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Posted by jsne on 2016-05-29 09:31. 0 comments. 19 reads
 
Well I've got my appointment with the specialist on Tuesday, so nervous have managed to always talk myself round and think positive , but this time is so different . Trying not to get to hopeful but at the same time desperate to get well, the PMT / SVT or what ever is really wearing me down all most constant and so difficult to sleep.
Sorry for moaning again but my stomach is like a washing machine and I know folks here understand all the uncertainty each trip to the clinics can bring on.
Last week was 8 years since I first went to my GP when all of this kicked off hopefully the end is in site.
Jane xx

Posted by GreenHorn on 2016-05-26 14:14. 3 comments. 148 reads
 
What does EP stand for? Having difficulty finding an EP to interrogate my pacemaker. Just got it yesterday. My understanding was that it was not interrogated after it was installed. It was part of my discharge instructions to have this done in 7-10 days. The earliest date I could get is 17 days from implant. Should I look for another cardiologist who has an EP (?) in house, or do these EP's have their own practices?

Thanks,

Truly a GreenHorn

Posted by Jackw on 2016-05-24 20:58. 0 comments. 60 reads
 
Had my checkup yesterday. Tech changed parameters on my Biotronik Eluna. Could not get my rate over 120 when jogging. (I have sinus node disorder.) Now, CLS sensitivity upped to high and rate increased to 130. Went for a jog after work and felt great. Best I have felt after jogging in years.Increased CLS sensitivity should help when ski season arrives. Will probably have the rate increased to 140 when I have another check in November- just before ski season. Probably should have asked to increase rate to 140 yesterday, but my heart has been running at such low rates prior, I thought it would be better to take an incremental approach.

Posted by fjj17332 on 2016-05-23 13:55. 1 comments. 103 reads
 
had the three lead put in, the end of january. no problem at all and still doing well. i had to do it, but i am alive. anyone want to talk i can be reached at fjj17332@gmail.com peace to all

Posted by Pm on 2016-05-20 01:57. 3 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi all. Went to the pacemaker clinic a few days ago to check. First time here in my home town, as we were away for the winter when I had to have the surgery. So he was checking and all of a sudden I felt that familiar heart flutter. When I asked the doctor what was going on, he said he was doing a test. Okay, so then everything went back to normal, but he said that now it will remotely do the test every eight hours. Silly me, I didn't think to ask him for how long. It's a bit annoying as every 8 hours on the dot.....I feel my heart pound a bit, and my pulse speeds up. My hubby wants me to call the clinic and tell them to stop the tests. I say he must have a reason for doing it and I will give it some more time as maybe I'll get us...


Posted by beaddot on 2016-05-19 03:47. 0 comments. 80 reads
 
Saw the St Jude tech and my cardiologist today. I have had issues with my heart racing and shortness of breath. The tech said that it was my heart racing and not the pacemaker. I am being paced at 2 % on the top and 100% on the bottom. My cardiologist has doubled my beta blocker in hopes that it will take care of the fast heart beat. It that solves the problem then she said that I probably have tachy brady syndrome. If it doesn't solve the issue she is going to run tests for coronary artery disease....let's hope the meds solve the issue

Posted by Craft on 2016-05-18 14:08. 1 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi, I have read somewhere that the pacemaker can be set to overdrive pacing and this may stop Atrial Flutter. My husband has had paroxmyl AF since he had the pacemaker fitted. He is on Bisoprolol 2.5 and although this helps it doesnt stop the AF completely.

Reason for the pacemaker was low pulse rate resulting in syncope. He has SSS.

Can anyone throw any light on this. I dont understand the pacemaker settings and when we asked at the clinic they said there werent any settings that could be altered to correct AF.

Thanks in advance

Craft

Posted by vhart on 2016-05-16 20:29. 1 comments. 110 reads
 
Hello,
I had my Saint Jude ICD (CD3365-40Q) implanted 6 months ago. I am feel ok. A remote interrogation of the device was performed today. As I am new to this:
Should I request a copy of the report?
Is the report readable ( I am an engineer not a doctor)?
As far as the next few years, what is cycle of monitoring and reporting I can expect? Any advice on what I should ask my doctors?

Just trying to understand what to expect and what questions I should be asking.

Hope all is well.

Vaughan


Posted by djohnston on 2016-05-15 16:52. 4 comments. 195 reads
 
St Jude Medical PM 2210 implanted JUL 2013. I am age 57 now and in great health except for the PM side affects:

1) syncope - fainted on hard pavement this past Thursday.
2) electrical shock/pain/discomfort
3) chest pain around the PM
4) left arm pain
5) tingling fingers left hand
6) light-headed, dizzy, anxiety
7) fainting spells
8) shortness of breath, fatigue
When St Jude staff read the pacemaker, they hear background noise, but cannot or will not state what causes the noise.
My cardiologist stated that there is a loop in one of the leads, but makes no statement of cause and effect.

Please go to the FDA website and if you are having any issues, notify the FDA. I...


Posted by sungal on 2016-05-15 16:40. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
Hi.....I am a resident of Arizona and live there during the winter. I have a cardiologist there who implanted my pacemaker this past January. I am currently in N. California where we stay during the summers and while here will be due for my 6 month checkup by an EP in mid-July.. How can I find an EP in my area which is in the general area of Lodi (preferably) and Sacramento County.
Any help is much appreciated.


