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Post Pacemaker Placement Medications

I would like to know what medications have been prescribed for pacemaker recipients folowing surgery. My condition for the implant is sick sinus syndrome. Currently I am taking metoprolol 25mg daily.  Will there be other, perhaps more effective, meds prescribed later.  Pre-pacemaker symptoms have not occurred.

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20 days post implant

Its been 20 days since surgery and it's omewhat achy at site and the left shoulder area. 

Bandage is still intact with only minor swelling and no redness. I'm having some trouble getting comfortable at night and it's taking some time to fall asleep.

Trying not to freak out but i would  have thought I would be further along with the healing process. I will be calling the nurse tomorrow as back up, but I thought I should speak to the experts here...

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Beta Blockers

Dual chamber PM for last 10yrs.   last phone download shows periods of complex tachy (100bpm+)   Cardio advising  Beta Blockers .   My normal rates  106 to 130 over 73 to 90 pulse 68 to 78 .   No other indications on high pulse,   Anyone else ???

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ICD implanted to treat my beta blocker?

When hospitalized in October, 2019 with CHF (EF of 23) my new cardiologist put me on a beta blocker and a direutic.  When I passed out on a Zoom call in April, 2020 with a heart rate of 22; it was suggested afterwards in the ER that I have a defribulator implanted and then get back to taking the meds.   Otherwise I am asymtomatic; no edema, no shortness of breath when walking 3 miles, no chest pains and no coronary blockages on my angiogrm.  63 year old male type 1 di...

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Feel "Some" pacing and not others

I have had a new ICD implanted about 12months ago.  When l had a checkup, they told me the device is pacing me about 16% of the time which l believe is due to my heart rate being quite slow of a night given the medications l am on to forcefully slow my heart rate.  If my heart goes at <=50bpm, it will pace me to keep me at a minimum of 50bpm.

With that said, i DO NOT feel this pacing.

 

Now, occasionally, l do fee some pacing, it is like a slight tens machi...

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High heart rate

I had a azure XT DR MRI surescan dual chamber placed about six weeks ago. At first I thought the pony races i was going on after walking was my new normal. The car rides and the bumps trigger the heart to beat over 118. I can't catch my breath. I have had one check and set at 60-130. I have tried to find anything to see if this is normal. I keep seeing people talking about tweeting the pacemaker. One check and don't see for a year. I can't do this anymore. I feel my heart is going...

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New to this

I have to go on Thursday to have an ICD inserted.  How horrible is the recovery?

Also, Did you notice an improvement in your fatigue after?

Can you still drink wine?
 

 

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What is Normal

 Hello,

I am a 59 year old woman who had a full electrical block and a subsequent pacemaker implant. All other aspects of my heart are fine. Pre-surgery symptoms were light headedness, tired, and shortness of breath. Post-surgery I am still experiencing occasional light headed spells and for the most part do feel a great deal better. The doctors are still tweaking my beta blockers. I am not in great physical shape and do not participate in cardio activities. I had a cardio wat...

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Pain

I had a pacemaker in May.  Others tell me they do not even know it is there.  Mine is painful often.  And I cannot do many of my pre activities.  The pacemaker is working according to a test in July.  Does anyone else experience this  thank you  Trebla

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annual check up/ a mild case of covid

Saw my ep today. Good news is the 26 year old lead is still not showing any signs of a problem. I didn't get the EF number but he looked at the echo and said it was perfect and I had the heart of an 18 year old. I was shocked to learn I still have 8-10 years on this battery. It's already 5 years old, and before this I've never had one make it past 7 so WOW. 

Bad news is he agrees with my gp that I likely had covid back in March and that it's done some damage. I feel...

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Repair/Replace Leads

Got my PM in March 2019. Tech detected problem with top lead signal in June 2020. Surgery in August found one lead dangling (disconnected) and second lead almost disconnected. Generator was O.K. Surgeon replaced one lead and reconnected both leads in new locations. My energy level has improved noticeably. Surgeon claimed two attach screws may not have been torqued adequately/correctly on original procedure. Seems to be some 'trick' to correctly attach these leads.

