Patient Comments: Pacemaker - Describe Your Experience

Question:

Do you or a relative have a pacemaker? In what ways has it changed your lifestyle? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Veronica, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 11

The combination of the pacemaker and then a change in medications made a big difference in whether he showed symptoms of dizziness, weakness, and appeared 'out of it' at times. He has atrial fibrillation plus pulse was too low, and then his heart would race. He doesn't need as constant watching as before. The bad days are far between.

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Comment from: 10weeksgood, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 22

I'm ten weeks post pacemaker implant, and doing well. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation several years ago. First indication of a problem was that I passed out while walking on my treadmill. I recovered within a few minutes and told my wife (we thought it was a fluke). It happened again just 90 minutes later while getting a bite to eat. My wife got me to the emergency room. I was scheduled for pacemaker implant less than 6 hours later. I went home the following day. Restriction is not to lift left arm (elbow) above shoulder level for 30 days. I returned to most normal activities after 30 days. I had reduced heavy yard work; added that back after a while as well. Happy to still be here.

Comment from: Concerned Daughter, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 28

My mother had a new pacemaker inserted on Monday. On Wednesday evening, she noticed a pulsing in her right side. When I placed my hand on her side, I could feel it thumping. It definitely was vibrating in time with her heart. We went back to the doctor who inserted the pacemaker, and all he would say, repeatedly, is, 'We checked the pacemaker and it is working fine.' When I ask him what caused this, he indicated he did not know. Since the doctor seems reluctant to do any research to determine what is wrong, we are really concerned. The thumping starts about 6:30 p.m. each evening and goes for an hour or more. She usually goes to bed with this thumping heartbeat in her side. I wonder if anyone can shed any light on why this might be happening. Thank you.

Comment from: Bailey, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 20

My Mam had a pacemaker fitted 10 year ago and for the past 10 year she has been saying that she wasn't feeling any better. They said her tiredness was because of her age, and dizziness was vertigo. Pacemaker was checked and after 10 year they decided to change her battery and when they did the procedure they discovered that only 1 wire was connected instead of two and that it had shifted a bit. I wonder if this could have been like that since she had it fitted!

Comment from: Allgood, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

Since my pacemaker implant, no more fainting, no more angina and less fatigue. Feeling grateful.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I wonder if my pacemaker will be able to move. I was sleeping one night, and while sleeping I rolled over and felt a severe stinging where my pacemaker is implanted. Now when I move my head from side to side I still feel a stinging sensation.

Comment from: Andy J, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I have a CRT-D pacemaker placed in June 2010, in January 2014 passed out, a small defibrillation occurred. There was no other event till August 2014, I had device paced rhythm, and no shock. November 2014 I passed out with small defibrillation and had restoring. January 1, 2015 I passed out, had big shock, went to the emergency room, and device worked with restored rhythm.

Comment from: Peglyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

The day that I had my pacemaker placed I felt better than I had in a good while. I was ready to get up and walk around! My doctor said no at that time but as soon as I could I started moving around. It was like having new batteries put in or a good cup of coffee.

Comment from: fconzero, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

Only infrequently have I felt well with the pacemaker but they said, "seven days before you really feel right." I have had some good moments the last two days but evenings are tough. I was told I am seemingly cachectic. I have always been healthy and active but walked today and it made me sore.

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Comment from: JAQ48, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I feel electrical pulses on my back area, especially on my sternum. My pacemaker is 2 years old.

Comment from: Serene, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 15

For something that is supposed to be such a routine procedure getting a pacemaker was the most frightening experience I have ever had. One is made aware of the things that can go wrong but I did not expect to have to be blue lighted up to teaching hospital and end up in CCU for two weeks. Just remember nothing is just 'routine'!

Comment from: Nelson, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I never had a medical problem, heart or otherwise, prior to recent fainting episodes. It happened quickly (matter of days) and I was shocked when informed I required a pacemaker to help control my heart rhythms. Up until this time, I enjoyed an active healthy lifestyle. I have no family history of heart problems. I'm not overweight, and the only odd thing I have is low blood pressure and anemia.

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