Oh yeah, I know about the frustrations! It took me until now, really, to totally adjust to having an ICD. I was very angry for a long time. Even though a pacemaker is a wonderful thing and is keeping me alive, it will never be as good as the body's own systems. Not to mention the "fun" of going through airport security! I almost missed a plane once, because the security people at SFO couldn't find a female officer to pat me down. Luckily they did call the gate and explain, and the pilot held the plane for a few minutes. Now I get to any flight I have to take way early--I'd rather wait for two or three hours at the gate than go through that again. Or I find a way to not have to fly at all--if I have time, I'll drive.
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I'm new to this team and I do have a pacemaker. I've had it since August '06 due to third degree heart block. I'm totally pacemaker dependent. Nobody's really sure why I went into heart block, though I do have LQTS--of course, that was found out after I got sick, so it really hit me out of the blue. I was in pretty good shape at the time and only in my late 40s. I'm doing well and am quite active now.
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Hi, I'm new to this team. I just had my pacemaker implanted (Medtronic EnRhythm)this past November. My problem was bradycardia (average 40-45 beats per minute) and have been aware of the problem since I was about 35 years old. The first doc to notice the slow heart rate chalked it up to being physically fit (used to be an avid jogger) Five years ago, my primary care doc at that time told me that I'd need a pacemaker somewhere down the line. At that time, I'd been diagnosed with first degree heart block. It wasn't until last summer that my current primary care doctor decided after an abnormal EKG and Holter monitor reading, that I'd benefit from seeing a cardiologist, who then set me up with an EP doctor. I've been doing GREAT since the implant. I've been given the okay to start back with my exercise program and have been doing my nordic walking and elliptical workouts so far. I'm looking forward to Spring again, when I can get my bicycle out and hit the road.
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