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New pacemaker/New to forum

Hi everyone,

I got a pacemaker 6 days ago after being diagnosed with Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction affecting my cardiovascular system along with many other systems of my body.  My heart rate was pretty consistently in the low 30s and over the past few months I've had multiple passing out episodes and ICU admissions.

I have to say I have not felt this well in a very long time.  My energy level has increased dramatically and it may sound weird, but it's...

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MRI safety: leaded pacemakers vs leadless pacemakers

There is a recent post concerning MRI safety for a leaded pacemaker. This led me to think about the MRI safety for leadless pacemakers, which I currently have a pair implanted in me.

When a current is flowing in a conductor that is placed in a magnetic field, a force is exerted on the conductor. This force is proportional to the “length” of the conductor. When a conductor is placed in an alternating magnetic field, an alternating voltage is generated across the conductor. Th...

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Repositioning of Device experience?

As many of you may remember, I had my ICD replaced last January due to battery life and upgraded to a 3rd lead.  Shortly after it was replaced, it dropped down into my breast and turns 90 degrees when I lie on my right side.  I've had to wear a bra 24/7 to keep it from turning.  It has continued to be very painful and when it flips back it feels like it gets caught.  After months I was hoping it had scarred down, but it has not.  My 'new' EP said he d...

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New Member

Hi all, I'm 26 and I will be having my pacemaker fitted tomorrow. Any tips, advice etc for someone getting one, especially so at a younger age?

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In ventricular pacing, since the pm has no communication with the atrium, how does the ventricle know when to pace?

Plse Forgive my ignorance. I thought (wrongly?) this question may be of general interest and thus post it.

The question is : In ventricular pacing, since the pm has no communication with the atrium, how does the ventricle know when to pace?

I have been asking this question for quite some time and accidentally found the answer today, given below:

"Medtronic has recently introduced a leadless pacemaker that uses an accelerometer to detect atrial mechanical...

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Apple Watch

Hi are Apple Watch accurate with heart rate .As keep checking mine all the time. Thank you

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Change of Meds Sotalol 160mg

Hi All,

My pacemaker issues are well documented on here so I won't go into details again. However, post implant I've been getting PVCs, some of which are severe and leave me feeling unwell for some time post event.

My question is about the new meds my consultant has prescribed. I was on Bisop 2.5mg but my consultant has changed to Sotalol 160mg to try and 'calm' everything down.

Two weeks in and I'm finding the side effects of the new drug really unpleasa...

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Sss and frequent sinus pauses

Hello everyone. Please delete if you feel nessesary as I do not have a pacemaker currently. I'm currently in the middle of getting diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome ( suggested by an ER doctor)  and there's very little support groups or anything with information on the internet for what I'm going through. I began getting a heart workup (normal stress test and echo)  because I started having random bouts of tachycardia and then during an er visit it was found I...

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Replacement This Tuesday-- Help

My Medronic Adapta is running with limited functionality-- low battery.  Because of cervical spine issues I need a pacemaker that is MRI tolerant.  Who gets to decide what device gets implanted?  Shouldn't the docs at least consult with me and inform me of their reasoning?  This has not happened so far.  

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"I can't tell how long you've been this way..."

Hello everybody FG back!

Well, after talking a while and looking at my EKG, asking my wife and I multiple questions and criticizing me mildly for having gone so long without getting an EKG (I guess about 20 years or so before all this started), my 3rd opinion EP shakes his head and says, "I can't figure out how long you've been this way. When  did you first start having symptons?" I sai...

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Bisoprolol dosage

Anyone here have experience with beta blocker dosages? I'm currently taking 5mg Bisoprolol twice a day to control my arrhythmias. My electrophysiologist wants to increase my morning dose to 7.5mg (and revisit it in 6 months). Is 12.5mg/day of Bisoprolol considered a low, medium or high dose?

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Systolic blood pressure before/after dual chamber PMs and possible explanation

I had low heart rate and occasionally high heart rate and recently had a pair of dual chamber PMs implanted. I also had high blood pressure and had been taking medications (still am taking the same medications).

Because of my HR lower than 40bpm, almost all electronic BP measurement devices that sold on Amazon or elsewhere did not work for me. I had to buy a high quality stethoscope and a large pressure meter and learned how to measured BP myself. 

Before PMs, even with medic...

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Shiatsu Neck massager

Has anyone used a electronic shiatsu neck massager? 

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heart ablavation getting closer date question

im very nervous for this procedure ..question how many hours does it take and the dr told me that he was going to go thru my groin area ? 2 sides or just 1 hole also how would they control the blood on my leg or groin area ?  why do some get heart attacks during or after im very concerned i hear i have to stay still for 6 hours after ,,

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Femoral Catheter Incision Blown Out with a Sneeze

If you're blood squeamish, move on and do not read the rest of this post.

I had an unsuccessful Micra implantation procedure Weds 11/2. The Micra was to be placed in my heart using a catheter inserted into the femoral artery in the groin. The morning after my procedure I was standing in my kitchen eating a banana. I sneezed once and felt some blood trickle from my hospital-dressed incision site. I sneezed a second time and my wound blew open pouring blood from my femo...

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Remote pacing

Just had my 2nd pacemaker fitted with a remote pacing unit. I had my first over phone appointment today. I'm a bit confused, I think she said i had to go into the hospital next year for a check. And that will be the last. 

I thought once this was fitted there was no hospital checks, unless something goes wrong, have I heard right??

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New form of pacemaker

Paper published 26th October:
Battery-free pacemaker uses light to regulate heartbeat
Researchers have developed a battery-free pacemaker that uses optogenetics to regulate the heart. They are hopeful that it could improve the management of arrhythmia.

See:https://www.science.org/doi/epdf/10.1126/sciadv.abq7469

 

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Biotronik Corruption of Doctor Patient Trust

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Medical Device Manufacturer Biotronik Inc. Agrees To Pay $12.95 Million To Settle Allegations of Improper Payments to Physicians

Biotronik Inc. (Biotronik), a medical device manufacturer based in Oregon, has agreed to pay $12.95 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by causing the submission of false claims to Medicare and M...

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Help —- not getting email notification

I have not been receiving email notification from new post or replies to my postings or comments.

In my profile, I did check the required boxes authorizing receiving notifications.

Wrote to info@pacemaker.com,  but has not received a reply. 

if you could let me know what I should do to receive notification, I would appreciate it.

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Micra Install Fail

I went in today for an implantation of a Medtronic Micra. This would've been my first PM. Unfortunately, after about 5-6 attempts to place it, my EP said it was unsuccessful and decided to stop attempting to implant. 
 

Has anyone experienced a failure during the procedure like this? My EP said I was the first in his "many, many" Micra procedures. 
 

This PM is to act as a safety net for occasional sinus node pause.&n...

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