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ICD vibrating - Medtronic DVMC3D4

Hi Folks

I think I ran across a thread on this before, but thought I would ask anyway. Has anyone else experienced vibrations coming from their ICD? No alarm, just a slight vibration that lasts a few seconds and repeats twice. This has happened a few times ...

I've only had this thing a year, so any feedback would be helpful.

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Surgical dressing

Hi, I’m new to the group.  Just had my pacemaker put in on Thursday, 9/26/19. They also removed my heart loop.  I guess I have a silly question.  My doctor told me to remove my surgical dressing today (Saturday). I was able to remove the dressing from my heart loop but the dressing for the pacemaker is giving me trouble.  The gauze is sticking to the surgical glue and I’m afraid to force it.  Of course it’s Saturday so the doctors office is closed an...

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medic alert

since i obtained my 3 lead pacemaker i have a bracelet. also because i am often by myself now in the car i thought it might be wise to do this. i also carry a list of my meds from pharmacy in my wallet. having at one time worked in e.r. it was common to check wallets for list of meds in motor vehicle accidents where someone arrived unable to communicate. in our ambulances now they can look up my medical history and it will have an alert on it that i have a pacemaker. my husband died a few mon...

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Dreaming after pacemaker

Hi all. Since my pacemaker was fitted I have started dreaming at night. The dreams make me very active, punching and kicking the bed much to the alarm of my wife. The pacemaker was fitted to cure complete heart block. The theory is that the minimum HR rate of 50 is faster than my previous resting rate. Has anybody else had a similar experience? Cheers Bob 

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Post Cardiac Injury Syndrome

Hello, I’m a 62 yr old female, had pacemaker surgery on Sept 12, 2019. During the procedure I woke up with excruciating pain in the right side of my chest chest. They were having trouble controlling the bleeding from the surgery site and also had to redo the leads. After surgery, I continued to complain about the pain in my right side when I took a breath or moved, the surgery site was not causing much discomfort. This right side chest pain has continued and on Sept 24 I saw my Primary,...

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dizzy

Quick question..have my pacemaker 2 years this Oct for AV block with basically no issues.    Today will sitting at work talking to a coworker I started to feel dizzy almost like feeling like passing out.  it passed within 5 seconds at which time she stated I was flush.  Felt like my heart was racing.  I work in a hospital so they checked my pulse with was fine and pulse which was 75.  Has this happened to anyone. Could it been my HR was dropping and then was pace...

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Elevated calcium

Hi all,

        Since my pacemaker implant last December for Trifasicular Block I have been feeling very unwell, with nausea,heartburn,fluctuating blood pressure, lethargy, occasional light headedness, short term memory loss, + aches + pains in chest + back. I had been back to ER on 5 occasions with the usual heart/pacemaker checks + blood tests. Nothing was found + they suggested psychological issues. As a psychologist I felt that this could only be a part...

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Boston Visionist CRT

Hi Guys,

I,m back to pacemaker clinic tomorrow. I'm hoping they can sort out the issue I'm having when running.

All is good till my heart rate goes above 142 - no matter how fast or slow i'm going the Breathing doesn't match the effort and I get tired after a few mins of this.

I'm asking them to put me on enduracne setting. Current ly on athletic setting.

Also I'm goign to ask about "smoothing the rate response.

Anything els...

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Cycling post Pacemaker

Just thought I would pass on an important milestone (for me anyway) I achieved this week.

My Garmin tells me I have just ticked over 100,000 Kilometres ( 60,000 miles) on the bike since have my PM implanted at the start of 2013. I'm now 68 years young and cycle on average 5-6 days a week at a reasonably high level. So far so good.

Keen to pass on my experience - best advice - find a cardiologist who understands endurance sport and don't listen to 'armchair experts...

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Bulging neck vein / jugular vein distention?

Hi all. I have a Medtronic Dual chamber pm for about 3yrs now for Sick sinus syndrome/Bradycardia along with arrythmia. If i bend forward it is asif my chest is squeezed closed and my head feels tight, face goes blood red and my neck veins bulge? Why does this happen, even if i just lean forward for few seconds and also when i lay down my neck veins are very prominent and chest feels heavy too? Sounds weird but it is rather bother to me as I feel like i am being squeezed tight. Hope some...