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AMS Episodes

Can someone provide a simple explanation of what AMS episodes are?  I have had a St. Jude 2210 for 8 years.  I usually pace 10- 12 %.  My AMS episodes have ranged from 0 to 350 until last year when it went to 3799.  My last pacer check showed 108238 AMS episodes.  My noise reversion also increased to 414.  The tech talked to me about the noise reversion but did not mention the AMS episodes and I did not see it until after I got home and reviewed my report. ...

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Battery life?

I got my first CRT pacemaker in august 2008. I got my second CRT pacemaker in october 2014.

Yesterday I went for pacemaker check up which is 1x a year and the pm tech says I have 3 yrs 7 months left. So maybe I get to 10 yrs on it. Says I am a frugal user.

I got flu virus early 2008 damage loss of 33% function of heart. I had robotic mitral repair 2001. I had flu shot but it did not work. Now with Corona I am supposed to avoid hospital but my cardiologist still wants an Echo done,...

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Interference from "EZPass" devices mounted in the car?

Is there a risk of interference to pacemakers from "EZPass" devices (and the like) that are mounted in the car and automatically collect highway tolls?

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Problem with a lead?

Does this sound familiar to anybody?  

I am realizing tonight I may have a problem with a lead, and I would assume my RV. I have had the oddest feeling for the last week.  I am getting a slight vibration, almost feeling like something is crawling in me, between my shoulder blade and spine, deep in my chest, feeling it in my back and not my front. It lasts several minutes at a time (trying to pay attention to duration and frequency) and are sometimes more in...

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Ouch!

Not sure what category to post this under, so: this morning, my pacer site started hurting--stinging, in sort of a rhythm.Have done nothing that would aggravate it--no heavy lifting or extreme twists, etc.

I had my 3-month check on Friday and all was well.

I sleep on my sides & can often notice its presence, just as a little pressure. The entire site--plus several inches surrounding it--has been itchy since day one. (Apparently that's normal?)

When the stinging...

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Uneasiness in middle of chest

Had my pacemaker surgery 6 days ago, ok for the first couple of days, the last 3 days been having an uneasiness in middle of chest , my heart rate is 66, my BP is 144 over 80. Didn't have this uneasiness before . But I am belching alot more and alot more gas. It really concerned me a couple of days ago, go back to see my doctor tomorrow.  They put it in because my heart rate was really low, and my heart stop 3 times over the last 2 years and stop once while I was driving and had a ba...

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Close to Fainting

60 year old Female. have St. Jude dual chamber inserted 2/6/18. Diagnosed with SSS. Felt great for 2 years. Today, while preparing my morning smoothie, I felt faint , nauseated, broke out in a cold sweat. I caught myself on the counter. After I got my legs back I went to take BP. It was 117/68. Pulse was 70. I don't have diabetes but took my blood sugar. It was 94. Pulse Ox reading was 98%. All in all, I feel tired enough to sleep all day. I slept 8 hours last night and it was a good unin...

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Long term effects of more sensitive rate response PM settings

This issue emerged on a recent thread (See "HR dropping while on climbs") about rate response to support biking up hills. 

Link to thread:

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/37472/hr-dropping-while-on-climbs

Member frankmcw2 posted his suggested settings for Medtronic PMs to make the rate response settings more sensitive to movement. I'd previously (more than an year back) requested and got  that same pdf document from frankmcw2. I t...

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New to this

Hello, got my pacemaker Aug 3rd. After wearing a monitor for 2 days. Found out when I was sleeping my heart was stopping. 18 times in 2 nights. Longest was 9.3 seconds. Doc said if it was during the day I would have passed out. The doctor contacted me at 930 at night & got pacemaker installed 3 days later. Didn't have a chance to get a second opinion. As I was prepped for surgery I asked the doctor what would cause it to stop. He said sleep apnea is a possible cause. SO SHOULDN'T...

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