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watch man

thank you for the advise as always  your very helpful. I am seeing doctor next week. I will ask him all these question that you advised very helpful thank you

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Micra - teething issues?

Hello. I'm very new to this forum, as I just had a Micra (trans-cathether, leadless) PM fitted last Friday, after a series of cardiac arrests earlier in the week. For context, I'm a 45 year old male with no previous history of heart issues. So I'm only 3 days in to having a PM.
As it stands, I feel pretty well but am very aware that the Micra is pacing on the hour, every hour, like clockwork, regardless of my activity. I'm told it's set to pace at 80 bpm but only if m...

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Smart Phone

I just got my first Smart Phone (at age 74) and am concerned about things that I have read about magnet interference.  I know about not puttting it in a pocket on the side of the pacemaker, and I know about using it on the opposite ear as the pacemaker. I have also read keeping it at least 6+ inches from the pacemaker.  I have put in a question to my clinic, but am hoping someone on this site has an opinion or experience.  If this is going to be too much trouble, I wi...

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Coping

I've handled my heart travails well over the years through a positive attitude and humor, and haven't given much thought to the fact the smart money is on my heart eventually killing me, assuming my wife doesn't do the job first. One thing I haven't been able to come to terms with is after doctors continuously telling me I'm on borrowed time, why are all those around me seemingly in good health dying while I continue to plug along. Just a week ago my primary care doctor to...

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Post implant symptoms

I had my pacemaker placement this past Tuesday. I am wondering if anyone can share if they felt very very tired several days after the surgery and also I feel weak and kind of unstable when walking. I don't know if this is a normal reaction or not but I thought a pacemaker was going to give me more energy. I'm reading on this site that there are various settings of the pacemaker. Perhaps this has something to do with these symptoms?  

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Epiphany

I suddenly realize the older I get, the more likely I am to die

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best PM for SSS

Hello everyone. I am a 48 year old male with a diagnosis of  Sick sinus syndrome. I have not yet had a PM implanted but it seems that it might be my best permanent option to get a better quality of life: general tireness, extra systoles at times, and some light headaches.  I have never had any syncopes and no AV block or AF. I still work out several times a week so not suffering from chronic incompetence. But heart rate is in the low end below 50 due to being low at night in particu...

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Bug zappers

Is anyone aware of interference or complications with bug zappers-you know the kind for mosquitoes, etc.

Only clarifying that because there was something online that mentioned zappers but it was a parasite zapper that you apply to your body?

I'm strictly speaking of the average bug zapper. I can't seem to find any clear message on this.

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watch man

received  my pm february of this year. everything fine. until the Dr noticed af  now he is talking about a watchmen. any advise would be helpful

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Heart rate

I am an 80 year old man.  I had 3rd degree heart block and got a dual biotronic pace maker and AV node ablation on June 21 and June 22.  I'm doing just fine. My EP DOC set my heart rate at 80....I guess I should have asked why it was set at 80.  He told me after my first check he will put it down to 70 and eventually at 60.  I didn't ask the reason...has anyone else had this.

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atrial fib and pacemaker

Good evening and thank you for your time,

Just a quick question in regard to current Covid outbreak and vaccine. have any of you had issues with the phyzer vax in regard to it causing hear palpitations or affecting pace maker, i`ve heard the vaccine can cause miocarditus or pericardittus but i think in only young people and I`m 71 now and have a dual lead pacermaker biontronik along with permanent AF, hope someone might be able to shed some light on this for me as to if you have had any...

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Ventricular lead not responding

I had my first dual lead pacemaker put in a week ago for sick sinus with bradycardia.   I had a checkup with my regular doctor and the found my HR to only be 43.  He immediately set me up with a pacemaker check.  They could not get the ventricular lead to respond.  I was told the lead would need to be replaced and was sent for chest X-ray.  The LPN called later and said the doctor did not see a lead fracture and wanted to check it again in a week.  Has anyon...

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Update- New Discovery

Hi everyone! 

Ok so for quite a while now I have not been able to sleep on my right side. At first I couldn't breathe well, then it turned into the presyncope feeling if I stayed in the position too long. It happened quite a few times but lately its even worse. I think I found something but not sure what it means. SO when laying on my back I measured my BP. It was 118/77. I then laid on my right side and measured my BP within two mins of the first. It was then 94/61....

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Latest News

For those interested, looks like my diagnostic mystery saga is coming to a close.  After 4 cardiologists and a pulmonologist, I went to see the Director/MD of the Cardiac Performance Center at MGH/Boston.  He was awesome from several angles.  He put together all the pieces and came out with a strong and optimistic diagnosis.  Basically I have complete LBBB, but because of my fitness level many of the tests such as CPET and cadiac cath showed some good test results, an...

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Pacemaker and beta blockers

Hi everyone I decided to ask this question because a issue popped up my heart was going very fast to the point my resting heart rate was 170 beets per minute. At my last pacemaker check they put me on a temporary setting  ( its making me very tired) and they are going to put me on beta blocker next  week and hopefully turn my pacemaker to the normal mode   .  So has anyone had experienced with this type of problem.

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Back to Normal Activities?

I had my pacemaker surgery on June 16th and hit my 6 week post-implantation mark this week.  I called the pacemaker clinic nurse to ask about resuming normal activities and she gave me the all clear (OK to raise arm over head, lifting, all other regulular activities that I was doing before the procedure).

Does this 6 week recovery period fit the bill for most folks?  Should I continue to be a bit cautious for another month or so?  I'm feeling well with just a ver...

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Vasovagal Syncope

Hello Everyone,

Does anyone have a pacemaker for vasovagal syncope?

My cardiologist informed me that the reason for my pacemaker is due to a 20 second heart pause during my tilt table test and episodes of vasovagal syncope at home. At this time time we are not sure what has been causing these symptoms.

What COULD cause these symptoms?

Are there other options for treatment besides a pacemaker?

Should I get a second opinion?

Thoughts?...

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Increase in heart rate

Had a pacemaker implant oct of 2020. After many adjustments I started to feel better after heart rate was increased.  Lately having flutters and my drs nurse is having me come in  for a check as my heart rate has increased to 95. My pacemaker is set at 70. Wondering if I should be concerned? Also why this might happen? Any information will be appreciated. 

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Any Runners or Cyclists Out There Who've had an ICD Implanted for V-Tach?

I'm a brand new member of the Pacemaker Club.  I'm a 60 yo male, a lifetime runner and cyclist, and had my first pacemaker implanted, a Medtronic Cobalt XT DR MRI Surescan with dual leads, this June.  My basic heart history is that a few years ago it was discovered that I have scar tissue from myocarditis of the LV.  Soon after that I developed afib which progressively got worse and I had to have an abation to stop it.  The ablation succeeded.  After implantin...

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Travel - Vacation

I had my PM inserted on 6/4/2021 and everything is going well, check ups are good and everything

working as normal. My question is we are about to embark on our first vacation post PM.

I was wondering if those who have a remote monitoring base (boston scientific) take it with them

on vacation or leave it at home?. My EP knows of my travelig but didn't indicate whether I should 

take the device with me. Asking those who have traveled post PM. Thanks

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