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Pre- pacemaker

I had open heart surgery last July to fix my upper aoritic aneurysm and replace the valve that caused it. My heart beat slowed down consiterably after the operation where before it was 60+ and now it is 50- and hovering in the mid to low 40s. So now after my regular check up they put me on a halter I'm going to see the "electro-cardiologist" (I don't know the proper title) and the cardiologist seems certain I will get a pacemaker, he sent me liturature about it. I have Kaise...

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New to the Club

I am scheduled to have my ICD implanted on 15 October. All of this is very new to me and overwhelming. The closer I get to my surgery date, I'm getting more anxious. I have a great medical team who determined this is the best treatment for me given my medical history.  What are some of the common and uncommon things I can expect during my 6 week recovery?

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Eliquis & depression?

Hi PM Club family,

Has anyone ever experienced nasty side effects from Eliquis involving depression, extreme fatigue, pretty much being close to cracking at any point/bursting out in tears for no good reason - or sometimes just feeling numb to everything and everybody around you?

I’m currently on 5mg twice a day for a partial subclavial thrombosis, was told to be on it for a month but i’m already losing it after 10 days. I was as happy as a cla...

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19 with a pacemaker

Hi everyone, sorry if this is long but I need to let this out.

I’m 19 and have a hard time accepting my 1,5 month old pacemaker. I’ve been passing out 1-2 times a year from when i was maybe 10 but every time I went to the doctor for it they said it was because of my low blood pressure and iron levels, which I believed because they where both true. I work as a waitress and last year I passed out at my work after working insane hours and barely sleeping for 13 days a...

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Left Side Sleeping and Strange Clicking sensation

I had my pacemaker implanted 5 June of this year.  I'm still having difficulty sleeping on my left side because my pacemaker pushes into my collar bone and it's uncomfortable.  The other bazarre thing, is when I lay on my left side I can physically feel and hear a faint click with each heart beat.  It's like my heart is a mechanical device and I can 'feel' a metalic click of each beat.  When I roll onto my back or lay on my right side it is gone. ...

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Slight pain in the implant site

Hi,I was wondering if it's normal to sometimes feel a quick sharp pain(doesnt last long just about like half a second) around the implant location even after 1 month of surgery?

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Pacemaker

First off i still want to thank every one. It is a learning curve if you been healthy all your life then wham you get hit hard with illness . Of course you will have questions and learning to cope. When i told my husband i was having heart pains he told me im ok cause if something was wrong my pacemaker would send it to his computer.  how turn this is i dont know.when i first got my pacemaker i really did not know what it did since in my mind it was just another device to read my heart n...

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Working out

Hi I am 34 and just got PPM installed in me yesterday and I am an avaid gym lover. I just wanted to check will I ever be able to life weights in gym ever again ? 

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Can you operate an aircraft as flying crew?

Can you operate an aircraft as flying crew?

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Pacemaker

I had bad chest pains in the center of my chest and pain in my right side of my jaw. I have a pacemaker put in back in may because my heart would stop beating i also have angina.i have nitroglycerin when the pain in my chest happens. I ened up taking 2 pills with in 15 mins. How can i know if its a heart attack or is it angina attack?  It took 20 mins for my chest pain to stop.i can take up to 3 nitroglycerin in 15 mins both attacks have the same symptoms.  Thanks for any help ...

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New Member and CRT-D Implantee

Good evening. I am a 41 y.o. male. About 4 months ago I went into the hospital for an appendectomy and came out being told I needed to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist. The bright side is the appendectomy lead me to seeking the help I needed for my heart .

I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, LBBB, and EF of 20%. I've learned a bunch of new words:) My EP implanted a CRT-D seven days ago. Anyways that is where I am today. 

Beyond any physical issues, my biggest...

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What manufacturer is best

My 67 yr old dad had a valve replacement 4 months ago and the surgery went great until he had HIT from the heparin which then triggered a stroke. After spending months recovering and learning to walk again he was finally starting to feel like he might get his life back. Then a week ago he had stage 3 heart block episode and had to have CPR administered and got a temp pacemaker. He is now scheduled for permanent pacemaker surgery on Tuesday. Although risks of pacemakers are low,...

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Gastric Pacemaker

Hi 

I have had a gastric pacemaker for 10 years now and at my last yearly dr. visit I was told that my battery is dead. Has anyone out there had their battery replaced? How intensive was the procedure? Any problems?

Thanks for your info

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Cogenital Heart Block

Hi there. So my husband and I recently had a son who was born at 24 weeks and 5 days. He is now 31 weeks gestation, but 6 weeks old. He has been diagnoised with full cogenital heart block. I'am diagnoised with sjogren's syndrome in which the doctors say that is what lead to the full heart block in my sons heart because of my antibodies. My son is tolerating his heart rate and has been since birth. His heart rate is anywhere from the 80's-100's. A normal prematur...

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Hi

Hi All, 

I'm sorry this is not related with pacemaker, but do we have any Virgina tech Professorr over here. Plz comment if we have any 

:)

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Pacemaker repositioning

As a follow-up to https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/33858 (pacemaker moved 12 days post-implementation) I went to the hospital today and saw first the specialist arrhythmia nurse and then the senior EP consultant in the arrhythmia team. They both agreed the pacemaker had moved -- even if they couldn't actually find it -- it was placed under the muscle and has shifted up and sideways to pinch nerves but is still so well-padded they can only estimate an approximate position.

Becau...

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16 years of infection update

I've had my infection since 2002 looking like endocarditis still waiting for my operation. My pacemaker pocket is full of puss which burst last week leaving a hole in the centre. hopefully I will be getting the pacemaker removed soon. I also found out I have three veins in my heart. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this before its called an AVM. They put a pacemaker wire in my third vein which is sticking through my heart and going into my lung. I'm awaiting open...

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Different Models of CRT-D Devices

  • by BarbD
  • 2018-09-20 14:02:11
  • ICDs
  • 243 views
  • 9 comments

How does the EP doctor decide which CRT-D device to use on a particular patient?  It looks like there are several manufacturers (Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude, ...?) and each manufacturer makes several models.  How do you know which one if the best one for you?  Are there specific ones that are better than others, or with better features I should be looking into?  Sorry - kind of overwhelmed here and trying to do some research.

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Medtronic Linq monitor

When I had my pacemaker implanted I did not have my Linq monitor removed.  It had migrated from my breast to my lower rib cage.  It’s still there.  Has this happened to anyone else?

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A question

They say that time is a great healer  . Is that why you've got to wait so long to see your doctor ?

Ian

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It may be the first time we've felt a normal heart rhythm in a long time, so of course it seems too fast and too strong.