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Is my Pacemaker Lying?

I was diagnosed with A-fib in 2004 and have an episode about every 1-2 months. My heart converts back to normal sinus rythm in about 12 hours. I am, and have always been, aware when an episode begins and when it ends.

My last two PM checks I was told that my A-fib is less than 2 percent. I mentioned that I had two episodes since my last check and was told that I hadn't had any. When I gave the dates of the episodes, the technician said "no" there was no A-fib activity.

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Pace maker and benzodiazapines

I recently had a pace maker implanted and I take metoprol ,xanax and ambien, I haven't noticed any illeffects . I'm not taking the meds to get a buzz. At my age(63) been there done that. The medications help. I'm hoping my doctor continues to give me my meds. They and my new pace maker have given me a new lease on life.

 

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Re Welding Safety tip for pacemaker wearers

I have for many years wanted to be able to weld again, well i am now 63 and have had a Medtronic pacemaker for 10 years and about ready for a replacement, 3 days prior to my last check i decided to make a sheild out of 7lb lead sheet and strapped this in place over my pacer with elasticated strapping, although i was only welding aroung 90 amps i felt no issues at all and was even more pleased to find a few days later whilst having my pacing check that there were no deviations or interuptions...

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Occassional significant heart rate increase

for the past 3-4 months I have had 4-5 occasions when my heart rate has increased to the 120,s for 5 to 10 minutes. My  Dr. has recommended adjusting medications, but has provided no particular reason for the increase. I would like to know if this is a common occurrance and reasons if any. Thanks, S. Osborn

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Pacemaker Replacement

Hi:  I'm a new member, and have a question I'd like to ask the group. By way of background, I'm a 78 year old male, was diagnosed with AFib in 2013 and had a pacemaker implanted at that time for brachycardia. Subsequently, I had two catheter ablations that were unsuccessful, and because of a nasty blood infection after the second one, decided not to have a third. Currently, I have a low EF (40%) and a dilated aortic root (5 cm). Notwithstanding, I feel pretty good and go to t...

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My doc got a big hug today!

I had my first annual device check and checkup with my EP today.  He was thrilled I'm doing so well! And so am I.  I know not everyone has had smooth sailing after PM implant, so I count myself very fortunate.  I struggled for years with disabling AFIB/Aflutter, and I know my EP was disappointed he couldn't cure me and had to resort to, well -- the last resort:  an AV node ablation and a PM 100% paced.  I cannot feel the AFIB anymore and have gotten my life ba...

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should i let others know

Am going to have a party and am wondering. if I  should send an email.    Advising all if they plan to hug me.  To make sure nothing magnetic, car keys or cell phone in their breast pocket.   Just to be on the safe side.

 As had an experience with my cell phone in magnetic case attached to my belt on the right side.  Where i  bent  crossways and made contact.  Got so dizzy thought i would pass out.  Did it twice, now have...

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wondering about pacemaker moving

The other night had wondered how the pacemaker is attached under the skin?  To keep it from moving.

Mary

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Informing DVLA of ICD shock

How do you go about this? I can't find the relevant link on the website - do you have to surrender your license?

I was shocked yesterday, the first time I have received one since implantation 11 months ago. 

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Drainage

Hi, I'm 22 years old and had my first pacemaker inserted on the 17/10/2019 (less than 1 week ago) 

They have put a clear dressing over the surgical site so I'm able to see the wound. I'm not sure if everyone gets the same or not! 

I've noticed some drainage since the day after my surgery that I did assume was normal but what I'm not sure about is the colour.. 

Its milky white right across the incision and a small separate area that is a tad...

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Depressed

As i posted earlier i'm 22 years old and getting a dual chamber  pacemaker for complete Heart block... I'm so depressed 

I'm losing interest in everything...continuously thinking about surgeries and leads ( how replacement of leads is life threatening its like living with the fear of dying) .. I'm trying to be positive by reading the success stories but still in depression..

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From where to get smarwatch?

Greeting to all,

Actually I need help from you guys.

I am looking for a smartwatch for my father because by using this watch I can easily track his heart rate, sleep, activity and overall fitness level.

I saw many on www.reecoupons.com/view/frost-nyc but I am lil bit confused to buy from there or not.

Does anybody have any experience to buy from this specific store? and you guys can suggest me other options also. 

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Relationships, scars and secrets, help!

I’ve had a heart condition all my life however It wasn’t a big part of me, I had cardiologist appointments once a year and nobody even knew about my heart condition (expect family and a few close friends) because I never felt the need or comfort to let it out. When I was 12 my condition worsened and I got my PM and since then it’s been a pretty big impact on my life but still nobody knows about it (including friends) because they never knew about my condition in the first pl...

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Newbe

I'm new to a PM, still can't believe I've really got one!  I had afib and decided to not have an ablation, as I didn't feel anything.  I thought"no problem".  Then I needed a hernia repair and the surgeon wanted a cardio release.  Cardio did a test and didn't like it so recommended a PM.  Got it done and now most everything is way better.  My sleep is the best in a long time.  I don't see the dr for 6 months, so how do...

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First time to get "shock"

Hi, yesterday is the first time for me to get "shock" from my ICD after implanted in Feb 2019. 5 times in a row..

Before i get shock, im was city cycling about 15-20 km using brompton (16 inch wheel). 

Does anyone have same experience with me?

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fluttering more frequent

hi i had my pacemaker fitted 11 years ago i am 51 so still young and quite active , I had pacemaker fitted due to left bundle branch block , I am just getting over  bug which last a week, but unfortunatley i have now have a bit of dizzeness , and fluttering from my pacemaker, when i try to walk up a hill I can feel my pacemaker kicking in , unsure if maybe my battery may need changed although last year they said everything was fine and life in battery .  Anyone else had this when Il...

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BioTronik Edora 8 DR-T

Hello, I got my pacemaker BioTronik Edora DR-T installed about 4 days ago 10/17.  I think they may have some settings messed up.  I have heart block 37yo Male healthy and active.  

Anyway before my resting BPM were 40 - 50 but now post procedure my resting heart rate sits at 80 - 90bpm.  I called the doctor's office and they said the threshold is set to 60bpm.

Also BioTronik uses something called CLS to try and mimic your natural responses to increase...

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Pacemaker/ICD management

I would love to hear of others' experience with the drug flecainide. I began taking it about two months ago and was given a prescription for 100 mg twice a day to supress ventricular tachycardias that began for no apparent reason or trigger. It was almost 15 months to the day of having a pacemaker/ICD implanted for reasons that were later determined to be false (I have posted my story here before).

Flecainide does supress the VTs but brings along a portfolio of side effects tha...

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Medical alert jewellery beneficial?

There was discussion (I think) here recently about medical alert jewellery and efficacy. Unfortunately, I had the chance to test mine yesterday. I was at a restaurant with my wife and 4yo granddaughter. After the meal, just before leaving, I had what the think (still doing tests), a seizure. I remember my wife telling for the manager to call 911 and the next thing the ambulance was pulling into the hospital. One of the EMTs mentioned that my medical alert tag was extremely helpful. It gave th...

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dance music

Tonite for the first time since implant of PM the end of Aug., attended a dance.  Had to leave as i could hear and feel the thumping of the base in my chest.  Is this  normal ?

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