Posted by jamesyboy on 2016-05-14 13:51. 3 comments. 164 reads
 
Had a Medtronics Advisa DR MRI installed 2 months ago. Diagnosed with carotid sinus hypersensitivity. Doctor says it is set for the following:

Normal use: 60bpm -130bpm

Pacemaker is set to intervene if bpm drops 20bpm and drops below 60bpm. If I understand this correctly if pulse drops from 85 to 65 PM will not intervene. But if it drops from say 75 to 55 it will since the low number is below 60.

I have an occurrence usually once a day. My heart rate normally stays in the 60's, so for the PM to intervene it would mean my bpm dropped into the 40's which to me is pretty low. I have no idea what causes it unless I am putting pressure and not realizing it. It can occur in the daytime sitting in a...


Posted by Sparkplug on 2016-05-12 15:56. 3 comments. 147 reads
 
I just joined so I'm new to this whole thing so any information or advice you can give will be appreciated
But I wanted to just say hi and ask a few questions

Also I'm 7 days post op and my pm is a medtronic advisa sure scan with two leads
My follow up appointment is on Monday and I'm nervous
What can I expect???
how do you know if it is working? I feel a flutter sometimes could that be it??
Also my bandage it itching like crazy and I can't wait for it to be removed
Thanks in advance( and sorry I'm not good ato grammar )

Posted by bht070124@aol.com on 2016-05-10 19:26. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
I just came from my drs appointment. Had my pacer evaluated. On the screen it shows my pacer as a zephyr do dr model 5330r but there doesn't seem to be that model number in the zephyr series. Only in the affinity series. So I have again been experiencing dizziness and periods when my pulse drops below my base rate. How do I know that they are evaluating the correct pacer. Confused? If anyone can answer it would be nice to understand this...they say it is functioning properly and it should not allow my pulse to go below 60, but it does into the 50's. Even when I am working

Posted by hawaiilad on 2016-05-07 20:35. 0 comments. 110 reads
 
Everything went well today on my follow up with the Dr, He did show me that bottom of my heart is the problem, and is paced 100 percent of the time at a min. of 60 bpm but runs about 75-80 bpm. He felt sorry he would not be able to see me again since my insurance is through the VA, but he has back payments of up to one and a half years billed to the VA.

I spoke to several people this week through the VA and my congresswoman's office and they are aware of the problem but as of now nothing is being done about fixing it. Allot of vets. are going to be left out in the cold without insurance is something is not done soon.

I won't need to see anyone for another 6 months so hope everything goes well with my PM

Posted by Craft on 2016-05-07 14:38. 0 comments. 123 reads
 
Just wanted to add to my already lengthy message, the coughing and sore throat has not abated after taking the omeprazole for 5 weeks.

He needed the pacemaker for SSS and I believe its set on factory settings but not sure.

Posted by Craft on 2016-05-07 14:30. 6 comments. 346 reads
 
I am new to the site am writing on behalf of my husband. He has had his pacemaker for about 10 weeks. Since then he has been diagnosed with Atrial flutter and has been put on bisoprolol 2.5 once a day. They wanted to up the dose but he was so tired and out of breath with this he refused.

He has also developed a cough, a sort of needing to clear his throat continously and sometimes feels there is something stuck there. The GP though this might be acid reflux and has prescribed emoprazole 1 per day.
Although he has never suffered from heartburn and when he goes to bed he has no symptoms at all, but as soon as he gets up the coughing starts. No specific Food of drink seems to set it off at all. The GP also put him o...


Posted by ette on 2016-05-04 17:45. 1 comments. 131 reads
 
Hello,

On a recent Medronic ADDRL1 interrogation report it listed high rate episodes VHR with the following
Dates & Times, duration, rates, MAX A, MAX V, AVE V and Sensor with a rate from 80-93......

My question is what does the SENSOR number mean?

My other report had sensor numbers in the 40-50 range during high rate episodes.

Thank you for your assistance- Cheers

Posted by Ber on 2016-05-03 18:06. 2 comments. 219 reads
 
2 month with Pm. While I do excerise can't get my heart rate over 80. Is that normal. I want to get heart rate up. I am a 65 yr old female. Second stent put in Dec 7 pace maker mar 3rd. I still get muscle twitches in my heart. Anyone else?


Posted by FighterGirlxx on 2016-05-03 10:11. 3 comments. 240 reads
 
Hi,

So I have a quick (I think!) question about my recent pacemaker check. I have a Medtronic atrial pacemaker and up until now all readings have been within normal limits as far as I am aware. My impedance has steadily gone down from 1001 ohms to 776 since October 2014 and pacing percentage has gone from 30 to 56%. Sensing has gone from 3.10 mV to 2 with fluctuations in-between.. All of this I assume is normal.

What I was wondering though is could anyone explain what "intermittent but stable P wave trend" is? I've never had it before (and during the pacing check they did the speed up the heart thing but also slowed it down temporarily which I've never had before).

Underlying As regular at 56...


Posted by jsne on 2016-05-02 09:21. 7 comments. 261 reads
 
Well just before my holiday the second consultant got back to me.
He reckoned that an ablation was the way forward for my PM tach, as my upper rate was only 110 and I frequently exceeded the tracking rate, also paced 90-100% in the ventricles. He also claimed there was no evidence of Afib,so I could come off the meds.I know have been referred again to the arrhythmia folk at another site.
We had a nice time on holiday but was limited and also had 3 bad nights of not getting any sleep due to my HR, now home and off the meds.
So now back to waiting for another appointment, and more answers, would love to know what has been picked up for previous DR's to think there was Afib, or has the new guy missed stuff.
Don't want the...




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