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Recent pacemaker implant

Hiya, 

I’ve recently turned 19 and was fitted with a emergency pacemaker 8 days after my birthday after a complication from a different heart surgery, I was just wondering how old people were when they had theirs fitted and how long it took for it to feel not as uncomfortable while I sleep, mine is very visible & you can feel it easily through  my skin. 

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Karaoke booths and pacemaker ?

Hi I just wondered if anyone knew if sitting in a Karaoke booth is ok with a pacemaker? 
Thankyou 

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Gallbladder Surgery

I am due to have laparoscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder on the 19th February.

they have mentioned a possible need to switch off my Medtronic pacemaker due to electrocautery during the op.  I find this worrying!   I can't seem to find any information that would help.  
Has anyone had similar please?

 

 

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What is normal % of pacemaker use?

What is normal? Just had mine checked for the first time and technician told me is is functioning 65% of the time. Set at 60. I knew that as I wear an Apple Watch that is reading 60 most of the time. I was Bradychardia so I guess thats good....not sleeping all the time. But what is normal use?

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Sick sinus syndrome

Hello, I'm new to this site..  I would appreciate people's views on my dilemma!  30 years ago I joined a gym, and was told I should see my doctor as my pulse was very slow.  I have been having check ups every year, and my consultant rang me this year to say it's very borderline, but half the team think I should have a pacemaker fitted and half think I should wait until I have some symptoms!  I'm 63 years old and feel very well.  I have never had any sy...

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“High placement”

Concerning my earlier message and responses thus far: 

  My lead wasn't placed in the HIS Bundle; yet it was placed "high" as I was told. I am concerned about the possibility of LV remodeling, not worried, not anxious, just logically interested at this point. Does anyone have any opinions regarding this placement? Can it be changed? I do not know what that would even involve. I agree that as long as my heart echos are good, no problem. However, if my EF...

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“Lead placed High”

  Had an appointment 2 days ago with the Pysicians assistant. The easy part was increasing my HB rates to 160/50 vs 130/60. 

  When I asked if the second lead had been placed in the HIS bundle she told me "we have not had good results with that, so he placed it high." What does anyone think of that?

  My exercise objectives are ideally facilitated, now it's a matter of avoiding LV remodeling. I told the technician that my EF wa...

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Anyone ?

I am a baseball coach at a high school ....implanted in October.

baseball coaches like me hit thousands of fungos through out the season. 

Our 2020 campaign is rapidally approaching .... tonight I was at a training facility and picked up a bat which got me wondering.

hittimg a fungo is a rotational movement .... on the left side where my PM is my bottom hand will grip the bat and the swing path will finish at full extension.

has anyone out there ever done thi...

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Now for the questions

The echo cardiogram came back essestially normal. Moderate tricuspid regurge but normal ejection fraction.

However, since I am clearly symptomatic to being paced in the ventricle Dr. D____ is ready to go forward with His bundle pacing. I mean ready. He wants to schedule Jan 30.

1. So now the questions. I"m familiar with HBP what is does, how it works etc., but I don't know much else. Like what is the power source? How long does power last?...

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VR Video Games

Hello, fellow miracles!

I have an interest in video games. When they came out with

virtual reality games, I had to get one. I hadn't even thought about it until now,

but does anyone know if I can still use my headset?  It's the Play Station

helmet of sorts. Will all the restrictions and cautions we have, is this one as

well?

Deborah

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Dual pm

I was wondering if someone knows how long it takes pm to kick in? It is set not to go below 60 but has gone down to 50. Also wondering if anyone has gotten a buzzing feeling in their breast located on the same side as their pm.

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Depressed about Afib

I was on my way home from the store after being excited about making smoothies, trying healthy recipes, etc., when I got a call from the EP's nurse saying I had an episode of afib that showed up on my home monitor check which lasted 10 hours and the EP was suggesting blood thinners.  Found out Eliquis is $47/month/prescribed medicine by EP.  I became sad, worried, and full of doom and gloom. Generally I'm a very happy and active person, love estate sales and selling vintage...

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Deciding if I need a PM

Looking for some advice or wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation. I'm a 34 y/o male, had an ablation done in May 2019 due to an atrial flutter. Two weeks after the procedure I was feeling really crummy and had a rate around 40 bpm. It went away after 48 hours, then returned two weeks later, and again went away after 48 hours. At first, EP was suggesting a PM, but I then starting going a month, then two months without an episode, so he decided to hold off. I've...

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That didn’t take long ....advice ?

Well ....I'm almost 90 days in and it happened.

i maybe have planters in my foot along with a chipped bone .....

it was suggested by an ortho I have an .....MRI .

i think my device is MRI compatible ? Anyone had one ? What should i expect to happen ? 
 

I told everyone I have a device so they are proceeding accordingly ?

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Pacemaker settings for swimming after 6 weeks off

  I also have questions about my Pacemaker settings prior to swimming again. I was told in my first follow-up appointment that my settings were 130 and 60 BPM. During the last 6 weeks I have been walking at a fast pace for 5 to 6 miles at a time and I do not feel winded at all. I quit ether because I run out of time, get bored, or my legs get sore. All I did for exercise  6 years prior to the Pacemaker implant was swim.

  Now that I am ready to start swimming ag...

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Swimming after 6 weeks

  Hi everyone, My dual chamber PM was implanted on 12/2, so tomorrow is the 6 week mark. I started walking the day after insertion and have been averaging 5-6 miles of fast walking a day, 6 days a week; yet swimming was my only form of exercise for years before my event, so I am excited to get started again. 

  I was told I could swim after 6 weeks and my doctor knew I was a swimmer before the PM was placed; yet he put it in the sub clavicle vein and I do not kn...

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Bone Marrow Donation

Hey there! I was wondering if anyone knew about the restrictions on joining a bone marrow donation registry?

I had a pacemaker inserted recently so don't really know much about any restrictions there are about any type of donating?

(I am based in the UK if that is relevant at all)

Thanks :) 

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Interrogation

Hi is it true that the interrogation only checks the last 24 hours? I was speaking to Boston Scientific yesterday asking questions and that is what they told me! I’ve been waiting 3 months for this interrogation (I constantly worry if I really needed a pacemaker although my exercise rates are much higher than they ever were and my last 3 interrogations usage (post op day one post op day 3 (ER shortness of breath and post op 2 weeks were 65% 82% and 76% respectively- they just had t...

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weak pulse with symptoms

I'm 48 yrs,  received my pacemaker in April 2019, I had bradycardia, tachycardia and a complete heart block. Before I could feel my heart beating all the time, I knew exactly what it was doing,  even when it was in an ectopic rhythm. Lately, I can not feel my heart at all, as if I don't have one, which is slightly odd for me. The problem is I get symptomatic low blood pressure 77/44, low oxygen 92%, this brings on fatigue and coughs. One time while attending the GP he though...

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New

hi I’m 49 I got my PM at the end of Sept. Boston Scientific I think I’m starting to get used to it. It is sticking out a lot which someone just wrote was normal. Before I got it I was obsessed with my heart rate and I still am a bit but it’s boring because it’s normal. I have so many questions that it’s frustrating one thing I found out is that I can call Boston scientific at anytime and they will answer any question I have. The problem is I’m a physician a...

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