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Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-14 02:29. 7 comments. 368 reads
 
Hi everyone! Got my PM 5 wks ago tomorrow. Had an interrogation today & then saw the EP, who is happily releasing me from all restrictions at work, with a stern admonition to ease back into going 110% again.
The EP was really pleased with my report, didn't want any adjustments, cut the flecainide by half since I had no Afib (woo-hoo!) and told the nurse to schedule me for a checkup in 6 months!
The Medtronic guy who did the interrogation was great and cheery. He explained a few things, told me my pacemaker was doing a phenomenal job, willingly ran me my own strip/copy of my report, talked pig breeds & pork w/ me, then wished me well. One time during the visit, though, he looked down at the report in his hand again, then right ...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-03-12 11:00. 5 comments. 338 reads
 
At my post implant (2nd PM) appt. with my EP, he performed a procedure no one else ever has. He explained having both ventricles "fire" at the exact same time may seem a worthy goal but, all of us are different. He took me to the echocardiogram tech along with the PM device tech and performed the following: With the Medtronic "mouse" hung over my PM, he would instruct the device nurse to change the timing (+or- 10, 20, 30, 40 etc milliseconds) while watching the Doppler report of how well the ventricle was filling, then emptying. This procedure took nearly an hour to "fine tune," but I was able to easily do my 4 mile trot at 4 mph on the treadmill a few hours later!

--Dave--

Posted by JoMarie on 2015-03-12 07:23. 6 comments. 256 reads
 
I have paroxysmal AFib which was not cured by two ablations and cardioversions. Then I got atrial flutter as well which would not respond to drugs so I now have the pacemaker, followed by AV node ablation and I have to say, I am doing really well these days.

I know that the upper chambers of the heart now are isolated from the lower ones, so that the random electrical impulses are not transmitted through and the lower ventricles are paced.

Just puzzled though, as some nights I get a very jangly, fluttery feeling, but the pulse is steady. Am I right in concluding that although I may be in AFib in the upper heart, only the activity of the lower paced chambers are felt in the pulse, ie I will always feel a regular puls...


Posted by Jun on 2015-03-09 12:19. 5 comments. 287 reads
 
Hi all, I'm coming up on 2 years with my PM and have another checkup this week. Just within the past 2-4 months I've been getting that same faint feeling that was the original sign of my heart issue (bad AV node - complete heart block). It actually happened earlier last year and the doctor said all was fine with the PM and I was probably dehydrated. Have any of you experienced recurring faint feelings even after your doctor has said the PM is working fine? I want to make sure I ask the doctor the right questions about this issue just in case it's not just dehydration.

Posted by edwardtk on 2015-03-08 05:35. 3 comments. 314 reads
 
Hi All,

Went for my 4 month PM Interrogation yesterday and my EP told me that i'm now only paced 40% (was 90% at previous interrogation!) and batt should last 9-10 years!

Had quite a few SVT's but only short with max 162 bpm, he said likely Sinus Tach.

I dont look forward to the part where they test the PM during interrogation though! EP said my HR jumped 20+ beats just talking about it!

It seems like my problems were made dramatically worse by my panic/anxiety. But now i have turned the corner, thanks primarily to the people and comments on this site!

I have changed my diet, lifestyle and now running 10KM 5 days a week and feel like i'm getting my life back! 2 months ago i could bar...


Posted by jsne on 2015-03-06 07:19. 1 comments. 203 reads
 
Almost 3 weeks since having PM fitted, just back from PM clinic
where I was told settings looked good using the ventricular lead approx. 30% of the time, not bad (I have 2:1 heart block which is apparently a bit more difficult to get right ?).However still very SOB so they put the rate response mode on, hope this will make a difference. Even though heart is beating ok voltages are low could out-put still be low. Voltage for V lead was higher but gave me tachycardia but that was post OP. Go back in a few weeks time so things have time to settle I felt as if my pulse was erratic at times but nothing showed up on the trace, so any tips on what to look for before next visit and also what is heart and what is being ultra sensitive.
Ba...


