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Battery Change

My son is 3 years old and has had a pacemaker since birth. My son has congenitive heart block. He has to get new batteries within 6 months or less. I am not sure what to expect. Will this be hard on him? Am I worring over nothing?

I know when they put his pacemaker in he had a hard time recovering and got infections, was sadated for 3 days. Also, my sons pacer does all of his work for him and this is why he needs to have the batteries replaced in only 3 years time.

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My Mother-in-law

My mother-in-law has a pace/defib since 2005, she is in her late 70's and her health is failing. It is like her body is dying but her heart is still strong! Is the pac/defib designed to keep her heart beating even if the rest of her body is withering away?

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posr op discomfort

This is my first post as I only a month ago became a member of this elite group of people. Any thoughts on the possibility that the pm was placed in the wrong location, to close to the arm pit and in that muscle. A month later, I feel like the pm is resting in my arm pit, at least next to it. I can't cross my left arm across my chest. It is even uncomfortable to type on the computer in certain positions, need to be positioned toward the left. Everytime I use that muscle I feel it. Wearing a...

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NEED YOUR EXPERTISE

Hello,

I've been feeling better with the blood pressure medicine. However I have this tightening of my chest. It comes and goes and it's at the top of my chest right in the center. My neck and shoulder are so tense. My blood pressure is reading 120/80 and I've breathing okay. Can this be a sign for heart blockage and what should I do if it continues to get worse. I called my Doctor's office and he said it sounds like anxiety. Is there anyone who can write to me about this m...

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CARDIOLOGIST VISTI TMORO!!! ITS D-DAY!!!!

WELL ITS D-DAY TMORO I GO AND SEE THE CARDIOLOGIST!! WHAT EVER HAPPENS I HAVE BEEN EXSTEMELY COMFORTED BY THE KIND WORDS, AND SHARED EXPERIENCES.. hERE I AM SITTING IN MY BACK BEDROOM, IN A SMALL TOWN IN WARWICKSHIRE IN THE UK, IN TWO DAYS 104 PEOPLE HAVE READ MY MESSAGE AND 7 VERY KIND PEOPLE HAVE RESPONDED, I AM STILL SCARED BUT SOME HOW FEEL I AM NOT AS ALONE AS I INITIALLY THOUGHT I WAS. THANKYOU ALL... IT MY BE THE TWO LARGE GLASSES OF RED WINE I HAVE JUST CONSUMED THAT HAVE MADE ME COME...

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Looking for.........

a support group for members to actually meet in Edmonton, Alberta.

Take care all & keep smiling

Suzzy123

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blood pressure

This message is for Tammy about low blood pressure. My blood pressure is normally low 90/60 normal for me , but in the evening my pressure will drop to 60/48 or lower. They have no idea why?? and yes I do faint. I have started to go to bed as soon as the feeling comes on and I will usually sleep a couple of hours and feel better and my pressure will be back up. This started with my pacemaker and has continued since i received it in 2006.I am still working and continuing along with my life as...

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holding me back!

I'm a female soldier in the Australian Army, and I love it. The problem I have is in July of last year I collapsed and after exhaustive tests, was found to have Mobitz2, with possible Mobitz3, and bradychardia, which the specialists believed led to my collapses and which could be fixed with a pacemaker. September it went in(deep under my muscle) and I haven't had an incident since. I train just as hard, if not harder, than ever. I have never failed a fitness test,infact I am told I give the youn...

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1st checkup

I had a Medtronic Novas implanted 30 days ago and just had my first checkup. Battery voltage is 2.78 volts. One of the leads has 623 ohms resistance and the other has 1205 ohms resistance. Do these numbers sound ok?
Many thanks

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CORRECTION FROM POST EARLIER

I met to say i'm working at the liquor and smoke shop at Safeway...... I apoloize for misspell..It's been a long 3 days, 8 1/2 hours 2 days, on my feet and 4 hours sitting for testing........

But I do need to be advices on my earlier post please.

