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Ablation due to PVCs

I had a ICD/Pacemaker installed 3 yrs ago due to cardiac arrest at 52.  Never determined the cause.  All has been good, but 4 months ago, I started having pvcs.  The 24hr holt monitor says I'm having PVCs 89% of the time.  I fell heart pounding and some dizziness about 40% of the time.  My iwatch is where I found it first occurring and 2 months later on my quarterly pacemaker download it was seen.  With that said, they are considering ablation procedure. &nbs...

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"Jitters" and Shaking after Pacemaker

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I am writing this on behalf of my mother, who recently received her 1st pacemaker at the age of 69 (almost 70 years old).  She had her procedure on July 30th and ever since then, has been experiencing what she calls as internal "jitters" throughout the inside of her body and shaking. 

Until February of this year, my mom was healthy and a "young" 69 year old.  In February, she then started t...

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What are some ways that someone with 3rd degree heart block can lower their resting heart rate without over the top exercise?

So I used to be a frequent runner and worked out a lot until I got sudden 3rd degree block almost 3 months ago now and got an emergency St. Jude pacemaker inserted. 
 

Before all this I had a resting heart rate of about 65. Now it goes as high as about 90. But generally between 78-90s. 
I haven't worked out much except for walking since my treadmill stress test determined that for now I can't really let myself go higher than 170bpm or I'll feel awful...

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Difference between Biotronik Edora/Evity/Enitra ProMRI Pacemakers?

New here - great to find this community. 

I'm scheduled for my first PM end of September.  At Kaiser (Northern CA) they appear to use only a "Biotronic Edora 8" - I'm getting the double lead, "DR-T".

I read the manual (142 pages) - but it's the same manual for what sound like three different models: Edora, Evity, and Enitra. I can't find anything in the manual that distinquishes between these three models. 

Is there any actu...

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Beats per minute after pacemaker change

Hi Guys I'm in the UK had my pacemaker changed on Tuesday , I feel fine although I'm a bit worried as my Heart rate with my new PM is a lot higher than it used to be always 90bpm or just under , was always 60-70bpm befour , the tech said she set the pm the same as befour , has anyone else had a higher rate with a PM change ? Only been a few days since the operation so thought it may be the stress etc , of course if this doesn't change I shall get in touch with hospital , just thou...

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NEWBIE

Introducing myself having had a pacemaker fitted on Thursday last. 79 years old and a lifetime of abusing the body physical from icy wastes, to deserts and jungle climes.  [ex RN and Army - Para trained Commando, Army Diver etc., serving around the world and as a civilan and only came back to the UK to live 2 years ago]   I look forward to perusing posts in this club from you pacemaker wearing old sweats.

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Message for ASully

Dear ASully,

Hopefully you will see this message.  I have received so many private messages from members wanting to know how you are and hoping that you stay safe while you wait for a new heart.  No need to respond but we want you to know that we are thinking about you and wishing you well.  You know where we are if you need any support.  We send you lots of strength while you wait for surgery.  

Gemita and your Pacemaker Club friends

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A fib

I am new to having a pacemaker.  I am 80 years old and had 3rd degree heart block ..so received a pacemaker on June 21, 2021.  I walk a couple miles a day and remain pretty active.  I feel good.  The ep doc set my pacemaker at 80 and just had it set at 70 and on Sept. 14 they will set it to 60.  
the other day I noticed a few skipped beats... it only lasted about 5 min.  I'm wondering if this is anything to worry about.  

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rogaine / minoxidil hair growth products side affects

Curious if folks have had any side affects from use of minoxidil or with products where minoxidil is the main indegient. I have read several stories that it causes a host of heart related issues (including tachycardia). i myself experienced a new VT and then only thing different in my life was use of minoxidil for the past 4 months.

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unnerving

Im a little embarrassed about my question. I need to recieve my covid shot but heard some unsettling news about it causing arrhythmias and so forth. I should of done this a while ago, shame on me,  but i was nervous. What company woud you reccomend: phizer or moderna?  Thanks  .

