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I experienced a scare this past week. I'm 2 weeks out from receiving a pm. I work in cardiac and my coworkers did an echo on me (show and tell sort of thing) well it appeared my atrial lead had migrated through my valve and into my ventricle. Showed my EP doc and had an xray which showed the loop of my atrial lead is now in my ventricle, the tip has moved posteriorly in my atrium but the pm is working fine and the thresholds are good. Had the option for them to go back in and readjust b...
I just received my St. Jude Zephyr PM 2 days ago, home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, all seemed well. However, before I went to bed last night I noticed a tightness/soreness in my neck and throat. I awakened several hours later with a fair amount of discomfort, able to take a deep breath but felt pain and pressure while doing so. No lung or chest pain, just this feeling in my neck area. Never had this sensation prior to PM implant....might be coincidental but I am concerned enough t...
Hi -- since I've had my pacemaker (3-1/2 years) I have had many weird experiences that I wonder if it has something to do with the pacemaker. It is the same sort of "feeling" that I get when I have the pacemaker check and a magnet is placed over my heart -- only it is much stronger than that. My chest will feel very heavy and I get the same type of feeling, but it lasts much longer and then I get a tightness in my throat and it makes me hoarse for a day or two. I get it when I'm in the car ne...
Hi again! Thanks for the responses to my questions/comments of 11-01. Now that it's 8wks post-PM, some of my symptoms have settled down quite a bit. (yay!) The armpit area still gets pains often, as I use my arm all day on my job. But neck, back and chest/breast pains are greatly reduced. This is very encouraging.
Since my check-up w/PM tech, I have not felt the PM pace at all. Since that was my 6wk mark, I started using my arm overhead as soon as her check proved everything ok. Before...
Magnets do indeed impact the operation of the PM.
Security devices should be passed through quickly, otherwise they can interfere with your PM.
As for speakers, they operate on the principle of magnetism/electricity causing vibration. They too impact PMs.
Several intersections causing symptoms of magnetic field:
it could be there are antennas in the vicinity, security devices, or other interfering electro-magnetic fields.
When you feel the disrup...
Thanks to everyone who responded to my message yesterday (side effects of pacemakers). The responses are reassuring! I'm sorry to have caused anyone unnecessary anxiety. At the end of the day, most of us here are alive/functioning better because of these devices and I wouldn't want to put anyone off having one on the basis of 'hearsay'.
This site is always a great resource for information that is not always easy to find elsewhere, and Im really grateful to you all for your time.
Ive just come back from a regular PM check (in the UK) and was told that I am being paced about 25% of the time. The doctor said this was 'good'- I said, 'why- because my battery will last longer?' and he said, 'yes, but also because your heart is unlikely to be damaged by pacing at this level'.
I didn't ask for any more details at the time but now I'm starting to wonder about what he said. This is the first time I had heard of this- perhaps I have been living in a...
Received my pm last December. I have lost a little weight, but not enough (I don't think) that it would make the pm show so much. Sometimes I get a lot of swelliing around it, I can feel the leads. IT was placed under my clavical. My doctor and surgeon have both checked it out and said it was fine, the leads are stable, but I just have a feeling that there is something not right. Any suggestions???? thanks.
Has anyone had what feels like constant PVCs? My pacemaker was adjusted like 3 weeks ago and i have been having palpitations what feels like PVCs ever since...constantly!!! I have been having trouble sleeping too!! Because ill fall asleep and it wakes me up! I went back to the doctor and he wouldnt listen too me! I dont know what to do!
My husband is 34 and just had a CRT-D installed on Friday. He is doing well except for a few things:
He is experiencing hot flashes with chills at the same time (no fever). these haooen at random times while inactive.
And when he lays on his right side he is having what he describes as hard heart beats.
Has anyone had any experiences like this?
I am almost in my 8th week since pm plant. I notice that my pacemaker has moved up more. It is very close to my left collarbone. Actually, when I feel it, there is about a "fingertip" between them. Has anyone else experienced this? And if so, is it safe? I sort of feel it, and it seems much closer. I am worried that my leads are in the way and going to get broken. I do go again this coming Friday to the Cardiologist and also to get my PM check. So I am going to me...
I have had a dual lead PM for 11 months. Last night I started have small muscle spasms or something similar just below the PM. They didn't hurt, but were aggravating. They happened about every forty seconds or so and lasted for less than 5 seconds. They finally quit after about 12 hours. Any experiences or thoughts on this would be appreciated.
I had the pacemaker/defibulator put in on 7/3/07, since them it has been swollen and very painful, then I had to go back in because my incension busted open, they restitched it put me back on antibiotics, home health care. Now going on my 4th month its still swollen ans now I have a opening about 1inch long in my incision ang a bubble of blood. The doctor says he has never seen this before and does not know what step to take next. This is ugly painful and causes me pain. Does any one out there...
Last one month I am in dilemma. I was excessively sweating
when I was at physical job in my professional field. Reported the matter to Cardiologist. Feed back was fully dependant on PM. Reason was Stress, Anxiety and less exercise. Gone to my Home town. Shown to the programmer of Biotronik Dealer.
He also told the same thing. Doctor told after re chekups that I am suffering from cervical spondilitis. Due to that I am sinking
sometimes. After implantation I got some...
Hi! I just joined today. I've read some of the postings over the last couple weeks. I was under the impression that I'd be uncomfortable for a couple days or so, but have had several different pain problems, some of which have improved.
During the surgery something painful happened (I think it was insertion of PM) that woke me up + stopped my heart for about 20 seconds. Since then I've had sore throat/neck, armpit, breast, pacemacker pocket, and back..all on the left side. The throat/...
I'm sorry I forgot to add to my comments about the jolts in the chest that my pacemaker has been checked several times by the Medtronics rep and the leads are working well and firing about 33% of the time. None of the jolts or any problems were picked up by the check. Strange????
Hi- I'm 4 months into my Medtronic dual lead pacemaker for bradycardia, slow heartbeat. The process has worked fine after the initial anxiety issues but recently have experienced what I call jolts to my chest (not electronic) as if someone punched me that makes my body jump up a bit. This only happens in the evening while laying down and reading or watching TV,. There is no pain, just a jolt or bump in the mid chest area.
I am on Metoprolol .25 mg.Has anyone experienced this and found out w...
Just reading the previous posts regarding PM movement and weight, and wanted to say congratulations to Peggy and Belly321 with your weight loss well done!!
Future new pacer here with a quick question. Im 36, always battled with my weight, but since my complete heart block diagnosis 5 months ago, Ive been off work sick, told not to do anything that makes me dizzy or SOB (which even a short, steady walk brings on, so my gym membership is suspended). Consequent...
I had my PM implanted 6/1/07 and have felt like it is helping alot. I have recently felt lightheaded ( almost like my eyes were dialated and everything was bright ) when I go into certain grocery stores. I know it sounds silly, but I'm wondering if those cooling cabinets, etc. are putting out a magnetic field that is affecting my PM. Anyone else ever had anything like this?
Don, Thanks for the info. I just finished reading about someone else who had a similar problem and it too was a broken lead. I have always been concerned because my unit "flops" when I lay on my right side. I am calling the docs now. Thanks again.