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Recovering from ablation for atrial tachycardias

I had an ablation for atrial tachyicardias last week, including aflutter. My arrhythmias had emerged since about October, including ventricular arrhythmias that were being 'paced out' by the ICD. Meds had little effect.  Over 110 areas ablated over 7 hours, and about 24 hours in the hospital. I am feeling stronger over the last couple of days.  I had a cardiac arrest/4 shocks from my ICD including asystole in mid December, and unfortunately, no ventricular arrhythmias e...

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A club I never thought I'd belong to

Hi, all. Another newbie here. I'm 5 1/2 weeks out from PM implantation. My symptoms came on suddenly about a month and a half earlier: exhaustion upon strenuous exercise, and later, episodes of lightheadedness that began increasing in frequency and severity.

I had consulted my primary care doc, taken a stress test, and had an appointment with a cardiologist pending. My heart, though, had other ideas, and while I was on vacation I fainted dead away. Fortunately, this incident occurre...

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Trackless rides

Hello  I was just wondering if anyone with a pacemaker/defibrillator has been on any of the newer trackless rides at any of the Disney parks. I'm going to Tokyo Disney and Tokyo Sea in June and want to get an idea what is ok to go on.

Thank you in advance! ♥ 

 

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Is there a St. Jude Medical pacemaker mobile app?

Background: I had a St. Jude Medical pacemaker implanted in December 2019 for bradycardia and vasovagal syncope.

For the past few days, I have been experiencing chest pain around my upper left pectoral muscle area. I realized that I have a Merlin heart monitor that wirelessly communicates with my pacemaker so I called the device clinic at my doctors office and asked them to check my heart transmissions. They told me that there were no readings to be concerned about and it...

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Living alone after pacemaker and bio monitor

Hi,  I am a 72 year old female and moved in with my daughter last year.  However I have found that I prefer living alone.  Is that doable for my age group.

sincerely

 

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Micra pacemaker covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield

Hello all! I've been diagnosed with Bradychardia and after a syncopal episode, it has been determined I am going to require a pacemaker relatively soon. My resting heart rate is 45 BPM but was 54 BPM only six months ago! I'm only 33 and the ability to have MRIs in my lifetime is very appealing.

Anyway, I am very interested in the Micra leadless pacemaker. I'm not sure if it is covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield and I'm having a hard time finding any real answers. Anybody...

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Sensitivity to pacemaker

Hello, my husband Thomas, recently (Nov. 7th 2019) who just turned 50, had pacemaker installed.  At not quite 4 months after surgery, he has been feeling the sensation of a "stinging pain" under skin near scar. This seems to be random, not from any movement. It happens several times a day. I would think that after 4 months the implant area has healed?

Has this happened to anyone else? (It's our 1st post, just found this group in his pacemaker manual, TH...

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Medronic Micra AV is out

Hello!

The new leadless Medtronic Micra AV is out and a few people have received it. I was wondering if anyone here is thinking about getting it or going through the process?

Thanks!

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Twinges a year post PM

Hello to all. I've only had"internal", if you will, heart-related questions about my PM and me, installed January 2019. Happenings like PVCs, atril fib (what are those, why, why, why are they happening suddenly to me when I have a computer running things in my heart, etc.)--the usual questions no handbook you ever received addressed!

All that's going ok, no real active issues. My question now is about twinges/pulls that have started recently in the area where the...

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Friends, Romans & PM Hosts

I've been in a hosp for 9 days passing Kidney stones.  Don't get them.  I passed a quarry full of stones.  Spent another 9 days recovering from 7 litres of water used to flush the suckers out.  Yesterday found out that on the 10th day my PM went into EOL  Replacement next Tuesday. 

Life is beautiful!

Domr

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healthy 51 years with pacemakaer

I am 51 years old no cholestrol, diabetes, i do work out. But for couple of years we have notice right bundle branch during ECG.  Out of breadth has been pretty normal for me. The doctors have not been concerned about this and always mentioned if it is not new then no need to worry.  Last weekend i was pretty busy entire weekend, doing lot of physical work. Two days later morning i was feeling very dizzy, i checked my pulse it was very low. My wife drove me to my family physician an...

