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Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2014-11-21 13:41. 4 comments. 106 reads
 
I'm sure it has a technical name but the motion response on my now 8 day implant was turned down at first check because it would soar to 150+ whilst I was walking the dog.
By the time I walked out of the hospital I knew things had considerably improved.
I asked if this could be switched off altogether as my issues are slow heartbeat when at rest (down to 20bpm) and pauses mild compared to many max 3.7 secs suspected 1st degree block. One tech appeared in favour but his boss wanted to reduce and come back in 5 weeks.

As an athlete it is not uncommon for my HB to hit 150-165 and , so far as we know, my heart always responds appropriately to my becoming active. HIstoric Garmin data shows initial rapid increase with a grad...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-11-20 16:15. 2 comments. 60 reads
 
Went for my PM checkup today couple changes.
Day setting changed from 60 to 45, night changed from 45 to 40 max changed from 150 to 175, rate drop turned on set for 25 BPM change w/in 1 minute, if drop in rate is picked up will be passed to 70. Should help with dizzy spells (1/2 dozen times), passing out (happened once post PM) max rate hopefully helps running. Well still can't run recovering from knee surgery. Going back in one month for another check with PM rep and cardiologist. Just sitting watching tv with HRM on, rate is 45-50.

Posted by rjsully on 2014-11-19 20:02. 3 comments. 117 reads
 
Well...had my first checkup today since PM. I cannot believe what a difference I feel already. I feel AWAKE! RN in clinic did the checkup. She said my PM is "pacing" 55% of the time in the SA node and only 1% in the AV. (My low is at 50 resting/60 with activity). I hope that makes sense. So, her comment was "no wonder you feel better". What this tells me is I needed the PM. I sure had doubts going in, but this is confirmation for me. I have been getting about 7-8 hours of sleep at night, feel rested when I get up and haven't felt the need to lay down and "snooze" during the day several times. I don't feel 100% yet but I am so much better. I went walking for an hour the other day at the mall and felt like my heart was beating r...


Posted by bionicpulse on 2014-11-18 22:41. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
Hi all. I have either a sinus node problem or a vasovagal issue (they're not sure) where my heart spontaneously slows way down and I experience syncope. I had a dual-chamber pm implanted a few months ago and understood that it was set to kick in if my heart rate drops below 50bpm. Indeed it is, but it's apparently also set for other kinds of interventions as well. I discovered this when I repeatedly experienced a tickle when exercising and asked the tech to look at the data I uploaded. Apparently it is set for two additional things:

(A) If I experience tacycardia (>180) it "stands by in case of pause".

(B) If the heartbeat signal isn't propagating from my atrium to ventricle it will pace the ventricle according to th...


Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-18 04:09. 2 comments. 66 reads
 
Hello everybody. Thank you for the information that everybody's sharing here. By the way, I have my pm last Aug 15 and all is well aside from some dis comfort of the meds I am taking and maybe the reason why I can't sleep well at night. My concern now is I want to know if any St. Jude location can check me. Since, my work requires me to be in another country I find it hard to see my Doctor or the hospital where I am supposed to have regular check in my country. Through browsing I know the location of St. Jude in the country where I am now working. Is it advisable for me to visit and have my pm checked here?

Posted by Kelly on 2014-11-18 01:56. 1 comments. 89 reads
 
I was diagnosed with complete (third degree) AV block & got a PM in 2005. I was 40% PM dependent from 2005-2008 (if memory serves me right!) I've been 100% PM dependent ever since. I'm just curious....if you have AV block is it common develop SA block in the future? I hope not!

Posted by rolson on 2014-11-16 11:21. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
Two weeks tomorrow since surgery implant. I have brady/tacky and SSS. I had to have a pacemaker for very low heart rate and meds to try to correct tacky. After surgery I could not walk or my heart raced like horse going for a triple crown. I mean I could not walk faster than very slow motion. After searching this site I found references to rate response settings. A light bulb went off...maybe that is the problem. It was. The setting caused my tacky to start and then I was miserable every time I moved. Or I would get a spell of tacky and it would set of my rate response setting. Horrible feeling waiting till it stopped each time I had to go to the bathroom. The tech turned it off and said to leave it off till I get my ablation then se...


