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About to get an ICD

Hey all, I was diagnosed with VT about a month ago, and my EP is going to do an EP study and, if I'm a good candidate, an ICD implant all the same day. It is AMAZING to find a community like this!

My questions:

1. Anyone else here have both the study and implant done at the same time?

2. I am VERY active as a formerly competitive cyclist, though now just recreational (cardiologist-recommendation to not push it as hard as you have to when competitive). I am also an avid m...

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ablation

A friend just told me one of our friends had an Ablation done.  They went in by her neck.  Was wondering if any one has heard of that way.  Went to a major hospital. 

new to pace

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Post pacemaker symptoms

First I just wanted to thank everyone for their inspiration during my pre PM procedure. It was on June 7 & the procedure was a snap. But now I am experiencing the following: Higher B/P, nothing drastic, weird dull throbbing sensations in left arm, every now & then, and yesterday some several kind of mild  jolt sensations from my heart. I am a little light headed and low energy. Now keep in mind I have high anxiety and freak out with any strange or unusual feelings....

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Manners

Before we post comments to respond to someone who has shared their concern, please be mindful to be encouraging and sympathetic to their fears. 

Best not to find criticism or try to minimise their concerns. This a safe platform for those who need understanding and for those who are willing to understand.

Thanks. 

 

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AV Node ablation for afib and subsequent exercise tolerance

Hi everyone, what a great forum this is. I have learnt so much through readings old posts in the last 24 hours, I feel I have already gained heaps from it!

However, I thought I'd make my own post just so there's an opportunity for some of my more specific questions to be answered if possible.

I am in afib and have been for almost a year. I have already had a LA ablation (2015) which reduced my afib episodes in frequency and duration until this episode. My left atrium is to...

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Protectors After PM Implantation

Hi everyone, 

somebody have expirence with protectors? What are the best of for Sports like Running, Cycling, skiing, or for car driving, Long stay with Xray-Vest ….?

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Lifting

On my discharge paper it mentions no lifting, pushing heavy things.  Wondering if this means from now on out?  I use an upright walker and need to lift in and out of car.

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Airport security

I  just went through security at terminal 2 and terminal 3 Sydney airport. All staff (6) are untrained in understanding that people with pacemakers can not go through scanner. I am standing there, shoes off,  waiting to be told where to go for a frisk, and staff are telling me to walk through the scanner! I'm standing there, shaking my head saying "no". Then finally, a female came to frisk, and luckily when I asked her to change her gloves before touching me, she was o...

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Lead slack or lead migration?????????something.

Got my pacemaker almost 4 years ago. Last few(well 8) months have been having problems. Lots of noise on my 12 lead ecg., chest pain when I raise my arm on PM side. A lot of ventricular fusion beats(PM and own heart beating at same time) with no block... about 4 weeks ago, I started having ventricular bigeminy and afib but also a flutter. Non of these episodes are recording, I do catch them on my kardia 6lead and they are confirmed. So, I was curious and went back and looked at my xray from d...

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Pacemaker settings

Had a check up today said my lower chamber was pacing at 100% and lower chamber at 84% going back in a couple of days to change settings on pacemaker because Dr said 100% was to high.....has anyone else experienced this ....I have had my pacemaker for almost 3 years

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Intro

Hi, I'm new to the group.
I had a St Jude PM2272 ICD implanted on 2022/04/08.
It's been approximately 6 weeks and at times I feel almost like a itching burning sensation on the cut wound, should I be concerned or is it just part of the healing process?

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Airport travel

Travelling 1st time w a PM soon. I know I have to alert TSA and ask to skip the scanners of any kind. Curious if anyone ever had an issue? Thinking it should be pretty routine for TSA these days.

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Diet with a Pacemaker

Hi - I wanted to see if anyone has been on a high protein diet program after getting a pacemaker. I've not been able to lose weight at all and am thinking of going on a diet called OPTAVIA, which is predominantly high protein. Any help is greatly appreciated! I love this group - it has given me a lot of peace of mind, especially since I can't relate to my family or friends about certain things (even though they are very supportive).

Champak

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PT/Massage-therapy

Hi All

I am 4 weeks into a dual chamber drt pacemaker and my back and neck are in need of adjustment just because I am not totally back yet. I made an appointment at my local PT for a massage and general tuneup at the end of June. I am just a bit aprehensive about laying face down on exam table.....thoughts? 

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Elevated HR during first few minutes of workout.

Hello,

 I've noticed recently my HR ramping up during my warmups while on the indoor cycling platform (Zwift). Returns to 'normal' as workout progresses. Any red flags there?

KC

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Red Light Therapy

Good evening.  I received a PM 4 weeks ago.  Will be starting red light therapy next week and wondering if this can interfere with the PM.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  

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Beta Blocker

Hi everyone! 

I'm still feeling pretty well. Had pacer check last month (the one where you see the tech from pacer manufacturer, not a doctor), and it is working as it should & still records no a-fib or other incidents. Some folks were wondering how we got a-fib to seemingly disappear, and that actually ties in with my current comment/question, so:

The "winning combination" for me seems to be an anti-arrhythmic (Tikosyn) with a beta blocker (Metoprolol). Oh,...

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CRT-P Settings for Cycling

Does anyone have any information on the range of settings on a Medtronic CRT-P.?

I am now 75, I have always tried to keep fit but in 2007 I had a triple by-pass and then in 2018 I went into full AF-b. Since then, I have had 2 Cardioversions and they both only lasted days. I have been treated with Amiodarone for the last 18 months and it did stop the AF-b. However, in mid-March I started with Atrial Flutter and my heart rate has been 85/95 bpm at rest, before it was normally 45/50bpm. Al...

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Shingles?

Hi all - I hope you're having a great Thursday evening. I'm writing to ask about shingles - anybody have recent experience with symptoms of the virus? I see there are older posts upon doing a search here, but wondered if anybody has had a recent experience that they could share.Thanks.

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New to the Club

Great site.  I had a Medtronic PM W1DR01 installed on 4/21 due to low heart beat and Atrial Flutter. Prior to the PM I had ended up in the Hospital for 3 days after I noticed my heartbeat was in the 40's.  My bpm one night got down to 35, got the nurse running around on that one. Heart tests showed the heart was strong and healthy, just my sinus node was diseased.  I had a Cardioversion the 3rd day in the hospital to stop the flutter. 

Prior to the PM,...

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