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PVCs

Boston Scientiffic Accolade L331. Settings: DDDR, RYTHMIQ - Off, Lower Rate Limit 40, Max Tracking Rate 135ppm, Paced AV Delay - 80-350ms, PVARP - 250-300ms. VRP - 250-250ms, Minute ventilation and Acceleometer both on.

I'm a 76yo life long amature cyclist, DX'ed with AFib at 65 and Sinus Node Dysunction in May-June '23. S/P PPM Placement in July '23 and successfull cardiac ablation in August '23. My Boston Scientific Tech is a cyclist and knows what I want...

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It's time to replace the battery - yeah!

Well, I did feel the change to the ERI mode.  It happened on Saturday evening.  I did the mobile check and reached out to my EP nurse this morning.  I'll get to schedule tomorrow.  

So weird that on December 20, 2023, technician said I had 5 months and couldn't get replaced yet and today it's been confirmed.

Happy to have all of you to talk to and have real truthful conversations.  I'll follow up after surgery.

Natalie

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My final results from MRI of Spine

Saw the PA for the spine doctor who after seeing the results of the MRI agreed no surgery needed.  Which is what the second opionion Dr. said.  No new compression fracures just some old ones.

  Do have the curvature of the spine in an "S" shape not in the direction of the heart.  Thank goodness do not want any more problems with  the heart and  not severe.  No pinched nerves. If any pain can get a corisone shot, as like the other joints...

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HOT TUBS

In the morning my wife and I like to go outside and have our coffee in the hot tub. This morning after sitting in the tub for about 30 minutes I felt a tingle or spasm where the pacer is at. So I got out of the tub, my heart rate was 106 bpm. The tub is set at 102 degrees. I have an appointment for a device check tomorrow. But my wife wanted me to post a message to the group.

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10 day post op pain

Hello all! I just had my first PM placed last Thursday, I am 30 years old and had a dual lead PM inserted. My incision is healing nicely, however, I've been having some hot, pain, tingling, and numbness down my left arm into my fingers, under my left breast feels very tender and sore like it's also healing from something? Right under my incision the skin hurts to touch, isn't hot or red,  but extremely painful. I also am having a hard time still managing some pain in the left...

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Non response from pacemaker during exercise

I ride quite a lot. All too frequently I experience the situation where my pacemaker simply doesn'y respond during effort. I can be riding and my heart rate won't budge from low to high 80's even if riding uphill. This can last for an hour or more and then spontaneously move to a more appropriate rate. Even riding on flat roads is a chore and unpleasant.

I've discussed this with my cardiologist and the Biotronik technician and invariably their response is to try and adju...

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Pacemaker

I've had my biotronic evity 8  pacemaker for over 2 years is it normal to still get shooting pains coming from pacemaker site makes me very anxious that something is wrong as I'm 100 % paced ?

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Pacemaker Install on Wed

Ok.  The doc said pacemaker and my appointment is on this coming Wednesday.  Oh do I live with a pacemaker?

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CRT-D and Warafarin

Hi Guys

For more than a year I have the CRT-D and it seems to work, at least I have no complaints of feeling my heartbeat making overtime or skipping beats

Before this I never had blood clotting but since the machine is implanted the doctors put me on warfarin; to 'reduce the event of bloodclotting'

I do not really understand that if I never had bloodclotting, spend 5-6 days a week in the gym, why I now do have to take a chemical..

Any suggestions, other C...

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Dizziness ?

Please could anyone advise if when straightening up from bending they feel quite disoriented. My husband has pm too and feels the same. 
 

Bent to look at something on a very low shelf today, stood up and too scared to move. Tried to walk four steps to chair and fell on coffee table. 
 

Most odd feeling 

Di

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Haircut

Is it OK to have a haircut with electrical (wireless_ clippers with a pacemaker implanted 25 days ago. Thanks

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update from previous post :saw the shoulder DR for the results of MRI

Again  while at Radiology on Monday for Spine MRI.  Reader had trouble connecting to their IPad.  Again i asked what happens if it does not connect after the MRI.  Was reasured if that happens  they would not let me leave , but send me to the ER(US). Was at the public hospital.

Pacemaker Clinic say my pacemaker would send an alert to them, saying "not out of safe mode".  Did i want to send them a transmission to make sure.  I said am checked...

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Risk Assessment

I though this might be an interesting article to post on the Forum at this time.

I was rummaging around in my files and discovered several scholarly articles and a few stodgy studies regarding the risk assessment as it pertains to medical issues and treatments.  But, after reading them, I decided they were a bit like eating a bowl of granola without milk:  lots of substantial matter to chew on but a bit (cough, cough) dry.   There are very few folks who are dead keen...

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Help with Rhythm Freeze

I have an appointment with my EP this week and in preparation for it I was looking at a Rhythm Freeze (ECG / EGM) from one of my downloads. It looks different to others on file.

I’m being paced at 60 bpm, and the rhythm freeze shows pretty regular QRS complexes, (approx 4 large squares between every 1 downward pacing spike - counting below the line).  However, there are also what look like mini, but incomplete, QRS complexes between each of the QRS complexes. Occasionally the...

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Coronary Care

Published very recently in the UK Daily Mail newspaper

"The NHS is suffering its 'worst heart care crisis in living memory', experts warned last night.

Early deaths from heart disease have hit their highest level in more than a decade, figures reveal.

Cases of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes among the under-75s had tumbled since the 1960s thanks to plummeting smoking rates, advanced surgical techniques and breakthroughs s...

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Fluttering

I can feel fluttering and it seems to be getting more frequent. Mentioned it to my cardiolagist and he does not seem concerned. Should I be and is there any kind of adjustment that can be made to the device.

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Another losartin question...

I've been putting so much effort into studying Carvedilol that I really didn't look further into Losartin, and since I'm only taking those two drugs for heart failure, and of course lasix, I'm wondering why they even put me on Losartin since according to my research, it's only used for high blood pressure, a condition I have never suffered from. My blood pressure before Losartin was in the range of 120/72 on a regular basis, only going up to the 130's over 80's whe...

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Brilanta and Fargiga

Does anyone take these?  What side effects do you experience? Any shortness of breath? 

I understand Brilanta to be a blood thinner ....Im still not really clare on ahy I take fargica or what it is for? Sounds more like a diabetic drug? Like Medforman ?

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Self Advocacy

I know this is preaching to the chior as folks on this website certainky are engaged in their care. It worries me at times to think about peole being served by the medical industry who cannot advocate or have no one to advocate for them.

To navigate through the process you have to educate, ask questions, and be engaged.  

here is a recent story ;

Early last Fall i pulled a groin muscle playing tennis. There was brusing from the the top of my thigh to below my knee..soli...

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Due for annual echo & cardio visit

Next week I'm scheduled for my annual echo and appt with my  cardiologist. It was almost a year ago that the echo showed a significant decrease in my EF (which was done 2 weeks after a flu virus) which led to my Claria MRI Quad CRTD and AV Node ablation at the beginning of September.  It took me almost to Christmas to feel normal again (dealing with PVCs, fatigue etc). Normal being what I was at prior to September.  I was having a big case of "Buyer's Remorse&...

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Your device makes you win at the slot machines.

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Do feel free to contact the manufacturer of your device. I have found them to be quite helpful when I have had questions and concerns.