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Sleep and Thumping Feeling

HI I am now 4 days post pacemaker implant. I have a couple questions. Does anyone know what is the best position to sleep in? I thought I read somewhere on your back. I'm struggling to get any sleep on my back. I am usually a Left side sleeper. I am wearing my sling only at bedtime as directed by my Dr. to remind me not to raise my arm above my shoulder level. 

Also, since just a couple hours out. I feel a thumping feeling in my chest. No pain with it just gets a nnoying after...

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6 months

Today it is 6 months since my new pacemaker was installed. People ask how I feel and I am like I felt fine before.

i wish I could go back to before I had it as I felt so good. My doc gave a channel blocker because my holter monitor was a little irregular. I took it 3 days and it made me have bpm in 30’s and I felt horrible so 2 weeks later I was given a pm....

My left shoulder are still bothers me from time to time and has settled into th...

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smart phone vs. pacemaker

I'm a new PM user. I love my little iPhone six that fits in the top left pocket of by dress shirts. My PM is on left side. I'm an old dude, so I have a skinny butt. Putting my phone in my pants pocket isn't a good option because it makes my pants fall down.

Can I safely keep putting my phone in my top left pocket with my PM also on the left side?

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Fit Bit Versa 2

Has anyone had a problem with the Fit Bit Versa 2 and their pacemaker.  I saw a warning with it

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Mammogram and CRT pacemaker.

Recently found a lump under one nipple and of course, its on the same side as my bivent pacemaker.

 

I'm wondering if it wouldnt be better to have an ultrasound but it wont be me making the decision, it will be a breast clinician.  Am quite concerned about the mammogram, as there is not much flesh there and the pacemaker itself, flops about in the pocket.  Also, that they might pull on the third wire, which is keeping me alive.  If they disrupt that, I...

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pacemaker pain

Have had tests to check out this pain. It is near pacemaker. It feels like it's right on my heart. Scared me. Tests and more tests but Nothing is wrong with my heart or the pacemaker or the leads or a-fib or anything.

BUT, I have pain ranging from 4 - 9 and it occurs watching tv, walking, not during exertion. It is sporatic but no one can tell me what causes it or what to do about it. 

No one doubts that I'm having pain, but where does it come from? The pacemaker itse...

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Calling for people more experienced than me

Hi all, I am 2 days post op and no major complications at all so far and pain has been fairly minimal. I've got a dual chamber pacer set to DDD to treat my CCHB (HIS BUNDLE PACING). My consultant did explain this too me and I thought I'd understood it but maybe not so if anyone has the same condition and can explain it better than I then please do:

Am I right in saying that my top chamber is fine and is sending the signals down to the bottom at a normal rate, the issue is that t...

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WARNING : APPLE iWATCH ECG not working in South America and in many countries.

That's my story: thank you for judging for yourself.

1. I have been working with Apple computers since 1989. I am very satisfied with their products, so I buy with confidence.
2. I am 81 years old.
3. My cardiologist advises me to buy an iWatch to record my electrocardiograms and send them to him when I am abroad.
    it is therefore vital health info. 
4. I go to Apple Brussels (mid 2019) and buy an Apple iWatch. I am not warned of any "...

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Micra pacemaker

Hi all. I'm 76 and I have arithmia and bradicardia - 30-34 permanent pulse. I'm getting Micra next week. I'm so afraid I cannot sleep. I cry a lot because of fear. I know I can do it but I'm so scared.

I have also high blood presure and I'm freaking out.

How was the procedure for you?

How long did you stay in hospital?

Did you do full anastesia or just local?

How did you feel after the procedure?

Can you feel the device in...

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Twitches

I'm 77 and have bradycardia and had a pacemaker installed in September of this year.  After recovery from the implaant I noticed the occasional indiscriminate twitching or electrical surge.  They grew more  frequent and became an annoyance.

The technician who diid the device check said the implant went perfectly and I'm only using the device 13% and mostrly when I'm in deep sleep.  When I discussed the twitching, he had never hesrd if it and said he had t...

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Felt dismissed and not taken seriously

I am 6 days post implant.  I originally had a PM implanted on the left side in 2010, subsequently had 2 abalations, and the PM and leads were removed in 2011.  Since then I have had tachy pretty well controlled on meds.  Starting November 8th, I started bradying down, first in the 50s for a day (even with activity ) and then the 40s and finally the 30s.  I ended up in the ER on the 11th with sinus bradycardia.  After numerous hits of atropine which only temporarily br...

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pacemaker and eczema...related?

Two weeks after PM implant I started having eczema around both ankels...at night! Driving me CRAZY! I had an allergic reaction after my surgrey which resulted in welps all over me, It started in my hands and back of my neck and spread. My hands were secured with a soft foam (which I have yet to determine  if it was latex) and I had the same foam for a neck rest. At night my PR is higher (80-90).  

This is a shot in the dark but tought I'd ask. Thank you !

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Does anyone get ...

Kind of a prickly feeling around their device ? 

I’m using my left arm more I know ... even woke up on my left side this morning . 

In my mind the feeling is almost like wires moving .... I m pretty sure that not it .. kind of a prickly sharp sensation 

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Rate Response

I'm hoping for some help here. In my effort to get my dual chamber pacemaker/ICD working for me (it hasnb't for 17 months), I'm going to ask the doctor to try turning off my rate response. I have read posts here and listened to PM engineers on the subject. Based on the information and my symptoms, it may be the answer.

What I really need is the ICD because I have had  ventriciular tachycardias. But the beauty of having a pacemaker as part of my ICD is that if/when...

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Radio Frequency Facial

Evening,

I have booked a Radio Frequency facial and just discovered that apparently RF interfers with the pacemaker.

I am struggling to understand why a RF wand on my face will interfere with the PM?  This is not a super strong RF as it is a beauty treatment.

Anyone had any experience of this?

Thanks

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Quick question .....

I am having a precautionary nuclear ☢️ stress test .

not really because of symptoms and mostly because I think it makes sense (I've also met my deductible this year ) as I have had artery issues in the past. 

ive had several tests before .... I know the radioactive tracer stuff is harmless or at least low risk .

what about the camera they use ? I think it's a gamma camera?  Any concerns there for a pacemaker implanted patient ? 
 

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Follow up Appointment

Hello All, I have just joined this club it looks very encouraging and supportive to me. I have received my pacemaker on July 29, 2019 after suddnly collapsed at home with a complete heart block and a heart beat of 20. Now the doctors has mentioned that my both branches are not working and I am 100% relying on the pacemaker. I have two leads 362701 Siello S 53 & 362702 Siello S 60 with  device Biotronik 407145 - Edora 8 DR-T.  In my first device clinic appt they said that my pace...

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New pacemaker

Wire came loose after 12 days. Happen to anyone else?  Had it reattached Monday. Hope this one holds  

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New Pacemaker

I need to get new pacemaker in a few  months. I have sss and a fib.  Is there any one pacemaker better for these problems? My current pacemaker is 8 yrs. old, and I wonder if there is anything new I could suggest to my Dr.

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I have never heard this....have you

I was bouncing around internet and found something I have not heard ...has anyone else ? Do you do this ? 
 

 

Always Wear a Heart Monitor

Pacemakers and ICDs typically have a rate cutoff, and you want to avoid getting too close to this upper limit. A heart monitor can help you monitor your pulse and to modulate your workout accordingly. Typically, you want to maintain at least a 10 perfect margin between your exercise h...

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