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Medical bracelet

Is wearing a medic alert bracelet advisable? Has anyone tried the silicone ones? and if so, where did you get it?

What information do you include besides name and the word pacemaker?

Thanks

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Hospital with the best reputation for treating sick sinus bradycardia

I often say that I have seen the best heart doctor in my city, which doesn't mean I have seen the best heart doctor.  I have a PM because after much testing for the reason it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest during any kind of exertion it was discovered that my pulse was not keeping up with me.  Electrical malfunction was how it was explained. Or sick sinus bradycardia.  I will admit it is better now.  However, after many adjustments I still can't perf...

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Scared Newbie

Hi all... 

I went to my ER on Friday early AM with what I thought was food poisoning from a dodgy Harvey's, and 12 hours later after a code blue, I had a pacemaker fitted. 

I had a complete heart block, I'm 48 female, with no prior issues in my health or heart, no high cholesterol or blood pressure .. so I'm reeling at the moment. The cardiologist had no answers as to why this happened but is willing to keep investigating. 

Things feel very differe...

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Success stories

Hello , got wired this morning.It went so smoothly that I was amazed .Surgery lasted 47 minutes , no pain at all.When I came in my pulse was jumping from around 48 to 28 .Humming along at a smooth 60 .So happy 😃 

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Micra pacemaker

hello there

just wondering if anyone has got the new Micra pacemaker, im due for a new battery on my pm...my cardiologist is considering that i may be suitable for this new kind but id be nervous leaving the pacemaker as its served me well for 44 years....(got my first 5 weeks old)

any thoughts anyone ?

 

thanks !!! xx

Elaine , Ireland

 

 

 

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Tell your success story!

If you haven't notice, we have a new category on the forum, SUCCESS STORIES! Please post your story there. 

When newbies first come here they are often frightened by all of the frustrations and complications, which are the exception not the norm. So we thought it would be nice to have a little happy corner of real life success stories. 

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VFIB EPISODE

Has anyone had a ventricular fibulation(VF)  episode? What tests did they give you? Have you had any more after the first? My pacemaker detected a VF episode after an emotional stress episode! I came out of it and now feel fine but I'm lucky, Now I'm advised to get testing done! Has anyone experienced this ? 

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Milk

Ok this isn't a post about my pacemaker but about milk. I know wierd huh. I have an artifial aortic valve and I love milk. I was told by the Nurse practioner that I can't have whle milk just 2% but not every day beacause it will do something with my cholesterol and it could cause blood clots. I have no idea how all that works but I said ok. I haven't had a lot of milk since my surgery. Well then My wife got my to try a starbucks moka frappuccino and I absolutley loved it...

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My success story

(reposted)

I'm congenital and was diagnosed in 1970, so before they routinely paced kids. That meant I grew up not allowed to do any sports and in gym class I was mostly stuck on the sidelines keeping score. 

When I got my first pacer and was cleared for exercise, I stopped on the way home and bought a tennis racket and roller blades, and joined a gym. Suddenly I wasn't tired and dizzy all the time. Instead, I was full of energy. 

Before the pacer I was tol...

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Life is Good

I was born with a heart disease known as Tetralogy of Fallot. I had two open-heart surgeries as a child to patch holes & repair valves in my heart. My first pacemaker was implanted in 1978, at age nine. I've had seven devices implanted since this time.

In the Fall of 2010, I had a third open heart surgery to replace my pulmonary valve. Within days, I literally felt 15 years younger and told my cardioligst that my heart was beating so strong it was keeping me awake at night.

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electric recliner chair

I just received a Medtronic pacemaker in January 2023. Not thinking about my Pacemaker, I bought an electric ZGR chair from Svago for my husband  who just had back surgery. I'm not certain I'd be safe from the electro-magnetic field. Does anyone have information?  What should I ask the Svago chair company to be sure I'm safe?

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I get my pacemaker on Friday

I'm a 59 year old man who has had a slow heart rate for many years.  I've been mostly asymptomatic until November, when I developed periods of lightheadedness and dizziness.  I began to associate these with a low heart rate.  After a 30 day monitor it shows my heart rate is generally slow and won't increase very well.

I am hopeful this helps me, as my symptoms are getting more severe and frequent.  I've not lost conciousness yet, but I've cer...

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Twilight anesthesia

I had my pm on 2/6. I may have to have an upper endoscopy soon with twilight anesthesia. Has anyone had one performed at a GI center and not at a hospital?

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Welding

Due to a recent inquiry about battery impact tools and comments about welding; I'd like to ask the "floor" about any personal experience they've had with a MIG or TIG -- might as well throw in STICK also. 
Not interested in "Google searches" cause I can do that.  
Welding-- Life or Death. LOL🤔

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Cordless Drill-Drivers, Cordless Impact Drivers

Opinions on using (not using) cordless impact tools i.e. 18V-20V cordless drill-Drivers (Hammer Drills) and Impact Drivers (1/4" drive and 1/2" drive)

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Pace limit

Hi.

I'm new to pacemaker club and really pleased that I can have the opportunity to read of other people's experience post pacemaker implant and maybe get the opportunity to find an answer to my questions.

Having had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted last January I have been able to be a lot more active since my diagnosis of total heart block.

When I try to run however, anything above a brisk walk and I have to stop immediately. Very hard to explain my s...

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Father

Hello all,

first of all I have a confession. It is my father who has the pacemeaker and not myself.

I am on this forum just trying to find out some answers, about lifeafter having a pacemaker fitted.

We have heard stories about people noticing the improvement straight away after having a pacemaker fitted so I guess thats what we were hoping for but to be honest 4 weeks post implant and he is just the same.

Another confession is he is 89 years old so we may have been ex...

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Hairmax Pro 12

Is it safe  to use the Hairmax Pro 2 for hair loss with a pace maker?

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Lead anchor moved after exercising

I had my first pacemaker at the age of 4, 22 years ago, and i haven't had really any issues since then.

i've been exercising more during the pandemic, and i just kept doing it. nothing heavy, no gym, just body weight exercises at home. Last week while i was doing some pushups i felt a strange pain/discomfort below the collarbone, close to the pacemaker. i didn't think about it too much, but the morning after, i still had a slight pain/discomfort, so i decided to go to the ER...

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New member

My husband had an ICD implanted last Tuesday .  His discharge instructions stated "return to normal activities" - Wednesday!  He is still fatigued and sore and just generally aches. No fever, no palpitations, chest pain, etc, and the incision looks great.  Just curious as to when most people return to work.  He has a desk job but I'm concerned about him working with this level of fatigue. To me, it's to be expected.  So I'm baffled by t...

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