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PAC'S

After my AV node ablation I've beong experiencing more PAC's which are showing up on my PM checks.Was on Bisoprolol but started to develope an atrial tachycardia which the consultant thinks was triggered by the PAC's or a focal point caused by previous ablation scaring.Changed to Flecainide initially felt "quieter" bit the PAC's occur when I start to push my HR up and are happening more frequently, and give me palpation symptoms, probably triggering off the AT again<...

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Hi all,

I have had my Medtronic dual lead PM for 11 years and mostly don't need it except when I get long pauses.

A couple of days ago a noticed I'm getting 65BPM pacing continously. Battery due for replacement etc.

My question is, given that I run lots and rarely get paced, now that I'm fully paced till battery gets changed , can i run? and will my own heart rate tke over and limit pacing or will it just pace at 65 with a few extra beats of my own ocurring betwe...

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Feeling overwhelmed

Hello Pacers, ...Does anybody else feel overwhelmed when you can not do the activities you used to do? I work full time and when I  come home I am very tired.  I have Non ischemic cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Holidays are here and i have been getting overwhelmed  with family gatherings. Can anyone please give suggestions of how to handle being overwhelmed during the holidays. When it happens my heart will give dull aches. I get extremely dizzy and its hard to walk straight...

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Irregular heart beats

Hi I am having a lot of anxiety, shortness of breath, feeling fatigue. having irregular heart beats so bad that I can't sleep. I don't understand I thought a pacemaker was supposed to help with this problem. this day 24 of my recovery. I am starting to get worried. has anyone out there ever had this problem. maybe my medication needs adjusting. I don't know, very concerned 

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New Pacemaker

Hello! I'm new to this forum. I'm a 51 year old female and  got a pacemaker a week ago and am very nervous as to what's to come. Will life get back to "normal"? What should I expect? Any suggestions for coping?

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EMI interference shield?

I haven't been around here long enough to even call myself a noob, so pls forgive my two issues and in two days.

Second only to my bicycling, I work with electrically - powered hand tools in my shop.  I'm familiar with all the cautions listed in the literature and accept that most ordinary shop tools do not present much risk particularly if one observes the precautions.

That said, I still wonder if anyone manufacturers any garmets that would shield my pm from EMI...

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Dual Chamber Pacemaker

I was fitted with a temporary pacemaker in emergency late at night (right jugular) and a St Jude dual chamber pacemaker the following morning (just below the left collar bone). This occurred after five LOC events in 33 hrs (all while seated and leaning forward and to the left and arcing my head downwards) and the sixth LOC event while standing and leaning forward and to the left and arcing my head downwards. This latter event left me on a concrete floor and an ambulance ride to the ho...

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Pm vs. Ablation

Hey! Currently in the hospital cause I have afib, bradycardia and av node block. Doctor thinks I should get a. Ablation cause I'm young (33), vs a long term pacemaker, which can have complications. But I've heard that sometimes ablations don't work. And for PMs he says the side effects of the antiarrythmic med i would have to take will make me fatigue and change my lifestyle. Trying to get all the facts and opinions but does anybody have a similar experience?

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Feeling stressed

I am wondering has anyone experience this with their pm,I've been getting spams at the bottom of my rib this seems to happen when I get tired. Very concerned. 

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Athletic heart rate monitor belts

I am new to PM and this site, having had my first pm implant the day before yesterday.

I'm a life long bicyclist, my average mileage for the last ten years is about 100 miles/wk.

I use a Garmin edge 520 along with a variety of belts that snap around my torso with the pick ups quite close to the pm incision.

The only literature I have found thus far, addresses the pm's effect on the HR monitor.  About which, by comparison, I am hardly concerned at all.

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Pacemaker

I retired about 2 years ago. Now aged 68 and active all my adult life. Played squash, then running till my knee stopped me, then cycling, now golf.  With gym work to maintain strength base.

Bradicardia kicked in last week when collapse with HR dropping to 25 or below precipitated implant of pacemaker. No warning and lucky to be here.

