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I am having my pacemaker upgraded next week. 

I noticed on the admission form it said i was having it done under a General Anaesthetic. Last time i had sedation and local, just under 3 years ago....why would they choose this instead and has anyone else had a general to do this? It is currently placed under the muscle and it was very painful last time so i am dreading it a bit...

 

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Breathless on walking hat I call ‘bad days

Thank you all so much.  Just an update. I went to see my GP who has referred me to my cardiologist. As I am being shielded I have been offered a virtual consultation on Friday as a private patient.  This I have accepted. I decided to go for a short walk yesterday wearing my pulse oximeter. After about 20 paces I was very breathless, the alarm went off on my pulse oximeter. My pulse reading was 96  but my oxygen sats were 91.  The sats wen...

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Underarm psin

So hard to explain briefly. 
I recently started having pain on the left side where the cd is. My Ep said it could be the pocket maybe I've loses weight several variables. I believe it's now something pressing under the left arm is where it's hurting. 
 

im at a loss and I keep having all this pain  
 

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Amount of time to heal

I'm 60 years old, have a PM for one week,  and already getting anxious to be active. I've heard anywhere from 4 weeks to 10 weeks to heal, which seems like quite a huge range. From what I gather from my doctor is that 4 weeks should be enough, but we need to be postive all secure.  I'm trying to stay sane by thinking that I'd move slowly in some phased approach. Does it sound OK for cycling (road bike less)  at around 4 weeks, running at 6 we...

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Extraction and replacement

I am having surgery next week to have my whole pacemaker taken out and a new one put in. I am very nervous as I have read taking the wires out of my veins can be dangerous. My pacemaker has been in for 5 years. Has anyone on here had this surgery?

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Travel international & Necessary Precautions

Hello, Hi, I am planning to go for vacation and going Mexico, my first time to travel since my incision 5 mos. ago. Is there any you can advise? Should I bring the device monitor with me? Can I do snorkeling? pool? Sauna? Massage? My pm area still sore come and go and some heaviness ( weight on my breast) and some pressure on my chest come and go. Am I allowed to lift 40 lbs of luggage? Is there any list that I can follow the do’s and don’ts? Appreciate so much all of your in...

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2 lead extractions

I have 2 leads which dont work any more and need to be replaced but got told can be risky due to being in for a long time say over 11 years due to fat etc how risky is it and how risky is it putting new ones in and sucess rate

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Pacemaker beep

I got told my pacemaker is low i think about 3 months left i got told my pacemaker might beep or buzz because its low can any one tell what it sounds like how loud and how often is it every 1hr once a day etc ?

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Pacemaker lead locations

Yesterday I found out where my pacemaker leads are located. One is in the RV Apex and the other is the RA Appendage. It also said “ Right ventricle model, and AV block with 2:1 AV conduction.

 I have googled this but would still like any input that anyone can share about the above information.

Thanks

 

 

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ICD placed in 5 days ago.

I had ICD placed 5 days ago. I was feel ok but today I started noticing my heart beat and even when I am reclined I feel it. I will be contacting my heart dr and let them know. It is hard to explain what I'm feeling but i will explain it and someone can make sense of it and be more direct. 

I feel a heart beat that appears to last a couple seconds. It is like my heart beats and is like in slow motion. It has happened quite a bit today. 

I also have issue with sl...

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Upper Body Exercise and Pacemakers

Okay. So I had my pacemaker implanted when I was 3. It was put in my stomach, and I was not allowed to do sit ups. I'm 20 now and I've had it replaced once when I was 13. It's in my shoulder now. 
 

I've been told since I was 13 that I wasn't allowed to do push ups, or lift weights. And now I'm looking on this page and that isn't true? Can I do push ups safely? I was to be in law enforcement, and doing upper body exercises will help me ach...

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E bike

I am a one week 83 yr old newbie and wondering if there are any contrindications to riding an e bike.other than the usual safty measures?

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Volunteer Firefighter

Hi. I had an aortic valve replacement on March 23, 2020. I'd previously had a right bundle branch block identified, but it was never something discussed with me, 
Following surgery, my unpaced heart rate sat at 30bpm. After 5 days it was decided I would need a pacemaker. It was only in reading the pacemaker surgeon's summary notes that I saw I was described as having complete heart block.
I am starting to feel closer to normal as far as the sternotomy goes. It is nearly...

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Persistent Band of Tightness/Pain Since Shortly After Pacemaker Insertion

I am a new member who received a pacemaker six weeks ago for brief periods of intermittent complete heart block occuring infrequently. The pacemaker is set at DDI at 50. I am pacing less than 1% of the time. Beginning within a few days of the pacemaker insertion I started having periods of throbbing heaviness in the substernal and epigastric region. About 10 days after insertion this became continuous and became mildly painful. It has persisted since then.

I have a tight...

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Question about temporary and permanent PM

The run up to my PM procedure happened very quickly. Went to doc at 9:45 am and checked myself into hospital at 1:00pm. Had heart cath at 3:30 and PM insertion at 9:30 same night. Prior months I had Nuclear stress test, Echo, lots of EKG's but breathlessness and 2 presyncope " spells" sent me to doctor. I NEVER thought I needed a PM.

QUESTION: When my doc discussed procedure  he mentioned I would have Temporary PM before they placed the permanent one. I had a ban...

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Breathing Issue Can Anyone Help

To make this as short as I can. I had PSVT ablation. The AV node was partially ablated due to someone not paying attention. I was in a complete block for a few weeks then eventually went back into a 1:1. I ran and exercised without issue prior to this injury and even after with ease. I even completed a half marathon about six months after this ablation without really training for it and had no problems. About a year and a half after the ablation, I started not feeling well my heart was t...

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Breathless - Update III

If you read previous posts you will be aware of my complications post PM implant so no point in going over old ground.

Anyway, four months later and after much door knocking, i finally got someone to listen to ME and stop referring / defaulting to tests and manuals etc. So, med professionals if any of you are reading this, for future reference please try HEARING what the patient has to say.

Long story short they made an adjustment (another one) and changed th...

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Shortness of breath

I am 10 days post PM implant.  I've experienced severe shortness of breath since implant, especially when reclining, and I  am gasping and wheezing. 

Any advice from those who have had similar experiences?

 

 

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Not the best update but progress

Hi everyone! 
 

I'm back with some news. This is most likely outside the PM world now but I thought I would still post it. For months I've been telling my doctors I need an exercise test. All of the tests they provided were at rest and my issues always seem to worsen with activity. Anyhow I was scheduled 3/19/2020 for a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test but it's was delayed due to COVID. I was finally able to take it 6/3 and just as I suspected it revealed so...

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newbie

hi, i am new to this group. I thought there was probably a support group out there and found you guys. I dont have my pacemaker yet, i was told i need one, my bpm is around 45 resting and i have bradycaria as a result of sick sinus syndrome i am told. my hearts electrical pulses not talking to each other so nice. after meeting with tmy primary care PH and my cadiologist and consulting with my mom (retired nurse who also has a pacemaker for the same reason) i have agreed that i need one. i am...

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