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Why has my app stop working for physical activity 

 

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First Post for SlowSam

Let me introduce myself. I'm 73 years old with a long history of a slow resting heartrate, quite often in the low to mid 40s for the last 10 years or more. On December 11, 2019, I had a pacemaker implanted: a dual chamber SJM.

I was having some episodes of light-headedness and some instances of struggling to stay awake, especially in the afternoon. My EP considered that these symptoms plus some ECG anomalies, were enough to convince him that I needed the pacemaker.

I know...

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Hi from new member and question about Metoprolol and low blood pressure

Hi there! 

My Norwegian mom is 79 and just had a pacemaker placed in three weeks ago. She has always had low blood pressure and was misdiagnosed with aFib, and has now been given the diagnosis of "sick sinus syndrome" after having swings in her rhythm that had her alternately faint and have rapid heartbeat. 

She was on beta blockers and blood thinners at various points since her aFib diagnosis about 7 years ago, and they made her feel dizzy and have little...

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Pacemaker

I had a biotronik closed loop system implanted for orthostatic hypotension.  I had electric shocks and ten out of ten chest pain.  Two ER visits, dr visit, multiple test and calls before they found out after two weeks that I had a punctured heart and lung.  After 2 more surgeries one resulting in a chest tube with one liter removed I am finally home.  Has anyone else experienced any of this.  If you do make sure you receive echocardiogram and lung cat scan.  Othe...

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Elton John

I read Elton John's autobiography over the holidays and loved how he mentioned getting his pacemaker in a positive light, flew to London for surgery then got back to touring. 

"I was only in the hospital for one night and, rather than feeling debilitated, I thought the pacemaker was fantastic. It seemed to give me more energy than before."

p.s. this book was AWESOME! Highly recommend. 

from Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

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Driving through the DVLA

Hello all

This is my first posting since joining the pacemaker club and wondered if anyone can kindly help me.

I passed out when I was driving my car and crashed in April of 2019. I went through every Neuro test for that to be ruled out along with every cardio test. The last test was for them to fit me with a long term heart monitor in October.

Within 6 weeks of having the heart monitor fitted, I passed out again to which the heart monitor detected my heart pa...

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Conundrum - The Saga Continues

jUST SAW SURGEON:  (From Last Night)

by donr - 2020-01-02 15:55:47 Edit

He said he cannot do surgery in current state of heart health..  Problem is that I am in constant state of Tri-Geminy.  Too much risk while on the table.

Appt w/ Cardioo Mon AM to see what he can do - if anythying.  Surgeon came off w/ thids statement - "Perhaps you can do what I do - 500Mg of Magnesium daily.  Cures my PVC problems."

I have been fighting PVC'...

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Pacemaker

Hello to all the PM here, what a jolt this is. (PM Humor) I had my put in 10/25/19 so Christmas day was my 60 day/8 week recovery time. My PM beats 80 BPM 24/7 80 BPM they tried to turn it down to 70 BPM and I almost passed out. I am 100% device dependant.  I have one lead in each ventricle as they fused off the top of my heart or something like that.

BI-PAP machines for all with Oxygen, the PM beats my hear, the BI-PAP breathes in and out for me I just lay there and try to sleep.&...

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Microsuction

I am four weeks post implementation now have severe ear wax to the point of hearing loss. If otc olive oil doesn't work will need micro suction. Has anyone had this?  Concerned re interference but in pain both from this and still suffering with pm site. Thank you to all 

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pacemaker around large industrial magnets

I work in a plate steel mill.  We us large industrial magnets to move steel plate.  My dr has said that i need a pacemaker but is concerned about my workplace.  Info is hard to find and be difinitive.  Anyone else work in environment with industrial magnets? 

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Colonoscopy

I am 57 and for a variety of reasons have put off the recommended colon screening since I was 50

i decided to man up and schedule one. They called today and were asking me routine questions .....one was "so you have a pacemaker " - since I do they said I have to come in for a "consultation " ....the colin screening is preventative and free through my insurer ....this pre con is not .

thw scheduler said "it's just a co payment " ... I love how gene...

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Replacement

what should I look out for knowing when I need to get my pm replaced??

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Newbie Here with Questions

Hello everyone! 

On 12/30 I received my first PM. It is a Biotronik dual chamber PM. I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. The odd part is that mine was only when I slept. I have pretty bad OSA as well. During the day I had no pauses or bradycardia, but when I slept I would pause up to 8 seconds and my HR would drop really low. After they adjusted the pressure for my sleep apnea the pauses reduced to 4 seconds and under but it would happen nightly. As for th...

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QardioCore

(Un)fortunately, I'm a new member to the club...both Pacemaker Club (fortunate) and device owner (unfortunate in a way).  I recently had a Biotronik pacemaker/ICD implanted and NOW have relatively minor heart pacing and blood pressure issues I've never experienced. Hopefully, these will be corrected and it's not a device issue or my heart not accepting the device. 

As a former long-distance cyclist, I've always monitored my heart rate.  Most of these monit...

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E/Fraction rate

Today I had my 6 month check up echocardiogram with my ICD. 6 months ago, I had an efraction rate of 10. I only take carvedilol. I was so excited and happy to see what my rate was now. It was only a 15. Has this happened to anyone else on here? I don't want to cry. But I am an emotional mess. I have to take my meds now three times a day instead of two. 3.125 is the dosage. My hopes were for a higher rate. I need some uplifting, please?

Cheryl

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Heart rate

Hi everyone,

question---at the start of my problem( asymtomatic bradycardia) . pvc count 22,000-- EP did an ablation and pacemaker done on same day. Put on flecainide 50mg twice daily. In three months pvc count dropped to 4,500.

pacemaker was set at 80bpm at the start. I asked my cardiologist if 80bpm could be reduced to 70bpm. He said no with no explanation.

anyone have such a similar experience? I tried to condense this as best as I could.    Thank...

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Replacement Pacemaker after 3 months

Has anyone had to have a replacement Pacemaker put in after only three months?  

I had mine out put in late Oct - Dual Chamber- I went and saw the doctor today and my EF rate is at 35% and now they are recommending I get a biventricular pacemaker put in.  

Pretty big bummer as I am getting back to doing everything normal.  Also a nurse mentioned during my first surgery back in Oct, right before the procedure I should consider getting a biventricular p...

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Swallow syncope

Hi everyone. I have not yet had a PM fitted but I had an implanted loop recorder inserted 2 years ago and my Cardiologist has recommended a PM although not urgently.

I am a 62 year old triathlon coach who has exercised all my life. My resting HR is 32 due to an enlarged heart brought on by endurance sports and it has never caused me any issues until 7 years ago when I fainted unexpectedly. Long story short, it appears that I have a condition called 'Swallow syncope' and specific...

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first checkup

I had my PM implanted Dec.11,2019. I go tomorrow for my first cardiologist follow up appointment (I have seen my PCP already). I am hopeful my driving restrictions will be lifted. I got a little anxious yesterday when I was lightheaded for about 15 minutes and my pulse went to 118 just walking, but it went away fairly quickly, but will mention it to my doctor. Much of the time I dont think about the PM and go about my day. Caught myself strecthing my left arm above my head a few times and wai...

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ICD

Does anyone know whether you can have the occasional drink.   I glass

of wine or a part of a deer.   I have read that it can set off your defibulator.

I have been without my licience since it was implanted in  August and should

have it back at the end of Febuary.    If I can't drink  its not something that I

have to have in my life.

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