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New to PaceMaker

Hi Everyone, 

It all happened over last weekend with me feeling dizzy in sucession, short of breath and fatigue. Went to hospital and EKG showed a second degree Type II  2:1 block. Treadmill stress test worsened the block and was advised to get a PM. It's about a week now with PM installed, still grappling with the situation as to what happened suddenly. I'm 54 male leading a very healthy life, exercising, no previous heart condition, no previous medication,...

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nail salon power drills

Hello. I am new to the PM club and happy to have found this resource!

I had a Medtronic 2 lead PM implanted on Halloween (trick or treat?). I went for an acrylic nail  manicure and the power sander/drill seemed to have caused my heart to beat irreguarly, make my head swoon, and make me feel like fainting. After I stepped away, these symptoms went away but I still experienced mild palpitations for about an hour after. I read that these drills should be at least 12" away so that...

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Understanding my pacemaker

Hi there,

i had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted in august due to 2nd degree heart block! I have had the settings changed from 60 to 70 due to low blood pressure which made me feel very light headed! My ep also put me on midodrine which made me very unwell with very high blood pressure.

Have come off the midodrine but am very weak in legs and unable to excercise!  My ep said he doesn't think I need to see him again and go to local hospital to have settings changed down to...

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will i feel any different in the cooler weather

PM  implanted end of Aug. 2019, am sitting here in front of computer, in my home where the  inside temperature is now 72F.  Wondering if i will feel any different in the cooler weather now that i have the PM. i know some might wonder why i would ask this.  Am in Florida where not used to the cool weather have been  here nearly 50 years now.

mary

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Back Pack Blower

My yard is filling up with leaves 🍁- implanted 3 weeks ago .

i have a commercial backpack gasoline powered blower - STIHL model , the best ! 

Any danger in strapping it on and using it ? 

I read to not use a blower if the ignition system is within 12” of my device .

anyine have any such experience  ????

should I hire it out this year ?

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Pacemaker/Defib Questions

I had heart failure July 26th, 2019, while working. The next day, the doctors put in a PM/Defibrillator.  I have had several checks since and have a complete checkup for me as well as my unit next week.

I have experienced some transitional things such as it moving (slightly), mild pain and discomfort from healing and some mental adjustments. I am blessed to not have any major complications so far.  

Just in the last two weeks, I smell a tinny burning smell (ever so...

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Recovery

Hi I am roughly 8 days away from getting an ICD. I'm choosing to have it done under the muscle. I have LBBB and am a 55-year-old female. Wondering what the recovery is going to be like. I am reading where people are three weeks out and still cannot lift their arm over their head. For the folks on here that I've had it under The muscle what is the recovery like?  I work from home so I will be taking the week of Thanksgiving off as I'm having surgery that Tuesday but I am...

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How I stop lifting my arm when gardening

3 weeks post op and the leaves are building up in my garden, so I've attached a second belt to the buckle in my trouser belt. The other end is attached to my wrist. See photo in gallery. I filled the wheelie bin in half an hour and never once lifted my arm too high.

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PM or just me ?

Today I did some laundry. I had a basket of clean clothes that was pretty dull since I was a little behind from recovering (insert 10/22).  I estimate the basket weighed 30 pounds .

i carried it upstairs about 14 stairs or steps. 
 

i noticed I was slightly winded when inreached the top of the stairs.  
 

pre insertion that didn't happen- I'm a fit guy and while my heart rate would have naturally increased I wouldn't have felt i...

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Cardiac MRI Question

Inserted 10/22/19.  When I was in the hospital a Cardiac MRI was ordered.  My Dr used it to look at the electrical function of my heart .

i had a bypass 12 years ago so I asked what did the MRI .which was with contrast , reveal concerning my arteries. 

He said he had no idea as he was only looking at electrical function. 

After I got out I emailed my cardiologist and asked if it could be looked at ...he said no but he could do a PET scan if I wanted. ...

