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hair transplant

Hi, i was just wondering if it would be safe for me to get a hair transplant. I have  been on elliqus for my pacemaker along with flaccinide.  Has anyone had a transplant with a pacemaker. 

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Ejection Fraction

I am 53 years old and 5 years ago I had a Medtronic  two lead pacemaker installed for complete  heart  block that came out of nowhere. I am paced 100% of the time.The only meds I take is 100mg of Cozaar for blood pressure. My doctor  does an echo on me about every year or so. My last echo two years ago my EF was 50-55% which is where it normally is. This past May my EF was 45-50%. My doctor suggested that I get a third lead added to help keep my EF from continuin...

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Breast pain

Sorry to say that for no apparent reason, my pacer migrated to my nearby left armpit and now I'm experiencing pain in my left breast, constant nipple sensitivity, pain around my back and shoulder blade, shoulder joint. I can feel irritation all the time now, when previously, there was nothing.

 I purchased two new bras, take Tylenol every day and stay moderately active, with little relief. 

I'm sad and discouraged after visiting my doc, who xrayed and said the pa...

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Pocket revision

Has anyone had a pocket revision to bury the device deeper under muscle? I have had pain for 4 month, since getting my device, and that's what they are considering doing. They say some poeople are more comfortable with it buried deeper ad he hopes that will resolve the daily pain I have. There is ot a single day that I am without pain, since my August implantaion.

Anyone?

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BP and HR monitors

So I'm trying to get off of BP meds and monitor my HR. Problem is that I can't find anything that will accurately check my HR because it either detects paced beats or doesn't detect paced beats. I cannot manually feel my pulse. No one in my house can. Even with a stehtascope. My BP monitors don't always detect beats so they error out saying low HR. I'm in an endless loop on both. I really don't want to start taking medicine if my HR isn't as high as I thi...

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Could lead get damaged during Echo?

Went to cardiology and pacemaker technician in august all was well and have stll 3 yrs battery life.

Went for Echo in september and the technician the last bit of it pressed very hard on middle ribcage under breastbone. Since think  october notice a little more in november and trying to think was it is I notice. I feel unwell more tired annd get dizzy in shower and even sitting down.

I also was low on potassium so got 2 x 600 mg call pharmacy after reading Rx med folder that...

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Tattoos

Hi, I'm 38 and I've had my pacemaker for a year and a half. I was wondering if I was able to get a tattoo? I have a BioTronik two lead device. If that makes any bit of difference. 

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Exercise

Hi, 

Firstly, I want to express how much finding this group has helped me to not feel alone and to remind me to stay positive.

I had a PM implanted 2 weeks ago (went into 3rd degree HB shortly after aortic valve replacement surgery). I got on the treadmill yesterday hoping that now that I have this great new valve compared to my old one that was severely stenotic (although I had very few symptoms with the original valve) and now that the PM is controlling my HR that I should...

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What would you do? dating and heart devices

Hi, 

I hope everyone is doing well. Backstory: I am dating a person, that I am slowly starting to really like, he's spontaneous, fun and shares my love of bike riding - also, he works in medicine. As we get to know each other, intimacy seems like the right next step. Question: should I tell him about my device/heart condition? or let him ask about it - as he will see my scars. I am not embarrassed about my scars, I don't see them as a big deal, but I don...

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basic question about rate-response pacing

I have AV heart block and I'm getting an ICD Tuesday (ICD because of likely sarcoidosis diagnosis).

I'm confused about when the rate-response features of a pacemaker come into play. My understanding from my EP is that I have normal sinus node function, meaning that the pacemaker function of my ICD will just be following along with the rate set by my sinus node, which will vary according to exertion level, emotion, etc., as usual.

I understand if you have a sinus...

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Lisinopril or Spironolactone

Saw my cardiologist today. Getting another echo done in Jan 2021 to check to see if my EF improved after my Jan 28, 2020 CRTD implant. (Echo done in June 2020 showed no improvement - EF was 35%). 

He did give me the heads up that if there is no improvement in EF he will discuss the addition of another medication to improve my EF with my electrophysiologist (they both work out of the same office. The 2 possible medications that would be prescribed would be either lisinopril or spiro...

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Happy Holidays

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well. I logged in today with the intent to share my gratitude with this community. There have been instances where I have logged in with questions, fears, and concerns. And received a warm welcome and a sense of compassion from others.

So thank you pacemaker club. I also wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday! May you all continue to stay strong and healthy and optimistic. 

 

Be wel...

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Test

Testing to see if I have been accepted

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100 % Ventricular paced

I did my remote transmission and I was told everything is normal.

Atrial paced --0.4 %

Ventricular paced--100%

What does this mean now if it is 100% paced.

Is this normal ? I feel alright and have 3.5 years on battery.

 

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Echocardiogram

My cardiologist has ordered a echocardiogram for me this Tuesday morning I'm a little nervous as to what he will find but I think it could be chf and I  don't know how they would treat that ? A bit worried here.

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Calcium channel blockers

Can you use calcium channel blocker with pacemaker

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sarcoidosis diagnosis --> anxiety

I had an MRI two days ago and yesterday the EP called to say there were signs of sarcoidosis (I guess I should say "sarcoidisis or other infiltration," because my understanding is that sarcoidisis diagnoses are hard to make definitively). So my PM plans have become ICD plans, and I have been referred to a specialist at another hospital for follow-up, possible PET, etc.

Edited for brevity:

How do others with this diagnosis deal emotionally and intellectually with the shor...

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Snow shoveling

I had my 2 leed Metronic Pacemaker installed in July. We are currently in the midst of a snow storm. I'm 63 in good shape. Will shoveling be ok to do?

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Violent heart throbs when crouching down

Hi All, I had a dual chamber PM inserted two months ago after being diagnosed with vasovagal syncope due to sick sinus syndrome.  All is going well, apart from the following:  Whenever I crouch down or bend over my heart feels like it wants to explode.  It feels like my heart is throbbing way too hard, and I have to quickly go upright again.  To avoid this sensation I have to go down real slowly when I need to crouch down (e.g. when tying shoe laces or picking something up...

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Atrial Fibrillation, safety of Catheter Ablation with a Pacemaker?

Hello Pacemaker friends,

Another contributor asked me recently whether it was safe to have a catheter ablation with a pacemaker?   I couldn't really give her a sensible answer because this is something I have been asking myself too.  I haven't yet done any research on this, but I would have assumed that the pacemaker device and leads might somehow get in the way during an ablation or at least make the procedure more prone to risk.

May I ask wh...

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