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New Rowing Machine and Irritation

I just got a very nice acqua indoor rower three days ago and have used it a bit..

After working out a little after 2 days I noticed that I felt some irritation inside my chest close to the incision. Have had the pacemaker since July 5 of last year.  I have stopped using the machine because I thought that, perhaps, the resistance I had it set to was too heavy, at this stage. I have lowered the resistance but have not used that setting as yet.

I know others are using rowers suc...

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ejection fraction fell to 40 post placement 2 lead pacer.

My EP suggested a bivnetricular pacemaker after a drop of my ejection fraction to 40 post two year placement of my original L311 Boston Scientific device.  There is no infarction or damage and the original two lead placement was for a a type II block, bradycardia. Has anyone gotton a boost feeling better when a triple lead pacemaker has been installed.

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Beta blocker side effects

Hi! I've been on bisoprolol for just over a year now. Before that, I was on metoprolol for about 6 months (many years ago). I've been experiencing extensive eyebrow hair loss, and my doctors don't know why. I'm pretty sure it started when I was on the metoprolol many years ago, and it's continuing now. There hasn't been any regrowth, so I'm almost eyebrowless now (not a good look, unfortunately). I read somewhere that beta blockers can cause hair loss. Has anyone e...

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PM Interfere

I've had a Medtronic two lead PM since January 2 2020. I had my first and only adjustment on February 13th. Pacing was set for 55 to 60bpm, from the implant setting of 80bpm. I was told that this was done so I would not become pacemaker dependent, as I am still young (72) 😊 About 10 days after the adjustment I started having a feeling that I can only describe as the same or slightly lighter version of the techs "puck" being placed over my PM when he is making the adjustment...

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Replacement

I just received a message that it's time to replace my pacemaker. Approximately how long will it be before my surgery?

please share how long you may have waited 

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Anxiety and Nightmares

Anybody familiar with intense anxiety and nightmares after have pacemaker surgery.  I had my surgery last Wednesday and now too scared to sleep.

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Sick sinus node

I've got bradycardia sick sinus node and to control it ive had a pacemaker put in, I need to know if im a high risk if i contract coronavirus??

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Severe back and stomach pain

My husband had a Defibrillator put in December 2019. Since then he has been having severe back and stomach pain. Has anyone else experienced this after having their Defibrillator put in? Thank you in advance. 

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Pacemaker Implant

I currently have a Medtronic DTMA1D1 3-lead PM. The third lead is functionally "dead." EP recently tried but failed - due to my hearts anatomy - to install a new lead by coming in from the right side. His bundle pacing attempt also failed.  If I could get my left and right ventricles more synchronized, perhaps I'd feel better.  Next step would be the epicardial approach. EP has suggested a surgeon in his group that can perform this surgery via the "keyho...

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Elliptical trainer or Rowing machines?

Would be great if PM club members comment in order to help me to make decision regarding physical exercises.

Status: I have PM implanted 5 years ago. There was found a problem with one lead (was "loosing a signal" ) 1/2 year ago. After a very detailed check (incl. contrast computer angiography, ecografia etc.) nothing found - no dislocation, no broken lead (that could be visible; probably some problem inside of electrode). Moreover, due to all parameters during 5-year che...

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HIS Bundle Pacing

I would like to know from those that have HIS Bundle Pacing in the U.S. where they had it done. I found one hospital network in eastern Pennsylvania, but none that I am aware of in Northern Ohio where I live. 

I don't want any personal information, just a city and/or hospital name. 

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Shoulder exercises after inital impmant

Just wondering if anyone has any links to any good shoulder exercises or things to do with your PM side arm after surgery.

I'm trying to use it for regular things such as cooking etc but even on day 5 after my PM it's starting to get stiff (I usually go to the gym/play tennis, golf or netball 6days per week so it's very unusual for me).

Any tips/tricks or things that worked well would be much appriciated!

Cheers Jae. 

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Longest living man with a pacemaker

https://thedailynews.cc/articles/greenville-man-living-a-healthy-battery-powered-life/

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Icd implant under muscle

I am 28 years old and had to have an ICD put in me. I had the procedure done last Thursday. I am very grateful that my doctor decided to place it under the muscle because of my age and size, however I have been experiencing terrible shoulder pain. I have broken my collar bone several times and was in a car accident so I thought I was used to shoulder pain, but I have never felt pain like this. It starts in my shoulder blade and travels down my arm and into my fingers. The office told me this...

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poor ejection fraction

Hi all....(just checking in as hadn't posted for a while)....any thoughts on poor ejection fraction 30-35% but feeling very good and not too many exercise limitations.My cardiologist (Dr Death I call her) says she cant explain that someone with such poor EJ can do what I do.Surf, hike, ski tour,snowshoe, play bagpipes, work.Low to normal blood pressure, I have a CRT pacemaker.Any thoughts, reccomendations appreciated? chrs Dave

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Coronavirus

Hi all 

I am a teacher aged 42 and our staff have been told to go home if we are on the vulnerable list with an underlying condition. We completed our medical information a couple of months ago. 

Based on a list they have of qualifying conditions, I have been told I am on this and need to go home.
 

I have a pacemaker for malignant vasovagal syncope. I've had recent investigations of continuous ectopic beats, but nothing detected. 

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New to the pacemaker world

Hey everybody.

Got my pacemaker 4 days ago after 15years of syncope with no knowledge of what was causing it. After having a Medtronic Reveal device put in a year ago I found out I was having constant ventricular standstills of 20-30 seconds and so a pacemaker it is (or more hospitalisations for the concussions when collapsing). 

I know it's only been 4days but currently I'm feeling pretty apprehensive about the device and the way it makes me feel. The implant site it...

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Beyond FRUSTRATED!

Hi everyone!

So I HAD an appointment this morning at 9am to do a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test to see what else may be causing my shortness of breath and fatigue. Well yesterday afternoon I received a text saying my appointment was cancelled. Needless to say I had a meltdown. I called the VA and with enough pushing I got the tech who does the test on the phone. She told me they are cutting appointments due to the Coronavirus and after reading my file she didn't think...

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Pacemaker rejection

Since July of 2018 I've had 3 pacemakers implanted the last was the Micra leedless placed in my heart my problem is that no one wants to look into the reason why I rejected the first 2 had no infection before first pacemaker they did a metal test n it was negative but after that placement my body rejected it like a giant splinter does anyone out there know of any place that wishes to find out the reason why my doctor is letting it lie like a sleeping dog since the one in my heart hasn'...

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induction cooking

Certainly a very minor question, in view of all the Covid-19 concerns. Does anyone have up-to-date info on effects of induction cooking and your pacemaker. Latest info on site is 4 years old.

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As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.