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Atrial tachycardia episodes, are they normal?

Just had my first visit with my new EP, although she kept saying she is technically an "engineer" not a tech (still not sure what that means).  Anyways she did a much more thorough interrogation then my prior tech, seemed to know her stuff. She said I have been having "quite a number" of atrial tachycardia episodes.  I told her I had some in the past and that my old tech said it was normal in people paced in both ventricle and atrium, she looked like she disagree...

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To get a pacemaker or not, that is the question - bradycardia

I'm new here on the forum, thanks for any responses.  I had to go to the ER for a heart rate of 40 over a 4 hour period one afternoon.  They took me off diltiazem, but I still have HR 40 intermittently.

I have a history of Afib and somewhat successful ablation, except for aLOT of PACs (burden of 22%), alot of atrial bijeminy. The EP says "non-conducted PACs" are causing the bradycardia.  I can't take meds to control them (diltiazem and fle...

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New PM on my dominant RHS

Hi all, 

Looking for any advice and views to my new situation I know find myself in. My new Sorin Eno ( Medtronic leads) pacemaker was fitted on the 28th April this year, it's my 3rd device and my previous 2 were Medtronic..Unfortunately my last device was only in for 3yrs and had to be removed in March because I developed Endocarditis on the leads..After a pretty tough few months of heavy antibiotics and trauma , my new device was eventually fitted ..But as you can imagine the...

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Post Pacemaker fitting

Hi everybody, I am glad I found this site as it has put some of my concerns at rest.

I had my pacemaker fitted on the 15th June 2020 so I still have the wound dressing on, I was glad to see other comments re the last few days as I had the op on Monday , Tuesday I felt fine as I was still drugged up, wednesday felling light headed, Thursday noticed my oxygen saturation levels wer low about 94% was told to breathe deeper, Friday oxygen levels stabilised stil feling slightly light headed b...

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Battery opeated device

With a biventricular pacemaker ,the device is working all the time.I am about to buy a battery operated neck massager for a severe neck injury.Some opinion says no to this,other opinion says ok but keep away from the pacemaker by 4-6 inches.( Are manufacturers just covering themselves in case of a problem)?

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Household Chores

How long after the procedure can I do things like reach down in the washing machine to unload it. I assume not for awhile with my left arm but what about my right arm?

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Sleeping with pacemaker

I recently had a pacemaker put in last Wednesday I slept fine first 2 nights at hospital now that im.home if feels.like this device bothers me alot I turn to one side it feels.like it pulls the skin same on the next side im still healing it's still  clued at the wound and they told me I was still on restriction from moving my left arm.as much I dont think it  helps having bigger breast  that stretch and pull the skin down the area.where device is at is sore to tou...

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Scared

Hello everyone. I'm a 47 year old male and just had my pacemaker implanted on the 04Jun20. I was starting to have some mild chest pain and shortness of breath and sweating a lot. My doctor referred me for a stress test again. I didn't get into the stress test until begin of March of 2020. They start the test didn't like something they see and the doctor tell me I need a ablation and schedule it for the following week. Covid-19 happens and everything is put on hold. They finally ge...

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30,000+ PVCs

I am new here and have to see doctor tomorrow to schedule a pacemaker following a failed ablation in December, 2019. I experience, but do not feel, over 36,000 PCVs in a 24 hour period daily as measured by 2 different holter measurings for 48 hour each during the third quarter of 2019. Reading all these posts, I am most concerned.

What should I expect? Does anyone here have had a history of these amounts of PVCs. I am on Brilinta and Metoprolol.

Any info would be greatly appreciat...

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thru-hike

Hi everyone! I recently had a pacemaker put in about 4 months ago (I was 23 at the time, now 24). I just got back from my first 40 mile backpacking trip, and wow what a difference my PM made!

