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We have a friend that needs our help and support

All,

You helped me in my crises and now its time for us to pull together. There is a young lady out there who is need of all of our support. Here name on the site is Brooklyn. She has posted a few times and could use if nothing else good whises
for better times. Her life like many over ours has changed dramaticly with her instalation and she is having a very hard time of it right now so if any and all of use could simply say we are here for here and she knows that that there...

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New member/ New to Pacer/defibrillators

Hi:
I am a new member & would like to know if someone has some answers. I had the device put in 4 weeks ago, but seem to have the same problems. Shortness of breath, dizzy & very tired, headache all the time. I feel worse than I did before I went in. Wanted to add that I was told that I would have a defib. only put in, when I came out I had a pacer/def. and so big. they put athe device right on my collar bone, hurts all the time, especially when sealt belt is on, bend over feels like it wil...

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Edinburgh western general pacemaker clinic refused to see me

I have just had some guy called Martin who works at the western general in Edinburgh
who was my ep technician at my last visit refuse for me to be seen as he feels as i have visited clinic 5 times since last October and that there is nothing wrong with my pacemaker that I should be better going to my doctor.I am horrified to think that I have a device inside my body that I cannot get checked until a year from now.Especially as it is a good way of reassuring me when I visit the clinic to ch...

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Smoking Cigars

I know not to smoke weed or drink alcohol and never would because I have a pacemaker. I was wondering if cigars would be detrimental in anyway. I have complete heartblock and tranverse position. Any advice.


thanks

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trying to understand

I am new to this site, and wanted to explain what is going on with my pacemaker and make somebody else can help me understand what is going on.

I had my first pacemaker for 5 years and it had to be replaced because a lead broken and was on the recall list by Guidant. My second pacemaker has been in now for just over a year. The new pacemaker is a Biotronic. I currantly have another broken A lead. My current doctor ran some tests on me and said he does not understand why I ever needed...

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Worried for first time

My name is Chris. I am 50 years old and was first diagnosed with mitral value prolapsed when I was just 8, so I have been "dealing with" my heart for most of my life. I've had two mitral value repairs, and about a year prior to the last one seven years ago, I developed chronic Afib, which after a year of drug therapy, resulted getting an ablation that, while unsuccessful in curing the afib, did eliminate my AV node altogether, so I have been pacemaker dependent since. Four years ago my ventricle...

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Divorce and new relationships with PM

I am looking for a bit of support. Sorry if I drone on.

I have just gotten divorced. It was not something I wanted, but, due to the circumstances, it had to happen. I can't say that "I am already looking for someone" I know there is a lot of healing to be done before I can even think about that.

However, my question is this. Is it fair for me to start a new relationship with someone since I have a serious heart condition? Also, I am 42, does anyone even want that ty...

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Post Defibrillator Shock Support

i had my icd implanted may of 07...aside from the lil bump i feel in my chest i dont even realize its there...until THURSDAY June 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm...i got a major reminder and thank GOD too. Looking thru the net..i came across an article that described my feelings almost to a T. Since that shock was delivered ( a warning ..then 2 shocks one behind the other)...ive been in a basic panic high anxiety state. Spent the night in the hosipital to await for the doctor to do a reading on my icd......

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new pace maker patient

I'm a 41 year old woman, with angina and I woke up one day and I felt sick so I went to a doctor and after checking my vital signs he said my pulse is only 30 and I need a pacemaker,is this normal?

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Blood pressure issue

I am 58 years old and got a PM put in last years after about two episodes of dizzy spells and the pulse dropping to under 40.I am also on blood pressure medicine HCZ 25 mg.recently my blood pressure readings have been low, specillly i am talking about the lower no. it used to be 115/75 or so like normal but for the last month it has been 112/58,112/62,115/59 etc. I am worried about the lower no;how come it went down from the mid seventies to below 60 now or some times it is in mid sixties.I was...

