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Workout

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Can I do this kind of exercise? I want to make my body and stamina stronger and bigger but im not sure if this kind of exercise is ok. I had my pacemaker about 1 and half years now and I heard push ups are a no go if its true then its kinda sad. I have my check up next month though so should I just wait for it and ask my doctor directly? I dont have my doctors number so I have to wait next month to see my doctor.

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Got my PM implanted yesterday

Hi everyone,

Ive only posted on here one other time; back when I was deciding on if I needed a PM or not. I’m a 35/m in pretty good shape. Regular runner, hiker, etc. A year ago I developed atrial flutter out of the blue, had an ablation, they discovered scarring in my heart, and a few weeks later I started having episodes of low and irregular heart rate (anywhere from 40-55).

The symptoms have come and gone over the last year. Sometimes going a month feeling compl...

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Pacemaker ID card

I misplaced my ID card. Can anyone tell me where to acquire a new one?

I live near Kingston, Ontario 

Thank you. 

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Pacemaker wires + heart valves + light headed.

Since my pacemaker 18 mths ago I have experienced constant light headedness + frequent mild nausea. Nothing has been found. I noticed on my oximeter that O2 levels have dropped from fairly constant 98/99% to 94/96%. The only thing left that I could think of was valve leakage in the paced side of my heart. Looking at my heart X rays I was surprised how thick the pacemaker wires were going thru the heart valves. Heart valves calcify as we age + any foreign object going thru them must cause leak...

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Exercise after lockdown in Uk

I wonder if someone can advise me please.  I am a fit 80 years old  and had a successful hip replacement five months ago. I  have had my pacemaker for four years now and I’m delighted with it and have had no problems. However, due to the coronavirus and a chest infection after my hip operation my GP said I had to shield indoors for nearly 3 months. I was  allowed out for exercise yesterday and was surprised to find I was extremely short of breath after goin...

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Burping and Gurgling noise

Hi everyone, I have had my PM since 2007. No issues then had new box fitted in 2017. Unfortunately in Feb 2020 what I initially thought were flu like symptoms eventually turned out to be Endocarditis. After many weeks and PM & lead extraction and nearly 11 weeks on total on heavy antibiotics I finally got a new device fitted on the RHS. However since the night of the new implant I have been experiencing a lot of stomach growling and constant belching. I have spoken to both the surgeon and...

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Sensitivity over PM

I have had a   PM since beginning of February. I am finding the skin over the PM becoming very sensitive. Voltaren seems to help. Is this common and does it go away?

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Low heart rate after pacemaker

I had a Medtronic dual lead pacemaker last Wednesday. My settings were 60/120. My heart rate has dropped into the low40s several times in the last couple of days. I called and talked to surgeon and he didn't seem very concerned. I thought pacemaker shouldn't let my heart rate go below 60. I was diagnosed with tachy Brady but before surgery I was told I also had heart block. I'm very concerned about my heart rate still going so low 

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Excercise

I want to ask if it ok to get my doctors number? Im hesitant in doing so because the expenses from my pacemaker and surgery came from the governments help so my parents didnt have to pay anything except interogation when in check up schedule. I dont know if its ok for a patient like me to do so. And the hospital where im going to for my doctor is far away like 2 hours transportation and I only commute since my family dont own a car. It would really help me if i can ask through text with my do...

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Heart rate dipping when paced

So I am now 7 weeks post op.. I have noticed since I had the device fitted that whenever I am being paced my heart rate drops to the base limit, or near (50bpm) then suddenly increases again. 

I decided to do a bit of power walking today and my heart rate went from 108bpm to 50bpm within seconds. Surely this can't be good for my heart?

I was on VVI pacing but now on DDD as I was having terrible palpitations and dizzyness. Turns out that VVI pacing can cause heart failure...

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Medtronic activity log

When I check my “ Activity log” on my Medtronic app, it gives me a daily count of hours of activity. Is my PM sending in this info ??

thanks

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New pacemaker

I had a pacemaker implanted about 10 days ago and all is going well. 

My question is this...I was due my regular mammogram next week and have cancelled that appointment. How long will it take to heal enough to get a mammogram ??

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Recommendations for lead extraction surgeon in AZ

Does anyone have a recommendation for an EP in Arizona for lead extraction? 
 

Thanks in advance!

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caffeine

After over 2 years of having a Boston Scientific Atrial pacer, I'm now having all these missed beats, and what feels like very short pauses (< 1-2 secs).  I have contacted my cardiologist and I have an appt in 3 days with electrophysiology to interrogate my device.  I'm wondering what part caffeine plays in this, if any? I work nights so of course caffeine is a part of my life. Has anyone ran into caffeine problems with their devices?

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pacemaker replacement

I had my PM implanted almost 9 years ago. It was implanted for sick sinus syndrome (40) and Afib. On my last visit, I was told that I was 100% dependent. I have one yeat plus a few months left on this PM. I've had no problems, feel fine, swim 50 laps every day. Now I am nervoius now, how do they change batteries if I am PM dependent 100%. 

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Life of Battery

My pacemaker is six months new. I have just been told it is active 86% ofthe time. That seems high. I was told at outset that it would last about 10-12 years. Can anyone tell me if this is way off the mark?  My husband's PM is in use about 2% of the time...different reason, so I get that. Anyone?

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Pain

Thank you for the response. Thought it might take more than 4 weeks to serried into having a pacemaker.

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Complete Extraction Two Weeks

Found out in January that I never needed a Pacemaker at all. The doctor made a huge error two years ago (possibly a pattern and that is being investigated). The device has been turned off for a few months and I am going to the Cleveland Clinic to have Dr. Bruce Wilkoff do the lead and device extraction in less than two weeks.

There were many complications (incision came open, infection, pocket revision, etc.) with my original implant and I am having some anxiety about the removal. Does...

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New pacemaker

I had a biotronik implanted 4 weeks ago.  I feel mild "stabbing" sensations below the pacemaker.  Is this common?

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Toothbrush

Hi. I have a dual lead Metronic Pacemaker implanted August 2017 for total heart block. 
I try to stick by all the rules regarding risks with any equipment that could interfere with my pacemaker. However I recently purchased a new electric toothbrush which is apparently electromagnetic. In the enclosed instructions it advises to consult your doctor or manufacturer of the device if you have any questions about a cardiac pacemaker or other implanted devices. Just wondered if any member...

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