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Well the time has come....CCM Therapy Optimizer Smart Research Study

Hi All,

Well, I've been selected as part of a research study group for the CCM Therapy Device called Optimizer Smart by Impulse Dynamics.

The study will last 3 years, all costs will be paid for by Impulse Dynamics, insurance and the hospital. There are only 600+ study participants in my region. 

I am excited and scared at the same time. Having had a tough recovery from my ICD implant - both mentally and physically, I now embark on another implant. I am hopeful thoug...

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Pacemaker

Is it normal to have like a cramp sensation around pacemaker I feel a bit uneasy when it happens ,has anyone had anything similar ? Thanks

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Av node ablation can you feel emotions?

After av node ablation do you feel emotions? Your heart always beats the same. no matter happy or sad?

Please give emotional exsperiance living with a av node ablation.

Thank you

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Background information?

Hi everyone, just to check, I've not much experience using this website and I'm wondering if we need to include and repeat background information when we ask questions of fellow members? In other words can members look up our previous posts where we have shared history, get informed, and then be able to better share their thoughts?

 I don't mind repeating background information but would be interested in how I can find out pacemaker history of other members when th...

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Nervous New Member

56 yo male with no prior known heart issues, medications for hypothyroidism and restless leg syndrome.  Lifelong runner with resting pulse avg 50.  

Was flying back home on a red eye from Anchorage to Denver, sleeping when I passed out into the aisle.  My wife pulled me up, came to, got sick and passed out two more times.  Former navy medic and nursing student responded to PA announcement, couldn't get a pulse but my watch said 38.  ...

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pacemaker

i was wondering if i could travel in side the us without taken my biotronic 4g with me

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Abbott recall, software fix?

Has anyone with the St Jude/Abbott recall been told there may be a software fix, that the battery is not actually low and may not need replaced? We knew mine was part of the recall but were not concerned because I've had it since 2015 and most affected by the recall deplete sooner than this. Mine went from 9 years in January to watch list for replacement last month. My ep called Abbott and believes it is not actually low, that it's a software glitch. They want to interrogate in p...

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HIS Bundle vs. RV apical vs. Biventricular pacing

As mentioned on other threads I'm trying to learn everything I can. I've read that the most often used RV apical pacing site for the ventricular lead can over time in some people lead to a condition called asynchronous heart failure since the QRS becomes widened, because this point of activation of the ventricles is not natural for the heart. So some centers have started using HIS bundle pacing in patients with intact left and right bundle branches to get...

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AgentX86 please report in

I do believe that you were finally seeing your cardiologist today. Any insight as to the reason for your slight chest pain while walking? 

Inquiring minds want to know😉

Awaiting your official report🕵🏼‍♂️

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Recent pacemaker

Hi all, just have my KORA 250 dr pacemaker last month and need to hear from your experience specially who have the same device 

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Pacemaker

Heartbeat was 32 bpm when I went to get a cortisone shot.  Doctor sent me to ER via ambulance.  Tests run ekg, blood, and eco.  Cardiologist sent me home with 24 hour monitor and gave me an appointment 5 weeks away. He didn't seem alarmed. I m 73 and always active and fear getting a pacemaker.  Any insight helpful thanks

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Thanks

Went in yesterday at 4:00 for pacemaker implant and on my way home by 9:00. First night has gone well. No complaints, cannot remember the last time my heart beat at a steady 70 beats per minute I knew exactly what to expect from reading the posts on this site. Thank all of you and I hope I have something to contribute along the way.

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Abbott Aveir Leadless

Hey All!

I'm curious to hear if anyone here has an Abbott Aveir, or really any leadless pacemaker.

Any regrets on going the leadless route? Any words of wisdom to share?

I'm in my mid 30s with AV block and am mentally preparing for my 4th DDD device soon, with the bonus of having my 20 year old leads explanted at the same time.

I'll be having a discussion with my EP soon about explantation and participating in the Aveir DR i2i (dual chamber leadless pacer)...

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Return to A-Fib

I want to thank again all those who helped me with feedback to decide to go ahead and have the pacemaker implanted in March 2021.

The device has been working very well since that time until recently, in mid July 2022, I tested positive for Covid while traveling on holiday. I had no obvious Covid type symptoms.

About two days later I started to experience what I remember as A-Fib symptoms: nervous sensation in the chest, irregular heartbeat, lightheadedness, fatigue....

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pacemaker pad

Hi

is there anywhere to buy pads for my wife's bra straps OVER HER PACEMAKER 

can't find solid color looking for beige or white plain

THANK YOU

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Pacemaker Optinzation

After 6 years now my EP doctor says I must optimize my pacemaker.

I have read many studies about CRT and how about 30% do not respond.So the EP say I have to be at least %95

The claim is CRT will make your heart return to normal.

 

bivib pacing I am 83% paced.

I started reading studies it seems for people with afib like me their is steal a lot of contention about if optimation really works.

I am trying to get past the hype from manufacture of my pacema...

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Hand Held Massagers and ICDs

Does anyone know if using one of those vibrating hand held massagers are safe for ICDs? Would it cause the device to incorrectly read your heart rate? I'm afraid it may pickup the vibrations as heart beats...

Thanks!

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Resting basal rate sensing and pacing

Hi, has any one noticed an occasional burst from the A paced V sensed rhythm at rest to both A and V paced ( wide complex V on Kardia ) for a few minutes and then slowly reset to the baseline ( A paced, V sensed)? I have a DDD. The rate of this burst is a bit higher than the baseline rate and resets as the rate approaches the baseline. I feel the change as a slight stirring feeling in my stomach and I check with my Kardia! Could this be set off by an ectopic beat? Tha...

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Disappointed

Some old timers may remember pieces of this story but ... 

In Jan 2007 I was hospitalized after a snowmobiling accident where I tried hugging a tree at full throttle. Long and short, they finally realized I didn't have broken ribs but was in heart failure and had a heart attack. A whole herd of heart specialists shuttled through my cell to share their thoughts. They all projected doom and concensus was I wouldn't live without a heart transplant. I declined. The surgeon told...

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Donating used pacemaker/ICD devices

My friend is a funeral director. He regularly removes devices prior to cremation. He said that a recycling company picks them up. The funeral home can donate proceeds to a charity. It's not approved to reuse pacemakers in the USA.
 

However, there's a program where living donors can send in their own used pacemaker/ICDs to potentially be refurbished for other countries to donate to those who can't afford pacemakers.  
 

If...

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