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Pacemaker

Hello everyone, I'm new to this site. I have had my pacemaker since June 2019. Between waking up from them not giving me enough Fentanyl on the surgery table, to ending up in the emergency room the day I went home with pain going down my arm and tightness in my chest. Doesn't seem like it made my life for the better. I have symptoms that I never had before shortness of breath swelling in my neck swelling in my collar bone, Burning pain. Today they did a test on my Vega...

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Pacemaker infection

I am writing this account of a pacemaker infection as a patient because they are rare and because there may not be a written account from a patient, in the hope it may help in the understanding and treatment of the problem.

I am a 73 year single old male who had a myocardial infarction 15 years ago with angioplasty and two coated stents. Last November 7 I came down with what I thought was a bad case of ‘flu which lasted for three weeks. On a Saturday evening I went to the hospital...

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Welding and alternator

I recently had apacemaker installed (Abbot) what are your experiences with being around welding ( which I do little of) and being exposed to car alternators?

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Headaches

Recently had pacemaker adjustment and since then I am now having headache and feeling sensation as if my head is swelling and then it wears of.    Anyone Ever had this experience and what was done to correct this problem.

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pacemaker

My pacemaker placement was April 2019. Surgeon was behind schedule, I woke up during surgery and Fentanyl does not work on me. Lots of pain because one of the leads was not attacked properly so I know how it feels to be tazed from the inside. Second surgery the following day to attach lead in correct place. 

I can not walk fast anymore without becoming light headed. I was told by PA that is my life now. Adjust. I am being mildly shocked on a daily basis which I was also t...

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Blood clots

I have developed two blood clots, one in the subclavian vein and one in the inner jugular vein. They are causing my left arm to be discolored, swollen and some pain. PM was implanted a little over a year ago along with a follow up av node Ablation. The PM needs to be moved as it repositioned itself too close to my arm. But at this point that is secondary to treating the blood clot problem. Scary. Anyone else had to deal with blood clots?

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Acute bronchitis almost three months after implantation

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right subforum. However, I posted for the first time a few months back before my surgery nervous and all.. update: the surgery went well. I was in pain, of course, for a couple weeks. It still feels uncomfortable depending on how I'm laying.

I currently am super sick. I got diagnosed with acute bronchitis yesterday and the doctor gave me antibiotics. I woke up several days in a row last week with a sore throat and a couple da...

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Post Pacemaker/Pacemaker syndrome

I am 3 mos. post pacemaker and most days feeling miserable.  Symptoms include headache, dizziness/lightheaded, fatigue, sometimes rapid heartbeat.  My electrophysiologists says my numbers are great and he is not listening to my symptoms. I think this must be a pacing problem. I have been reading about Pacemaker syndrome, which includes all of these symptoms.  Has anyone had a similar experience?  I am very discouraged and getting depressed. 

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After effects of my Tachycardia ablation procedure

Hi -this a long shot I know, but 2 months ago I had a successful tachycardia ablation carried out with the consultant prerforming 28 ablations according to his report. Since then I I have incurred a very dry mouth whenever carrying out any exertion, which goes away gradually afterwards. Although the treatment stopped the tachycardia, I still had other issues which has resulted in having a pacemaker implantation two weeks ago, However, the dry mouth on exertion is still occurring.  ...

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Chest pain on exertion

Hi all 

i had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted in November 2019 for bradycardia and intermittent heart block. Since then I have had shortness of breath and chest pain on exertion. I do feel a whole lot better in general. Not sure I should see a doctor or whether it's normal. Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated 

thank you 

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Sudden Afib, Just Today Disapeared

My pacemaker was installed about 2 years ago after several years of monitoring low heart rate. My heart was fine but slow pace sometimes below 40 bpm when sleeping. Normal 45 bpm. Here is the long and short:

1. After surgery big red skin bruise/cut at edge of where a wide tape was installed  ... guessing from electro devices perhaps to restart heart during operation

2. After several months recommended to replace non-functioning lower lead. Was malfunctioning lower lead due to...

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Problems

Next week will be three (3) months post PM implant and two (2) months post cardioversion. From early on I returned to running (actually jogging). Before surgery I jogged pretty much up to the day I was admitted into a hospital for surgery. The few days before surgery when I went out to run I was weak and out of breath. After surgery I slowly built up to about a 7.5 mile run. I run everyday. Have for years except the few days following surgery. The past month I have become weak and tired to th...

