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Treatment for a-fib

I had my follow up office visit (3 month), and since I had an appointment scheduled to check my pacemaker next week, they went ahead & did that as well. I was very happy to tell my docotor that I was feeling good--no dizziness at all, and even symptoms of a-fib seem milder & less frequent. I was recently prescribed a low dose of metoprolol, which seemed to help me turn a corner.

A few hours later, his office called to tell me that my a-fib is actually poorly controlled...

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Jolt under right ribs

Hello all.

It's been a while since I posted on here. My issue isn't new either. I've had a PM for nearly 10 years. This issue has been happening randomly and sometimes quite intermittently however of late it's been more often. I have always forgotten to ask my cardiologist however I did yesterday. Does anyone experience a jolting sensation on their right side below the ribs. Sometimes it's quite intense and quite a shock.It's not a twitch I can actually see...

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Nervous

66. Nervous! Implant this morning and then a elec cardiovert. Been in perm afib and many other issues. Now going into HF. Two ablations RF and Alcohol. So now this is the Hail Mary last hope. I know i need this but im nervous and feel it is so unnatural. Do you really feel better? I just want to live a normal active life, no more ER's or Hospitals. Any tips or thoughts

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Newbie

Newbie 

 

Had mine fitted last Thursday under local looking forward to getting back to normality.

Anyone have any tips 

1. how to get used to having it in your chest

2.Exercise when to start again.

3.Sleeping Positions

 

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Question on upcoming procedure

Hello again!

Two days ago I had my pacemaker switched to MVP mode. It may have helped, I feel tentatively better, nothing dramatic, perhaps too soon to tell. My EP went ahead and scheduled the following procedure- 

upgrade PM SING, DUAL, OR CRTP TO CRTD; 33233+33249

can anyone enlighten me as to what that means? I know it is basically inserting a possible third lead.

Also, in my darker moments I think perhaps this shortness of breath, exhaustion, post-exertional m...

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presyncope?

My husband began having bouts of extreme virtigo with light nausea yesterday. His blood pressure was 125/76 and heart rate was 60. When he begins to change his head position a very fast, almost instant debilitating vertigo occured several times. His pacemaker HR is set to 60, so of course that is the lowest it can go. Later in the day after I helped him get out of bed, his HR was around 76 when he moved around. Could this be presyncope. We called the EP nurse and she doesn't think it is P...

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Gallbladder flare up

Since my pacemaker was put in five weeks ago, I have had this pain between my shoulder blades. I have talked to many doctors and with much research,  I have finally come to the conclusion it's got to be my gallbladder. Has anyone had gallbladder problems since your pacemaker has been put in? I don't know if a wire is hitting a nerve that's causing an issue or what is going on. My blood pressure will rise up after I eat along with the pain. I am going to see my prima...

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Exercise after 2 weeks

Dear all thank you for letting me in this Club it is really helpful to know that we have common issues and luckily also some very good solutions! I was a very active persone before my PM, it was quite a shock " to receive " it as my life- saving therapy. So l would like to know if anyone of you started some exercises at home like sit ups, crunches or squats and when after the PM. The docs told me to walk, not use my left arm over the shoulder, no rotations, and n...

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Post PM Implant

Hello all,

It will be 5 weeks tomorrow that I received my permanent PM.  Still having issues with soreness in my left shoulder, tenderness at the incision site and under my collar bone, some under my arm (armpit area).  Sometimes I feel as though my PM is getting in my way of some movement.  Constantly feels like something is blocking my movement. I do realize that there is an object there, but nonetheless its uncomfortable. I still have another week or so before I am all...

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After the implant comes the water

Hello everyone, 
Well for the second time I admit myself to the hospital for retaining too much water, about a month or so ago I was not able to breath normal, it was a restricted breathing, it turned out that I retained water then. Yesterday I did the same, my belly was bigger than ever and hard, felt like there is a ton of fluids in there, and it was, also my lower abdomen and legs, at the hospital they gave me Lasix 60mg shot to bring the fluids out of me.

