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pacemaker for my father who is 87 years old

morning all, this is a cry for help really my father is 87 years old and has suffered a heart attack, an atrial flutter and now has been informed he has bradycardia his most recent ecg shows his heart pauses 23 times during an hour. so we are waiting on a date in december for a dual chamber pacemaker to be fitted. it has troubled him greatly that he will be awake during surgery and the fact that he has been told he will be unable to use his left arm for 4-6 weeks after surgery. i am looking f...

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Tetralogy of Fallots

This may be a bit of a longshot (or maybe not since we're all here for the same reason) but is there anyone else here that has Tetralogy of Fallots? I've been told all my life that my condition regarding this is good, and that I may never need to get the replacement valve.

They've also said that my needing of the pacemaker, the fainting spells I get due to my heart pausing is NOT related to my previous condition? It just does seem connected but I suppose they're the prof...

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MRI

Is it safe to have MRI  I have biotronic evity 8 DR ,-T  

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electric sanders

I had a pacemaker procedure September 12th.  I need to use an electric sander.  I was told by the nurse that it is okay to use if I keep it at arms length.  That pretty much makes it impossible to use.   Does anyone have experience of using a sander?  Thanks.

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Testing the Pacemaker

Something that struck out to me while they were testing the pacemaker after I had it implanted was that they brought out this device that went over my chest where the pacemaker was put in, and then were testing the device. I don't know exactly what had happened, but they pressed a button on the screen and I had the worst palpitations I've ever had, my palms and legs went sweaty, and it honestly felt like my heart had stopped.

The Doctor seemed kind of concerned and stopped it im...

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Biotronik identification card

Hi I'm a newbie, 41 having (very suddenly and shocked) had a pacemaker fitted 12 days ago.  I left hospital with my "identification card" which was a piece of half a4 paper, looked like recycled paper which is no way going to last 10 years!

I contacted Biotronik to see if they issue cards he said no unfortunately not. 
I feel I need to have a card for longevity can anyone advise of where is best to get one and what details I need on it exactly? Xx<...

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Mountain climbing

Hello everyone I was wondering has anyone on here climbed at high alititute? Iv done some climbing to around 5000m before getting pacemaker. And really  want to get back to it.  I'm 41 year old man and have the pm for 1 year. With no other health problems. Thanks 

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First Race afterPM

Yesterday I ran my first race six weeks after getting a pacemaker. I had a lot of fun. I got to run accross the Golden Gate Bridge with a freind. I have found that at this time I cannot run at my old pre pacemaker pace without breathing hard, and struggling to get a deep breath. When I slow down I do fine. Has anybody had this issue? Does it get better with training? I saw a PM tech about 10 days ago and she turned on the excelorator and said she would adjust it if needed at my next appo...

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Ticking

Hi everybody I am new to this club, just wondering if anyone else suffers with an intermittent ticking sensation on the opposite side of the pacemaker, I had a dual pacemaker fitted in March this year and have been getting this ticking ever since, I have mentioned this on my check up appointments they seem to make alterations but I don't seem to be getting anywhere, there was a mention of the blue lead being faulty and maybe it being switched off, any advice or ideas that you may hav...

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Phone used for transmission

Having my medtronic pacemaker generater replaced and will be moving to the carelink heart App. Have any of you had issues with the type of cell phone you have being compatible with the App?

Thank you in advance...

Beth

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Can pacemaker wearer work with 160 amp welding inverter?

Here in Brazil there are different statements from doctors in relation to pacemaker carriers to use low amperage soldering inverter. Some say you can, others say you can't. What would be the correct answer. Can or not?

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Boob enlarging!

This is a weird one.  I've been pacing for almost 15 and am on my second device. I've noticed over the past 12 months that the boob with the pm in is noticeably larger than the other one. I realise that the device takes up a little room but this size difference is definitely increasing. Mammogram clear so nothing nasty going on. Has anyone else experienced this? 

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Stinging Burning at Implant site.

I had implant of CRT-D Nov 2. It is healing but yestersay started to get a burning and stinging at the implant site. The pain comes and goes as I move around. Some times it takes my breath away and sometimes it is not to bad. Should I call my doctor or just deal with it as part of the surgery and healing process.

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Battery life St Jude PM2240

I've had a dual lead St Jude PM2240 since 2014. Every time I see the tech my pacemaker shows that is still has 10 years battery life! It is oacing 80% of the time. That is the case since the day I got it. Obviously that cannot be. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Ventricular tachycardia

I went to the ER last night after being awakened  to sob, racing heart and strong thumps in my chest.  They told me I had a vTach event after interrogating my crt-d. I guess it provided resynchronization. No shocks, but the thumps I experienced were fairly uncomfortable. I'm thankful I had the device, but now I'm struggling to sleep. Basically, I'm super anxious about it happening again. Has anyone else experienced this? They didn't do much for me, I have an echo sch...

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Voltage settings

I've had a PM for about six weeks now. Sometimes I can feel the pacing in my chest and diaphragm. My diaphragm was twitching but that isn't happening any more after some adjustments.  My Ra threshold voltage is .5V and Rv threshold is 1V but the settings are 2.5V for the Ra lead and 2V for the Rv. Is that usual and can that high safety factor be the cause of my sensing the pacing? Reading the report I never pace from the ventricle but pace 87% from the atrium since I started taki...

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remote transmission results from sept 20,2022

I just recieved the results, took many tries.  I knew i should wait at least a week before contacting the Heart Center.  Then we had Hurricane IAN come.  So waited another week.  Than through the patient portal send a message to the EP who signs electronically(this time on 10/2/2022), no answer from his office.  mean while i had written to the cardiologist that i had planned to eat some trigger foods.  No answer from her.  Then i called the pacemaker clinic(...

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Can I safely have another Shingles vaccine?

I have been booked to have a Shingles and a Pneumonia vaccine next week, although I don’t think I can have the two together.  Anyway, according to my own diary notes, I received the Shingles vaccine 5 years ago on 25th October 2017, just under 70 years of age, and at that time I was told I would not need a booster in the future.  Healthwise, nothing has really changed.  I am not immunocompromised and I do not have any current health conditions, to my knowledge,...

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Pacemaker programming

Hi everyone! I'm 66 and had a Biotronik bi-ventricular ICD pacemaker implanted on 11-3. I have non-ischemic severe heart failure and a left bundle branch block causing my ventricles to contract unevenly. I read on the Mayo Clinic site this pacemaker is programmed by a rep of the pacemaker manufacturer. I never saw one, and when I asked they said it had been programmed during the procedure. They discharged me the same day, and I was re-admitted through  the emergency room an hour late...

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Pacemaker replacement

Hi

Not posted for a long time now. I recently had my device changed after 7.5 years ( can't believe how quick it's gone). Went from a St Jude's to a Biotronik, both duel lead
Proceduce went well , just a horrible few seconds whilst my heart decided if it was going to beat on its own. I have complete block but still retain an intrinsic rate of approx 30 bpm. 
Unfortunately I'm having problems with exercise and my new device, settings were put to my pre...

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