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New pacemaker

I’ve recently had a pacemaker fitted 12 nov had my first check at hospital all is well back in a month this happened really quickly in my case saw cardiologist on 8 nov told I needed a pacemaker had it done 12 haven’t had time to think ask questions research I’m a week in with no idea what has just happened to me  I live in South Yorkshire  uk I’m 48 and I don’t know how I feel it feels like a have a large rock in my chest and I’m c...

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Placement & Pain .... frustated in general.

I am on my third medtronic pacemaker and had my last implant on 8/23/18. 

I did not need any pain meds at all follwing either of the two previous implants and never had issues with where the device was at. 

This time, the pocket was revised, device was sutured onto the pectoral muscle, and a new lead was added.  Previous leads were left in place due to concers of possible complications removing them.  (Not exactly sure how the...

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Ultrasound cavitation

Does anyone with a pacemaker have experience with ultrasound fat cavitation? I just bought an ultrasound fat cavitation device. All the reports I found show they work. Fat cavition destroys fat cells. There are plenty of YouTube videos about the devices. Unfortunately, I saw warnings about pacemakers and fat cavitation after getting the unit.

Saint Judes Medical says therapeutic ultrasound is safe, when used according to their guidelines. The difference is that fat cavitation ultrasound...

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Watchman device

Hi all,

 

Hope everyone is doing well. I haven’t been on here in awhile. Been recently diagnosed with a fib (paroxysmal) and I can’t take blood thinners.  Dr is pushing Watchman device.  Has anyone ever had this device or considering it? 

I have a new pacer too, Medtronic Azure which I’ve read can override episodes of afib if programmed properly.   

 

Any my comments suggestions are welcome.  Thanks!

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Post PaceMaker procedure symptom

Hi there -  New to the Club and would appreciate a response.    Had PM inserted in August and a couple of weeks later noticed that I had a lump in my left breast.    My GP referred me to the hospital Breast Clinic and I have since had two appointments.  First one was a scan, followed 6 weeks later by biopsies.  Both the Consultant and I suspected this lump was the result of trauma from the procedure and the pathology confirmed it was benign. ...

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pulse rate with pacemaker

I had a pacemaker since my heart attack in 2008, and now on number two. It is due to be replaced within the next six months. All in all things have gone relatively well until this past Oct 7th.

A massive heart failure greeted me on Sunday, Oct 7th. Was sent home, from Brampton Civic, on Oct 10th with meds (including furosemide), and ever since, my short term memory, balance and gait have all been challenged bigly. I've been back to see the GP four times in seven weeks, and the cardi...

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Fightsport with pm in abdominal muscles

Hey guys,

I have a pm in my abdominal submuscula, or in normal words, beneath the muscles of my upper abs. The placement is just under one of my ribs. I got my pm in 2012 so it's been a while now and I am completely used to it being there and mostly know what I can and cannot do with it. For example, I know I can work out and lift heavy weights with it just fine, but I cant trains abs with added weights or ab-weight-machines, or else my pm will displace. Lately, I've been very i...

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Hot tubs!

Do you pacemakers use a hot tub?  I’ve enjoyed my life since the arrival of my pacemaker 2 years ago.   I finished the 3521 mile Amerithon!  I don’t know why I’m nervous about it, I take showers!  

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12 Lead ECG

Trying to evaluate my recent ECG.................QRS complex is at 160 ms, QT interval: 440 ms

QTCINT: 514 ms.....................  P Axis: -16 degrees   R Axis: -32 degrees  T axis: 125 degrees. 

I've read where my PM will influence these numbers...........to the good or to the bad?

--Dave--

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LOW BLOOD PRESSURE & AFIBS.

I REC'D MY FIRST MEDTRONIC PACEMAKER 4 WKS. AGO (EMERGENCY), DUE TO EXTREMELY LOW BP.

THE FIRST WEEK I HAD AFIBS EVERY DAY, THE SECOND WEEK, LOW BP DOWN TO 48. THIS PAST WEEK, BOTH HBP AND AFIBS.

