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Mar 10, 2017 · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

—- Mayo Clinic Connect wrote:
Hi,
I’ve only had one very short lived episode of A-fib since the PM. Since my PM creates every heartbeat I have, quite naturally my first battery will not last as long as someone’s who only kicking in now and the. But, worse things have happened than needing a replacement PM. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. What is your current situation and I hope you are doing well.
Beverly

Mar 10, 2017 · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

—- Mayo Clinic Connect wrote:
Hi,
I’m doing great from the rheumatic fever. I had that when I was only 9 yrs. old and now am 74. So during my teen years and early 20’s I continued to improve yet there was much scar tissue left on my heart. By the time I really needed it, technology had caught up to my situation and I was able to get my mitral valve replaced (with a metal valve) and that covered things for a while. then a few yrs. later, I started into a-fib which remained an ongoing problem until I had the ablation and pacemaker about 3 yrs. ago. The medication usually used for a-fib – well I think I had gone thru all of them many time over. They would last about 2 months, then just quit working, so on to the next one. It got to the point we were going back and trying some of the first ones I ever used. But, in the end, nothing would bring the heart rate down, so we opted for this last procedure. I am, for the most part, pleased with this, but the quality of life is not the same. I am pretty limited in how far I can walk,etc. Otherwise, all is well and I guess this saved my little life. How are things with you and what’s your story of where this all began for you.
Beverly

Mar 8, 2017 · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I do not have a-fib since my ablation. I was told they did the ablation on the AV node (where the heart normally receives the impulse to beat) so I am now pacemaker dependent. Without it, I do not have a heartbeat.

Oct 7, 2014 · I am now 71 yrs. old. Had rheumatic fever at age 9. [...] in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I am now 71 yrs. old. Had rheumatic fever at age 9. Over recent years, it was thought you could not have a recurrence of rheumatic fever. Now I think that opinion is changing. I have recently developed migrating arthritis starting in ankle, moving to knees and now to hips. Over the years I’ve had strep throat at least 2 times per year. I’ve had a valve replacement, had ablation done on my AV node and am now pacemaker dependent. Is this a recurrence of the original rheumatic fever or something else. Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms?