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Cardiogenic Shock & Pericardial Effusion

Hello,

(Partially a cautionary tale. I'm 43yo F in decent health.)

Anyone have the above? It's NOT common. Nor did they think it was necessarily caused by PM, although they said the leads could have caused some of the inflammation. I didn't have a heart attack; I was hypoxic & started going into sepsis! 

PM inserted 21mo ago, but I just faced death. Discharged from hospital after 3 days, says "Cardiogenic Shock; Cardiac Tamponade; Hem...

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Restoring AV conduction through stem cells

Hello everyone, my name is Rhett Burgess and I am 21 years old. I have now 6 heart surgeries due to AV damage in a cardiac ablation 4 years ago. I received a pacemaker. I had what called pacemaker induced cardiomyopathy (PICM) a year and a half after receiving the pacemaker. My ejection fraction dropped from 65% to 38%. I felt tired and could tell something was up. I then had to get a upgrade to bundle of his pacing. The thought of replacements in the years to come and being restric...

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CRT, bi-ventricular pacemaker

Hi, just got a pacemaker 5 wks. Ago. I can feel it pulsing, 5 or 6 times a day and at night when laying on my left side. I asked Dr. if he could adjust it. He reduced the voltage, but now I have shortness of breath. Has anyone else experienced this and want was your outcome?

thanks so much,

 Julie C.

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biotronik anticor 7vr-tdx

i had gotten 7 inappriopriate shocks a day after this pacemaker/icd was installed. The icd/pacemaker was programmed too low and when i had afib it thought it was vtach and kept shocking me.

Now i have a choking sensation as if i can't breath and unexplained gastric problems. Anyone have an issue like this? I was given amiodorone to stop the irregular heart beats and then the device was reprogrammed but i was continued on amiodorone for 14 days which caused me to get nauseous and sha...

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Pain around icd

About 6 months after my icd was installed I started experiencing soreness and pain around the unit. Has anyone else had this? Does it go away? Is there anything you can do about it? 

Thank you 

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Increased level of junctional beats after upgrade to 3rd lead added to Left Bundle Branch

I recently (12/9/20) was due for a replacement pacer and was "upgraded" from a Medtronic 2 lead Revo unit to a Medtronic 3 lead Serena unit. 

The main reason I went for the 3 lead unit was the increase in pacing in the ventricles with the 2 lead Revo unit. I decided to get what I hope are the benefits of synchronized vent pacing over time instead of fighting cardiomyopathy later on- my choice. 

Regardless, a bigger issue I had prior to this upgrade was junction...

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Device adjustments

I had a  PM implant oct 21.  After 4 weeks I began exercising on my Manuel treadman w incline.  I was doing ok until I decided to push its! All of a sudden I felt a pressure in my chest and a feeling in my throat like I wasn't  getting enough air. I sat for a few minutes and I recovered! Went to get a device check and told RN about the event and she said she would make some adjustments. Not sure what was adjusted but she said now my heart would have to work harder...

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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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Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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