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Posted by ericnz on 2014-09-13 20:27. 5 comments. 251 reads
 
Hi, I am new to the Club and have only had a Biotronik dual lead for 10 months to try and help me with my Atrial Fibrillation as I am intolerant to most Heart drugs.

I am curious to know what my pacemaker self tests are and how often are they implemented as I fell sometimes that I notice them in action . Or is my imagination ?
I am rather sensitive to any irregular heart beats.

Perhaps some one can advise me please ?

Posted by jude115 on 2014-09-12 18:47. 9 comments. 303 reads
 
I see everyone asking about what to do to get cheap alternative to landline. really who has them anymore. this is Ludacris. I have not seen anyone with an answer.

Posted by Dee224 on 2014-09-11 00:16. 5 comments. 201 reads
 
I have a Medtronics Revo SureScan Pacemaker, implanted due to complete heart block back in Feb. For the most part all is good, with a couple of issues. Mainly it is that sometimes my pacer quits pacing...then proceeds to kick back in after I stop what I am doing and rest a minute. My settings were changed a couple months ago to 60 -150, and the delay was shortened. This improved my ability to swim laps. I am not a fast swimmer, but I need to get in the pool 3 x a week to keep my joints going (59 and arthritis). I usually do laps for about an hour.

I had one instance when walking uphill to my car in Durango, CO (7900 ft elev) when the pacer cut out. It was a warm day. I have had repeated instances of this happening after taking ...


Posted by 2for1 on 2014-09-10 01:46. 7 comments. 309 reads
 
Dear All, I am 56 and was given a pacer a year ago for 2-1 AV heart block. Prior to pace I had no symptoms except for some mild exercise limitation (I would get out of breath when running).

Post pacer I have fatigue, constant cough, and echo shows my ejection fraction has gone down (heart less efficient). General health declined and stayed worse for a year.

I am thinking of having the pacer turned off to see if my overall
health improves. Of course I understand this runs the risk of
fainting or worse, but I was undiagnosed for years and had no problems at all, especially none compared to what I have now.
Even stopping it for a week would be a useful experiment.
For example it would show if co...


Posted by belle on 2014-09-09 21:02. 0 comments. 79 reads
 
I wish I could go back to the scared depressed person I was when I was diagnosed with chf. I went I to a major depression. If u feel depressed there is help out there. I had gone to one dr who told me well I guess your heart will hold out for maybe 2 years, then you would prob need a transplant. I will never forget that day it was a beautiful spring day. My daughter had to literally help me walk out of his office. Not due to my heart but the statements this dr made. Needless to say I never went back to him and now refer to him as Dr. Jesus. Never ever did I think my ef would go up to 45. I wish I could go back to that scared person who was me and whisper don't worry. First diagnosed at age 45

Posted by belle on 2014-09-09 19:48. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
I asked the dr if it could be the pacemaker that made my ef go up. He was stunned that it had gone up. My dr reads the echo never heard of a computer reading it. I was at 10 per cent and was being evaluated for a heart transplant. I go to a dr in New York at Colimbia Pres Hospital who only sees patients with possible heart transplants. I also have a regular cardio near my home. To boot, I was told at the time they put the new. Defibrillator in that the one was damaged. I have no idea. My doctor was stunned. I will be on meds all my life, I asked my dr does this mean my heart is stronger. He said yes. I reminfpded him how he always told me that ef was just a number. I have no idea. When I was first diagnosed I went through a 1 ...


Posted by NormaLou on 2014-09-09 01:02. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
This may seem like a dump questions, but I have had my PM for three years and mostly everything seems good. For the past couple weeks, however, I am low on energy and everything seems to be an effort. What are some of the symptoms that would require resetting the PM? Thanks.

Posted by ACRUR25 on 2014-09-08 21:58. 4 comments. 146 reads
 
I have a St Jude Pacer and my upper limit is 180 is this consistent with everyone else????


Thanks,
26 y/o Joshua Shumate

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-09-07 00:54. 5 comments. 168 reads
 
On my usual 1 1/2 walk up and down a very steep hill (Ski Hill Circle)and two lesser hills (all paved streets) tonight for the first time I exceeded my PM setting of 60-120 with symptoms of being a bit out of breath, nervous, a bit light headed at times, and a higher heart rate throughout out the rest of the routine evening walk. I walk this route at least 3 times a week and usually get my heart rate up over 120 at the top, 108-111 on the next less steep rise, and in the 90's to 70's coming down. On the next hill, max 108, on the 3rd hill up to 115-122 if I push it and on flat stretches 70's and 80's-- even 60's. Tonight my heart rate stayed up much higher the whole time (max 124 , and over 120 many times, 111-117 where it used to be 80'...


