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biventricular pacemaker lead 3rd surgery

Hello wanted to post and get people's thoughts.  First some background  / context I am currently 40 yr in good health (besides my heart) weight lift and do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 4-5 days a week. 

I have had a history of both irregular / slow heartbeat + low EF rate (around 30%)
In Oct 2019 they decided to put in a Dual Chamber Pacemaker. Literally while I was going into surgery the Dr asked if I wanted to switch to a Bi Ventricular pacemaker. I really didn't kn...

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Recent heart dance was not Afib

For those who followed my post wondering if I had an A fib event-I'm happy to report it was not an arrhythmia!

My new cardiologist's PA called me today while their pacemaker rep was in the office. They both spoke with me and instructed me to send a transmission from my Latitude Communicator. They hadn't received a transmission since December 31. 
 

Having never tried sending one before, I pushed the little heart button. I found out you do not hold it in....

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QUESTION

As I just received my Metronic PM this past Jan. 20 I am trying to gather all the info I can digest in preparing for Spring.  I asked my Cardiologist when I met with him on Jan. 27 for my first checkup. My question was, using a riding mower to cut my grass.  I know the motor won't be any issue as it's far enough away ( 2 feet, at least) but I have been reading about the vibration or 'jiggling' over uneven lawn.

My cardio guy said, try it and if there's ...

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New member

Hi all.   New member here.   Last few years I've been having tests done as I've been taking propranolol for 20 years (put on it for anxiety) and my heart rate is very low.  Late 30's, 40's etc but it can go higher then.  Had few ultrasounds, mri etc.  Told me I've got cardiomyopathy, heart block etc.  So, I'm coming off of propranolol now (nearly off them completely now), then got to go back for another holder monitor then maybe...

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Treatment

Hi Everyone,

 

I'm a 25 year old male that got a pacemaker implanted when I was 2 years of age. I am on the search for any treatments to resolve the need for a pacemaker. If anyone knows of anything please feel free to send it my way. 

 

What I have discovered so far is magnesium apparently is great for healing/ repairing damaged tissue around the heart but I am only early in my search and do not know of any proven studies.  

 

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Remote monitoring

Will i get useful information from remote monitoring, implant was in December 

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Pacing-induced Cardiomyopathy

On a recent visit regarding one of my leads that they think is fractured as it's readings are too high,  they decided to update my echocardiogram before they replace my lead and found that I have a lowered ejection fraction @ 40% , great! I would have never have known if not for the echo as I have no symptoms. Anyone have any experience with this condition?

I have to see the EP doctor this week to discuss CRT. From what I've read it sounds promising.

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TOOTH EXTRACTION

Hi I had a tooth taken out last Wednesday and been taking paracetamol 5 days now to ease the pain.I am on 60mg of Edoxaban and wondering if there is any other stronger painkiller I could take till the pain settles down?Thanks

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PVCs

I've been having tons of what I think are PVCs lately.  I don't feel the "hidden" pulse though, unless it's right after the true pulse. If that's the case, I don't see how the next pulse is being inhibited.  I've been  having them while cooling down after walking but recently at random times, mostly at rest. 

They don't show on interrogation reports but only strings of four or more will record.  My device nurse told m...

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Inherited heart problems

Hello everyone and hope you are all as well as can be.
This is my second post. I  received a pacemaker in November 2022 and had a complicated recovery because of pacemaker site issues such as haematomas and a related skin tear to the original incision. Have to say follow ups have been very positive in terms of resolving those early problems, and all this in the U.K!

 My cardiac consultant has even said he will resite my pacemaker if I’m still unhappy with its positi...

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Breast Pumps and Pacemakers/ ICDS

For the younger, female members with pacemakers/ ICDs I'm not sure if you've come across the same problems when getting ready to start a family. 

If you plan on breastfeeding or expressing then it's recommended you have a breast pump. Newer breast pump designs lean towards being 'in-bra' with the motor sitting on top of the collection cups as a whole unit. This leaves the motor practically resting where a pacemaker or ICD would normally be implanted. Therefore n...

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PH and Manometry Testing

Hi I'm looking for advice on testing for gastro/lpr issues please. I have a Vitatron G20A2 device fitted. Does anyone know if Ph and Manometry testing is safe for me to undergo. Obviously I would presume the hospital would check with device manufacturers but wanted a heads up from the group.  TIA

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Heart Rate while Exercising

Hi All,

I'm a 54 y/o male and this is my first post here.  I had bradycardia and junctional rhythm for quite some time and in November of 2022, I received my first pacemaker.  

Initially, the rate response was set too high where a simple walk w/out any exertion, would jump my heartrate up to over 120 bpm.  I then asked to have the rate response turned off which caused the junctional rhythm symptoms to come back and I also felt somewhat winded while walking....

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Newbie husband

Hi. My husband who is 77 had a dual lead PM inserted 16th jan. He's had Afib for 4 years with occasional dizzy spells. Takes digoxin and blood thinners. A few days before his op he blacked out and fell and broke his nose. Trip in an ambulance. His heart rate had been as low as 38 and high at 151 all over the place all the time. He came out the next day on a high. Over the moon to get his PM said he felt better already. Next days kept telling me how good he felt. No pain at site all good....

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Right side PM implant

I am a very active 71 year old male with a recent PM implant due to heart block. I am left handed in some activities and right handed in others. PM was implanted in right side due to to potential impact from firearms on left side. 
My electro- cardiologist told me not to do pushups or overhead weightlifting due to wear and tear on leads. Any others with similar issues or restrictions?

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How quickly do faulty leads need to be replaced?

Hi all,

My cardiologist recently told me that one of  my leads is playing up and I need a new pacemaker (battery is running out) an a new lead. Basically, a holtier ECG revealed that my heartbeat went down to 40 bpm for very short periods on two or three occassions throughout the 24 hour period, due to the faulty lead. He thinks that the lead is working fine 99% of the time, but is concerned about the issue, and thinks that I need the lead to be replaced soon. I had a pacemaker imp...

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Free Health Care in Canada. (NOT)

First off to quote a famous saying. "There is no such thing as a free lunch"

sure I've spent 15 days in the hospital 5 days each, 3 different times, had a lot tests done, had a lot of doctors fawn over me.  Walked out the front door and not had to fill out 1 form or reach for my wallet. 
BUT

I have pay about 30% combined Federal and Provincial income taxes. 
I also pay 13% sales tax on everything I buy at the store.

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Covid Vaccines

I've not been on this forum for very long at all, but so far I've seen 3 posts inferring that the Covid vaccine may have caused some kind of cardiac issue. 

I'm interested because there has been a bit of hoo-ha in Parliament over here because an MP (Member of Parliament) raised previously undisclosed research which seemed to infer known cardiac reactions to Covid vaccines which he felt should have been disclosed. He felt that the...

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Raw Honey and arrhythmia?

The day my symptoms resembling A fib started, I ate raw honey for the first time. I read that if the honey is from bees who harvested from rhododendrons, it can cause arrhythmias. Symptoms are generally gone within 24 hours.  The honey I bought was a prepackaged one with no origin on the label. 
 

I have eaten local honey before with no adverse effects. This was bought in a store. My symptoms were gone within 24 hours. 
 

from bbc.com:

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Breathlessness

Does anyone know if and when my breathlessness and dizziness will go now I have my pacemaker which was fitted in November?

Thought it would have been better by now. I am 84.

Thanks..

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You know you're wired when...

You’re officially battery-operated.

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I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.