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immigrating to new zealand with a pacemaker from South Africa

Hi I'm looking at immigrating from South Africa to New Zealand with a pacemaker I'm 41 years old  with dual chamber pacemaker left and right bundle branch block sick sinus

Anyone know if it's possible or done the move ? 

I don't want to spend all the money and when I get to the medical they say NO

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Palpitations after having dental work

I had some crown work done a couple of weeks ago and the dentist had to give me lots of lidocaine because I can’t use the kind with epinephrine so it doesn’t last as long. I started noticing flutters and palpitations after that and have had them every day since. I don’t know if it’s related to the lidocaine or just coincidental timing. I don’t like the feeling. It’s scary and uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure my anxiety over them is making them worse. I...

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Exchange with patients on leadless pacemakers

I work for a consulting firm specializing in innovation in the healthcare sector. As part of a study on cardiovascular medical devices in Europe commissioned by a company active in the field of cardiology, I am looking for patients who would live with a pacemaker without lead (called leadless pacemaker) or to whom the option would have been suggested. The study aims to understand what is level of awareness and information available to the patients who are referred for a leadless pac...

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Questions About Upgrading from Pacemaker to CRT

Hi,

My 87 year old Dad had a 2 lead pacemaker implanted at the beginning of November after a heart monitor showed that his heart stopped for 13 seconds while he was asleep. He recovered well but a recent echo showed a significant drop in his EF from 45 to 30-35, so now they would now like to add a 3rd lead to Dad's pacemaker.  How difficult was this procedure to implant the 3rd lead and how is the recovery?   I worry about the risk of infection.  Do you have...

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AV node ablation and type of pacemakers used for it.

I am new to the group and would love to hear from anyone who has had an AV node ablation. I have a single chamber pacemaker which was implanted in 2015. At first it served me well since I had developed severe bradycardia. Now I am so short of breath all the time that I can't walk around the block. I have permanent slow a-fib and flutter. I have always felt 10 years younger and breathed easily when I've had a cardioversion and am in normal sinus rhythm but it only lasts a few...

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I have sinus arrythmia and bradycardia. What should I do?

I am 20 years old engineering student. My pulse rate has dropped to around 53. Sometimes it even goes as low as 46. It has been like this for a month now. After doing ECG , they said that I have sick sinus syndrome. I even did holter monitoring. According to the report , there were pauses in my heartbeat. . The exact statement was "Frequent short sinus pauses are noticed. Sometimes sinus pauses are followed by junctional escape beats." Average heart rate was 57 bpm.

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Uncomfortable bras and seatbelts

My Pacemaker is on the left side of my chest (which is annoying, because it looks like my left breast has a lump), so sometimes wearing bras can be extremely uncomfortable. Can you recommend any other types of bras or anything? 
Also, my seatbelt in the car is right over my Pacemkaer, making it extremely uncomfortable and not at all safe because if the car slams to a stop (as it often does, with my dad's driving), it presses down on it and is quite painful. What can I do about i...

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Kardia Mobile 6L

Before I got my pacer, I was using a Kardia Mobile 6L to monitor atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. Following my implant in November of 2019, it appeared that the Kardia was still correctly recording my EKG. however, in the last coupke weeks, it has suddenly become unable to record an EKG, and tells me thst there is "interference". Also, since an ablation in October, my EKG has looked weird, but my EP assyred me that for ne, it was normal - based on everything I've had done...

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Pre Planning

I'm watching a movie where and EMP shuts down the entire country -  in it a woman says "omg I have a pacemaker " - she ultimately dies .

i wonder if an emp would shut my pacemaker down immediately  ?

if not I guess I would be OK until my battery life ended ?

can anyone think of any steps we could take to be best prepared for such an event  ?

i could buy an extra device but there would be no way to implant it  ?

Thoughts ?

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