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doctors leaving or reducing their hours

Continuing the discussion of what Lavender mentioned about her doctor leaving.   Had that happen with my GP who sold her practice to a large corpropration.  This corporation only took Medicare Advantage which meant i had to leave since only have regular Medicare. Because our local hospitals got there own hospitalist.  Meant she lost that money from her 5am rounds.  Unfortunitaly she got Covid19.  Decided to leave her practice intirely .

Cardiologist reduced...

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My cardiologist went AWOL

I had some flippy flops and irregular heartbeats over the weekend. Never had them before-so when my normally low bp went up, I called the cardiologist on call. It's a two cardiologist practice-with each seeing their own patients but they take turns being on call.

The male dr happened to be on call and nicely explained to me what to do and the plan forward. I was to check and write down my bp for two days. He said the monitor company would be in touch with the practice if it caught a...

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AV node ablation with pacemaker

Hi all, Just found this forum and it's great to read through some of your experiences with a pacemaker. 

I'm a 51 year old male.  I'm due my second RF ablation in February for persistant AF with an EF of 36%.  Been on Amiodorone for over 2 years which kept me in rhythym.  Unfortunately the Amiodorone has given me an overactive thyroid.  

My EP thinks due to extensive scarring above my atrium and right ventricle that the ablation will not h...

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Arm above your head

Hi ya. The doc said to not raise my arm above my head. Why ? And is it until the pacemaker site has healed or longer ?

Thanks for any information 

 

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Pacemaker dependent

I have been wondering has anyone been a pacemaker dependent for more than 45/50 years? 
 

Thank you and hope everyone is doing well 

 

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grandsons pacemaker

My grandson had a pacemaker installed about four months ago.  He is 6 years old.  We are planning on taking him to Disney World .  Any advice on precautions that we might need to take would be appreciated. 

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CRT-P

Hi I was fitted with a crt-p pacemaker as had complete heart blockage and was born with my heart the wrong way round. Just been looking up about CRP/T pacemaker and people say there for heart failure. It wasn't mentioned to me I had heart failure. An take no medication. Wondering if people know about crp/t packers. Thanks 

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How noticeable will my PM be

Hi everyone, 

Recently informed i will need a PM and i have done a lot of research but have a general question, how noticeable will my PM be. I am 38M and average build. I know there are several models but on average what can i expect. 


Thanks

 

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Biotronik Enitra 8 DR-T

I'm researching a couple of pacemakers and wondered if anyone knew anything about their pros and cons for a) rate response b) management of v.pacing c) mode switch options and any other algorithms which are effective / ineffective / useful : Biotronik Entera 8 DR-T & Medtronic Azure S DR

Many thanks in advance

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Chainsaws

Hi. Got a pacemaker less than a week ago and have heard that chainsaw and line trimmers are a no go.Please tell me that's not right. I teach chainsaw use in New Zealand.

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Hello again!

Hey there everyone. I haven't checked back in for quite awhile. A lot has changed, but unfortunately a lot has stayed the same as well.

I went to Cleveland Clinic and was officially diagnosed with vasovagal syncope. He cautioned me about taking the pacemaker out like my new EP wanted to do. He said that although it didn't completely resolve the issue, it was likely making the episodes less severe. He also suggested that I come back and be seen by the neuromuscular department and...

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Measuring VO2 max with Apple Watch and pacemaker

I have a watch 7 and it has a cardio fitness function where it measures VO2 max.  I got a Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker 6 weeks ago, and my readings have been going down since it was implanted.  While I see in some of the literature that Pacemakers can impact the accuracy of the Apple Watch's capacity to measure cardio fitness with the health app, I have not seen how or how much it might affect the accuracy.  

Does anyone have any experience with this. 

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EKG Dance (just for fun)

Found this funny video, this answers so many of my questions  ;-)

EKG Dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o44dEib8zbg

 

 

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blood pressure

I just got a pacemaker a week ago.  I had been taking Losartan 50 mg for blood pressure prior to the surgery.  After the pacemaker implant, my systolic blood pressure has been normal to low, in the 115-120 range but the diastolic has been somewhat high, 85-91.  So I have discontinued the blood pressure med for right now, but I wonder it the diastolic is high enough to stay on the medication.  The reason I quit the blood pressure med was that my feet have been so cold after...

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To active

Just had pacemaker /defibrillator for a week .is it normal at this stage for a muscle twitch in the left side around lower stomach that wakes me up if I turn on that side .  

Any information is appreciated . Kind Regards Rob Mogensen Australia 

 

 

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Rules for the Forum

Hi, 
I'm quite new here and was wondering if there are any 'unspoken' rules for replying to posts? 

I feel a little inhibited in doing so and others may or may not feel the same way. It seems that there are a group of key people who respond very helpfully and with authority and I'm not sure if this is because their opinions have been vetted in terms of medical knowledge and experience and that this is the way that the forum is run. 

Due to this,...

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Stamina

I have had my pacemaker for about 5 years and all has been well, but lately I have no stamina.  I am 71  I don't sleep very well and haven't for years.  Is it just old age?

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Pacemaker ICD

Hi everyone first post as new member had my pacemaker icd fitted 18 months ago all good now but i am having problems sleeping and when i do sleep it can be 12 hours and still tired mid afternoon could it be my medication...thank you 😴 

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update to my resolution

It has now been 10 days since i gave up Pizza and Rye bread..  The craving the first couple of days was hard but the Mature person won against the Inner child. Did have many wheat foods in the house as had a party on the 8th.

 Will see how thing's go as on April 16 my sister is visiting an will go out to eat and i plan to have some type of Reuben sandwich(rye bread, swiss cheese, saukeraut,thousand island dressing) maybe with Grouper(fish) or healthy with artichoke qu...

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Disability

I know that having a pacemaker does not qualify a person to be considered disabled... but what would if a person has been a pacemaker dependent for over 34 years? And no longer has the same energy anymore.. 
 

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