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New to PM

My PM insertion was May 15th and I’ve been somewhat stressed because of lack of knowledge on how I’m suppose to feel.  My PM was suppose to be placed on the left side but at the time of insertion the Dr asked me if I’d had any problems on that side because it was obstructed or he wasn’t able to go that way.  So I have a right side PM and I am a predominately right side sleeper and I felt like I was laying right on my PM so I would sort of compensate and adjus...

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Hair loss

Has anyone lost Hair/have alopecia after placement of their pacemaker? 

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What is the procedure like? What questions do you suggest?

Tomorrow I'm having the pacemaker conversation with my EP.  I have a list of questions, but I'm wondering what you wish you had thought to ask up front.  (I have lots of PACs/PVCs and now intermittent bradycardia - HR 40s, hx of A-Fib, and "a very ectopic atria." EP doesn't think I have sinus node dysfunction).  

Also, what is the procedure like?  I've seen conflicting stories elsewhere re: anesthesia, no anesthesia, general vs. propofol, da...

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What should bpm with PM

What should your bpm be with pacemaker? In the house lying up in the bed the Fitbit says 64 bpm. Waking up from sleeping it says 51-54 bpm. I go for a walk with my wife and bpm on the Fitbit say 86 bpm the other day. Today it was 104 bpm. I'm still sweating while walking but not as bad.

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CAN I TELL IF MY PM IS PULSING?

4 weeks in with a pacemaker.

 

occasionally I feel a couple of "jolts" or tingling near the implant site and I wonder if the pm is pulsing / sending an electrical signal. No other symptoms just a tingling feeling. Is this normal? Can it be the PM pulsing? 
 

shares insights appreciated.

thanks.

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Pulsating neck

Hi everyone

I had my PM micra leadless implanted almost a year ago in July 2019 and in December 2019 started getting a really strong pulsating neck. It's really visible to the eye and forceful. I'm in the UK, my GP was unhelpful and dismissed this symptom completely without any kind of examination. Not seen cardiologist yet. I have just come across the possibility of valve problems due to damage during insertion of PMs (even leadless ones like mine). Especially the tricuspi...

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Lead Increased OHMs

I had a device check today and the device technician said one of my leads had increased from 400 ohms to slightly over 1000 in the past year. She called and talked to the Medtronic Rep who told her to not worry unless it reached over 2000. It is the Lead to my lower chamber and it only paces .2% of the time. The Lead to my Upper Chamber paces around 8% of the time and must have been ok. She didn’t say anything about it. She acted like I shouldn’t be concerned, but I am. Has anyone...

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Heart flutters while exercising

Hello, I'm 25 years old, have had my icd for 4 years , and several ablations for Brugada Syndrome. Everything has been fine for the past 3 years, but now every time I ride my bike or go for a run, I start getting flutters/skipped beats. If they persist I start getting really out of breath, they only happen during exercise, my icd has not fired at any of these times! I have my 6 month follow in the middle of July, should I wait until July or ask to be seen earlier? Has anyon...

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Palpitations with AV Node Ablation

Hi all.

my question is what your heartbeat feels like after an av node ablation and PM insertion , 

I've had AFib since 2014 which has been managed over the years by 2 ablations, one hybrid ablation, and a lot of cardio versions.  I've been on amiodorone and tikosyn.  I had a good 2 years of sinus rhythm until last December, when the afib returned. When I'm in AFib I feel like a fish flopping in my chest, where a regular heartbeat should be.  I...

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Wish I had found this club sooner

Hi all, 

wish I'd come across this club sooner and been able to ask questions, I was 25 when I had my pacemaker put in and will be a year next month. Have no idea what the medical term is but was diagonised with having 2 holes in the heart and a lazy valve.. simpleton terms for me blood was going in dropping through a chamber and going back out. 
I haven't had any issues since having it put in and i do feel a bit more energetic, guess i'm lucky enoug...

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AgentX86

Thanks for the quick response-- went out cycling again today and encounted the same dizziness and palpations as before.In the 140-155 bpm (settings 50-175 bpm)the legs refused to pedal.Slacken the pace a little and all is well again.The RR sounds reasonable suggestion to look into- this thing they tell you in leaflets etc. not to excersise the first wks. ( this is my 4th wk. after implantation pm) would that have any influence on above mentioned?It's a real bummer after all my life having...

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Upper pec and under arm still sore

Hi all..

Just wondering if any thoughts or advice for me. I am 8 weeks in after receiving my new PM on my dominant right side. I'm still feeling slightly sore above my right pectoral muscle and slightly under my arm pit.. I'm a little anxious about this as I am hoping to return to work in the coming week and as I work at construction (plasterer) I'm worried that either I have done some damage or will do damage to the pocket/site ..Any thoughts guys??? Thank you in advan...

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Surgery time

Good morning and Happy Father's Day!! My surgery is this Wednesday and I am very anxious about it, but it has to be done. Anyways my question is, does anyone know how long an extraction of the whole system and replacement take?

Thanks in advance

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Steri-Strips

Thanks for the quick response & advice!  So happy I found this site

Chris

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Steri-strips

Hi,  I am 11 days post surgery.  The hospital told me the tape will fall off in 7-10 days.  2 have come off at either end of the incision but some of them are really stuck on, should I just wait for them to come off on their own or start easing the off.  I’m showering so hope they loosen up on their own.

Thanks for any suggestions,

Chris

 

 

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One more new guy - procedure scheduled for June 29

Greetings everyone, I am glad I have found this site and group.

I have had a slow heartbeat as long as I can remember (around 42 bpm) .  I have had tests and ECG's in the past and doctors have never gone any further with it and I always thought I was just incredibly calm (!).  Fast Forward to 2020 and my wife and I have both retired and relocated from Colorado to Kentucky to be closer to family and I found a new doctor.  On my initial appointment she immediately...

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New ICD recipient

Hi I got my pacemaker 1week ago. It's been quite stressful. My family doesn't understand the impact this has had on me. Physically I'm doing better but mentally I'm not myself. I feel disconnected.

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Sports

Hi there - 4 wks. ago received a Biotronic 2- leads pm due to a Bradycardie - 3 degree AV block.The cardiologist reassured me that i could continu with my cycling on a 80-85% compared with what i was used to.- have raced on a high level all my life - 71 years old.Yesterday went for my first spin on the road - little scared i admit  ... pm. is fine tuned to a setting of 50- 175 bpm .Q- is it  normal to feel a little lightheaded/dizzy - a feeling i'm having to go through...

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We are all cyborgs, literally by definition.

A cyborg (/ˈsaɪbɔːrɡ/), a contraction of "cyberneticorganism", is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts.

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Possible Pericarditis

Earlier this week I went to my EP on the first day the office opened to patients since the Covid lockdown.  My EKG revealed changes that concerned him, comparing it to the last EKG Feb 21, before discharge from the hospital.  I have an ICD and am paced in the atrium 99% due to SSS and paced in the ventricle 30%.  I had an ablation Feb 20 for atrial tachycardia and atrial flutter (over 110 areas ablated) and was doing fairly well, but it changed around March 23, texting&nbs...

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