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A "Heart"felt Thanks!

Hello My Friends, A big thank you to all of you who wished me a Happy Birthday. You really made it extra special. It is amazing to me how we are all so close but would not know one another if we passed on the street. Strange but wonderful! This has been a very special day and I thank you again. Blessings to you all.
Sharon

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how far can they go?

After reading Cathryn's post about airport security, I was reminded of an incident that happened to me. Two years ago, I was traveling to Jamaica with a mission group from my church, and I was fine with the US security checks. When we got to the Jamaican airport, I was taken into a closed room and patted down. The female agent then asked me to show her my scar. I was wearing a t-shirt and had to pull it up to show her. I thought this was uncalled for, but I needed to board another flight with my...

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PM's yield instant bond?

Hi folks. Just had to tell you about a neat experience I had Friday. I was at the Seattle airport leaving town and just completed the TSA security pat-down, sitting in the chair putting my shoes back on. I looked to my right, and there was a man also putting his shoes back on. He smiled and asked why I had the pat down. I told him I have a PM, and he broke into a big grin and said "Me too!" We shook hands, introduced ourselves, exchanged PM implant dates and brief stories, even showed each othe...

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Information , please

Hello. I been looking online for a support group.

A friend of mine has a son who recently had a pacemaker put in. He is in his earlier 20's, and he is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to some of this. He really needs someone to talk to, and I was hoping maybe someone knows of a group for young adults .
I would appreciate any feedback or information.
Also, feel free to send me an email with information at
"bearlymisbehavin06@yahoo.com"

Thank You in adva...

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bi-vent w/ ICD pending 5/10/07 HELP

Need encouragement & more information ... esp. whether to include the ICD. I'm 65 yr old female with EF of 30.

THANKS

pAT

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Battery Life....

Hello there, I have searched high and low to see if i could find information regarding what happens when the battery life has been reached on a pacemaker and surgery has been declined. My father is 100% dependent and the decision has been made to not replace the unit. We have started to see symptoms of this, hypotension, diaphragmatic stimulation, etc. It is my understanding that the pacemaker adjusts itself and then evens out? Can anyone help me with more information? I would like a bette...

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Fasssst Pulse

Hi guys, its me back again! I wasn't feeling well for the past couple of weeks. This is my question, Has anyone had a high pulse rate and the BP is fine? Sometimes my pulse goes to 110!

stay well, Colleen

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What to expect.

Hi,

As I posted earlier, I received my PM Apr 30, 2007. This all happened too fast! I don't know what is next. Did I get the right PM? What do I expect for the "interogation?" What questions should I ask? I want to be informed, but not overwhelmed.

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Discomfort in pacemaker area.....

Hi everyone.....

I got my pacemaker about 9 months ago and have felt pain and a pinching sensation in my left collar bone and around the pacemaker, since the time it was implanted. It only gets worse when I do any physical activity, like yard work. I asked my EP aboiut it and he said that it was caused by irritation from the pacemaker on my collar bone....he kiddingly suggested that I gain weight, but then, how do you gain weight in your collar bone area? Since I am 57, I don't nee...

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St. Jude touts pacemaker's longevity

Company says just-approved Zephyr can last up to 14 years
BY CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
Pioneer Press

Which company's pacemaker is the one that keeps going and going and going for the longest period of time?

Little Canada-based St. Jude Medical announced regulatory approval Thursday in the U.S. and Europe for its new Zephyr line of pacemakers. Among other innovations, the Zephyr has an expected 14-year lifespan thanks to a new feature that conserves the amount of ener...

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*~~!HaPpY bIrThDaY sHaRoN!~~*

Sharon (auntiesamm): May 7, 1940

I remember it clearly: October 31, 2006, around dinner time.
I came on this site, so very nervous; I’d thought I just drop a line.
My implant date was set, yet my knowledge on the subject was so barren,
But here came a wonderful person, and her name is Sharon.

