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PPM/Beta blockers/ prior ablation

53 years old today. First time posting. Diagnosed with Wolf Parkinson White disease at age 22. Cardiac ablation performed. Required medication for rate control for many years due to some idiosyncratic tachy  rhythms. Fairly well-controlled until the past one year with beta blockers. Have developed a intermittent 2nd° heart block. As a result recommendation was to come off beta blockers to see if this would help. Significant difficulty doing so but was able to stop beta blockers eight...

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Metoprolol with nodal ablation and pacemaker

My husband is 88 and  after years of controlling and not controlling erratic heartbeat with meds , conversions etc he had a complete nodal ablation 4 years ago . He has had zero issues , very few stray beats and no issues with the procedure and pacemaker. 

He has been taking 25 mg of metoprolol twice a day and I am wondering why he needs that and what the risk of discontinuing it would be. 

Getting him off meds would be a plus as he is sensitive to everything.&...

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Will Automatic vacuum intervene with pacemaker?

I wanted to get an automatic vacuum, the one that cleans the floor it’s self and when it is low on battery it automaticity goes to its base (that is plugged in before) to recharge.

 

Will the Automatic vacuum intervene with a pacemaker?

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extreme weight lose

I have recently had weight surgery and have gone from 360 lbs to 180 lbs my pacemaker is now very visable and is showing bruising and red and just today i noticed it is oozing blood and liquid! should I go to emergency room?

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Pancreatic cancer surgery with pacemaker

A CT scan two days ago show I have malignant turmor in pancreas.  I will get details Tuesday and find out stage and if it's operatible.  How will my pacemaker for SSS complicate matters if I have surgery?  I never expected this as I have none of the risk factors except age (79).  Don't smoke, drink, not obese,   no family history.  I am very frightened.

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Im getting a pacemaker for my 50th... yikes.

Hello..  Im new to this site and new to the whole concept of PM. I am a 49 yr old woman recently (literally 4 days ago) diagnosed with 2nd Degree AV block Morbitz I.  I appreciated all the posts I have read on this forum and decided to join the club.. 

My journey began a little less than 4 weeks ago when I called in sick for work.   I spent the night sucking on lossengers and woke up during the night extremely dehydrated.  As I sat in my bed and opened...

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Feeling lower chamber pacing

Hello all,

I am on my second PM, a dual chamber MRI-compatible.  Recently, I was interrogated after complaints of suddenly feeling my PM go off.  Thought it might be connected to inproper settings after an MRI scan.  Was told this was not the case.  The feeling was duplicated when made to pace in the lower chamber.  Apparently, I only do this about 1% of the time.  Did not get a good answer as to why I suddenly need pacing in lower chamber.  Am 40% dep...

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An ICD Barks!

Wife's HS reunion coming up and she's been communicating via text/e-mail with HS friends recently.. One of her best HS friends hubby has a PM with an ICD enabled.  Few days ago, wife's friend says she and her hubby were walking, and he just dropped to the ground. They were in a neighborhood setting, and locals called EMS - who arrived within minutes. The husband was  alive and was transported to a local ER and hospitalized for a couple days.  Later, it was foun...

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lead extraction

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/17165-lead-extraction  

Informative link on lead extraction.  Good to see the high success rate when done by experienced specialists at clinics with the latest protocol.

                                 Rodger

 

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working in oil and gas refinery onshore

Good day to all members.

I have my Medtronics permanent dual pacemaker implantation last June this year and I have a job offer to work in oil and gas refinery in onshore. I was scheduled to undergo a medical checks this week. Anybody can provide me any idea if I can be acceptable and will have no problem with my medical examination?. Or anybody with a pacemaker working in oil and gas refinery onshore . Thank in advance to all comments 

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Ventricular pacing

I’m on my 4th pacemaker with 23 year old leads.  It is a DDDR.  The atrial lead usually paces 98%  of the time until recently, as it is wearing out.   Now the ventricular lead is taking over and it is extremely uncomfortable when it kicks in and I get very dizzy with chest pain and have to sit down until the atrial lead kicks in.   I also feel very weak.  My B/P also goes up 20 pts or so systolic.   What can be done.

will see cardio next wee...

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Weird heart (?) episode last night.

I received my PM nearly four years ago due to asystole; and while I've definitely had times where I can feel it pacing like crazy, last night, I got home and was feeling fine. I sat down because I suddenly felt flushed and nauseous. I went and laid down, and was sweating profusely for about five minutes; I then cooled back down, and besides the headache afterwards, I felt fine. Has anyone else experienced anything like this before? 

I should mention I'm 38.

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Acid Reflux after PM install

I had my PM installed about 3 months ago. The next day they thought that there might me a lead issue (it could slip out) and I went into the hospital to get this remedied.  But the cardiac surgeon did a few more tests and decided that it was OK after all.

About 3 weeks ago I suddenly developed what seemed like heartburn. I had an EKG and it was OK. 

The symptoms are strange - always, when heading out for a walk, after about 20 steps the “heartburn” starts. Th...

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From 3 leads to 2 leads

I have a 3 lead pacemaker in but one of the leads ar faulty and blocked but doc is suggesting going back to 2 leads because its not pacing right and im skipping a heart beat which is dangerous just wondered if anyone has had a simillar op and maybe ease my mind or give info 

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Am I weird asking this?

So i my leads dislodge twice 2 months ago so i had my 3rd surgery done a week ago they changed it to a screw type of lead.my question is will masturbating make my leads move?I just had my 3rd surgery a week ago so I dont know.I already posted something like this before but want to double check.

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Pain level

3 days Post Op... Pain on a scale of 1-10 is intermittent at about a 5. It’s like a tooth ache. Hurts more when I lay down at night. I was given hydrochodone day of surgery and released w otc Tylenol. So far I’ve taken 800 mg once or twice a day since Tuesday’s surgery. How about everyone else? 

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flecainide

hey all,

 

so i have been posting a lot recently so i do apologise xx

so i have been prescribed the above drug for my irregular heart beat ( i have a leadless pacemaker or the ventricular standstill.. pauses)

im petrified about taking this drug. i've read a lot of articles saying it can be fatal for people, i am slightly concerned . any advice guys? 

 

krissy xxxx

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Increased pacing

I received my pacemaker in December 2017 & was only pacing at 4%. I just asked the device clinic what my readings were & they said in May I was 65% and in July 74%.  What would cause such a huge change so quickly? I am really scared.  Any help is appreciated.

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Day 3 Post Op

How did everyone sleep after surgery? I’m finding it hard to sleep even on my right side the pacemaker feels heavy on the left when I lay down. Think I’m going to buy a body pillow today to help at night. 

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"When Your Heart Fails You" - An interesting, but sad & hopeful article from the New York Times

By Marla Cone - Aug. 23, 2018 - Marla Cone is the science editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

They control my heart from a laptop. So why do I feel so helpless?

My heart is broken. But not the way you think I mean. It’s actually broken. Doctors call it heart failure, but since I’m not the type of person who likes to fail at anything, I’ll just say that it is broken. It’s permanent, though, and that’s the hardest thing fo...

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