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Left chest hurt

1 month after implant , i feel so great and I'm come back to stage (I'm musician) 2 weeks ago until now.  This day i feel uncomfortable  (like pain  but not hurt so much), just like my heart before implant (my heart got bigger, n then back to normal after implant). Is that normal ? Or it just super spicy chicken i was eat ?

Thanks for the answer,  sorry about my English 

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LVAD Article from NPR

Interesting article on something I’d never heard of before.  Those with severe heart failure will find it particularly interesting.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/09/30/652201204/perspective-a-heart-device-can-save-lives-but-doctors-need-to-explain-the-downsi

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Stitch not dissolving

Since getting my 2nd device, I have had 1 stitch come through the skin which the nurse removed at an office visit.  I never had this happen with any previous surgeries.  I think a 2nd stitch is coming through now.  Has anyone removed their own stitch safely?  My EP's office is 120 miles round trip so I'm trying to avoid the drive.

Grateful Heart 

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Pacemaker checkups

How often do all of you get pacemaker checkups, I am supposed to go every 6 months, which I have.  However, I do go to a teaching hospital and the checkup I got last year changed the way i felt, I started getting more AF and going back into NSR my heartrate stayed right at 80 bpm for hours and hours which made me unconfortable until I finally went back into my normal rhythm in the 60s.  This went on whenever I got an episode of AF which i got more of last winter until i co...

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Apple Watch

Does anyone have any idea about potential interference or problems when wearing an Apple Watch on the left wrist or the magnetic charging cable?  Thanks!

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Arm tightening

I havent felt anything before, but when I went to lay down this afternoon because of being sleepy, I noticed my upper arm in two different spots are tightening.  Kind of like a tens unit being used. Is this normal? 

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Pacemaker

I recently purchased a sleep number bed.  After receiving it I read that it had magnets in the mattress.  I am wondering if there is anything I need to worry about regarding the magnets.

 

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Carelink monitor and Wirex

Yesterday late afternoon I had chest pain, a tight feeling. I ran a device check last evening,  but I don't know what time frame or how many hours that test spans. I didn't really have any other symptoms, except a bit of light headedness, which I thought might have beena bit of hyperventilating. I'm basically a healthy 60 year old female with a pacrmaker due to bradycardia. I sent an email to the cardiologist office and I'm thinking she'll want to see me soo...

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INR LEVELS

My husbands INR(he on warfarin )for AF has gone from 1.6 to 4.6 in 3 weeks and the nurse is saying it is due to the severe pain he is getting from carpol tunnel (not been diagnosed yet) and how the body reacts to nerve pain when you in warfarin.Any input would be appreciated .Thanks

 

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Still getting tired after 4 weeks

Is it normal to still be feeling tired in the afternoons? It's been 4 weeks since my surgery ( for total heart block that came on pretty suddenly) . I'm usually pretty active for a 72 year old,   managing to walk about 3 miles a day most days, but in the afternoons I start feeling like I need a nap. Otherwise I think I'm doing well, but just wondering when I start feeling ike I have more energy than I did before all this started?

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what type of battery being used in at crt=d

I really don't care which vendor. But what kind of battery being used in those unit. 

Lithium-ion(Li-ion)

Nickel Cadmium(Ni-Cd)

Nickel-Metal Hydride(Ni-MH)

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Sleep

What did you y'all do for sleep? I was able to get some while at the hospital but I been home since 4 ...and still very tired but cant fall asleep. Im sooo sore and uncomfortable. I just can't seem to fall asleep. My whole left arm hurts and I can't feel my fingers much.  Please someone help me....

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Pacemaker

When I get up after lying down the device shifts a bit under the skin. It’s not painful, just feels strange. I’ve only had the implant for two weeks. Will it stabilize in time or do I have to get used to it sliding down slightly when I get up ?

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Bulging pacemaker

Was wondering if anyone else is experiencing this if I lay flat on my back and I go to sit up I'm fine but if I'm laying on my side and not thinking I go to sit up my pacemaker bulges out into a big lump and it's painful so I try to remember if I'm laying on my side before sitting up to roll over onto my back  because if it does bulge because I accidentally set up from the position of laying on my side  if I laid back down side of my back and we'll go into place...

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Odd sensations

Here's a daft sounding question. Has anyone had any odd sensations or spasms in the diaphragm area, specifically when yawning or deep breathing, say after exercise? 

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My body temperature

I received my pacemaker exactly 20 days ago.  Before then, I was always cold.  Now I can't get cool enough.   I flush just as if I'm going through menopause.  I get hot and sweaty, while my forehead still feels cool.  Has this happened to anyone else?

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Day 1 with Apple Watch 4

So, I got a new toy yesterday. Yay, I love toys!

I've never had a heart rate monitor that works so this is a whole new world for me. It seems to be pretty accurate sitting still but said my hour at the gym this morning was 7 minutes with an average heart rate of 110. It was 150 or thereabouts both times I counted. I counted manually because I was prettty sure the 110 it was telling me was not accurate! Best I can tell it has to be over 120 to count as an exercise minute? I don't...

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Scar creams

Did most of you use a scar cream after implantation? And, for those who did, when is the best time to start using it and which one do you recommend? I am 6 weeks out from implantation and forgot to ask my EP about this. 

Thanks. 

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ablation

i am a 55 year old male who had a-fib 

i had a pacemaker/defrib put in sept 2017 

i have been back in rythym since october of 2017(with the help of amioradone )

i have a consult set up to discuss having an ablation and getting off the medicine

just wondering if anyone else was in this situation and had any advice

 

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Cardiac Ablation left me with no pulse at all, I have zero heart beat now

When my Rhythm specialist installed the pacemaker, he also ablated my multiple electrical impulses causing my chronic A-fib. I  went for setting adjustment last week, first one done by another cardilogist other than the one that did the implant and ablation, I was knocked out of my chair to learn: I have no heartbeat now.... at all. The ablation eliminated all electrical impulses to cause a heart beat. I am now 100% dependent on my pacemaker to stay alive. Can anyone please tell me....

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I have an ICD which is both a pacer/defib. I have no problems with mine and it has saved my life.