Pacemakers Support Group

A pacemaker (or artificial pacemaker) is a medical device which uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contacting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The primary purpose of a pacemaker is to maintain an adequate heart rate, either because the heart's native pacemaker is not fast enough, or there is a block in the heart's electrical conduction system.

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  • still having a hard time getting used to pacer and getting back to active lifestyle. It is hard to figure out how far I can go. I feel the heart pumping all the time especially at night when I lay down. Can I hear others experiences early on? It would be helpful to me.
  • donsabi

    Low HR After Pacemaker

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    July 2015 I had my pacemaker implanted. Afterwards my HR was around 60bpm and I still felt tired. During my checkup they tweaked my pacemaker and my HR increased to 70bmp. I felt pretty good after that tweak. I was doing OK until the last month or so and now I find I am getting readings of 45-55 as well as most in the 70's. At the same time I feel fatigued and even lightheaded...
  • I don't have one, but I will be praying for all of you who have one.
  • Hi, I'm new here to the pacemaker group. I was wondering how long each of you has had your PM ?Do any of you belong to other pacemaker forums/message boards? I belong to two others that are fairly active.Anyway, I'm glad I found you,Sue
  • hello everyone, i am new to this,my heart rate was always normal,but has been in the 30s the last 3 months, i am getting a pacemaker in 36 hours, im only 38 years old, and very active, what is the recovery time, and will i be able to go back to my job as a roofer, its very hard, intense labor, i pick up things over 80 lbs and run around, also deal with machines and tools like heat welding guns,...
  • donsabi

    Sneezing After Surgrery

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    Had my pacemaker implanted yesterday. Afterwards I began sneezing and i continue to sneeze today. No doctors came by for me to ask and the nurses are not concerned.Any thoughts appreciated.
  • teacher23

    SORRY

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    I am so sorry I read that wrong. I thought it said peacemaker, but its pacemakers
  • raybell

    I'm a Newbie

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    I'm a 34 year old female who just got a pacemaker on September 22, 2014. I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.
  • Susan1947

    New to Pacemaker

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    I just had a pacemaker put in on June 23, 2014, and I still feel the way I did before it was put in. I am weak and dizzy. Is this normal. I do not have my follow-up until July 9th.I went to the doctor with this weak feeling and some chest discomfort, and he did a holter monitor. Made me go to the hospital immediately, as he saw I had flatlined for a few minutes during sleep.I asked him why I...
  • deleted_user

    Pacemaker Needed

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    Hi everyone. I just found out on Tuesday from my Cardiologist that I will probably be getting a Pacemaker. My heart rate has been staying in the 40's and he said a pacemaker is the only thing that will fix this. He is going to run some more test and decide then. I am really nervous and scared, but also kind of relieved that I got a doctor to listen to me and my issues. Need someone who has been...
  • annettearizona

    Scary thought

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    I wouldn't doubt it is a scary thought for a person to find out that they need a pacemaker and or a defribillaror.But this is modern meds at work! It is like having a invisible dr with you all the time-just incase you need it-otherwise you're the same person-you look the same-you act the same...this is just a medical back up...a hidden medical back up :)
  • Hello Everyone,I just thought I would let people know that I have finally finished my Pacemaker Book!!It is aimed at people with Pacemakers, using plain English to explain in depth how pacemakers function. The book is over 100 illustrated pages and also includes an explanation of what happens at your follow up appointments and advice to get more from your appointments.The book goes on sale in...
  • Hi everyone - just joined this group. I had a "Bradycardia" episode last week (which scared the heck out of me and my husbnd) and my cardiologist said the only solution was to get a pacemaker - so it was implanted on Cinco de Mayo! I a finding that I need some support - especially from other women who are younger than your typical pacemaker recipient. If that's you - please write back!
  • Hello to all. I'm new to this site although not to Daily Strength. I've had a pacemaker for the past year and I'm experiencing a problem which has been addressed by my doctor's assistant at least five time in the last few months: the sleep rate does not hold. That is it shifts to other times. I have had it set for 3AM to 11AM because I write late into the morning and rarely get to bed before...
  • Hey, this is such a supportive site on the Afib side that I wonder why the pacemaker people dont bond like they do.I have a pacemaker 8 weeks into it. If anyone is out there in pacemaker land and would like to compare please write back.Things are getting better after this long of time. Thought I would never get my strength back.I would love to hear your storiesThanks Penny