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I got a chuckle out of this one!

I shaerd in another post about how bad I felt after physical activity - totally washed out in fact.

I attributed it to my heart rate not getting to the level it needed to meet my oxygen requirement for what I was doing.

A close friend called me and asked how it went ...he knew I was going to attack the gym yesterday afternoon.

I explained to him my theory which was supported by evidence and how I would soon be going to the doctor with hope they could tweak my PM to help.

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I feel my ICD

Hi everyone. Does anyone else feel their ICD? I have my follow up appointment tomorrow for a wound check.  I had mine put in a week ago Tuesday but I can literally feel it right by my armpit.  On the edge of it, top of the pit. And when I move my arm across my chest I can really feel it and feel some resistance because of it there.  Also, when does the skin stop feeling so tight around the device!  I know it settles in after a while, but I think mine may hav...

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repositioning of ICD

I recently (3 weeks ago) had my first ICD implanted on the left side of my chest under muscle.  I'm a small person and know the doctor didn't have much room to fit in the ICD.  I feel like the ICD is pressing into my armpit and as a result have daily and what I feel is unnecessary pain in arm and shoulder.  I've lost the ability to reach my left hand across my body to touch my right upper arm and shoulder.  Walking vigorously irritates my arm and shoulder. ...

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Magnets on name tags

I have a name tag which has a very powerful magnet to keep the name tag on my person. The magnet even has a warning to keep it away from a pacemaker.  Is it safe to wear the name tag on the right side of my chest, the PM is of course high up on the left side.?

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Not sure I understand this

Greetings to all. So here's a weird thing. I got the surprising info at a clinic appointment last January that I had complete heart block and needed a PM. In my infancy on the subject, I actually thought "oh, that's cool, level 3, good thing it's not level 1, that would be worse".  Lol--like I said, my infancy.

Since then, I've made my peace with it all, and know it's part of my reality. Seems like I've had it forever.

At an appointment...

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“Wow”

I made my long awaited return to competive racquetball tonight .

ive been playing pick up games and feeling good. I played a guy I normally beat easy.  Matches are best two out of three. 
 

game one turned into a dog fight close one .... half way through i was huffing and puffing . Even took an allowed uncharacteristic time out.

i made it through but lost.  Game two I truthfully wasn't going too hard because I didn't feel like I could pl...

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Question for pacemakers

Hi,

Is there someone that put a pacemaker because their heart was working under 30% and have also problem with arrhythmia?

I'm a bit confused about when and which pacemaker is needed with this problem..my boyfriend is up soon for a pacemaker but didn't understand which one exactly..I would appreciate it help to understand to be able to be there for him.

 

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Weight Training With Pacemaker

Hi all, 

After a bought of more ilnesses (Restless Leg Syndrome & Sleep Apnoea) I should finally have all my health issues behind me in the New Year, so I was looking into getting back into training and exercise. (FYI, my pacemaker was inserted over 2 years ago)

I used to be very muscly and have now put on quite a bit of fat and I am looking to trim down. But I also love weight lifting and my question is does anyone have any tips on how to weightlift safely with...

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PM affected by EMF

I`d had my combined Boston  PM/DIFIB for 6 years and during that time I swear it has been affected by electrical interference but when I`ve suggested it the idea has been dismisted. On one occasion the logging on the PM showing iregular pacing and the time of a text on my mobile were the same ! If fact I cannot prove it but I am sure on one occasion it may have caused the difib the shock me !

Has anybody experienced this? Thanks mg

 

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Advice from people with same problem

Hi,

I would like some advice from people with same problem.My boyfriend who is 41 now has had a heart episode which left him with a heart failure (his heart is working 30% now)..and has arrythmia problem so doctor suggested to put a pacemaker...hes is very upset and scared as he was a very active person and thinks hes life is over now if he puts a pacemaker...I would appreciate very much for people with same problem to tell me how their life is after putting a pacemaker..if they have re...

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How Bout this....

when I go in for my interrogtion ..... first one that will be 6 weeks post op....is it possible to take data I have which is the time and date i was engaing in specific activities and the tech being able to look/compare  data thats been collected from by pacemaker?

example .....on Nov 26 at a know time for a known duration of two hours I was engaged in playing racquetball.  I have a graph showing my heart rate during that time frame- do they have the same data they can look at...

