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Anxiety

Hello to All, 

I received my pacemaker in July 2019 due to sick sinus syndrome, however  I have had 2  heart attacks and has 20, 30,  40 percent blockages. I also have leaking mitral and tricuspid valves. 

I am 56 years and lives alone. Since the past week I noticed I have been getting nervous and anxious especially at night regarding my mortality.  I do take medication for anxiety which only happens when I am driving (been taking it for years, not re...

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Shortness of breath and sweating

Hello this group has answered many questions I've had after getting a pacemaker. For about 2 months now I've been going back and forth to my cardiologist because I had ablation back in October and have gone back in to afib. My cardiologist suggested to shock my heart to maybe get me out of afib. Two days later the afib was back. My cardiologist tried speeding up my PM during a visit maybe to get me out of afib. It didn't work. All I got from that was a sharp pain in...

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Pacemaker and C-pap mask with magnetic clips.

Is anyone with a pacemaker using a C-pap mask with magnetic clips? Is there any danger? Thanks for sharing any relevant information. 

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Milrinone is working so far…

Wanted to update everyone:

My blood pressure has stabilized in fact in a normal person it might be considered slightly high, this is great no more dizzy spells from low bp.  Unfortunately they had to stop all my other meds (except switched me to turosemide from furosemide in hopes to get my edema under control...it's not gone but better).  Dropping the meds meant stopping the ivabradine which was keeping me in the high 90s as of late for RHR but now without it im back betw...

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Electrocautery and pacemaker

I just did a search on this site on the subject above. Response was there are “no matches” on this site.

Has anyone had personal experience with a pacemaker and use of electrosurgery during a surgical procedure ? I’d like to know

1.) Did you have to get a device check beforehand ?

2.) What was done to your PM during the surgery, if anything.

3.) My surgeon said my cardiologist/EP would be asked to clear me in advance and possibly be present in the ope...

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Rate Response

Does anyone else have problems with the rate response setting on their device?  I had to have it switched off on my previous dual chamber pacemaker and now also on my latest CRT D upgrade.  I am 100% paced and it is set at 80.  No matter what the device team did to try and rectify it, if I merely bent down to pick something up from the floor, my rate would soar in seconds to 150.    So I have to have it off, but it means that my rate stays at 80 and I am puffed out do...

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Ultrasound Cavitation

Hi all,

I was wondering if someone has been on an Ultrasound Cavitation, so can share their experience. 

I am planning to undergo this procedure, but having a pacemaker is a contraindication. 

I have asked the technition who is doing the procedure, and she told me that since I am planning to do my legs on the back side and my buttocks, there will be no affection on the pacemaker's work, because it is not near it. 

What do you think?

Thanks a lo...

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Pacemaker App Research

Hey everyone, 

I'm a 24-year-old product designer based in the UK. I've had a pacemaker in my abdomen for 11 years. My first battery change is coming next month, I've been thinking about the new leaps forward in technology (regarding mobile phones, smart devices, and laptops, etc) but there have been little if any advancements in pacemakers.

I have decided to start a side project integrating pacemaker features into a mobile app s...

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Bumps in heart rate on HRM associated with PVCs?

I recenty had my pacer reset to allow me to reach a higher maximum HR and subsequently purchased a new Garmin HRM-dual chest strap monitor, thanks to crustyg's recommendation to use a chest strap (EKG)monitor instead of an optical sensor (Wahoo) worn on my arm.  All seemed to go well; HR measured with the Garmin matched carotid pulse while sitting at rest (HR ca 60 bpm).  But every now and then the HR reading on the Garmin would vanish.  I was pretty bummed, but t...

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Passing out / fainting

Im 51 male , diagnosed with electrical problem with my heart.

Ejection fraction is just over 40 , resting heart rate 45 , inlarged heart , left nerve block damage ..

Im very active , was a heavy vehicle diesel mechanic and competed in kickboxing , muay thai , martial arts for 30 years.

Im on the fence weather to get a PM installed.

