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Under the likely heading of TL;DR...

Thought I'd share my experience on this journey.

I'm 66+ very active never took more than an occasional aspirin until I was 65 and then was diagnosed with stage 3 CKD. Bummer... Anyway because of my general good health my nephrologist convinced me to relax. The only change in my life at that time was now taking 12.5 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide every day. The initial dosage of 25 mg caused me to get light headed and faint often so he cut the dosage in half. (There will be a call ba...

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Electrical shock

So while I was working the other day painting a house for a friend I went to move the outlet out of the way when I felt an electrical shock in my hand. Could this have harmed my pacemaker?? It definitely scared me but I’m ok now that I know of just want to make sure this didn’t harm my PM 

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A bracelet?

I just received a pacemaker.  I am really grateful because it saved my life!  My question is do you recommend I get a braceley identifying that I have a pacemaker?  Thanks very much!

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Pacemaker and Prostate Cancer

I just received a pacemaker last week.  I will be starting radiation treatment for prostate cancer in the next 10 days.  Is it safe to get radiation treatments for prostate cancer when you have a pacemaker?  Thanks very much!

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Lead shorted out

Hi everyone hope all is doing well. My electrophysiologist’s nurse called me to make an appt. seems my transmitter has been showing somethings wrong with one of my leads, apparently one has shorted out. Has anyone experienced this? What happens now? I have tried to find out about this online but there’s really no real info out there that I am finding. Can anyone help a girl out here? Thank you

Bennie

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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)

Hello everyone,

I got a letter from my cardio team that they will be performing a CPET test during my next appointment. I had this test done last year but unsure how to dissect the test results? I referred the matter to Dr Google but unfortunately it has not been much of a help.

At my last appointment I did ask my cardiologist about the CPET results, his response was results ‘look good’ but he did not go into details, I guess due to limited time available or perhaps th...

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Bee sting and benadryl

I was stung by a bee this evening. Is it safe to take a Benadryl pill with your pacemaker?

Thank you,

Searching Woman

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Ice hockey

I am getting a pacemaker in a few weeks.  I would really like to continue to play ice hockey.  This low level men’s league.   No checking but there is still contact

Needing a pacemaker was not expected as I was fine until last fall.  I am 57 and am used to being active.   Anyone else have any issues or concerns will playing?

 

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Function

The tech told me at last appointment I had three episode, so what does that mean?  Also, how does it feel when it shocks you?

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Sex

I have a 2 lead pacemaker from Medtronic I’ve had a pm for slow heart rate...they have fixed it a few times...but not sure if the settings are still right.....any ways I been ok with it when I go on walks but...when I some times have sex it acts up....I’ll be ok for weeks or months....then out of the blue if I’m having sex...my heart starts to race really fast....it will slow down for a bit then I can feel being paced....idk if any one has had this issue....go from 85 to 120...

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Implant location

Hey everyone! So lately I've been wondering a lot about possible implant locations. Right now mine is under my left pectoral muscle and I wanted to know about other possible locations. Honestly the location isn't much of a problem except for a few things:
1. I'm a very small girl (5'1 and 105 lb) so it's pretty noticeable. This isn't much of a problem honestly, I've gotten used to it, but it must be nice not having to explain to people what the bulge on m...

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Treadmill Exercise

Hi, all! It has been almost a month to the day since my PM was inserted into my chest. I have a St. Jude dual chamber unit which was adjusted last week (pace increased) by my doctor.

A couple of days a week I have been going to the gym and utilizing the treadmill.  My question is this: Is there a limit I should follow or just "listen" to my body and adjust the machine, which I have been doing?  I am not looking to break any land speed records but I seem to tire soone...

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Moving to Ireland

Hello,

 

I'm Marc, 28 years old, paced with a dual chamber st jude endurity since 2016. I'm planning to move to Ireland to learn English and try to pass an official exam. Does someone wired lives in Ireland? I'm from Spain so I will be happy to meet you.

 

Thx!

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Pacemaker Procedure in the UK

Hi,

 

I have been diagonised with sinus bradycardia and have had 3 fainting episodes in the past 10months. Cardiologists analysis of my result and condition consistently states that the need for a pacemaker is trigered. However, i am scared of taking the operation in my country of residence to avoid complications.

 

Ill appreciate if anyone can assit with a link to an hospital in the UK that can provide cost indication for the procedure (all accompanying cost...

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Fluttering

I am 32 and had my pacemaker implanted 6 weeks ago for mobitz II heartblock. I have had the settings changed 3x now.  Since this last time i have been having a very distracting fluttering in my chest. I am so having occasional sharp chest pains. I was evaluated in the ER and they didnt seem concerned.  Im wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences.  I feel alone in all of this, and am looking for input from others that also have this condition. also did you find a cau...

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Mental Health ?

Does anyone have those days where you mind just gets caught in a loop of thought that your heart isn’t ok but you know that it is ? How do yo get out of that loop ?

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Weight loss when your pacer is capped at 110

Does anyone else have a pacemaker set at 110? I take metropol and flecanide along with a diurectic it is taking me forever to lose 6lbs while maintaing a diet of 1300 calories a day. I walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Any advice?

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pacemaker denpent

thank for the info,

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Conversion to HIS Bundle Pacing

New EP at Duke wants to convert my Dual Chamber Boston Scientific Pacemaker to HIS pacing by removng the Ventrical lead and replacing it with a HIS Bundle lead. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Wall outlet

I was switching a wall electric outlet and got shocked . Apparently I did not turn off the proper circuit breaker. Should I be concerned?

 

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