Posted by WillieG on 2014-11-16 11:05. 0 comments. 51 reads
 
I had my 1st remote transmission after my pacemaker surgery in June for exercise induced 2nd degree heart block. I picked up a copy of the report and there are 646,190 PACs (premature atrial contractions) in a little less than 3 months. If my math is correct, that would be 7,179 a day and about 298 an hour. Should I be concerned about these numbers? I haven't really felt them except maybe a few. I also had 99 ATRs (atrial tachy responses). The summary says that the stored episodes show FFRW (far field R wave) oversensing and that no true Afib noted. I was wondering if this could be due to the way my Boston Scientific Advantio PM is set. The report also shows zero pacing.

Thanks for any advice! Wilma

Posted by ellen148 on 2014-11-15 07:20. 5 comments. 284 reads
 
Hi everyone, I had a Biotronik evia pacemaker fitted at the end of June this year and have had 2 visits to pacing clinic. I spoke to the doc the first time and told him that I'd had a funny turn whist out with my 2 young children. We'd climbed quite a steep, tall hill and half way up i felt like I was going to collapse. It was like I needed a higher heart rate but didn't have it.

He just said he'd have a look at the data and see what was going on and that was it!

The last visit 2 weeks ago I had 2 doc/technicians whispering that something was a bit high but when I asked what they were talking about they didn't tell me. They both said that I didn't need to be seen for 6 months but to be sure to call the clinic if I ...


Posted by flowerapril429 on 2014-11-14 11:33. 4 comments. 311 reads
 
Hi all,
I have had my PM for 2 yrs and have had some issues with SVT. I get my pm interrogated every 6 months and it usually shows that I have about 10 episodes of SVT. I went yesterday for my 6 month checkup and was told that in the last 6 months, I have had over 580 episodes of SVT. Big jump from the previous 6 months. Not only that but while at the dr, I was having SVT, my pulse was 171. My dr gave me Metoprolol and said that if we couldn't get it lower, he was going to send me next door to get adenosine (yuck!!) I have had it a total of 6 times and it sucked.
Last Xmas, I was admitted for SVT and was given 3 doses of Adenosine and was told I would get an ablation but when the EP came in, he said no to the ablation. Now I ...


Posted by jossikins on 2014-11-11 08:36. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
Hi! I am new to this group and discovered it while surfing the net in an attempt to identify my present problem. I was fitted with a pacemaker last March because, in spite of having AF, my heart had on just one occasion dropped very low. However, soon after having it fitted, I went into serious AF, and my heart rate never dropped below 110. So, the PM lay dormant below my left shoulder until three weeks ago, when I had an AV Ablation, which was pronounced successful. And so it seemed to be until day 4 when I attempted to climb a flight of steps rather quickly in order to catch my train.. My knees went out from under me just as I reached the top and I was gasping for breath and my whole body was shaking, as if I was in shock. As soon...


Posted by DJDIV on 2014-11-10 12:50. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
Any members have experience tweaking pacemaker settings for
lower rate, rate response, activity threshold, activity acceleration?

Posted by Dave H on 2014-11-09 12:06. 2 comments. 149 reads
 
Hi Gang! After numerous ER visits 2010 to early 2012, I gave up on ablations (3 failed, 1 aborted) as a pathway to cure my paroxsymal A-Fib issue and gave the doc permission to implant a PM. He implanted a 3-lead Medtronic C4TR01 Consulta to deal with my mild Cardiomyopathy. Life's been much more pleasant since. I have the patient manual, but I haven't had a face to face talk with any EP or cardiologist about how this device actually works for me. Did I have a complete AV node ablation? Is my device pacing 100% of the time? What does the term "Mode switch" actually mean? etc., etc. I currently have remote downloads every 3 months along with a "device clinic" visit twice a year. A cardiologist (not an EP) receives the D/L report and ...


