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Uneventful - feeling disappointed

Had my long awaited interrogation today. Medtronic Tech tested the device and said it’s working perfectly .

i have 2 lead device and an AV block - she said 2:1 so I am told ?????? 

paced 100% . Set at 60 and 170.

i came with hopes there is some magic setting that would help my heart rate go higher when I am active.

right now in the most intense activity my rate is like 115 -120 max and I feel washed out . 

I brought all that up - has som...

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sarcoidosis

After a year with the pacemaker I've been diagnosed with cardiac and lung sarcoidosis after a PET scan.  Started the prednisone this morning and will see my EP tomorrow to discuss swapping to an ICD.  Would appreciate hearing how others have fared with this.  I knew this was a possibility for a little while as my symptoms had returned to a lesser degree and my EF kept dropping.  The ICD was a surprise but apparently it's protocol as the risk is high with the sarcoi...

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Heaviness back of throat when I lie down

I am a 63 year old man. I had a PM Insertion about a month ago and have been experiencing heaviness/dull and pulsating pain at the back of my throat when laying down which dissipates within minutes. I reported the paint to the doctor and he shrugged it off as temporary agitation related to the insertion. My reason for the pacemaker Insertion is a Type 2 AV block. Has anyone else with a similar condition had similar pain when lying down? If so, does anyone have a good explanation for it?...

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Trying to come back but not sure to what.

About a month ago a pacemaker was implanted. I was cardioverted 4 days ago. Three days after release from the hospital I did some slow treadmill running. I kept it up until (8 days) several PM recipients and a nurse described in detail what happens if I get an infection. So I stopped. Two days later my doc returned me to running. Only limitations were to not swing my arms to wide because I might dislodge a lead. I ran mostly 5 miles a day and last Thursday I ran 7.5 miles easy with a few stop...

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Distraught: under sensing problem

Background: I had a long, complicated initial implant surgery of a dual chamber PM. Due to vein access problems, the R Ventricular lead was known to not be 100%. The surgeon thought it was 80% but it has since degraded to 40% and remained there.

At 6 weeks post-op, my 2nd visit to the PM clinic confirmed that the R Ventricular lead of my dual chamber PM is still under sensing: a 'suboptimal' 2 millivolts instead of an 'optimal' 5 millivolts.

Next known steps are:

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Pacemaker neck discomfort.

It's been 4 weeks and a day since my pm surgery. Im moving around a bit more and have a green light for normal activity on Thurs. Ive had a slightly stiff neck on pm side going from collarbone to just under the jawline near the lymph nodes. Not really pain but just a slight discomfort. I left a message for my ep and waiting for call back tomorrow. I have to admit I really babied my arm during the last 4 weeks. Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Cold weather

Does anyone experience more pains when the weather is colder? I'm in northwestern Pennsylvania and every winter I get chest pains that are more achy that come and go. I have been checked multiple times  and am deemed super healthy!! Just curious if the metal in the chest could cause the aches and pains

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Recovery to e

I am a 68 yr old female had a pacemaker put in for 3rd degree heart block 3 months ago other than my heart rate improving I still don’t feel myself does it take a bit longer 

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5 days post op chest pain

Hey all, thanks for being here!

I had a medtronic dual pacemaker placed 5 days ago.  Since then I have diffuse chest pain on any exertion, more on the right than the left.  I don’t feel any better as far as shortness of breath or fatigue than I did before.  Now add the chest pain and it is worse!  I have an annoying cough, my left boob is now bigger than the right and I am “burpy”. All new stuff 😕  I am set to 60 with adjustments for activ...

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Just come out fitting my.pacemaker 1 hour go

My pacemaker set to not let my heart drop  below 60 

But I do feel palpitations is this normal?

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Biking and flatting out

Hi, 

I bike for @ an hour on a trainer. During the second half I would experience shortness of breath and my hr dropping into the upper 60's for just a brief period before climbing back up to the 120's. Toward the end it dropped into the 80's and stayed there for 8 minutes.

Admittedly, this is measured by a chest strap and bluetooth, but it seems pretty accurate. 

Should I be concerned or is this typical PM behavior?

I'm going to post the abov...

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Battery powered chain saw

I do a lot of yard work.  And, I use many battery pack powered tools including a chain saw on a stick.  All of these tool when in use are more than 6” from pace maker site.  Would like some of your experiences or advice  on continued use of these tools.   I am a new pacemaker recipient. 

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medicines

What medicines for a cold have you been told to take or avoid?

 

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Frozen Shoulder 6 Months after CRT-D Implant

 

I had my CRT-D installed (left shoulder) at the end of April, and my recovery went well and I felt fine all summer long and was able to use my left arm and shoulder normally. I even completed 3 months of cardio rehab at the end of September.

In early October I noticed that I had some left shoulder pain, and the pain has increased since then. Its painful when reaching behind me, overhead or across my chest, and it is difficult to get comfortable in bed so my sleep is disturb...

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Antivirus Support

With an antivirus solution in place, the device will remain safe and protected. Not only will the data remain secure and sound, but the user's identity will also not get stolen. Norton is one such antivirus which offers comprehensive protection that can be availed at norton.com/setup.

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Surgery Recovery

Just had surgery on Tuesday.  I feel super tired and even when I lay on the opposite side of my ICD I feel like there is pressure where the ICD is located.  I go back to the doctor on Wednesday.  Is this normal???  Also, how long did people take off of work?  

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Dizzy Spell

I got a pacemaker  9 months ago because I had a dizzy spell incident and today I had another dizzy spell incident after 9 months, is this normal? I was told that I would not have an incident after having a pacemaker. Please help I am devastated because of this incident. I forgot to tell you that I have AFIB.

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Settings

Just had pm implant Dec 2/19.  Have 3rd degree heart block but dr. recommended only one lead.  Cardiologist who did implant said she would have put in 2 leads but for my dr.'s recommendation.  I still have same symptoms I had prior to implant - weakness, heavy legs, etc.  I will ask when I see people at post-op pm clinic next week but wonder if the # of leads would have made a difference or if this is a setting issue.  

I have spent a lot of time on this sit...

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Pacemaker dependent?

Three years ago I was told that my bradycardia would surely cause me cardiac arrest at some point. It was 27bpm. Now I am classified as Not PM Dependent. That is because my heart can still beat on it’s own approximately 15% of the time, according to the last reading. 

At my next checkup, I will ask my EP what the next remedy is when my hr can’t get to 60 or 70bpm on its own. Does anyone here know???

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cant sleep

i have an issue with my right forearm paining. think it's a cellulitis using ice and motrin, havent been on this site for sometime. the pain woke me up . back to sleep now

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