Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

1 day post insertion

The research I did before I had my pacemaker did not prepare me.  My pacemaker was put in yesterday.  I am shocked at how my scar looks.   Is there a way to post a pic on this forum so someone can tell me if this looks normal? 

 

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Stabbing pains

Hello everyone so I’m very new to all this I am 2 weeks post op having a icd/Pacemaker insertion and was wondering has anyone ever had a hematoma at there incision site? And how long were they in pain for not just uncomfortable bit actually in pain? And one more question has anyone had stabbing pain in there neck and above the incision site? I’m probably just being paranoid but I don’t see my EP until later this week and it’s making me nervous.

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June newbie

Well, happy to still be here. I was having frequent dizziness and occasional slight pinching at the right side of the heart. My PA had me wear the ZIO patch, (an exterior heart monitor), for almost 14 days. A couple days after mailing in the patch for evaluation,  the results came in. 3 times in 8 days my heart had stopped while sleeping. The maximum stoppage was 10.7 seconds. I was called while driving to go to ER, like real soon, and get evaluated. I was admitted within an hour. O...

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Pacemaker

I had my pacemaker surgery 19 days ago. Last week had flutters and short of breath for 3 days. For 4 days now the flutters are almost gone and my breathing is ok. I feel  too tired , lightheaded.  Is it normal? Going to see the doctor’s assistant  tomorrow. Anyone with the same experiencies? 

 

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New pacemaker

Glad to have found this forum.  I had bradycardia following svt ablation on 5/30.  Wiped out my SA node and was in complete heart block.  Just had my pacemaker surgery a few days ago.  Already feeling better.

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post-op

Hello all. its been 11 days since my pacemaker implant, and i had my first appt with the pacemaker clinic at Doc's office. All seems to be going well!  I am being paced 53% of the time. i recieved my Laditude monitor today. i have been off of work since my surgery and go back on Monday. I will be on light duty for another 3 weeks. 

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Surprised, Amazed, and Grateful ( I think) Pacer Newbie

Guess I'm another newbie who never in this world expected to join all you great folks in this exclusive club. I discovered this club in 2012 when my daughter, at age 27, received her pacemaker after a sinus node ablation to alleviate incessant tachycardia. I just lurked there, and found the information, the cameraderie, and encouragement offered by the members comforting to a bewildered and worried mother. And just to say, though my daughter has some health issues, she's doing well an...

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CRT seems is pacing me 100 bpm

3 weeks in. HR is between 85 an 115 bpm since two-week interrogation. Puzzled. Doc says may need tweaking, but he did not tweak it! They are trying to make the two walls of left ventricle squeeze, it seems. But the speed selected probably suggests low volume of stroke, incomplete emptying prior to squeeze, or sluggish response on the part of heart muscle. Kinda wish I knew! Of course, improvement is typically gradual for this kind of sickness. 

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New Pacemaker Question

Hi there! I'm scheduled to receive my first pacemaker this coming Friday. I had an ablation for AVNRT in December. The procedure didn't work and caused heart block (Wenckebach/Mobitz). I wasn't expecting the symptoms I have been experiencing for the last 7 months since the surgery (SVT, skipped beats, fatigue). I was told that I would feel "great" after my ablation. So the symptoms that followed have amped up my already high anxiety level. I was just wondering if an...

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Pain dull ache & depressed

Hello there im new pacemaker recipient 3 & half weeks now, i dont feel any different in fact im starting to think i was better off without it, ive had a bit of stress from work @ 2 weeks & depression from that, & decided if i'm still employed, i wil get my fitness back & find another job, anyway sometimes when depressed i feel an ache in my heart (this distresses me more) now im feeling heart burn, it scares me, i go & see the cardioligst next week i wil be t...

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Time off

Hello all, 

I’m scheduled to get my pacemaker at the end of this month (June). I was just wondering how much time off from work people took for recovery. Thank you in advance for your help!

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New Pacemaker

Hi first post. 54 year old male, very active and fit, history of SVT for the last couple of years. Had my second ablation on May 22 that left me with second degree heart block. Spent a 1.5 week with very low heart rate (20 at night to 40 during the day), finally got my dual chamber Boston Scientific pacemaker last night.

Today had been a rough day, pain is definitely there but under control. However I feel very weak, I have been in the hospital for the last 5 days and did loose 15...

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Feel pacemaker kick in when lay down

I'm 32 year old guy. Got my PM bc of bradycardia/syncope. I had a dual chamber PM inserted 3 weeks ago. I've had 3 EP visits to adjust my settings (which have helped a LOT!). They've made a lot of adjustments and have turned my voltage down. But I still can feel it kicking in when I do 3 things:

1) Lay down on my back (about 30 seconds of completely feeling the PM kick in)

2) Crouch down (think tying shoes crouching to look at a lower cabinet, etc.)

3) Bending ov...

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New to the group

This is probably the most exclusive group I’ve ever joined. I will have a pacemaker implanted next month. At 72, I’ve always been extremely active and   have no symptoms except fluttering occasionally. I had a Holter monitor and was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. I have both bradycardia and tachycardia.. I have always had a low heart rate but the holter shows it is down in the 30s while sleeping and I have spikes over 100 a couple of times a day. If anyone has brady/tach...

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Post Surgery

Good Afternoon 

I just returned home from hospital after having my Biotronik dual valve pacemaker installed. Surgery went well I think it took about two hours and they ended up putting me completely out. Anesthesiologist said doctor was very precise .He placed closer to arm under collar bone so I can still wear low cut blouses I guess...

I spent the night and was released this morning . Pacemaker tech checked me this morning and said it was working fine. It used 49 percent la...

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Countdown

Hi All,

Just a quick question! I am having a dual chamber pm fitted on Friday and I am an avid runner and golfer. Could anyone let me know how long to expect to be out of action from running and golf please?

Thank-you!

S

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Surgery

Good Morning 

Tomorrow is my surgery.

I have been waiting for two weeks for surgery . I am getting a two lead Biotronik PM. I am so ready to feel better.

any suggestions to make my post surgery more successful? You all have helped me deal with this with all your information and experiences....

Blessings All

Kimberley

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skin peeling?

I am a little over three weeks from the redo surgery of my second battery.  About an inch below the incision, my skin is flaking off almost like a snake skin.  It is not red or irritated.  It is about two inches wide and four inches long.   It's almost like super dry skin and it feels like a sunburn to the touch.  Anyone else have this happen?  They said no lotions, but it isn't at the incision site.  Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Scar sensitivity

I had my first pacemaker placed at the end of February. I had issues with the scar completely healing due to a stitch knot preventing a small area from closing. It has been completely healed for a few weeks now but the scar is very sensitive. If I accidentally hit it it is pretty painful. Is this something that will decrease over time or should I expect to always have sensitivity in that area? I will also randomly get a weird  burning sensation in the area of my pacemaker for a second or...

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Skin Rash During Recovery?

Has anyone else been beset with an upper torso skin rash immediately after a PM implant?

I've actually had two implant ops, a week apart due to the first right atrial lead dislodging and pacing my diaphragm. Heart wise, Take 2 seems to be doing splendidly. But after this one I've had a spreading rash accross my upper torso including areas that no tape had touched.

Same prodedure, same materials, same drugs and only one week apart, yet I'm giving myself a Cortizone-10 c...

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I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for pacemakers. I've had mine for 35+ years. I was fainting all of the time and had flat-lined also. I feel very blessed to live in this time of technology.