Posted by Griddlebone on 2014-11-07 23:39. 3 comments. 216 reads
 
I had my pacemaker implanted Sept. 18. I saw my regular doc for a wound check 5 days later, then the cardiologist at the end of September. He did an interrogation and said I had atrial sensing (yay) and ventricular pacing (ok, fine), with 96% pacemaker driven. Wow, I was surprised the number was so high. My voltage was 3 V. This was the first cardio I talked to in the hospital but he was not available for surgery so his colleague did the surgery.

I saw the second doctor, the one who did the surgery, a month later at the end of October. There was a minor wound care issue which was resolved. I talked to him about the strange burbly sensations under the sternum and he said he didn't feel they had anything to do with the PM. We talk...


Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-11-07 17:28. 8 comments. 232 reads
 
Do you find that the St. jude representative is not allowed to tell you what they see on the report?

Posted by hovancsek on 2014-11-02 13:59. 7 comments. 171 reads
 
Had my Boston Scientific PM placed in May 2014. I had SSS and was having very low rate and BP and pauses/dizziness. The dizzy episodes have greatly decreased but I often feel like I am short of breath or breathy when I am doing only light exhursion. I am active (walk 3 miles/day) and a dog walker and don't have a lack of energy but I am beginning to wonder if my PM is set too low(rate seems to be in 60s) all of the time. Last checkup I was only using it ~20% of the time. My next check is January but wondered if I should call sooner?
Marcy

Posted by fontanamen5 on 2014-10-29 20:27. 4 comments. 307 reads
 
went to the pacemaker clinic today and was told pacemaker being used at 90%. Has significantly went up over the last 2 years. was told that my pacemaker is set to "trigger" on in the mid 50's range. But then told also that my heart rate drops to the 30's at sleep. is this possible? I thought it would not drop below where pacemaker was "set". Comments appreciated.

melinda (new member)

Posted by becky2014 on 2014-10-29 14:36. 4 comments. 219 reads
 
Has anyone been in a similar situation. I have had my present PM for coming on 13 years. I had been attending my local hospital for check-ups every month as the battery was getting low.

On my last visit the PM technician told me that my PM needed changed and that my check-up report would be forwarded to the relevant consultant. I have since discovered that the consultant has placed me on a waiting list for a replacement PM but while I await the replacement surgery I no longer receive monthly check-ups.

I am anxious in case my health deteriorates in the meantime, if so what is the best action to take.




Posted by danfss03 on 2014-10-25 11:32. 2 comments. 244 reads
 
Had my first pacemaker implanted in 2009, and I thought everything was going great. This was a two lead device, and the lower lead went bad a couple of years ago. We continued to monitor the device, both at home and physical visits at the doctor's office. Two months ago I did my home device check, and two weeks later I got a call from the doctor for an appointment, and since I didn't have one scheduled, I almost refused. Well went in, and the Medtronic Specialist did her thing, and the doctor came in for a chat. Well it appears my device was not pacing as required Not only was the lower lead not working, but the upper lead was pacing on a part time basis, and I didn't feel a thing. The doctor showed me the EKG and the heart had been skip...


Posted by cookenzopy on 2014-10-20 16:46. 7 comments. 367 reads
 
Does the rate response setting of a dual lead pacemaker affect sporting? My PM rate response is set between 60 and 140 bpm. When I am cycling I have the feeling that 140 bpm is too low. It is not my maximum heartrate because I am not running out of breathe at that rate. At least 150 bpm should be better but I don't know if that upper setting of RR at 140 bpm is limiting my max heart rate during cycling. Is there anyone who could explain the effect of rate response and sporting to me?



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