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New to Pacemakers

Hi everyone!

I am a new patient recently diagnosed with Bradycardia and referred for a Pacemaker. I can't get in for an Echo until February and after that the doctors determine when they will see me and that probably won't be until March.

Meanwhile I do my best to cope with waking up 3 or 4 times a night with difficulty breathing. On my Holter test I had episodes where my heart would stop for 3-6 beats with a heart rate down to 30.

I assume this is not that dramatic...

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Research Project for University of Bristol

Dear all, 

I am a student at the University of Bristol in my final year studying Geography. For my final year dissertation due by the end of March i have picked the topic: "How is the ‘natural’ human influenced by the cybernetic enhancement of the pacemaker?". 

For this research project, i require a first hand experience from individuals like yourselves who have had pacemakers inserted. The only requirement is one must have had the pacemaker fo...

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heart palpitations

Hi folks, i have these palpitations that i feel at times. It comes and goes. ive had my pacemaker for over a year and half. the first 5 months after i recieved my PM i really never fely my heart palpitate. Until i had my first anxiety attack and from that point on i can feel these palpitations. My primary care said i have generalized anxiety and put me on 10mg of lexapro to see if that helps. It helped somewhat but i feel these palpitations and i really hate this sensation. Im seeing a n...

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PM and Magnetic Fields in RV or Camper Van

I have read the manual for my Boston Sci PM and am acquainted with the cautions and distances recommended.  But some things aren't addressed.

We have an RV that we use from time to time but want to downsize to a Class B camper van.  After a lot of online research we are finding that most vans (and some RVs) have the battery bank under the bed(s).  

Using an EF/RF/EMF meter in our RV I discovered that the only time the meter registered a magnetic field ...

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Mom's New PM

So glad I found the "club" and have seen some great info here.  My Mom is 85 and has always had a heart rate in the 40's without issues.  She started having some AFIB so when her heart rate would go up to around 100, she would feel it and get shortness of breath.  she was also having some pauses with the AFIB and her heart rate would dip into the 30's and she would feel lightheaded.  She was in and out of the hospital many times before they finally decide...

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Pacemaker

I'm trying to decide if I should go ahead and get a pacemaker installed.

I am a 72-year-old guy with a history of bradycardia. Cardiologist is recommending a pacemaker. Would be nice to hear from other pacemaker patients.

BPM is usually about 35 to 45. I do exercise almost every day, heartbeat gets up to about 50, and I feel really good at that heartbeat rate.

Cardiologist has shared that a pacemaker would be set At 60 BPM. I'm wondering if anyone out there would be...

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Seeing a Neurologist?

Hello all 

I have a question since I had my pacemaker for almost 3months and I feel weird sensations from the pacemaker around my chest area like poking my EP said it's normal but now I'm feeling like I'm being stung at my shoulder and arm and it hurts it stays for few seconds and go and there was a headache over my left eye as well so my question is should I see a Neurologist ? Since I read from some comments that it might be because of touching nerves while...

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Swollen Ankles and Feet

Hi, recently joined after having a Medtronic Azure pacemaker implanted on 12/14/2020. My bio tells the story, but briefly I had gone into the hospital for an ablation procedure but during observation after the procedure my heart rate dropped to 35 or below and stayed there. It was then decided to implant a placemaker. Previously, I had Bradycardia and a PVC that occurred about 30% of the heartbeats. I feel better now, no symptoms of dizziness or light headiness that were occurring before the...

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27 Y.O. with 2nd Degree AV Block Type 1

Hi, all. 

In early 2020 I was diagnosed with a 2nd degree AV block Type 1 after wearing a 48 hour holtor monitor that recorded two drops close to each other one of the two nights it was recorded. 

However, I think during the time it was recording my husband and I were having an argument (around 11 p.m. when the beats were dropped). I was wondering if the stress caused by an argument could have caused this to happen and it was a one time situation and not enough to truly...

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Happy New year

Happy New year to all 

Thank you to all who helped me through a difficult year. 

Here's to a healthy 2021 

God bless all

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Pacemaker placement

I'm wondering if a pacemaker can ever be placed to far to the side? Every time I raise my arm straight out and up or reach across my chest such as when trying to put my hearing aids in or when I try to do anything like applying mascara or other eye makeup.It feels as if the pacemaker gets caught up or bound with my shoulder and it seems extremely close to my arm pit. It's also still painful with pain that I can't pinpoint after a month and it reminds me of the same pain I had afte...

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Electrical changing jobs

has anyone ever quit whatever job and decided to become a electrician with zero exeprience

and if so who in the world would hire people like us.and how might i get the training or even get paid again with zero experience.

 

thanks guys

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Chest pain

Pacemaker fitted 10/11/20 pacemaker is apparently working fine, I have chest pain akin to having swallowed something too big also the sighting of the wires is uncomfortable, feeling like something is a bit sharp, anyone else have these symptoms?

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Vaccine

Hello,

 

Happy Holidays!

Wondering if anyone has spoken to their cardiologist yet about the vaccine.  I realize everyone's case is different, but wondering if there is a general consensus.

Kristin

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I got a new toy

Hello everyone,

You may have read my recent post in which I said that the Energizer Bunny had died. On December 21, after 10 years, I got a new pacemaker. Two days later, I received a box from Medtronic. It contained one of those SmartLink remote monitoring devices. I had a few things on my mind, and I just put it under the Christmas tree.

Naturally, I opened the box on the 25th and set the whole thing up.

I AM IMPRESSED. Things have certainly evolved...

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Irritating leads

Hello I have a question 

I feel that my leads are irritating my chest bones the lowest bone part at the heart area when I sleep on my side sometimes I feel like the leads are moving on that bone and it feels like cracking a finger is that normal?

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Pacemaker Listed as Bluetooth Device on Computer, Phone,,Car

My daughter had her pacemaker generator replaced this past summer, and now has a Medtronic Azure HR. She has it paired up via bluetooth with a wireless Medtronic monitor that lives on her nightstand.

She mentioned that recently she began seeing her pacemaker listed with other "available" bluetooth devices on her laptop computer, her phone, and it even shows up on the radio screen in the car ( with the phones listed as available). She says this happens intermittently, sometimes...

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Flecainide

Has anyone else had flecainide cause tremors? I have developed tremors over the past two years and I looked up flecainide and it appears to me that one of the side effects is tremors but my doctor disagrees. So I was just wondering...

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Crt

73 years old with a dual chamber st Jude pace maker, installed almost 5 years ago. Pacing continued to increase to reach 100% on the ventricles. Have now been pacing at 100% for 2 years. An echocardiogram shows decreasing EF, less then 50%  some shortness of breath but still can do everything. Cardiologist suggest CRT , biventricular pace maker upgrade. Has anyone had this done? Cardiologist said only issue may be having enough room in the vein to add another wire due to scar tissue...

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Scar

Someone tell me when I can begin using scar patches to minimize the scar. I'm out about 3 weeks and the wound has healed but it is ugly. I am tiny and would love to make this look a little better. The food news is so far it's working. 

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