Posted by trish on 2014-09-05 00:43. 2 comments. 160 reads
 
Had interrogation and echo stress Tuesday. Was told I was fine after complaining of shortness of breath. Cardiologist said to get a personal trainer or do pilates. Stated I needed to work harder. I do work hard, have large house. No outside help and have large garden , do all weeding, trimming mulching etc myself. Complained of sob when'd doing deep water areobics. So I guess I have to do even more. I thought I was very active for my age. 76'. Doc says I am in make or break decade. Trisha

Posted by kelsey1 on 2014-09-03 20:13. 3 comments. 203 reads
 
Can someone tell me what is checked for on the pacemaker every 6 months and what the doctor does as well. Just thinking maybe they make readjustments or something to tune it to a different signal. Thank you

Posted by BWilks on 2014-08-31 15:22. 5 comments. 199 reads
 
Bit of a long one I'm afraid! Last November I was 5 months pregnant I I began to notice a popping sensation over the top of my pace maker which made me breathless. I went to doctors and was told it was HEARTBURN :( had 24 hour ecgs which shown ectopic beats, still noting was done and was blamed on the pregnancy. had my baby end of January and the symptoms become worse so they decided to do a pace check, only to find my battery had died and pacemaker was faulty! I only use mine on demand. So they've replaced it in march, took 6 weeks for the symptoms to settle down. It has now started again, they think I may have become pace sensitive but I don't use it that much and it's keeping me awake at night :( basically wondering if anyone had anyth...


Posted by kelsey1 on 2014-08-31 13:30. 1 comments. 124 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker about 6 months now and it seems to be working fine. However sometime's I get a tingling light numb feeling in my right hand. After about 20 min. it goes away. Do you think it could be anxiety because I suffer from that or maybe the medicine I take for anxiety and blood pressure. The Heart Doctor checked me out a couple of months ago and said everything looks good.

Posted by trish on 2014-08-28 19:32. 2 comments. 376 reads
 
Saw cardiologist today for shortness of breath and feeling that heart rate was nit fast enough for activity. Scheduled for interrogation, echo and stress test next Tues. he mentioned pacemaker syndrome. Can anyone explain what that is. Trisha

Posted by kmom on 2014-08-25 19:38. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
Had my 3 MO post PM check today. Pacing at about 60% atrial and about 2-4% ventricle. Still having bouts of AFIB although they said it was down a little from last time. Overall only about a little less than 1% of the time with heart rates peaking at about 150 to 160 so it wasn't really that bad. The question he asked me was did I want to try to bump up the medication, try something else or just wait it out for the A-fib. I feel of course lousy when I go into afib But it's usually only for a little bit (the longest was 17 min) and had over the last 3 months 30 episodes. I can usually sit down and just let it pass. So right now I choose to just wait and see. They did adjust the settings a little (nothing to do with A-fib) because I felt bett...


Posted by trish on 2014-08-25 01:30. 9 comments. 267 reads
 
I have Medtronic dual pacemaker for about 7 months Lately I seem to be short of breath ,feel faint when instant up after sitting. Also feel rate does not keep up with activity ot water aerobics heart just seems to pound rather than increase rate,no should I see cardiologist? Trisha

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-24 02:21. 9 comments. 271 reads
 
Had my first programming yesterday on my new crt. Due to the fact I'm 100% paced with av node ablation he wanted to check to make sure had no natural beat so they warned me then started shutting down crt device. Let them know at 20 bpm I was passing out and they brought me back up. He wanted me to experience my unit failing on me. What a trip. Wasn't expecting it. Puts a little more dependency in the back of your mind on how important that little computer box is.

Posted by WillieG on 2014-08-22 13:44. 6 comments. 333 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 10 weeks now for 2nd degree heart block occurring only with strenuous exercise. I have had my settings changed 4 times. I recently had a 2nd opinion at the Cleveland Clinic. They changed the AV Search + from off to on and the Minute Ventilation to "off" from ART only. The other changes are in the Paced AV delay from 80 - 300 ms to 100 - 180 ms and the Sensed AV delay from 65 - 240 ms to 85 - 150 ms. They explained that the pacemaker should now only kick in when I need it. At the beginning I was pacing 13% of the time, then up to 69% and I haven't been back to see what it is now. Would anyone know of a book that is easy to read to explain these settings? I can seem to find anything on line that goes over ...


Posted by bexy on 2014-08-22 10:37. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
I've just had my 6 week check after having my first pacemaker and everything is as it should be, but they've found another arithmya due to palpitations I've been having.
I have my print out but don't know what it means.
AT/AF 350ms (171bpm)
VT Detection 400ms (150bpm)

Can anyone tell me what this means? I presume it's the arithmya?


Posted by AnaLena on 2014-08-21 18:48. 3 comments. 218 reads
 
This is to thank everyone who has encouraged contacting your physicians and insisting on what you need. Especially noting that the EP may be more attentive to your pacemaker than to you and your pacemaker.
I'm 73, had sudden onset of intermittent 2 degree and complete ventricular block last fall. No other cardiac issues (or other health issues). My pacemaker was implanted at the end of January without any problems. It took about 4 1/2 months for all the little twitches and tingles, etc. to disappear. I tried to increase my exercise level and kept running into SOB with my heart rate staying at maybe 70-80. Not increasing to match my exertion. So, hearing your encouragement in my ears, I moved my pacemaker checkup earlier than schedule...




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