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Posted by gramtaz on 2015-05-01 09:17. 4 comments. 109 reads
 
I recently lost my wallet and it contained my ID card, identifying my model # and other information. Does anyone know how to go about getting another ID card, as I will be flying soon, and would like to have it to go through the metal detector.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by sewblessed on 2015-04-30 01:47. 1 comments. 189 reads
 
I was waylayed headed south in January. I thought I was having a stroke and told hubby I needed to see a doctor. Emergency room found that my heart was beating in the 30 range. I was transfered by ambulance to a larger hospital and had a Medtronic Sensia pacemaker installed. There was a problem with the readings right after surgery and the rep had to come back to fix it. Went back home for a few weeks, found a heart doctor closer to home. He checked me and said the pacemaker was operating about 97% and that I could continue on my trip. A week later in Death Valley (sounds ominous) I had the same lightheadedness that put me in the hospital the first time. I was drinking plenty of fluids so I wasn't dehydrated. My hubby got a medic and afte...


Posted by cneils on 2015-04-29 12:32. 1 comments. 130 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker interrogated and it showed
that I had 17 mode switches. What is a mode switch?

Posted by BABlocker on 2015-04-28 01:15. 3 comments. 101 reads
 
i have had a biventricular pacemaker for the past 10 years. For many years, pacemaker interrogation showed AS at 99%/VP 100% (had AVN abation in 2005) During the last 3 pacer checks, my atrial pacing has increased from sensing my intrinsic beat 99% of the time to 80% during today's pacer check. I was a fib free after a successful ablation in 2008, until 3 months ago, when I began paroxysmal a fib in short bursts, as well as occasional atrial tachycardia. My question...what would cause the increase in atrial pacing (not due to programming). My cardio says I could be developing bradycardia, or SA node disease...I am 58, BTW. Comments? I take Ranexa, which suppresses PACs, and Verapamil for BP control and arrhythmia control, but have been on...


Posted by ww4321 on 2015-04-24 19:12. 4 comments. 260 reads
 
went for a checkup and was told I had had an incident on 2/25/2015.

What does that mean?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-04-24 14:44. 9 comments. 211 reads
 
Something interesting for my "CLS buddies":

Spoke to a Biotronik technician today, because I keep getting rate drops while exercising. They either happen in the beginning, or after 20-25 minutes of running. When they happen in the end, the rate will not go up again, no matter what I do. It drops from 160 to around 120, and there simply is no way to increase the rate again.

So, now the tech explained to me that the CLS sensor has a kind of safety feature: If the rate stays at the upper sensor rate limit for some time, the sensor "thinks" that this just cannot be right, and therefore reduces the heart rate. This is based on the presumption that pacemakers are for the elderly people, who are not that active, and who do ...


Posted by freedom1 on 2015-04-24 09:07. 1 comments. 151 reads
 
Does anyone know why I went from 35% to 90% in one year for the bottom part of my PM?

Posted by ma_ku on 2015-04-23 09:07. 4 comments. 227 reads
 
Hi,

I have had a pacemaker for a couple of years now for AV block type 2. Rate response is off and I am using the pacemaker about 8% of the time apparently.

Last week, I had an episode of syncope that resulted in some significant facial injuries. I cut and broke my nose (it now points due East). I was on holiday in Japan at the time and was unable to get my pacemaker checked out there. I did have an interrogation done as soon as I returned to the UK. The pacemaker checked out OK and had not recorded any significant incidents.

I have just received a call from the pacemaker clinic and they have offered to turn on the "rate drop" feature of my pacemaker. I understand that it means that the pacemaker will incre...


Posted by Wolf on 2015-04-21 00:02. 4 comments. 131 reads
 
First post...here goes.
I just had my 2nd icd implanted 3/2/15. I'm 100% VP and never had an issue with slow heart rate before. Twice now in the last 2 weeks my bpm dropped into the 35-40 range for several minutes. Low range on the device is set to 50 so first time went to ER, second time went directly to EP office. Both times they increased the output- 1st time to 3V second to 5V. Leads tested good and EP said no oversensing or other issues with device. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Posted by jsne on 2015-04-19 13:30. 1 comments. 149 reads
 
Have had a monitor on this weekend as still having some kind of arrhythmia problems which do not seem to be getting any better. Question, was out for a gentle cycle ride and a walk round some botanic gardens and had the awful tight feeling in sternum/neck with which I could keep going with but felt uncomfortable (this feeling is with me most of the time),however on the way home was aware that I was feeling good and the tightness had gone. It was almost as if I had to meet a certain rhythm, has crept back now, could RR settings cause you to be too fast when it is unnecessary? . When things are settled feel so close to being sorted Feel very humble moaning after reading the post earlier the good old NHS popped mine in no question asked, we ...


