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Not been on here for ages. Anyone still about from when I was?

 

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Hydrow Rowing Machine

Any new info on safety of the Hydrow rowing machine? I am 6 months post-op. If I limit rowing to 3 days a week am I risking an incident with my leads? If anyone out there has rowed without incident please comment because now I'm hesitant after reading the 2014 thread, but my dr says "no restrictions." 

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Maximum heart rate

I have had a St Jude/Abbott CRT for about 8 months.  I’ve been running (etc) for about 45 years (roughly 20 miles per week, more when I was younger) which I continue to do.  I’m 71.  I wondering if there are additional opinions about maximum heart rate since my resting HR is set at 60 bpm but I have not much trouble seeing my HR go to 160 running up hill (as determined by my fitbit, which I realize is problematic). 

I recently re-read some posts about max...

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VVI 40 from DDD

Hi

I have 2:1 heart block and a long PR interval

For most of this year I have been on DDD with rate adaptive AV.

the rate adaptive setting appeared to be the only way of me getting 1:1 pacing when exercising. This also included an upper tracking rate of 180bpm. Everything seemed fine no symptoms of anything even during my limited exercise events this year.

But this has meant I now pace 100% in the ventricles.

Last week after an appointment I was mov...

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Brand New Updated Pacemaker

Hi Everyone,

I haven't posted much on this site for sometime, but it is nice to log in and get up to date with what is happening. It has always been comforting to share experiences, with old timers, and those new to the life saving world of heart pacemaking.

I had my pacemaker fitted in 2006, for heart block, which is now permanent and I require constant pacing but it has initiated Atrial fibrilation, which is uncomfortable. A little price to pay for 15 years of life, and...

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Palpitations

Hi

had a pacemaker fitted in August.  Scans show no heart disease, I had been taking blackouts.  I have been experiencing palpitations occasionally when I go upstairs or lift anything as well as some breathlessness.  Has anyone else had similar experience?  Pacemaker is a Medtronic.

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Bi Yearly testing in 3rd. World Country

I have a St Jude pacer/Dedefibrillator installed early 2017 . I moved to Philippines 3 months later. I go to a cardiologist at Makati Medical, in Manila.  I get tested every 6 months to keep an eye on my batteries, and to check for any events. I have a leaking Mitral valve (moderate) and I have to time my return to the US for battery replacement & valve inspection (probably time for repair). My point: The Cardiologist charges me: $37.00 for the test, shares the results on screen and...

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Still sleepy

I've been going over some old posts about fatigue & have come to the conclusion that my extreme sleepiness is related to medication. I say this because the other major cause seems to be arrhythmia, and my last remote report showed 0% afib & no unusual incidents at all. When I say extreme sleepiness I mean I can get out of bed at 9 & be ready for a 2-hour nap by 11, then go through the rest of the day craving even more sleep! I found out that metoprolol (I take 50mg x...

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Battery Change

I am havng my pacemaker battery changed tomorrow. Does anyone know restrictions after surgery?  Is there much discomfort afterwards?

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Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)

Hi All,

Putting aside my previous problems post pacemaker surgery which now seem to be mostly solved, I've a question concerning Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs).

My Electrocardiologist informs me that despite getting PVCs (which at times can be quite severe) they should not be cause for concern unless they become regular. His definition of regular being more than 100 of them per DAY. He stated that most people, even those without a pacemaker or heart problems, will h...

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Nice intro to pacemakers

I ran across this series of YouTube videos that I think might be useful for the club's new members. The cover the basics of pacemakers and some of the terminology.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYyED7hz3W4>

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Anti arrhythmic medication

I have a long standing history of atrial fibrillation and had an ablation 5 years ago.  Did well with very few a fib breakthrough but had low pulse.  ( mid 40's).  Was on Eliquis but no need for antiarrynmics .  In October this year I had a watchman insertion with the goal of getting off Elizuis.  Well Atrial fib went crazy and I was very symptomatic.  Bradycardia got worse. Low 30's and November 15 I recieved a dual lead PM.  Now I am metropolol and...

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3 years since my SCA!

Today, marks 3 years since my sudden cardiac arrest, at the age of 32. Hard to believe! I'm lucky I survived and I now have my ICD to keep me safe :) This group has helped me a lot along the way. Thanks everyone!!

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Would love a pacemaker for Christmas !

Hi,

I have been a member of the club for two years now after I received my Medtronic pacemaker for a cardiac arrest. I suffer with bradycardia and vasovagal syndrome and am very symptomatic ! Life for me was ticking along just fine with my pacemaker and to be honest I had forgotten it was there which was a great place to be in. However 6 th October I was operated on to remove my device and leads because i suffered a bad infection and sadly it was the cause. When it was removed my cardio...

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ICD shock while driving

I had my ICD for almost 9 months and I took a full time WFH job to minimize my driving. I haven't had any shocks or ATP so far (knock on wood).Just wondering how it feels when you get a shock while driving? Do you feel any symptoms which will give you some time like 30 secs to a minute so that you can pull over? If there are no warning signs and you get a shock, can you control the vehicle ? This is the one thing I am most scared about while driving my daugther and mom (they both cant dri...

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Shockwave Tissue Regeneration Therapy with a PM?

Hello everyone,

As part of my journey to find some answers to my vision/motion issues, I have started to see a chiropractor for daily adjustments and some other fun exercises and movements. 

One of the most recent therapies that they started on me was shockwave tissue regeneration to my neck and upper shoulders. I explained to them that I had a PM recently implanted and they didn't seem too concerned. I've never heard of this treatment before until now, so I wasn'...

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Exercise limits

I had a Boston Scientific Visionist device fitted in April 2019 after a cardiac ablation which included ablation of my AV node, so I am 100% paced. I like to think that I am a 'well-preserved' and 'young-at-heart' 66 years old male. Although I had never done any structured exercise other than an occasional casual cycle ride, now that I am retired I try to walk and cycle more and I am trying to start a structured exercise plan. To keep me going through the colder months I have...

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Recall

Hi guys,

I have an Abbott/st Jude PM, Assurity/ endurity PM2272, implanted May 2019. It is part of a recall, no action required it says, unless malfunctions of course. Small number apparently. Just found out.

trouble attaching the notice but basically moisture can get in the unit and can short it out.

FYI 

 

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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ABBOTT MODEL 2088TC/52

Have had the implant since 8/2021. They had to go in and change the leads because they were irritating my heart. Everything was fine until after that until October of this year. Now I hve shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness since then. Had a Abbott technition do an ajustment 3 weeks ago, but now the symtons are back. Have had all the tests done; blood, echco, ct scan and everthing comes back normal. Anyone else having this experience?

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