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Arrhythmia Ablation vs bradycardia pacemaker

I have several arrhythmias. My doctor has suggested ablation surgery. He said that I will most likely need a pacemaker for my bradycardia. 

Is it possible for pacemaker surgery to increase the heart rate enough to fix some of the arrhythmia? The reason why I ask is that when I go to the mountains in higher elevation my arrhythmia's decrease because my heart rate increases. When I come back down, I get slammed again and my HR drops. 

Has anyone gotten a pacemaker and...

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Lifeline systems

Does anyone use a mobile medical lifeline system with their pacemaker? That is, a system that can be used when away from home. One company I consulted said theirs (the gps) would interfere with the pacemaker, so they cannot recommend it.

Thank you.

 

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Medical alert jewelry

This is a new comment on an old question on this site: should you wear a medical alert bracelet to tip off strangers in case of an emergency? 

Of course. Why not? I consulted with EMTs in my city and they also advised against using charms and decorative pendants with that item because it can then resemble jewelry rather than medical info.

Mine states coumadin, pacemaker, my name, my daughter's contact and the name of the hospital that has my records. It is visible bu...

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Lead extraction

I’ve just learned my lead has failed and I need an extraction. I know it’s conolicated and carries risks. I’m wondering how you all have done. Also, getting a new placement of the new generator under the pectoral muscle and am a bit freaked by that - the recovery specifically. Any experiences would help me. Thanks! 

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Pacemaker shoulder pain

I had a Biotronic pacemaker inserted on June 22, 2019. I needed a second lead. This is my 3rd pacemaker since initial insertion in October/2009. The first one had an abscess in behind the pacemaker. That pacemaker was removed in Dec/2009 and a new one was installed in the right side of my chest. In August/2017 I had a battery change.My shoulder was sore in January and after an ultrasound, showed there was inflammation. My doctor recommended a cortisone needle in the shoulder. I got the shot t...

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Pacemaker shoulder pain

I had a Biotronic pacemaker inserted on June 22, 2019. I needed a second lead. This is my 3rd pacemaker since initial insertion in October/2009. The first one had an abscess in behind the pacemaker. That pacemaker was removed in Dec/2009 and a new one was installed in the right side of my chest. In August/2017 I had a battery change.My shoulder was sore in January and after an ultrasound, showed there was inflammation. My doctor recommended a cortisone needle in the shoulder. I got the shot t...

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A-flutter and pacemaker?

I have had my PM since January 2019.  At last checkup heart was in flutter a lot.  Am going to wear a Holter monitor tomorrow for 24 hrs and then learn next step.  I had had Cardio verson and ablation before the PM.  I am now wondering why I have the PM when it isn't used for flutter?  I will ask Dr. these questions next visit but it's hard to cover everything in the 15 minuter allowed for the appt.  Thanks for any info.

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SVT post pacemaker

Hey friends-

Does anyone have any advice/experience with sleeping on your left side and having it trigger palpitations/pacing? I haven't found anything advising me against sleeping on my sides, but sometimes when I do my heart will start pounding and I'll start pacing and it won't stop til I change my position. Anyone else experience this?

Thanks!

Erin

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Travelling

First post to this forum

 

we travel a lot in a motorhome and often freecamp. What have other pacemaker recipients used to remain connected to their Medtronic mycarelink patient monitor when there is no 240v available

 

is there s 12 volt adaptor?

tia

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99% VP and 47% AP - significance

Hi! I am an 80y old male, and had a Dual chamber STJ Endurity Core pacemker implanted in June-19. My condition was diagnosed as a intermittent heart block. 

At implant the VP was >99% and the AP% was 7.5%.

At my first follow up at 3 months, my VP% was >99% and AP was 47%. My doctor has indicated that these metrics warrant a further investigation. 

Other settings/parameters are 

DDD, Base rate 60bpm, paced AV Delay of 170ms, Sensed AV delay of...

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