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second lead ?

HI all, 

I had my first pacemaker implanted in 2007 and had ithe battery exchanged in 2017. Unfornately my cardiologist was not able  to remove the lead to the atrium from the old pacemaker. All types of people helped with different tools, but they gave up after 2.5 hours, cut the lead off the old pacemaker and capped it. So now I only have a lead in my ventricle. Since that time I have recurrent VT of a few seconds each. I'm wondering if is related to only havin...

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PVC/PAC’s

I received pacer 4 weeks ago. I was having a high number of pvc's and PAC's and doc said implanting pacer would allow her to dose me with enough meds to control. Only med she changed was metropolol. Took me from 12.5mg to 25mg 2x a day. No change. Still excessive. Pacer set at 60. Resting HR has gone from 64-70 to 82-90. Any thoughts??

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COVID 19 & Myocarditis

Good morning all! I'm sharing this with 1) skepticism 2) intrigue 3) genuine interest in what you intelligent and well read folks might think.

My background - I am a healthy 31y/o with no history of health issues except for a VSD murmur which closed up as a child. No symptoms. No issues. Until suddenly I developed heart block in late Feb of this year (PM placed in April). I've come to terms with my condition and ultimately I guess it doesn't matter what got me here...

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Anxiety

Hi everyone!

First of all, thank you all for the support on my previous post. It certainly calmed my anxiety quite a lot.
 

Just as a quick refresher I was diagnosed with a complete heart block at the age of 5 and had a pacemaker implanted since. I've never been in any sort of medications or any sort of irregularities. I am 20 now and thankfully progressing quite well in university and my professional life. However, I often get a lot of anxiety over my life span bein...

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Swollen feet and ankles

Hi all, I had a dual lead PM fitted just over 2 weeks ago. Getting out of breath whilst walking has deffo worsened, I’ve had a few dizzy spells whilst walking, and now my feet and ankles have swollen, sometimes quite significantly. Is this cause for concern? Just the norm at first? PM was checked at the hospital last week and I was told it was working well, but Im not so sure. Any comments or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Arm Pain

Hello members. Had pacemaker implanted June 22. Wondering how long it usually takes to have complete use of arm on implant side and be pain free. I still experience pain when raising arm above shoulder.

Thank you

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HR dropping while on climbs

Had a PM (Medtronic Azure) for about 18months, going back a few times for technicians to retune. Can run fine with hr in the 165/170 region and consistent.

Problem I am having though is that when cycling it is not picking up movement correctly, in that when I start climbing, half way up a hill it thinks I've stopped moving so starts reducing the HR. Wouldn't be so bad but leads to basically hitting 'the wall' , dizzy and wandering a bit on the road. Not good with tr...

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Bellababy electric breast pump

Hi all, 

 

I recently purchased Bellababy Electric Breast Pump. Just wanted to know, does it by any chance interfere with the working of a pacemaker? I have a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker.

Thanks

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Advice needed. Heart rate accelerating with very little movement!

Hey all,

Need some input/advice!  I have CHB with a Medtronic dual chamber atrial sensing rate responsive pacer.  The last few weeks, and with increasing frequency my heart rate has been rising up to 120-180 plus (measured via pulse oximeter) when barely moving or even just standing. If I am laying down I am ok, car rides seem to activate it as well.  I get shortness of breath and major palpitations when it happens and upon laying down it will take up to 30 min to fu...

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Incision

I had pacemaker surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago & I was stitched inside then steri strips & glue on the outside, they just came off, on one side it looks like it is way too open, the rest still has glue, should I put antiseptic on & keep it covered, since it's Saturday & I can't reach the Dr until Monday.

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CardioMessenger Smart

I am going out of town.  Can I unplug this Biotronik CardioMessenger and take it with me and plug it in when I get to the beach house.  Forgot to find out yesterday.  Biotronik help desk not there on weekends for messenger.

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Pacemaker

I have had my pacemaker for 3 weeks. I have had it checked 3 times by my team at hospital. They insist there is nothing wrong with the pacemaker.

so, why am I still so dizzy and having palpitations? I just don't feel any better.

i am now being monitored at home with a at Jude box by my bed.

i just wish I felt better. I even feel dizzy sitting down.

Any ideas I would be very grateful. 

 

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Leaving detached lead in?

Hi. I Have had my pacemaker for three years now. I have two leads, one has detached and the doctor has determined that it is too risky to remove it. But what are the risks to leaving it inside and unattached to anything? I'm a little nervous about this. He has not talked about replacing it although my pulse has lowered again. Because that would be too much hardware inside. Can leaving it cause any problems?

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Feeling worst-CRT pacemaker

I too have a CRT pacemaker( following complications after having a dual lead pacemaker ) causing the left side of my heart to be out of synchronisation with the right.         Mine was implanted almost 3 months ago.         I agree with Gemita, go back to your doctor because you should be feeling well.                Are you on any medication that could cause lightheadedness? You shouldn’...

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Feeling worst

Hey guys! I Born with the third degree heart block and    Implanted my dual chamber pacemaker in 2013, i was doing great untill 2020 when i start feeling little short of breath. I went to the my cardiologist he did echo and said everything looks fine just ef drop to 45% its just little low. Since i was feeling symptoms my dr advice me that they can upgrade to CRt pacemaker. On 19 may, 2020 implanted crt device, I was having complications after the surgery I still having shortness of...

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Can a defibrillator move?

I had mine planted about 3 weeks ago and the "box" was directly below the incision but it seems to have dropped about an inch. I've left a message at the clinic but 12 hours later I've not had a response and I'm getting anxious about it. I went for a really gentle run yesterday so wondering if that caused it. No one said I shouldn't.

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High Blood Pressure

I am new to this group and I appreciate the information and advice.
Had my PM for a month. Is anyone's blood pressure higher than usual? 

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Diet

My husband recently has had a CRT-D implanted 2 days ago. He is aged 38 and is a bit of a foodie. Just wanted to ask about the dietary restrictions/requirements post the device implantation. Thanks! 

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Are hiccups changing my rhythm?

Hey, a bit of back story! I am a 27 year old female and have had my pacemaker for 3 years. I had SVT which was ablated twice, then I developed a third degree heart block and went into ventricular standstill - mainly at night. So the pacemaker went in! It's dual chamber, set at 50-150 and is only on demand. 
I am new to this group and have many questions about all your experiences! But my question today is... I get a random hiccup/burp type thing and then have...

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out in four

Like your post says, I didn't get all that info the first time 8 years ago. They had me checked every 15 minutes and i had a private nurse keep a eye on me. Everything was good on my checkup but the person from Bocton Sceientific was in the room whhen they put my pacemaker in and thats when they check them, it worked fine for me the first time and I hope it works as good this time. I have a check up next week and will post the outcome. Have a nice day.

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I, too, am feeling tons better since my implant.