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New to PaceMaker

Hi Everyone, 

It all happened over last weekend with me feeling dizzy in sucession, short of breath and fatigue. Went to hospital and EKG showed a second degree Type II  2:1 block. Treadmill stress test worsened the block and was advised to get a PM. It's about a week now with PM installed, still grappling with the situation as to what happened suddenly. I'm 54 male leading a very healthy life, exercising, no previous heart condition, no previous medication,...

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Understanding my pacemaker

Hi there,

i had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted in august due to 2nd degree heart block! I have had the settings changed from 60 to 70 due to low blood pressure which made me feel very light headed! My ep also put me on midodrine which made me very unwell with very high blood pressure.

Have come off the midodrine but am very weak in legs and unable to excercise!  My ep said he doesn't think I need to see him again and go to local hospital to have settings changed down to...

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will i feel any different in the cooler weather

PM  implanted end of Aug. 2019, am sitting here in front of computer, in my home where the  inside temperature is now 72F.  Wondering if i will feel any different in the cooler weather now that i have the PM. i know some might wonder why i would ask this.  Am in Florida where not used to the cool weather have been  here nearly 50 years now.

mary

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Back Pack Blower

My yard is filling up with leaves 🍁- implanted 3 weeks ago .

i have a commercial backpack gasoline powered blower - STIHL model , the best ! 

Any danger in strapping it on and using it ? 

I read to not use a blower if the ignition system is within 12” of my device .

anyine have any such experience  ????

should I hire it out this year ?

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Recovery

Hi I am roughly 8 days away from getting an ICD. I'm choosing to have it done under the muscle. I have LBBB and am a 55-year-old female. Wondering what the recovery is going to be like. I am reading where people are three weeks out and still cannot lift their arm over their head. For the folks on here that I've had it under The muscle what is the recovery like?  I work from home so I will be taking the week of Thanksgiving off as I'm having surgery that Tuesday but I am...

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PM or just me ?

Today I did some laundry. I had a basket of clean clothes that was pretty dull since I was a little behind from recovering (insert 10/22).  I estimate the basket weighed 30 pounds .

i carried it upstairs about 14 stairs or steps. 
 

i noticed I was slightly winded when inreached the top of the stairs.  
 

pre insertion that didn't happen- I'm a fit guy and while my heart rate would have naturally increased I wouldn't have felt i...

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Unexpected side effects

Hi guys, 

Hope you all are well. Bit of a strange one this but i was wondering if anyone else has experienced the same side effect as me after dual chamber PM implant.

Im 35 and had a PM put in 03/12/2018 due to issues with episodes of standstill for several seconds at a time. Everything went fine and checkups all okay, however there is one side effect i have noticed.

Since the PM, i have experienced weak bladder and the urge to urinate is one thats intense when it happ...

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New member

Hi everyone,  I am Denise. I had my pacer implanted 8/1/19 due to Sick Sinus syndrome . Still trying to get used to it. I am 55 years old.. I found this site and have been reading everyone's experiences. It has been a blessing finding this site. It has helped me  a lot to just relax; and accept my new friend 'Hope '.

Still has some soreness at the site because it was placed in the muscle. Plan to take my first flight, in December, a little uneasy but I know I will...

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ADVICE PLEASE

Dear Pacemaker friends,

I have just completed a brief description of why I got my pacemaker in my Bio in case this is of help in giving me an opinion.   I have summary copies of my last two pacemaker checks so hopefully I will be able to give you technical details if you need these.

My dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker is apparently working well.  It has mode switching turned on so that when I go into my atrial arrhythmias at a certain speed and for a certain duration it...

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3 Months!

3 months ago today, I was rushed into hospital following syncope, and had a PM implanted for a Mobitz Type II block.  As a result of cuts in NHS funding, my local hospital is extremely busy and after an overnight stay I was discharged without a proper consultation with a cardiologist.  It was only by reading my discharge papers that I knew what was wrong.

Luckily, I am a Biomedical Scientist and have a good knowledge of medical terminology, and was, therefore, able to get a lo...

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VAT

Actually VAT can be claimed  in the UK if you have a pacemaker ,  but only if the purchase is relavant to the pacemaker.  Can't think of anything that could be relavant though apart from perhaps medical alert jewellery.  Worth asking

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I-STOP-Afib study

FYI - I have no affiliation with this study. Just posting this for those that might want to participate. Just got this in my email today.

Announcement below.

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Help us fight AFib, NOW INTERNATIONALLY AVAILABLE!


Thank you to all of you who wrote to our study team interested in participating outside of North America, we are now available world-wide! Please download the app per t...

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VAT

Is it true that if you have a pacemaker you can be exempt iof VAT on purchases?

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pacemaker for swallow syncope

I'm so thankful to find this forum, 16 days after getting a pacemaker to resolve swallow syncope. I noticed feeling faint while eating/drinking and a 5-second AV block was fortunately captured by the Holter monitor. It is shocking to need a dual lead pacemaker for a perfectly healthy heart. But I am so thankful that it was caught early before I actually started having blackouts and injury.

I'm relieved to hear that still having pain, 2 weeks post-op is not unusual. But is i...

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Anxious

I am so thankful for this forum. I am three weeks post dual chamber pacemaker surgery for third degree av block.  No other heart disease or damage, just this connectivity problem. My issue is that I have general feeling of anxiety and worries around trusting my pacemaker. I was told at my follow up appointment that I am being paced 98%. Can't get past the fact that this is my life now. I just turned 61 and am worried about my future though reading positive comment...

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Any others diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome?

It's been 2 years since I've been diagnosed and have received my ICD/Pacemaker. Would like to talk to a few others about the condition. Upkeep, ways to deal with anxiety, compare doctors orders and such. Haven't found any support groups or even other people with it so would be nice to hear from others with the same condition.

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I challenge you...

I always make a point of countering the post op pictures in the gallery with pictures of being active, of leading a perfectly normal life. But right now most of them are me so help me out and add yours. Show us what you do for fun, fueled by your pacer. 

p.s. the other pictures are ok too, no need to stop posting them! Not being critical, just encouraging more happy pictures. 

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Car insurance

Hi all after having a pacemaker fitted did your car insurance go up after telling the Dvla thanks Carl 

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Can I be a Driving instructor with a pacemaker

Hi I'm about to get my battery changed and as I am a painter and decorator am thinking of a new career as a driving instructor any body on here doing this with a pacemaker?thanks Carl 

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Anyone has a MEDTRONIC AZURE XT SR MRI SURE SCAN PM?

I am just trying to connect with others who might have the same pacemaker as mine: MEDTRONIC AZURE XT SR MRI SURE SCAN.

Thank you in advance.

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Your device makes you win at the slot machines.

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I have an ICD which is both a pacer/defib. I have no problems with mine and it has saved my life.