Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Repositioning complete!

My CRT-D was repositioned last Wednesday.  I was admitted by noon the day before for pre-op testing.  My nerves were through the roof....a normal reaction for me.  I was admitted into the CCU, and surgery was changed from 830 am to 11 am and then, 6 am Wednesday morning, they came to get me for 8 am surgery!  I was so nervous I didn't get much sleep and was ready when they came to get me, and staff seemed unaware of the schedule change.  The surgery turned out to...

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Sleeplessness

I had my pacemaker procedure three years ago and it was a new life given to me then, I can do so much without running out of breath and am really happy about it.

Recently I found it very difficult to sleep at night, my quality of sleep has gone down dramatically and begins to worry. 

Has anyone had similar experienced before and what have you done to solve it, please?

 

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Chest infection and pacemaker refit tomorrow

I had a pacemaker fitted end of September. Unfortunately it didn't connect properly and one of the wires is not working. 

I am due to have this corrected tomorrow. However on Friday I saw my G.P because I have come down with a chest infection.The doctor thought it was adult croup.I am now on steroids and antibiotics The G.P didn't advise to cancel tomorrow's cardiac appointment,but since Iam not much better,should I still be having the pacemaker surgery?

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Atrial High Rate Episodes

Hi, 

I've recently had some Atrial High Rate Episodes recorded by my device and was told that they mean 'Atrial Fibrillation', although my previous pacing team told me that they were Atrial Tachycardia.  They happened during an exercise test when my heart rate rose to a higher rate than it usually manages and the pacemaker was therefore able to record them for the first time.   It seems that my device can only detect atrial arrhythmia...

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Sleep / Afib

Hello everybody. Hopefullly I can get a little help or at least learn that I'm not the only one going through these things:

1) I have had my bi-v since 2016, and lately I can't go to sleep at a good time because I lay in the bed listening to my heart beat. On top pf that, I am only sleeping 4-5 hours a night. How do I get past anxiously listening to my heart beat every night? So far I have tried going to sleep with headphones listening to music, but to no avail.

2) La...

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Can high HDL (Good Cholesterol) actually be dangerous?

I made a startling discovery in the previous month, and so I thought I'd throw this out there in case anyone can benefit and/or just has an interest. I had two relatively minor strokes last month and was hospitalized for several days. Please understand that I am not suggesting you can draw any definitive conclusions from the info I am providing here. There is a need for much more research. So please draw you own conclusions.

I went to the ER twice over a two week period last month,...

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Industrial Generator

I have started a casual job to help out with cost of living. 

Part of this roll is to enter a steel container that holds a generator and start it up  then at the end of the day step back in while it's running to turn it off.

Both procedures only takes a few minutes whats your thoughts on this?

I have tried Google but I can't get a clear answer 

Thanks to any one who answer's 

Moe xx

 

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Intermittent high pulse after cardioversion

I have a PM primarily for SSS. Lately, I've developed Afib. It was pretty debilitating so after meds did nothing, I had a cardioversion a couple of weeks ago. That fixed it (I know that Afib often comes back). My PM is set for a resting rate of 55, and if Afibbing atriums attempt to drive the ventricles too fast, the PM does a mode switch at 130 bpm to disconnect the upper and lower halves of the heart; I can tell when this has happened because the resting rate in DDI mode...

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On a lighter note

My youngest daughter the physiotherapist in Sarasota just texted me this.

"There are FOUR Sam’s working in the ICU today 😳"

 

 

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Heart rate issues

My mom had a pacemaker put in  at the end of August this year. Almost immediately she started experiencing a nagging cough.  Doctors tried to convince us she had covid, heart burn, asthma, psychosomatic issues - we've been down every road possible and finally they are talking about repositioning the leads to see if that is the issue.  But the other issue she has been experiencing is her heart rate jumping up for no reason.  He pacemaker is set to kick in only if her pu...

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Pacemaker

I am a new member. Had my pacemaker put in on Dec 1, 2022. It seems to be 

protruding, will it go down in the weeks ahead. Has any one had this problem. Thanks.

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All good, but...

Well, I survived the grapefruit juice scare! It did point out that, no matter how "normal" I may feel, there are some things to look out for. For instance, I was seeing a lot about how effective CBD can be for arthritis pain. Thank goodness I had contact with a reputable vender who said he would not sell it to me until I'd checked with my doctor--blood thinners are the problem there. A natural supplement to address depression has appeal for me, but St John's Wort is a n...

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glass blowing class

Can anyone confirm if taking a glass blowing class is a safe activity for those with pacemakers.

I have never taken this class before and want to be sure.

Thanks.

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Nerve Conduction Test on feet

I had a nerve conduction test done on my feet today. The podiatrist is aware of my pacemaker. I asked the technician who did the testing about complications with the pacemaker, and she said it didn't pose any risks because the tests were being done to the lower extremities, away from the pacemaker.  Has anyone had this done?  Are there any risks?  Thanks in advance. 

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new comments

Glad that Tester123 fixed the new comments.  Now i get email notifications when i get a new comment including mine.  Do check your spam for notifications.  I did and found one, then checked off the "this is not spam box" letting Yahoo mail know this was not "spam".

Wish he had fixed the spell check, guess we should be grateful for the new notifications.

new to pace

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home monitoring

I have a Medtronic PM.   They do not do monitoring, at least not for me.   How would I go about signing up with home monitoring with someone.  

Raul

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Cardioverson

Hello to all! 
 

my second Cardioversion is scheduled in January 2023..

The first one was in June 2020, and I was able to stay in rhythm for 25 months.  A-fib returned in July 2022, in connection with a positive Covid home test. I was half way through a one month holiday at that time. I have not had any obvious Covid symptoms; but have had 3 negative home tests since then. 

So, the big question now is how to avoid going out of rhythm again. As a...

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Trees. Improve Health?

Just a quick teaser, our Plant A Tree Group sent my phone a article about trees planted years ago show a local decrease in Cardiac issues.  Update: The address is.  Www.sciencealert.com/people-in-portland-planted-tree-decades-later-a-stunning-pattern-emerged

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PT and Tens

I have been going to PT twice a week for the past month for low back pain.  They use a tens unit for the first 15 minutes of my visit.  Feels great.  I told them at first visit that I have a pacemaker and am 100% paced.  They said it was fine but just today I started reading past posts from this site and find varying opinions on the subject.  Can anyone shed more light on this matter?  So far I have not noticed any signs of change in p/m performance.  J...

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How many catheters used in AV ablation

Can you ask your pm club how many catheters they had for their av ablation? They are incisions in the femoral vein in which the catheter is inserted to the heart. Natale used 4, this guy 1.

Can you ask if it’s set to 80 then after an av ablation shouldn’t it never pass 80? Isn’t that the reason for the av ablation? To allow the pm to determine my pulse rate? Mine is fast to 104.

The above was questions that a friend of mine wonders if anyone would answer.

T...

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The experience of having a couple of lengths of wire fed into your heart muscle and an electronic 'box' tucked under the skin is not an insignificant event, but you will survive.