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Mammogram

I am scheduled to have a mammogram next month. This will be first since having a pacemaker. I am right to assume that the nurse doing the mammogram will not go too close to my pacemaker? I can tell her where exactly where it is. 

I have read online that it is all right but I am a bit apprehensive. What are other members experiences of mammograms?

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pm device

what does jt mean if. you feel. your heart beating  fast

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Blood clot in left arm

I got a two lead PM put in a week ago for low heart rate.  Within a few days I developed painful deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my left arm. I have three clots starting in my. Subclavical vein going down my arm with much swelling, pain, and limited motion.  I've been on eliquis for three days. Has anyone else had this, and how long should I expect it to take before I feel better?! The PM seems to be doing fine. 

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good morning

concerning sleeping.   kidney not working to well.   and was told to only take tylenol. felling better. every day. after 2 months from pm implant have a good day

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Dental extraction

Pacemaker 2019. Having tooth extraction next week. Dentist not reassuring. Can anyone confirm this is safe. Logically it is but just wanted to know how other pm patients have managed... thank you in advance. 

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Please help! Feeling awful after surgery + other concerns

Hi everyone! I could really use some guidance. So, I am 26 and got my pacemaker implanted four days ago. I know that pain/soreness in the incision is totally normal, but even despite this, I haven’t felt well since getting the pacemaker put in. A few things I’ve been experiencing:

  1. Sharp pain in my left side ribs around the mid-section
  2. Dizziness/lightheadedness + nausea
  3. Soreness on the right side of my neck, and inside my throat when I cough
  4. Back...

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Soar

Had my second pacemaker installed yesterday !

I had forgotten just how soar it was, 8 years ago.   Be good as new again in a week or so. 

Back buying , selling, overhauling engines and equipment.  Did I mention I am also retired ?  LOL !!

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New Job?

Hi, I just had a PM put in a week ago today for Complete Heart Block 3rd degree AV. I’m using my vacation time now while I await my cardiologist visit and find out my work restrictions/limitations.

I work at a moving company, as a mover, so I’m used to carrying/lifting/moving heavy and awkward furniture/pieces. I’m basically taking this as a sign to get a different job, less labor intensive. I’m 40. Just started looking for jobs within my local hospital.

Ha...

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Sleep issues

Curious as to what people take to help them sleep I take a small dose of trazadone but would like to know what helps orhers

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PM moves close to armpit

Good day everyone! Anybody felt their device moves slide down to your armpit? Mine was planted close to my shoulder and armpit. Si when I raised my hands it moves too! Now I was not allowed to raise it further up and got to live with it. It sores occasionally particularly when putting on clothes forgot sometimes. I felt pain on my wires under my breast ( it twitch before so they adjusted device). I am scared that I may pull it up if I forgot and annoyed and depressed of having it (some m...

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update. 2 months after pm

hello. just to update. 2 months after pm. not dizzy any more after a change in meds. I stopped  taking lisinopral. and my blood sugar is better after changing  to Crester  overall I am finally  feeling better. so keep on looking at the meds you are taking. see my cardiologist  next week. keep a dairy  has been very helpful. good advice 

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amlodipine

Has anyone in this group taken amlodipine and had anemia complications from it?  Asking for my sister-in-law. Thank you. 

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pacemaker checkup

When i was at the Pacemaker  Checkup this morning.  Everything was good.

Had changed to another Heart Dr's office.  Asked about the problem i had with the "talk to TV remote".  Said that incident did not appear.  Said i might try it again but this time sit down first.  In no rush to try again.  All though it was easy.  Except the voice did not always understand  what i said and there certainly cannot be any back ground noise.

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Tooth extraction

I have to have a tooth extraction next week. I am not a fan of dentists anyway. I asked the dentist whether the anaesthetic and procedure would interfere with my pm. He said "should be ok". Any ideas from anyone else.? Thanks all 

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Jerking

I am just five days post PM surgery. I notice that my stomach growls constantly, and yesterday I noticed jerking like seizures jolts in my hands like what you do when you are starting to fall asleep. Has anyone experienced something like this?

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39 yo, Active Runner with PM for sick sinus syndrome

Hi all,

I'm a 39 year old active person who's had a Medtronic PM for about 2.5 years. Long story short, was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and historically not had an issue elevating heart rate so just had the PM set to kick in at 50 bpm and had rate response turned completely off. 

Lately, I've noticed on runs that my heart rate will go to about 160 and then afater about first mile (~7:30 minutes) that my rate will start to slowly decline and by 15 minutes in...

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pacemaker

I am 8 weeks with a pacemaker, and just now starting to get somewhat better, i had the implant due to aortic replacment_TAVR. in the beginning i was experincing lightheadedness but not as bad recently. Has anyone on the forum had this and if so how long does it take to be back to normal? I am able to do my workouts with not much problems and its also getting better. 

 

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EP vs. cardiologist

I am told by my cardiologist thatI have to make a decision between seeing him only on a regular basis or switching to the EP full time. My dilemma is this: I really like the cardiologist but I really dislike his device nurse. At best I think she's inept and I strongly suspect she's incompetent. One advantage is the company sends a representative to be present for the appointments.

I very much like the EP but I understand that my procedure is over and I probably don't need an...

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Collagen pepties could cause arrhythmia issues

I am not sure if anyone has had a similiar experience but i started taking collagen pepties for help with workouts and health but soon noticed that i was getting some palpitations during workouts, routine checkup also confirmed that since i started taking collagen pepties my pacemaker had to do a lot of pacing. 

I googled a lot on this topic and found some folks reviews on the products with similiar experience. doctor did say that due to the high levels of calcium in collagen pepti...

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Great article on living with serious illness

This article about a young cancer survivor is incredibly insightful and I think offers a lot of great advice for anyone living with health challenges.

"You think of health as binary: You're either sick or well, whole or broken. I think that kind of binary thinking is flawed," Jaouad says. "Most of us live somewhere in the middle. And so not striving for some perfect state of wellness is liberating. And learning to make a home in the wilderness of that in-between...

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You have a dymo-powered bike.

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I finished 29th in London in 2 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds which is my fastest with or without a device so clearly it didn’t slow me down ! I had no problems apart from some slight chaffing on my scar - more Vaseline next time.