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Sick sinus syndrome

Hello, I'm new to this site..  I would appreciate people's views on my dilemma!  30 years ago I joined a gym, and was told I should see my doctor as my pulse was very slow.  I have been having check ups every year, and my consultant rang me this year to say it's very borderline, but half the team think I should have a pacemaker fitted and half think I should wait until I have some symptoms!  I'm 63 years old and feel very well.  I have never had any sy...

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25 year old leads breaking down

Hey all,  Ive had pacemakers forever and a day... that adds up to 45 years.  My atrial lead is playing up, has noise on it at my last pm check and I was asked to do a whole lot of movements.  Putting my hands in prayer position and pushing hard made my atrial tracking go haywire but I didnt really feel it  

We have scheduled a meeting with the surgeon and a replacement for the following day so its getting fixed. 

Today I thought I was going to die - I...

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New Pacemaker

Hi!  Newbie here.  Received my pacemaker on Friday.  Where can I learn about what it feels like?  Early I felt an odd pain and wondered if that is normal.  It was a little jolt.  When I left the hospital no one told me how it would feel.  Any insight is appreciated.

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Incision site

7 weeks post dual lead implementation for 3rd degree heart block / bradycardia. 
 

scar healing nicely had 6 week check last Monday. Estimated battery life 14yrs. 
 

last few days pain when moving around incision site  like stabbing pains  feeling very tired  am I right in thinking nerve regeneration? And this can last up to a year ?

 

am new to this and think am scared of doing any damage. Have gained over 8lbs in weig...

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Tachycardia Episodes

I keep having tachycardia episodes where my heart rate will spike to 109 and then quickly subside to whatever the rate was prior.  This is happening from 10 to 30 times a day.  The worst effects are at night when my heart rate will go from 50 bpm to 109 then back down to the 50's.  I have 3rd degree AV block and my lower chambers are 100% paced with a medtronic device.  

My question to the group - Does this sound like a device setting or just tachy...

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“High placement”

Concerning my earlier message and responses thus far: 

  My lead wasn't placed in the HIS Bundle; yet it was placed "high" as I was told. I am concerned about the possibility of LV remodeling, not worried, not anxious, just logically interested at this point. Does anyone have any opinions regarding this placement? Can it be changed? I do not know what that would even involve. I agree that as long as my heart echos are good, no problem. However, if my EF...

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Upcoming interrogation

I have an upcoming interrogation my first 3 mo. At the 2 week my doctor was there. They said he won’t be there this time. Before the tech confered with him when he made an adjustment. I wouldn’t want the tech making an adjustment on his own.  I absolutely refuse to see a PA. When that’s the case I refuse to pay my specialist copay because I didn’t see a specialist. So if I do need an adjustment first my EP has to read the report first (which they promised me he wo...

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“Lead placed High”

  Had an appointment 2 days ago with the Pysicians assistant. The easy part was increasing my HB rates to 160/50 vs 130/60. 

  When I asked if the second lead had been placed in the HIS bundle she told me "we have not had good results with that, so he placed it high." What does anyone think of that?

  My exercise objectives are ideally facilitated, now it's a matter of avoiding LV remodeling. I told the technician that my EF wa...

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Bell’s palsy

Well  I just received my pacemaker yesterday morning and when I woke up from the anesthesia my lower lip did not work correctly. The doctor said I have symptoms of Bell's palsy. Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them? If so how long did it last? 

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Digita Scale's

Hi, can anyone recommend a good digital scale that does NOT interfere witha PM?

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Battery replacement

I am 100% pacemaker dependant and my battery is to be replaced in 26 days now, but the estimated remaining longevity of my battery is only 1 month as per the last check up. Therefore, I am little bit worry as nobody knows exactly when my battery will be down. I would like to have your advice on this matter because I would like to continue to exercise before my next operation.

Thank you in advance

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Anyone ?

I am a baseball coach at a high school ....implanted in October.

baseball coaches like me hit thousands of fungos through out the season. 

Our 2020 campaign is rapidally approaching .... tonight I was at a training facility and picked up a bat which got me wondering.

hittimg a fungo is a rotational movement .... on the left side where my PM is my bottom hand will grip the bat and the swing path will finish at full extension.

has anyone out there ever done thi...

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New pacemaker “kicks in”

I had a PM inserted two weeks ago today. I was told there would be a period of adjustment as my body became accustomed to it. I don't feel I received as much information as I needed and was happy to find this site to answer some of my questions as I was experiencing things. By way of information I have a dual chamber Biotronic PM to address Bradychardia as a result of second grade AV heart block. Besides minor intermittent twinges and the flutter of the PM working when my HR goes too low....

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Exercise Intolerance/Shortness of Breath/Palpitations

Hello everyone!

Ever since I found out about my sick sinus syndrome back in October I feel like my health has gotten so much worse!!! I was hospitalized from 11/8 to 11/15. On 11/7 I could take my dog for a walk, exercise and do anything I wanted. I even have this HUGE hill by my house that I could climb pretty easily. I wouldn't dare attempt it now. I feel that ever since I got out on 11/15 I haven't been able to do much of anything. Today for example I took...

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icd

I HAVE A HOME MONITOR. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GO INTO THE DOCTOR FOR A CHECKUP ON THE COMPUTER.I GO TWICE A YEAR NOW.

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I don’t want my pacemaker anymore

I have now been given a chance from a division 2 Coach to play quarterback at the University, I love football so much and I have always loved it. I did have a problem with my Pacemaker not being paced high enough heart rate that my body needed it to, but every since I have felt much better, the doctors fixed that from 180 to 210. I can actually run again and do things I couldn't do when I first got the pacemaker, I feel much better. I occasionally g...

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Anyone else out there had a Junctional Rhythm?

As much as I try to connect with people, it seems hard to find other people who have had Junctional Rhythm or even know what it is.  Is this not a common thing?

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Still Tachy after all this time

I have sick sinus with a healthy splash of tachy-brady. This comes after three ablations for afib and double valve replacement. My heart has always been an overachiever. :) Since they put in a pacemaker to help with the brady part, I am still dealing with the tachy part. My heart rate will zoom up to 115 while I'm sitting still. Super uncomfortable and makes it hard to breathe. My doctors keep patting my hand and acting as though none of this is a big deal. It feels like a big deal. Has a...

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Headphones

I have just had a pacemaker implanted. I use headphones with a cable lead to listen to my my CD player or my TV so not disturb the neighbours. Will it interfere with my pacemeker and how about if I  get new headphones with Bluetooth and listen wirelessly? Thanks for any advive....  .  

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Magnet in Joule Sous vide cooker danger to pacemaker

I purchased a Joule Sous vide for cooking but there was a warning in the instructions about keeping the magnet in it away from pacemakers. How far away? Should I return it. How dangerous is this if I use it in the kitchen while my husband with a pacemaker is there?

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