Most Recent Messages in Complications

Breathless - Update II

hi all,

I persisted with the PM Clinic in so far as telling them that although all the tests they had defaulted to came back clear (angio/CT/XRay) I still didn't feel 100%.

They finally conceded and 'tweaked' my settings. The technican raised the lower limit from 50 to 60. She was somewhat reluctant to do it saying that the settings were currently optimised for me and adjusting in this way might - stress might - bring on some other complications. No explanation was giv...

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Fallen lead

Hey everyone,

I have not been on this forum in a long time as everything was going pretty good. So a little backgraound, I have had my dual pacemaker for 5 years. On the day I had my pacemaker put in the top lead fell and started pacing my diaphram. Well 2 more surgeries later and I have had no issues. So last Saturday night I woke up at 12:45 and reached out to my husband and told him I did not feel right. At first I felt druged until I sat up and that sensation went away, but my mouth...

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Pacemaker and hietal hernia

Days after my pacemaker insertion I had severe pain in my chest and went to the ER. All the heart tests were fine. They believed the issue to be GERD and one test showed I had a hiatal hernia. The hernia was a surprise to me. Maybe it's coincidence,  but how could a pacemaker aggravate the hernia?

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Virus

I had a 6-month follow-up with my top notch plumber cardiologist a cuple days ago. His advice re: COVID19: "This virus will be around for the next 2+ years. If you have any surgery/whatever events planned, watch your local COVID19 rate chart and plan your move(s) for when the rates are decreasing, not increasing. Late summer this year may be an ideal time for your planned epicardial lead insertion.  Next fall and winter could be very interesting, like it was in 1918."

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New to this

Just had pacemaker fitted and had all possible complications.  Ventricular lead moved and caused pericardial effusion so back to theatre in less than 24 hours then pneumonia and af.

At home now and this evening have felt device discharging for about an hour (felt like pulses from tens machine).  Has anyone else experienced this please? 

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Quick Update- ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Hello everyone!

So the saga continues. This morning I got up from bed and went about my usual morning routine. I was tired so I returned to lay back down. When I laid on my back almost instantly I felt this weird flutter. I recorded it on my Apple Watch and for the first time ever it showed AFIB. I am wearing the Zio Patch so I clicked the button as well. I felt this before but this was the first time I captured it. I sent it to the docs so let's see what they say. I find...

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Pain at pacemaker pocket

Hi, 

I was implanted with Boston pacemaker on the 26 February 2020, I am not sure if I still need more time to heal, I am experiencing an itching and pain at the pacemaker incision, sometime feel insect bite pain, which is irritating me and a continuas headache. BP 116/73 heart rate is between 60 and 85. my checkup date is on the 26 may 2020. Could please someone advice me. 

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What a past few weeks!

Hello everyone! 

Back again with some news. Boy these past few weeks have been rough. I've been to the ER 4 times in the past 3 weeks. Twice in the past 24 hours. I can't shake this dizziness, the lightheaded feeling, chest tightness, arms burning, weak, sweaty, rush feeling. It's driving me nuts! I took my BP last night and for the first time ever it said Irregular Heart Beat. It's NEVER done that before. It showed 158/73 and HR of 73BPM. That made me go back&...

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Hi folks

Hi everyone. I've just found this site after doing some searching for a problem I'm experiencing.
I had a PPM fitted on Valentine's Day this year for Bradycardia. It is set to AAIR<->DDDR.


I've had my 6 week check and the techies say that all is well and that my PPM will learn my lifestyle and rate response etc will react intelligently. Wow, methinks.
I've been taking my dog for a walk, probably about a mile at a time, a bit hilly but not mounta...

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Breathless on exertion - update

Update on my previous post due to being discharged late yesterday (Tuesday).

It never ceases to amaze me how many medics need to be present on discharge of a patient. I've been through a few surgeries and I have my own theory as to why the number varies, story for another time maybe. Yesterday I counted eight staff, ranging from healthcare assistant, to ward nurse, junior doctors and finally consultant. I'd swear there was a psychiatrist lurking in the background too.<...

