 months of being 100% paced I can't say...

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Swelling at front of armpit

Ok I am almost 1 year post op from getting my PM fitted. About 3 days ago I noticed some swelling in the front of my arm pit where I swelled from surgery along with the swelling was some tenderness but the tenderness went away so I thought nothing of it but today the swelling seems to have gotten worse also my PM rotated and is migrating close to my collar bone. Anyone have any advice? Should I have my doc look at it or am I just being to cautious 

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Swollen Ankle

Thanks to everyone who has taken the trouble to answer my query. I have now been to my doctor and as I’m on blood thinners he does. Not think it can be a clot, but to be sure he is sending me for a dtv scan on Monday. I’m still swollen once I’m walking on I but it goes down overnight  

It’s vet reassuring to be able to ask advice from other pacers

IDandy

 

 

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Swollen Ankle

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My pacemaker story

Hi all, i am fairly new here, i had my pacer implant in 1998.  I had some episodes of AF and when i would go back in NSR my heart rate would drop to almost a flatline for a few seconds, I didn't black out completely but did feel like I might, this was caught in my doctors office, he sent the findings to my EP and was told to go to the hospital immediately for a pacer.  i was told that i had bradycardia, the pacer was for when going back into NSR (the low was set at 50) i wo...

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long-term pain

Hi all,

   I've posted several times here in the past year regarding excessive and long-term pain post surgery. I had surgery 1 year ago to get my pacemaker replaced and they put it under my pectoral muscle. I was having horrible pain for the first 4-5 months and it lightened up after but a year later I still have pain with big movements like jumping or even a bumpy car ride. 

  I got x-rays done at the chiropractor's office because my doctor wasn't...

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Recent pacemaker

I have had persistent afib for 2 years, had two ablation which has reduced my Afib load to less than 2%. On May 24th I had a dual chamber Medtronic advisa implanted for bradycardia. Since then I constantly get dizzy when standing, and get dizzy at random times for no reason that I can interpret. Is this unusual, and can it be from a settings issue. The lower setting is at 50 and to my knowledge, it has only been needed a few times after exercising. Any thoughts or suggestions would be ap...

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Pacemaker Batteries

Hi , I went for a check up on 2017 to my MD at Mount Sinai Hospital Miami , after calling a representative of St Judes to check my batteries , and after reading the report , he recommended not to replace the batteries .

To be very honest , i feel great , however , after seeing a documentarie in Netflix on Lithium batteries , now i'm concern about the batteries to explode inside of me .

Shoud to have it remove ?, not Leads , but Batteries , Pacemaker im...

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Simple arm restrictor

Just had PM implanted and woke up in middle of night with my arm raised too high over my shoulder. Had it checked out next day and all was still good with the PM.

To insure I didnt do that again I just took a length of narrow string and fashioned a 4 ft length consisting of one small loop that fits over my left hand and one larger loop that goes over my left thigh. This totally prevents me from raising that arm or elbow over my left shoulder while being totally comfortable while sleepin...

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pacemaker implant

My implant was done in March 2017.  About  4-5 months later I have been seeing huge beautiful blue

halos around the moon and other types of lights, as well as huge rainbow coloured halos

around street and dusk to dawn lights. My vision is not in any way affected by these nightly

halos.,  Please advise whether this is normal or should I be concerned.

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No endurance or stamina with after two pacemaker transplants!

Had a pacemaker since 2012 for slow heartbeat due to third degree heart block, then after a couple of years they checked my ejection fraction and found out it was below 40% , they said it was due the to two-lead pacemaker I had and needed to have a biventricular one installed, had ejection fraction checked twice within New one and is up to 60% now but still can’t do any exercise or physical activity for longer than a few minutes, actually I was better with the old pacemaker, and before...

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MRI Damage

Good day All,

If i have a MRI pacemaker and it is not put in MRI mode before the MRI, will the pacemaker be subjected to damage?

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Electrophysiology

My cardiologist is electrophysiologist?? But i will take advice and look elsewhere for advice.  I thought I may get some support and good advice from this site about my reliance on a pacemaker and have been pleasantly surprised how some people have answered my post and I thank you .. the last post I had advised i go to another site and that this site is for pacemakers.. t hats put me completely off and this is the reason I take care of myself and rely on my own judgement.. thank you...

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Av node ablation

Hi.. long while since I was here.. had pacemaker installed Sept 2012 and now after numerous drugs and many bad times I have reached my last option.  Have fast AF for days and now feeling I'll with them. PM great for stopping heart going slow but no cure for fast heart rate and irregularity.. I am trying to gain faith in my PM so I won't panic when ablation is done quite frightened of being totally reliant on it.. my head is full of what if's!!! I've had no support over th...

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Swollen left ankle

I had my pacemaker fitted 8 weeks ago, but recently my left ankle swells up during the day the last few days I have had a pain in my calf

This may be due to the hot weather but it is only 1 ankle the right one is fine, has anyone else had any problems with a swollen ankle.

 

 

 

 

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Heart rate

I’ve been having episodes of racing heart this summer, usually lasting hour or so.  My Pacemaker is set to prevent low heart rate.  I live in the (hot) Midwest.  Anyone have this if exposed to 85-degree-plus temps?

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Sudden tachycardia

Hello. I have had my Medtronic exactly two years and in the last 6 months I had 8 episodes of tachycardia which I never had before. I have just been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Anyone out there with similar conditions?  Thanks. 

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shower

I had my PM put in about 12 days ago.  Doctor checked the pacemaker last friday and said all was working ok. He took off the dressing and said to leave it off so can I shower or just take sponge baths he said no swimming.  Anyone have an answer thanks.

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Sometimes a device must be tuned a few times before it is right. My cardiologist said it is like fine tuning a car.