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Anyone have an abdominal pacemaker?

I was born with a heart defect that resulted in me being implanted with a pacemaker at 18months of age. I'm now thirty and my leads require much higher voltage to pace than when I was implanted with my device. I'm using pacemakers rather rapidly, and approaching my fifth pacemaker change. I started having complications and pain in my shoulder area, so in 2015 I had an extra set of leads implanted in the abdominal area, incase my leads broke after being repositioned. (These are on the...

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Alcohol

Hi everyone,

I have just gotten my pacemaker implanted 2 days ago. I am only 20 years old. Being so young I still would like to be able to get out and have a drink with my friends but I am wondering if that is possible now that I have a pacemaker? When could you start drinking again and how much was it okay to drink? Did drinking affect your pacemaker and how?

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Exercise and fast HR

Hello 

I am 25 years old, and I've had my icd for about 4 years. All was well, except lately I've had some palpitations after I workout. After exercise my heart rate dips into 90s but then all it starts racing in 140s. Of course I'm going to call my cardiologists office, but before I do has anyone experienced anything similar? Thank you 

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Night sweats

Anyone else had these after PM ?  Had implant two months ago yesterday and have had night sweats lately.  Is it my body unhappy with new resident?

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Sinus Node Ablation?

Has anyone here had either a Sinus Node Ablation or Sinus Node modification done? 

If so i'd be interested to know if you had any benefit from it... and were you able to stop or reduce antiarrythmic drugs afterwards? 

My Dr has suggested it to me once again... just not sure about it. 

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Leadless pacemakers

Has anyone heard about leadless pacemakers directly implanted into the heart? 

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Under the muscle

Hi I am due to have my battery changed in the next 3 months I go to whiston hospital Merseyside l asked today if it could be fitted underneath the muscle as mine protrudes and affects my confidence in relation to cloths, now I know we are lucky to have our NHS and I do appreciate it but have any of you gone from under the skin to under the muscle in the liverpool area, my tech says she doesn't think they will do this as I would have to go to the Royal so that's changing councils what&...

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Pacemaker recovery post op timescale.

Am now 1 week post op on my second PM after the first one was removed due to infection. I was worried that last time I'd tried to push recovery too quickly as it was great just getting back to normal.

I was wanting to know how active folks have been during their recovery? Last time I built up walking gradually to end up to be back on the local mountains after 6 week, was about to start cycling on & off road, was gonna leave climbing etc til a few month.

Also play guitar an...

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Rwave

does anyone know what “low R wave” means? And what that’s due to. 

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Tightness in the chest

Hi members

I've had my PM 2weeks ago just needed to know if the feeling of fullness in the chest is normal at this stage. I'm 70yrs. When does the pain over the insertion site subside and is it normal to have a irregular pulse sometimes resulting in fullness in the chest over the sternum. 

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Coronavirus

Does just having a pacemaker put us in a high risk group if we contract coronavirus? I was wondering if  having leads going into our hearts makes us high risk for complcations of the virus?

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Strange heart beats

Ok a quick run down have (Tachycardia  brachycardia) was given a PM and also take verapamil, took a few tweaks for PM setting and is good for the most part, I recently has a little bit of anxiety so my heart was already kinda racyish so I started to work out, felt good for the most part,also my upper limit is 175bpm I think  but never really get that high,low is 60bpm, Any ways I was running and noticed it was racing really fast then I slowed down a bit and it was racing faster...

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New here, will have PM put in on 3.03.2020

I am having PM put in next week for bradycardia. My heart rate has been in the 40s for many decades. My concern is this, when my heart beats at a more normal higher range, will it feel like anxiety? I have struggled in the past with anxiety and am fearful of experiencing it again. Thanks all. 

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Is it time for an ablation?

It has been just 8 weeks since PM surgery. I have healed well except for the usual discomfort of adjusting to battery in my chest,  especially at night as a side sleeper. Surgeon did a great job as I usually heal super slow, and this has required nothing more than Tylenol and scar looks good. ( I am a sensitive female and compared to my husband's PM scar...mine looks great😏. )
 

 Now the not so good. I was tachy-brady and having increased issues. The PM was to al...

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Neck and Bradycardia

I had to get a pacemaker about this time last year (2/2019) because of bradycardia and my heart random pausing.

The pacemaker is a miracle for me.  My heartbeat was getting worse week-by-week.   I feel so much better now.  I would likely be dead now without the pacemakers.

(I struggled with this for years.  Going to doctors telling them I would have a sensation like my circulation was blocked briefly.  They would look at me like I had 2-heads and have...

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IV dental treatment and a dual chamber pacemaker

I happily had my pacemaker fitted under a local anaesthetic but show me a dentist's chair and I quiver like a jelly. I am a wuss.

My dentist recently declined to give me intravenous (IV) sedation because of my pacemaker; he said I would need hospital treatment for a simple filling. 

At my request, my consultant has now given me a letter to say I have a *dual chamber* pacemaker NOT a cardioverter defibrillator. He has no objection to my dentist giving me int...

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Metformin and pacemakers

Hi all, over the past week or so, I've had an extra-strong pulse above (ie, higher than) my pacemaker. It's been the regulation 60bpm, lasts for about 10 seconds then stops -- you literally cannot feel anything -- though of course my heartbeat carries on.

Apart from the annoyance and puzzlement there are no other effects. It's not painful, merely startling. I haven't even felt the need to bother my doctor.

Putting two and two together and possibly making...

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Small hard "bump" abov pacemaker

My pacemaker was done in Dec. 2019, then after having a lot of palpatations, the leads were changed two weeks later. I'm still feeling the palpatations, but to a less degree, and I'm on Eliquis. Just today, Feb. 26, I saw a small hard bump above my pacemaker! This really concerns me! Anyone else experienced this, and if so, is it serious? I will also be calling my Dr. concerning this also. 

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Low blood pressure

I'm 1 year post dual chamber pacemaker. This week my blood pressure became very low 99/54. Called family doc since an hmo and asked what to do. She says stop my telimisartan no med. Have no symptoms. Seeing doc next week for physical and keeping journal of readings. Also had sinus infection and given steroid injection. Other than this, there have been no problems. I'm going to have her refer me to my EP to check my pacemaker out. Anyone out there have this happen with low BP.

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Recovering from ablation for atrial tachycardias

I had an ablation for atrial tachyicardias last week, including aflutter. My arrhythmias had emerged since about October, including ventricular arrhythmias that were being 'paced out' by the ICD. Meds had little effect.  Over 110 areas ablated over 7 hours, and about 24 hours in the hospital. I am feeling stronger over the last couple of days.  I had a cardiac arrest/4 shocks from my ICD including asystole in mid December, and unfortunately, no ventricular arrhythmias e...

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