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Pics are amazing

Guys you are great! Looking good in surgery pics.

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Thanks for comment

Tracey

Thank you so much for info. The more I know the better I feel about what to expect and being prepared.

Best wishes

Izzy

PS Where do you find gallery pics?

 

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Sometimes I post daft messages

Gemita

Thank you for your kindness and patience. I really appreciate the help you have given in answering my more serious posts. The last post didn't quite come out right. It seemed trivial for me to be asking about what you can and can't  wear when my other posts were very serious so I was trying to make a joke of it.!

I had read that you have to be careful with straps and pressure on the site, so didn't know what type of bra is best. Also I had read about one ma...

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Hi I'm back for more

This is a great site. I am so grateful for the comments as I had no idea how to get info before from people with first hand experience. I have now been told I have AV type 2, stage 2 block, if that helps. (Sounds like an exam cert!). I haven't any symptoms. I had my pulse taken for something else and was found to have a slow heart rate and eventually had an appointment for an ECG. I don't think they expected to find anything. Obviously, I am one of the lucky ones. I just wish I could...

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Thanks guys

Your comments today have been really helpful and cheered me up. Now I feel apprehensive  rather than terrified!

Bye for now

All the best

Izzy

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So what does it look like?!!!

Hi fellow club members

Would anyone like to tell me how large the scars are and if you get another one when the batteries are replaced?

Thanks in anticipation.

All  good wishes

Izzy

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Thank you

Hi

Not sure how you reply to individual comments. Do you message direct?

I really  appreciate you taking the trouble to reply. It's so good to know there are people out there who understand.

Very best wishes

Izzy

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Should I get a pacemaker?

Hi

I am a new user in the UK and this is my first post.

I have been advised to have a PM fitted due to AV stage 2. At present I don't  have any symptoms. I Zumba dance, do the garden and pretend to go to the gym.

Having found this problem they have advised me to have the PM as a preventative measure. Obviously, if I had symptoms I would be really grateful. 

I would prefer to carry on as I am. Does level 2 always progress to stage 3?

I am worried tha...

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New pacemaker

Hi guys

Im now 7 days with my new pacemaker and still very much in pain and discomfort. It's feels like the pacemaker is pressing against something in my chest and is very uncomfortable when walking. Is this normal and will there become a time where I don't feel it and can just get on with my life. Feeling very down at the moment. 

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one week pain

today is 1 week anniversary of pm insert. first few days pain was tolerable but since has gotten worse. sleep hard to come by . Called Dr yesterday and was told to take tylonal and keep moving arm. been doing that since day one. left shoulder puffy and tender. tell me it goes away. have telemed appt next Wed. have had several surgeries but pain aways decreased and not increased 

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PM with Breast implants

I had breast reconstruction surgery and have subpectoral implants.  I now need a PM.  Is there anyone that has fone thru this and can tell me about their experience?

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Pacemaker change

Hi. I've just had my first PM change after 8.5 years, I am male and 73 years old, and would appreciate any comments. I have gone from a Sorin Reply DR to a Boston Scientific Proponent L211, which seems physically slightly larger. I have been a little spooked by some of the comments on the internet regarding the Boston Scientific I am now using, so any comments about their performance would be welcome. Hope some of the experts on here can give me some reassurance. Many thanks in advan...

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Getting ICD

I'll be getting an ICD in two weeks. I just found out about having heart problems in February. I'm kind of nervous about the surgery.

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Well - That's me done!

I have been in hospital for five days after being admitted via A&E / ER.

I had a feeling of a heavy weight on my chest and started to find it difficult to breathe. I was given GTN and aspirin and the weight disappeared overnight.

I have been moved to the coronary care unit after several tests, all of them looking at my heart. They found nothing out of the ordinary that they did not already know about. It was not a heart attack.

I am now being assessed for possible heart...

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First pacemaker

Hey everyone! 
I just got my first pacemaker on July 1 2020.  I was told about all the driving/ arm restrictions.  Does that mean no husband time?  
Also- should I be concerned if I can feel pvcs or arrhythmias ?? 
 

and one more thing is - I accidentally hit the back of my right hand that had one of the IVs.  ( just got out of the hospital after 7 days) it literally started to balloon. I freaked out and had my husband put pressure on it...

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Blood thinner

Was told by nurse that I did not have to quit taking my blood thinner med prior to surgery. Almost all other procedures I have had had be quit 2 to 3 days prior. Any experience would be appreciated. Heading in Wed

 

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Intense Pulsing after ICD and new lead implanted

Hello, 

I am new to the site and was wondering if anyone else has experienced the following:  

I had a my second ICD implanted on June 26th after having a fractured lead and being shocked four times for no reason. 

Afterwards, I started experiencing what they thought were muscle spasms because the device was implanted pretty deep. However, I have started feeling an intense pulsating under my left breast. I went for a device check and they made a...

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You'd never know I have a pacemaker - axillary subpectoral pacemaker placement story

For anyone about to undergo pacemaker surgery and concerned about device protrusion, I'd encourage you to talk with your cardiologist about a subpactoral placement in the axillary (side of your armpit).  I'm an active, slender 45-year old woman and found out I needed a pacemaker after going through pre-op tests for open heart robotic surgery to repair my leaking mitral valve (turns out I had a 3rd degree heart block - yikes!).  After learning that I'd need a pacemaker, I...

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Dizziness

I'm new to this forum, and thank LondonAndy for telling me about it. 

On May 30, I got a St. Jude PM implanted. 

I've had some major issues with arrhythmia, still have bigeminy (and possibly PVCs again), and was taking Verapamil for a few weeks befor surgery. It made me dizzy, and my EP reduced the dose. 

My heart rate was around 50 normally, for the months before I got my PM. It was dipping into the 40s, then the 30s, and my EP decided that it was tim...

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New Member

Hey everyone.

52 years old and fit, and had an emergency pacemaker put in March 29th with less than 12 hours notice. Didn't have much time to research anythying.  I had been in the Philippines in december, came back through LA, ended up in hospital there with syncopse and vomiting and they think some kind of viral infection.  Was in for five days.  They released me and I drove back to Vancouver, BC about a week later, but kept having near fainting spells after I got b...

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