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Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:18 pm

Is anyone a pacemaker user.

Much to my surprise, the NHS is giving me a pacemaker for my 60th Birthday!

I'm currently sitting on a ward listening to a lot of bleeping, and have my very own telemetry box around my neck.

Does anyone here have a pacemaker...any hints or tips esp regarding motorcycling, would be welcome

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Post by garyboy » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:45 pm

Shocked to hear this, Richard … GWS mate 8-) 8-)

hope you will be up and about again soon, ….

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Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:51 pm

It's so strange...for 99% of the time, I'm 100% OK, but have the odd moment where I feel faint...particularly if I am falling asleep.

The two halves of my heart are not talking to one-another. Luckily, it's an electrical fault, not a mechanical one.

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Post by daveuprite » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:53 pm

I heard of someone who had a pacemaker fitted, but everytime he farted his garage door opened.

Up, down, up, down, all day long.....

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Post by Godspeed » Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:54 pm

If it’s any help I’m a Cardiac Physiologist with over 25 years of programming pacemakers. Pm me if you need any questions answered 👍
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Post by zimtim » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:03 pm

Missus has a pacemaker.
Shouldn't worry you at all once fitted. You will have to have regular checkups and send regular transmission but they will supply all necessary equipment and give you all the info.

For a while you will have regular check ups possibly with your doctor or the community team.

Only real issues are mobile phone don't use on your left ear or have it on loud speaker, tens.machines and the like can also cause problems. Metal detectors are to be avoided but you will be a card carrying pacemaker patients so it's full pat down and cavity search at borders 😜🤪 joking about the cavity search
Honestly don't worry too much.

You will need to have the pacemaker changed when the battery runs low. But that is usually done 10-15 years depending on how much the pacemaker has to work. That is normally done on a day surgery

You will also be advised of some changes to diet, etc

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Post by SteveW » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:15 pm

Richard Simpson Mark II wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:51 pm
It's so strange...for 99% of the time, I'm 100% OK, but have the odd moment where I feel faint...particularly if I am falling asleep.

The two halves of my heart are not talking to one-another. Luckily, it's an electrical fault, not a mechanical one.
Well done for getting those symptoms checked out.
It looks like you'll have a good outcome.

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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by boboneleg » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:37 pm

I wish you all the best Richard with this problem
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Post by IanB » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:45 pm

Take care mate.
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Re: Pacemaker's owners club

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:16 pm

Godspeed wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:54 pm
If it’s any help I’m a Cardiac Physiologist with over 25 years of programming pacemakers. Pm me if you need any questions answered 👍
Wow!

Thanks for that, I'm told I'm on the list for tomorrow...but then I was on the list for today!

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