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Hi, I just had a PM put in a week ago today for Complete Heart Block 3rd degree AV. I’m using my vacation time now while I await my cardiologist visit and find out my work restrictions/limitations.

I work at a moving company, as a mover, so I’m used to carrying/lifting/moving heavy and awkward furniture/pieces. I’m basically taking this as a sign to get a different job, less labor intensive. I’m 40. Just started looking for jobs within my local hospital.

Has anyone here had to alter their job/career to find something more conducive to living with a pacemaker?



by AgentX86 - 2021-04-16 14:43:39

I can't see why a pacemaker would force you to change jobs.  You'll be restricted to how much you can lift for a month or so or maybe a little longer based on the rigors of your current job.  You should be able to get back to 100% in a very short time.  However, I can see how this is motivation to change much of you life(style). In short, there is very little we can't do.  Lifting isn't one of them.

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by PastorMcMaliburton - 2021-04-16 15:26:54

Ok, thanks for replying. I don’t see it as a sustainable profession with my current condition. Not going back to it. Was wondering if others did the same.


by Persephone - 2021-04-16 16:20:57

Hi PastorMc - similar diagnosis here, but a bit older and not engaged in a physical job such as yours.  I just want to point out that I had significant issues with carrying heavy items over a distance - after the post-implant restrictions were lifted, of course - until I had setting adjustments that helped my PM respond more quickly to my needs.  Since then it's been pretty much no holds barred; in other words, I can do what I want / need to do.  You're very early in the recovery period ... perhaps give yourself some time to see how you feel as you heal and recover.


by Tracey_E - 2021-04-16 16:35:06

If you don't want to go back to it, then don't go back to it, but once you heal you could. The list of careers we can't do is very short. ARC welding is out, working in a power plant is not a good idea, there are some industial settings where magnets could be a problem. 

Third degree block is basically fixed with a pacer. If that's the only thing wrong, once you get past 6-8 weeks, just about anything goes. 

Different situation, same questions (maybe)

by TLee - 2021-04-16 19:42:36

I love that we can come here & find encouragement and reassurance as in the comments above. I am 3 months out from receiving my pacemaker, and I have found the positive influence very helpful.

I do understand that there is uncertainty and even fear when we are new to this. Will my life get back to normal? Can I cause damage to the device (or to my heart)? Did it help or not? I still have questions yet to be answered. For example, I find that I am not able to be as active physically as I would like (I have an entirely different diagnosis, having arrythmia that is not addressed by the pacemaker but by medication to slow my heart rate--the pacemaker keeps the rate from becoming too slow). I try to stay active, but it seems that I sometimes push my limits & end up feeling not-so-good.

As these wise folks here have said, adjustments to medication and/or to the pacemeker, plus plain old time & healing, will help things get better & better. Make the decision that you feel is right for you, but don't base it on fear. Good luck & good health (eventually!)     

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by dwelch - 2021-04-17 12:24:08

I have not but it is possible.  I know for me when I carry moving boxes and such around the corners tend to hit the pacer, not sure how you do it maybe you use a pad.

There are jobs yes, working in the power industry, near power lines, transformers, generators, etc.

Welding is one as well.  

Short term they will want you not to be lifting, but that is short term, unfortunately that is your job to lift and carry...After that from a pacemaker perspective you should be able to keep doing that job no problem.  


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by PastorMcMaliburton - 2021-04-17 14:24:11

Like I said, I don’t have to go back to this job and won’t be. It’s not just lifting and carrying boxes and placing them on a dolly. It’s not uncommon to move industrial gym equipment, 400 lb armoires, 300 lb mechanical sofas, things that I don’t really carry upstairs, but they carry me upstairs while I’m pinned below them. I get a lot of bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes on everyday jobs. As stated, I’m not doing it anymore. I already setup a profile at my local hospital and have applied for a few jobs in the network.


by AgentX86 - 2021-04-17 19:12:32

I undersand not wanting to continue in that job.  I'm certainly too old for such nonsense (I've always hated moving) but don't think that you have to baby yourself.

BTW, could you come over to my place?  I'll have a 500lb. jointer I'll need to get into the basement soon.  I got a 450lb. bandsaw and a lathe (similar weight) into the basment by myself but a jointer is top-heavy and may be a little harder.  ;-)

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by PastorMcMaliburton - 2021-04-19 09:59:21

These comments aren’t helpful and reinforces my view of people with pacemakers... Out of touch boomers, great. Guess I’m in the club.


by AgentX86 - 2021-04-19 16:52:39

Subject says it all.

You are a tool

by PastorMcMaliburton - 2021-04-20 22:35:50

I said I’m done with my job and moving. Your response, quit babying yourself and hey, could you come to my place and move some 400-500 things? Like I said, super unhelpful and super condescending. Please stop commenting.

Babying yourself

by AgentX86 - 2021-04-20 23:03:11

I did NOT say that you were baybing yourself.  I said that you don't need to.  There is a big difference.  You could do the work but I understand that you don't want to anymore.  It has nothing to do with your pacemaker though.

Oh, nevermind.  Your mind is made up.  OK, I'm just an out of touch boomers (I'm only one person, BTW).  <sheesh>

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You participate in the Pacer Olympics.

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