Most Recent Messages in Complications

Opening in scar

I had my first pacemaker placed almost 6 weeks ago. About a week ago I noticed a small opening in the scar that would open up/drain when I showered. I went back to the doctor and had a stitch knot removed from that area. It still hasn't completely healed and I now have a second smaller opening and am currently taking antibiotics. Has anyone else had a similar issue? I am reading horror stories about what would happen if the device becomes infected.

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Low Oxygen in blood since pacemaker

Has anyone had problems with leg swelling and low oxygen levels since getting a 3 wire pacemaker?

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Jolt, Kick, Shock?

Hi all! I had my dual chamber PM placed on 3/8/19. I’ve felt flutters and even can feel pacing at night. On 3/19/19 I felt my first “bumping, hopping, shocking” type feeling. It takes my breath; no other symptoms. My entire upper body moves. I’ve heard that PMs can’t shock you but that thrust is just what it feels like however is not painful at all. Anyone else experience this? HR is always between 80s-110s. So far there is no pattern. It happens at random t...

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Lypmh nodes enlargement at both arm pits after fixing the PAcemaker.

I got the PM implant fixed on 7th March. Yesterday I noticed Lymphglads enlarged at both arm pits, only slight pain. Is it of concern or I can just forget it? Did anybody had this problem??

Regards, DILIP.

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YEAR AFTER PM AND MY LEFT SHOULDER, LEFT ARM, NECK HURT.

 A year later and having pains in my left side.  Cant even sleep on my left side. The pain radiates on occasion from the pacemaker area, to my neck, to my left arm.  Sometimes its just nuts.  Any on else??

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8 Days PM Postop, back in hospital with issues...

Hello, brand new here. I am 41 years old and have a history of syncope (and seizures in childhood). After many years of no real answers or drs really believing my random symptoms/issues I had a tilt table study to which I passed out and discovered my heart stops and pauses for long periods of time along with my blood pressure dropping drastically as well. Drs initially diagnosed me with neurocardiogenic syncope though my primary Dr says that diagnosis for me is understated and should be "...

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Pacemaker syndrome?

Had to see my EP this morning. I have pacemaker syndrome. Settings are placed back to original (been changed way too many times). Down side is I'll be pacing back up high 90%s and echos much more often to monitor heart muscles. But due to my issues with AV node. There was too long of a pause between upper and lower and they just don't sync together. I knew something was not right. Pounding, irregular beats in neck, light headed, headaches etc, shortness of breath..
Any one else h...

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Battery depletion

Hi ,my mum has been fitted with her third pacemaker within three years. I am wondering if anyone has experienced complications with the Boston manufactured pacemaker , my mum has had replacement due to extra leads needed,  rapid battery depletion , any views or thoughts appreciated,  thanks. 

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Odd snapping/clicking sensation that can also be heard

Hi all! Looking to see if anyone has felt a similiar sensation. Firstly I can't believe I'm 6 weeks post op today, recieved my dual chamber pacemaker on 2/5. About 2 weeks ago at the 4 week mark I started to notice some odd sensations in my chest. It feels as if there is this snapping/clicking feeling. It seems to be very positional, if I do something that puts pressure on the left side of my chest. If I lay on my left side, apply makeup with my left hand, etc it brings...

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Pain in Chest/ back that moves, Shortness of Breath, Constant Nausea

Mom: Age 76

ACTIVE - worked two jobs prior to PM implant

On Feb 4th my mother had a PM put in. They somehow nicked the wall of her heart with a lead and she wound up bleeding internally until it was discovered.  At that time they inserted a drain to remove the effusion and she spent a week in the ICU.  She felt pretty good by the time she was released and went home- only to end up in the ER with extreme chest pain and shortness of breath. She checked herself out AMA (bad...

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Shocking Lead Testing

I had my 5th Medtronic PM generator implanted in Nov.2018. Every morning at 3:41am a test is run on one of my leads. I am not supposed to feel it however it shocks me awake and runs for 5+ minutes. This was reported immediately to my doctor. During an interrogation my the techs said this test was turned off. However every morning at 3:41am I am shocked awake. The tech assures me that this test was turned off. I have sent a video of my chest pulsing during this nightly event to...

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Infection

I recently went thru an awful experience and I am just putting this out there to hope that all with a pm or pm/defib or defib...will be more diligent than I was. I had a red spot develop on my chest to the left of my pm towards the bottom. It kinda hurt, I thought it was a spider bite, It never really went away, then started to bump up, go down, bump up. I went to my general physician, my cardiologist, my general physician, back to the cardiologist, then a 3rd time to the cardiologist and the...

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recovery

I had one installed on 3-1-19. Everthing going good until I woke up today, 3-10, with a "baseball" under my skin. Went to emergency, like I was told and they said to call my surgeon on Mon. It has me a little nervious.

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Pacemaker

Has any ever gotten pacemaker sendrome? 

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lead revision prior to valve replacement

Hello all!

My 75 year old very healthy dad had an emergency pacemaker put in on Dec 31, 2019 for bradycardia. He had just moved and did not have all his records prior to surgery. When the surgeon was in there he noticed that his atrial valve is badly damaged and at his 6 week follow-up said they had since received his records and the cardio team recommends a lead revision to go around the atrial valve and then 6 weeks later have a valve replacement. I was unable to be at this appointmen...

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Weird sensation

I had my PM put in in Oct. They released me to start running in January. Of course I had to start out slow. I get to increase about every 3 weeks I'm only up to a mile and half right now. In the process I've lost about 20lbs since my surgery, it feels like my PM is more evident and it feels like its moved or closer to my arm pit. When I wear my bra it feels like it constantly irritates it. Plus when I run it  is achy feeling and sometimes feels like it pulls. I dont know if...

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Defibrillator turned off

After several "inappropriate shocks" over the past several months - the two most recent ones while driving! - I am over the whole defibrillator experience.  I have had multiple issues with mutliple devices over the past 12 years.  Amazingly enough - almost despite the devices my EF has improved greatly - to the almost low normal range.  Now the anxiety about yet another inappropriate shock is a far greater issue than anything going on cardiac wise.  Just wonderin...

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auto mechanics does and donts ?

Im a auto mechanic,  any information.  can a impact gun vibration , affect a crt-d . or wheel balancers,  brake lathe,  tire machines i havent been able to find any information on line outher than warnings about emf fields  

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Scab on icd scar 2 years after surgery

I had my icd put in in 2016. The scar healed quickly. I rarely even think about it being there because it's under the muscle. But today I noticed a scab on my scar. I didn't hurt myself in any way to cause it. Of course Google says skin cancer. So I'm keeping an eye on it and if it doesn't heal fast I'll go to a dermatologist. But after lurking here for years I figured I'd ask here about it. Has anyone experienced anything similar? 

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Racing

Hey all - 

Got my PM put in subpec a little over two months ago. Lately (when I’m sitting or laying down), I have felt the pacemaker kick in, almost to the point where I feel like I could lunge across the room it kicks in so strongly. The other day, I was sitting eating and about fell out of my chair it kicked in so hard, and was close to passing out. Has this happened to anyone? 

Yesterday, the area was also very swollen. It’s down today, but my left si...

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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.