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Any suggestions or ideas?

Hello everyone! 

Lately I've had some good days and some bad days. What remains the common denominator is my legs AND when I lie down quickly on my back. Let me explain. Imagine taking an antibacterial wipe, putting it on the floor, and using your feet to scrub the kitchen floor with it. Every time I do the exact same thing I feel horrible after for over an hour. My chest feels like its not getting enough oxygen. I can't explain it. I breathe fine but its just not...

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Swimming with Boston Scientific

After breaking a lead earlier this year, my Medtronic unit was replaced with a Boston Scientific.  I am a lifelong swimmer and the hope was that the new unit would work better for me since it has the minute ventialtion sensor as well as an accelerometer.  So far it is working better for things like cycling and hiking but it is not working well in the pool.  I feel like I've seen a posting on this forum by a gentleman in Australia who is about my age who had set a national r...

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Very concerned...

I had my Pacemaker installed last Saturday..  Last night I went tothe emergency room because my left arm andleft hand had swollen up... They done a Cat Scan, drew blood and checked forblood clots.. All checked out normal... My blood pressure and heart rate was good also.... The selling went down and they released me.... This morning I woke up and my hand was swollen again... I called the doctors office who installed the Pacemaker, it's Saturday, they are closed...  so I called t...

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was wondering the need to keep checking one's heart rate

Have been reading many of the posts, where it is often mentioned what type of measuring device should be testing one's heart rate.  Am wondering what the need is for this? and Why?

new to pace

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Swelling after insertion

Hi all! Well I had my third lead placed and device upgraded. UPGRADE DUAL PM TO CRT-P (Left). The procedure went pretty well but I have a good deal of swelling under or around the device.I have been on warfarin therapy for decades for valve replacement surgery and I imagine it is a hematoma. I saw my surgeons nurse who looked at it and was not overly concerned. I need to keep an eye on it for troublesome changes or signs of infection of course. The surgeon said it will take 3 weeks...

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Pacemaker

I have a Pacemaker Model W3dr01/5076-52  Implanted Nov 2020

I have heard that heart monitor wrist watches can interfere with a Pacemaker.

Can anyone advise me if this is so. My thanks in anticipation of your answer Regards Bazz

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stress test after pain

Noticed yesterday after taking off the wrap where the needle was inserted was sore.  This morning noticed still sore and swollen.  On right arm near the elbow.  Today 7/28,2021 noticed the bruise is now just a u shaped  mark around the outer rim of the bruise.

Of course with all that caffeine yesterday hard time  falling asleep.  Not used to drinking caffinated products.

  Did not add to previous comment as thought you might not read it. If...

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stress test taken

 Just a brief update took stress test this morning, was told should hear back  from the dr. in about a week  with the results.   Hard parts for me was keeping my arms above my head for the first look and see for 13 minutes and the second  for 10 minutes.  After they put the radioactive chemical in my arm had to drink something with caffeine in. Decided  on green tea.  As i do not drink anything with caffeine.    Then home to fin...

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Back Pack Sprayer

I live/work on a ranch and need to do a lot of spraying.  Tired of carrying around a 2 gallon pump up sprayer.  Was thinking about getting a battery powered back pack sprayer since it's easier to distribute the weight across your shoulders/back.  The boss (my lovely bride) says whoa you can't do that it will mess with your pacemaker.

Can't see that it would but wanted to bounce it off folks that have had there pacemakers longer than I have.

They are basi...

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Running with dual lead PM

I just got implanted with a dual lead PM from Medtronic (Azure XT DR). The reason for the PM is that I have a heart block and my AV node was not working.

The doctors told me that once I get this dual lead PM, I will be naturally paced by the SA node (our natural pacemaker)...meaning once the SA node fires, the PM detects that event and performs the function of the AV node by sending sending the signal to my heart's ventricles.

My question - is there a possibility that the PM w...

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Heart rate not increasing when exercising

Hello, I've been doing great, except, over the past week I've noticed that whenever I ride my bike, my heart rate rarely goes over 140 bpm even when I'm pushing hard & I fatigue much quicker(normal would be 160 - 180, I am 26, and have been riding for years).  I am on metoprolol 12.5mg once a day, I usually take it at night & with that dose, I still could reach the normal heart rates. I have a pacemaker/icd which is well looked after. Should I be concerned?...

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Heart rate

Just wondering what most people have their heart rate set at after getting the pacemaker and why they start out at 80 and eventually go to 60.

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tachycardia from palpitations

I am 5 weeks post-implant for complete nerve bliock and was doing well until a week ago when I started experiencing intermittent rapid heart rates (138 -145) with chest and throat discomfort while bending over and intermittently when walking. I have slowed my pace of walking this week but that does not seem to help.

My resting heart rate has dropped since the procedure and is now at 59 (it was as high as 72).

i am feeling fluttering palpitations and wondered if...

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Scuba Diving / Sky Diving?

Hello Everyone,

Does anyone have any information regarding scuba diving or sky diving with a pacemaker? 
 

 

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Getting it out

Hi, I'm not looking to start a debate or anything, but I was wondering if legally I could request my device to be removed. I don't want it anymore. Would a doctor honour that?

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Bi ventricular pacemaker

Hi my docs wants to fit a bi ventricular pacemaker because I have had a new heart valve and two ablations for af that haven't worked so they want to turn off the electric and run on pacemaker only my concerns are is this safe does it shorton life I've asked these questions but they were very matter of so about it just would like to speak to someone who has had it done 

Thankyou 

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Update on extreme sleepiness

3rd day since switching Cymbalta to bedtime instead of morning. It was hard to judge any difference over the weekend--I'm always lazy on the weekend, and maybe too soon to tell anyway. Today I found it VERY hard to wake up in the morning, but once I was functioning it was all go. I walked the dog, potted some houseplants, shopped & cooked dinner. I'm ready to relax now, but not as in fall into bed & sleep. I appreciate the suggestions that I got to my earlier post. It is a nic...

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Is Laser welding machines save to use with a Biotronic pacemaker

I cannot do welding with my inverter welding machine anymore.  I do now research regarding EMF-free welding machines.   And maybe some members have already done the research.  I need to know if Laser welding machines generate similar EMF (electromagnetic fields).

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Anyone on here with an auto-immune disease?

Hi,

I am trying to reach out to anyone on here with a pacemaker who may also have an autoimmune disease and also are using disease modifiying drugs such as Methotrexate or biologics such as Adalimumab?

I know it's a long shot but thought I would ask.

Thanks

John

 

 

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Blow to the area where PM implanted

Good morning:  I have a quick question, I took nearly a direct blow to the area where my PM is implanted from an overzealous grandson just yesterday.  It caused discomfort for a while after and not sure if it feels off or a bit uncomfortable today or if I am just hyper aware of the PM and area.

Any experiences with this type of thing??

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