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Posted by Chooka on 2015-05-25 10:18. 0 comments. 24 reads
 
I originally posted this on the Complications page, but maybe it should be here???

Hi all, I can't remember the last time I posted here (if I posted at all), but it would have been some years.

I have been pacemaker dependent for 30 years, since the age of 17 after having AV node ablation and removal of the SA node and I am now 47 years old. I have been on a single chamber pacemaker for the whole duration.

Last year I was implanted with Boston Scientific Vitalio (blended sensor) and it hasn't worked well since the day it was implanted. The minute ventilation sensor does not work and when it is switched on, also inhibits the accelerometer from working.

The only explanation I have been from BS has...


Posted by johnnyc on 2015-05-21 11:37. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for one year and 3 months. Recently I have experienced light headedness. In the last week, once on two days and three times on one day. My pacemaker setting is at 40 and only has to work only 2-3 % of the time. The pacemaker clinic want me to go to my family doctor and schedule an ECG. They will not check my pacemaker without an ECG since I just had the pacemaker checkup in January.
Does this sound logical?
Thank you


Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2015-05-21 01:32. 3 comments. 107 reads
 
For those with a Biotronics PM using CLS.
I had my 1 year check up yesterday. I told them that I couldn't get my heart rate over 130 even when running up hills. They had previously set my max heart rate to 160 so this was strange.

On examination they adjusted the max CLS rate to 155 (from 120) and I think the responsiveness? to high. I didn't understand there were 2 max setting.

Will see how it goes.
Still adjusting to the change (tired - felt deadful all yesterday) as the reprogramming loses the previous history / learnings. I hate how it does that.
Paul


Posted by Newfie1980 on 2015-05-18 15:39. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
So on may 22nd my wife goes for her 6 week checkup and we were both wondering what to expect during this checkup any information would be greatly apprieciated

Posted by vraghup on 2015-05-18 06:30. 1 comments. 138 reads
 
Hi all,
I had a pacemaker after my head injury in July 2014.
My current setting is 70-140 and shows atrial pacing of 38% and no ventricular pacing.
If the pacemaker is set to 60-130 there is no pacing . Did anybody have such situation and settings changed ?

Another question which I had was , if there is no pacing , do I still need the pacemaker?

Thanks,
Venkat

Posted by karuss12 on 2015-05-17 01:29. 0 comments. 96 reads
 
I have had my St Jude dual lead pacer since the middle of Feb 2015 for SSS. I am trying to learn everything I can re the Pacemaker. What questions should I ask at my next Pacemaker check. Do I need any reports? The only information I'very received so far is how often it is pacing (ie 43%).

Posted by jsne on 2015-05-16 08:26. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi folks, have just received a letter from consultant re. my 3day monitor. Showed up palpitations and I think he means to say pacemaker induced tachycardia(letter says pm medicated) so a clinic appointment is on it's way. Any tips on what settings may need changing , I have RR switched on as I said I felt as though I hit the wall when trying do exercise - however this was probably due to the heart block kicking in.
Hope they can improve things as when feeling well I feel so good but still get bad spells.
Is it ok to feel the wires above the PM I am very scrawny but they feel very near the surface, tried a bit of kayaking felt good but was aware of the PM rubbing a bit from the inside.
Still life is good.
Jane

Posted by primaldiva on 2015-05-11 16:19. 12 comments. 285 reads
 
My electrophysiologist at University of Pennsylvania does not know the ins and outs of the Medtronic Adapta, that was designed for the peculiar and specific needs of cardiac athletes. Unfortunately, even though we have switched around a few settings, they are still not willing to make the changes I need to have the device work properly when I am NOT exercising. The device is working when I am exercising. However the irritation from the device has damaged and enlarged my right ventricle, so now my ejection fraction is down to 40% on that side, from 65%. I just had a cardiac MRI.

My diagnosis is second degree heart block, basically a type 1 variant since the block is at AV node. I started being paced at implant 9% ventricularl...


Posted by jjiggers on 2015-05-09 20:43. 5 comments. 214 reads
 
I posted last week with questions about my upcoming 4 week check up...with the tech...you were right...he said all was working great and that was it...when I told him I was still having exactly the same symptoms I was having before the PM ( the feeling that I am going to pass out) and I'm having them just as frequently, he seemed to dismiss it. and said it wasn't showing up...I asked if I shouldn't be seeing the EP sooner than 4 months if I'm having problems, so he took me to the nurse and got me an appointment in two weeks.