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Unexpected side effects

Hi guys, 

Hope you all are well. Bit of a strange one this but i was wondering if anyone else has experienced the same side effect as me after dual chamber PM implant.

Im 35 and had a PM put in 03/12/2018 due to issues with episodes of standstill for several seconds at a time. Everything went fine and checkups all okay, however there is one side effect i have noticed.

Since the PM, i have experienced weak bladder and the urge to urinate is one thats intense when it happ...

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New member

Hi everyone,  I am Denise. I had my pacer implanted 8/1/19 due to Sick Sinus syndrome . Still trying to get used to it. I am 55 years old.. I found this site and have been reading everyone's experiences. It has been a blessing finding this site. It has helped me  a lot to just relax; and accept my new friend 'Hope '.

Still has some soreness at the site because it was placed in the muscle. Plan to take my first flight, in December, a little uneasy but I know I will...

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Doc changing my blood pressure message

Doc reccommended I change my BP med from HCTZ (hyrochorathiazide) to Liprinosil, but after reading the description of it that I got from both the pharmacist and from things online, I am a bit leery about changing.  For one thing, I am also on Xeralto blood thinner, and my cardiologist recommended I eat some spinach daily, as Vitamin K may help prefent that  - not guaranteed, of course, but may potentially help - and if I did have internal bleeding, I would be getting Vitaman K...

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The Clinic

Question ..... I am using the Medtronic app on my phone. 
 

Is my data available 24/7 to the clinic ? They have told me they monitor me 24/7..... how do they do that ?

can they only see my data if I send a transmission ?

if I send a transmission does it send a snap shot for just that moment ?

i want someone to look at my activity on a specific day at a specific time last week .....is that possible ?

i have heard people mention some box they give pe...

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ADVICE PLEASE

Dear Pacemaker friends,

I have just completed a brief description of why I got my pacemaker in my Bio in case this is of help in giving me an opinion.   I have summary copies of my last two pacemaker checks so hopefully I will be able to give you technical details if you need these.

My dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker is apparently working well.  It has mode switching turned on so that when I go into my atrial arrhythmias at a certain speed and for a certain duration it...

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MRI

Hi. 
I am 69 years old and in August 2017 I had a Medtronic dual lead pacemaker implanted after
my Reveal Linq device was analysed a few days before. It showed a pause on 25 July at 04:15 hours; the ECG showed a brief episode of Wenckebach, followed by a 16 seconds pause in the context of complete heart block. I was asleep at the time so luckily knew nothing of this. It could have been a very different story had I been driving or simply going about my d...

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Ford c_max

My new car is a 2016 Ford C-Max and it is powered by both gas and battery.  Will this have any impact on my pacemaker

 

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Induction cooking

Earlier today I ordered  an induction cook top. Its a single unit for one pot pan, etc. After it arrived this evening there was a warning about pacemakers. Now with Doctors offices closed & medtronic only open to emergency calls I have no way to cook other than a microwave until Monday.

Does anyone here know if its safe to use near induction?  I know mine is safe for MRI's and I have been breifly near induction before. Had I have know about induction possibly interferi...

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20 years with a pacemaker (had it since i'm 6)

Hi everyone !

I´m 20 years old and have a pacemaker since i was 6. This last week i was told that my lead where malfunctioning (they're kinda old). My doctor decided to abandon the leads and the generator because it's not worth the risk and lead extraction is a high risk procedure that can end with open heart surgery. She also decided to implant new lead and a new pacemaker on the other side. Here are my concerns:

-Does lead abandonment can cause future complications...

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Pacemaker rights

Hello

Haven't posted in a long long time. 4 years ago took minocyline for 28 days and started burning. Diagnosed with neuropathy. From there got ecoli probably throughout body but no doctors found until simple gyno swab test. Bowels didn't work and stomach. Gyno gave me antibiotics call avelox which causes nerve damage. Anyway lost 35 pounds cannot gain weight and now total body nerve damage. I'm in pain 24 hours and skin and bones in ribs and back. I'm suppose to get my...

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