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Complete heart block to now having a ventricular escape rhythm

I have a damaged heart resulting from radiation therapy directed on my chest for Non Hodgkin Lymphoma in 1995. In December 2018, I passed out a few times and they discovered a complete heart block because sometimes there was no signal going to my AV node. 

At first I was paced perhaps 70-80% of the time but then over time it was 100% ventricular pacing. However, I have been continually going to the EP to get my PM adjusted so that I can get back to my running/cycling, etc. and...

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Newbie

Hi.  I just had my PM surgery on Monday.  One of my leads dislodged and He had to go back in and redo it the next day.  I'm so glad that i found this site especially since this is all new to me.  I was having issues of fainting and then one eay my heart rate dropped into the 40's and wouldn't rise but very little ( unless i did something strenuous like vacuuming).  I went to the ER and they ended up sending me home.  But the next day i received a...

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CRT success rate

Thank you Gemita and Sandoval!

My echocardiogram was done a week ago and I asked what my ejection fraction was and I have to wait to speak to the consultant. I would like to know my previous ejection fraction so I will find out and let you know.Fingers crossed!

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CRT success rate

I have been told that the CRT success rate is much higher around 70%z I had one implanted in May and I feel well. I had an echocardiogram recently and the sonographer said my heart was pumping well.

I wish you success!

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CRT success rate

I've been put on a waiting list for a CRT-D  at Hammersmith hospital . No idea time frame so guessing after Xmas , maybe summer if Covid gets going again.

My question is , now that I'm reading up on it, apparently there is only a 60% - 70% success rate so what happens to the other 30% - 40% ? Is the CRT-D taken out ? I'm not expecting a pre op talk because I didn't get one before my ablation.

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Should I install a PM?

Hi, I'm 43 years old, I have a type 3 heart block, what they call a "complete heart block". This was discovered around 14 years ago and a PM was suggested at the time. I currently do not have a PM.

They've also found that I have a bigger than normal heart (cardiomegaly?). I have a higher than normal ferritin (iron) level - around 300-400, and one time a doctor did a venesection (taking blood out in order to reduce the iron level) he commented that my blood is a lo...

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Mobitz Type 2 heart block.

Can you go from Mobitz type 2 heart block to 3rd degree even though you have a pacemaker?  

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Flu shot

Do most of you get a flu shot .....I do not but thinking of getting one this year

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Pacemaker Rights

What are my pacemaker rights ! I have a living will that states no machines or resuscitation. Will a doctor turn off my pacemaker to die in peace ? 

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Can pacemaker see everything?

Hello have a Azure XT DR MIR Medtronics I have a few questions about the app and pacemaker it self, I was wondering if it can see every think your heart dose, like the Rhythm and beats, almost like a recorder? And if it would show abnormal beats and stuff because I'm taking a low dose of calcium channel blocker's, I know. Can cause av block but since I have a pacer would that affect me still? Because I have been noticing laying a strange pause or skip beat that Almost feels like...

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Medicine

Does anyone who has mitral valve regurgitation take medicine for it ?

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Heart Block and Pacemaker

Hello all!  I recently found this place and this is my first post.  I had some questions and thought you all might be able to point me in the right direction.

TLDR - Will a PM make a big difference in my 3rd degree heart block?

I am a 43M, I was diagnosed with 3rd degree congenital heart block at age 36.  This is after spending 4 years in the USMC infantry, doc could not believe I was accepted to military service, or that I kept up.  I wore a holter for 72...

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Kardio Mobile App reportedly not accurate if you have a PM.

I am awaiting implantation of  PM in a few weeks. I've monitored AFib for several years with a Kardia Mobile App. I recently spoke with Customer Service and they told me I cannot do so after implantation. It does  not interfere with the PM, but rather they found it is not accurate and was not approved for use. If you Google Kardia App and PM, there are several articles about this 

Does anyone know a monitor that does work with PM? I'm hoping the Fitbit Sense does...

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Home EKG monitors

Does anyone use one and have a pacemaker,  my heart is totaly dependent on it, But am noticing more episodes of AFIB with symptoms, most times I can't tell.   I was thinking of getting one.  Any thoughts?

 

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Feeling Down

Until March 2020 I was an active 59 year old with no health issues. August 3, 2020 I ended up with a CRT-D. 7 months of not being allowed to go anywhere & very limited at what I could do at home.  I am wondering how you all deal with feeling down or depression? And a new "normal"? My mind wants to do a lot my body is slow to follow & gets tired. This week I did start working out with my trainer, which is mostly strength training.  Thank you!

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Pacemaker

Has anyone else been told they have mitral valve regurgitation ? Mine showed up on a echocardiogram said it was mild to moderate and quite common 

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New to PM Question

I have had the PM (2 in 1) device for 3 weeks. Is a "pinching" sensation normal by the implant?

Thank you

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holidays abroad still take monitor with me

just wondered if after all of this covid 19 palava is done and dusted, if i was to go abroad for a holiday would i have to pack my bed side monitor with me,it came with its own wifi dongle but im lead to believe it is a uk based provider, im eager to find out if i would ahve to take it with me or not. has anyone had issues like this ?

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New Pacemaker

I received my pacemaker, Edora 8 DR-T, September 11, 2020. It's been one month. I've read and been told most people can tell an immediate difference. I have bradycardia and afib. My resting heart rate was 43 and is 63 now. 
I just had my first checkup 12 days ago and my doctor made an adjustment. I still do not feel any better. I am fatigued and stay sleepy all the time. How long before most people see improvement? Thanks. 

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Feeling Tired Due to CRT-D pacemaker implant

Had CRT-D implanted on September 22.  The first week felt fine (better than before implant).  Last 2 weeks have felt extemely tired, felt nauseous a few times, can't do my exercises, pretty much lathargic all the time except when sitting or sleepting.  67 year old male in good health untill all of this.  Also take Amiodarine might have something to due with it.  Thanks in advance

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Since I got my pacemaker, I don't pass out anymore! That's a blessing in itself.