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Very bumpy lead

Hi
My daughter (aged 7) had her battery changed 6 days ago. The wound is healing well but there is a quite prominent bump (part of a lead I think) above the pacemaker. It wasn't there before and she didn't have the leads changed. It's about 3/4 of an inch long and protrudes about 1/4 of an inch. I'm not sure if this is normal. Any ideas? Thanks

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Pacemaker replacement

Is ther anyone out there who has had an AV node ablation and then at a later date had thier pacemaker replaced. If so how did they keep your heart beating when the pacemaker was swopped for the new one. Cheers Peter you can contact me directly at bayhoecott@yahoo.co.uk

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Trying to recover

I 47 years old. I've had a pacemaker since I was 18. I'm on my fourth one, I have two leads. 11 days ago I had one of the leads replaced and I'm still trying to recover from that. The old lead apparently is not sensing the new lead very well and I have have all sorts of flutters and worse. Yesterday I could hardly walk my son to his classroom, it's like the pacer would not speed up. Then my left arm is swollen and purple. They checked for a blood clot but found nothing. Since the surgery...

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doing well

Hello again, well its been a week since i had my icd installed and iam doing fine pain is gone no shocks going monday to remove stitches and back to life , amyone need any hael or questions just ask ill help all i can....

thanks again
chris

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Climber again

Thanks for your replies. I had my first post surgery meeting with my cardiologist who still felt I should quit climbing. He said it was the same as weight lifting and neither should be attempted because of the potential for lead dislodgment. Reading that other people still continue to weight lift I feel he may be too conservative. I posted a climbing with icd question on a climbing forum were a cardio physiologist responded that she felt she would be more concerned about an incident when cli...

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just had pacemaker fitted left withopen wound

Hi everyone. im from the uk i am 42 and i have just had my first pacemaker fitted which came as quite a shock to me as i had been feeling tired had all my bloods tested and they were fine, it was only by chance that i had to have a laporoscopy that they did a pre med ecg where they found i had a ectopic heartbeat within a month i was fitted with my pacemaker on the whole i feel 100% better. but when the surgeon stiched me back up he overflaped my skin and when they took the stiches out the woun...

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Itching

hello everyone,

i have had my pacemaker now for about 2.5 weeks. i feel so much better now, i don't know how i lived without it. :))))
but i have a question for anyone out there. i know my would is still healing, but has anyone else had trouble with itching around the site. its making me crazy. (not that i have far to go) i know its not infected or anything, the area is not red or anything, but it is bothering me and am so paranoid about touching the area that it aint funny....

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Welding

Hi
This is my first post. Hope someone can answer this question.
My hobby is building classic cars. Much welding involved. Had a pacemaker installed in July 2007. Of course my doctor says no welding. Anyone out there have the same problem and what have you done?

Garret

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What happened to Sweetartgirl

Has anyone heard from Laura in a while?

her last posting was in May?

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New drug may help treat atrial fibrillation

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac researchers say a new drug may help treat the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

The drug, dronedarone, is not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but has proven effective in two major trials, with fewer side effects than existing medications, according to a report in the Sept. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

And in the same issue of the journal, researchers say a special pacemaker...

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up date

Hi, I've just been to my doctors after the continuing of the chest pains/pocket pain that I was getting, he has made arrangments for me to see my cardiologist & possibly see a plastic surgeon about the best options of either having my left breast lifted or breast reduction.
with the medication that I was taking before was'nt working so I've been perscribbed some cream called "Capsaicin" for mean while.


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Wishing you a very happy birthday from your friends from the Manchester England

Dear Maureen

I really hope you have a very happy birthday.

Maureen, Maureen
what can I say
hope you don't have to answer
to many woe's for help on the pacemaker site today.

Thanks for all of your help
Debbie, Edith, Kenneth and Julie

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feeling weird

I've been having like 1 second sharp pains in my chest every so often. It just comes and goes really fast, doesn't hurt, almost feels like someone is pricking me with a needle. But I'm all dizzy and out of body feeling right now. I wonder if my ICD is screwing up. I know the pacer part of it does nothing so I wouldn't think it would be that. Hmmmm, I wonder if it's from the punch I got over the weekend. Anyone get feelings like this? I guess it could be totally unrelated to the ICD and I'm once...

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Shocked and In-Contact with Someone

Hello again,

Haven't posted in a few months, although I got great support the last time. I received my second shock last night, again, it shakes me up more mentally than physically. This time, however, I shared my shock with my boyfriend, as we were being intimate when it went off. I am too much of a lady to get into details, but he said that he experienced a flash of light in his head and felt a jolt. It certainly was not as strong as what I experienced, but it did freak him out pret...

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Happy happy Birthday to You!!..

Hope you have a wonderful day and get whatever your hearts desire. Whether you spend it quietly or a big family celebration, I hope you spend it wisely. Every birthday is a precious one to us all. Hope you are feeling good too.
Lots of warm wishes Jessie ( Maureen).
Truly,
your "strange" friwnd,
Susan

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<*>*<*> Happy Birthday! <*>*<*>

To a very special member, and a very dear friend.
September 5, 2007.

Maureen, your name means " Star of the Sea. " And as such, here is a poem I'm sure was written with you in mind.
I hope you have a super nice special day.

~ Dominique ~

A poem by Edith | 6/1/2007 age 12.

Beautiful Maiden, Star of the sea,
Look down with love, upon me.
Give me grace, hope, love and truth,
To keep with forever through old age and youth.
G...

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Quick chest pain followed by sweating

Had my PM installed in May. This has happened to me about 5 times since. I get a quick sharp pain in my chest (like one quick heart beat) and break out in a cold sweat.
Went EMERG the first time it happened and had blood work and ECG. All looked to be "normal", but this can't be normal... can it?

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:)

Hi peoples,
How I missed this cyber-place. It’s been what…..10 years? It feels like it. First, important announcements:
HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY TO:
1. Lenora: August 28
2. Winelover: August 31, 1954
3. Chris (CBulifant): September 1, 1970
My apologies for my late announcement! I hope you all had a great b-day and got everything you wished for :)
And “hi there!” to all the newly implanted pacer people :) I’m sure you al...

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Punch

So this is kind of a dumb post but one of my friends that hasn't seen me in a long time greeted me with a punch to the chest (it wasn't meant in a bad way). Anyway he punched me right on my ICD, he totally forgot I had it and felt awful after. Nothing seems to be wrong but I wonder if I should be worried about anything. It's probably fine. I feel stupid calling my Dr. about it so I haven't. Has anyone had something similar with a blow to the area? I'm guessing since the box is made out of titani...

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fast/slow heart rate

hi i was just wondering if anyone knew the answer as to why i suffer from a regular fast heartrate sometimes and need beta blockers to slow the rate and yet i had to have a pacemaker for intermittent heart block. what i dont understand is why i have a fast heart rate that needs slowing sometimes and yet i needed a pacemaker for episodes of heart block. hope this makes sense but no one seems to understand why im confused especially as im aware of the fastheart rate but had no symptoms to the hea...

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Your device acts like a police scanner.

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I live an extremely normal life now and my device does NOT hinder me in any way.