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AIR TRAVEL

Has anyone ever been asked to obtain a letter from their doctor for fitness to fly, because of having a pacemaker.

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Thanks for comments for further information I have booked a holiday 24/1/20 to Tenerife from Cardiff. This will be 6th time since June 2017, same hotel. I can't do aircraft steps  due to arthritis, knee and hip replacement and waiting for further knee replacement. Also have 12 stents fitted. Ve...

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Stents

Hi everyone, just a question for all of you out there. I got my PM on 30 September so two months now. Before getting this done I had to have two stents put in due to the blockage in blood vessels. I was just curious if any of you also have both? Stents and a PM

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EMF

Is there anybody out there that goes deep sea fishing I was kind of curious about the EMF  due to too big diesel engines and generator radar sonar all that  just wondering if anybody goes out and has had any problems 

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Had my first experience today ......

I went to see Hamilton today .... got there and the had the security thing to walk through and a guy with a wand. 
I decided to check it out .... pulled out my plastic mediatornic card and said ... no can do.

it was a Sunday matinee performance so not a lot of threatening lookimg folks filing through. I look pretty harmless myself.

i went around the device and the guy with the wand said ...."you got anything on you?" 
I said "nope&...

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Open Enrollment for Medicare Ends December 7, 2019

The Medicare Advantage plans are going crazy with their advertising trying to seduce Medicare recipients to switch or stay on their Advantage plan.  The provider organizations make way more money on these plans than they do on regular Medicare with a Plan F or Plan G supplement which is why the drumbeat goes on every few minutes on TV.  Don't do it.

There is an enormous amount of fine print on these plans.  You will have all kinds of deductibles, co-pays, and out of p...

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Has Anyone had Radiation to the Chest?

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and need to start radiation treatments.  I know the cancer center can handle this, but has anyone gone through radiation in the chest area?  This is making me nervous, since I'm worried about my pacemaker.

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Icd vs entresto

Hi everyone I am days away from having an ICD implanted. Went to see my cardiologist today my EF is 20%. They're going to do another echo to see if my EF has increased since taking entresto about four months ago. My doctor said if I get it up to 35% I may not need the ICD. Has anyone had this or experienced this at all. I'm really reluctant on getting the ICD I'd rather do whatever I can to improve my EF. I have also had LBBB but the doctor says I can live with that but I need to...

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What would you do ?

Ok ..... tomorrow will mark 30 days and I’m told I can lift my left arm overhead . 

Should I exercise it through it’s normal range of motion ? 

What did some of you guys do?

I realize I don’t really lift my arms overhead too often . 

I guess I will have to change that lightbulb in the kitchen my wife asked about 😬?

i moved my office so I have some pictures I can hang? 

A tree branch that need lopped off? 

Giv...

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pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome

Mericare does not pay for a sick sinus syndrome pacemaker if the  patient takes sotalol for AFIB.

Most cardiologists in U.S.use Medicare. Anyone know of a cardiologist in new england  that does not have  this restriction.?

 

 

Curiousd

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pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome

Mericare does not pay for a sick sinus syndrome pacemaker if the  patient takes sotalol for AFIB.

Most cardiologists in U.S.use Medicare. Anyone know of a cardiologist in new england  that does not have  this restriction.?

 

 

Curiousd

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third lead

I saw my EP yesterday and we discussed my EF trending down, down, down.  It looks like I'm going to need a new pacemaker sometime in the fairly near future with a third lead in order to make my heart happier.  I'm at 49% right now, but it has been dropping all year from 75% high at implant.  I'm quite active and weight train and am only 63.  He mentioned that there is some thought that younger people should just get a 3-lead at the beginning as a fair percentag...

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Back with another question

Does anyone notice if they lay on their right side their left shoulder rolls over toward the center on their chest and it puts pressure on their device causing discomfort ? Or at least that’s how it feels to me . 

I imagine this device just below my collar bone is laying against my skin and pec muscle ? Something that wasn’t there before .

i might have become a back sleeper 

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Lightheaded

I went to the ER on 10/19/19.

i went because I was feeling lightheaded .... had been for a week or so . I was also short of breath and felt generally unwell. 
 

by 10/22 I had a PM with what they called a Type or Level on heart block .... my resting rate was around 40.

so now it's 11/20.  I'm told my PM is functioning as it should maintaining the appropriate heart rate. 
 

I am walking coulple of miles a day and tonight got on...

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Pacemaker complete change

Hi

I recently had my pacemaker replaced after 10 years under local anaesthesia. 

However post the change, i started loosing weight and have lost my appetite altogether. Very recently the symptoms strated getting worser. And I have lost almost 5kg in one month. Doctors are unsure to why that might be.

Will very much appreciate anyones input on the matter.

Thanks

 

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Pacemaker

It's been one week since my Pacemaker procedure. On 5 occasions I've had what I can only describe is a throbbing heart rate and sometime slightly elevated HR as well. After 30-60 seconds it subsides and goes back to a normal rate. After the first two episodes I went to the Dr for an interrogation and nothing was out of the ordinary. I had two tonight both within 1 hour of the other. Is this just the pacemaker doing its job? Above is the best way I can describe the feeling. Thoughts?

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Running with a Pacemaker

I am a 63 year old man. 10 days ago I received a pacemaker. It went in me on a Friday. The next Monday (3 days later). I started to do a slow 2 mile treadmill jog. I jogged everyday last week for a weekly total of a very modest 14 miles. This week I am continuing the same 2 miles but slighltly faster. I do my best to keep bandages dry from sweat and when I shower (possibly getting the area wet was the only thing that seem to upset my cardiologist). In addition to the Pacemaker I was placed on...

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Traveling without PM monitor...

I have had my PM for almost 8 months now and haven't had any complications whatsoever.  My checkups have been great.  I am soon going on a little get away visiting family.  It will be a 3 night stay.  I know that I could take my bedside monitor with me but 1) I would rather not deal with it, and 2) I doubt that it will pick up the satelites where I am going.  No wifi and very poor cell reception.

Do any of you see any big issues with me leaving my moniotring...

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CONGENITAL COMPLETE HEART BLOCK FOUND AT 23

Well this is going to be a long story. My name is Thomas Watkins, I am a 23 year old male from Cambridge UK. About 6 weeks back I experience an episode of hyperventilation syndrome (A panic attack) at university and my house mates called an amublance.

Upon their arrival they calmed me down and hooked me up to an ECG and discovered a complete (third degree) heart block. I was taken to hospital and thats where I stayed for 8 days while they conducted several tests including multiple...

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Pacemaker

In August this year I have my pacemaker implanted because I fainted and was unconscious.

I was admitted to a hospital, and on the same night, I have another episode of chest tightness

and cold sweat.  The doctor found out my heat beat was 30 mins per second, I was hook on

to a temporary pacemaker for observation, subsequence nights that followed my heart beat was

normal.  However, the doctor decided to implant the pacemaker.  

Three months has...

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New type of bionic pacemaker

This looks interesting so I thought I'd share it:

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20191114/New-type-of-bionic-pacemaker.aspx

A new study published in the Journal of Physiology on November 14, 2019, reports the development of a radically different type of cardiac pacemaker which could change the prognosis of patients with heart failure.

This bionic pacemaker follows the natural change in heart rhythm that occurs with breathing, and causes a steep improvement i...

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I'm 43 and have had my pacemaker four weeks today. I'm looking forward to living another 50 years and this marvelous device inside me will help me do that.