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Opening in scar

I had my first pacemaker placed almost 6 weeks ago. About a week ago I noticed a small opening in the scar that would open up/drain when I showered. I went back to the doctor and had a stitch knot removed from that area. It still hasn't completely healed and I now have a second smaller opening and am currently taking antibiotics. Has anyone else had a similar issue? I am reading horror stories about what would happen if the device becomes infected.

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Did your CRT-D improve your health

My EP is going to try, for the third time, to get my third wire in place in my CRT-D. I am hoping that the third time is a charm and it will work this time.

For those of you with a CRT-P or CRT-D, did your numbers improve, or did you feel better? Just hoping all of this is worth it.

 

Thanks

 

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Feeling when paced

I got my PM last June and got my life back at the same time. Sometimes, I would feel a thumping in my chest, which corresponded to my pulse. It would go away after a minute or so, and I thought nothing of it.

I recently (in the last 2 months)  was unable to eat, and lost ~25 lbs. I know this sounds dumb, but I went on a diving holiday and dove twice daily for 2 weeks (family trip, already booked). The weight fell off, my fitness improved, and when I returned home, I was able to tak...

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Monitor

I got a Medtronic home tester I guess is what I’d call it it sends info to my doc however in the past week my wife left me took my internet so will it still work without WiFi or is it just a paper weight

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Low battery

Hello it's been awhile since I posted anything.  

I have a Medtronic pacemaker, I've had it since Nov 2010. 

I received a call indicating that my battery is running low and I have to check it monthly. I'm 100% paced and never had my pacemaker change yet

i know two people who have StJude pacemakers and they say that their pacemaker will vibrate when their battery gets low. Also they have their pacemaker being  monitored 24/7 via Wi-Fi.&nbs...

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question

I HAVE A QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who else in this club is under 10? cause im 9.

 

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Martial Arts Training

Any guys out there who were training / competing in Martials (Karate, Kick Boxing and Jujitsu). 

I won't be competing again, I am interested in how to modify my training sessions.

Advice has been given to me about avoiding impact to my PM area.

I am 2 days in from receiving my PM so only walking for now.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just don’t feel good

This is all still new to me and I guess I’m just not sure how I am suppose to feel after 4 weeks, but I was hoping it would be better than I do.  I actually had a whole day when I felt normal and I thought I had turned the corner and now I haven’t  felt good for 2 days.  My primary thinks I should try an anxiety med but I don’t think that’s what it is.  They seem to have the same side affects that landed me in the hospital getting a pm.  M...

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Pacemakers and electromagnetic fields and interference

 Hi everyone! New to this club and to pacemaker equipment as of January 29th, 2019. Wondering if anyone out there is a Mechanic or a Welder that also has a pacemaker and how it has changed their work place day to day stuff. Things that could affect the pacemaker operation, what to avoid and what to do to protect so can do normal routine of job. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I enjoy my work and want to continue it.

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Low Oxygen in blood since pacemaker

Has anyone had problems with leg swelling and low oxygen levels since getting a 3 wire pacemaker?

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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

New member 

 

 

 

 

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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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You know you're wired when...

You participate in the Pacer Olympics.

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A properly implanted and adjusted pacemaker will not even be noticeable after you get over the surgery.