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Biventricular Pacemaker

Hi, it's been almost a year since I had a Medtronic Azure, model W1DR01, implanted. It's pacing rate is 100% and is a duel lead. A recent ehcocardiogram showed an Ejection Factor 40-45% for the left ventricular. I'm not on any heart meds.

I have an appointment at my EP request to discuss a third lead to the left ventricular, Biventricular pacemaker. I'm forming some questions to ask the EP regarding this procedure.

They are:

1. Can a third lead be added to th...

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2 weeks and a bit fearful

HI all, So I am nervous as heck but i also have a faith that all will be well. I just don't know what type of pm i can or shoudl ask for? Do i need a wedge pillow to sleep on? I have steps going up to my bedroom will that be a concern? I also was curious if it was possible for me to drive to Church ln  2 weeks after? Thank-you. Steven

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Pacemaker recall - Abbott

Hi, Everyone.  Received a letter Saturday that my pacemaker is part of a Class I recall by Abbott.  I am having a great deal of anxiety - feel like a time bomb.  Wondering if anyone else here is part of the recall and how you are feeling? 

 

Thanks.  Kristin 

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Armpit irritation

Hi, any advice on what to do with armpit pain?

I had my second pacer inserted 2 years ago and as typical got a properly frozen shoulder also second time around.  I've managed to recover from it with several months of exercise and physio, but I have a terrible pinching sensation in the armpit and it does not go. Some of the mobility is still reduced. I've been given all clear by the doctors, apparently clinically it's perfectly positioned, but I notice it is much closer...

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Levothyroxine

Hi all can any of you tell me if it it safe to take levothyroxine when you have a pacemaker tia

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Counseling? Therapy?

Hello all:

Been awhile since I've posted but I need some advice from a group who knows what it is like to experience a cardiac event. I'm in a rut and I can't seem to get out of it. 

In January of 2019, I woke up and felt fine. Made coffee and was working on emails when I passed out. When I came to, I sat there for a few minutes thinking I just wasn't awake. Minutes later, I passed out two more times. Got to the hospital, and while they were running tests, I w...

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Lower blood counts and platelets

Hi,

 

I had pacemaker placement In 2020. I'm not sure how much radiation one is exposed to during this operation. Since my operation I have noticed my white, red blood cell counts, and platelets have been going down. Could this be from the radiation during this operation? 

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Upgrade to CRT seamless

I've mentioned lately that I had surgery scheduled last Friday to upgrade my PM (St. Jude 2240) to a 3-lead for CRT. Also St. Jude but we are still getting acquainted. The surgery was reported as a dream surgery with super easy placement of the third lead. Yeah, yeah, I was semi awake but in no pain for the most part and I heard three "Dammits!" so I doubt it was as easy as they told me. There were also several shoves right over the PM which I felt, but in my mind I'm saying...

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Icd implanted under breast muscle

Hello everyone! It is so wonderful to find this club. I am two weeks away from my surgery and would like to connect. I am so amazed by the support... it's so wonderful. 
I was wondering if anyone had the pacemaker or defibrillator implanted under the breast muscle? 
 

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crt

hello, very new at this posting hope doing it right, 4 days ago had a crt implant really dont have a clue of what to expect , 

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nose bleeds

What happens if you have a nose bleed while on blood thinner, how serious is it.  I am not on bblood thinners at the moment.  Do have a pacemaker.

they did cauterize the inside of the nostril with Silver Nitrate, this morning.

new to pace

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pacemarker

Hi everone,

Can a pacemaker cause false blood pressure reading?

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Update

Hello all,

I just want to reach out and thank everyone again for the support and help that I have recieved. The people of this community are so intelligent and caring and have made this whole journey that much easier to manage.

Sadly, I am not feeling any better. My vision/motion issues seem to come and go at random (morning, afternoon, evening, sitting, standing, driving, etc). Sometimes they last for a few seconds/minutes, and sometimes they hang around for 3-5 hours.

I...

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flutter

Can a pacemaker self-convert a person if they are in flutter.  A woman I know has had flutter episodes and said she has had her pacemaker convert her.  I didn't know a pacer could do that, so I am asking if that is possible.  I belive she has to go to a pacer clinc for that.  She has had 4 ablations and her heart rate goes high for her and she then get an ECV she has had a lot of ECVs they work for a while then she goes into flutter again.  Her doctor wants to abl...

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Check-ups

Hi everyone,

Just wondering has everyone had regular check-ups with there pacemaker? 

I have had none and am concerned about that. I had my implant 20/10/20.

Cheers Wendells

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ICD implant

Hi, I've recently received an ICD implant with defibrillator (11/1/2021)   still healing...was wondering those that have had their pacemaker a while, how long did it take to completely heal. Doctor says after 6 weeks the swelling will go down.  I'm approaching week 5 and I feel like I still have a huge lump.  I told the doctor I was worried that the defibrillator would zap me when I'm driving and I could cause an accident.  He said I would feel different b...

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Svt return

Hi all, 

I had my post-check-up,3rd since pacemaker implant in January 2021,(Sick Sinus Syndrome), and was surprised to learn my SVT had returned with a vengeance, unbeknownst to me! I recorded 119 SVT's in three months' time.

Out of 119 recordings, I have only felt about 6 actual SVT, which is odd as when I had my first SVT bouts back in the day, I felt them all.  ( I had an ablation 7 years ago for SVT.)

Doc changed bp medicine to Ditilazam, which I...

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Test

Has anyone had a CT angiogram coronary test? They inject a dye, then get pictures if arteries in heart! Was it invasive? 

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Lifting weights after pacemaker replacement surgery

It has been four weeks since my pacemaker replacement surgery. I'm 54 years old and the wound has healed nicely. 

Thinking about some light weighlifting this week including pushups, shoulder press and bench press. Anyone think its too early?

 

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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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You know you're wired when...

Your old device becomes a paper weight for your desk.

Member Quotes

As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.