Patient Comments: Pacemaker - Surgery


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Comment from: Russ, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

After a couple of years of fainting spells, shortness of breath, low heartbeat I was told I needed a pacemaker. It took about 45 minutes under local anesthetic, I was awake for most of the process, chatting with the doctor and theatre staff. It has changed my life back 2 years, I am now doing everything I was doing previously.

Comment from: J C, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

Within a month of pacemaker implant my joints swelled up and skin started peeling, with great pain. With constant edema I now permanently wear a size ten shoe. I did wear a size 7 and half. Never went down and over three years now. I sleep 20 hours a day. Sugar levels spiked that first month but seemed to have resolved themselves but all else is permanent. So this cardiologist’s attitude is that none of this is possible even when feet turn purple. He is in denial. Me, I just gave up and pray to die near daily.

Comment from: etandi328, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I am 66 years old. When I was 40 years old, I had suffered several pass out episodes. Doctor decided I needed a pacemaker. I still pass out with the pacemaker. The doctor did a tilt table test on me and told me my passing out has to do with vasovagal nerve disorder and he put me on atenolol (beta blocker). After atenolol, I did not pass out again and my pacemaker was set at 30 beats per minute (BPM). About 12 years later my pacemaker is low on battery. I checked into the hospital to have the pace maker removed. The doctor did an EP study and told me I should replace the pacemaker but the leads are damaged and they have to be extracted. The new pacemaker is set at 50 BPM, it paces at about 2 percent of the time. I had experienced periodically episodes of low heart rate so I was told to discontinue atenolol. After about 5 years without atenolol, I am feeling fine. Now the battery of the pacemaker is getting low again.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had surgery to install pacemaker and defibrillator 3 weeks ago and no pain medicines after surgery or since being home. I followed a great guide for preparing to have a successful and, in my experience, pain free surgery. I just had a pacemaker and defibrillator and had zero pain! This is the third surgery I've had using this technique and preparation. It works! Develop your own positive powers and avoid postoperative misery. Most of it is in your head. Just a little visualization and relaxation and you'll be back to normal in no time!

Comment from: i am a pacemaker , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

Among pacemaker implant methods, injection method is the best method.


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