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A fib and wearables

Hi there, I'm a 58 y.o male, I've been very active all my life.  Commute one each way by bike when weather permits, run a couple of times each week.  I got an implanted dual lead Medtronic Azure close to two years ago.  It's been a game changer for me.  No more lightheadedness due to a resting pulse of 35.  A couple of weeks ago I got up quickly from the couch, went outside and shovelled the three or four inches of snow from our driveway, then went for a 4...

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best sensor, best implantation technic for multiple sport

Hi,

if you do multiple kind of sports like cycling, running, skiing, gym, weihgt lifting, swimming, kayaking ect., what is the best PM, what the best sensor, what is the best implantation technic.

My handicap is a bradycardia in ease of 35-40/min, cannon waves by 42/min, chronotopic incompetence with AV-Diss up 110/min. Otherwise there is no heart disease.

What do think?

Thank you for answers!

I hope the rigth pace make peace and a better strength&...

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Life expectancy of a lead

Hello, 

What is the life expectancy of a lead? I've heard it is acceptable to review every 20 years, adding a new one or extracting the old one (which has risks) I have a DDDR PM dual chamber, RA lead is doing fine, RV apical lead has problems, dislodged at first attemp, made a scar tissue and needs high voltage, i'm not sure but sth like 8mv is required for safety margin, which i think drains more battery. What would you do if you have a 20 years old lead? This gonna be my...

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Strange feeling at back of throat

Hi

I'm new to the forum, i had a pm fitted on 23/12/21.

Medtronic dual chamber to treat bradycardia after failed ablation for tachycardia. 

When i stand up, i get a strange pulsing burning sensation at the back of my throat.

I have never had any problems prior to the pm implant.

Any advice or idea's would be greatly appreciated. 

TIA

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Pacemaker

I am 4 weeks out and I can not stop crying. It comes over me constantly! Will this go away? I am on antidepressants.

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testing

never got an email confirmig my email address

not sure if i am now a member

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atenolol to treat tachycardia

I was on Atenolol for a long time to treat tachycardia they had to start reducing the dosage because of heart rate becoming to slow. That's when my cardioligist decided to implant a pm to prevent, my heart rate from going too slow and causing me to blackout again. I wasn't told whether to continue the atenolol or not. I just recently, started taking the atenolol again as my heart seems to start racing again at times causing shortness of breath. Anyone else, had these problems? Thank Y...

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Battery running low and optimization.

My ICD battery is quickly losing voltage.  In early November it was 9 months, mid November was 5 months, last week 2 months!  I will be changing from Medtronic to St Jude, as that's the hospital's device contract.  I am PM dependent due to SSS with no heartbeat when he brings it down to 30 bpm.  I have diastolic disfunction with a stiffening and thickening heart/ideopathic cardiomyopathy.  I had an optimization again last week, working on s...

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Happy holidays

We wish you a joyous holiday season with family and friends.  At this time of year, we hope you get some rest, reflect and recharge your batteries.  May the New Year bring you good health and happiness.  

Pacemaker Club is operated by patient moderators who volunteer their time.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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Biotronik CLS

Does anyone have experience or know anything about Biotronik CLS pacemaker?

Thanks

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pacemaker

Hello, I just received my pacemaker on Dec. the 1st. should my hospital have a way to check on how it's functioning/battery life etc. Thanks! 

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Pacemaker insomnia

Hello,

I got a crt pacemaker 2 years ago and have been dealing with lack of sleep, so much so, that I thought I had fatal insomnia.  Was told by technician they never heard of anything like that.  I know what your thinking....anxiety.  No....I have had a pacemaker since 1999 at 25 years of age.  Mechanical heart valve surgery left me with heart block.  A dddr was placed with 2 leads. I slept fine.  Battery wore out, got a new pacemaker, slept fine.  2...

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Medication

Hi Iv had the pacemaker 10 years and coming near to a change of battery just wanted to ask my cardiologist has started me on bisiporolol and ramipril few weeks now what are the long term effects as it will be my first time taking meds and do I need them for my hearts block bradycardia as my blood test came back clear 

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trying to stay positive

Hi all, lately ive been feeling anxiety and im not sure why. I was doing ok for a while having stopped my lexapro since 5 months ago and last 4 days ive had anxiety constantly. Im sitting at my desk and i can feel my heart palpitate. What a debilitating effect it has had on me and ive even being doing therapy with cognitive bahavoir. Its just a little unsettling and i wish i could be my normal self at some point. I know its the holidays and im sure were all busy in our lives, but i want every...

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High altitude and soreness

Hi All,

Got my ICD, October 2021. I've relocated to a high altitude location in California (5,000ft+ elevation). I've noticed that the area around my implant site becomes a little bit sore during the colder months here (right now actually). I am assuming this is normal correct ? I can feel a distinct lack of soreness when we do head down to lower and normal elevation. I also feel more active in lower altitudes. This is all normal right ? Does anyone else deal with a high elevati...

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Pacemaker/ICD Survey on implant pain

Several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

We are running a survey which is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of whether or not they experienced post implant pain are welcome to participate, since this will help to provide a balanced, unbiased survey...

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Cold!!!

Hi All, newbie here (7 weeks out) very excited to be a member (not...)

Anyway-58 yrs old-physically active all my life. Had the pleasure of experiencing 3rd degree hear block. Flat line 10-11 times. What a way to spend a Saturday night.

My question: any issues with cold temps? Winter is just starting and I will be hiking/skiing/snowmobiling/etc. Was out walking tonight temps in single digits (F). I swear I could feel a cold/tight spot at my device. Is COLD an issue? As any metalli...

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Atrial flutter after generator change.

I just had my first generator change. I went in totally fine, except for the 100 percent heart block I have. During the replacement I developed an atrial flutter. My heart righted itself. An hour after the procedure, my heart went crazy, I went in to AFib, once they got it calmed down, the atrial flutter was back and stayed for another 3 hours until they tricked it with the pacer to get it back in rythm. Now home, I'm on meds to control the flutter, bit I feel like I can't take a deep...

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has anybody gone "off" their betablockers ?

Got back to my work after over a year of sick leave (severe heart failure due to a Dilated left ventricule, and got a CRT-D installed end February.

Just wondering : has nobody ever gone "off" betablockers (bisoprolol etc...)

I am struggling with one of the side effects (really bad cough) and it has lasted for months now.

I had a horrible experience with Entresto, same pb.

Both my sisters also cough with their hb pressure meds...must be a family thing.

B...

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Ear phones/Earbuds

Hi, I'm knew to all of this so sorry if my question has been asked before. I'm 6-weeks PostOp pacemaker placement. I am trying to learn as much as I can so I do things right. I'm wondering if I can use ear phones or the wireless earbuds? Or if I can't I was thinking would it be safe to just put the right one in away from my pacemaker site. It's sounds like a silly question but I just want to be sure it won't interfere with my pacemaker. I'd appreciate any advi...

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