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palpitations when standing and shortness of breath

Hey everyone! I just had a pacemaker fix with my rate and it was a success, I now can exercise but now I am having shortness of breath and it is worse when I stand up after laying down or sitting. I experience palpitations when I stand up as well, I hate it and it's really bothered me to the point I can't do anything. I went in to see if it's me getting sick and everything came back normal. What do you all think could be causing my shortness of breath and palpitations upon st...

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Improvement with pacemaker

Had a pacemaker inserted for a 3rd degree heart block 3 months ago .I don’t feel that much different than before I had it inserted does it take longer to start feeling a lot better I am 69 yrs old

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Am having a Dual Chamber Boston PM replace next week for weak battery

Having My PM replaced next week. Dual Lead Boston PM. Initial Implant date 10/2012, implanted due to Bracacardia. HB dropped to 20BPM. 

Today I am 70 Years old, currently 100% paced, set at 60 BPM. Here is my question.

I currently have few if any complaints after 7-8 years. I hope when the unit is replaced things remain the same. 

Any thing in Particular i should watch out for and\or ask my PM Doctor for before the surgery.

 

Thanks Flippo

&n...

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remote transmission

Hi  i thought with the remote transmission that is set up in my home.  Would not need to go to pacemaker clinic .  Was suprised last week before thanksgiving, when i was called to remind me of my appt. on Dec 2nd.  Mentioned to the caller that was sheduled for a transmission on Nov.28th.  Which was sucessfull on Nov. 27th.  She said that was why i was coming in.  I thought it was for the cardiologist check up which whould have been nearly a 3+ month check up...

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The effect of Solar FLAres on My paCEmaker

HelLO ALL,

How HAS yOUR day BEEN? MINE has beEN PRetTY GOOD SO FAR, hoWEVER my wiFE has been NAGGING ME all daY.. UGHHHH women AM I RIGHT?

ANYWAY I WAS DOINg some researcH on solar fLARES and saw that they wouLD kNOCK OUT POWER. WOuld it fry MY pacemaker, it is kidna liKe An emP and in Call of DUTY they use EMP TO DESTROY THINGS> WOULD I BE destroyed? Really hopE NOT BUT aT LEaST I woulDN't ahve to DEAl with my WIFE ANYMORE> I wISH we could GO Back to the DAYS When it wA...

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The effect of Solar FLAres on My paCEmaker

HelLO ALL,

How HAS yOUR day BEEN? MINE has beEN PRetTY GOOD SO FAR, hoWEVER my wiFE has been NAGGING ME all daY.. UGHHHH women AM I RIGHT?

ANYWAY I WAS DOINg some researcH on solar fLARES and saw that they wouLD kNOCK OUT POWER. WOuld it fry MY pacemaker, it is kidna liKe An emP and in Call of DUTY they use EMP TO DESTROY THINGS> WOULD I BE destroyed? Really hopE NOT BUT aT LEaST I woulDN't ahve to DEAl with my WIFE ANYMORE> I wISH we could GO Back to the DAYS When it wA...

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Took a

Near direct hit with a racquetball tonight - it’s not unusual to get hit usually in the back during a game but I’ve never been hit in the chest !

it was just below the device ..... makes me wonder if I need some type of little pad to protect it ? 

Anyone know of anything like that ?

Catchers chest protector ???

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Heart Rate Variability

I went for a bike ride this evening and pushed my heart rate up to 145 BPM going up a hill.  In less than 3 minutes I was on the bottom of the hill and my rate dropped to 52 BPM.  During the entire ride leading up to the drop I was averaging 105 to 110 BPM.  Anybody else encounter pacemaker issues when first excersing?

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Sudden pulse drop while exercising

I posted this before, thought it was resolved but is returning. The PM was put in 5 years ago to resolve a total blockage of the signal between chambers when at rest.. While exercising, particularly on extended vigorous efforts such as on an elliptical machine, my pulse builds to the 140's (I'm 72 and have never had a high pulse rate). It then may drop suddenly to 100-120 and bounce back after 5-10 seconds. It used to be more dramatic when it would drop to 85 and stay there...

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