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Whooshes, Hearing Your Heart Beats and Arrhythmias

This topic came about in response to New To Pace's question about the need to monitor one's heart rate, since the subject seems to come up so frequently on the forum. The link to this thread is below:

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/41184/was-wondering-the-need-to-keep-checking-ones-heart-rate

I responded, as did a couple other folks, that unless there's a medical need to monitor the heart beat, or to possibly meet a target heart rate during exercise, it really i...

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stress test reults

Just heard back from the Cardiolgist's nurse.  That the medically induced stress test showed that i am "low risk for coronary disease". 

Will have an in-office  pacemaker check in mid August will tell her how the heart is beating.

new to pace

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ICD discharge

Here I am back again.  It's been a while but my ICD discharged on me again on 7/19/21.  I'm feeling that PTSD again, every time my heart flutters, is it going to go off again.  I thought after the shock storm in Sept 2018 I thought a single discharge wouldn't affect me this much, but it has.  And the doctors are no help.  The electrophysiologist increased my Amiodarone with the comment "We can't have this keep going off like this".  Obvi...

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Question: does anybody here have a single chamber PM with a right ventricular lead?

Someone I know in Canada was recently implanted with a single chamber Medtronic PM (Astra™ XT SR MRI SureScan™ X2SR01 MR Conditional single chamber pacemaker) with a right ventricular lead. I think he is in persistent AFIB.

Looking through the Medtronic website it appears that this particular model is not available in the US.

If someone on here has a similar single lead Medtronic PM, I'd love to learn about your experience with it and specifically with re...

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whooshes

I had wondered about those whooshes, i could get them very occasionaly mostly when sitting in front of the computer.  Feels like a pool of blood rushing in my head just a few sceonds .  When i was at the Vascular Dr. the other day asked him.  He said hypertenion might be the cause.

I also would get gas balls that made me feel like the end was near.  Now i take a couple of Beano's before and after i eat.  That seems to have been working for me.

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Any suggestions or ideas?

Hello everyone! 

Lately I've had some good days and some bad days. What remains the common denominator is my legs AND when I lie down quickly on my back. Let me explain. Imagine taking an antibacterial wipe, putting it on the floor, and using your feet to scrub the kitchen floor with it. Every time I do the exact same thing I feel horrible after for over an hour. My chest feels like its not getting enough oxygen. I can't explain it. I breathe fine but its just not...

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Swimming with Boston Scientific

After breaking a lead earlier this year, my Medtronic unit was replaced with a Boston Scientific.  I am a lifelong swimmer and the hope was that the new unit would work better for me since it has the minute ventialtion sensor as well as an accelerometer.  So far it is working better for things like cycling and hiking but it is not working well in the pool.  I feel like I've seen a posting on this forum by a gentleman in Australia who is about my age who had set a national r...

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Very concerned...

I had my Pacemaker installed last Saturday..  Last night I went tothe emergency room because my left arm andleft hand had swollen up... They done a Cat Scan, drew blood and checked forblood clots.. All checked out normal... My blood pressure and heart rate was good also.... The selling went down and they released me.... This morning I woke up and my hand was swollen again... I called the doctors office who installed the Pacemaker, it's Saturday, they are closed...  so I called t...

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was wondering the need to keep checking one's heart rate

Have been reading many of the posts, where it is often mentioned what type of measuring device should be testing one's heart rate.  Am wondering what the need is for this? and Why?

new to pace

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Swelling after insertion

Hi all! Well I had my third lead placed and device upgraded. UPGRADE DUAL PM TO CRT-P (Left). The procedure went pretty well but I have a good deal of swelling under or around the device.I have been on warfarin therapy for decades for valve replacement surgery and I imagine it is a hematoma. I saw my surgeons nurse who looked at it and was not overly concerned. I need to keep an eye on it for troublesome changes or signs of infection of course. The surgeon said it will take 3 weeks...

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Pacemaker

I have a Pacemaker Model W3dr01/5076-52  Implanted Nov 2020

I have heard that heart monitor wrist watches can interfere with a Pacemaker.

Can anyone advise me if this is so. My thanks in anticipation of your answer Regards Bazz

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stress test after pain

Noticed yesterday after taking off the wrap where the needle was inserted was sore.  This morning noticed still sore and swollen.  On right arm near the elbow.  Today 7/28,2021 noticed the bruise is now just a u shaped  mark around the outer rim of the bruise.

Of course with all that caffeine yesterday hard time  falling asleep.  Not used to drinking caffinated products.

  Did not add to previous comment as thought you might not read it. If...

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stress test taken

 Just a brief update took stress test this morning, was told should hear back  from the dr. in about a week  with the results.   Hard parts for me was keeping my arms above my head for the first look and see for 13 minutes and the second  for 10 minutes.  After they put the radioactive chemical in my arm had to drink something with caffeine in. Decided  on green tea.  As i do not drink anything with caffeine.    Then home to fin...

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Back Pack Sprayer

I live/work on a ranch and need to do a lot of spraying.  Tired of carrying around a 2 gallon pump up sprayer.  Was thinking about getting a battery powered back pack sprayer since it's easier to distribute the weight across your shoulders/back.  The boss (my lovely bride) says whoa you can't do that it will mess with your pacemaker.

Can't see that it would but wanted to bounce it off folks that have had there pacemakers longer than I have.

They are basi...

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Running with dual lead PM

I just got implanted with a dual lead PM from Medtronic (Azure XT DR). The reason for the PM is that I have a heart block and my AV node was not working.

The doctors told me that once I get this dual lead PM, I will be naturally paced by the SA node (our natural pacemaker)...meaning once the SA node fires, the PM detects that event and performs the function of the AV node by sending sending the signal to my heart's ventricles.

My question - is there a possibility that the PM w...

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Heart rate not increasing when exercising

Hello, I've been doing great, except, over the past week I've noticed that whenever I ride my bike, my heart rate rarely goes over 140 bpm even when I'm pushing hard & I fatigue much quicker(normal would be 160 - 180, I am 26, and have been riding for years).  I am on metoprolol 12.5mg once a day, I usually take it at night & with that dose, I still could reach the normal heart rates. I have a pacemaker/icd which is well looked after. Should I be concerned?...

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Heart rate

Just wondering what most people have their heart rate set at after getting the pacemaker and why they start out at 80 and eventually go to 60.

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tachycardia from palpitations

I am 5 weeks post-implant for complete nerve bliock and was doing well until a week ago when I started experiencing intermittent rapid heart rates (138 -145) with chest and throat discomfort while bending over and intermittently when walking. I have slowed my pace of walking this week but that does not seem to help.

My resting heart rate has dropped since the procedure and is now at 59 (it was as high as 72).

i am feeling fluttering palpitations and wondered if...

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Scuba Diving / Sky Diving?

Hello Everyone,

Does anyone have any information regarding scuba diving or sky diving with a pacemaker? 
 

 

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Getting it out

Hi, I'm not looking to start a debate or anything, but I was wondering if legally I could request my device to be removed. I don't want it anymore. Would a doctor honour that?

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