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recovery

is there any one out there that are friends of Bill W? if so how do you deal with this also? i'm 52 yo have been in recovery for 7 plus years. since in recovery i have lost about 40 lbs, lift weights 4 days a week, run 4 or 5 days, just ran the Nashville 1/2 back in April of 2008 and now this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whats next?

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out of a job

I just had an icd implanted jun of 08. The most worrisom part of it is the fact that I am no longer able to return to my job as a mechanic in a school corp. The job requires a cdl and ability to do heavy work. This is the same type of work I have done for thirty seven years, After the placement of my device I have to surrender my cdl and return to a regular license. Has anyone else had to work thru the same problems.

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Questions?

  • by h-d
  • 2008-06-20 04:06:41
  • Coping
  • 1271 views
  • 8 comments

I am struggling with the decision to have a pm implanted now or wait for a while. I have some questions for my doctor but thought maybe some of you would have some suggestions on what I should be asking.

First let me give you a little back ground. I am a few years away from 40. I have been having chest discomfort for the past 6 years. About 5 years ago I had my gallbladder removed and that seemed to help a little but the chest discomfort never went away but I had shoulder pain as...

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thank 4 ur support

I just wanted to express gratitude to all those who read my depression message. I went to a therapist who put me on a mood stabilizer that actually appears to be working! I guess geting heart disease, a defibrilllator implant, getting dumped by an abusive boyfriend and recovering from alcoholism in the matter of months registers as "a major issue" LOL=) Thank you people for all your wonderful support..I am so greatful today=)

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Thanks alot

Thanks for responding to my question about being tried. It helped a lot. Now I will give into the afternoon nap more often when I feel the need and consider it a blessing. This site is so helpful and by reading other members comments and reponses has help to reassure me that the future is even better now with my new PM. I also have been blessed with a wonderful husband who has been by my side the whole time. And has given me wonderful care at home. He is my guardian angle and watches over me...

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Encouragement

Hello friends... I've noticed that there are some new people and have been some depressed members in the past. Here's something that I thought was inspirational...

Do Not Quit
When things wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do n...

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two weeks in

Hi, everyone.
I share your anxiety about getting an ICD implant.
I had mine two weeks ago and am happy to say all my anxiety has gone away. My incision is almost healed and I have never had a moment when I felt any different.
However, I googled the subject to death. I suggest you do the same. Some great sites are Cleveland Clinic, American Heart Association and Medtronics. (the manufacturer of my device.
I talked to people with this device and am fully aware of the "kick" on...

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Depression Anyone???

I was reading an article about depression and people with either ICD's or Pacemeakers. It said after the implant an astounding eighty something percent were permanently off their medication! I have battled depression for years and was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am wondering if any of you have found any correlation betweeen the two. My ICD was only put in a month ago and I think I have gotten more depresses! LOL=) Anyways just curious.....any feedback would be great thanks!!

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i hate my pacemaker

i really hate my pacemaker! i tell my mom that i wish i could go back before i had it but she tells me to remember how bad i felt before this! i feel so much better but my whole lofe has changed and i hate it. i feel no one can relate (considereing i no noone with a pacemaker at my age) everyone treats me differnet like im going to break. man this is so much harder for kids to get one. i almost wish i had not gotten it. anyone no how i feel please someone respond!!!!!!!

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I"m new at this!

I went on this site before I had my ICD installed on May 29 (08)
Your comments were a great help and comfort to me, as the doctors tend to hand you written material and expect you to be satisfied. As the old saying goes, the difference in major surgery and minor surgery is whether it is happening to you or to someone else.
So , I was really looking for practical answers to the whole thing when I discovered this site. Thanks to all of you for helping me adjust to the idea of invading my...

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Member Quotes

At age 20, I will be getting a pacemaker in few weeks along with an SA node ablation. This opportunity may change a five year prognosis into a normal life span! I look forward to being a little old lady with a wicked cane!