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Pain at Pacemaker Site after 2 yrs

I have a dual chamber pacemaker placed about 2 yrs ago and I'm 53 yrs. In the past two weeks I have had increasing pain, tenderness, and slight swelling at and around the pacemaker site. I have no fever or redness. Has anyone else had this problem? What was done? I have sent a message to my Cardiologist and Electrocardiologist offices.

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Hematoma after two weeks

It's been exactly two weeks since implant.  Wound drained out the front and filled my arm for two weeks.  Still never met the doctor.  Went in today for the check up the nurse said, "oh hematoma" put a bandaid on it and sent me home.  But after two weeks I should not be stil bleeding right?

i think I need to shake this doctors tree but should I wait it out

omni

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Breathless on exertion after pacemaker

Hi all,

I'm wondering has anyone experienced a tightening of the chest post pacemaker surgery, as though you cannot get enough air into your lungs.

Particularly happens on exertion, even light exercise i.e. walking my dog less than quarter mile. If I ignore initially and continue to work my heart for example cutting a large lawn then the feeling becomes quite severe and I get an ache in the upper right side of my chest. It takes me a few hours to feel 'normal' again.

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Pacemaker pain

I am 44 and i got a dual chamber pacemaker in 2015.  I managed to displace a lead and while repositioning it my Doc screwed up big time. After 2 surgeries in 15 days I still had a displaced lead.I was suggested to have a 3rd surgery . After discussions with a few docs over the next 2 months, I decided not to go for a 3rd surgery. 

Anyways, I haven't required too much pacing and  the pacemaker has been working fine. But I keep getting this  pain all arou...

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Shoulder pain with defibulator

I haven't posted in a long time but just wanted to know if anyone has experienced left shoulder pain and swelling at the top of the shoulder. If you have was it connected to the implant. I am experiencing that and it is very painful. I have had my device since 3/2009 and next year and when my battery will be replaced.

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Dilated veins

Good night i had my device implanted two months ago and now i noticed the veins on my left shoulder and chest are getting dilated. I wonder if that is a common and normal ocurrence or not. 
Thank you so much

Vmazer

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DIZZY

I had pacemaker surgery at U of M 5 months ago  -  things were OK for awhile but for a long time now I've been dizzy, lightheaded, with low energy.     I went off the metoprolol they prescribed and things got a little better.   Still on profafenone and Eliquis.   Not getting any help from device clinic or doctor  -  I'm monitored overnight for 5 minutes with a unit next to my bed and they tell me all is good with pacemaker.     So it m...

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Svt

I had a successful ablation for svt in May 2019 & a PM fitted  in Sept 2019 for bradycardia . Over the past few weeks  I have noticed my heart attempts to go into svt again, all the old warning signs are there but so far the symptoms have lasted at most 20 seconds or so without  going into a full blown svt. Has anyone else experienced this. I'm getting  a tad breathless with little  exertion at times.es as well. A tad awkward to approach pacing team & GP i...

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85+ Heart Rate for 2 Days

Hey,

I was hoping to get some of your opinions on what could be going on. I am 20 years old and have had a pacemaker since i was 7 months so I am not new to this or anything, but recently I think my pacemaker has been acting up. My current pacemaker is a ST. Jude and i had it put in Nov. 2017. For the last 2 days my heart rate has been rouly 85-90. Normally my pacemaker keeps me in thw 70s and all the down to 55 at night. This almost 90bpm heart rate has been keeping me up, and waking m...

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Repeated self tests

Ive had my icd implant just over a year.  I still feel pvcs off and on every day.  The issued is from what i can tell is the self test.  The clunic tells me its set for 1:30 in the night.  a couple months ago i noticed a a pattern of very strong pvcs at 5:50 pm every day.  Clinic said that was the self test. Problem is i couldnt get into the clinic because its considered non urgent during this cironavirus pandemic. I sorta got used to it, even though it felt like my h...

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I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.