Keen to find rehab programme to get me back to fitness safely. Currently walking 1 to 1.5 hours most days.

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New to Club

I am new to this site.  I am scheduled to have an ICD-CRT placed on the the 7th of December.  I was diagnosed in May of this year with Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  I am 67 years old.  At that time my ejection fraction was 15%.  Because my blood pressure runs low, the Dr was unable to titrate the medicine that he felt would be helpful for me and I'm still coping with a low ejection fraction of 20%.   My question is this:  I seem to always be in a br...

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something pushing on my lungs

Hi All,

Just had my first device fitted (a dual chamber pacer and defib unit).  The unit went in on Monday Nov 20th and so far everything seems OK with just one concern.  When I try to breath deeply (and on some other occassions) I get an uncomfortable feeling inside the centre of my chest towards the top almost like it's in my throat.  Its not exactly pain but is uncomfortable like a pressure on my lungs but I have no other symptoms.  No temp, wound healing...

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Feeling stressed

I am a 59 yr female. I got my pacemaker 22 days ago, my incession is healing well. but I am having a hard time adjusting to the pacemaker,having a lot of anxiety, shortness of breath, feeling like my heart is racing, fatigue all the time. I am wondering is all this part of the recovery. They told me I would come out feeling like a brand-new woman no so.does anyone out there relate to how I am feeling. I am so discouraged. 

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Rapid Rate Response Settings

I can do 30 min on my NuWay T-5 cross train  and  my Rapid Rate Response Sensors are set at Auto.  My  pulse stays between 69 to 72.  Anyone have similar situation and what adjustments were made.

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Struggling!!

Hi everyone,

it has been 5 weeks since  I had the spark plug put in as I was diagnosed with 2 degree block. Prior to the operation I was running 50/60 miles a week at 8 min mile pace. I started running again two weeks ago but am really struggling. It feels as if I have not run for years. I am only running 4 miles a day as its all I can manage.

my pace maker has been set at 60, my normal heart rate at rest is 50.

any advice please.

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Trying to Understand my Heath Block

Hello all,

This past year, I underwent surgery to replace a failing bicuspid aoritic valve with a carbon fiber one. I was 22 at the time, and had only had symptoms for maybe a year before that. My condition had been monitored since birth, but I was relatively free to do what I wanted. I couldn't play organized sports, but other than that I was good. Had open heart surgery at 15, but a bovine valve was used. And even then, I still lifted weights, did lots of bodyweight exercises, and...

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I'm not wired yet

Hello I have been very tired for almost 3 yrs and very bad headaches, and falling for no reason. being dizzy, light headed the list goes on... last tue I was sitting at my ddeck and I had the biggest dizzy spell I have ever had, and instant nause. I had to grab my deck. I waited after and thought (I'm diabetic} do I need to eat? but I'm so very tired. so I opted for sleeping. I got up and walked maybe 3 steps and down I went. and to the ER I went. long story short. I'm now wearing...

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A curiosity - lightheaded in stores?

Not sure there is anything to it, but I was looking at one of the other blogs, and people were reporting feeling lightheaded in some stores, one fellow attributed it to the security systems that may be affecting the pacemakers.

This is exactly what happened to me last Wednesday at Kohls.  After 10 minutes in the store I got light headed and my wife had to drive me home.  When I checked  my BP  it had spiked to about 190 over 90...   way above normal.

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Stress and Anxiety from someone new

Hello I am 40 years old and had my Boston Scientific pacemaker implanted in September for sick sinus syndrome. I was also diagnosed with Neuro cardiogenic syncope a month ago. Sense getting my pacemaker I have noticed an increase in anxiety. I worry about my pacemaker working correctly and I worry about something going wrong with my leads . I also am haveing difficulty wrapping my head around the fact that I have to have this the rest of my life. I am jealous of those that get there pacemaker...

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You know you're wired when...

You play MP3 files on your pacer.

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