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Newly placed device

Hi, everyone.

I received a pacemaker four weeks ago tomorrow.  I am finding things more difficult than I thought; I thought everything would be perfect and "back to normal" (my underlying condition leading to now is Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, and I've had a myectomy).  I am experiencing shortness of breath, sensitivity in the incision area still, and pounding heartbeats.  I have an appointment a week early tomorrow with the pacemaker clinic so...

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A gentle reminder to be vigilant

As a caring member of this Club, I would like to gently remind everyone to perhaps be careful when answering new posts.  A few isolated messages that find their way on to the Pacemaker Club “Most Recent Messages” page, may not always be what they might first appear to be.  From my own observation and from messages received from well respected members, evidence of troll like activity is still occasionally occurring and a few posts that appear may be of questionable a...

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Discomfort after 6 months

Hi

I am 6 month post surgery and still have pain when I liedown,I find it difficult to actually turn over in bed and I am not sleeping very well.

This isn't my first pm and I have not experienced this after past surgery's just thought I would ask if anyone else has experienced this.

I have sent a email to my cardiologist today and hope to get it sorted.

 

Maureen 

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stress test

I am having a stress test. I had my pm implanted  february 24 2021. my stress test will be the end of Mayn. is it usually  done after pm placed  has anyone had it done after pm placed

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MRI

Hi! It's been a long time since I've been on the site- mostly because things have been going well since I had my first PM implanted in 2007. I had my device changed out in 2018 to one of the Medtronic MRI compatible devices and my leads are the originals that were placed in 2007.  

So my question is "what good is it to have an MRI compatible device if the leads haven't been changed?"  I'm having some back problems that are usually checked by MRI,...

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Is it all in my head?

Just curious if anyone else here suffers from anxiety that "how sick they are" is all in their head.  I have days where I feel ok and can do some ADLs and others where I am extremely hypotension, short of breath, etc just doing ADLs.  The waxing and waning makes me have anxiety where when I am having a good day or two I start to think it's all been in my head and I am not that sick.  Albeit if it was all in my head I would be very very sick in some psychological w...

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Replacement due sooner than expected

Hi everyone! I got my first PM implant Nov 2010 when I was 16 years old. I just went to visit my electrophysiologst at the end of April and was told I have about 2 months left until the battery goes into the "reserve mode". (I forget the actual term for it)

Well, 2 months turned into 8 days. My pacemaker went into the reserve mode 8 days after seeing my doctor. I had no idea but I just knew I felt horrible. Heart palpitations, hiccups, dizziness, shortness of breath....

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Pacing percentages and AV block

OK, I admit I'm confused. I am coming up on one year with a dual chamber Medtronic PM...Implanted due to complete AV block and since diagnosed as 2nd and 3rd degree heart block.

My 3 month transmission was sent on 4/30/2021 and I just heard from my clinic on my results. I was told that Atrial pacing - 24.5% and Ventricular pacing- 1.2%.

No arrhythmias.


My confusion is on this..If I have some degree of AV block, shouldn't the ventricular pacing be the highest pe...

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Battery Draining

Hi, my partner had a pacemaker and defibrillator fitted in December 2020. He went for his second check up today and was told that his heart is working harder, so much so, its draining the battery. Where a normal battery would last around 10 years, his is showing that it only has 5-6 years left. They made some adjustments and want to see him again in a month but said it is likely that they will have to operate again. I can't find anything on line about these symptoms an...

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Barostim?

Just curious if anyone else has been told about, offered or received the new barostim devices?  My center is ramping up to receive their first shipment and talking to possible first candidates (apparently doc thinks I might be one).  I know this different type of "pacing" if you can truly call it that is really new to market and am wondering what everyone's thoughts are.  If you need a link to the website just holler.  Otherwise google barostim and go to the...

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