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Swallow Syncope/ Degluttition Sycope

I received a pacemaker in March 2019 due to swallow syncope (blacked out once, and had near-syncope episodes for over 10 yrs before I figured out why). Currently 39yo female. For the first year after the pacemaker, the symptoms of occasional lightheadedness during swallowing certain foods totally went away! Over the past few months, I'm noticing that "almost fainting" feeling again when eating occasionally. Doc says dont worry about it, the pacemaker is working fine. Anyone else...

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Left ventricular remodelling due to pacing

Morning

I know there have been some papers that suggest a certain percentage of ventricular pacing can result in ventricular remodelling and that this can increase the risk of heart failure in the long run.

I cannot find the answer to the following two questions though.Has anyone seen any studies or even have their own experiences to answer them?

1) if remodelling occurs is the ultimate indication of this the left ventricle ejection fraction?

2) is there any evidence t...

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Muscle twitching in left arm

Had pacemaker implanted 3 weeks ago.  Now having some muscle twitching in left arm.  Is this from the pacemaker.

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Nausea and migraine like headache in my left eye

Hi again! I could use some help trying to figure out why I'm feeling the way I am. Today in the morning i woke up feeling very nauseous and my head had started hurting only in my left eye. I checked my blood pressure and it was at 55, could this be causing my symptoms? If so why isnt the pacemaker picking my heart rate up? Have any of you experienced this before and could it be my body had had a syncope and the pacemaker tried to help me? I appreciate your open responses it means alo...

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Heart fluttering at the exact same time everyday

Hello everyone, I recently got a pacemaker about a week ago for my heart stopping causing me to pass out, and I've been feeling a flutter in my heart at 11:42pm everyday. Should I be concerned ? Have you guys felt this too? 

Thank you so much everyone for helping me feel better about my daily flutter at the same time each each evening. It was so helpful in such a lonely COVID Time. I have felt so sad with my pacemaker and although grateful for science, I seem to be crying...

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Medtronic

Hi, Just wondering if anybody else has had trouble with there Medtronic machine. I had my pacemaker inserted in October and my Medtronic looks like it's stopped working, the green light is not on anymore/ I rang them and they said it takes a couple of day to see when it stops working but they would put in a request for a new machine.

I haven't heard from then at all and I have not ever had any feedback from them or Dr's since having my pacemaker inserted,  can anyone te...

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Breast pain

Sorry to say that for no apparent reason, my pacer migrated to my nearby left armpit and now I'm experiencing pain in my left breast, constant nipple sensitivity, pain around my back and shoulder blade, shoulder joint. I can feel irritation all the time now, when previously, there was nothing.

 I purchased two new bras, take Tylenol every day and stay moderately active, with little relief. 

I'm sad and discouraged after visiting my doc, who xrayed and said the pa...

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Let me Add to my last Post

One of the things that bother me most is sometimes I can be ok for a day maybe two, then something small will trigger it. For example when I'm moving too fast around the house or if I stand up too fast, I immediately feel OFF. I feel this almost anxiety in my chest mixed with being winded. Its like this immediate state of stress. It's not In my head. I know what I'm feeling. The other morning I walked up a small incline going...

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Pain

Hello I'm Steve 63 I had my second pacemaker fitted in July this year they removed my old one from my left side as it had moved out of position and was causing me pain they implanted a new one in on the right side but I had a bad feeling about it as it seemed to be touching my collarbone and I'm in pain across my right shoulder my collarbone and still in pain were they took my old one out on the left I went back for a checkup in October they told me to just take pain killers but they...

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Winded after exercise

Hello everyone!

Surprisingly I've been doing better. With that said I've been trying to exercise. I do fine until I really push myself. When I push myself I feel ok, sure I'm taking deep breaths but I don't feel nervous or like something is wrong. After I finish is the issue. My heart rate returns back to normal fairly quickly BUT for maybe 15-30 mins after my chest feels winded. When I say winded I don't mean it like I can't catch my breath, it's m...

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Growing out of pacemaker...

Hello everyone! 
 

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of encouragement and reassurance on my posts and private messages.

 

As some of you are aware, for almost 2 years now I have been experiencing severe anxiety, but last week I received some news that really helped! 
 

I have been complaining of heart palpitations for a long time now, the cardiologists send me for some tests, including an echo, e...

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Heart rate

Almost 4 months since implant and on my 3 month checkup doctor noticed my resting heart rate was in the low 100's. I guess my watch and BP cuff were not reading my pulse correctly. My struggle is that I cannot seem to be very active cause I top out around 145-150 and the doctor said that's correct. I've called the office to see about other options but I'm shocked that my resting rate is so high since I was given a PM for 2nd degree heart block and a HR in the 40's. Ha...

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Food tasting bad. Pacemaker put in 9/15/2020

Food is tasting bad . Having trouble cooking . Anyone else with the problem

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Whelps at pacemaker site

Last night I woke up and had a whelp that looked like a huge mosquito bite above my pacemaker incision site. It was itchy but went away.. it's been itchy all day today.. tonight I have another whelp in the same area but not the same place.. This time it's below my incision.. I've had my pace maker for like 3 1/2yrs.. Has anyone else had this happen? If so, what caused it?

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Still having symptoms

I have had a pacemaker over a year for bradychardia.  Prior to that, just before I would have a syncope episode, I would have feelings of deja-vu, tingling in arms and nausea - I was told they call this "aura" to warn you that something was about to happen.  Despite the pacer being adjusted and being put on a once-daily dose of 5 mg Midodrine to elevate my blood pressure,  I still have feelings of aura without losing consciousness.  My cardiologist cann...

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New pacemaker and pains

I also have a Medtronic CRT pacemaker implanted in May. I haven’t had the pain that you describe. Keep asking your EP about this as you shouldn’t be feeling this level of pain and discomfort.

Good luck!

 

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New pacemaker and pains

I have new CRT Medtronic pacemaker. I have had short instances of pain in my heart since implant. It feels like either nerve pain or a lead firing a nerve. Short sharp burts of pain. Not constant and don't happen all the time either. When power was lowered at check up pain lessened. My heart was penetrated when lead was screwed in to muscle and I coded. Drain was installed and I recovered well. Has anyone else had similar pain?  Medtrinuc says all is ok but I know this is real a...

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Numbness around Pacemaker

I recently am having numbness  and soreness on  and around my pacemaker. I have had it for 5 years and never had this feeling. Anyone have any idea what is wrong?

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Chest discomfort & pain while sleeping

I am 41 year old female who was diagnosed with Complete Heart Block. I have had my PM for a little over a year now.  For the last few days I've had a tightness and uncomfortable feeling in my chest as well as an achy feeling in my left shoulder and upper back. For the last three nights, I have been unable to sleep on my left side. When I turn to sleep on my left a shooting pain starts under my left breast with a burning sensation. Close to unbearable and I must immediately get o...

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My Dad has had a pacemake for 3 1/2 years, now he has low heart rate

My Dad is 89, had a packmaker put in , in July of 2017. Other than being in the hosipital pre pacemaker, where heart rate would drop briefly to 40, then back into the 70s, his heart rate when he checked his bp would be somewhere between uppder 60s and around 80.

well, last night, he wasn't feeling that good, checked his BP, and saw a pulse of 56. Tried my meter on his other arm and got 52! He started to feel a little better in the enening (we did put in a call from his PM card and t...

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