Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Pacemaker and Covid 19

I am a 41 year old male.  I have a single lead pacemaker for bradycardia.  I've had the pacemaker for about 15 years.  I have a family history of high blood pressure but it's totally controlled with medication.  Would you think I'm at any higher risk for experiencing severe Covid 19 symptoms if I contract it?  I am trying to determine risk as I get back out into society as my state opens back up.  I am in medical sales so I interact with many people....

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Does a PM sense simple motion like a bumpy road??

Hello to all of my fellow pacers! I just had my PM surgery last Thursday after dealing with second degree AV block and my heart rate dipping into the 30's on a regular basis. After the PM install, I'm doing pretty good and my rate is staying above 60 now. So here's my question, which is about how the rate changes when needed. I've read a bunch and realize there's tuning that will have to be done to get the rate to increase and decrease according to my needs, but here's...

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Fed up

I am 27 and had my 1st pacemaker fitted just over 2 weeks ago and have had nothing but issues since. 2 days after implantation I got horrific chest pains, which turned out to be lead displacement, so was operated on again. After implant I was programmed to DDD but my heart didnt like that so I'm now VVI with a lower limit of 50.

The problem now is I am having horrific dizzy spells, 2 of which were pre syncope and I ended up presenting in A&E. All tests came back fine and they sa...

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Ticking?

Hi 

I have that twitching over my pacemaker again has anyone else experienced this

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Neck pain/headache

Hey everyone, I'm new here, 32, and just had my first dual chamber PM implanted on 4/30/20 to treat Bradycardia (I'm 3 days post implantation).

Anyways, I'm experiencing some pretty solid neck pain/pressure that's leading to some pretty good headaches. I'm pretty hyper aware of everything I'm feeling in my chest right now, so trying not to panic about any of that stuff, but this neck pain/pressure and headaches are really annoying. Have felt the neck pa...

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Nicked nerve

I've had lots of pain in my left arm that shoots  down to my hand up to my shoulder. Had my PM replaced on 4/23 and at the time, the nurse botched a very painful attempt at an IV in my arm. Recently my Drs nurse has evaluated my arm, it's bruised and still painful to the touch. Since there is no redness, or heat around the spot, she feels there is no blood clot. Dr thinks the nurse nicked a nerve when trying to start IV., and recommend...

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New Member

Found this site when googling shoulder pain after implant.. My implant date was February 2020..  Much shoulder pain now, at times pretty significant.  Have arthritis in shoulder joint and at first that was the cause.  But it’s gotten most severe recently and location so near implant I began wondering if this was playing a part.Reading posts on this site reassured me this probable and not uncommon.    Glad I found you!  I’ll be staying in touch.

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Sharp pain at implant site

Hi I'm Galytea and I'm 18, I got my pacemaker 3 years ago and today I got a sharp pain at my implant site when I moved my left arm has this happened to anyone and what is it? I'm 100% a hypochondriac so it has me very worried. The pain went away after about 10 minutes but very unsettling for me.

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New tenderness/pain in ICD area

Hi all!

I've had my (first) ICD for a year and 4 months now. After about a year, I basically stopped feeling it (woohoo), but for the past week or so, the area has been quite tender/a bit sore and I'm noticing it a lot throughout my day :(

I'm pretty sure it's because I'm carrying my 3-month old baby around a lot...and tend to burp him on the left-side where the ICD is. I'm assuming my body isn't used to me using those muscles...?

Has anyone else...

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Beta blockers

Hi Everyone have pm for 14 weeks last check up I've been put on beta blockers for week now but feel very nauseous. Only small dose 30mg daily dr says it's normal and should calm down. Making me feel anxious as well. Anyone else had this problem and if so how long did it last. Thank you 

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Boston

Hi Boston Pacemaker users, just wondering if anyone has had an incident where the pacemaker automatically alerts your doctor of a concerning event? Has this been effective? Did the doctor ring you? I would be interested to hear your story. Thanks

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Irregular Heartbeat

Why would I have an irregular heartbeat icon on my  blood pressure machine it is an Omron HEM -711. I thought my pacemaker would keep my heart beat in sync.    Just a little detail, I was having some heart rate issues  and was told it was most likely a sick sinus node problem but my heart rate was not dropping low enough to get a pacemaker as insurance would not pay for it unless it was less than 40 and mine was dropping to  43, a few  months later...

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New Bundle of His Pacing Recipient

New to the pacemaker club; I got my Medtronic pacemaker with bundle of his pacing on 4/3/20.  EP said everything went great during my first follow up, so I am thankful for that. I haven't quite processed the fact that I'm 30yrs old with virtually little to no previous medical history, and good health; aside from a high VSD heart murmur that closed up as a young child (Dr isn't sure if that is related to recent troubles). In February I noticed my heart beat felt very hard...

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I'm new

I got my pacemaker on 4/20/2020. Didnt have to stay over night. It seems fine so far.

 In 2005 I had a seven way bypas, since then I got 10 heart stents. The pacemaker has been a great help. Will post more as time goes a long. Oh it's a 2 wire pacemaker.

Take Care every one.  Jim W.

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27 yr old from UK- 7 days ppm

Hi everyone- long post warning!

This is my first post.. i know most of you are from the US but i have seen a few UK posts. Ultimately we are all in a similar situation, just a difference in healthcare etc.

So I have recently had pacemaker surgery at the ripe old age of 27! I Have been under investigation since around October last year, diagnosis being intermitent 2:1 AV block with episodes of complete heart block. Symptoms mainly being dizzyness, palpitations and breathlessnes. I...

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5G

Does anyone have any information about this new 5G telecommunications thingy that is being/has been rolled out as far as the EMF affecting older pacemakers?

Not trying to get anyone worked up, I'm just not knowledgable about it in the least.

I've had a quick google and can only find negative information about health effects but nothing about pacemakers.

My pacemaker is about three years old but my leads are from 2008.

Thank you for any information, good or bad....

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Infection after SCC removal

I’ve had my pacemaker for three years and all is going well.

i’ve recently had an SCC removed from my leg and have developed a little infection in the wound. 

My concern is this:  is there a likelihood of an infection travelling to the pacemaker?  

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Paperwork re pacemaker

It seems I should have been given a sheet of paper to carry with me at all tiems regarding having a pacemaker - I didn't get one - they say an official card will be sent in the mail in a couple of months but meantime what should I do?

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Congestive heart failure

Is anyone hear diagnosed with the condition? If so what lead up to you getting a pacemaker? What was your symptoms and how long did you live with the symptoms before you had the procedure?

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articles and statistics on covid-19

We've had a lot of posts recently with concern over covid-19, questions asked if being paced makes us high risk, concerns over what happens if we get it. I saw two articles today, both posted by MD friends, that might answer some of your questions objectively. 

This one has charts that show the percentage of people hospitalized with coronavirus that have other medical conditions. It's a whopping 90%! So yes, I think it's safe to say that having a compromised heart&...

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