I am feeling very frustrated and like I got the PM for nothing.. I wasn't feeling tired and was doing vigorous activity several times a week before the PM and am still doing the same, with the same symptoms...


Posted by sewblessed on 2015-05-09 12:18. 5 comments. 146 reads
 
Is there a guide line for first year check ups? How often, What to expect at an appointment? I know docters are different...just wondering.

Posted by Muhasmet on 2015-05-08 16:11. 0 comments. 92 reads
 
I have a Pacemaker Boston Scientific since January 16 2015. Atrial fibrilation and sick sinus syndrome. I have a mechanical mitral Valve since 1989. Since april 25 2015 My heart jump for instances and stop...and repeat it. Next monday may 11 2015 Im going to see the Surgeon. Who have this experience.

Posted by sewblessed on 2015-05-08 00:43. 0 comments. 179 reads
 
How often is a pm checked the first year? I know it probably isn't the same for every one but I just wanted to get an idea of what is the average.
My pacemaker was put in Jan. 10th, emergency, out of town. We went back a week later and bandage was removed and pm read. He said everything was working as it should and he would see me in 3 months after everything healed and the swelling settled down. I told him I was going to find a doctor closer to home. He understood. (His nurse even called last month to make sure I had a 3 month follow up appointment scheduled). I told her I did.
Feb. 5th went to new doctor for meet/greet appointment and he had the nurse do a pacemaker check for his records. It was working 97%of the time. He sai...


Posted by Shocked on 2015-05-06 07:35. 3 comments. 191 reads
 
I am new here and just received my pacemaker on April 28, 2015. My question is this, when the check and pace my heart, I can feel it when they shock my lower ventricle. I do not feel it when they shock the upper atrium. I also get a funny sensation in my chest and I start to get dizzy and/or lightheaded when this happens. The tech said they have the pacemaker set at 5 volts. Is this typical to feel only when they pace the lower lead and is 5 volts high? Thanks for your help...

Posted by Andcunn on 2015-05-05 18:15. 4 comments. 271 reads
 
My husband had his pacemaker implanted in 2009 and everything has gone well, or so we think (according to the Medtronic technician). Around the 15th of April he felt chest tightness and hoping it would go away on its own, didn't do anything until.... the 19th, we were going shopping and ended in the ER. He says he felt as if he were going to pass out and for a moment he felt disoriented. They thoroughly checked his heart, his cholesterol, his BP, for any blocked artery in his neck, and his lugs. The results did not show anything wrong, however, when the Medtronic technician came over to test his PM, made some changes (which he declined commenting on), and when I asked how everything looked, his answer was: "It's transmitting garbage"....


Posted by Jackw on 2015-05-04 22:04. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
First pacer clinic appt today. Nurse says" Oh, you have the new Biotronik Eluna!" Think I am one of the first at this practice. All the parameters were fine. Had them crank up the base rate from 50 to 60 because I was still getting a few fast double beats followed by a pause. Thought is the timing was a bit slow and my heart was trying to compensate. Doc said everything looked good. No restrictions. See you in six months. The whole process has gone pretty smoothly. I am VERY glad I had the pacer put in to fix SND. I feel better and am sleeping better. May take a few days for me to assess the changes due to raising base rate to 60. Can't wait to get out jogging again.

Posted by Energy on 2015-05-04 14:33. 2 comments. 167 reads
 
Is needed. I have an appt with a new cardiologist and would like some feedback on questions to ask. My current Cardiologist seems to make very little comment when I ask him different question about my pm. I have gone to him several years and always come away with wanting more answers. Had a new battery this past year put in and even the EP favors Medtronic and was not helpful when asked questions.. The new cardiologist does use St Jude. I know very little about this pacemaker except it will not let my heart rate go down pass 60. Have read about rate response and several other things when exercising I should be aware of. Have a small booklet with a few things listed from St Jude about what not to do. So it seems to me like buying a new law ...


Posted by gramtaz on 2015-05-01 09:17. 6 comments. 214 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. 2 comments. 298 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. 210 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. 149 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...




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