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Whats the physical limitations of getting a pacemaker?/I am on the fence about getting one

I am a 63 year old active male who was told recently that I need a pacemaker due to low & long pause heartbeat caused by 2 broken branch blocks. I currently lift weights and use both arms to lift things over my head repeatedly to do odd jobs around my property. My concern is that once I have the pacemaker I will no longer be able to physically do the things I enjoyed prior to the pacemaker surgery due to the chance of dislodging the leads. Talked this over with my Doc who said t...

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EP study no ablation

So Monday I went in for EP study with a plan to have an ablation for atrial tachycardia which was discovered during excercise and persistent palpitations.

My EP was unable to induce any arrythmia with isoprenaline and burst pacing. He did however discover that as my sinus rate increased the long PVARP on my pacemaker meant that I was dropping beats. 

He has now shortened the PVARP and turned on adaptive AV delay. My upper limit was increased to 165 with 1:1 conduction. I am h...

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ICD

Hi everyone

I am due to get an DD-ICD (had 3rd degree heart block in August) due to cardiac sarcoidosis and am now better on meds but docs still think I need one as a "back-up"...

I am having the appointment with the doc to discuss the device and clear any questions and was wondering if you have any suggestions or tips as to what to look out for? Any recommendations on specifically durable leads, devices in general, settings. I am female, 50 yrs old, active (love long hi...

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Happy Pi Day !

Happy Pi Day to all fellow numbers geeks !  And to anybody who finds this day a fun reason to bake or otherwise enjoy a pie and appreciate its beautiful symmetry.

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Any questions?

I haven't been on here in a while, but I have a combination pacemaker and ICD and have undergone both SVT and VT ablations if anyone has any questions about that stuff.  :D 

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Pacemakers and MRI procedures

Has anyone with a pacemaker had a MRI procedure?

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Open heart surgery in patients with pacemakers

Has anyone in this forum had an open heart surgery?

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Weird sensation when sitting in recliner

Hi everyone!

About 5 times now (over the past 6 months or so), I've had a weird sensation while sitting in my recliner. Each time, I'm usually just sitting (very relaxed) in the evening and I feel a quick sharp pain in the area of my heart. I've never had a shock from my ICD, but it almost feels like a very, very short shock. When I get up from this particular recliner, and touch something metal, I often get a small static electricity shock. I wonder if this has something to...

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Hello Everybody

New to the pacemaker/Defib world and thought I would say Howdy!

Got mine on the 16th of February.

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Pacemaker app

Hi guys I live in the uk and I've had my pacemaker in for 10 months now, I was given a Medtronic monitor to place at the side of my bed but I was just wondering if any of you guys have the app on your phone instead. If so how do you get the app and what kind of information does it show.
Many thanks

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Concerns about data sharing with Privacy Statements from Medtronic

Hey everybody.  This is my first time posting, but I've found a wealth of info from this forum as a viewer, but thought I'd jump in to the discussion.  Maybe this has been covered previously, but does anyone have issues with the Privacy Statements that PM companies use?  I literally don't have a choice to allow them to collect and sell my data.  

A little background.  Turned 40, got the surprise of a lifetime getting a PM installed for an AV II...

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HIS Bundle leads with Boston Scientific pacemaner

Hi.  I'm asking questions for my 66 year old brother who needs to get a pacemaker and is getting conflicting information from his doctors.

He wants a Boston Scientific pacemaker because he is an avid cyclist and wants to continue doing so.  Yesterday he was told by his EP that he needs the HIS Bundle leads that only Medtronic has, along with a Medtronic pacemaker.  This doctor has been pushing Medtronic's for several years to my brother.

I guess he needs the...

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Absent P waves?

Hey all,

Still getting used to my CRT-P device.  This week I have been having palpitations more than usual.  I took a number of readings with my Kardia 6L device and from what I can see the palpitations appear to be happening when there is no visible p wave on my recording.  I will have several beats with a distinct p wave then several where there appears to be no p wave.  Anybody know anything about this?

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mode switching due to far-field R wave

 

 

Visit from new EP,  I think understand most of it, however a few things are unclear.  Such as ventricular escape and do not fully understand what an R wave is and PVAB.  

 

There have been numerous episodes of mode switching noted. It appears that these are actually due to intermittent far-field R wave over-sensing rather than true atrial fibrillation.    Of note, it appears on interrogation today that the patient is in...

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transmission monitor

I have a medtronic monitor.  Last night i noticed the the glowing green light on it was out.  Would come on when i  put the overhead light on or in the daylight.  Should that be of  concern to me?  I know many have theirs underthe bed with a towel over to block the light.  

  Surprised it went out as for me has only been used since Aug 2019.  Thought the light would have lasted longer.?

new to pace

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New study finds heart has a back up SA node

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/researchers-discover-a-backup-natural-pacemaker-in-the-heart/#:~:text=Researchers%20at%20The%20University%20of,and%20control%20the%20heart%20rate.

Amazing new study finds that the heart has a back up natural pacemaker and that after ablation could still perform pacemaker duties.

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Aaron Boone, NY Yankees Manager has pacemaker implanted 3/3/21

https://nypost.com/2021/03/03/aaron-boone-taking-leave-from-yankees-to-receive-pacemaker/

He is a public sports figure, and is a really good guy (as far as I have observed him as a manager, broadcaster and former player), but we have a notable person getting a pacemaker, for what sounds like bradycardia today, 3/3/21, Aaron Boone, field manager of the NY Yankees. 

Aaron, if you come to the PM Club for help- I hope you look us up- plenty of advice and alot of us here were youn...

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Fun fact :Guess what room number they assigned me

Lol

I was a laughing  when they announced my room number : 666

But I was lucky to be by the window, and on my own

😎

I stayed 2 nights, 1 before, and the other one after surgery.

What about you all ?

 

 

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exercise after a pacemaker

I had my dual chamber fitted 7weeks ago after a diagnosis of Bradi/Tachi. I haven’t been given a follow up appointment as yet and there are questions I need to ask. I Nordic walk for exercise but not sure how long I need to wait before doing this , a bit worried that the impact of the poles striking the ground might dislodge the wires into my heart.  Although I feel well and quite recovered I have the occasional sudden drop in blood pressure which makes me feel faint and breathless...

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Question about vaccine injection site

Hello all who've been fortunate to have received a COVID vaccine - did you opt for the pacemaker-side arm or the other arm?  I've read reports of localized swelling from some of the vaccines.  Thanks.

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