Most Recent Messages in Complications

Getting referred to a electro cardiologist

Hello friends, pacemaker since 07 ..due to slow heart  rate I was fine no medicine 2007 till 2010 what happened? Now my heart it's fast how did that happen? After years of medicine cartia metropol ..and studies all of them my cardiologist tells me my heart in regards to muscle it's fine n strong but I seem to have an electricity problem. Cause I get palpitations once in a while and I get this rare flutter that scares me my heart beat doesn't feel controlled when that happens...

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Pacemaker

I have a question for those who have pacemakers, mine was put in April 7th 2022 and my chest has been hurting every since. Doctor said it can't be the pacemaker or leads. Although they haven't done any x-rays or any other tests to check the leads. But, it wasn't like this before and sometimes the pain seems to be getting worse. Anybody else have a similar experience ? (12 hours ago) The pain is in the middle of my chest and gets pretty bad. I'm use to pain but not like th...

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Electrician feelings

My pacemaker is working well but when I'm lieing flat I get an electric impulse across my chest even when the pacemaker is off. It happens every night and lasts. Sometimes when I raise up in the bed it stops. 
it's been going on for a few months with the pacemaker keeping me from bradycardia and I'm staying in sinus rhythm all the time. 
This electric across my chest has only started since the pacemaker was put in 4 months ago.

this is something...

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Drop in EF after pacemaker replacement?

After 8 years of a functioning Boston Scientific N161 CRT-D, which had significantly improved my heart function, it was necessary to replace it.

New device: G151 CRT-D.  

Just prior to replacement, my EF was 65. Shortly after replacement my EF was 48, with symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath.

My electrophysiologist even agreed that seemed more than coincidence; however, he could not find anything wrong with the new device or its leads.

Anyone have sim...

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Numbness at location of swelling

Hi everyone,

I'm still swollen like a golf ball where my device is at. Been over a month now...

But I'm concerned now about the numbess where I am swollen. Will this eventually go away after the swelling goes down? Or am I stuck with this numbness?

Anyone with similar experience, please share! 

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Left Ventricle systolic function

So I need to have my gallbladder removed. I had to get a nuclear stress test to be cleared for surgery. I failed. The report says my LV systolic function is at 37% . I am going for a pet stress test next week. There was a shadow, due to inflamed bowel blocking the view of things. I know this # isn't good. I have had a pacemaker since 2012, just replaced for the first time in December 2021. I have complete heart block in the left bundle branch. I developed atrial tacycardia during the gen...

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Ejection fraction

Hi,

I had a few tests done after complaining of exercise causing high heart rates from minimal exertion. My 48 hour cardiac monitor showed good rhythm during exercise and whilst sleeping, between 70 and 160 over two days and an 80 average, he said he may consider lower the heart rate to 60 and maybe even 50 to increase the range. The echo showed an ejection fraction of 48% which he is slightly concerned about being how you (24) I am, He is looking into finding if it is the heart or...

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Device placed in between pectoral muscles

Did anyone have their device placed in between their pectoral muscles? If so, when you lift your left arm up and put it back down, do you feel your device being lifted up and put back down?

If so, did this feeling ever go away?

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Nerve Pain Around Pacemaker

I'm scheduled to see my cardiologist in September to discuss my pacemaker replacement. But I'm having so many issues with nerve pain around my device. Last year, they had to up my voltage due to one of my leads being old and not working properly. That in itself is uncomfortable, but the nerve pain started in December and has steadily gotten worse. At this time, it hurts to touch the pacemaker area (especially under the collarbone where the leads are implanted in the vein), lift my lef...

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PMT?

I have a pacemaker for SSS. Nothing wrong with my AV node. I started to pace in my ventricles (which is a hisbundle lead) showed kardia ekgs to doctor, he did adjustments including turning MVP off. Said he saw no block. So I continued having some ventricle pacing, rate is usually 80's/90's then all of a sudden in a resting state(aka sitting on my butt relaxed) I started pacing in ventricles at 126+.

Why would my pacemaker pace that fast at rest. Oh and the beats are fusion beats...