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question

Hey all,

I have a question, I went back to work this past Sat for the first time in 8 yrs. I've had my pm now 5 yrs this yr. I have a question, I'll be working at safeway grocery store @ their Liquid store, and I was told i had to left up to 30 - 50 pds, and no exception, Pm or Not.... Can someone tell me, if a business is allow to say this to you?

Or do they, have to work with me on this?

Please advice. I really want to keep my job, cuz Its Union benfits and c...

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Blood Pressure!

Lately I have been feeling weak. I was really hoping that getting the pacemaker placed in would makes things get better but it doesn't seem that things work that way it sure does take a process. I called in last week b/c my left hand was completely numb and I had so much chest discomfort and was also dizzy. They got me in and said my b/p was low and I was dehydrated. They said that the hand was going numb because of my voltage being high and that they wouldn't lower in until 6 weeks. It is set a...

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How long does it take

Hi everyone~ I have posted before but now am under a different name due to the changes on the site. I'm wondering-how long does it take to feel better? Had my 1st PM put in on 12/28/06 and felt very tired to begin with and have been feeling more energenic but at times still get very tired. All my PM checks have been good so I don't think there is a problem there. Am I just hoping to recover faster than what it really takes. Can finally walk on the treadmill 20 minutes at a slow pace but sti...

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running

I'm curious about what runners experienced after they got a pm and tried to get back into running. I'm 47 and getting back into it but find I'm nowhere near where I was.
Thanks,
Rusty

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Where am I?

Blake , I went into list of members and I am not there, Can you help find me???lol Colleen

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swelling in left arm

Hi y'all,
Has anyone ever had swelling and numbness down the left arm? This feels a lot like when I had the superior vena cava blockage, but this is only my left arm. Also, my pacemaker pocket has been opened 3 times in the last 5 years, and now where there used to be a bulge and I could feel the outline of the pacer, there is now a large indentation where the pacemaker used to be and the pacemaker can be felt way over to the side. Can it move? Thanks for any thoughts. Bambi

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Hashimoto's Disease & PM

$6Mman asked about Hashimoto's & problems with lab tests.I was unable to post until now because I wasn't recognized, but I have a comment.If you have Hash, it is not good enough to rely upon the TSH value when determining exogenous levothyroid.Hash is a condition in which the body itself destroys the circulating levothyroid. Therefore, the appropriate blood tests should focus on the amount of thyroid hormone actually circulating in the blood. To do this, you must be tested for Free T3 and Free...

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WE MUST ALL GIVE A WORD

I'm writing to each and everyone of you out there. I'm feeling a bit upset that I can't answer all the problems on this site. I know that I'm not supposed to give answers to everyone. That's why we all have to pitch in and give a cheer or wipe away someone's tear. We are here to help one another and I see so many people will read postings but they won't respond. I know that we all don't have the same conditions or maybe we haven't experience certain problems. With so many people on this si...

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Weird Question...

I'm looking at possibly having my pacemaker replaced in the near future (or whenever the battery dies) and mine is pretty old, so its bigger than the ones are now. My question is, won't the pocket be too big?? Is it going to look funny?? And what if I decide not to get one put back in at all (this may be an option for me) will it leave a large indent?? I had my PM put in when I was 11, so the muscle grew around, its flat , doesn't stick out at all. Thanks for any info!! -Patti

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Remove old leads before it is too late

Old leads can cause major problems. They can calisify and get into spots that cause interfernce in thef future.

It happened to me on vacation. I had a pacer inserted 30 yrs ago. When the attereies wore out the pacer was reoved and leads left in. Five yrs after remval I ned a new pacer. The cappedleads were uncaped and used. 11 yrs la leads.er the batteries wore out and a new pacer was installed with the old leads.

In March 2007 major problems crept into the picture and pa...

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You know you're wired when...

You can feel your fingers and toes again.

Member Quotes

I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for pacemakers. I've had mine for 35+ years. I was fainting all of the time and had flat-lined also. I feel very blessed to live in this time of technology.