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Anaphylactic shock and pacemakers

Hi all I suffer from a severe food allergy to pineapple I am a very new recipient of my pace maker ( I'm 11days in ). I am very curious to see if anyone has experience with this as the 1st treatment for anaphylaxis is huge doses of epienefrin which raises your bpm dramatically ( I have seen mine go north of 200 before being intubated ) the upper level set on my dual chamber device is 140. Not sure I want to have my pacemaker working that hard to keep my heart inline just curious if anyone...

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Symptoms with PM Battery End of Life

Hello, I requested an interrogation recently because I recalled that my battery was predicted to need replacing this summer.  Interrogation revealed that it was nearing safety mode and needs replacing.  Am having symptoms that are not listed when I google this situation:  sudden onset of a whole lot of yawning and extreme fatigue. No presycope or syncope episodes.  My cardiologist is supposed to be monitoring me but he is in self-imposed quarantine hiding. &...

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General

My a-fib has always been higher when I lie down and since getting my pacemaker (January 2019) I have developed insomnia.  It has been erratic until the last four months, but now bedtime has become a source of stress.  Once I fall asleep I'm fine, but the problem is at the beginning.  Has anyone else had a similar problem?  Other than taking sleeping aids, could the pacemaker setting be changed?

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the power of caffeine

Subtitled, I Really Should Know Better

Some lucky people can handle caffeine, others of us not so much. I went 10 years with no caffeine because I know I can't handle it. Then I had a cup here and there and I was ok. Then I got to where I allowed myself one cup per day and I was ok. At least I thought I was. According to my apple watch, my resting rate has been high 80's/low 90's and I was going to mention it to my ep next time I see him. Then with quarantine I've been&n...

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Facemasks

Just a question. Is it safe to wear a facemask?. I'm told that these slow down your breathing.

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Initial Low HR Setting

I recently had my pacemaker implanted for bradycardia that I have as a result of childhood illness. I am also a runner and my resting HR was in the mid 30's to low 40's. The pacemaker became a necessitiy when my heart couldn't keep up with my activity demands any longer. The EP set the lower HR on the PM to 60. Since the implantation I have not been able to sleep, feel like my heart is beating really fast, and just feel shaky and jumpy (like i have had too much caffiene). I feel l...

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Dental Surgery

My dentist wants to put me out for approx 30mins with a general anesthetic. 

Has anyone else done this after their PM?

Mine was implanted Jan 2020.

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Battery use

Hi there, I’ve had a pacemaker since 2009 and was told on December 2018 check that I had about 18months left on the battery. I was due a check in May 2020 which was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. I started a couple of weeks ago to feel similar symptoms to those that I had experienced before having the implant. The clinic agreed to check my pacemaker yesterday and told me I had a year left in it and a further 3 months if it was to completely run out. She did some changes on my de...

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Should I question my pacing

I had a loop recorder inserted last year. This reported bpm below 30 at night and some heart stops of more than 3 secs  then I nearly fainted at breakfast having a sudden pulse to my head and down my arms.

Now I have a pacemaker and it's  set to 60 - 130. They said MY  battery will probably last a very long time. I'm  not worried about how long the battery lasts but since my normal heart rate has always been 52 why set to 60.  I'm  feeling...

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Leads and arms above shoulder level

I'm tryin to behave. Really.

I understand the "no arms above the shoulder" rule for a month.

Would that apply to the arm not associated with the device? 

Reason I'm asking, I do a lot of cooking in the house and I need to be able to reach pots hanging from the ceiling

Thanks for you patience. - Mike

 

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Post op complications

Hi, I'm very new to this site but I was recommended to come on as I've had a rough 3 months and just need to hear from other people in my situation 

i have had a pacemaker for 10+ years and it has helped me massively. Just before lockdown started I had to have my battery changed and since then I have now had 5 surgeries and been admitted to hospital 6 times (twice was via ambulance). Long story short I was diagnosed with a prevoked DVT in my right arm which runs across to m...

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A pulsating feeling that repeats every day

I've had a BIOTRONIC Evity 6 DRT for 1 year and two months exactly. These last two months I've been, as have most of us, under lockdown (age 78) These lst two months I've taken to writing a lot and since I'm at the computer in the same position all the time, I became aware of a strange, pulsating feeling every afternoon at exactly 5 pm. The kind of reaction one gets from taking a shot of straight malt in one gulp, pulse and chest accelerate briefly. No dizziness, no faint...

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Before I can drive?

I'm scheduled to get my ICD next week. They mentioned two weeks before I can drive any more than to the store.

How long was it before the let you drive after the install procedure? - Mike

Was it being away from the local area they were concerned with?

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Nuclear Stress Test Treadmill

If you are pacemaker dependent, active, and able to get heart rate high up on treadmill test, can you choose to do treadmill test as opposed to the chemical injected? 

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Traveling with my pacemaker

Shortly after having my pacemaker put in I took a vacation and went to the Philippines and I forgot all about my monitor.

I didn't have any problems in fact I'm virtually forgot about it.

Since I didn't have a cell phone number that the monitor could get to I was never called about the absence of data for that month

 

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Surgery update

Hey everyone!!

update on my pm extraction and replacement. All went well so far anyways🤓. I am sore from the pocket over my shoulder into my back. The surgery took about 1 1/2 hours which surprised me. It took that long for my cardiologist to insert in the first time. What a difference having an EP do the surgery. 
 

i have not spoken to my EP yet but hope to tomorrow morning before discharge to get more details about the procedure. 
 

Thanks fo...

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Bradycardia

Hello my name is Priscilla, I had my daughter 4 months unfortunately I had to have an emergency c section because we almost lost her. A week after birth I was in the ER because I felt dizzy and seeing blurry I was told that my pulse was very low around 35 that wasn't the first time I had been told that my heart rate was low but I never had any symptoms until than. The next day a cardiologist called me and said I might need a pace maker I felt like my whole life just eneded I was stil...

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100% Pacing

I had a PM check this week and was told that the upper chamber is being paced at 100% and the lower at 40%.  Battery life is approximately 2 years but was told that it may have to be replaced in 6 months or so.  Should I be concerned about the life of the battery since I have no "wiggle room" if it dies.   Next check is in 6 months.

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How do single chamber leadless pacemakers actually work on sinus node dysfunction

I was just reading about the new single chamber Micra AV leadless pacemaker. It says that it provides most of, but not all of, the function of a dual-chamber pacemaker. The one thing that it's lacking is "atrial stimulation, which would be for people who the atrium doesn't beat fast enough, such as in sick sinus syndrome or chronotropic incompetence". In that case, you would still need a leaded pacemaker in order to address these problems.

I have a single cha...

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Post op normalcies

Hey guys, I just had the micra AV implanted, it's leadless and sits inside my heart. I'm still recovering and I've noticed my blood pressure has spiked (usually I'm low, now I'm high). I also have some twitches in my right side and sometimes left arm near my elbow. Has anyone experienced this? It's so weird my body was used to the terrible functions of my old heart beat and now it feels like it's almost fighting against the new normal my pacemaker wants it to be. W...

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