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Medtronic MyCareLink Mobile App?

Hello all,

Just reaching out to anyone specifically using a Medtronic PM that might be either using the MyCareLink Heart mobile app (Android or Apple devices) or perhaps the at-home monitoring device known as the MyCareLink Relay Home Communicator.

When I was in the hospital after my PM surgery, I tried downloading the app and was having issues (I work in IT, therefor was running a beta version of iOS, which wasn't compatable with the Medtronic app) so I opted for the at-home...

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Am I the only one?

So, for the past week or two I've been feeling this weird bubbling/fizzing feeling at my pacemaker site.I've tried (in vain) to look up and see if there was any information on what it could be. My model number is part of the FDA recall of Abbott Assurity pacemakers. Just not the serial. I have a check up tomorrow, but has anyone else felt this before?

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Staph infection - 4 days in the hospital

What a week. Oh, wait, it's only Tuesday. So I noticed a bit of drainage at the top of my pacemaker site. I took a picture, showed it to the doctor who sent me across the street to be admitted to the hospital (Emory in ATL) and I just got out yesterday. It is not showing in my blood nor are there any indications that the infection is internal. Still, I am stressing as my pacemaker is making me feel great. I need to keep it in there! I have a CRT-P bi v.

Just sharing. Love the moral...

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

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.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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Re: weight liftin

Hello,

I am 55 year old male who recently had a pacemaker implant in May of this year.  Its been nearly 4 months since the procedure.  Prior to  that, I had been lifting some weights.   Will I be able to resume weightlifting by benching (smith machine), doing dumbell curls, and Lat pulldowns?

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Pacemaker replacement

My pacemaker is about to give up the ghost.  I am due to have it replaced in the next couple of weeks.

My question is, has anyone been able to keep the old pacer?  I've had it since 2009, and feel it is part of the family.

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The latest in pacing

Good news, you no longer need to go to Mayo or a university hospital for natural ventricular activation. Your native cardiac conduction system can now be activated by either His bundle or left bundle branch pacing, to prevent the risk of what you doctor calls "pacing induced cardiomyopathy" or heart failure. Google His pacing.

Blessings,

Terry

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First pacemaker coming up!

Hello, I am 23 years old and I have my pacemaker implant soon on Oct 6th. I was born with situs invertus and lived a very normal life, never had problems I just knew that my heart was on the right side and the organs as well. I live in Canada now and 5 years ago found out I have bradycardia (I was born with bradycardia apparently but never felt it or knew) so now Im told that Im going to have a pacemaker implant. I want to do it under the pectoral muscle because I dont want to see it tbh and...

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Nervous…

So I have a gen change this coming week and to say I've been anxious and nervous would be an understatement. I went from them telling me I had 6 months left on my battery in July to them saying I had 3 months left in Sept to calling last week after I was woken up out of a dead sleep from the most awful feeling double bass drum in my chest saying my surgery is next week. 
 

At this point I know they're not telling me everything, which they never do... but I can'...

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I got the expected ICD and maybe a heart transplant listing

After a cardiac arrest (luckily in hospital on a heart monitor with a cardiac nurse present) on 7th September (VT requiring 1 shock), I got my ICD (VVI) on 16th September, and after a pocket haematoma was sorted with compression, I came home yesterday (17th).

The two hospitals involved (Great Western at Swindon, and Queen Elizabeth at Birmingham) conferred and transferred me from Swindon to Birmingham so that my heart transplant assessment could go ahead as scheduled (before the ICD was...

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Strange readings on pulse oximeter

I just joined this club- I didn't know it existed, but I'm glad I found it. I've had a pacemaker/ICD since 2012 and it was replaced in 2016 as a precaution when some batteries appeared to not hold a charge as long as predicted. I'm 100% paced and have a complicated cardiac history, but my question now is this:

A few weeks ago, I'd just eaten dinner and felt very full. My heart was beating hard and was visibly thumping. I felt very hot and sweaty. I put my pulse-ox on...

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Heart rate while walking

Hello.  I had a dual chamber pacemaker placed 4 weeks ago. The rate response feature is on. I have found many of these posts helpful, thank you. While walking this afternoon my heart rate was averaged 70-80. When I walked this evening my rate averaged around 130.  I felt fine in the afternoon and fatigued in the eve. I stopped and rested for a bit.  Just wondering why the difference. Still getting used to all this.

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Pacemakers and induction stoves

Does anyone have had an experience with induction stoves.

I hear that induction stoves may interfere with pacemakers.

Any inof would be appreciated as we are remodelling our kitchen and looking at option of installing an indcution stove.

 

Thanks

Shane

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Hydroxyzine?

Hello all,

i was prescribed Hydroxyzine shortly after my pacemaker surgery as a primary doctor noticed that I was showing signs of anxiety during my bandage removal visit and she said they'd be completely fine with all of the heart stuff that I have gone through (pacemaker almost 2 weeks ago and a mechanical valve in Jan of 2020). 
 

the first time I took the meds during the day, they mellowed me out and made me feel very relaxed. I was glad they worked and didn...

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Lead Replacement... Use the same vein? Come in from the other side?

My leads need to be replaced and I will see the cardio electrician soon to go over the options.  I can think of three.  (1)  Remove and Replace - in kind.   (2) Insert the replacement without removal.  (3) Come in from the other side.

Seems like (1) & (2) are more risky than (3).  If so, why would a doctor consider doing (1) or (2)?

I want to think this through before seeing the cardio electrician.   I...

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Day 8 post gen replacement and more fatigued now than I was in the beginning

Hi all, I posted here before but I'll repeat relevant information. I'm 59 and had my first pacemaker implanted when I was 41. Last Wednesday, September 8th, I had my second generator replacement. This time, they put in a different PM. I've suffered from fatigue ever since I had the first one implanted. The thinking back then was that this was due to dusautonomia which I was diagnosed with later. However that is pretty much resolved and I remained fatigued, extremely! And I spoke w...

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Pacemaker insertion scheduled

I'm scheduled for a pacemaker. Testing was done in June/July  when I had bradycardia, irregular radial pulse, less than 1 second of mild chest discomfort and difficulty walking far because of weakness, fatigue, occasional SOB.   Since mid August, those symptoms have mostly  disappeared as far as I can tell.  The only thing I feel is slight chest pressure (or am I focusing so much on my heart that it just seems so?).  

Does anyone hav...

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cardiologist visits

I had a Biotronik Edora 8-DR-T installed a year ago, and it is wonderful! Not a single vasovagal attack. However, my cardiologist will not see me unless I have a problem. I am 91, on lisinopril and atorvostatin. I see a PA (physician assistant) once a year. This does not seem to me to be sufficient attention to my case, but maybe I am wrong? I am curious how often others are seen by their cardiologist?

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Increase in pacing numbers

I am a 67 year old man and I have had my pacemaker installed on Jan., 2019 for a Mobitz type 2 block. I noticed that since that time by pacing has gone from AP 24.7%, VP 28.8% to my most recent AP 38.2% and VP 33.8%. Is this normal? I work out on my Peleton at least 3 times a week and  at times I push it quite a bit. I am wondering if it is safe to exercise at that level.

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I just want to feel better..

I was seen two weeks ago tomorrow by my EP after my last episode. He says that I'm now having some atrial flutter and started me on 25mg Metoprolol Tartrate twice a day. He said that my atrial rate was a little over 200 and ventricular was 160. Is this common with flutter? My EP continues to be very vague. And for the medicine, I don't feel awful but don't feel great either. I'm still having times where I feel my heart is racing and feel the fluttering in my chest. O...

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