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May 27, 2016 · Pacemaker recipients: Looking for support from others in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have had a pacemaker for 2 years, as pulse was at 20 while running, then it was changed in April 2015 as it was eroding through my skin, placed from left side of chest to right side, then in September 2015 pulse up to 220 while exercising, had to have a pacemaker-defibrillator implanted. I feel great, no problems except the leads from the pacemaker defibrillator came loose and I can feel it against skin when I touch the area. Went to the doctor who put in all three, and he said it looks as if the sleeves of the suture came loose. Not a concern unless it comes through the skin. I went for a second opinion and the doctor confirmed that information. i feel great, continue to exercise and have no ill effects from any of the implants. I also have AFIB and the only problem and this came on about a month ago, when I feel a flutter from the AFIB, I have a pain in my right upper jaw. Been to the dentist 4 times over it and he assured me everything all right with the teeth and gums. Have to see the cardiologist in two weeks and will find out more. Hope this helps.
Bill Michalski

Mar 27, 2016 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Colleen,as long as suture doesn’t come through skin, OK. Might get a 2nd opinion.

Mar 26, 2016 · My son was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot, is 8 months old. in About Kids & Teens

My twin granddaughters had the same heart problem at birth, both had surgery at Children’s hospital Philadelphia days apart at 4 months old. Both 11 now, swim, gymnastics, dance, checkup every year at Children’s and everything going well.

Mar 24, 2016 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Yes, he said unless it comes through which he didn’t think would happen. Thanks for the help. Question, should I get another opinion?

Mar 24, 2016 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

72 year old male, avid runner, AFib diagnosed 3 years ago, pulse 20 in May 2014, pacemaker put in, April 2015 started to erode, taken out and new one put in other side, right side of chest. Sept2015 pulse 200, 2nd pacemaker taken out and pacemaker-defibrillator put in in left side, about a week ago, noticed a sharp point where the pacemaker-defib is, went to doctor who implanted all 3 and he said it looks as if the sleeve of the suture is pointing out, not through the skin which he didn’t think would happen, but I am concerned, do I need to do something about it?