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General weakness

I had a Medtronic two lead pm installed in December of 2006. Two weeks ago the EP adjusted it. Since then I have felt progressively more weak and tired. In addition I have a aching left arm and hand. Yesterday it got so bad I went to the ER. They found nothing else wrong, but could not check my PM.

Today it is back again. Called cardio and they said the PM could not be causing those symptoms. I insisted and am going to see the Meditronic rep today at 1PM Pacific time.

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Pacemaker syndrome?

I was wondering if anyone has been dx with pacemaker syndrome here! In what i have read i am having some of those symptoms! I dont know what to do! I asked my doctor what all the pressure/pain was in my carotid artery in my neck and going up into my head was, and all he could say was he didnt know! And he walked out of the room. All he did was make some changes with my settings, because i was going out of rythem constantly! Still dont feel well! Can anyone help with some advice. Or inform me on...

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Placement of pacemaker

I recently had surgery to replace my dual chamber pacemaker as the battery had expired. 8 years, not too bad. I am not so happy with the placement of my ticker :)! It's a bit higher than my last one, and there is a wire protruding and giving me discomfort. Anybody else experience problems such as this or of the like? My first pacemaker was placed to close to my collar bone, causing rubbing with my pacemaker, so I had to undergo a second surgey with that!

Please, anybody out th...

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multiple firings

On avg how many times should these things go off in a day or a week

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Less than 1 %

Today I'm 4 weeks post PC for heart block.All was going well till 10/12 when I experienced a substernal moderate pain increasing with deep breathing.Was dicharged 10/16 and now feel pretty good.Was Dxed Pericarditis and Hemopericardium.In hospital I was primarily observed and the echogram 10/13 was essentially normal except for a trace of fluid in the pericardial sac(the prio one 10/15) showed a small amt.This complication was due to irritation or puncture of the heart wall.Was told that there w...

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less than 1% ?

Sorry the echo 10/13 showed more fld than the 10/15. Haggen

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Lead letter -

My device was implanted less than six weeks ago - with - you guessed it - the potentially defective 6949 lead. I have seen several references to a "Dear Physician" letter that Medtronics sent to doctors in March of 2007 (six months prior to my implant) warning them of the higher than expected failure rate of these leads. I have not been able to find the content of this letter. Does any one know where I can find a copy of it? I am really distressed to think my doctor may have used these lea...

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pain during p/m insertion

Gem, I don't know what kind of pain medcation they used when they put your p/m in. But I never felt any pain except the pressure when the doctor inserted it. It felt like he was pushing pretty hard. But that's all. No pain in the area since.

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i need some advice

hello i'm new at this i need some addvice i don't know what to do i have a defibutaer and pacemaker in 2005 my heat percent was 15% now it is 40% thursday nite i took a shower and when i got out my pacemaker went off 8 times was rushed to hospital by ambulance everything was fine they said had a heart doctor going to be there on friday morning so i went to see him and my equipment went off 3 more times so the doctor put a magnet on it to stop the shocks and sent me to blgh in lincoln nebraska s...

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Food For Thought

Hello,

The following is an article by Andrea K Collier published in Heart Insight, a publication from the American Heart Association.

I found it interesting because it points out something our pacemakers can do or cause that I was never told about. Obviously "lethal heartbeat" caused by a pacemaker is not common but is one more thing of which I think pacemaker recipients should be made aware.

"Ralph Davis, 60, wasn't used to living his life on the sidelines. A c...

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Magnet and pacer

Someone please help!!! My 7 year old son has had his current pacemaker for 6 years and is due for replacement soon because of cardiomyopthy. He now does call ins every month. Yesterday he had one, all was going well until...I placed his magnet on top of his pacer and he said it hurt. He said he could feel it all the way up in his neck(pacer is in his tummy) and it hurt bad. He asked me to remove it NOW. The technician said the call in looked good but she would report this to his Doc. Has...

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Could use some Encouragement

Hi everyone! Remember me, the Nervous New Pacee?? Well, just as I thought I might be getting a little more accustomed to the idea of having a pacemaker, it seems I may have developed a complication, and from what I gather by looking on various websites, this might be a doozy!
It seems I have developed a new heart murmur...boy does this sound terrifying and dangerous as well. Anyway, tomorrow I go back to the EP doctor to have an Echocardiogram done.
Any words of encouragement would...

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Bleeding from the incision - but ok now

I was just a little over two weeks out from my PM implant and being careful with what I did with my left arm and side. However, I got down on the floor to hook up a cable under my desk and when I got up, I noticed I was bleeding profusely from one corner of the incision. I got a clean rag and held pressure for quite some time to no avail. The blood was dark and brownish. I was home alone, so I drove myself to the ER since the hospital is just a couple of blocks away. Of course, to add insu...

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Still dizzy?

Hello out there,
I just had my PM installed last week. I had slow rate of 40-43 when sitting still for a few minutes. No problem with jogging or excercise as my heart responds normally to excercise. They set my resting rate at 60 and I am still feeling dizzy much like prior the PM. However, I have much more energy and do not feel fatigued as before. Has anyone experienced continued dizzy after PM. Does it go away? Am I just getting used to the new amount of blood and oxygen? Any helpful adv...

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Sudden soreness

Hey Everybody,
I got my PM installed on June 27th and really haven't had to many issues with it. However in the past few days I noticed some minor aches and pains around the PM site and also under my armpit and shoulder. It is not constant, but it feel almost like a sore muscle and sometimes a quick sharp pain.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? I am nervous that maybe one of my leads came loose, please help if you have had a similar situation.
Thanks,
Bini

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Pacemaker causing A-fib

Has anyone heard of their pacemaker causing Atrial Fib? Seems like everytime i bounce up and down or ride in a vehicle and go over some bumps...I go into atrial fib.. causing alot of symptoms! Its almost becoming a daily event. Also been having alot of pain in carotid artery in neck and it goes up in my head on left side behind ear! Im really scared its been going on now about 2 months now and getting worse and more frequent! If anyone can shine some light on this i would greatly appriciate it!...

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Bouncing on undulating streets and roads

Hi. I'm a newby to the forum and fairly new to my PM. I got it in December of 06 when my heart paused a little too long while I was in ER with some bad afibs.

I really don't know much about the PM, which is a Medtronic Enrhythm, but will learn more I hope on October 8 when I see the cardio PM specialist. She did not install the PM, but did check it at 45 days. It also was checked at about 5 months by the Medtronic technician. Over all I am okay with it. I don' t notice it and it...

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Question

The doctors are now admitting that my husband had 35 episodes of PMT in their care. What does this mean? Should they have tested him for tachycardia? Should they have put a difibulator in him while replacing the pacemaker having known this? Please help!!

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do i imagine this!!!

hi all i am a really nervous pacer and im sure im not the only one,last night in bed i had really strange but scary happenings.it was like one or two strong heartbeat and then a few fast ones together this went on all night long,its not happening this morning but im still feeling strange on and off ive had problems before ie leads coming out and pm needed to be reset a number of times im guessing that this is what the problem today is does anyone know why it needs to be reset ,,i never ask i do...

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memory loss - blocks or?????

Had my PM inserted June '07 - notice by the end of the year iIhad some gaps in my memory - from about 6months before the heart blocks Still having short term losses mostly geographical in nature.
Has this happened to anyone else who had heart blocks and vaso vagals or am I just getting to be an old duck?? (only 70's so not that old)
Thanx for the help

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