Most Recent Messages in Complications

A new one to me!

Hi foks. I've been out of touch. My husband and I just retired and moved an hour away to our down-sized home after depositing our last child in college in Colorado (we live near Seattle). I'm back with a new issue I'd love to hear thoughts on.

I got my first PM in January, had pain/problems with its location, so had it surgically relocated to a better site in July. Everything was great for a month -- no pain, better arm mobility, etc. It remains true that the new pocket is pain-free,...

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Does PM help lung problems (i.e. COPD)?

Hello, I am 38. I had TGA open heart surgery (Trans of Great Arteries) in 1968 and Mustard Proc. in 1970. My heart rate has always been in the 40's & 50's at rest and does respond to exercise well. My sleeping HR is 28 to 35's. (This may have been the case for years.) I have been advised that it is now time for a PM. I also have a left lung issue most likely COPD (Chronis Obstructive Pulmonary Des). I have had pneumonia twice this year. And also I have had sleeping problems ever since....

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Motor racing feeling

I have had my pacer for a year and a half and a few weeks ago I have begun to feel something in my body have an intermittent humming that actually wakes me up at night. It will run and stop off and on that is getting more profound. My phone check was ok so I'm not sure whether to persue it or just try to ignore it. It is more noticaable at night but if I am real still I can still fell it but not as bad. I work at least 45 hours a week and always busy but I am sure I would of felt this before...

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Swollen area above pacemaker

Hi, I am 34 years old and had my 1st pacemaker replacement operation in January. Since then everything has been going pretty much ok except for some swelling around the incision area around April that did not last for over a week. For the last 2,5 weeks the incision area of the pacemaker has been painful and swollen. As of today the area is in fact very swollen but it is not painful. My doctor did a blood test last week and noted that as my CRP levels were bellow 1, there was no sign of an infec...

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pacemaker syndrome

hi everyone,

can you please tell me what tests can be done to investigate possible pacemaker syndrome?

would an echo show anything?

my atrial pacing has gone up another 8%!!! the dr.'s don't act concerned. i have had this fullfeeling in facve and neck for alomost 2 years with an increase in pacing (mostly atrial but ventricular too) everytime i get an interrogation. i have a burning constant chest pain too. i swear it is my device! how do i get my doctor to...

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Breathing Problem

About one month after I got the PM, I started having the urge to take deep breaths...not really short of breath but like I had to really suck in to get adequate air into my lungs. Been reading about PM leads hitting nerves and wondering if this could be the problem. Happens off and on for no reason. Anyone else have this problem? Thanks.

Vicki

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pain breathing first day after pacemaker?

I have just had my pace maker implanted on Wednesday and experienced pain in my center chest every time I took a breath the first day after. Today is better, but still fill pain when I breath deeply or get winded (i.e. walk up stairs). Is this normal?

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Leads hitting a nerve???

I was just at the local Pacer Clinic getting checked because of "issues" I have brought up in this forum previously (quick squeezing feeling, coughing, strange feeling in my neck, etc.) My Tech brought in a second Tech to check me out too. It appears that my Ventricle lead is likely stimulating a nerve!?!?! They could actually feel little spasms every time they made the lower lead (ventricle) work AND I could feel it in my chest and throat!!!
So now I have to go back to the hospital where I...

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Husband just died after getting a pacemaker

I don't want to scare anyone but my husband just died 16hrs after getting an Adapta DR Medtronic pacemaker installed. He had Sick Sinus Brachcardia (his heart only had problems when he was at rest. It would drop down to the teens, but worked fine when he was up a moving).
Here's my story. Eight years ago my husband was repeatedly complaining of not sleeping at night. Frustrated, I called his phys. and requested him to be tested by a sleep apnia cly. Well while in his phys. office he...

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Do I dare ask about sex?

Yesterday I was participating in "extra curricular activities" when all of a sudden BAME!!!. This has never happened before. I have not had the chance yet to get with the doctor but I will be letting him know. It scared the crap out of me. I wasn't hurt but it made my ears ring and feel like I got hit with a baseball bat. I also must admit that I had three cups of coffee earlier (I know, I know). Bad combo (kids don't try that at home). Anyways I am wondering if anyone else has had this and...

