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WE SHOULD ALL THANK MR. JOHN HOPPS

John Hopps, a Canadian, invented the first heart pacemaker. At the age of 21, he joined the National Research Council in 1941 after training at the University of Manitoba as an electrical engineer. He found that by using mechanical means the heart could be artificially started again after it was exposed to a cooling process. With this discovery, Hopps was able to build the first pacemaker in 1950.


In 1958, the first pacemaker was implanted in a human body. Unfortunately in...

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Anxiety

Dear All
I have had my pacemaker now since December 04 and I am still having problems. just last weekend I was rushed into the A&E with a rate at 170bpm I was told my blood pressure could not cope with such a high heart rate? I have yet again been referred to the heart hospital on Monday for more tests. my symptoms are still the same as before the pacemaker was fitted, except I no longer fall unconscious, which I know is a massive improvement. But I still have palpation's and feeling light...

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Flack jacket

I see that there has been some comment about wearing a light in weight chest protector if you are a tennis player. Rarely do you take a ball in the chest but it can happen looking for feed back and which one do you like thanks

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my update

I had my medtronic dual chamber pm put in on 3/19 and had a tough time adjusting to it. I had passed out at home, was taken to the hospital and the next day it was put in. I felt bad and the subsequent anxiety was overwhelming. Since then I have seen the doctors who assured me all things looked normal. So now I am back to running 3-4 miles a day and it feels great. Thank God. But I have this tick or twitch in my lower left chest. It's not the pm but I'm not sure what it is.
Has anyon...

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PACE MAKER PROBLEMS

I have been having fluid built-up after insertion of my pace maker on Feb. 28th of this year...causing pain. The area has been drained once...and again, there is fluid built-up, I am schudeled for another eko...(have had this done every week).
The doctor obviously punctured the heart sac allowing blood in seep in...what would anyone of you advise...second opinion or?

Please help me with this...My life is not back, yet...To add insult to injury...when I went back to the hospital...

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old leads

My wife is 49 and has had a pm since the age of 9. Back in the day pm were placed in the abdomin.
Her xray looks like a map of the united states.
We were told that the wires (leads) were not a problem to be left in.
Does anyone have any experience or studies or opinions if this would ever be a problem.
I am sure some are fractured.
At some point she will get a scar revesion to replace the very large scar and tissue from the many battery replacements.
They will free...

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.::*~*~Happy Birthday Amy!~*~*::.

Amy (Amy29): March 30, 1977 (cool, March 30th and you're turning 30, haha, i'm easily amused once again :)

A is for Amiable
M is for Magnificent
Y? B/c you really are amiable and magnificent.

Or (in light of heart topics) it could also be:
A is for Arrhythmia
M is for Mitral Valve
Y is for “Yo, that EKG doesn’t look right.”

Happy B-day and I hope you are doing well.
Take care!
~valerie

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They're Out to Get Us Folks

I tried to answer the question about pacemakers and polygraphs but couldn't find any mention of the two anywhere in the same sentence. BUT I did find info about a company which sells a "Shocking Lie Detector" which you can take to parties to amaze and amuse your friends by exposing them as liars. It requires 3 AAA batteries. Your victim (and soon to be former friend) straps his hand down on this dome shaped contraption and you ask a question. No fair asking something he can answer truthfully....

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Update on Me & Love to All of You

Hi everybody. All went well on Tuesday and I now have a St. Jude 5386 upgrade in my chest, supposedly the top of the line. We were surprised to find that I have no underlying rhythm on my own, so No. 5386 had better be taking care of business. I had to stay overnight due to "complications." Not to be too graphic, but this involved supper not staying where supper belongs. My daughter in law should be nominated for sainthood! Abbey refused to eat while I was gone, so her first order of busin...

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Wake up call; again

Well it has been one week since my PM was installed. So far no problems. I head in for my first check up today and looking forward to a clean bill of heath with it.
You know this has been quite a ride. It all started with a TIA in 87. That was brought on by a stupid activity of helping my son and his friend carry a deer up a ravine while in the second stages of a real bad cold. My second episode occurred in 95; after ignoring dozens of warning signs I ended up with an angina attack, which...

