Most Recent Messages in General Posting

PVC's, arrythmia. asthma

Hi all, its been a while since I posted and asked for advice or opinions.After 3 years of being fantasticly healthy, I have succumbed to a period of PVC's, erratic heart rate and the dreaded asthma symptons.Mt fitness regime is out the backdoor and no bagpipe playing.I am not sure where I went wrong possibly too much snow shoeing and biking in cold weather that caused the asthma spike.Its day 4 which I realise isnt alot of days passed but for me seems like an enternity.

I have...

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CRT D rookie.

Just Recieved a CRT D unit August 11th.

I have been informed that the Right Ventricle lead needs to be moved a bit.  Is this as major a proceedure as I just went through?

Kindest Regards

Emerson

 

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Pacemaker interference ??

I have a biotronik pacemaker and wonder if anyone knows if I can sleep in a caravan with the 2 large lithium batteries and power inverters etc that are under the bed?

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iPad Pro/IPad Air

  I know there are a lot of smart ppl on here and I am hoping someone can help me. I got a new IPad Pro 6 months ago and noticed no effects from the magnets involved with the device or the case at all. Then I got a new IPad Air a week ago and when I use it I feel light headed. I have an iPhone 12 Pro phone and that has never effected me. 
  I want to try to make the IPad Air work, does anyone know of a company that makes good IPad Air cases that do not have magne...

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How much dieting is too much dieting?

I am wondering what everyone thinks about dieting. I know, I know, I shoulld be asking my doctor. We did discuss this a year or so ago, and I was given the standard heart-healthy diet, which was OK. Limiting sodium & fat was not difficult for me, and I became a label-reader & (for a while) kept a daily tab. I lost about 15 lbs in the first few months, then hit a plareau & stuck there. I'll admit, that I got discouraged & stopped being as diligent as I should have been &...

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Currently in hospital - Sudden case of Slow VT ?

Hi all i have had a PaceMaker for 20+ years and was recently diagnoised with ARVC (acute right ventrical cardiomyopathy) - As fellow PM's know, i felt that my heart was not acting normally as i felt that it was racing for small bursts. i contaced the device care team after a transmission and asked them if they noticed anything during those specific times . they confirmed they did notice a fast HR but nothing being reported as abnormal by the PM.

Long story short i went to my El...

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ICD vs. Pacemaker

On my second ICD as the battery was about to expire.. Have noticed a few posts here where considering changing out Pacemaker for an ICD. I have to wonder why not get an ICD to start with.....since they also have pacing feature? Both treat similar arrhythmia issues which got us here to start with. Seems this would be preferred as you might be better protected and save the need to switch. Sure there must be a good reason and I would be curious to know..

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Ventricular. Tachycardia/ ICD restrictions

Last Saturday I hand washed my car, eat a pizza, took a hot shower and I went to a birthday party. Before leaving for the birthday party I took Flecainide and my blood thinner. While driving I noticed on my Fitbit my heart rate was evaluated to 169bpm. I didn't become concern do to I'm in Afib and my cardiologist assistant stated my Fitbit would not get a good reading because of the Afib. The following Monday morning I received a call from my doctor office stating they recei...

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Possible future pacemakers and internally produced indefinite energy from a mechanical harvester.

Get a load of the article I've linked to below.

I know I initially questioned why my pacemaker doesn't have a rechargeable battery, and of course the answer comes back with references to medical advancements, and hoped for or assumed better reasons for the reimplantation than the new battery alone. That's a valid point, but in the case of a given PM being fully functional, serving all my technical needs, as well as allowing me to pursue the preferred...

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ERI - No Surgeries Because of Covid

Hi Everyone - I am a 72 year old woman who has had a Medtronic Pacemaker for 12 and 1/2 years (for Bradychardia - sick sinus syndrome.) I went into ERI on August 5 and feel just horrible. Extreme fatigue, constant fluttering heartbeat, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure. Problem is: I live in a small town in Southern Oregon and all of our hospitals have shut down surgeries because they are short- staffed, and have no room - over-flowing with Covid patients....

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Pacer Recording

Question?  I have a Medtronic MRI safe pacer. If it is set to record HR below 50 or above 120....will it record if I am in afib with rates running between 60 -90. Every time I see cardiologist my episodes are less then what I have recorded on my Kardia  monitor. Any advice or feedback appreciated. 

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Hybrid Cars

We are considering purchasing a new mild hybrid car. Meaning it switches between petrol and electric. Never occurred to me to ask salesman about the electric part interacting with pacemaker devices tbh. Not that he would probably know tbh. So thought it more beneficial to ask here. So is it safer to just stick to petrol only please? 

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Theraputic Physiotherapy

Is theraputic ultrasound treatment safe for pacemaker devices please?.

I have a sore knee and will be going for private physio and this treatment will probably be beneficial but not sure if it's safe.

Thank you

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Good, I guess

The problem with feeling pretty good most of the time? When I have noticeable a-fib symptoms, I have forgotten what they feel like! Laid down for a nap & when I got up I felt my heart racing, was slightly short of breath, felt sort of shaky...Started to get uneasy & then I realized that I used to feel this way a lot more often! 

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5th battery change

Started in 1984 after heart attack with first pacemaker, now recovering from my fifth battery change. Last 37 years living with slow heart rate has been challenging but so blessed & thankful for a full life  especially during Covid struggles but my life goes on as expected. Retired at 73 and thankful for a full normal life. 
HH

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Covid and the heart, a warning!

Do not be complacent! In spite of double vaccination against Covid (Pfizer) and known to have antibodies from the vaccination, Four weeks ago I  caught Covid (thanks to an immuno-suppressed  heart transplant mate that I play table-tennis with, socially distanced by the length of the table). The Covid was mild - like having hay-fever with a tickly cough for 2 weeks. I was able to go out and  do the gardening within 48 hours.   It has left me with continuing  new o...

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Rough day

Been a tough one. Had a tet a tet with my Cardiologist today. It's one thing to recognize things are winding down, it's still another to have a professionsl whom you respect confirm it. Yeah, yeah. I know we talk about this all the time and my Cardiology team doesn't candy coat things for me...still. 

Seems I've had several more TIAs since last we met, and I lost weight for unplanned reasons.  For the novices thats transient ischemic attacks (mini strokes)...

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I’m still new to pacemakers so I’m sorry if I ask crazy stuff, but I’m scared right now?!

This entire past weekend I was feeling real crappy. By that I mean really dizzy, or lightheaded and with nausea. 
my legs also felt like Jelly. I went to the ER and had many tests run including an EKG and which all checked out fine. 
 

Well this morning, I got a call from Kaiser letting me know that on Monday which is when I was at the ER my report showed an irregular heartbeat. The lady on the phone said now I have to wait for a call that isn't for a few mo...

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Post pacemaker/ICD implant pain

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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New to Club

I am one month into have implant and having no problems. Just posting to say hi and thank all for the forum info I have spent the last month or so going over. We have all come here because of history but always nice to have advise and info from others going through similar procedures. These little units sure have come a long way since hockey puck size one speed only units of my father's day. I have an ICD/CRT unit so not pacing per se but constant syncing of my out of sync heart. I w...

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