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so is it normal to feel like this

So I gotta admit since I got the pacemaker in early June I've -- and i'm sure this is no surprise -- been super paranoid about cardiac things in general. That said, I did the 3-month checkup, everything was fine and all I needed was a cupla software tweaks.

So all had been fine -- been out bicycling and carrying on as normal.

But this week has sucked -- I made the mistake of watching the debate tuesday evening and had to quit because my chest was thumping, i was sweating,...

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SAY NO TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

The Medicare Advantage plans are starting up thier non-stop advertising trying to seduce Medicare recipients to switch or stay on their Advantage plan.  The provider organizations make way more money on these plans than they do on regular Medicare with a Plan F or Plan G supplement which is why the drumbeat goes on every few minutes on TV.  Don't do it.

There is an enormous amount of fine print on these plans.  You will have all kinds of deductibles, co-pays, and...

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Can a pacemaker conk out?

Hi all,

I am a 56 y.o male cyclist and runner.  On Feb. 25 of this year i had a Medtronic Azure dual lead PM implanted for 'weak electrical signal'.  Resting HR was set at 60 BPM. (on my own I would drop into the mid 30s).  At my six month checkup, the nurse/technician dropped the sleeping HR to 50 and raised my upper limit.  All was well.  No more lightheadedness, more energy.  Last week I noticed a couple of 'small pings', not painful, but...

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Rate response problems with Medtronic Azure pacemaker while cycling

   I am a 69 year-old experienced male cyclist, having ridden for over 35 years.  I began cycling after experiencing a hip injury that still prevents me from running.  I always ride with a chest-strap heart rate monitor.  Around 12 months ago I began experiencing fatigue, dizziness and low heart rate while riding, occasionally at first and then with increasing frequency.  I was eventually diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome/bradycardia, and had a Medtronic Azure d...

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Sleep number bed

I have my sleep number bed for two months and for a while I feel restless and some times have to sit up in bed I have the sleep number base also vi didn't know there were leads attached to the mattress four of them and what there purpose is to hold the mattress in place. I call them and was explained that they will come and take the leads off and add brackets to do the same work. They also said to make sure I am not in the room when they take the magnets off I so far am very pleased with...

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Accurate heart rate monitoring post pacer

I am post Medtronic DC pacer 6/30/20 for trifasiclular block. I am generally doing better but wondering if anyone is having trouble with heart rate monitors. When working out on Zwift my HR (via Bluetooth)increases fairly appropriately but at one point starts decreasing despite continued heavy exertion falling back. to the 70's. On the other hand my Apple Watch records a high rate at the same time. Any explanations?

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Swelling

Hi 

I had my box change 10 days ago surgery was awful as old pacemaker got stuck, but I was OK healing well day 3, then started to have swelling and little pain around pacemaker and bad bruising swelling is still there should I be concerned never had any problems the last twice 

 

 

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Thumping from diaphragm on right side of body

I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what you did to relieve it?

 

I have had my Pacemaker since May, 2019. The past 6 months I have experienced 'thumping' from

my right side from diaphragm. Saw my cardiologist and he said that a lead was placed to close

to the diaphragm area and that causes that 'thumping' when pace maker is correcting itself. It is

not a life or death matter but just very annoying, so much that I can not...

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Lifting with opposite arm

Nothing was said after surgery or in the post op paperwork about restrictions of weight  lifting with the arm opposite of your pm. Are there any. Yesterday i lifted a jug of water about 40#'s with my off arm, going to call dr today, but thought i'd ck with you guys first, thanks

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Fall from a bike, and ICD

Hello,

I am 26 years old and an avid mountain biker. On Sunday, I fell hard, hit my head, and my chest (including the ICD), went to the ED, had a chest x-ray, and a head CT, both of which were negative for injuries. On Monday, I sent a remote interrogation to my device clinic and everything looked good on it. However, today, the area around the icd has become a lot more tender. Should I call my doc, or just keep icing/Tylenol. Best, Paula

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Pinching

I had a valve replacement on aug 10 and a pace maker in the 11

i feel. Pinching on the side of the pace maket

 

is this normal!

 

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Arm Pain

Hope this the right place for this. Had PM placed approx 2 weeks ago, initial diagnosis was heart block, have had afib for a few years with no symptoms, saw nurse and tech yesterday for the first time they both said everything was good, after i got home started have pain on the inside of my left bicep and forearm, and some on top of left shoulder, pain hard to explain, not in the muscle seems to be on the lining of the muscles, was hoping someone had experienced some thing similar, thank...

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First Medtronic transmission

Anybody else have a dickens of a time trying to post a message ??? 

Trying again...

Pacemaker since 5/28/2020. Due to LBBB and complete heart block. First device check showed Atrial pacing at 5.9% and Ventricle pacing at 93.7%.

Today the nurse at my clinic called to say all looked good. No arrhthymias and my atrial pacing was 18.2% and Ventricle pacing at 13.0%.

I asked her to recheck the numbers and she did. She noted the high percentage in the RV last time but s...

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Question for ALL my TECH SAVY Pacers!

Hello everyone! 

This is a question for anyone who really understands their PM. Now the last time (2 weeks ago) I went in for a PM adjustment they changed the CLS and Accelerometer set to OFF. I have the low end at 60 during the day and 50 from 12-6am while I sleep. Now guess what? Somehow I feel MUCH BETTER! I still notice my symptoms but now I only notice them when the PM is in use. For example when resting and my heart rate drops to 60 I feel a fullness in my chest. Or...

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Fatigued

Hello pacers, I have been feeling very fatigued and winded 2 ever since I had  a pacemaker implant. I thought initially it may have been the side effects of the surgery itself then as it continued on I thought perhaps it's the medication. I persevered and now  that I'm off all meds including no blood thinners, I still feel night quite right. Does anyone else feel the same symptoms and know the reason for this trigger ? Many thanks Loulou. 🙏🌸

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Cpap

Just wondering if anyone uses a cpap machine I ended up having to have sleep study done after pacemaker lead moved from original spot anyways I've been getting bad sinus pressure I've tried everything my machine has humidifier on it I take sinus meds daily running out of options 

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Palpatations

Has anyone been told Prozac can increase palpatations

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Apple Watch -Series 6/SE and Pacemaker

There have been posts in the past on this topic, but I want to revisit for the Sept 2020 Apple products.  I am contemplating an Apple Watch (never had one before).  I have found a lot of differing opinions across the internet on if it is wise to have one if you have a pacemaker.  I called Medtronic, my pacemaker manufacturer and they say it is ok as long as you don't put the charger or watch near your pacemaker and sleeping with it on could cause that to happen.  It sh...

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alcohol and the pacemaker

Hello all....does anyone have any thoughts about drinking alcohol and having a pacemaker...?

 

chrs Dave

 

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Heart rate a lot lower than pacemaker setting

My pacemaker ( St Jude duel chamber) was installed 8/27/2020. I constantly check my HR with either Apple Watch, Fitbit (sleeping) and Omron machine.  My pacemaker is set at 70 bpm however the other devices (even at my doctor's office) show my HR at 39 to 44 much of the time while at rest.  The doc says i have an extra heartbeat that causes this. I had afib and went through the cardio ablation in November of 2019. Doc says not afid now but the extra heartbeat.  i am tired al...

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