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Pacemaker in - all good

All done now & back on ward. It took 2 hours 30 minutes, I now have to wait for chest x-ray and then if all good I can go home in 4 hours, yeah. Bit sore now the local is wearing off but absolutely no pain during and I was quite chilled - literally as it was cold in the cath lab! Having my warm tea now. Thanks again for all your best wishes. Love you all xx

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Wow! Go CDreamer! GO YOU! I absolutely love this great news! Have that warm tea and now you relax a bit!

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Cool go n chill lol

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Well done CD! Here's hoping it's all plain sailing now .

Sandra

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Oh wonderful news!!!! I’m so delighted for you that this hurdle is over. And that you didn’t get delayed further. You rest up now and know that we’re sending love and healing thoughts 😊❤️

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Hope all is plain sailing from now on, CD, and you can enjoy life to the full. Very best wishes.

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So pleased it went ahead even if delayed,first part done and dusted ,hope second part goes smoothly whenever that is scheduled.

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Oh well done! You must be so relieved that it's all over. I was thinking of you this morning and hoping all would go as planned.Take care.

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Great news CD. Who did it?

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Dr J Dean - he did TC’s and did a good job. Just a wait now for the second bit in 6 weeks, hopefully after Birmingham. The new bionic me......

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John Dean was the man I first saw back in 2005 who sent me to see Jonathan Clague at Royal Brompton. Nice bloke.

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That's wonderful news! Wishing you all the best!

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So glad all went well CD Keep smiling xx

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Well done all good stuff.

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So pleased it all went well today, a cup of tea is always the first thing I want after an op too! Wish you all the best with your new part!! 😀

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It's so good to hear that all went well and that the procedure wasn't painful. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Jean

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👍👍👍

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Happy days 😄

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Well done you. That first cup of tea is nectar isnt it? X

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Best wishes.

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Glad it is all over for you.

Hope the next stage is as straightforward for you.

Pete

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The cath labs are always cold. First time I had an angiogram I was afraid that my shivering might cause the catheter to puncture an artery.

Actually when I had my pacemaker fitted they punctured a lung causing me to be kept for three nights.

Did you get an MRI compatible pacemaker ?

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Oooh don’t know. I ypthink I remember asking my EP but I can look it up from the details on the card. I would imagine so. XRay wa clear so no lung punctured & now Home tucked up for an early night. Long day.

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The imaging centre at our local hospital is run by a private company In Health. They have about 38 centres in SE England and London and since my pacemaker was fitted in July 2015 they have not agreed a protocol with cardiology for scanning patients. Initially they were doing Medtronic ones but mine is a Boston Scientific. I keep on being told by the pacemaker clinic that agreement is not far away. In Health tell me every time I ask that we are a private company and cannot take chances with patients like the NHS do! They have stopped scanning Medtronic ones now.

I eventually had an MRI as a private patient at the Royal Sussex. I read up on the protocol... did they follow it? No.

A local private hospital (ten minutes away) said that they would do my MRI scan if the pacemaker clinic reset it which they agreed to. When one of the cardiologist heard this he vetoed it.

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Oh my goodness! Mine is a Medtronic but I just checked on the website & it says it is ‘MRI sure scan’ whilst the leads are conditional. You really can’t take anything for granted these days can you? It’s difficult to know what is being over cautious and private companies protecting their backs from law suits and care-less attitudes from NHS. I will question should I need another MRI.

I wonder just how many people don’t check and just assume?

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Mine says MRI SR Pacemaker.

I really need an open scanner for my next spine MRI (two in London + one at the Olympic centre only for athletes ) where I can have a standing scan with weight on my spine but they will not do patients with compatible pacemakers either. The Boston Scientific rep would come to reset it but says that she needs a doctor or a physiologist present. My cardiologist tried in vain to get someone from the Brompton to attend.

Hope that you are feeling well today and no discomfort. Remember no cleaning windows for the next six weeks. Watch out when going through the security scanner in shops as if I am too slow it bleeps.

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Seaside - Have you seen Rachel Admin post re being denied an MRI if you have a pacemaker?

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No, I'll look for that. I should have contacted my MP or South East News before now.

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You’re not kidding, I got muscle spasms during my ablation because it was so cold. After theyd finished they gave me some diazepam to unzip my spasms muscled.

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When I had my Amplatzer amulet fitted last year I had a heated blanket over me when I woke up.

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Weren’t you the lucky one!

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Were you cold during the procedure? I think all operating theatre's must be cold as I was cold after having laser prostate surgery and after complaining they brought a heated blanket.

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That is good news!

Onwards and upwards now.

Pat

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good news.

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brilliant well done!!

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Thanks Rosy, big decision to make.

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Yes but very safe now!!!

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Great. Part1 done and dusted !

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Great news! Looking forward to your progress reports.

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Glad all went well for you Cassie ....trust you really get the good of it...all the best hugs Zezee

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Just want to send you best wishes after your recent procedure and wishing you a speedy recovery and good health.Carol.

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Thank you, so kind. x

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Good, now that's over and done with they will pace you, then regular check ups until, like me, you just go once a year. I still have to take heart meds because of my PAF but feel so much better than before the pacemaker, I would like to kiss the chap who invented it because he has changed my life! Well done!

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Well I kissed the wife of the first cardiologist who invented and implanted the first implantable pacemaker in the U.K. - will that do? Lovely, lovely lady.

Thanks for your best wishes.

Had a good night - feeling a bit bruised and battered but only to be expected and that will soon heal.

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Lol well at least she knew you appreciated him. Yes battered and bruised and don't forget to observe the arm movement rules whilst it beds in, my friend had to go back in because she walked the dog, the dog pulled and out came one of the leads so be careful in those first weeks. Good luck x

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In the early days I tripped over my mouse lead and shot across the room and instinctively grabbed the back of an armchair and nearly wrenched my arm off but the leads survived.