I have had 2 cardiac professors give me 2 different opinions. 

One said you need a PM the other you dont.

Vasalvagal is my...

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Does RV pacing interfere with chest-strap Heart Rate Monitors

I have a dual chamber St Jude pacer and have been using a Garmin chest-strap heart rate monitor.  I seem to be getting odd measurments of my heart rate (like a precipitous drop in heart rate) when I'm getting paced (at high heart rates).  Is it possible for ventricular pacing to interfere with heart rates measured by chest strap heart rate monitors?

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good, bad and ugly

Hello everyone, i saw my EP the other day and reduced my medication and eliminated another. I was on flaccinide 2x a day and metropopol at 12.5 1x a day along with elliquis. Well, the last couple of years the test have shown ive had no irregular arrythmias but occasional pvc most likely from my anxiety. He decided flaccinide once a day with the small amount of metropopol will be fine. Heart rate at around 61 at rest and blood pressure 120/70. I still have bouts of anxiety that im working on s...

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Abbott/St Jude RECALL

Does anyone have any further info on this Pacemaker recall?

FDA Recalls 60,000 Abbott Pacemakers Due to Defect (aarp.org) The 61,973 Scalable Bradycardia Platform (SBP) pacemakers were sold under the Assurity and Endurity model names between April 29, 2015, and Feb. 20, 2019. The implantable pacemakers detect when the heart is beating too slowly and send a signal to the heart to make it beat at the correct pace. The pacemaker manufacturer was formerly known as St. Jude Me...

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Chest Pain after exercise

Hello,

I am 26 years old, have had my icd/pacemaker for 4 years, besides a few episodes of svt, I've been doing great. However, last week I noticed that I would get quite intense left-sided chest pain. The pain only comes after exercise, never during, it feels dull/pressure-like. I know that chest pain can be caused by anything from an actual heart attack to overused muscles. Should I call my doctor, or do nothing as I am young and otherwise healthy? Thank you in adva...

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Flights after PM

Hello to all! Maybe someone can help me...l have my fist PM check up at the end of June but for summer holidays l was wondering how many weeks after the implant ( I had a dual chamber PM implanted last 30th of April) you can take an airplane and how many hours you can effectively flight. I read that it is not safe for the leads to flight too close to the date of implant...it's true? You had some experience? I forgot to ask my doct....thanks in advance for any...

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Update now that I can type!

Meds got sorted yesterday.  At midnight Friday after I had what little pain meds they could give me in my system I sent an email off to my "contact". Honestly I was hurting so much I don't remember what I said but I know I just asked for him to check in with me ASAP and that I had a little trouble following a procedure at the cath lab.  I didn't give any deets about the medicine thing etc to him, figured better to explain in person.  However I did complain to...

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camping generators

Hi all...I am just wondering about using a small (2000W) camping generator and how the use of may effect my 3 lead pacemaker...if at all...experiences or knowledge anyone..?

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medtronic surescan PM help

just two weeks ago I had my pm inserted, today I accidentally put my arm over my head.  It didnt hurt but now I am panicking that I may have pulled out my leads?

Help!

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Rate Response

I just wanted to thank everyone for their response to my questions or concerns, when my heart rate response setting seem to have just quit working.    I did my normal routine the following day with the same results.  Sent in a transmission and since I increased my heart rate over my limits of 135 -145 I was most likely skipping beats..   They are going to increase my settings.   Again thank everyone that responded.   Michelle

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Sorry all for spamming you! Update on the update!

So procedure got moved to 3pm, I hate being the last of the day (don't they know I'm starving here!).  Aaaand the bad news is they want to put it subpectoral in my shoulder, and leave me crt-p in due to increased risk of infection if they take it out (risk of infection being 3percent but I am pretty sure it's about the same for the new one they are putting in anyways.  I think they think "well it's coming out hopefully this year she can deal" what they don&...

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But I think it will make me feel a lot better. My stamina to walk is already better, even right after surgery. They had me walk all around the floor before they would release me. I did so without being exhausted and winded the way I had been.