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6 yr old with pacemaker

Hello,
I have a question for anyone with a pacemaker. My 6 year old son has had his pm since 2 months old due to heart block. He is currently on his 2nd device and now after having this one 5+ years he has developed a knot on top of the generator. It is located in his stomach. His dr thought it might be an infection but the knot is not getting smaller from the anibiotics. Some days it is tender to touch and at first it was redish purple. They have only done an xray and ecg but nothing...

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Trying to recover

I 47 years old. I've had a pacemaker since I was 18. I'm on my fourth one, I have two leads. 11 days ago I had one of the leads replaced and I'm still trying to recover from that. The old lead apparently is not sensing the new lead very well and I have have all sorts of flutters and worse. Yesterday I could hardly walk my son to his classroom, it's like the pacer would not speed up. Then my left arm is swollen and purple. They checked for a blood clot but found nothing. Since the surgery...

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premature atrial contractions?

So after my pacemaker was installed 3 weeks ago I started getting these weird flutters in my heart when I was walking around or on the phone. These things where happening 20 to 40 times a day and it was getting to the point and still is where I am getting scared that I will never function normally again. The doctors are trying all different types of med's but nothings working. I am being held hostage to this. Doe's anyone have the same?

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Sharp Pain

Hi, I'm new to this. Had a PM put in 7 weeks ago, I guess I was wondering how long till the pain goes away. Its a sharp burning pain and i have a hard time with seatbelts, bra straps or anything that touchs that spot. Also is it normal for it to move, it seems to be right next to my shoulder and I don't think it was that way before..Not sure whats normal..Thanks Stacy

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wire coming out?

I had my pm put in Aug. 3 and pulled the leads out a couple days later...had to have surgery again to put them back. All was fine till a few days ago when I noticed a white bump a little above the suture line. It looks like a pimple. I went for a routine visit to my cardiologist today and brought it to his attention. He said it is a wire from the pacemaker and could be a major problem if it breaks through the skin. I am scheduled to go back to the surgeon Sept. 17. Has anyone ever had some...

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Has anyone heard of this??

Hello
I am 24yrs old...i have had my PM for 7 months now. Recently i have been helping my new boyfriend on the farm..and have had some extreme irregular heartbeats. Everytime i get on the fourwheeler or drive or ride in the truck over alot of bumps..i get a lump in my throat..shortness of breath..and have irregular heart beat....EVERY SINGLE TIME...i go over alot of bumps!! Does anyone else experience this or does anyone know the cause or could this hurt me...what do i need to do???
Al...

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Pulse going below what pacer is set at

I had pacemaker implanted on 08/16/07, set at 50. I stayed at 50+ till last night, when I had several pulse readings in the 40's. Panicked, of course, and called doc who said to keep it monitored and call office Monday morning. Went up to 50 after an hour, and still at 50+. Doc said that shouldn't have happened and didn't know why . . . not too reassuring. Should I panic? (I have been checking heart rate twice a day just as a precaution, and found the pulse in 40's just on a routine check....

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pacemaker location problem

hi all,
this is my first post here,as i felt that this was the place where i could share my concerns.my 2 yr old niece was born with a slow heartbeat.after doctor's advice ,a pacemaker was implanted on her leftside on 07/13/07.after a month, today the doctor tells them that her tissues are not growing,so they have to relocate it somewhere near the stomach in a couple of days.she is in India,and is being treated at the best hospital from a doctor who studied here in the U.S.we are all ver...

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Laying on Leftside

Hey there, I am new to the group. I got my pacemaker a couple of years ago. I recently starting having weird heart beats when I lay on my left side. It is inconvient because my baby monitor (video) is on that side. So I have to lay flat and turn my head. Has any one experienced this?
Thanks :)

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OK WHAT IS THIS THING

I just had my PM installed on the 20the of aug,so I am new to this PM world. Mine was installed because my sinus nod doesn't fire to well and my heart rate resting is in the low 30's. I have been living with a heart that did not know how to beat for 5yrs and I became quite comfortable with it,till every time I stopped moving my heart rate would slow down so far I would almost pass out, for example. I was on stage performing and when the songs would end it was like a black curtain was closing in...

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You know you're wired when...

You invested in the Energizer battery company.

Member Quotes

The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.