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Biotronik CLS advice

Hi am new to this group.  Diagnosed with Chronotropic Incompetence being driven by my cancer treatment meds.  In bradycardia - 38 bpm at rest.  Recent treadmil test confirmed the CI with max of 90 bpm.  No AV block.  Getting the Biotronik CLS pacemaker (not sure of the model) since I have been told it will help me be less tired and respond the best during walking, gardening and cycling which are my main activities.  I have read a lot of great posts and have deter...

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Immune system...

QQ : Was seeing my nurse last night for that feminine test we all love - and she spotted on my notes re: pacemaker and she said "Oh, you'll need a pneumonia vaccine now" ... and I'm here "but I'm not old :D " ... and she said "Your immune system is compromised now, so you'll need this. It won't stop you getting pneumonia, but will lessen the chances of you being hospitalized"  .... 

.... really? 

I did...

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heated electrical vest

Hi all....heated vests have finally arrived in NZ...yes its taken a while...just checking in if they interfere with my 3 lead pacemaker at all..? There's a bit of different information out there..mine is a St Jude Pacemaker..thnks for any info..cheers Dave

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Exercise

this is probably a redundant post! i'm a 16 yr old who is about five days post-op from getting a pacemaker implanted. i was previously very active (however, i had to stop about a couple months ago due to the fact i just had no energy from my heart condition) and i have been itching to resume activity for a LONG time. i was just wondering how long i should wait post surgery to start working out again? my doctor said there was no restriction except for just moving my arm but i'm st...

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How many months prior to end of battery life can I fly

Hi,

Can I fly long distnce out of country with my pacmaker showing 6 months battery life.

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Not sure what this means?

Hello all I hope you are okay,

 

I just was sorting through my filing and I came across a hospital letter from november, it stated that’s my echo at GOSH showed ‘significant aortic dilatation’,

but then I have been told by JR ( my current hospital) that my heart is structurally and functionally good, and there is nothing structurally wrong with it. I’m not sure if that makes any sense? 
 

I have read that aortic dil...

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Medtronic Azure Dual Chamber Pacemaker and no other medication

Hello everyone,

Me and 'Gerry' are rubbing along, ( almost literally because of the thin skin 'which is moveable' over Gerry  and according to U.K. docs doesn't need correcting.) Yeah OK.

Anyway, I've made many pacemaker friends both online and in the village where I live. Cannot believe, or so it seems there are so many of us.

One of the first questions we get to after exhausting all our pacemaker history is ... and what medication do you t...

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Pacemaker Memory Storage Question

Hi! This is probably a weird question but--Does anyone know if the newer pacemakers (I have a Medtronic Azure placed in 2022) have any data storage of their own or is it just enough storage to hold small bits of info until the app sends its next transmission? It seems like the Medtronic app sends info constantly throughout the day, which is great. However, I accidentally had the app off for several days without realizing it which made me curious if all the info that would have been collected...

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Pacemaker with Medications

Hello all, I have Atrial Fibrillation (SSS), I have always been fit and used to have a resting pulse rate of 58 and BP of 120/80. One day I collapsed and was found to have AF.

My first cardiologist prescribed a beta blocker which lowered my blood pressure to 90/60 and my pulse rate to 45 but did nothing to stop the AF.

I found a new cardiologist who stopped the beta blocker and prescribed amiodarone which has worked very well, it gave me my life back, no AF, no side effects, I cou...

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Patient/Doctor Relationship

I have been fortunate to have met some really caring doctors since starting my pacemaker journey, but I know it hasn’t been the same for all of us.  Some have really struggled to be seen, to be heard and to get answers, so my question is what makes a good doctor and what makes a good patient and how can we get the most out of our appointments that often have severe time constraints placed on them that can significantly compromise our quality of care?   

What are you...

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Drinking enough water?

I read somewhere reminding that we need to drink more water after the pacemaker, after our baseline heart rate increases. Because since the blood flow is better simply because of the faster heartbeat, our bodies may not have the same thirst. Is there something to that? Help me out!

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PMs in the cold.

So, I'm 9 weeks out - and now I'm a lot more comfortable with being out and about - I took the kids and I to a beach for some fossil hunting. 
I'm in ON, Canada - so it wasn't a warm daytrip by any stretch, and I got cold and damp, and then that really cold damp that seems to seep into your bones (we had a lot of fun though and spotted lots of fossils :D ), and although my head and appendages were warm - I didn't have a scarf or such over my chest area - and...

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Drummer with no excuse...

Good evening from the 'land down under'!

I'm a recent recipient of a Medtronic ICD (nicknamed 'The Flux Capacitor'), installed Feb this year. The circumstances around it's installation were sudden and immediate having had no cardiac issues in my previous 49 years but to suddenly suffer blackouts and two cardiac arrests a week apart from each other, there was no over choice but to walk out of CCU with a device. The best part about it was the fact that I could...

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Don't try this at home

In the interest of science, I dug out an old metal and voltage detector (Bosch DMO 10E) used to find buried cables etc.

Having recently advised not to put anything involving EMR close to the PM, I couldn't resist seeing what the detector made of of my metalwork.

The DMO 10E sat on top of the PM and lit up like a Christmas tree. 8 out of 8 bars for metal plus a message "do not drill here".

It also quite nicely picked up the leads for maybe 20 centimetres. And no...

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Funny feeling in throat & chest

New to the club. I just had a dual lead PM implanted on 05/01/23. Since then, I have an occasional tickling (for lack of a better word) sensation in my throat/chest. It doesn't hurt, just annoying. I've been told it will go away in time, but I'm not so sure. Has anyone else experienced a similar sensation?

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Medtronic A2DR01 3 lead

Good afternoon to all, I just jointed the club. This is my first post.

I have a 3 lead pacemaker, only 2 leads are connected as per the doctor who installed my pacemaker. The doctor stated at the time of install 2018 the 3rd lead is there in case in the future you need it.

I am trying to get a MRI, my local hospital head MRI technician stated they can not do an MRI due to the open 3 rd wire, it could possibly cause burning from the MRI. 
Has anyone had this issue?

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Pacemaker and Wireless Microphone

I love to blog and record videos. Recently, I purchased a Noise cancellation Wireless Microphone. The Receiver is attached to the mobile and Mic is used to speak (which is transmitter).

I'm bit concerned of using it near to the Device implanted area (Left Chest) as I felt Funny (felt my heart just squeezed and beat hard like a premature beat) when I was using it.

What's your experience so far with wireless microphones?

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Broadening of QRS complexes

It has been mentioned to me by a cardiac physiologist that people with pacemakers will have broader QRS complexes on ECG. Does anyone know why? 

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working out after Pacemaker

5 weeks out from Pacemaker procedure,keep hearing different  opinions about weight training

ready to start training again,should i wait a couple more weeks ?

 

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MRI and modern technology

This morning had an MRI to check on how badly i had torn my left elbow bicep.  In 1980 had shattered my left elbow and was replaced with hinges and screws.

About a couple of years ago when i was first told i have Osteroporis, thought i should have an x-ray done to make sure the bones were still intact.  The orthro  doc at that time mentioned maybe i would want the long screw removed.  In my mind that sounded like much pain and crunchy sounds.

Now it seems that...

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