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Seatbelt protector UK

Hi All,

New PM last week.

I'm trying to contact tghe soft touch peopl - are they open at the moment?

I'm allowed to drive now, but I'm more often a passenger in my husbands car.  The seat belt sits bang on top of the device.  If we're in mine the seat belt misses it, but a sports car is not the best for shopping!

Is there a UK supplier?

Many thanks

 

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Cough

Hi. My husband had his pacemaker fitted nearly 2 years ago. He has had a cough since November. Chest X-ray in February showed clear. Covid meant it just about impossible to be seen. A gp surgery nurse phoned him after I'd contacted them saying he couldn't eat or sleep, he's so worn out. She, disappointingly, prescribed lansoprasole to try and stop the acid in his mouth through coughing so much. Mostly he's bringing up clear frothy phlegm. 
lately, I've...

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Voltage and pumping capacity

Does anyone know if the setting of the voltage is related in anyway to more or less pumping capacity?  Typically doctors like the lowest possible setting in order to increase the longevity of the battery.  So setting it higher would diminish the life of the battery.  A higher setting however,  if in any way related to  the pumping capacity,  might improve exercise tolerance.

I’m sure some of my brilliant pacemaker friends know something about thi...

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New pacer. Exercise issues

 I am a 67 y/o recent recipient of a Medtronic Azure XT DR pacer for heart block and chronotropic incompetence. I am very active preferring cycling as my exercise of choice. I have struggled with random fast heart rates occurring with minimal exertion walking. Upper limit HR 130 seems to gradually upslope when cycling but once I hit it the rate tends to hold despite easier exertion at crest of a hill. Also noticed that bumpy downhills (gravel rides) keep HR elevated as well. Still workin...

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INTERVAL TRAINING

i've recently starting using a Bowflex M8 trainer which incorporates interval training-is this type of training suitable for pacemakers?

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Bradycardia

I’ve only had my pacemaker 5 days. I feel terrible, high anxiety, can’t get comfortable regardless of position and can’t hardly sleep. When should this get better?

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Pacemaker

Thanks for your response...much appreciated.

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Pacemaker

Hello,

I just received my pacemaker three weeks ago.  I thought I'd be feeling GREAT but I can't say that's how I'm feeling. 
 

I've had anxiety issues as well as palpitation issues - both which have been making my recovery harder than I had expected.

has anyone else had these problems?

Any advice is appreciated...

Thanks...

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Palpitations

I had my pacemaker done on Tuesday August 11.  I know it is very soon to be expecting to feel better, but, I thought I would not had the palpitations anymore. I feel my heart beat in my throat constantly. When I go for my first check up, will they adjust my pacemaker?  How is this done?  

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Post Pacemaker Placement Medications

I would like to know what medications have been prescribed for pacemaker recipients folowing surgery. My condition for the implant is sick sinus syndrome. Currently I am taking metoprolol 25mg daily.  Will there be other, perhaps more effective, meds prescribed later.  Pre-pacemaker symptoms have not occurred.

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20 days post implant

Its been 20 days since surgery and it's omewhat achy at site and the left shoulder area. 

Bandage is still intact with only minor swelling and no redness. I'm having some trouble getting comfortable at night and it's taking some time to fall asleep.

Trying not to freak out but i would  have thought I would be further along with the healing process. I will be calling the nurse tomorrow as back up, but I thought I should speak to the experts here...

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Beta Blockers

Dual chamber PM for last 10yrs.   last phone download shows periods of complex tachy (100bpm+)   Cardio advising  Beta Blockers .   My normal rates  106 to 130 over 73 to 90 pulse 68 to 78 .   No other indications on high pulse,   Anyone else ???

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ICD implanted to treat my beta blocker?

When hospitalized in October, 2019 with CHF (EF of 23) my new cardiologist put me on a beta blocker and a direutic.  When I passed out on a Zoom call in April, 2020 with a heart rate of 22; it was suggested afterwards in the ER that I have a defribulator implanted and then get back to taking the meds.   Otherwise I am asymtomatic; no edema, no shortness of breath when walking 3 miles, no chest pains and no coronary blockages on my angiogrm.  63 year old male type 1 di...

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Feel "Some" pacing and not others

I have had a new ICD implanted about 12months ago.  When l had a checkup, they told me the device is pacing me about 16% of the time which l believe is due to my heart rate being quite slow of a night given the medications l am on to forcefully slow my heart rate.  If my heart goes at <=50bpm, it will pace me to keep me at a minimum of 50bpm.

With that said, i DO NOT feel this pacing.

 

Now, occasionally, l do fee some pacing, it is like a slight tens machi...

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High heart rate

I had a azure XT DR MRI surescan dual chamber placed about six weeks ago. At first I thought the pony races i was going on after walking was my new normal. The car rides and the bumps trigger the heart to beat over 118. I can't catch my breath. I have had one check and set at 60-130. I have tried to find anything to see if this is normal. I keep seeing people talking about tweeting the pacemaker. One check and don't see for a year. I can't do this anymore. I feel my heart is going...

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New to this

I have to go on Thursday to have an ICD inserted.  How horrible is the recovery?

Also, Did you notice an improvement in your fatigue after?

Can you still drink wine?
 

 

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What is Normal

 Hello,

I am a 59 year old woman who had a full electrical block and a subsequent pacemaker implant. All other aspects of my heart are fine. Pre-surgery symptoms were light headedness, tired, and shortness of breath. Post-surgery I am still experiencing occasional light headed spells and for the most part do feel a great deal better. The doctors are still tweaking my beta blockers. I am not in great physical shape and do not participate in cardio activities. I had a cardio wat...

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Pain

I had a pacemaker in May.  Others tell me they do not even know it is there.  Mine is painful often.  And I cannot do many of my pre activities.  The pacemaker is working according to a test in July.  Does anyone else experience this  thank you  Trebla

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annual check up/ a mild case of covid

Saw my ep today. Good news is the 26 year old lead is still not showing any signs of a problem. I didn't get the EF number but he looked at the echo and said it was perfect and I had the heart of an 18 year old. I was shocked to learn I still have 8-10 years on this battery. It's already 5 years old, and before this I've never had one make it past 7 so WOW. 

Bad news is he agrees with my gp that I likely had covid back in March and that it's done some damage. I feel...

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Repair/Replace Leads

Got my PM in March 2019. Tech detected problem with top lead signal in June 2020. Surgery in August found one lead dangling (disconnected) and second lead almost disconnected. Generator was O.K. Surgeon replaced one lead and reconnected both leads in new locations. My energy level has improved noticeably. Surgeon claimed two attach screws may not have been torqued adequately/correctly on original procedure. Seems to be some 'trick' to correctly attach these leads.

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