Most Recent Messages in Coping

Hello

I just had a pacemaker put in last week. A little over a month ago, I fainted while eating dinner. I went, with my wife, to the urgent care the next morning. They set me up to consult with a cardiologist, who decided I should wear a heart monitor for two weeks to see what is going on. He also had me schedule an appointment for an ultrasound of my heart. A week after I sent the monitor back, and while I was at the ultrasound, I had a phone call that I let go to voice mail. When I checked my vo...

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General

My a-fib has always been higher when I lie down and since getting my pacemaker (January 2019) I have developed insomnia.  It has been erratic until the last four months, but now bedtime has become a source of stress.  Once I fall asleep I'm fine, but the problem is at the beginning.  Has anyone else had a similar problem?  Other than taking sleeping aids, could the pacemaker setting be changed?

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Facemasks

Just a question. Is it safe to wear a facemask?. I'm told that these slow down your breathing.

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Bradycardia

Hello my name is Priscilla, I had my daughter 4 months unfortunately I had to have an emergency c section because we almost lost her. A week after birth I was in the ER because I felt dizzy and seeing blurry I was told that my pulse was very low around 35 that wasn't the first time I had been told that my heart rate was low but I never had any symptoms until than. The next day a cardiologist called me and said I might need a pace maker I felt like my whole life just eneded I was stil...

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Wish I had found this club sooner

Hi all, 

wish I'd come across this club sooner and been able to ask questions, I was 25 when I had my pacemaker put in and will be a year next month. Have no idea what the medical term is but was diagonised with having 2 holes in the heart and a lazy valve.. simpleton terms for me blood was going in dropping through a chamber and going back out. 
I haven't had any issues since having it put in and i do feel a bit more energetic, guess i'm lucky enoug...

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New ICD recipient

Hi I got my pacemaker 1week ago. It's been quite stressful. My family doesn't understand the impact this has had on me. Physically I'm doing better but mentally I'm not myself. I feel disconnected.

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Post Pacemaker fitting

Hi everybody, I am glad I found this site as it has put some of my concerns at rest.

I had my pacemaker fitted on the 15th June 2020 so I still have the wound dressing on, I was glad to see other comments re the last few days as I had the op on Monday , Tuesday I felt fine as I was still drugged up, wednesday felling light headed, Thursday noticed my oxygen saturation levels wer low about 94% was told to breathe deeper, Friday oxygen levels stabilised stil feling slightly light headed b...

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Scared

Hello everyone. I'm a 47 year old male and just had my pacemaker implanted on the 04Jun20. I was starting to have some mild chest pain and shortness of breath and sweating a lot. My doctor referred me for a stress test again. I didn't get into the stress test until begin of March of 2020. They start the test didn't like something they see and the doctor tell me I need a ablation and schedule it for the following week. Covid-19 happens and everything is put on hold. They finally ge...

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Underarm psin

So hard to explain briefly. 
I recently started having pain on the left side where the cd is. My Ep said it could be the pocket maybe I've loses weight several variables. I believe it's now something pressing under the left arm is where it's hurting. 
 

im at a loss and I keep having all this pain  
 

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ICD placed in 5 days ago.

I had ICD placed 5 days ago. I was feel ok but today I started noticing my heart beat and even when I am reclined I feel it. I will be contacting my heart dr and let them know. It is hard to explain what I'm feeling but i will explain it and someone can make sense of it and be more direct. 

I feel a heart beat that appears to last a couple seconds. It is like my heart beats and is like in slow motion. It has happened quite a bit today. 

I also have issue with sl...

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Shortness of breath

I am 10 days post PM implant.  I've experienced severe shortness of breath since implant, especially when reclining, and I  am gasping and wheezing. 

Any advice from those who have had similar experiences?

 

 

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Using a blood pressure monitor

Is it OK to use an electric/ Battery operated Blood pressure monitor ?? Only had my PM for 2 weeks so I’m still learning !! 

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New pacemaker and sleep test ??.

I’ve only had my pacemaker for about 2weeks and I’m still trying to get used to everything. My cardiologist wants me to have a sleep study. I’m not totally against the idea but told him I need to wait a while, maybe 6 months. I know lots of people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, get all the equipment, only to stop using it after some time. 

I would like to hear from anybody who has been diagnosed, pro and cons on the Cpap and sleep apnea treatments.

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Pain in my ICD site

This is a edited post -- can't sleep on my side 

After many years of being a side sleeper. 
Now all of the sudden I can't sleep on my ICD side. Small History I have HOCM and have had 2 open heart surgeries and on my second ICD. 
Post surgery and open heart of course I had to sleep on my back or sitting up in a recliner. 
That was over 10 yrs ago and this ICD is Over 5 years old. I've adventually returned to side sleeping until now. 

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New to This

After having typed out a very long story of how I arrived here, I wondered who would want to read it. In an attempt to find somes peace with everything, here's my shortest version.

CHF brought on by Coxsackievirus B. A friend pointed out this is the same as Barbara Hershey's character in the movie Beaches. That's uplifting!

EF initially 10%. It improved to about 20% within the three months I wore an external defibrillator.

Fast forward a couple of weeks ago, I re...

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Gnawing Anxiety One Year Later Post PM..

Hello all,

So it is 16 months after my PM implant and I'm still riddled with anxiety. In January of 2019, I woke up feeling fine. Made coffee, answered an email. Suddenly it was like I came out of a fog and my left arm was shaking as if I was having a seizure. I had two more episodes (the third time I woke up on the floor bleeding from a minor cut). Believe it or not (and no sermons please, I've had a million since it happened) -- I drove myself to the hospital a half mile...

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AFib and Alcohol

Had a pacemaker put in over a year ago and I’m on beta blocker, anti arrhythmia drug and Eliquis. I’m up to about 3-4 beers per night since all the virus stuff hit. I’m generally healthy, I exercise, eat well and not overweight. I turn 60 this year. 
My AF burden is low according to my monitor. Actually zero in the last few weeks. 

Any opinions on this? I seem to see a lot lately on drinking and AF. Not sure what to believe. A couple of beers relaxes me...

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POTS & Echo Update

Hello everyone!

So the docs are leaning more and more towards a diagnosis of POTS. I have the Tilt Table Test on the 27th so that should tell us what we need to know. In doing further research I have about 85% of the symptoms listed.

Here is the link:  https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16560-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots

My recent echo was nothing short of flawless. Everything looked good and is functioning great. My EF was between 60-...

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New pacemaker with various side effects

I had a st. Jude dual pacemaker implanted 2 months ago for SSS and chronotropic instability.  HR had gotten down to 30 after a HR of 45 to 60 for over 20 years. I was extremely fatigued and SOB for 4 months with no improvement. After implantation had short runs of afib and bursts of svt, but felt better. Was placed on calcium channel blocker, Cardizem 120 mg.  Still fatigued, still having short runs of tacycardia, now with high diastolic BP, sweating constantly with no exertion, hea...

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36 years old, LBBB, scheduled for CRT-D, SCARED

I am 36 years old, male, dont smoke, drink, or do drugs. As far as I have known I was always relatively healthy. 6 kids and married for 13 years. 2 years ago I went in to get my gallbladder removed and the staff went into a panic when they found the LBBB. Since then I've had echos (ejection fraction 35%) and heart cath.. no one can figure out why I have LBBB.. 18 months later my ejection fraction still hadn't gone up and medicine wasnt helping, in fact made me have symptoms when I don...

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