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Post covid

I was recently diagnosed  with a severe episode of covid. Unfortunately, I did not take the vaccine beforehand and was hospital twice within the last mth. I received regen-con infusion, Dexamethason 6 mg, and remdesivir. I am currently on oxygen at home due to o2 dropping with any exertion. The problem I am having now since 8/5/2021 is my heart rate is running high with any mvmt. I have a dual chamber medtronic pacemaker and normally my rate would rarely go above 75. Could this just be a...

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Beats per minute after pacemaker change

Hi Guys I'm in the UK had my pacemaker changed on Tuesday , I feel fine although I'm a bit worried as my Heart rate with my new PM is a lot higher than it used to be always 90bpm or just under , was always 60-70bpm befour , the tech said she set the pm the same as befour , has anyone else had a higher rate with a PM change ? Only been a few days since the operation so thought it may be the stress etc , of course if this doesn't change I shall get in touch with hospital , just thou...

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Exercise

Hi after six weeks post pacemaker I am told by the technician that I can do light breast stroke swimming and gentle jogginng, not cycling yet as where I live is full of very long steep hills. Is there any guidance on exercise regimes for people who like to exercise and keep fit at this stage in my recovery. I used to do yoga with lots of upper body stretching etc - I am guessing this is out of the question and if so, is it for ever?

 

Peter (Bondy)

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In the club

Hi all:

I just had my device implanted a few days ago. Everything was fine and I am recovering well. This afternoon I noticed a lot of palpitations and I was wondering if this is common after getting a device. Any feedback is appreciated.I don't know if pain medicine is causing it, not sleeping enough or the device. It seems to be tapering off a little bit. Might even be dehydration. Thank you for letting me ramble.

Kris

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Single Lead for Intermittent AV Block

Hi again, high-anxiety soon-to-be-implanted pacemaker patient here.

I had a cardiac MRI done last week that confirmed mild LV noncompaction, QRS ~ 140ms. My doctor saw 3 long pauses on my Zio monitor over two weeks: 10s, 8s, and 7s. "High grade AV block". During waking hours I have 1st degree AV block with no pauses, been that way for 5 years. Asymptomatic but he wants to give me a PM to reduce my risk...

I talked with this doctor yesterday, and he recommended a sin...

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Cardiac Sarcoidosis

If I was to ask a cardiologist at the hospital whether they ruled out the possibility I have Cardiac Sarcoidosis what answer would I be expecting to hear to confirm they had?

In other words what test is done to rule it out completely?

Thanks

quikjraw

 

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Low crcl; further investigation?

I was seen on the 19th for my follow up. I received a mostly good report. I am only being paced 7% in the atrium, but he still insists the pacemaker was an absolute necessity. I am having bouts of fast rates (somewhere in the 200 range), but am assuming it is a regular rhythm or not much he is concerned with as he still wants to hold off on meds.

This past weekend I was at a community fun day at the firehouse and had an episode. The heat most likely was the biggest factor, but I had dra...

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NEWBIE

Introducing myself having had a pacemaker fitted on Thursday last. 79 years old and a lifetime of abusing the body physical from icy wastes, to deserts and jungle climes.  [ex RN and Army - Para trained Commando, Army Diver etc., serving around the world and as a civilan and only came back to the UK to live 2 years ago]   I look forward to perusing posts in this club from you pacemaker wearing old sweats.

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Anyone on the fence about the vaccines ......

https://www.bmj.com/content/374/bmj.n1931

"Conclusion Increased risks of haematological and vascular events that led to hospital admission or death were observed for short time intervals after first doses of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 [Astrazeneca] and BNT162b2 [Pfizer] mRNA vaccines. The risks of most of these events were substantially higher and more prolonged after SARS-CoV-2 infection than after vaccination in the same population."

The study size was staggeringly high due t...

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Message for ASully

Dear ASully,

Hopefully you will see this message.  I have received so many private messages from members wanting to know how you are and hoping that you stay safe while you wait for a new heart.  No need to respond but we want you to know that we are thinking about you and wishing you well.  You know where we are if you need any support.  We send you lots of strength while you wait for surgery.  

Gemita and your Pacemaker Club friends

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Non Healing Pacemaker Wound

Hi everyone,

I wonder if anyone ever had any experience with their pacemaker wound taking an extremely long period of time to close up and heal.
 

I had my first pacemaker implanted when I was 10 years due to frequent syncopal attack after which I diagnosed with complete heart block. I had VSD repair when I was 4 years old which the cardiologist is likely a complication following the initial open heart surgery. Fast forward, I am 30 years old now with no regular med...

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recent pacemaker insertion

I was recently diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome based on EKG and 30 day event monitor. I am a long term endurance athelete. My heart rate dropped down to 29 BPM, though I felt no symptoms. I saught consult as my heart rate stopped going to target rates while running and biking and having to back off of my workouts. It seems that things happened very quickly and before I knew it, I was having a medtronic PPM implanted. I did not know that it was reactive to motion and not my b...

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Sensitivity to paceing

From time to time I feel a pressure in my chest near my throat. This feeling doesn't last long and I am wondering am I feeling the pacemaker pacing? Anyone else have similar feelings with,the pacemaker?

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, 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.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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A fib

I am new to having a pacemaker.  I am 80 years old and had 3rd degree heart block ..so received a pacemaker on June 21, 2021.  I walk a couple miles a day and remain pretty active.  I feel good.  The ep doc set my pacemaker at 80 and just had it set at 70 and on Sept. 14 they will set it to 60.  
the other day I noticed a few skipped beats... it only lasted about 5 min.  I'm wondering if this is anything to worry about.  

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rogaine / minoxidil hair growth products side affects

Curious if folks have had any side affects from use of minoxidil or with products where minoxidil is the main indegient. I have read several stories that it causes a host of heart related issues (including tachycardia). i myself experienced a new VT and then only thing different in my life was use of minoxidil for the past 4 months.

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unnerving

Im a little embarrassed about my question. I need to recieve my covid shot but heard some unsettling news about it causing arrhythmias and so forth. I should of done this a while ago, shame on me,  but i was nervous. What company woud you reccomend: phizer or moderna?  Thanks  .

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PVC's, arrythmia. asthma

Hi all, its been a while since I posted and asked for advice or opinions.After 3 years of being fantasticly healthy, I have succumbed to a period of PVC's, erratic heart rate and the dreaded asthma symptons.Mt fitness regime is out the backdoor and no bagpipe playing.I am not sure where I went wrong possibly too much snow shoeing and biking in cold weather that caused the asthma spike.Its day 4 which I realise isnt alot of days passed but for me seems like an enternity.

I have...

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Still learning

This month I had a remote reading successfully sent to my doctors' office. I get a copy of that in my medical test results, but that is all, just a copy of the same thing that they see. Not being a medical professional, I can't make sense of much of it. I'm wondering if any of you have had someone go over the information with you at first to explain what each reading means. I guess it is not really necessary that I know everything, as long as I see "normally functioning pacem...

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Magnetic eye lashes

Can I wear magnetic lashes with my implant, pacer/defib.

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