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Ventricular spikes

Just had an EP visit and was told that I was having a handful of ventricular spikes. 121 to be exact. Hardly a handful to me. When I asked why, The EP has no idea and said that some people just get worse after a PM implant. He then walked out of the room bc he has other patients to see. What am I do to with this information?  What does it mean?  
Also, upon implant my heart was paced at 67%, then it dropped to 47% and now it is paced at 27%. What does this change mean...

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Does anyone ever have days where you can “feel pacing” more than any other day?

Before I proceed...

First I wanted to thank every single person here. I got my pacemaker about a little over a month and a half ago and I can't even believe how helpful everyone here is. You've all helped me realize that I'm not alone. 
 

For my question...do any of you have sudden days where you feel a more frequent "flutter" type of feeling on the bottom of the throat towards center of chest? 
 

I have 3rd degree heart bl...

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Olympics

Did I miss the Pacer Olympics athlete qualifying? I have perfected my floor routine when I induce a shock storm. It's a thing of beauty, easily gold medal performance.

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Medication

Hello everyone , I had my pacemaker implanted in April this year,I was on Bisoprolol but had side effects ,recently changed to Sotolol 80mg twice a day but experiencing excessive sweating that is so embarrassing just wondering if anyone else was experiencing this. This week I had to have an Angiogram because of breathlessness the result showed there wasn't any blockages or narrowing that could have been causing the breathlessness. Now have to wait to see the next step to finding the...

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Waking up same time overnight

I had pacemaker December 2019. Most nights I wake up around four and sometimes other times. Prior to my surgery cardiologist said my heart was stopping around 4. Is it likely I am waking up because it is kicking in or physiological   Just wish I could sleep

 

thank you

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Pain

Just want to say how comforting and informative this group has been for me.

I have a question.  Does anyone experience pain sometimes in the pacemaker.  I know it is working because I track it on my fit bit

Thanks for your input

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Sensitively adjustment

I was contacted by my cardiologist s nurse that He has seen some missed bests on my heart monitor. He would like me to come in and have an adjustment to the sensitivity rate. Says he thinks that might be the cause of my missed beats and shortness of breath and heart flutters. Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks!

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Is it me or ?

New guy to the forum here.

i am 69 and just had my His bundle ablated (2 weeks ago) and am now pacer dependent. I have been using a pacer since 2003. I have had a mitral valve repair done in 1992 and a pericardial scrapping done in 1993. I had a right side madula stroke in Dec 2020. 95% recovered. My problem is.....I get very short of breath without a lot of exercise and cannot stay away from taking a nap every afternoon. My EP says I need more time to heal. I thought since the bun...

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pounding heart

Does pacemaker control the power of the beat ? or just how fast ? 
Cause whenever I get hungry like in early morning or at hunger times , I feel that heart pouncing and touching chest cavity ( I feel heart beating ) ..
And after I eat it gets calm ..

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How much pain did you experience following your Pacemaker and/or ICD implant?

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.   Participation in the survey is voluntary.  The survey is confidential and not used for marketing....

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update

Hello everyone, i wanted to give you a quick update on my medication increasing my lexapro from 10mg to 20mg was like a living hell. I think my anxiety increased as did my heart palpitations. I have an appointment with a specialist who manages anxiety medicine and ive been doing cbt which helps you rewire your brain into relieving the tension of fear. I think we all think of our mortality when we hit a certain age, but i think as agent said to me was to just enjoy your life, we only go throug...

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roller coasters

If you've been around here long at all, you know that I often push the limits. One thing I've respected is coasters with magnetic brakes. I was at Universal last week and could NOT resist the new Hagrid coaster and I'd already looked up how it was done and knew it had magnetic start/stops. But I rode it anyway. Twice. No problems whatsoever.

This is how it works, if you're curious. (discussion of how the magnets work starts 7 minutes in)

https://www....

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watch man

thank you for the advise as always  your very helpful. I am seeing doctor next week. I will ask him all these question that you advised very helpful thank you

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Micra - teething issues?

Hello. I'm very new to this forum, as I just had a Micra (trans-cathether, leadless) PM fitted last Friday, after a series of cardiac arrests earlier in the week. For context, I'm a 45 year old male with no previous history of heart issues. So I'm only 3 days in to having a PM.
As it stands, I feel pretty well but am very aware that the Micra is pacing on the hour, every hour, like clockwork, regardless of my activity. I'm told it's set to pace at 80 bpm but only if m...

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Smart Phone

I just got my first Smart Phone (at age 74) and am concerned about things that I have read about magnet interference.  I know about not puttting it in a pocket on the side of the pacemaker, and I know about using it on the opposite ear as the pacemaker. I have also read keeping it at least 6+ inches from the pacemaker.  I have put in a question to my clinic, but am hoping someone on this site has an opinion or experience.  If this is going to be too much trouble, I wi...

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Coping

I've handled my heart travails well over the years through a positive attitude and humor, and haven't given much thought to the fact the smart money is on my heart eventually killing me, assuming my wife doesn't do the job first. One thing I haven't been able to come to terms with is after doctors continuously telling me I'm on borrowed time, why are all those around me seemingly in good health dying while I continue to plug along. Just a week ago my primary care doctor to...

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Post implant symptoms

I had my pacemaker placement this past Tuesday. I am wondering if anyone can share if they felt very very tired several days after the surgery and also I feel weak and kind of unstable when walking. I don't know if this is a normal reaction or not but I thought a pacemaker was going to give me more energy. I'm reading on this site that there are various settings of the pacemaker. Perhaps this has something to do with these symptoms?  

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Epiphany

I suddenly realize the older I get, the more likely I am to die

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best PM for SSS

Hello everyone. I am a 48 year old male with a diagnosis of  Sick sinus syndrome. I have not yet had a PM implanted but it seems that it might be my best permanent option to get a better quality of life: general tireness, extra systoles at times, and some light headaches.  I have never had any syncopes and no AV block or AF. I still work out several times a week so not suffering from chronic incompetence. But heart rate is in the low end below 50 due to being low at night in particu...

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Bug zappers

Is anyone aware of interference or complications with bug zappers-you know the kind for mosquitoes, etc.

Only clarifying that because there was something online that mentioned zappers but it was a parasite zapper that you apply to your body?

I'm strictly speaking of the average bug zapper. I can't seem to find any clear message on this.

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The experience of having a couple of lengths of wire fed into your heart muscle and an electronic 'box' tucked under the skin is not an insignificant event, but you will survive.