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What does it mean

Hi been for my annual checkup and was told my pacemaker was working at 22%, can someone tell me what this means as I don’t understand thanks 

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Disney Wine & Dine races

Before the one race started, they were interviewing runners with stories and one lady said she was on her second pacemaker. Any chance she's here? I was waving hi from my corral :o)

 

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hard area in the front of the underarm?

I am not quite three weeks out from CRT-D implantation.  I wasn't able to take any painkillers except day of surgery, and this one has been a bit more painful than my first device, so I only have been able to raise my left arm well this week.  Noticed a hard lump in the left underarm; I don't think it was there before the surgery.  No pain from it; just an exeedingly mild ache after showering with, of course, warm water.

Has anyone experienced anything like t...

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medicare and pacemakers two

See URL     

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=267%20

 

If the pacemaker is for non reversable case it is allowed.  But I have been on sotalol since 1980s.  This is not really reversable bur Menicare considers it to be reversable so no dice.

 

Curiousd

 

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type two block

Is there anyone on this list who has a pacemaker for a type two block?

Curiousd

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Pacemaker for type two block

Medicare does not allow a pacemaker for type two heart blocks ,  Say I bought the pacemaker myself. Almost all cardiologists depend on a medicare practice and will lose their ability to have medicare if they proceed with such a pacemaker, purchased by the patient.

 

How can one get around this problem?

 

Curiousd

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Anyone here had their icd removed?

Im 26 yeara old, I've had my ICD for 20 months now, since having the icd I have had problem after problem, 

1 Month after surgery I got a blood clot in the lung, followed by a heart attack.

4 months post surgery I got another blood clot which blocked most blood flow to my left arm, which is now in constant pain, I can't hold anything longer then 10 seconds or my arm gets very weak and swollen (yes I still have the clot there, doctors say it will never desolve)

F...

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cold or reactions to what ever is in the air

Since having PM implanted end of Aug.   I now either have a cold for the first time in over  10 years or reaction to something in the air.  I do live along the coast in Fl.,where we have the bloomin Red Tide.  Which is a killer if you have breathing  problems.  Which i do not.

   Am now wondering if the PM is causing me to react to what ever is in the air.  Have been taking my allergy supplement now, which lasts 3 hours before the s...

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Blood thinners

Is anyone taking blood thinners. I was recently told by my pacemaker/defibrillator reading said I had an Afib episode. Very upset and disappointed because I have a pacemaker and did not think that could happen. Thoughts? Comments?

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Would anyone like to share their experience who's had an MRI post pacemaker?

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and need to get an MRI.  I have a dual chamber pacemaker that's MRI capatible but am still a little nervous.  I have no problems being in the machine.  It's just the thought of all those magnets around me.  Does anyone want to share their experience?  I'm aware that the MRI feature needs to be turned on first.

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Bruising and swelling over site

I had my pm placed in February of this year and all has been going well.  I noticed today that I have bruising and significant swelling over the insertion site.  I have not done any lifting or any activity which would explain this.  I do not have a fever but it is very tender.  Is this cause for concern?

 

Thanks

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SAY NO TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

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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Right side chest pain

Hi, 

I am hoping someone can help me figure out what’s going on. I had my PM implanted on Sept 12, 2019. During the procedure I was under conscious sedation and fell asleep, only to be awakened due to excruciating pain in the right side of my chest. The docs were unable to tell me why I was having so much pain, and in the meantime I could hear them saying that they were having trouble with stopping the bleeding and that the leads needed to be redone. I then fell back to sleep...

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heart monitors

Where is the section about heart monitors. Why isn't there one?

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Heart rate

I have a crazy heart rate where it will jump high like this morning was 161 then fall to 48. Does anyone else have this problem? It worries me! Nobody takes it serious but I believe it causes my dizziness. I have unexplained dizziness. It jumps so quick that the pacemaker doesn't catch it when they interrogate he pacemaker but the pulse recorder on my watch picks it up.

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Atrial fibrillation & pacemakers.

Hi Guys,

have’t posted for a while, thought this might be of some interest.

Had my pm since 2009, a St. Jude, Zephyr, for Sick Sinus Syndrome. No problems. 

I have had paroxsysmal AFib since I was 22, now 73.

Few years back, started asking for a copy of the PM printout at PM checks. Read it and noticed there was an algorythm for AFib. It was off.

Asked why?   Answer....... doesn’t make much difference to most people.

Me....

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Worried about AV Block Progression.

I am still very new to all this - only had my PM since 13 August 19.  I was diagnosed with Mobitz II, but I keep on reading that a Stage 2 block can rapidly progress to a complete block.  Does anyone know what the chances are of this happening and what the symptoms would be if it happened?

Graham.

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Is it true...

Hello! I read that after being diagnosed with HF that you only have about 5 years to go with your heart. Is this true? Should I be counting down for my heart transplant? I think I am in stage 3 HF. I have many health problems which are not on my side. I have had my pacemaker/defibrillator for almost 3 years now. Will this help extend the life of my heart? Any thoughts? Have a great day! 

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6month interrogation ...pacing %%%

My atrial has been pacing at 77%  and my ventricular 30% since implant Dec 17,2018. My latest check up..interrogation ..Sept. 12,2019 shows a dramatic increase in ventricular pacing...it jumped to 86%. My atrial remains the same.  77%. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED WITH THE INCREASE.  I know it can fluctuate .  My doctor did not mention this until I pointed it out. I am concerned that something is going on with my heart..when I asked him why it was happening ...and so...

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Upcoming Pacemaker and AV node ablation

Hello everyone. This is my first post. I'm hoping to get a positive response to my question. 
I have had persistent a fib on and off since 2007. Two ablations, numerous cardioversions, mitral valve repair 3 years ago. Some of you may know the drill.

I am scheduled for a pacemaker and AV node ablation in three weeks. 

My question is:  

Has anyone had this done, and what was the outcome?  I have read that some people still experience tiredness. &nb...

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A properly implanted and adjusted pacemaker will not even be noticeable after you get over the surgery.