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95 year old Mom

My 95 year old Mom (I am her POA and caregiver) has a pacemaker ( the shocking portion has been turned off).  Her battery is good for another 6 months and she doesn't want to have a new battery.  I am reading with interest the comments about end of life and wondering how to make accommodations for her.  Wondering if I shoudl bring her home with me.  I undesrstand that she would revert back to her "natural" heartbeat when the battery dies but jsut wondering wh...

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Feeling tired

I’ve had my pacemaker for 4 years now for av block  through myocarditis without any real problems.. however last weekend I nearly passed out while shopping.  I take Concor betablockers 2.5mg and lisiniopril 10mg a day.. I am constantly feeling tired and not 100% like me.. I’ve been to my GP who did say he will have to send me to the pacemaker clinic but they always say at the yearly checkups that everything is ok and tiredness is just my life (48 with 3 te...

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pacemaker speeding up during transport to hospital

I was transported 3 hrs down a bumpy interstate in a emegency van. I had blockages and had stints installed two day later.   I have a question for the medtronics people.  From what i have been told by the doctors installing the pace maker,the shaking of the chess however cause the pacemaker to speed up.  Th three hr trip ended up being 3 hrs with my heart rate at over 100plus.  I felt tightness in my chess.   The problem I am having my pacemaker speeds up with the pul...

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Pacemaker pain

I have had my pacemaker for 3 weeks. When I uae my left arm across my body it hurts. Is this normal. Also my left arm aches all the way down. Is this normal ?

 

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Famous recipients observation

Interesting that “famous recipients” is 99% men. 

Is that representative of all recipients being majority men? 

L

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Electromagnetic Interferences Radar guns

I’m.a golfer so I purchased a launch monitor. It is equipped with a radar gun to provide golf club and ball speeds. 

The exact warning on the instructions is  ...consult with device manufacturer or physician regarding the possibility of the PM being affected by radio waves (electromagnetic interference).

In previous posts, I read where radar guns are safe around PM if over 5 feet away. The device is to be placed 5’ in back of the golf ball. So I should be a l...

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6 week check up

Hard to belive  that i have now had this pacemaker for 6 weeks. now.  Saw the  PA for the EP  and pacemaker tech this morning.  Said healing well(do have a rash from the glue that was used.)  And a little scar tissue which i hope to work out using accupuncture and movement.

Since the last checkup 4 weeks ago have paced 40%  of the time, 8% afib, and a rate of 68-70.  I of course have not noticed or  felt anything.  Was told some fee...

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Medtronic ICD 3-wire upgrade

Monday, I will get a new 3-wire ICD implanted. This will replace my 2-wire ICD.  Will this unit be compatible with my "Mycarelink" patient monitor?

Thanks.  ---   EdP

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Recovery - Short of Breath

Hi All,

Just got my transvenous ICD/pacemaker for Brugada a week ago and I’m trying to gauge what’s normal in recovery. I’m 33 and otherwise healthy, and everything seems to be healing well from the surgery from what I can see. The issue is after a week of resting I’m still getting quite winded and out of breath when I am standing or doing much for more than a few minutes.

It looks like lots of people start to feel more or less back to normal around th...

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pace maker and wood splitting.....yes.

Hello folks...i got my PM in February 2019. So far no problem.

But is there anyone who can and would reasonably answer this question:

is it ok to split wood for the fireplace? Is it ok, border line or down right dangerous? with a moderate swing or a little harder?

I posted this question months ago but I got no comment-no reply...

Please anyone come back to me, a "I wouldn't know/never heard of it" answer would be better than nothing, it's a clue.

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confused

2 years ago today i recieved a pacemaker due to an AV block.. overall everything has gone well , check ups ect.   Monday I sent a remote transmission and recieved a call from the doctors office that they wanted to see me yesterday.  They said they saw some tachycardia.   I went to the appointment to be told that since Sept 19, 2019 they have seen 124 epiosodes of Atrial Tachycardia.  They questioned if I could feel these.,  To be honest maybe a handful and d...

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Confused

I had a AV node ablation after having a clot in my heart back in 2016 which didnot resolve at that time. and progress could not be made. This procedure has an 80% chance of sucess but I was in the 20% that didn`t.  As the breathlessness was still a large problem my EP sugested a PVI after a check to see if the clot had resolved. This was in an effort to resolve my breathlessness.  He gave it a 50% chance of success due to my age(75) and the length of time I had been in persistant AF...

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Meeting with EP tomorrow

Cardiologist suggested I meet with EP after latest echo said EF 29% after I have holding steady at 41-43% EF for years - have LBBB - I am shocked at latest echo  results as I walk every day 9-10 miles.  Jog sometimes an hr, slow but jog.  No symptoms ie Shortness of breath, lightheaded ness, fatigue.

 

Very anxious, pissed, skeptical, depress, all the emotions.   Assume down the road I might need a CRT but not now- I am very skeptical of this latest echo-...

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lump

i got a pacemaker about 4 months ago, and i got a soft  lump near the shoulder and close to neck, my surgeon says he has never seen that before, just wondered has anyone had similiar .

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Heart rate training effect with pacemaker

I haven't been able to form a useful Google search for this question, so I'm hoping someone here will have an answer.

Most athletes understand the concept of the "training effect" -- challenge the body (including the heart) to perform at a higher-than-comfortable level over a number of intervals, to accustom/train/strengthen it so the higher level becomes the "new normal"... and repeat.

So I'm wondering, since the pacemaker controls the heart rate m...

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AV node ablation and pacemaker

I had this done as drugs were not effective and my shortness of breath increased.  My pacemaker is set at 70bpm.  I am due to return to my EP next month after having a further pulmonary vein isolation which left me after 8weeks back in AF and breathless.  It is the breathlessness that is my big problem which only shows itself on exertion.  I am fine whilst sitting and laying flat.  I feel very  despondent that the breathless continues after the work performed.&nb...

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Pacemaker- Rib Tenderness

I got my pacemaker in April 2019. I have had rib tenderness before the procedure. Now when my pacemaker goes off I feel it in my ribs. Anyone else experiemce this?

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Off topic, sorta. What do you know about Iora Health?

In truth, until about 10 years ago I didn't know much about dealing with USA Healthcare. Except for innoculations, I never bought into the whole "preventive medicine" deal. Blessed with excelllant health, years passed between visits. I was willing to take responsibility for my own well-being and knew I could do more to maintain my health than physicians could.

Times have changed. Today, juggling the sometimes conflicting recommendation of four specialis...

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new pacemaker very visible

I had surgery on September 20, 2019 to replace my almost 11 year old pacemaker.  I have a Medtronic Azure now.  My first packemaker was barely noticeable under my shirt.  This new one seems to stick out a lot further than the old one.

Normally this is wouldn't bother me, but it really is right now.  Will this get better in time, being I'm only 10 days post surgery?  I was surprised that this newer pacemaker was a lot larger than the old one.

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SUDDENLY STARTED SETTING OFF STORE SECURITY ALARMS

i have had my pacemaker for 2 1/2 years. For the first time since I got it, I have been setting off store alarms when I walk through. I frequent these stores almost everyday and this has never happened before. I have also had what I would call “an electric day” meaning I feel a little keyed up ... not really stress just a feeling I had when I awoke this morning. I have never set off alarms before. Has this happened to anyone else? Is this normal?

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