Has anyone in this group ever done a thru hike with a pacemaker, and is it even feasible? By thru-hike I mean the AT, PCT, or CDT. It has always been a dream of mine to do the AT and I didn't think it was possible with my PM; but being on the AT for 40 miles made me think about it again.

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Medtronic Micra Pacemaker and dental treatment

Hi guys, it's been a while...

Ticking along fine with my Micra leadless PM. Almost had it a year now for sinus node pauses. I'm considering getting some orthodontic work done on my teeth. I need fixed metal braces and probably a couple of extractions first. I wondered if anyone has experience and if there's anything I should be concerned about or questions to ask before I go ahead?

Thought of a couple of things:

1) Perhaps I should get reassurance from my ca...

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Nerve pain from Leads?

Hello,  I've had my PM about 1-1/2 years or so.  My heart valve was damaged due to chest radiation (breast cancer) - and I passed out a couple times - the ticker just wouldn't keep up.  That's the background, not that I think it matters much.

They put the PM on my right side (opposite of the heart) and the leads under my collarbone seem to be doing their thing and pinching the heck out of me.  Depending on what nerve they hit, the pain can go down my arm...

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zapping feeling

Has anyone ever felt what I can only describe as a live wire jerking feeling?  It is in the left side closer to middle under my breast.  I can go days without feeling it and then be shopping and it hits which stops me in my tracks.  The duration of the feeling varies as does the jerking motion.  It can happen once and be done or a few times in succession but it hurts and is very uncomfortable.  Since I never experienced this before the PM I assume it is related. ...

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What Doctors and Tech know

Three months in and still no answers.  I am amazed at what Doctors and Techs don't know about these devices.  (Perhaps I should have said my Doctors and Tech but reading some of he comments here makes me think I am not alone.) Have concluded that it is because they aren't living with one.  They understand "how" they are suppose to work but if there is a glitch they go to some manual to try and figure it out.  If that doesn't work...as told to me...it...

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Subclavian DVT - One Year Later

I've been a ski instructor/guide for years, but only worked one winter since my implant joined me last year. For me i've always had more lower than upper body mass, but as COVID struck I saw the opportunity to change that with some easy 5min/day routines and took up surfing.

A month down the line, my left arm started to swell, which I initially mistook for rapid 'gains'. But it turns out that I developed a massive blood clot in my subclavian vein. So far the haemotologis...

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Pacemaker? Leads?

On June 23rd, I'll be in the hosp. where a cardiothoracic surgeon plans to go between my ribs, through the epicardium and implant a third lead into the muscle around the left ventricle. Device clinic nurse will want to see me a couple weeks later to make sure that lead is working correctly.  Here goes!!!

 

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Electric Guitars

Does anyone know if it is advisable to play electric guitars with a pacemaker? 

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NO CHECKUP

HI THERE. I WAS DUE A PACING CHECK AT THE BEGINNING OF APRIL. I DID NOT GET ONE. I PHONED THE HOSPITAL AND THE SAID THEY WOULD GIVE ME AN APPOINTMENT IN 3 WEEKS TIME. THEY NEVER SENT ME ONE. I WAITED A FEW WEEKS AND PHONED AGAIN.

THEY ARE NOW SAYING THEY WILL GIVE ME ONE IN THREE MONTHS TIME. CAN I TRUST THEM?

 

 

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ICD Education

I was due to have an ICD installed in March when the hospital stopped taking elective procedures because of COVID-19. I was rescheduled for June 8th. I postponed this procedure because I had some questions about the ICD model my doctor selected; the St. Jude Medical 2-wire.

During my research on ICDs, I came across a battery reliability study on the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health's website; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. This study is dated Oct/De...

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baby monitors

Weirdest thing- so when I am next to our baby monitor (it is a cheap walkie talkie type thing) it cuts out but when my hubby is next to it, it works fine! 

Anyone experienced this with monitors? I stay 6 inches away from it but I do have to be close to it so I can hear baby if she starts tossing and turning :-)

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