Sharon mentioned that she lived near by in Rancho Santa Margarita,
And I had a sudden thirst for a Strawberry Virgin Margarita :)
After this initial craving, I...

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Pacing more often now

I just had an interrogation on Thursday and found out that I am paced 32% of the time now. In July, right after I got my PM, I was only paced 5% of the time. Each interrogation shows the numbers creeping up. The tech tells me that this is normal, but it is a little concerning for me. Does this mean eventually I'll be at 100%? I don't know why I am worried about it, but at 42 years of age I don't look forward to that. I guess I just want a little reassurance from those who have been where I...

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St. Jude Medical Pacemaker

I was implanted with a St. Jude Pacemaker model 940923 on December 1, 2004. Six months ago I was told my battery had 5 years of life. Last week I was told my battery will last only one and half years. Is this normal? Shouldn't my battery be lasting longer? I am 100% dependent on my pacemaker. Thank you for any information you can give me.

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Thank your for this site

Hi everyone,
I got my first PM inserted in November last year and since then this website has been a precious help. Thank you for setting it up and thanks to all of you to share your experience. As I have just read it in a recent post, we may have our family and friends, it is always different to talk to people who really share it for real. I have felt really good for the past 3 months, even if I did felt a bit sore and uncomfortable for the first 2 months. I had my operation done in Scotla...

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Sleeping mistake.

I just had my PM placed April 30.

Last night I was sleeping and woke up with my left arm were almost raised above my shoulder. I am hypersensitive about not wanting to pull my leads out of place. What should I feel if I do pull one out of place? I have a 2 lead devise. Will it feel just like it felt just before I have the PM if only one lead is dislodged? Do you know what the corrective measure is? Is it just a resetting of the lead(s)? Does this create more/new problems with my...

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Is Donating Blood Possible, Now?

I have been donating blood for a long time at the local blood bank. But, I haven't for a while, awaiting for my PM. Their screening is pretty tough when it comes to heart related problems, and such (lots of questions). I haven't checked if I can still donate. Does anyone do it post PM implant? Thanks.

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is this very unusual?

I had my Pm Last August all seems fine, the reason I had it was because of a result from a holter monitor which showed I had 55 nocturnal pauses for over 2seconds and one pause of 4.5 second due to a second degree AV block, but I had other tests such ultra sound etc... and showed my heart was actually in very good shape!
but I have noticed something and wonder is this very unusual? I noticed sometimes that my heart seems to pace a bit fast not over the top! but say 100 bpm just by doing not...

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Good morning,

After battling CHF for over 9 months that became progressively worse, I was implanted with a Medtronics Adapta on the 18th of April. Never before had I experienced anything like this. Up till the implantation, my biggest complaint was the inability to breath due to all the congestion that kept building up. Everytime I simply moved, it felt like I just ran the 440. I managed to end up with 3rd degree heart block and a pulse rate in the upper 20`s.
The day I was taken to have this thing impl...

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New Heart Now Never Missing a Beat

Hello,

I am 37 and just received a PM. I am not sure how I should handle this. It is all too wierd. I had to get the PM because I was felling chest pains with shortness of breath and lightheadness. I had an angiogram which showed I had fgreat arteries. The doc concluded that I needed the PM. Once I got done with the op, It was so emotional I was crying because I could breath deeply. I immediately had tons of energy. I have so much energy that I have been having trouble sleepin...

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irregular heart

maybe someone with irregualar heartbeat can help me out. i am very active. play tennis, jog etc. my heartbeat is around 80. when i get on a threadmil maceovhine and say i get a heartbeat reading of around 85. every few minutes, at same speed, it will spike up 20 to 25 points and immediately come down to 85. then go from say 85 to 78 than to say 90 back to 85. my heart feels good, no pain or short of breath. if i increase speed and my beat goes to say 110 after a few minutes it might...

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You know you're wired when...

You’re officially battery-operated.

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