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What is your sleep rate???

Hi I would really like to know how others determine their optimal sleep rate if you have this function?

I have just recently got my first pm for symptomatic sinus bradycardia (I have dysautonomia following a brain injury in 2014).

My CLS has not yet been turned on to assess me with basic atrial pacing alone for now, and whilst I am really happy with a floor level of 60bpm by day, I feel 50bpm at night may be a bit high as I am paced constantly all night and not sleeping too well.<...

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Restrictions , alcohol, hobby limits,

I don't yet have a device, but it has been confirmed that it is the best option going forward.  Most likely within next few months.  Obviously I have a few concerns.  I fish/golf/bowl,  I can't imagine that I would have any issue to continue these hobbies.  I am 49 y/o/m,  I also like a few beers or a scotch and a cigar.  Is that completely eliminated from my life?  Obviously I will ask my Dr.   Yes, I know both are not the best choices, ju...

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Bulging pacemaker

Hi I have my battery replaced 17/12/21 it feels like it's not in properly I know sounds weird and it's really sticking out every now and then it can get a bit painful like it's pushing against my skin it's worse if my bring my arm behind my back has this happened anyone I have my first appointment on 28th can I just add the pain goes under my arm and into my breast on side of pm

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recent pacemaker insertion L111 Boston Scientific

I went to JH in Baltimore to inquire about low BPM alerts on my iwatch. Over a period of two days the watch warned me that my rate was below 40 for 10 minutes or more. Upon further review over the last couple three years my watch generated the same warning sporadically. I called Teledoc and after 8 hours the call was returned, the doctor told me to go to the emergency room. This was after I worked out at my Crossfit box on Sunday. I did half the workout called 12 days of Christmas as a precau...

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Adaptive pacer and HRV

Hey all, it's been awhile but was hoping someone could help answer a question or 2....

I have a Medtronic variable pacer for chronotropic incompetence (hr only went to 80 on 10 minute stress test) it atrial paces 97% of the time....

I have major hypertension with swings in to the 230's despite meds.  I am 59, average weight and  look pretty healthy.  They say my issues are from autonomic dysfunction.  I have been tracing heart rate variability and it is...

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Recovering from Covid

Hi everyone,

So after 2 years of taking care of myself I finally got Covid last week. I was vaccinated with Moderna and not due for my booster until Feb.

I am on day 9 and my major symptom is occasional fatigue and on and off stuffy nose.

On my second day I had 24 hour fever which I treated with Tylenol, dry cough that lasted for like 2 days.... felt tired mostly. 

What was recovery process of anyone who had or has Covid? Any lingering sym...

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CRT-T and EP study

I had a CRT-D fitted after suffering a VT in hospital. My consultant is now sending me for an EP study after several SVT's. Do they switch off the CRT-D when they do it?

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Arrhythmia and covid vaccines

Hi all, 

I had my covid booster on December 16, and on the evening of the 17th had palpitations and arrythmia that lasted about an hour and a half.  Coincidence?  I don't know,  but it was my most significant experience with arrythmia and freaked me out a bit.  I have a fairly strong family history of afib.  I noticed a comment on this board that suggested there could be a connection between receiving the vaccine and afib.  The poster said that as...

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Medication caused battery depletion

I am making this post because something crazy happened to me and I want to share as I remember frantically searching for answers: 

 I am a 22 year old female who had to have an emergency pacemaker put in after the doctor got too close to my AV node during catheter ablation surgery (for WPW) and now have surgically induced 3rd degree heart block. Surgery for ablation took place 4/12/21 and pacemaker was implanted 4/13/21. 
 

Anyhow, obviously surgery j...

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battery change and update

I went to my EP today and and my head is still spinning to find my battery is down to less than a month (looked at votage as well).  Last week I had 3 months, a couple of weeks before that was 2 months, so bouncing all over the place.  

I wil be upgraded to a CRTD from an ICD.  He wanted to do it tomorrow or Friday, but due to the anticoagulants I take, it will be done next Thursday or Friday.  It will be changed from Medtronic to St Jude/Abbott (that's who...

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Dizziness, imbalance, weakness

Hello, I have been experiencing Dizziness, imbalance, weakness, so much so the I fell a few days ago, thankfully I don't think there was lasting damage, but am trying to figure out the cause. New medications are Entresto and Lasix, both have these symptoms as side effects. I am in communication with my doctors but have no answers yet. If it was my pacemaker it would show up on my Medtronic automatic transmissions, correct?

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Hey Mods....I need a little help

First, I hope everyone is doing well, it's been a while!

My password was compromised and I need to change it.  I tried quite a few times trying to change it but then I still have to sign in with the old password because the new one won't work even though it seems to accept it.  

Can someone help please?

Thank you,

Grateful Heart

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Covid Vaccines

My 27 yo daughter got her Pfizer covid booster on Dec 30th. She had almost the same reaction as after the 2nd shot - fever, chills, headache, nausea, sweats, etc. My day 4 everything resolved except she started getting palpitations. She thought it was because she was still tired after the booster reaction. After a week she saw her go who blew her off saying it wasn't the vaccine after taking an EKG which was normal. Ordered bloodwork - no results yet and told her that the palpitations she...

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MRI

I'm having an MRI tomorrow and have claustrophobia and anxiety. Is it safe to take an Ativan if in safe mode or pacemaker is turned off?  Was really counting on it. Thank you. 

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Apple I phone safety

I want to replace my 6 year old Apple I phone 6 with an Apple I phone 12 or 13 . I have read various conflicting reports about the small magnets in these phones. 

I wondered if any other members have one of these phones and have had problems or have been problem free?

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Venous insufficiency in pacemaker arm

I have developed venous insufficiency in my right arm, the same side where my pacemaker is implanted (and my dominant arm.)  Symptoms that led to that diagnosis were: purplish tint to my arm, feelings of heaviness in my arm, bulging veins on the inside wrist and occasional numbness in my right hand. I also had bruising on the upper arm that has not resolved after 4 weeks. I saw both my internist and cardiologist when this first occurred about 3 weeks ago.

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Replacement Pacemaker

I GET MY NEW DEVICE ON 1/14/22!!!

Is it silly that I am super excited 😄!!!

I really am, it's like I get another 10ish years!!!

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Setting Off Alarms

My dual-chamber pace is blue tooth and it sets off a lot of store alarms.  Home Depot I shop at sets that alarm off going in and going out.

A few weeks ago I walk down through the mall here where I live and set off most of the store alarms if I walked close by them.  The young kids don’t know what to do when I walk in and the alarm goes off.  I have given up trying to explain it is my pacer blue tooth setting.

My pacer with all the scar tissue does set off the...

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Eyelid surgery and pacemakers

My eye doctor has recommended surgery to fix an upper eyelid drop (ptosis). I have read of interferances between electro-cautery and laser with pacemakers. Has any one in this forum undergone eye lid surgery?

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Battery question and weights

Hi guys, 

 

I implanted my first pacemaker ever on October 28, 2021 so approximately 10weeks. Two weeks ago I went to see my EP and I saw that my battery was at 95%. Is that too little? If I spend 5% every two months my battery will die in 3 years, Right? 
-Also, I feel like ive been holding weights more than I should (my puppy for example he is 14kg) and I am a little worried if my leads moved or something? Is it really easy to move the leads? 

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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.