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Swelling not going down...

Hi,

I just had my generator change a few weeks ago. Six hours after the surgery, the device site swelled up like a baseball...Was not expecting that at all!!!

I had to wear a tight compression vest for a few days that brought down the swelling a lot. However, after taking it off, the swelling has stayed the same size since. It has not gotten any better over these past few weeks. Doctor said give it 6 weeks. 

But, since it has basically stayed the same size these pa...

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PM 2272

I have the PM 2272 implanted in March of 2022. I have consistent vibrations at night when I lie flat or am inclined a little.

It is persistent and will only be under control when I am standing or sitting up.

the tech and Doctor are perplexed. 
many thoughts. 

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Vibration

Crusty,

when I was saying turned off I meant  not pacing.

the technician actually turned it off or so she said for a week and a half and the tremors or vibrations continued. The Doctor said my vibration was not connected to the pm because it continued while it was off. 
I don't believe it. I'm  sitting here right now watching tv and vibrating.

I am getting to the end of this, and told the nurse today it has to be stopped. She said she didn't t...

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Lightheadedness, Nausea, and Fatigue 1 and 1/2 weeks after PM Implant

I have posted a couple of times already Pre PM Implant & Post Implant and really appreciate all the responses & inspiration. Nice to find people who care and share their same experiences. 

I have my PM for a week & and a half now. I am 63. I have SSS (sick sinus node) & A-Fib. Since the implant I have had continuous lightheadedness and spells of nausea, just feeling aweful. They were out of the home monitors and I am not sure when I will get one due to Covid shutdow...

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Vibrating

I have had the St Jude pacemaker for 4 months and I get vibrations at night. It starts when I lay down flat. I elevate the bed and sometimes it will stop vibrating after a half hour or so. I've had the heart rate turned down and it still vibrates when it shouldn't be running.

Rate at 45 but vibrating in the 50s

its driving me nuts  the  doctor is giving up and I've even asked about it being removed

can a pacemaker still give out a signal when it's o...

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Low exertion, high heart rates.

Hi all,

I'm 24 now, had my pacemkaer implanted in october 2018 for congenital complete heart block.

I've been getting back into exercise for the past 6 weeks and have noticed whenever i do minimal exercise my heart rate is shooting up. For example, my heart rate will go from 70-80 resting to 110-120 after standing up and going to the loo or to go get food. It will recover nicely though. 

My LRL is set at 70 and my HRL is set at 170, im pretty sure...

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Pacemaker Mediated tachycardia

Ok, so I saw one of my doctors yesterday, an ENT guy and the conversation went like this.

Me - well I feel like I have POTS but without the tachycardia

Him - that’s probably because of your pacemaker.  I’m going to have to check on this.

So, is it possible to have most of the symptoms of POTS and have a pacemaker that hides or corrects the tachycardia?

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Increased Blood Pressure since Pacemaker insertion

I have always had low blood pressure, always and proud of it around 105-110/80  I am fit and healthy.

While waiting for my pacemaker insertion my blood pressure is of great concern to my cardiologist and any doctor I see who all want to put me on BP medication which I do not want to do...it is now between 140 - 165/90.

I have tried to find reference studies accounts but not much of use has appeared. The only thing is here that back in the early to mid 2000 some members stated...

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Falling Ejection Fraction - Is it Pacemaker Induced?

Hi All

I am new to the club but have been watching from afar for a while now.  You have been a fantastic help to me over recent months and are all incredibly generous with your time and the contributions you make to help people.  It's always better to feel you are not on your own with this and it's taking me some time to accept my new wired status.

I had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted back in February 2021 after becoming extremely bradycardic and subsequently be...

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Short tachycardia episodes following pacemaker

Can I get some thoughts from people?  The bottom line is my husband and I are trying to make a decision about whether it is sensible/safe for me to travel to the other side of the world on a six week holiday to Europe in October – 6 months post pacemaker insert and 12 months post SVT surgery.  Tickets are in short supply which is why we are making a decision so early if some are wondering.

The backstory is that my SVT ablation for tachycardia was successful. I had been a...

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