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Infection forces PM removal.

What a balls-up! 6 week post op and have just had pacemaker removed yesterday because of infection concerns.

Wound hadn't healed and stitches were visible below scab. Tests showed no infection from swab/blood/echo tests but doc wasn't happy with it so as a precaution leads and device have been taken out.

Plan is to let the wound heal and pop a new one in on right side of chest, hopefully in a month or so. Fortunately have been allowed home until then.

Gutted as was j...

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I want my pacemaker to be turned off

How can i get my pacemaker totally turned off... ever since ive had it i cant sleep.. i felt better before i had it.. im up all night and my quality of life is terrible.. it was supposed to help, but i have never been so miserable in my life.. im willing to be back to the way i was before.. i was happier.. i think a pacemaker is not for everyone.. does anyone know of somebody who has had their pacemaker turned completely off... thanks everybody for reading this and taking time to answer ...

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MEDTRONIC DUAL CHAMBER PM

I had a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker implanted Nov  2019.  IMMEDIATELY (a few hours) after it was implanted by normal blood pressure rose to 190/110.  It stayed that way in the hospital until the next day despite intervenous BP meds.  The hospital released me the next day when my BP went down to 140/90.  Several hours later it went up to 160/110 and has remained very high , sometimes as high as 230/120.  I walk for exercise 4-5 miles 5 days a week, watch my s...

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Pacemaker

I had my Pacemaker installed in Feb 17' regular check up every 6 months. Unit has been working flawlessly. I live in the Philippines and have a good cardiologist in Manila. Today I received a reality slap I will never forget: I was driving my stepson to school this morning, with my wife & Mother in law in the car.... suddenly I started geting dizzy, a sensation I feel is normal given the Xeralto, Lasinipril, carvidol, etc I am on. Dizzy turned  intense, I felt blood loss to brain...

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Recent Rapid Heart Rate

Hello everyone!

Well my diagnosed pericarditis has passed. I no longer feel how I did. 600mg ibuprofen did the trick. Anyhow I was at the EP office on Thursday and they changed some settings. One I recall was called CLS. Well ever since yesterday I've been having tachycardia episodes with minimal exercise and at rest. My heart rate spikes to about 140 and then it comes back down pretty quick. I have SSS caused by nocturnal bradycardia and nocturnal sinus arrest, never tach...

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Neck and shoulder pain

I have had my PM for 4 days now  The pain was unbearable the first 2 days but it has calmed down some except for the pain in my neck and my collarbone. It's hard to turn my neck and it's so painful. The incision sites still hurt but not as bad as my neck. Do I need to call my doctor or am I being hyper sensitive?

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Second Pacemaker

I just received my second pacemaker, I had my first one for almost 8 years. This one is an ICD and I received it on 1/3/20. A couple of days after surgery I'm having these twitches in my lower left abdomen. Its not all the time, mostly when I'm sitting or scrunched over. There is no pain, but it is really annoying. I have my post-op appointment on 1/15/20. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this occurance. Hopefully I'll gets some answers next week. Thanks

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Pacemaker and a loop recorder

Does anyone know if a person that has a pacemaker can also have a loop recorder? My EP told me my pacemaker wouldn't have any effect on my pvcs or pacs but it would keep my heart rate to at least 60 because I have a bad sinus node as well as taking Sotalol that slows the heart rate down. I am used to, but certainly don't like, pvcs/pacs but I am getting some real disturbing erratic rhythm runs that kind of get very worrisome. Of course, when I see the EP the problem just seems to hide...

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