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PACEMAKER HERE I COME..

Hello from Aussie..
Have had the problem of irregular heart beats since 1992 which has been controlled by medication (Tambocor), however the medication has not been able to control the problem for the last six months..
Had a cardioversion eight weeks ago and felt great for three weeks but the heart decided to play up again.
My doctor still relluctant to put in PM and we are going for another cardioversion next month..
It does look like a PM is to come..What I would like to kn...

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Here I go!

Hello there! I'm 32 years old and I'm so glad to know I'm not the youngest person with a pacemaker (or will rather..lol) I'll be having my pacemaker put in on the 9th. Switching out a monitor that is alrady been hanging out for a few weeks. I guess what I wanted to ask is: How long should I take off from work. I am a retail store manager. I was fine after about 3 days when they put my monitor in. Will the pm be that much different really? Also the whole lifting my arm above my head thing. Is tha...

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CHF and difficulty breathing

My husband has a Medtronic 2 lead ICD - implanted 10/06. Since he's had the ICD he's developed CHF and we've been to the hospital at least 4 times for difficulty breathing because his lungs fill with fluid. After IV lasix and c-pap machine he comes around. They have told us to watch for swelling in his feet and weight gain which he has not had in the past when the problem starts. However, last night and today I have noticed that the tops of his feet are kind of puffy (no weight gain). So...

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Neurocardiogenic syncope

I have been diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) and a I had a PM implanted 1-18-07 to prevent me from blacking out. My condition is rate drop, beta blockers are not an option because I’m an asthmatic. On an average I have 15 to 20 rate drop episodes daily. The parameters of my setup is a rate drop of 40 bpm in 15 seconds or less with the pacemaker intervention then raising my heart rate to 90 bpm for two minutes. During the day my low limit rate is 60 bpm & at night when in sleep m...

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CHF

I have an ejection fraction of 20%. I am on meds to try and increase. I am a canidate for a bi--ventricular pacer after 3 months of meds if they fail. Does anyone know how I can get some info on the best make and model.The companys just issue some general information. I probably will get only one shot at this and would like to make the best decision possible. i am wearing a life vest at present and trying to live as normal as possible

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Pacemakers and Sporting Heart Rate Monitors

I've had some troubles with my PM and running (see Breakdown at 130 posting) and have recently bought a Polar F6 heart rate monitor to keep an eye on my heart rate during running, biking, etc. I talked to Medtronic and they didn't think it (heart rate monitor) would interfere with my PM. Polar (manufacturer of the HR monitor) didn't know. Does anyone with a Pacemaker have any experience using a training type heart rate monitor. Thanks.

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Backpacking

I'm a backpacker and was wondering how to protect my PM from a heavy backpack strap. Are there any devices available commercially to 'attach' to a backpack strap that will protect my PM. Thanks for any ideas.

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Just to Say: Hi Again

Hello Pacers.

It seems ages since I logged in and then I find the site has been updated. Congratulations to Blake for the changes. I am getting used to it all - have been off air due to computer breakdown.

Well, I had a fantastic time on holiday with Rewired. Kay and I get on so well. She is a wonderfullady and a wonderful friend. So supportive. ( I have been going through a really bad bout of depression) So, if I need a laugh to cheer me up I ring her. MY photos a...

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Coincidence

Hi I notice a pacer Billie Hyde. Well my name is Billie too.

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TO THE LADIES

I AM 49, WITH A PM PLACED IN MY LEFT CHEST. I AM INTERESTED IN BREAST AUGMENTATION AND WONDER IF ANY OF YOU HAVE SAFELY HAD THIS DONE OR WHAT KNOWLEDGE YOU MAY HAVE. I AM JUST BEGINNNING TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY AND HAVE NOT YET SPOKE TO MY CARDIO PEOPLE YET. THANKS, LESLIE

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Anyone else with Lupus too!

I was just wonder if there is anyone else out there with a PM and Lupus? I'm 44 and have had lupus for 15 years. My doctor does not seem to think my heart problem is from lupus but I was curious if it might be.

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Left ventrical noncompression symdrome

OOHHH realy scarry report from cardiologist but I am really not sure what it means for my health and welfare. The report said it transverses the left ventrical cavity. Seems like there are two shrinky-dink spots in my heart wall that are no longer living. I believe my heart is committing suicide without my permission. He seems to think this is what is causing my rythum problems. Does anyone know what this means? He is suggesting I go to Mayo clinic in Minn. for possible ablation. I am rea...

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Support for women with pacemakers

Just a reminder that our group WIRED4LIFE is dedicated to providing support and understand to women with pacemakers. Feel free to drop a note & let's commiserate about the 'joys and fumbles' of being a wired woman! ~Dawnhuberty@wired4life.net, on the web: www.wired4life.net

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A Birthday Announcement for a Special Pacer

Happy 8 to the 2nd power + 4 Birthday!

You should tell people to write that on your cake. That way, they are obligated to buy the biggest one they have.

I hope you have a great birthday BobR! (if you say that fast, it sounds like “barber”)

BobR: April 28, 1939

Take care,
~valerie

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ICD and Jet engines/Flying

  • by JWC
  • 2007-04-27 06:04:03
  • ICDs
  • 2852 views
  • 1 comments

My husband , Major airline jet engine mechanic just received his ICD 8 weeks ago. He cannot return to work as the airline does not know what the magnetic fields/electrical fields are in and around running aircraft. Medtronics nor the physicians have no exp and no research related to the hazards of airline work and ICD/Pacemakers.Just running cars and arc welders as if that is what everyICD patient does for a living. The airline has been asked to hire an enviromental eng to complete the testing....

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frustrated

no help just complete silence

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frustrated

why can't I get into any of this

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Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is not an allergy. It's an auto-immune disease, which means that the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. For people with coeliac disease this attack is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people with coeliac disease also react to oats.(www.coeliac.org.uk). I was first diagnosed in 1956 and put on a gluten free diet and have been on one ever since apart from a spell of 12 years from mid teenage years. I was tested for a suspected h...

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moving pacemaker

They are going to move my pacemaker from my shoulder to my abdomen so I can have radiation on my back chest area for cancer treatment. Has anyone had this proceedure done?

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ideas?

Hello all,
I had another event today where I felt dizzy. I have a dual chamber medtronic pm for bradycardia, it only works when my bpm get below 60. I've had 3 real good weeks. I'm not sure why but the last few days I have been feeling like I'm not all there. A little light headed at times. Yesterday, out of the blue I had a wave of numbness come over me and I felt hot. The lightheadedness continued today. After work I went for a run and after 15 minutes I stopped because I was getti...

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You know you're wired when...

Your device acts like a police scanner.

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