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Anxiety - Still struggling

Still struggling, 3 full days now with anxiety and high blood pressure about 155/85 sometimes a little higher heart rate is OK at 65. Cardiologist yesterday said everything is OK but I just can't shake this. it's been 6 months since PM after 3rd degree heart block and about six weeks since the anxiety and depression went away... Still taking Zoloft and I took a Xanax (12.5 mg - 1/2 pill)to try to reduce the anxiety.

The Xanax worked for about 4 hours, "oh what a rel...

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Broken wire left in heart after lead extraction- why am I breathless?

I have had lead replacement (2 replaced), one lead snapped (redundant failed lead from 25 years ago)and left in the heart, end attached with scar tissue, the other end floating. I am having breathlessness with significant huffing and puffing with exertion- (like before I had my 1st pacemaker over 25 years ago). 6 weeks post surgery- there is some talk that this fluttering is causing extra etopic beats and will take up to 12 months for heart to grow over the 4 cm strand-- anyone else had...

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Arm still swelling

Still waiting on swelling to go down. Been on blood thinners now going on 4 th day after swelling of left arm from blood clot found a week after pm installed. Any advice from anyone?

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SVT

Just saw my cardiologist this morning. After my PM remote check last month it is showing some SVT during the time I am walking and exercising. He is suggesting I start a low dose of a Beta Blocker to help control them. I am going to wait and see what the next report shows in 2 months.

Can anyone tell me if you are taking a Bata Blocker what side affects do you have and did it help with the SVT?

Thanks, Kay

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Saunas

Week six here doing well. I have a infared sauna, Would the infred source affect the PM?

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Broken leads

Hi, just found this forum.  I was wondering if anyone has had an issue with broken leads?  My son is 7 and will be having surgery for his 3rd set of leads!  They are Medtronic and the cardiologist told me they were the only ones that make these exterior leads.  Is that true?  Something is wrong, why would they keep breaking if not?  

Thanks 

Dave

 

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Having PM put in December 5th...questions

I have a slow heartbeat and will be getting a Pacemaker implanted in a few weeks.  I have been reading these forums for the first time and it has made me a bit skitish.  I realize people usually post things when there are issues but is there anyone that can tell me they feel better and have had minimal side effects since the implantation?  Thanks 

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Questionnaire for all pacemaker patients

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Pacemaker

Hello guys, had a pacemaker installed 10 days ago and had to return to emergency room because of swelling of my left arm from shoulder to hand with a dark red color of entire arm.  I was diagnosed with a blood clot and put on blood thinner for a week. I was told not to worry that this happens offen. Also I'm having dizzy spells when I stand up quickly. Still weak. I guess it just takes time to adjust. My history of 4 heart attacks with only stints is a long going history of 30 years....

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Powerlifter facing a long break?

I'm getting my ICD changed over to a PM in a couple weeks and I recently returned to powerlifting. I had my first ICD put in a couple years ago. I was active during the recovery and returned to fitnes 4-5 months after the implant surgery. After a few months of mild fitness I got into doing bodyweight movements and added heavier weights to my resistance training. At the beginning of this year, I returned to powerlifting and progressively returned to the heavy weights the powerlifters are k...

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A lag during interrogation

Every time I go to my cardiologist he interrogates my PM. Always during this process for a couple of seconds I feel AWFUL like I'm going to pass clean out. He is a FANTASTIC doc but all business so his attitude is generally---you'll survive for a couple of seconds; buck up.

I went last month and this happened and it lasted longer and I REALLY thought I'm either passing out of dying...not sure which. It seemed to last for a very long time but in reality it was probably just a...

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Blood pressure spikes - twice today

I'm 73, had my PM put in on May 30, 2017 and with the exception of two adjustments in July and September and a bout of anxiety and depression which has been gone since the end of September I've fine.  PM is set to 55, a few PVC's now and then.  Resting blood pressure has been averaging 126/74 with 66 BPM.

Today something went wrong.  I was at a store this morning and felt weak, went home and took my blood pressure an it was 151/92 57 BPM at 9:30 AM. ...

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Palpitations

Hi I’m new here, I have a couple of questions, I’ve just had my ICD battery changed on Wednesday not the leads just battery and ever since my change I’ve felt many skipped beats and extra beats I went to pacing clinic they said there’s nothing on there to be concerned about, your getting around about 50 extra beats an hour they said. I said was there any chance leads could be affecting this, they said not really. I’m also on amiodrome and betablockers  I&rsq...

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Ipod Use

I put my ipod on my chest when laying down and listening. Sometimes my radio transmission breaks up. I listen to tuneit radio. Can the ipod or portable radio  on my chest be affecting my pacemaker or vice versa?

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Swelling purplish left forearm 2 months post insertion

Hello from a newbie ..

wonder if anything had an experience similar to mine ..

after a nightmare with the original 3 lead CRT insertion that left me with 2 holes in pericardia / ER visit due to stabbing chest pains/  I had another surgery replacing 2 leads . They accessed my subclavical vein through the previous incision and left with an area that 7 weeks after still looks inflamed with a huge gross scab.  However the main problem is the left forearm that turns purplish...

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Recent recipient

Posting for my 84yo Mum. She has AF, recently not under control. Higher dosages of Xarelto needed to control AF causes her HR to drop to 40, so required PM to allow proper drug treatment of AF. 

Resting HR has been set to 70. She is 2 weeks post implant and complains of heaviness in chest and throat, strong pulsing in head/chest/ torso, and tingling all the way down her left arm. 

Please enlighten me on the various settings that can be adjusted and their purpose? How muc...

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Itchy Surgery Site

Hi there, I got my pacemaker in July after several episodes of my heart stopping, 3rd degree heart block and bradycardia. I initially had several complications and ended up not being able to go back to work for some time, but things have definately improved. Now, as 4 months have gone by, I am wondering if anyone else has had pretty severe itching at the surgery site. It is driving me crazy....

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High Blood Pressure after Pacemaker

Recent Medtronic Advisa DR MRI SureScan 2 months ago; high blood pressure prior to PM 160/88 range mitigated to 130/80 range by 160mg Valsatran+ 25mg Furosemide / now Blood Pressure 190+/105+ mitigated to 160/88+ with increased meds 320 valsartan=40mg Furosemite+ 50mg x3dy Hydralazine. Noted other postings where blood pressure increased after PM.. Had extensive burising and bleeding for 3+ weeks after PM procedure Doc said no problem normal, but friends with PM's said only mild bruiseng g...

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Anyone else here feels weird body sensation in high altitude

i have a pacemaker my DR says ,my heart is in general good health am 35 years of age ..here is my thing ..when i go on vacation to the mountains or high places ..i start feeling weird like my body is not ok...especially if i walk fast or do any simple activity while there ..i feel like my heart speeding up but i feel like lacking air but not because am tired i feel like i cant breath cant catch my breath feels horrible..is it normal? how can i get rid of this sensation..

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Stinging wound.

I'm 6 weeks post op after lead and defib replacement. Woke up yesterday with stinging sensations in my wound that I'd not felt before and it was really pretty painful. Later in the day decided to have a look at said wound and saw something light coloured sticking out ... so I pulled on it and out came a piece of 'dissolvable' suture. And voila, the stinging was gone. I learn something new every day. 

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