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blurry vision in right eye

Get short bursts of blurry to no vision in right eye.  Is not always connected to fast heart beat.  Only lasts a couple of seconds.

Had the Carotid ultasound done still the same for the past 6 years at 45%.  The Echogram no change since this past July 2021.  This morning was called as the Cardiologist wanted a current pacemaker check.

Did have 2 blood tests done Sedimentation rate-Westergren 43 out of range 0-30. the other was C-Reactive Pro...

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5 years after implant:

In 5 years I have had two incidents causing my defribrillator to fire and re set my pace. The first time, I was driving, I had little response time as I cried out to my wife: I am passing out........................ I woke up to the car careening to a stop with mahem all around. I passed out at the wheel and  was struck by a motorbike speeding down the wrong side of the road. I easily could have avoided the idiot, but whammo. The car was totalled, but I was alive. The 2nd time was 1...

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Pacemaker expectations post surgery

I am 7 days post surgery with Medtronic dual-chamber pacemaker.  Having issues with fatigue and dizziness when up doing most anything.  Seem to have to sleep a lot.  My post check-up isn't until next week.  Noticed I do not pace below 60 anymore, so appears to have taken care of Bradycardia but having issues with Tacs upon activity.  My diagnosis is Sinus Node Dysfunction.  Anyone else experience this upon recovery?  My expectations must be a little too...

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Settings

Can someone explain the settings for AV block please. The EP was going to set mine to atrial only but when I explained my symptoms she set it to atrial and ventricular pacing at 60bpm. Not sure what this means and why? It certainly has got rid of all my previous symptoms so must be working. 

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Golf

How long did it take you golfers to pick up a. Club after your op? 
How did it feel initially?

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Diagnoses

A little frustrated here.  My mother is 85 and has an enlarged heart.  She has a left bundle block and some leaky valves. She had shortness of breathe last year so her internist did an echo and ekg.  They saw abnormalities and started her on meds and said maybe crt.  What is normal procedure to diagnose this.   She saw a cardiologist who said he wants to figure out what caused this, probably ischemia.  Another Dr. said leaky valves....

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3500 Ram Dually

I love to camp and in order to do so,  we use a 3500 Dodge Dually.  I'm not worried about getting in because I'm short and have a stool ... but should the " rough" riding present a problem 15 days after surgery?  

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Had my CRT-P fitted 9th May 22

I have paroxysmal AF which has become resistant to drug therapy and I am at the beginning my Pacemaker journey and wanted to send my thanks to all on this forum. The practical information is really useful as I was starting to think I was being a total hypochondriac regarding my pain levels. I do not have mild discomfort. I feel like I've been stabbed, which of course I have. It's sore. My heart feels like I've been kicked by a horse and It's definitely more than discomfort! Ap...

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Crt

My mother is 85 with stage 3 heart failure. HFrEF She also has a left bundle branch block with some leaky heart valves.  I was looking into crt for her.  She has shortness of breath mainly and is starting to get more tired when she walks.  I was wondering if any one has a similiar condition and had CRT.  I was trying to see how successful the procedure is in improving symptoms, and how difficult going through the procedure is, and if there are complicat...

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Tired

My pacemaker was installed in 2018. So I have had it awhile.  I am on a monitor checked every 3 months, in which I am charged $$ to have the monitor say its doing its job.  I don't think it monitors me. 
I am totally dependent on my pacemaker.  Recently I get warn out, where I just feel exhusted and would want to sleep.  Is this something I should concern my doctor office of? 

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Beta Blocker for One Episode VT

So I'm really new to all of this and need some advice. I had my pacemaker placed March 27th for a complete heart block. I use an app for home monitoring. Yesterday I received an alert that I'd had one episode of VT lasting 30 seconds but heard nothing else about it. It also doesn't state the time it occurred. Today I get a call that I need to see a regular cardiologist because I've been started on a beta blocker by the doctor that inserted my pacemaker. No one ever called...

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trying to join this club

I will be needing a pacemaker soon and am trying to become more educated about how it will change my life going forward.

I never received a confirmation email so have not been able to complete the joining process.

Can anyone help?  jimc1849@gmail.com

Thanks

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This One is Interesting!

Hello PMC!

I hope you are all doing well! I have something interesting to share with all of you and hopefully you can provide some feedback. I will start by saying that I have an appointment 6/9/22 with my Cardiologist to discuss same. I've been experiencing leg weakness daily and sometimes my thighs burn when I walk as if I was doing intense exercise at the gym. I've noticed that my legs (thighs mostly) have trouble doing anything really&...

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Scuba Diving

Has anyone been scuba diving with your PM? Did your Cardiologist have to bless off on it and is there a certain depth that is recommended?

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Sleep Number Beds

I'm a new Biotronik pacemaker recipient .  Our Sleep Number bed has a motor which causes the head and foot of the bed to lift, and also to vibrate.  Does anyone know if this motor will create interference with my pacemaker?    Thx, Mike

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Extremely high anxiety

I'm 28 who gotten a pacemaker going on 4 weeks now and every since I've been unable to sleep well. My anxiety been through the roof. Scared of everything to go out to far from hospitals, to have intimacy,to run to anything. I feel like my pacemaker might have a malfunction one day. And when them thoughts get inside my head. I try to get them out but my anxiety won't let me. I feel like I'm getting depressed as well. I made me appt to see a psychiatrist for tomorrow and hopeful...

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Lexiscan Nuclear Stress Test Alternatives

My cardiologist wants me to take a Lexiscan Nuclear Stress Test. I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted a year ago for complete AV heart block with no other known heart conditions at the time. My device is a Medronics W1DR01 Azure XT DR.
Initially (at my annual check last year) He did not feel that the scan was needed beacause my CT scan score was 9 from 2-3 years ago and I had no symptoms. I let him know that my endurance level was reduced since the PM implant. I don't
work o...

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Symptoms before PM

I have implantation surgery scheduled Wednesday. I have AV Heart Block, the doctor expects I will use almost 100% of the time, my heart rate is usually around 32-39, currently.

I've been experiencing tiredness, irritable, confusion, feelings of being overwhelmed. This was why I was going to the primary doctor, but they missed it for awhile.

did anyone else have those symptoms before PM?

 

thanks

michelle

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Sore shoulder

Recently I have been suffering with shoulder pain near my pacemaker, which was implanted 6 years ago.  This one was the second one as the leads from my first pacemaker somehow got crushed between my clavicle and shoulder causing jerking of my shoulder and causing the pacemaker to basically short out.  Now, as I said, I am having pain after six years of no problems.  Any one else?  Any suggestions

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Pacemaker APP

Recently, had my PC upgraded to 3 leads due to heart pumping problem. I pace 100% of time due to baracardia (sp).. I was offered to exchange my bedside monitor with an app on my phone. 

My question is does anyone have experience with the app? I like the bedsie monitor for security feelings Also I have the tendency to loose things.(lol).

Thanks Paul

 

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