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Twin lead pacemaker

Hi all 

I would like to thank everyone for all your help I just have a couple more things I need to know. I am due to have a operation where they damaged the av node and fit a twin wire pacemaker so that the top two chambers of my heart still beat out of time and quiver but the bottom two beat in time with the pacemaker

( can't think of what the op is called at the min ) I was wondering if anybody on here has had this done and does it shorten your life expectancy and...

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Got pacemaker 5 days ago

I just got a pacemaker last Wednesday and have been lightheaded ever since.  I was okay coming home at 6:00 but the next day through today, I am constantly lightheaded.  I think my pacemaker needs an adjustment.  Has anyone else had this experience and how was it fixed?

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After 3 months still soreness.

After 3 months I have started playing golf again.  But I still get some soreness around the pacemaker.   The scar is quite ugly, (surgeon never did needlework as a kid)  Feels as if the scar is rubbing on the top of the pacemaker.   Should  I give it more healing time?

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Sewing machine

I sew on a 20 year old sewing machine. It is electric and mostly metal parts.  There are no digital displays; not that modern.  Does anyone know if that causes interference with one's PM?  I just had my Medtronic PM implanted last week and am finding this forum very helpful.  

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Twin lead pacemaker

Hi all 

I was wondering life span with a twin wire pacemaker also can you live a normal life or do you have to be careful what you do ie can you go swimming or walking I'm only 57 years old and have had a new mechanical heart valve now I need a twin wire pacemaker done for my af the ablation operations I have had,have not worked I would appreciate any advice off someone that has had this done 

Thankyou Haz 

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Getting a CRT-D Bi V end of month

Im Kris, 52, and I will be part of the club at the end of the month. I live in Atlanta and am fortunate to be getting this done at Emory. I have DCM and Lbbd and my ejection fraction is 40. I'm so tired and ready to feel better. Just introducing myself and so grateful for the support. 

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Afib

I have had my pacemaker for 2 years now and no problems.  My heart rate started to increase last month from 70 to 80HR.  The Dr. said I have AFib now.  He  hasn't reccomended any changes to my meds,  Just come back in 6 months for device check, Echocardiogram and Dr. visit.  Does any  else have this problem?  Evidently AFib is here to stay.  I am 81 so thats on the downhill slide!!  I take good care of myself, good weight, exercise daily a...

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pacemaker surgery yesterday

I got a pacemaker yesterday.  My electrophysiologist said I didn't have to get one but he thought I should.  So yesterday I got a pacemaker.  I was fine last night and didn't have to spend a night in the hospital.  Today I am dizzy.  My Medtronics transmittor device shows nothing wrong but I'm having constant light dizziness today.  Any thoughts?  I have already contacted my doctor.  I experienced dizziness off and on before getting the pace...

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Micra AV Self programming

Has anyone tried to obtain a programmer for Micra AV? After chatting with medtronic, it doesn't seem possible to do so with them. I've looked/looking into other avenues. I spent quite sometime reading all the Micra AV technical manuals, and my doctor/medtronic rep didn't really work with me as expected. It's not necessarily their fault. But with something like the Micra AV, I feel it is better to program it yourself if you are technical enough to do so. 

I even...

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Ventricular spikes

Just had an EP visit and was told that I was having a handful of ventricular spikes. 121 to be exact. Hardly a handful to me. When I asked why, The EP has no idea and said that some people just get worse after a PM implant. He then walked out of the room bc he has other patients to see. What am I do to with this information?  What does it mean?  
Also, upon implant my heart was paced at 67%, then it dropped to 47% and now it is paced at 27%. What does this change mean...

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Does anyone ever have days where you can “feel pacing” more than any other day?

Before I proceed...

First I wanted to thank every single person here. I got my pacemaker about a little over a month and a half ago and I can't even believe how helpful everyone here is. You've all helped me realize that I'm not alone. 
 

For my question...do any of you have sudden days where you feel a more frequent "flutter" type of feeling on the bottom of the throat towards center of chest? 
 

I have 3rd degree heart bl...

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Olympics

Did I miss the Pacer Olympics athlete qualifying? I have perfected my floor routine when I induce a shock storm. It's a thing of beauty, easily gold medal performance.

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Medication

Hello everyone , I had my pacemaker implanted in April this year,I was on Bisoprolol but had side effects ,recently changed to Sotolol 80mg twice a day but experiencing excessive sweating that is so embarrassing just wondering if anyone else was experiencing this. This week I had to have an Angiogram because of breathlessness the result showed there wasn't any blockages or narrowing that could have been causing the breathlessness. Now have to wait to see the next step to finding the...

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Waking up same time overnight

I had pacemaker December 2019. Most nights I wake up around four and sometimes other times. Prior to my surgery cardiologist said my heart was stopping around 4. Is it likely I am waking up because it is kicking in or physiological   Just wish I could sleep

 

thank you

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Pain

Just want to say how comforting and informative this group has been for me.

I have a question.  Does anyone experience pain sometimes in the pacemaker.  I know it is working because I track it on my fit bit

Thanks for your input

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Sensitively adjustment

I was contacted by my cardiologist s nurse that He has seen some missed bests on my heart monitor. He would like me to come in and have an adjustment to the sensitivity rate. Says he thinks that might be the cause of my missed beats and shortness of breath and heart flutters. Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks!

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Is it me or ?

New guy to the forum here.

i am 69 and just had my His bundle ablated (2 weeks ago) and am now pacer dependent. I have been using a pacer since 2003. I have had a mitral valve repair done in 1992 and a pericardial scrapping done in 1993. I had a right side madula stroke in Dec 2020. 95% recovered. My problem is.....I get very short of breath without a lot of exercise and cannot stay away from taking a nap every afternoon. My EP says I need more time to heal. I thought since the bun...

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pounding heart

Does pacemaker control the power of the beat ? or just how fast ? 
Cause whenever I get hungry like in early morning or at hunger times , I feel that heart pouncing and touching chest cavity ( I feel heart beating ) ..
And after I eat it gets calm ..

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update

Hello everyone, i wanted to give you a quick update on my medication increasing my lexapro from 10mg to 20mg was like a living hell. I think my anxiety increased as did my heart palpitations. I have an appointment with a specialist who manages anxiety medicine and ive been doing cbt which helps you rewire your brain into relieving the tension of fear. I think we all think of our mortality when we hit a certain age, but i think as agent said to me was to just enjoy your life, we only go throug...

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roller coasters

If you've been around here long at all, you know that I often push the limits. One thing I've respected is coasters with magnetic brakes. I was at Universal last week and could NOT resist the new Hagrid coaster and I'd already looked up how it was done and knew it had magnetic start/stops. But I rode it anyway. Twice. No problems whatsoever.

This is how it works, if you're curious. (discussion of how the magnets work starts 7 minutes in)

https://www....

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You know you're wired when...

You can feel your fingers and toes again.

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In fact after the final "tweaks" of my pacemaker programming at the one year check up it is working so well that I forget I have it.