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MRI with a non-compliant pacemaker

I have had a Medtronic pacemaker since 2011, which is not compliant with MRI scanners.  There have been several situations where my doctors would like me to have an MRI but compromised on plain X-rays or CT scans.  However looking online it seems there is new evidence that maybe MRIs are not so dangerous after all.  My understanding has always been that it’s the leads that are the big problem, and that a simple box change won’t work.  Oddly when I called t...

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Alcohol and PM

Hi,

Prior to receiving my PM I had complete heart block, but no major symptoms with my heart.

I have just received my PM yesterday and I have received mixed messages about the consumption of alcohol.

Would  the consumption of alcohol effect  my PM and thus interfering with my heart ?.

Regards

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What I wish my discharge Instructions said

Sorry for the length of this BUT....

  I’m a nurse - but not cardiac- so my understanding of a pacemaker was it was placed and fixed the heart rate issue.  SO INACCURATE!  So in the two weeks since placement, a second subsequent surgery for both leads placement to be revised, an additional ER visit and two office visits this is what I have learned.  For a small group of people, typically healthier/active individuals the PM is a process of adjusting th...

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Medtronic A3DR01 Pacing Modes

I am an active 63 year old male who has had a Medtronic A3DR01 since December 2017 due to third degree heart block.  I was initially set in MVP mode and was pacing the left ventrical at around 30-35% of the time.  After about 1 year I was told that I was missing ventricular beats and was reset to DDD mode with a 0.250 second lag.  I am now pacing at about 80% of the time.  My reading tells me that it is best to minimize left ventricle pacing, so this makes me unc...

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Digital Life

I feel more digital when I am reminded not to behave normal. Sometime I feel frustated but I know my loving fellows care for me and dont want to lose me again. Some people asked me how you felt when dead and how you felt when you came back. What was there when you went out of life and how was the experience. I find it funny and a bit imaginative, but the most important thing was that I came back for ICD to be inserted as a life partner to me. Now I have two spouses

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Atenolol

I was taking atenolol once a day in the morning and was having a problem with depression that lasted till late afternoon.  Iswitched to taking it at night and depression is gone.  My HR is slightly higher but not much in the day.  Has anyone else had this experience?  Thanks

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Pacemaker and Mammogram

I had to have a 3D mammogram completed because of suspicious calcifications just under my pace maker. The radiologist was not safisfied with the digitial pictures because the pacemaker kept obscuring the small calcifications. She told me to come back in 6 months for another mammiogram.

She did mention surgery as another alternative. But the surgeon would be unable to pin point the area of calcification with a wire. So that would mean they would have to "hunt" around as th...

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Jolt, Kick, Shock?

Hi all! I had my dual chamber PM placed on 3/8/19. I’ve felt flutters and even can feel pacing at night. On 3/19/19 I felt my first “bumping, hopping, shocking” type feeling. It takes my breath; no other symptoms. My entire upper body moves. I’ve heard that PMs can’t shock you but that thrust is just what it feels like however is not painful at all. Anyone else experience this? HR is always between 80s-110s. So far there is no pattern. It happens at random t...

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How to know if settings need adjusting (exercise related)

Hi all!  This is my first post but I've read a lot and you all have really helped me through the last few months.  I'm a 38 year old woman who was diagnosed with complete heart block in January and got my PM on Feb 21st.  I have two young boys and I'm a distance runner so not your "typical" PM recipient.  Physically I'm recovering well and mentally/emotionall I have good days and bad regarding acceptance but I know that will take time.  ...

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Carpenter returning to work

I had a pm inplant on 3/12/19 and the nurse who took off the bandage a week after said it would be 10 -12 weeks before I can return to work ,I’m a machine operator in a cabinet shop and I  do a lot of lifting of material onto the saws anywhere from 10-75lbs 

just want to get some opinions.tt

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Day 6...

Well I had my pacemaker installed last Wednesday at age 52.  I have been doing well with things for the most part.  The hardest part for me is dealing with these restrictions.  I am trying my hardest not to mess up because the last thing I want to do is have to go back in under the knife again.  Last night was the moment that scared me the most.  I woke up in the middle of the night finding myself laying on my left side with my left arm stretched out toward the headbo...

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I HATE MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

 Im Lily and i was born in Hawaii and i still live there also When i was born i had asthma and when i was born i had a hole in my heart. i had a surgery then. Then wen i was 3 i got super sick and had 7 surgeries. then wen i was 7 i had 13 surgeries to get my PM. so in my life ive had 21 surgeries!!! i have a twin sis named alex, a lil sis named aisha, and a big bro named conner. my mommy is Sarah. right now in 2019 im 9. my b-day is October 28. my grandma died wen i was 5. my daddy...

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time till im back to norma;

friday was a week since my pacemaker was installed . my question is how long till i feel normal and when can i go back to the gym?

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Sensitivity change

I am 6 days post op for CI,have a Biotronik pm. Am scheduled to have sensitivity changed tomorrow from medium to low. How  “sensitive” is such a change, dramatic or subtle? On a low setting, will I be able to undergo strenuous cardio or swimming workouts? Thinking maybe I shouldn’t change setting.

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Ventricular Trachycardia

Hi.  I have a dual lead St. Jude PM for Type 2, 2nd degree heart block.   At my last pacemaker interrogation, an episode of VT showed a heart rate of 230 beats per minute for 9 seconds.  I remember when it happened and I had it written down to discuss with the technicican.  The cardiologist on call suggested I start immediately on a beta blocker (5 mg of Bisoprolol) and see my own cardiologist as soon as possible, which turned out to be t...

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Drugs

Eplerenone ------------ anyone here use it?  Your comments?

--Dave--

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Inr

this is a question for people taking warfarin so recently my wife told she wanted a divorce and while I’ve been being as compliant as possible I have been beyond stressed anyway in a weeks time while taking same meds my one went from 2 to a 4 can stress affect it

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Anyone experience Problems with lead displacement

I had intermittent bradycardia into the 20’s with dizziness went to the ER 3/18.  Had a PM placed 3/20.  Came home and still had the dizzy spells.  Went for my wound check, they interrogated PM, sent me for a chest X-ray and BOTH leads had moved.  Had a lead revision 3/27 and felt great- for 3 days, now having the dizzy spells again and feel the same  as last week.  Has anyone had multiple lead movements?  Do I return to same EP doc...

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Response rate settings

Hi everyone, I would like an opinion on this.  I was in a serious motor scooter accident almost two years ago.  24 days in hospital, right leg broken in four places, brain injury, the list goes on.  Eight months later, I passed out while singing in a choir concert.  Started seeing a cardiologist and had all tests including electrophysiology, could find nothing.  They implanted a loop recorder with hopes to catch something.  Four months later, I almost passed out...

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CLS in Biotronik good or bad?

I had a Biotronik inserted 3 days ago. Me pulse races to hr of 120-130 with minor, minimal exertion. I have read on some posts that some EPS feel that the system’s CLS is the problem, and this feature should be turned off . Anyone have any experience or opinions?

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