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Polygraph Testing??

Does anyone know if the pacemaker will interfere with taking a polygraph test??

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Rapid Beats

Hi,
My first post. I have a Medtronic ICD because of several episodes of fast VT starting in 2002. I had a second ablation in May last year which made a huge improvement. However since January I have had about eight episodes of slow VT (105 bpm) which have lasted 1 1/2 hours on average and rectified themselves. The strange thing is all these episodes have occurred between 15:00 and 20:00 hours. Some before a meal some after food.
Any comments or similar experiences would be appreciated...

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MY KIDS AND I

Hello to all my friends! I'm going to share something my kids and I did this weekend. The other day I saw a Beaver going under the house. I told my kids about it and sure enough they wanted to catch it. I was a little skeptical but went on with the mission. We made a trap with some old fencing. We made it with a trap door.................WOW, the kids said. It was raining that evening and after I made the trap we sat down to figure out what kind of food beavers eat. My daughter said l...

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6 weeks does that do it

I am heavy into tennis and weigth lifting i spend lot of time on the bench with free weights My Doc set me at 60 beats but for physcial stuff kick in a 70 and tops out at 130. With the pace maker its not like turning a switch as far as energy, i guess that will come back with time I hope. My Doc says 6 weeks stay off of the left arm and then i can go for it. I notice that i am not hungry at dinner time big breakfest and small lunch but almost not hungry at dinner time a bit of a change. No weig...

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Defibs and Hashimoto's

Hey people! I have two questions for y'all out there. With all the PM's, who has a defibrillator and what are your parameters? Second - Heart disease a primary issue for most. Mine was a dilated cardiomyopathy and becoming more of an issue these days is hypothyroidism (and last week they gave it a name - Hashimoto's) Last year my TSH was 16.5 and seemed to come under control within 8 - 9 months. Not quite so the endocrinologist raised the medication dosage and with that the TSH went up; T...

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Fitness update from Peter

Hi Guys,
if you remember a few weeks ago I asked you guys for ideas to get me from zero fitness to being able to ge to the airport to pick up Pacergirl (Susan) and her husband who are coming to the uk to see me. not too long to go now just a little over six weeks!!
Well thank you all for your idea's and support, and as I said in my last posting I could then hardly make it to my front gate.
The good news is that I can now get almost a hundred yards down the road and back, I have al...

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pain after 14 years??

I have had my PM for 14 years, and I feel very lucky that I've never had an ounce of complications with it. I never have had any pain around the site...until last week. I started feeling very weird pressure and pain around my PM. It subsided, but on the outer side it is still tender to the touch. No swelling or anything. Im sure that Im over-reacting, but Im a bit concerned. Could this just be muscle pain, should I be worried?? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!! -Patti

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Television Towers.


Hi!

I am currently looking into getting a job with a local PBS TV station, but I am suppose to get a pacemaker on Monday. Does anyone know if the pacemaker would interfere with me having this job, or do I need to just stay away from the transmitting equipment? I know it's a bit of a random question, but I'm curious.

Amy

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Lenora

Hi Lenora.
I along with a great many people in this club I feel.... wish you a speedy recovery form your latest setback, and hope that you are now ticking away and getting stronger by the day.
Keep us up to speed on how you are doing...Peter

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Another question!

I was hoping that some of you could tell me how long did it take you to start getting energy back. I had energy right after my surgery and now it has been two weeks from getting my pacemaker and it has started to be painful and sore. I have been getting spasms from the site that goes into my left arm is that normal? I have only been wearing the sling when I go out b/c I don't want my shoulder to start hurting. I also walked a little yesterday (just like a block) and that took like all the energy...

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You know you're wired when...

Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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I am not planning on letting any of this shorten my life. I am planning on living a long happy battery operated life. You never know maybe it will keep me alive longer. I sure know one thing I would have been dead before starting school without it.