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New to PM Question

I have had the PM (2 in 1) device for 3 weeks. Is a "pinching" sensation normal by the implant?

Thank you

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holidays abroad still take monitor with me

just wondered if after all of this covid 19 palava is done and dusted, if i was to go abroad for a holiday would i have to pack my bed side monitor with me,it came with its own wifi dongle but im lead to believe it is a uk based provider, im eager to find out if i would ahve to take it with me or not. has anyone had issues like this ?

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New Pacemaker

I received my pacemaker, Edora 8 DR-T, September 11, 2020. It's been one month. I've read and been told most people can tell an immediate difference. I have bradycardia and afib. My resting heart rate was 43 and is 63 now. 
I just had my first checkup 12 days ago and my doctor made an adjustment. I still do not feel any better. I am fatigued and stay sleepy all the time. How long before most people see improvement? Thanks. 

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Feeling Tired Due to CRT-D pacemaker implant

Had CRT-D implanted on September 22.  The first week felt fine (better than before implant).  Last 2 weeks have felt extemely tired, felt nauseous a few times, can't do my exercises, pretty much lathargic all the time except when sitting or sleepting.  67 year old male in good health untill all of this.  Also take Amiodarine might have something to due with it.  Thanks in advance

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Sleep tracking

Hello, I had a pacemaker installed three months ago and have appreciated reading information on this forum. My question is about use of a Fitbit to track sleep stages after having a pacemaker.  I had tracked my sleep and sleep stages regularly using a Fitbit InspireHR device prior to the pacemaker. After getting the pacemaker my Fitbit device records little or no REM sleep. Deep sleep recorded is more variable than pre-pacemaker.  I've therefore been trying t...

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SAY NO TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

The Medicare Advantage plans are starting up thier non-stop 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...

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Fall from a bike, and ICD

Hello,

I am 26 years old and an avid mountain biker. On Sunday, I fell hard, hit my head, and my chest (including the ICD), went to the ED, had a chest x-ray, and a head CT, both of which were negative for injuries. On Monday, I sent a remote interrogation to my device clinic and everything looked good on it. However, today, the area around the icd has become a lot more tender. Should I call my doc, or just keep icing/Tylenol. Best, Paula

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Pinching

I had a valve replacement on aug 10 and a pace maker in the 11

i feel. Pinching on the side of the pace maket

 

is this normal!

 

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Cpap

Just wondering if anyone uses a cpap machine I ended up having to have sleep study done after pacemaker lead moved from original spot anyways I've been getting bad sinus pressure I've tried everything my machine has humidifier on it I take sinus meds daily running out of options 

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Palpatations

Has anyone been told Prozac can increase palpatations

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alcohol and the pacemaker

Hello all....does anyone have any thoughts about drinking alcohol and having a pacemaker...?

 

chrs Dave

 

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Heart rate a lot lower than pacemaker setting

My pacemaker ( St Jude duel chamber) was installed 8/27/2020. I constantly check my HR with either Apple Watch, Fitbit (sleeping) and Omron machine.  My pacemaker is set at 70 bpm however the other devices (even at my doctor's office) show my HR at 39 to 44 much of the time while at rest.  The doc says i have an extra heartbeat that causes this. I had afib and went through the cardio ablation in November of 2019. Doc says not afid now but the extra heartbeat.  i am tired al...

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MRI, oh my.

So, I have a torn up Achilles' tendon in my heel and an appointment with an orthopedic doc on Friday. I saw my primary care doc on Monday and she wanted me to get an MRI of the ankle/heel before the Friday appointment. 
 

the first imaging center I spoke to said their machines work fine with my "MRI Safe" device, but they don't have the team necessary to work with pacemakers so I was referred to my local hospital MRI center. After speaking to them,...

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Boston Scientific doctor near Rochester NY?

Does anyone know of an electrophysiologist near Rochester NY who does Boston Scientific pacemakers?

My current pacemaker is near the end of its lifetime, and I would like to replace it with a dual sensor pacemaker from Boston Scientific. I need adaptive pacing for my chronotropic incompetence. My current pacemaker (from Medtronic) is not helpful for biking.

Or maybe I'm asking the wrong question? Maybe plenty of doctors are willing to put in a Boston Scientific, and the r...

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Medical Clearence Check

Hi everyone,

So I have been considering applying to a foreign service fellowship with the department of state in the USA. But upon reading the requirements I saw that it requires you to pass a medical check. I was wondering if any of you know if my pacemaker would prevent me from passing one. I can't find any clear information online about the required medical check. I am not pacemaker dependent and have no other medical conditions that would prevent me from passing. But I can&...

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What pacemaker, is it still there?

I wonder if my comment here might be a hopeful thing for some in their early pm days.  
   I reckon it took around two years for my heart to become happy with my twin lead St Jude pm for complete heart block. 
    And now, two and a half years on, I'm not even aware I have a pacemaker, or even a heart. I'm almost a normal old man, whatever that is!


   
   

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Probiotics?

Two weeks ago I had a small spot appear on my pacemaker scar, and some soreness/possible swelling under my arm that might have been related but might also have been coincidental. The pacemaker has also been feeling just generally a bit sore, as if something is rubbing or has moved. My GP put me on antibiotics in case of infection which really affected my stomach.  For a while was taking the probiotic lactobacillus rhamosus which was really helping. But I stopped taking it becau...

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Follow up: not working out post-covid

Had a PFT and stress test, breezed through both for the most part so I'm allowed to work out again. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a mild case of asthma now, don't know if it's from the infection or the timing is coincidence but I don't guess it matters much, we know what it is so can treat it and I can get back to being active again. Made some tweaks to my pacer also, something about atrial sensing and p waves that mostly went over my head, but hopefully that will help goi...

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sick sinus /bradycardia

I was diagnosed with sick sinus/bradycardia Dec 2019 ,medtronic PM implanted at that time, (68 year male) at times i still seem to be dizzy ,it happens in spells ,some times i go for days without spells and then they come back,mostly later during the evening,anyone else have this happen? also i would like to know how long you have had this condition and your PM,i look on the web and it seems the problem (sick sinus) continiues to get worse as time goes on and the life expectancy acording...

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Heart beat and sleep

Hi had a box change 1st June unfortunately my top A lead wasn't working but surgeon decided I didn't really need it, so just turned it off. 

I feel OK but I just can't sleep the PM was changed to 50Bp it had been at 60Bp for the last 23years.they say to make my heart work harder? As soon as I try to sleep I get the flop flop feeling and if I get to sleep I wake up with a strong beat my PM kicking in I think. I want to go back to the hospital but don't want to look a...

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