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Posted by Marinade on 2014-03-18 17:42. 13 comments. 261 reads
 
I had a CRT-P implanted 3 weeks ago. The EP thought my extreme exhaustion (in spite of an EF of 45 and appropriate meds for cardiomyopathy) may be due to the wide dyssynchrony of my ventricles. Within minutes of some adjustments at the one week post-implant device check, I felt completely normal for the first time since being diagnosed with heart failure and Left Bundle Branch Block in Jan 2013. I have been in bed for the vast majority of the last 13 months, so I know I need to transition back into normal life slowly as I have lost stamina and muscle tone. Maybe I have been over doing it, but for the last two days I feel like I am back to pre-implant functioning. I am too tired to get out of bed and feeling very discouraged. Any ideas why ...


Posted by Beach Boy on 2014-03-16 18:33. 3 comments. 198 reads
 
I have a question concerning the relationship if any,
between Pacemakers and Atrial High Rate Episodes?

Background:

For the first 2/1/2 years since my Pacemaker was implanted,
I have had no episodes of Atrial High Incidents.

However, the last two interrogation reports, indicated episodes
of Atrial High Incidents. Most were of very short duration,
under one minuite. Also, they were clustered in one to two
day periods, occurring over several months.

I did an analysis of the data in the Interrogation Reports,
and noticed that the percentage of Pacing for the Ventricle
was declining; while the percentage of Atrial and Ventricular
Sensing was increasing. T...


Posted by kelsey1 on 2014-03-12 22:01. 6 comments. 180 reads
 
I had my St Jude pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago and everything went well. When I left the Hosiptal my pacemaker was set at 60. After a couple of weeks I went in to get my pacemaker checked and everything looked go. I request that my pacemaker be increased from 60 to 65 because I felt like my energy level was a little low and it made a difference. However it now seems my blood pressure has dropped from 118/74 to as low as 94/65. Im a little worried and again could this be because of the adjustmefnt of my heart rate of my pacemaker or could it be the medcine I am taking. By the way I was a smoker up until 9 month ago and then noticed my blood pressure was going down by itself. Please help

Posted by quickclick on 2014-03-10 13:04. 4 comments. 144 reads
 
Going for my first PM checkup Wed. Any suggestions for good questions that I can ask? I don't know if my examiner is a EP or not since this is all new to me. I will be sure to ask that question for sure.

Posted by chuck on 2014-03-06 13:26. 1 comments. 108 reads
 
was not clear in my post yesterday trying to get an idea what oyther people are charged by clinics for merlin at home services

Posted by MRVista on 2014-03-06 10:59. 2 comments. 126 reads
 
I posted a few weeks ago and have seen the DR since. No improvements to my breathless and tiring easily.
He is having me come in today . A rep from Boston Scientific will be there. Hopefull like so many posts ive read here an adjustment can make a difference.
I am 85 and in good condition other then this. I have a veggie garden to get in, but it knocks me out. I don't mind paying for some help. I just don't last long out there

Posted by chuck on 2014-03-05 13:24. 4 comments. 160 reads
 
i am charged 350.00 each time my clinic test and never get results

Posted by ejs on 2014-03-04 18:10. 4 comments. 180 reads
 
My heart checks out as okay. I had five vessel open heart surgery and there is only one small area that may not get adequate blood. The pacemaker is for brachacardia
You know the feeling when they turn up your pacemaker to see if it works, I seem to get that a good portion of the time. I wonder if the voltage is set too high. Recent changes, I have trouble getting my heartrate over 120 and just had the MV setting turned on.
History:
7/11 Stroke, lost use of left hand and leg, while an inpatient they kept asking me if I was an athlete, my heart rate would go below 50 and that is when the machine beeps. While learning to walk and use my hand, fatigue, had real trouble getting heartrate to go over 100. I was 58 and was...


Posted by albyone on 2014-03-03 15:41. 5 comments. 171 reads
 
On January 29 of this year I had a av node ablation. Can anyone tell me what the normal settings are for the pacemaker after this type of ablation. Thanks

Albyone

Posted by emba on 2014-03-03 13:20. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
Hi, I've just joined, although I was given the pacemaker 2 years ago. I read a lot of information on this site then and I'm really grateful to everyone who has described their experiences which I found reassuring.
I'm writing now because I have been having problems for about the last 10 days. Up until then I was feeling very healthy.
I started feeling light headed, very tired, not able to focus and slow in my thoughts. Also I could feel my heart beating with some strong irregular beats when I was in the recovery phase after some mild exercise. It wasn't beating regularly again until I had rested a lot. (During exercise it is also beating regularly.) None of this has happened before.

