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Need advice

I am an avid runner ( always in good shape) and before I got a pacemaker my heart rate when I slept dropped to 35bpm.. I told my doctor before he implanted the device and he told me that it can be adjusted to 35 if needed.. it is set at 40bpm when I sleep..when I fall asleep about 3 hrs in it wakes me up.. since I have had  my pacemaker I haven't slept through the night.. I have always slept before it was implanted.. now I wake up at the same time every night... please help

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New to this

I have just been told that I need a pacemaker. I am waiting to hear from the doctor that will do the surgery.  I just completed a study with a heart monitor for 30 days and my cardiologist called me imediately.  I know very little about these devices and find that there are a number of brands available.  How do I know if I am going to get the best brand or type of unit for my conditions?  Where will I find the best info that is not from a manufacturer. They seem to be prej...

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Recent pacemaker implant

Hiya, 

I’ve recently turned 19 and was fitted with a emergency pacemaker 8 days after my birthday after a complication from a different heart surgery, I was just wondering how old people were when they had theirs fitted and how long it took for it to feel not as uncomfortable while I sleep, mine is very visible & you can feel it easily through  my skin. 

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Pulse rate

Should I take amlodipine when my pulse rate stays 100 bpm or above all day?

 

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new generator

Hello everyone,

I had a generator change this morning (my third pacemaker!) and this afternoon suddenly felt like the Energizer Bunny...I hadn't realized how much energy I had lost as the battery ran down. 

I am thrilled to be feeling better but wonder if this is something others have experienced? 

Thanks for any input

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2nd Check up.

I am now 5 months into having a PM for Type 2 AV block and today was my second PM check.  I am feeling fine and after making a few adjustments, the EP said that everything was OK, except that on 20th September last year (PM implanted 13th August), I had an episode of palpitations at 12.30 am.  I remember waking up with my heart doing the fandango, but went back to sleep and didn't think any more about it. As far as I know this is the only time this has happened. The EP said I sh...

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12-weeks post implant, dual chamber Medtronic PM

Many thanks to everyone's posts that provided so much great information about checkups and settings! Today was an 'extra' 12-week checkup to see how the 'problem' right ventricular lead is doing.

- the sensing of the problem lead is still at 2 milliVolts, but stable and not getting worse or better
- the brand new Medtronic pacemaker is highly programmable and has 12 different programmable sensitivity settings
- I am currently on the 3rd lowest sensitivity s...

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MEDTRONIC DUAL CHAMBER PM

I had a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker implanted Nov  2019.  IMMEDIATELY (a few hours) after it was implanted by normal blood pressure rose to 190/110.  It stayed that way in the hospital until the next day despite intervenous BP meds.  The hospital released me the next day when my BP went down to 140/90.  Several hours later it went up to 160/110 and has remained very high , sometimes as high as 230/120.  I walk for exercise 4-5 miles 5 days a week, watch my s...

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Scuba Diving

I'm a long time scuba diver and have been pacing for 16 years.  My surgeon says that I can go back to diving about 8 weeks after my lead extraction and replacement. Is that what you divers have done or did you give yourself a bit more time?

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Karaoke booths and pacemaker ?

Hi I just wondered if anyone knew if sitting in a Karaoke booth is ok with a pacemaker? 
Thankyou 

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Gallbladder Surgery

I am due to have laparoscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder on the 19th February.

they have mentioned a possible need to switch off my Medtronic pacemaker due to electrocautery during the op.  I find this worrying!   I can't seem to find any information that would help.  
Has anyone had similar please?

 

 

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Patient access to pm data

I am interested in how I can get access to my pacemaker data. I have paroxsysmal afib without symptoms. The only way I can check is to transmit to clinic or go there or go to doc with a readout, etc. 

Does anyone have experience with fit it watches and or fibricheck app?

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What is normal % of pacemaker use?

What is normal? Just had mine checked for the first time and technician told me is is functioning 65% of the time. Set at 60. I knew that as I wear an Apple Watch that is reading 60 most of the time. I was Bradychardia so I guess thats good....not sleeping all the time. But what is normal use?

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Golfers.....When can I drive a golf ball?

I had a pacemaker installed 17 days ago. I am a 79 yr old female who plays golf 3 times aweek. I am healing well but am traditionally a slow, but thorough healer. My doctor says I can play in about six weeks from procedure, but that sounds scary to me.  I am not young, but have full turning swing and (for me ) solid impact and follow through.  ( love my EP but he is young, not fit, and does not play sports) Would love to hear from some golfers. Thanks.

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Pacemaker self test

My Biotronik pacemaker has been set to self test at 3:30 am.  In the last year the time has been gradually getting earlier to the point that one month ago it was occurring at 2:30 am.  In the last week, I experienced a light headed feeling each night about 10:30 pm.  I had my annual pacer test last Thursday during which I told the technician of the recent events.  He insisted that the pacemaker was set to test at 3:30 am and that I must be mistaken about what happened.&nbs...

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Sick sinus syndrome

Hello, I'm new to this site..  I would appreciate people's views on my dilemma!  30 years ago I joined a gym, and was told I should see my doctor as my pulse was very slow.  I have been having check ups every year, and my consultant rang me this year to say it's very borderline, but half the team think I should have a pacemaker fitted and half think I should wait until I have some symptoms!  I'm 63 years old and feel very well.  I have never had any sy...

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25 year old leads breaking down

Hey all,  Ive had pacemakers forever and a day... that adds up to 45 years.  My atrial lead is playing up, has noise on it at my last pm check and I was asked to do a whole lot of movements.  Putting my hands in prayer position and pushing hard made my atrial tracking go haywire but I didnt really feel it  

We have scheduled a meeting with the surgeon and a replacement for the following day so its getting fixed. 

Today I thought I was going to die - I...

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New Pacemaker

Hi!  Newbie here.  Received my pacemaker on Friday.  Where can I learn about what it feels like?  Early I felt an odd pain and wondered if that is normal.  It was a little jolt.  When I left the hospital no one told me how it would feel.  Any insight is appreciated.

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Incision site

7 weeks post dual lead implementation for 3rd degree heart block / bradycardia. 
 

scar healing nicely had 6 week check last Monday. Estimated battery life 14yrs. 
 

last few days pain when moving around incision site  like stabbing pains  feeling very tired  am I right in thinking nerve regeneration? And this can last up to a year ?

 

am new to this and think am scared of doing any damage. Have gained over 8lbs in weig...

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Tachycardia Episodes

I keep having tachycardia episodes where my heart rate will spike to 109 and then quickly subside to whatever the rate was prior.  This is happening from 10 to 30 times a day.  The worst effects are at night when my heart rate will go from 50 bpm to 109 then back down to the 50's.  I have 3rd degree AV block and my lower chambers are 100% paced with a medtronic device.  

My question to the group - Does this sound like a device setting or just tachy...

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