Posted by Energy on 2015-04-15 22:46. 1 comments. 113 reads
 
I just received my remote transmission report from EP dept. they state " your device is functioning within Normal Limits"
I desire optimal function and wonder about within normal limits?
I have appt with cardiologist Friday and would like to have questions regarding this to ask him.
I had battery replaced last July and have only had remote transmission checks... Not one yet in office.

Any feedback appreciated. I also have read about rate response etc... just want optimal functioning. There are times my energy seems low and I question the optimal part.

Posted by Furbs on 2015-04-13 20:47. 5 comments. 152 reads
 
I recently had a pacemaker interrogation and two days later noticed a large bruise right over the PM site. I can't find any information about this and am wondering if anyone else has had this happen. I also take warfarin

Posted by helen0608 on 2015-04-08 20:46. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
Doctor says they may have to go back in and add another lead to my pacemaker. I have two now, he said we may need three - anybody else had that problem? Also, he said that if they do that, they will "tuck" the pacemaker behind the chest muscle to prevent it from moving around like it has been. Wish me luck!


Posted by tanapuff on 2015-03-30 22:06. 7 comments. 269 reads
 
Had a doctors appointment cancelled for this Friday in Arizona before we head back north to our home. The physician was called out of the country per family emergency. Their office wanted to set up new appointment for June, but with the weather heating up near high hundreds, this won't be possible.
My question is how often does one need to be interrogated. Feeling wonderful and l was interrogated in November when we arrived in Arizona. Is it necessary to be interrogated back home or can it wait until November when we return to Arizona? Appreciate your feed back.
Thanks, Tanapuff.

Posted by candi on 2015-03-30 17:00. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
I go tomorrow for my checkup, wondering what I should ask? I have no idea about settings or how much I am pacing. My husband was told after my implant that I was now 100% dependent as I went into total block in surgery.
I have to have an ultrasound tomorrow as there is a lump at end of collar bone since implant and they want to check it.
Input welcome....:-)

Posted by ladybug55 on 2015-03-18 21:17. 3 comments. 296 reads
 
I have has a BIOTRONIK Evia pacemaker for 17 months. I had it adjusted last month so the sensor went from low to medium. This is not technical but when my blood pressure drops when I stand ( due to orthostatic hypotension) my heartrate jumps. My pacer reads the blood pressure changes and the medium setting means it is more sensitive to blood pressure drops and will jump my heartrate more quickly, This pacer is good for people with dysautonomia.

Well I hate the setting change. It has caused me to be much more symptomatic. So for the last week I have been trying to get my out-of-state cardiologist's office and my primary doc. to coordinate having my pacer setting changed locally. ( which was agreed upon before I had surgery). We...


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-18 17:20. 1 comments. 192 reads
 
I went in for my 6 month device check up and was educated on using the home monitoring system through Care link. According to the tech I had 1 incident Xmas eve where my heart rate spiked for 3-4 seconds to 200 bpm. Not sure when this happened and I didn't notice the increase in beats. It could have happened while I was sleeping. When I go to the device clinic and they manipulate my rate I feel "funny" for the next 12 hours or so. Next check with be with cardiologist May 1st. I noticed too, that my bp is slowly dropping in the past 6 months. I walked 21 miles last week (not all at once)
My Best,
Motown61

Posted by trish on 2015-03-18 16:40. 2 comments. 166 reads
 
Good report today. Am paced less that 1% of time. 5 short episodes of a fib in last 6 months, all less than 10 seconds. 2 VT both less than 3 seconds. Turned on PMT intervention for first time , all other settings same. Cardiologist not upset that I discontinued rythmol because of so many side effect. Stated of afib becomes a problem to call him and he will schedule ablation for offending node. Thank you to all who supported me in the past difficult year Trish

Posted by Tam123 on 2015-03-18 13:23. 0 comments. 192 reads
 
Hello all--

I have a question no one else has been able to answer.

If a Pacemaker is not set correctly can it cause chronic Hypoxia/cellular oxygenation depletion?

I had a major systemic collapse in 12/12 and for the past 2 years I have suffered from chronic hypoxia that could not be clinically explained However, a new St.Jude's tech started tweaking my PM in 8/12 and 12/12--then in 10/13 new cardiologist (at Kaiser...) put in infected generator--had to have it and both leads removed.

I made it without a PM until AV block returned a few months ago so now am 2 weeks into my 3rd PM and doing well.

So well I am wondering if my old PM could have been wrongly configured by an inexperienc...


Posted by rufus on 2015-03-17 19:36. 5 comments. 185 reads
 
Hi, I recently moved from Ca. to Nv. My pacer was put in 9/2013 & cardiologist checked it every 4 mo.I do not have a cardiologist yet in Nv. I haven't had it ck. since Nov 2014, should I be concerned?



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