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Conundrum

Facing belly surgery to repair an incisional hernia on 7 Jan.  Last week had a PM check & battery life now projected at less than a month to 20 months.  RN from pacer clinic says  "No Sweat, you still have 20 months."  Interesting note is that it went from 1 month to less than 1 month in a month.  Hmmmm!  That sounds like a 60 day drop in 30 days.  Today went to Coumadin clinic.  RN takes my pulse on an automatic device & it sa...

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Rucksacks

Hi, may I ask how you all get on with carrying a rucksack on your shoulders when out hiking or any general use? Just dawned on me the ICD is right where the straps go!

I enjoy long walks & used to take a medium sized day pack with food/drinks/survival stuff......cheers Mark

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Any Members Experience a PFO?

I had all the symptons of a stroke. Facial droop on left side, words slurred, dizzy, fell....then episode passed. Occurred again, but for shorter time Flown to Stroke center, ALL sorts of test--MRI of brain showed 4 areas impaced by clot, yet no residual effects.

THINK cause due to PFO, a small hole in heart from birth that did not close...a small pocket where blood can "gather" then "escape".....

Also have some irregular heart beats--have had pacemaker since J...

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Overdose question

I am new here and I do have a pacemaker, but so does my good friend. Over the holiday my best friend seemed very depressed so I took him aside and talked to him. He was open with me and told me he was thinking of suicide because of all of his medical issues. I know he takes valium for anxiety and some kind of opoid painkiller for his legs. My question is, if he were to take overdoses of his meds, would the pacemaker keep him alive. 

I know this is a bizarre question but I...

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Keyboard electronic interference

Christmas Greetings from a Newbie..My son gave me a Microsoft 900 wireless keyboard & I'm concerned.... The manual says keep 6" away, but you people are the Pro's...  Anyone have inside poop on thi issue?  Thanks. electroboy

 

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wireless keyboard & mouse-Microsoft nine-hundred

Greetings from a Newbee... I, of course, have become watchful & wary of other electronic devices I may be around- Heck, I even wrapped Alum-foil around my "Smart-meter"(it's under my bedroom window). So when my son gave me a wire-less computer keyboard, I became a tad concerned...The owners manual says 6 inches but what do they know...? Anyone have any inside poop on that issue?  thanks & Merry Christmas, Electroboy

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Post pacemaker implant 1 1/2 yes

Noticed that the implant site after year and half has a knot over the scar area

anyone else have this and knows what it means?

  Dr apt tomorrow

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Motorcycles and Work After Pacemaker Implant

I'm 35 and will be getting my first pacemaker in the near future after five years of irregular heart rhythm related issues have kept me sidelined. I saw older posts  on this, but wanted to get some direct input from the community. I have a job that allows me to work from home as needed for my health. I also am a biker and have been missing my bike due to severe symptoms this past month. How quickly can I expect to perform work related tasks on the computer from home? Also, and very i...

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severe pain at implant site

Had my implant put in 2 days ago for bradycardia and i have afib as well. new pm seems to be working well along with blood thinners. i know it has been only 2 days, but i have severe pain at implant site. man the pain really kicks in after sitting or laying down for a while. then when i start to move around pain level reaches a 10 .....more of a burning sinsation, then pain slowly goes away after being up and moving around. hoping this will go away as i heal. there is no signs of infecti...

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iWatch and Ultra Running Vest

I'm thinking of purchasing the iwatch series 5, for several reasons. It has a pulse reader, and can give ekg readouts, a fall monitor and distance running programs. In addition, I used to run wearing a running vest with my iphone in one of the built in pockets. The last time I tried wearing the vest (about one month post PM surgery) the area of the incision became irritated during a 7.5 miler jog. This kind of eliminates running with the vest on and taking the phone with me. Que...

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Update on multiple allergies to pacemaker and leads

I'm a 62 yr old female, I could really use some support. I just got out of the hospital on December 24, I was being treated for reactions for my allergies, as my neck/throat is swelling. They want to remove the pacemaker and leads, but I'm 95% dependent on the top lead and 5% on the bottom lead. I also have some fluid around my heart now that I never had before. They can put in a gold plated pacemaker, but they have found no replacement for the 2 leads. Not anywhere in North America o...

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Full body massage?

PM implanted Aug. 2019. Prior to that I treated myself to a massage every two weeks. Have been reluctant to get a massage because of the PM. Any tips or advice?

Thank you.

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Buttons?

Does my pacemaker have buttons on it? I tend to touch it a lot and I wonder if maybe I should be mindful of buttons or settings that I could be messing with.

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what are you paying for Eliquis

I just started on Eliquis, the first 60 pills are free, then at the first of the year i have to pay around 280, then the cost per month drops to 49.00 until around Sept. where is goes up a little.  I understand that there will be a Generic coming soon.

Liz

 

 

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Amiodarone causing constant dizziness?

Merry Christmas everyone.

I had my ICD installed a year ago and was fine up until I received a shock in October this year. I was immediately put on Amiodarone and have never felt the same since. I constantly have low blood pressure and feel light headed / dizzy. I take my meds last thing at night before bed and wake up to still feel dizzy. I was on Losartan 50mg which was cut to 25mg and was then stopped. Nothing changed. I was on Eplerenone 25mg which was stopped and nothing chang...

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New to the ICD world

Hi Everyone,

About 3 1/2 weeks ago I was fitted with a CRT-D. The reason for the device was, I had a bad episode of 3rd degree heart block with a 33.7% EF. The doc was saying that I may have ARVC, which I was told is a genetic disease. The doc also said that he is not entirely sure if I have ARVC. No one on any sides of my parents had  SCA, pacemaker, or have dropped dead from a heart problem, so that's why the doc is uncertain about the ARVC diagnosis.

I notice that when...

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Pressure dressing after pm implant

Hi, I am not finding a good website to show me how to apply pressure dressing to my daughter's pacemaker incision sight. She just had it implanted Friday, 12/20/2019. I applied the 4X4 gauze pads and used 3m foam tape that the hospital provided. I am just concerned that it is not puting enough pressure on the site. It is going across her chest. I cannot put it under her left armpit because she had an incision there, as well. So it goes from one shoulder to the other shoulder. Any suggesti...

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AFIB

Bought an Apple Watch and after wearing it two days it beep me that my Heartbeat was 200.

Call 911 or go to ER, I went to ER and my Beat would go up to 200 or more and then drop to 40 and I would pass out.  Doctor did Ablation and had complations.  Recently had Pacemaker put in and should have had that a long time ago.

Feeling better and very seldom have AFIB.

 

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Biotronik Edora dr-t

I was recently admitted in the Emergency of NCH here in Naples, FL. for high fibrillation (my Edora does not care about that !). They are know to have a very good cardiology service but at my great surprise, they dont have the necessary material to read my Edora. So the doctor let me go... Is this happening in other places ? Thank you. Ray.

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Pulse rate measured on a BP monitor

It's 5 months since I had a PM fitted to deal with a complete heart block. I've had my first check up with the technical people, but not the medics yet.

I've been told by the tech guys that a blood pressure monitor (Omron as used by my GP) gives false readings of the pulse rate and should never be used for this purpose. Is this the case? 

 

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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.