Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Finally getting EP study/ablation

Today I finally got the call after waiting 9 months... i am having my EP study/ablation on 15th March! 

Feeling very nervous as I had a traumatic experience with my pacemaker surgery, but also hopeful that this will stop my horrible symptoms that occur daily! 

If anyone has had one, I would love to hear your surgery experiences/how you felt afterwards.

Hope you are all keeping safe!

Read More...

Pacemaker And Nerve Stimulation device

Has anyone on here  with a Cardiac Pacemaker also had a Nerve Stimulation device for Chronic pain fitted? 

From what i gather the pain device looks similar to a Cardiac PM. 

My pain dr is suggesting it as an option at this stage,

i already have a dual chamber PM just wondering if anyone has any experience with such? 

 

Read More...

Clinic Monitoring

What does a clinic actually look at during remote monitoring?

Read More...

Pacemaker protector.

I am a 75 yr. old man who is quite thin. I am looking for a pacemaker protector. I like the ones on Vital Beat, but they are a bit expensive. Anyone have any idea's where I could find one? I appreciate any suggestions.

Read More...

Astrazeneca vaccine and pacemaker

Has anyone with a pacemaker received the Astrazeneca vaccine (approved in the EU) or been told not to get it because of your pacemaker?
 

Thanks!

Read More...

MRI

I am scheduled for a MRI next week. Any advise on what to expect? I am a bit claustrophobic. It will be done at a hospital because of the pacemaker. 

Read More...

Covid 19 vaccination

       Just received my second covid shot. I had a mild reaction, sore arm and some flu like symtoms, but recovered by next day. I urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

FYI: Pfizer vaccinne has been shown to be 92% effective after first dose. So effective that they have delayed booster shot so more people can get their first dose.

Unrelated topic: I will be traveling cross the USA for the month of april, with an emphasis...

Read More...

Just wondering

This is just for fun really. I got my pm almost a month ago, and it seems to be in an odd place. It is very nearly in my left armpit! The bottom of the incision is about an inch over & an inch above the top of my "pit crease"(?) . I actually feel the lump when I move my arm certain ways. I should say that I am female, so perhaps my doctor was concerned about certain fashion choices exposing the scar or bump. Either that or he had other things on his mind when doing my proce...

Read More...

Heart Rate over 60?

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone else has had this experience, I have a dual chamber pacemaker for Complete Congenital Heart Block, I had my first pacemaker at 6 weeks and This is my 4th pacemaker, implanted 3 weeks ago. 
 

My pacemaker is usually working around 100% of the time, based on my old, single chamber pacemaker, with a minimum rate of 60. 

Ever since the implantation of this new dual chamber pacemaker, my resting heart rate has been a...

Read More...

Remote Reading

I had a Medtronic PM implanted 6 months ago. I am wondering what does the clinic look for and how often? Or is there some sort of alarm that lets someone know of a malfunction?

Read More...

Sleeping position

I would love to sleep on my left side with left arm rised and under the pillow. Its my natural position, and the most comfortable. However, I had to have a cable  replaced due to unknown malfunction a year ago, and since then I've not dared to rise my arm above my head.

Nothing to do with doctors orderds,the cable had high impedance (not cut but likely too deeply anchored and developed scarring). Yet I connected that failure to rising arm above my head, as a nasty doctor told m...

Read More...

Blood thinners?

Well, I have had flutter off and since 2012. Now it's on totally, Suspect it has been caused by 40 years of excessive exercise, much slowed now thanks to flutter. I am 76. Had three ablations, first 2012 and last two 2020. First right ventricle, then left. First one lasted three days and second nine days. Alos got a pacemeker 2017 for bradycardia. Still exercizing regularly, bicycle 120 miles a week! 10 to 12 hours. No diabetes, no high blood pressure, oxigen levels are normal, resting ra...

Read More...

Vt events on interrogation

Hi! I thought I was doing very well until I went for my semi-annual in-person device interrogation. At the interrogation, I found out that I had 4 monitored VT events, the longest event was 7 minutes. I had no idea I had this. The lady doing the interrogation, just casually mentions this to me, and I asked if it is something concerning, and she responded  "no". She didn't even tell me when did these events occurred. I am very active, I ride mountain bikes, and plan on...

Read More...

Manual check o heart rate different than readout on wrist monitor

Good Morning All!  The past month or so I have been having episodes where my heart thumps for a time.  I have manually taken my pulse rate during this and it seems my heart thumps twice, hesitates and then thumps twice again.  My pulse is around 46 during this time.  My pacemaker is set a minimum 60.  Could their be a problem with my pacemaker?

Read More...

La Festa Degli Innamorati (Valentine's Day)

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.    Make sure you spoil that special partner in your life, won’t you.  We are very lucky to have found someone to share our lives with, something we may all strive for but not easily achieve.

And for those less successful in finding the right partner or who prefer to enjoy living alone and there are many of us who happily do, make sure you pamper yourself too today.  You are very special too.

 

Read More...

Arrhythmia and Thyroid

Hi All,

Hope you sre all going well. Well, Im not sure if I am pleased or not.  For the past year I've had 152, 000 ecotopic episodes in 12 months.  EP said a lot of people can have that many. Some can feel them, some may not feel them, basically dismissed it . 3 weeks ago i started to be treated for hypothyroidism with thyroid medication . I've only had 1100 ectopic rhythms in the past six months. THat's great but Im slightly annoyed , that they did...

Read More...

New box

Box replacement yesterday, went in 8am home by 12 noon all went well. 

Read More...

One Week Pre-Pacemaker

Greetings: 

I'm one week away from receiving my first pacemaker.  So glad I found this website - now I don't have to go through this alone.  

Quick history- Hodgkins Disease in 1993 with chemo and radiation.  Heart attack in 2015 with stints.  Double bypass and double valve replacement to mechanical values in 2017 followed by conitinued cocktail of warfarin, diltizem, metapropal, and digoxin.  Now I've been diagnosed with 3r...

Read More...

st jude pacemaker and merlin monitor

My wife and I have received our second St. Judes/Abbott pacers in last few months. As we had same model for 7 years plus, interesting that we got replacements and have same new model again.

She started with Merlin monitor a few months ago and I hooked it up into land line. 

I got mine last week and Abbott guys in post surgery said we set up your monitor and you just plug it in and your all set. It is set to work with the cellular device.

First night about 2AM my wife wi...

Read More...

Fitbit

Does a Fitbit watch interfer with the pacemaker?

Read More...

You know you're wired when...

You are always wired and full of energy.

Member Quotes

It made a HUGE difference in my life. Once I got it, I was finally able to run, and ride my bike long distances.