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Echo Question/thoughts

I would like to get a little feedback on my situation. I have had my PM for 35+ years and seeing the same cardiologist/EP since 1998. I think that I had an echo sometime back around 2006-08, but not exactly sure. The result was at least 50+ back then, but I don't have my records in front of me. My point is that it was in the normal range. My cardiologist just never sent me for another one and it never occurred to me that I should ask him. So I didn't get another until last year (2021)...

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Compression boots for circulation

Has anyone here been told not to use comprssion boots because of their pacemaker? I assume it would be fine because the legs are not next to the pacemaker. Hoping they might help leg circulation but its a stab in the dark.

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Abbott Aveir dual chamber leadless pacemaker

Hi group,

I"m scheduled for a dual implant of the Abbott  Aveir dual chamber leadless pacemaker this coming Wednesday.  I'm curious if anyone on the board has participated in this clinical trial and relate their experience so far.  Regardless I will report back with short term and medium term results.

Thanks

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Biotronik Battery

I had my battery changed last week Thursday from St Jude to Biotronik with a home monitor.  My St Jude leads are fine.  I have been hearing tiny clicking sounds which are more audible when I am lying down.   Not all the time, only towards the end of my sleep, and not so much when I am standing up.  I stopped using my home monitor just to observe but the crackling sound is still there.  Thanks guys.  It's a great feeling to have you out there.

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Sotalol

Hello anyone on sotalol that experience weight gain due to water retention from the medication ? If you get water retention you gain weight I assume will this change over time or just keep going up ? 
Annette 

 

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fever with backache

Hello everyone. I threw my upper back out about 4 days ago and the last couple of days i could really feel it when i breathed. Now, it seems im starting to run a mild fever last couple of days, its only at night. its impossible making an appointment because they are all booked up. Does anyone know whether aspirin is safe to take, also, this has elevated my heart rate as well, is that to be expected? thanks for listening

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Scared of doing exercise

Hello all! Im 38, I had a pacemaker implanted on November 2021, i used to have kind of a phobia for doing exercises cause i used to get tired easily, now im scared to do any exercise :( am i the only one expereriencing such a fear? 

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Falling Ejection Fraction - Is it Pacemaker Induced?

Hi All

I am new to the club but have been watching from afar for a while now.  You have been a fantastic help to me over recent months and are all incredibly generous with your time and the contributions you make to help people.  It's always better to feel you are not on your own with this and it's taking me some time to accept my new wired status.

I had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted back in February 2021 after becoming extremely bradycardic and subsequently be...

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My son

My son has a Medtronic pacemaker 2 leads.  His cardiologist wants to do an echo to see the efraction ratio. He said that if it's under 50 they will need to put in a third lead. I don't understand why the efraction ratio would go down and is this life threatening? Does anyone have any advice! 

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Left handed tennis and pickleball player

I had the pacemaker installed in my left shoulder. I didn't realize until recently  there was an option to install on the non-dominant side. So can I play tennis or pickleball ever again? The serving motion in tennis seems particularly stressful on the pacemaker leads. Anyone in the same situation as me?

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some news - and rather good

Hello members

Haven't been around for some time.

I had a check-up for my CRT-D last week.Thought I share it with you guys here.

(CRT-D Was implanted in Feb 2021 after severe Heart failure had been diagnosed in Nov 2020:  severely dilated left ventricule EF at 15 % and  lung oedema)

The EP doctor said that my heart is responding very well, and seems nearly back to normal. EF at 45.

All the genetically tests (72) came back négatif. So they stil...

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Thinking over... no response required.

Two years ago I had a PM implanted. A month after that I had a  cardioversion to reset my heart rhythm. Six weeks ago I had a series of ablations. I can see the mistakes that I've made that caused my heart to get worse. Throughout my life doctors would mention that I had an irregular or a premature heartbeat, etc. Than the docs would go on and talk about my sore knee or injured foot. Only once, after a high altitude run and a nagging (first) wife did I have follow up o...

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Waiting for Pacemaker Procedure for SSS & Afib

My pacemaker procedure is 2 weeks from tomorrow. My BP & pulse are normal, but the fatigue, lightheadedness is getting pretty brutal. Now I also have serious anxiety so I am not sure if that compiling on to my symptoms is making it worse. My heart doc says if it gets unbearable then go to ER for emergency pacemaker procedure. Just wondering if anyone has had to deal with these symptoms while waiting and I surely don't want to wait to have a cardio event. Plus all sympto...

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Short tachycardia episodes following pacemaker

Can I get some thoughts from people?  The bottom line is my husband and I are trying to make a decision about whether it is sensible/safe for me to travel to the other side of the world on a six week holiday to Europe in October – 6 months post pacemaker insert and 12 months post SVT surgery.  Tickets are in short supply which is why we are making a decision so early if some are wondering.

The backstory is that my SVT ablation for tachycardia was successful. I had been a...

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Aorta Stenosis

Hi therre.  Just got the results today from an echocardiogram.  It has been 3 years since my last one (due to Covid) and my EF has dropped from 67 to 49.  Apparently I have aorta stenosis and will be having an angiogram in the near future to see how bad it is. My cardiologist said it will probably end up with a valve replacement surgery in the future.  I have had my PM for Bradycardia since 2016 and I thought all was going well.  I am an active 81 year old f...

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Anyone else w/ 1st PM for SSS, bradycardia - now PM picking up V tachycardia incidents?

Got PM 10/6/21.  Since then, PM has picked up V tach incidences (longest 12 secs while sleeping).   Just received cardiac MRI results, no scar found so that is not the cause.

I'm curious, maybe I've had these all my life (or part of my adult life) & thought I was just dizzy or hypoglycemic at the time.  

My EP just started getting regular transmissions from my Medtronic Carelink app.  Will meet in June to discuss options.   Lucki...

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Return of symptoms

11 days post op and up until today all my previous heart block symptoms had gone completely. Today however on a walk they all came back. Shortness of breath tight chest dizziness. I’ve done some mild exercise and housework and it’s hot today. Would this cause it?

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Ablation part of pace and ablate

In the AF Association leaflet it says the following:

"The procedure does not restore the normal heart sinus rhythm and so the heart will not work as well as it would in the normal rhythm. Therefore symptom relief may not be as good as might be expected with restoration of the normal heart rhythm."

I've had my pacemaker fitted and awaiting the AV node ablation. I read this today and nobody else has mentioned this at all. Are there any other people on here that have ha...

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Lead extraction/new PM surgery friday…looking for tips!

Hi everyone! Im new to the club, I've had my current device for almost 11 years and my lead is 17 years old. Im getting a replacement this week and going from one lead to two lead left bundle pacing because I developed wenkebach two years ago and my current system isn't working for it. Because I'm young it was suggested to get my old lead removed so I will be doing that as well. 
 

Those of you who have had laser lead extraction what can I expect for the proce...

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I watch 7 pacemaker

Does anyone know if the Iwatch 7  EKG app will work if you have a pacemaker? I know my Kardia  does not work with the pacemaker I'm wondering if the IWatch is the same.

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