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PVC's, arrythmia. asthma

Hi all, its been a while since I posted and asked for advice or opinions.After 3 years of being fantasticly healthy, I have succumbed to a period of PVC's, erratic heart rate and the dreaded asthma symptons.Mt fitness regime is out the backdoor and no bagpipe playing.I am not sure where I went wrong possibly too much snow shoeing and biking in cold weather that caused the asthma spike.Its day 4 which I realise isnt alot of days passed but for me seems like an enternity.

I have...

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CRT D rookie.

Just Recieved a CRT D unit August 11th.

I have been informed that the Right Ventricle lead needs to be moved a bit.  Is this as major a proceedure as I just went through?

Kindest Regards

Emerson

 

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Pacemaker interference ??

I have a biotronik pacemaker and wonder if anyone knows if I can sleep in a caravan with the 2 large lithium batteries and power inverters etc that are under the bed?

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iPad Pro/IPad Air

  I know there are a lot of smart ppl on here and I am hoping someone can help me. I got a new IPad Pro 6 months ago and noticed no effects from the magnets involved with the device or the case at all. Then I got a new IPad Air a week ago and when I use it I feel light headed. I have an iPhone 12 Pro phone and that has never effected me. 
  I want to try to make the IPad Air work, does anyone know of a company that makes good IPad Air cases that do not have magne...

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How much dieting is too much dieting?

I am wondering what everyone thinks about dieting. I know, I know, I shoulld be asking my doctor. We did discuss this a year or so ago, and I was given the standard heart-healthy diet, which was OK. Limiting sodium & fat was not difficult for me, and I became a label-reader & (for a while) kept a daily tab. I lost about 15 lbs in the first few months, then hit a plareau & stuck there. I'll admit, that I got discouraged & stopped being as diligent as I should have been &...

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Currently in hospital - Sudden case of Slow VT ?

Hi all i have had a PaceMaker for 20+ years and was recently diagnoised with ARVC (acute right ventrical cardiomyopathy) - As fellow PM's know, i felt that my heart was not acting normally as i felt that it was racing for small bursts. i contaced the device care team after a transmission and asked them if they noticed anything during those specific times . they confirmed they did notice a fast HR but nothing being reported as abnormal by the PM.

Long story short i went to my El...

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ICD vs. Pacemaker

On my second ICD as the battery was about to expire.. Have noticed a few posts here where considering changing out Pacemaker for an ICD. I have to wonder why not get an ICD to start with.....since they also have pacing feature? Both treat similar arrhythmia issues which got us here to start with. Seems this would be preferred as you might be better protected and save the need to switch. Sure there must be a good reason and I would be curious to know..

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Ventricular. Tachycardia/ ICD restrictions

Last Saturday I hand washed my car, eat a pizza, took a hot shower and I went to a birthday party. Before leaving for the birthday party I took Flecainide and my blood thinner. While driving I noticed on my Fitbit my heart rate was evaluated to 169bpm. I didn't become concern do to I'm in Afib and my cardiologist assistant stated my Fitbit would not get a good reading because of the Afib. The following Monday morning I received a call from my doctor office stating they recei...

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Possible future pacemakers and internally produced indefinite energy from a mechanical harvester.

Get a load of the article I've linked to below.

I know I initially questioned why my pacemaker doesn't have a rechargeable battery, and of course the answer comes back with references to medical advancements, and hoped for or assumed better reasons for the reimplantation than the new battery alone. That's a valid point, but in the case of a given PM being fully functional, serving all my technical needs, as well as allowing me to pursue the preferred...

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ERI - No Surgeries Because of Covid

Hi Everyone - I am a 72 year old woman who has had a Medtronic Pacemaker for 12 and 1/2 years (for Bradychardia - sick sinus syndrome.) I went into ERI on August 5 and feel just horrible. Extreme fatigue, constant fluttering heartbeat, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure. Problem is: I live in a small town in Southern Oregon and all of our hospitals have shut down surgeries because they are short- staffed, and have no room - over-flowing with Covid patients....

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Your device makes you win at the slot machines.

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I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.