Posted by MiloTheCat on 2015-03-05 21:48. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
I have a 2 lead Medtronic pacemaker implanted 6 months ago for bradycardia. Within the last month and since my last tuneup, my blood pressure has soared into the 170's/109 from 113/75. I'm also always dizzy and short of breath whether on or off blood pressure meds. I am physically fit but now experience intense shortness of breath such as walking up 2 flights of stairs. The rate response has always been in the "off" setting. The techies keep telling me this is not a pacemaker issue but I find it questionable that all this nonsense started with the last tuneup. Any thoughts from others?

Posted by Elmo on 2015-02-28 05:16. 9 comments. 356 reads
 
Hi,

I had my pacemaker inserted on Tuesday in UK and was told my FIRST check up would be in three months time.

Looking at various postings others seem to be having their first check within 1 or 2 months and in in some cases even less.

What is the normal amount of time or is it based purely upon the individual?











Posted by Smallm on 2015-02-25 08:37. 2 comments. 177 reads
 
Hi

I had a dual chamber fitted 3 weeks ago and I have felt a tightness in my chest since this pacemaker fitted any one any ideas why, I have been back to cardio unit who have adjusted settings but tightness still there,

The reason in had pacemaker installed as heart was skipping a beat and also it was stopping for 5-10 secs at a time also..

Thanks

Posted by NonnaElaine on 2015-02-19 12:45. 1 comments. 162 reads
 
Hi! I had a Sorin PM implanted 8 years ago in Phila., PA. I did well. In the last 4 years I moved to Maryland. I went to a cardiologist in the Bethesda area who does not have the Sorin software. I always need to make an appointment when the rep is in town and he lives about near Bethleham Pa. What happens if I have a problem and the rep is 150 miles away? I would like to have a doc in the Bethesda/DC area that has the software in the office. Does anyone know of one? Also, for the past four years I haven't even seen an electrophysiologist, just the NP. Is this unusual??

Posted by kennyg on 2015-02-18 02:28. 5 comments. 232 reads
 
Had a new Medtronic pacer replaced 2 months ago due to low battery. Leads were ok and I feel ok. But every so often I feel something best described as a pricking sensation which lasts a second or so. I don't remember this with my first pacer. Anyone else have this problem? The hospital where I had the pacer replaced is about a 4 hour plane ride from here so I just can't go to them if it's not real important.
Thanks
Kennyg

Posted by Artist on 2015-02-11 22:15. 5 comments. 332 reads
 
I gave the following letter to my cardiologist's nurse practitioner today:

I would appreciate receiving more information concerning the use of my Merlin Pacemaker Monitor. I received the device approximately two months ago and set it up in accordance with the instructions provided. I have read the instructions and need clarification:

1. Is the Merlin actively monitoring my pacemaker function every night, or is it only performing periodic checks as directed and scheduled by my cardiologist?

2. The instructions say that patients will receive information concerning the specific dates that checks will be performed. I have not received any scheduling information for my Merlin monitor. Has a moni...


Posted by freddyv on 2015-02-11 17:02. 3 comments. 213 reads
 
ok I am probably being paranoid but I think I had a episode last night so I went to DR it has been a little over a month only since I was there I was told I use it 11% upper & 16% lower & says in past I have used it 100% of time is that possible to use it so much then hardly use it I am probably being paranoid but want to hear from others TY

Posted by Norton on 2015-02-11 12:16. 3 comments. 214 reads
 
This pertains to a dual chamber pacemaker. It is set at 60/120 and this setting has remained the same for many years. However, over the past couple of years the atrium pacing usage has increased from 3% to 5% and the ventricular pacing usage has increased from 0% to 1%. Since the pacemaker settings of 60/120 have not changed, does anyone know what is causing the increased pacing usage percents (especially in the atrium). Would appreciate any input. Going to have pacemaker checked tomorrow. Thanks.

Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-02-02 21:51. 4 comments. 284 reads
 
Hi there, I'm on week 6 today of having my pacemaker lead reinserted. It's my understanding that it takes awhile to get the settings perfect. On Friday my doc told me that he foresees that the pacemaker could be taken out within the year as he feels that I am healing from the heart block caused by an Ablation for SVT on the 1st of Dec. I personally am super skeptical about this as I feel like crap most of the time - chest pain, weird bumps and twinges in my chest, lightheadedness, occasional nausea, etc. Anyways, this past Friday he felt that I am doing so well that he basically turned off everything he said and the pacemaker will only kick in if my BPM goes below 50. Since that time I've had wicked irregular heart rate - enough to w...


Posted by Sarah3 on 2015-02-02 15:09. 7 comments. 389 reads
 
A week ago I went for normal interrogation. Was a bit sluggish, not thinking clearly, foggy in fact. Told the tech how I felt. She said the testing would show where adjustments might be needed but that cognitive problems weren't because of a pacemaker. Long story short. She had never worked with Biotronik pacemaker. Did a fat finger button push and totally reset EVERYTHING. Kind of deleted the settings and history. But didn't tell me any of that. Just handed me my copy of the report, reluctantly, and said to call my GP for cognitive issue.
Review of interrogation showed home monitor off and far too many changes to settings made. Took the good counsel of Grateful Heart and started.... expressing concern to EP nurse.
The update t...


Posted by stannita on 2015-01-28 15:56. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
I SEE THE METRONIC REP EVERY 3 MONTHS AND THEN THE MD A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER. SO FAR, AFTER 1 1/2 YEARS WITH PACER, I AM DOING OK AND HAVE 9 YEARS LEFT WITH BATTERY. AM TIRED ALL THE TIME AND SOME DIZZY PROBLEMS. THE REP SAID TO NOTE WHEN I HAVE DIZZYNESS AND WHEN I AM TIRED (TOLD HIM ALL THE TIME). NOW MD OFFICE WANTS TO CANCEL MY APPT FOLLOWING THIS REP APPT AND SCHEDULE 2 MONTHS AWAY. THEY WERE DOUBLE BOOKED WITH PATIENTS.
QUESTION: ANY SENSE TO THIS APPT WITH THE MD?? THE APPT IS TO GO OVER THE REP REPORT.
THANKS FOR INPUT.
NITA

Posted by momameka on 2015-01-27 08:36. 9 comments. 267 reads
 
My heart rate went up to 194bpm so i went to the ER for difficulty breathing they gave me lidocaine (which sent me in convulsions) to lower my heart rate and it did well the hospital Electrophysiologist changed my device settings from it shocking me at 214bpm to 182bpm in which i totally disagreed but they dont understand the mental anguish this device causes,and yes i am aware that its there to save my life and im very appreciative for that my problem is when the doctors dont include me in my life decisions....

Posted by Sarah3 on 2015-01-26 18:36. 3 comments. 217 reads
 
That is what the technician has determined. First allow me to say that Mercury is most indeed retrograde. I was not able to see my EP today so the tech did her thing. Knew it was going to be interesting when she fat fingered the keyboard and put my pm in OMG emergency bells and whistles thumper mode. From there it was keystone cops déjà vu. It included a call to the manufacturer to see if they could load the settings remotely or if there was a button she could push or icon to click to recapture what she had just wiped out... ha! Finally she did a tag team approach with another tech and I was able to resume breathing normally.
Long story short, none of the issues I brought up are due to PM. Said I need to go to primary care fo...


Posted by mara on 2015-01-26 13:09. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
3rd AV block 1/23/2014 = St Jude pacer. Now experiencing light headedness, deep breaths, some chest " fluttering". Everything fine for exactly 1 year & now experiencing issues!



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