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I had mine fitted about a week and went for an appointment with the doctor, came out full of the jolly joys and tripped up the curb and went splat on my face and when I was falling tried really hard not to fall on the left hand side so as not to damage the pacemaker. Ended up back in the docs and referred to the hospital for possible fractured wrist, Xray showed all ok phew.

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Eastbourne used to be referred to as Gods Waiting Room. I call it the fall capital of England as our pavements are even more uneven and pot holed than our roads. All the pavements are a patchwork of differing surfaces . Hardly a neighbour has not taken a tumble and ended up at A&E. The Council have a new ploy where they mark all the danger spots. This is supposed to make them exempt from claims as they know about it and it is listed for repair. There are so many they they will probably not get round to them all this century. They are extremely dangerous for wheelchair and rollator users and I joke that they are so bad that cyclists are now using the roads again.

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can relate to that here on the Sunshine Coast too lol

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Even the Prom is patchwork and bumpy. I like from the Wish Tower towards Holywell where they put tar into the widening cracks on the Prom.

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Wow so glad all went well now rest up and take it easy!!all the best xx

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Excellent news,so glad all went well for you.Hope you have warmed up now!Take it easy and recuperate well.We love you too x

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Pleased it has all gone well for you 😎 hope you have a speedy recovery.

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Good to hear. Take it steady.

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It helped my neighbour transform from a recluse to happy and healthy. Good luck

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Best wishes, thanks for all your contributions to this great forum, Heather

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So glad you’re ok and everything well. Val

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Brilliant news CDreamer rest and relax. X

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So pleased it went well. Take it easy when you get home and keep us updated please.

Netty

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Great news take it easy and recover quickly 👍

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😊

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Good you have had PC after delay CD hope you feel benefit soon all the best..Zezee

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Well done CD, wishing you a speedy recovery. x

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So pleased to hear all has gone well. Enjoy that wonderful cup of tea!

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Happy to hear it went well. I hope things continue to get better and better for you as the days roll on 🙏🏼

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I am 70 and had a pacemaker & defibrillator installed back in June after 4 cardiac arrests in the ER. (Thank goodness I called the ambulance when I did, or I would have had the arrests when I was home alone!) I have to say, I feel SO COMFORTED knowing that they are in me. My first check-up showed that the pacemaker was working 28% of the time -- that means 28% of the time my poor heart wasn't pumping properly. But I know the pacemaker is protecting me and helping me! I am SO glad I have it!!

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Best of luck in your healing. Don’t forget to move your arm as you can get frozen shoulder. I had it for 2 days but still had to work through the discomfort. Mild exercise is all you do, raising it in cycles of 10 about 3 timesa day did it for me. I had mine placed in March of this year and have never looked back!!!

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So pleases all went well for you CDreamer, onwards and upwards, I was lucky had mine done in Lincoln Country Cath lab and the temperature was just right ,allgood for another ten years the Dr said as I came home.So much for me, my son who’s 48 is having a big heart operation at Glenfield Hospital this coming Monday, and I am working myself sick about him, I can’t sleep for thinking. My husband and I are having to go over to his place as my granddaughter has just started a new secondary school, and he has no one to look after her, he has to go to Glenfield to have it done, and I no he is just as worried, and his partner. I know that I myself should not get stressed as it not good for us AFs .i am trying to do something to take my mind of it all but it is very hard. Sorry to be such a bore, but I can’t help it. take care won’t you Sann xx

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When I was being wheeled down to the operating theatre to have my aortic valve replaced the porter said that I was the calmest patient he had ever had.

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So sorry to hear that, I do hope all goes well for your son. I hated watching anything happen to my children or grandchildren - much easier to go through it yourself than watch them go through stuff. A friend once told me to only worry about the things you can do something about, sound advice, really hard to do when your children are ill.

Very best wishes to you all & let us know how things go.

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Thank you CDreamer and all the other people that kindly replied to my post, it’s nice to know what other people think, and also gives you a feeling that you are not alone. I will keep you posted about my son, it all starts on Monday, thank you al once again. Sann xx

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Good morning CDreamer, well it is the start of my son and his operation, although he has to ring at 10 am to see if there is a bed, seems a bit strange to me, so let’s hope that there is. I’ve got all packed to go over to his place and weathers is nice and sunny. Hope that you are feeling ok today, speak with you later, take care and once again thankyou for listening to me I know I’m a pain. Sann xx

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The ringing to see if there is a bed is normal these days, things are stretched so much they just haven’t enough resources. If an emergency comes in it impacts on the scheduled surgeries and you can be bumped. I was bumped from the morning to the afternoon but they were very good at being clear about the expectations. Gone are the days when we can just assume because you have and day and time it will happen, unfortunately as we get prepared and then have to unprepared and that unsettles everyone. Do hope that all is going well.

Best wishes to all CD.

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PS you - certainly NOT a pain and don’t ever believe anyone who tries to tell you are. You are a worried Mum, I would consider a Mum who didn’t to be unusual. x

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All the best!

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Ditto to all above!

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Woo hoo delighted for you. Don't go haring around now!!

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Hi CD. Happy for you that your procedure is behind you and all went well. And welcome to the Pacemaker Club. I've had mine almost 3 years, all is well, and I take no cardiac meds. Are you going to name yours? I did. His name is Seymour and he sends you good wishes. LOL Take care. xx irina

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😂. Mmm...Arthur? Name of my step-grandson who is currently No2 in the world of Modern Pentathalon?

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Wow! Arthur it is!

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So happy it went well!!!

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Yay! Rest well now. Glad it's done x

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So glad to hear it went well x

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