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Playing Tennis

Hi, I have been implanted with dual chamber ICD about 6 weeks back , I play tennis almost every day at club level.

Fear of damaging my leads is keeping me away from playing. Can playing tennis cause issues with leads. 

Can anyone kindly advice

 

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swelling on legs after PPM

swelling on legs after PPM need solution 

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Probably well worth watching for an ablation procedure

https://youtu.be/NtxXxgyIZ5Y

 

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Lead replacement

Tomorrows the day!  The third lead of my Medtronic device has gone dead and my EP will open me up tomorrow to see what he can do. This third lead has not been in an optimal position ever since an EP at TCAI installed it back in 2012. It's been eating up battery life and has gone "dead."

EP hasn't made any promises, since it's a tricky procedure. Replace the lead and leave the old in place or not? Or do nothing?  We'll see!!

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Pacemaker/Defibrillator coming out

My mother has a Medtronic PM/Defibrillator. The original device was installed in 2001 (concerto, I believe). Many complications with it. She received about 30 non therapeutic shocks in the first year. The device wasnt functioning properlly and had to be switched out. 

The newer devices battery depleted in 2005, a new device was put in.

That one lasted until 2009. By now the surgical site and pocket were so scarred and hard to the touch.

New device installed in 2016. Was...

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Fluid in Lung & Diuretic

I had a dual lead pacemaker installed on Feb 28, 2020 due to bradycardia which was causing me shortness of breath.

After the surgery they took a chest xray and told me that I had a small to moderate right pleural effusion (fluid in my right lung).  They put me on a 20mg dosage of Furosemide (a loop diuretic) to try to drain the fluid out of my right lung.  It has been 10 days and the fluid is still there along with my shortness of breath.

My question, is how long does it...

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Weightlifting

I'm new to this forum.  I had a PM implanted mid January, 2020 for a 2nd Degree AV block.  I was feeling it most when I would exercise, and especially heavy weight lifting.  Eventually it got to be all of the time, even getting up from the couch.  I had hit an all time peak with new PR's for myself with lifting and had my sights set on competing in Strongman this summer.  Things have changed a bit now.

My doctor said I can go back to lifti...

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Traveling to Europe next week

Hello,

I will be traveling to the Azores  on March  17, 2020.  Should I be concerned?  Direct flight for departure, connecting flight on return.   I am 66 years old with Bradycardia.

 

(my first post)

 

thanks,

Adelina

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Interference with pacemaker/ICD

While I have had my pacemaker/ICD since June, 2019....it was not until weeks ago that I am now totally dependant on my device.  This of course creates anxiety over its reliability and interferences. 

While I have always been cautious.....it seems now to be a priority as a failure on my device would be catastrophic.

I have read from my manufacturers website all the items that are safe or to use precautions......BUT, I am curious if you can share what items/procedures...

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This Club

I just want to thank everyone for the information and support I have received in this forum. I've had my PM for 5 days. I don't know what I would have done without you guys and gals. Thank you! 

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Pacemaker syndrome/lead out of place 2nd time

I got my pacemaker installed last February and it has been a big mess. 1st pericardial effusion, 2 weeks later atrial lead moved, a month after surgery to replace lead, 1 month later lead moved again. I now have pacemaker syndrome and have surgery Friday the 13th lol to have lead revision with new doctor. I am scared to death. 1st will this fix the problem? 2nd will i come out oc this ok? I see dr tomorrow because i would not have surgery again without having all my questions answered. I do k...

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shoulder surgery

well now home with right arm in heavy duty velcro sling.  when they   listened to the pacemaker  he asked about the afib still at 7 % .  thank goodness a couple of my friends offered to help.  as it takes 2  hands to undo sling for excerises..  using left that is why no capitals.  staples out on the 16th.  dr. said he got all of the avascular necroicses out.

mary

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Complete Heart Block

Hi everyone, my battery was changed in 2019. I'am going on 32 years now as a pacemaker dependent. I have 3rd degree heart block... and I have been doing well for the most part, ... I did experience a lead fracture in 2009, but that was fixed.. It has not been until lately, that I have begun to worry about my condition since I have been a dependent for more than 30 years now.. I feel blessed but occassionally wonder if anyone has been a pacemaker recipient for this many years or longer tha...

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Anti-theft portal

Hello, I would like to know if this has ever happened to you to hang and ring an anti-theft portal for shop?  I hung one out of a store in Mexico and it worries me a little.

Thanks for your answer.

 

Chantal

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PM optimization

About 4 years ago, I was on the table - wired up - while the Doc, whose specialty was echocardiography, stood behind the sonographer and barked orders to the device nurse to do this, then that, then the other thing.  After about 20 minutes, both the the Doc and the sonographer simultaneously shouted, "ALL RIGHT!!!!"  Doc had fined tuned my 3-lead to a "T" and I felt great.  He retired last year and I haven't found another with...

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Pacer

 

 

 I love this site I don't feel so alone just thought I say that. 

 

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Surgery-claustrophobia

I posted a question about my upcoming surgery in the near future in the "general" forum. I got five replies, which I very much appreciated. But then I realized there is a separate forum for surgery and recovery. So I thought I would try again. I have watched several YouTube videos on pacemaker placement where they talk about covering your face during the surgery... in fact here is a quote from the Internet:  " In most patients we place the pacemaker&nbs...

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Doubt on warranty of a CRT-P device

If you have a CRT-P device of Medtronic/st jude/ Biotronik , please tell me the warranty period of your device. Because my father's cardiologist suggested a Mdetronic CRT-P device with only 5 years warranty. When I asked them about lifetime warranty or warranty more than 5 years, they said,for CRT- P device you only get 5 years warranty. Please clear my doubt.

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Ticking?

Hi

Got up this morning feel fine but I have a ticking feeling like a little nerve tick, it's like when the tech first starts your pacemaker check as if the leads are jumping slightly, anyone else have this? Had a PM for 20years never had this before due to have a battery change in 3 months

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Coronavirus and heart patients with especially CRT-D and P

In short, have a CTR-D due to low EF(below 30)

What are your thoughts on people like me that have serious heart diseases as it is stated many times that the death rate is considerably high with elderly, and people with heart issues and diabities?

Most of the people like me have also some issues with kidney and lungs as well due to the nature of our heart problems and/or medicine we need to take

I personally believe, if half of what we read is tr...

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My ICD/pacer is not a burden. I still play tennis and golf.