CARDIOLOGIST TOLD ME TO DECREASE ORIGINAL METROPOLOL  DOSAGE FROM 100MG (2X'S PD) TO 150MG. -50MG IN THE AM AND 100 IN PM.

SINCE DOING THIS I WAS IN AFIB, TWO DAYS AGO 155, AND LAST NIGHT 165. BP THIS MORNING AFTER 7 HRS.WAS 80/55.

I'M SCARED AN...

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Loss of consciousness: Pinched Nerve in Back, Migraines, Pacemaker Malfunction?

I have been losing consciousness about once every 4 months for the last year. I thought this would end in August when I had an emergency pacemaker implanted for heart pauses up to 11 seconds long. However, today I passed out again. This was followed by my body getting very warm and than a headache. Later in the day I had significant lower back pain. Then, I had a migraine this evening. I am wondering if something other than bradycardia is responsible for my loss of consciousness episodes--may...

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Flutters after Pacemaker placement

Hi there 

I had a biotronik PM placed 2 days ago after fainting at work.

Since that time I have been experiencing quite frequent flutters in my throat and stomach (and associated slight dizziness) mainly at rest that often make me cough.

I think I have read here that you can go back to your PM tech and they can possibly adjust the settings to try and eliminate it?

Is it something due to the voltage settings for the ventricle lead?

I also feel quite tired fro...

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Whats going on?

Got my pacemaker Thursday.  Got home yesterday from hospital, today I am moving furniture and packing, driving.   Everything on the list they say not to do but I have no choice.  So since I will be doing the same thing tomorrow and monday and tuesday and wed and prob thurs.  cause I have to move it all myself.  How bad could I really hurt myself?  I have looked at all my options and I am the only one that can do it :/  

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Lightheadedness, palpitations, shortness of breath

Hello Everyone!  I had a 2 lead PM implant on 5th June following a failed ablation for SVT's (which damaged my AV node).  I have Barlow's syndrome as well.  I've had my PM adjusted once since the implant and it made a world of difference.  Everything was going fine and then about the beginning of Sept I started having palpitations again, but the PM would kick in and it would stop.  I spoke with the PM department and they said I should be fine and it was no...

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Pacing at 100%

I would highly recommend insisting on setting changes.  I was very disappointed with my ICD for the first two months.  After I got the settings maximized, I was pacing at 100%  Exactly what I needed!  So what if I needed a battery replacement 5 years later! My EF went from 20 to 45 & isn't that the point.  A squeaky wheel gets heard, sometimes!

When they were done changing my settings, while stil on the table, I got the first satisfying breath I'd ha...

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Mammograms

I would definetly wait a few months b/4 a mammogram.  I am sure it will hurt if you do before a good healing period. Last year I got a 3D which was 1000% better and less intrusive than what I had been having.

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Device Experience

When I got my ICD in 2013 my BP became extremely low. My normal, even when healthy, is pretty low.  I insisted they change my settings (I got ignored until my cardiologist read EP the riot act!) & I had significant improvement. Eventually I was at 45EF up from 20. Now 5 years later I have a new device. I was disappointed to need the new battery so soon but I pace at 100%. 2 years after my great succes, I declined to 35, now a year later I am 20EF.  I am VERY DISAPPOINT...

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Pulmonary Function Test

I had a full - on Pulmonary Function Stress Test preceded by a spirometry test yesterday.  -  I was wired into this, that, EKG belt, mouthpiece, BP cuff, Oxygen sensor and a few other items while on a treadmill. HMMMM--- good thing treadmill use is part of my daily exercise regime!  Treadmill started slowly, - 1 mph -  @ no incline, and for the next 15 minutes it was ramped up to 4 mph at an incline of 15.  Yeah, it got me huffin' and puffin'  -...

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pacemaker

Got bad bruising after pacemaker insertion, took over 2hours for surgeon to complete it !! Struggling

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Rate responsiveness?

New age pacemakers are rate responsive, what does it really mean? Do they really control pulse rate based on your activity like when you are running? What about your normal heart activity then that go beyond the minimum 60 set? Can pacemakers inceasre your pulse rate when you are still but in some tension?

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