I went to the doctor on Friday who ...


Posted by HK on 2014-03-02 14:49. 8 comments. 331 reads
 
Hello everyone,
I wanted to update, all who are interested, about some recent changes my Cardio/EP made to my PM During my recent checkup and PM check I heard from both the Medtronic Rep and my Cardio that my PM is functioning fine. To that I responding " I am glad my PM is functioning well but I am not" and I added that I am disappointed in my lack of ability to function well and once again I added that I have been complaining of weakness, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. I know those complaints sound familiar to many on this site. My cardio ordered a stress test (basically I think to appease me because they looked at me as if I was a mental case). Even my family was doubting my symptoms were real. anyway, the date of the te...


Posted by johnnyc on 2014-03-01 12:55. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
I had a pacemeker installed on February 18. At first checkup on February 28 I was told by nurse that my pacemaker was working fine. There is only one, on demand setting which is for it to activate if my beat goes below 40 per minute. In 11 days the pacemeaker did not have to work.

The next appointment is in 3 months but I was told to resume golf and excercising in 2 months.
Should I not have an appointment in 2 months and with the ok then resme golf and excercising?
Thank you

Posted by Ck on 2014-02-28 17:47. 21 comments. 536 reads
 
I am soooo confused with the pacemaker report. And after searching for answers online, I'm even MORE confused! Hoping someone can help interpret what all this means.

At the clinic today they made several adjustments.

To catch you up on me and my trials/woes: I've been having problems with fatigue/lightheaded since my implant 2 years ago. After a year of trying to correct it, I gave up and stopped seeing my EP- just sent in my quarterly downloads. With the new year I decided life was too short to waste it sitting in a chair, so I am "interviewing" EPs in hopes of finding a good one.

Feb 14 (ironic, right?!) was my first visit with the EP. Met with him and then did the clinic where she changed my rate respons...


Posted by may123 on 2014-02-27 17:22. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
I have only had my pacemaker 2 months...I went to get it adjusted for the first time due to feeling tired...the tech raised it almost 20 points...he said I would feel better...is this normal to raise it so high so soon....should it be gradual..anyway within an hour I ended up in the ER! Who do I trust now???






Posted by Dazzler on 2014-02-27 09:14. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi, well i am at the hospital tomorrow for my checkup to see if my Pacemaker is ready to be replaced, been back and fore about 6 time now Since May 2103, which i keep getting told another 6 months showing on the battery. Been 21 months since i was told 9 months left in July 2012.

Anyone else had exoerience of Battery lasting longer than expected. Had this one 8.5 years now, first one was 22 years

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2014-02-25 23:16. 10 comments. 385 reads
 
I had an emergency Medtronics PM double lead, implanted Christmas Eve. I'm a very active 55 y/o Wife, Mother and Grandmother. No heart disease, just electrical conduction issues. In these past two months, I have been tweeked probably 4 times including yesterday.

I am grateful for the PM; it saved my life. But I just haven't felt totally well ever since. Once they got my Afib under control with a BB, and after being treated for a blood clot, I thought I'd be home free. Wouldn't that be nice?

At my cardiologist's office, there is a woman that "interrogates" the devices and makes any adjustments. She is not an EP, an RN or an MD. She has the warm of an iceberg. I am a reasonably intelligent person that paid atte...


Posted by JoMarie on 2014-02-25 07:48. 5 comments. 188 reads
 
Some newbie thoughts:

If my pacemaker is set at 80bpm and has not varied from this so far until this morning, then when I used my blood pressure cuff, the reading is 86 bpm, what then are the permissible tolerance variations? I know that when they ablate the AV node they will set it lower, but I just wondered how you can tell the pacemaker is working properly....

PS Can a pacemaker stop without warning and would this be fatal after AV node ablation? Sorry if these are inane questions, but these things pass through your thoughts especially at night!

Posted by J00ney on 2014-02-25 07:36. 4 comments. 123 reads
 
Hello all,
I have had my pacemaker for nearly 5 weeks, feeling really well. Am going for first check with Cardioogist and tech on Thursday. Am not sure what yo ask apart from 'how's it going?'
So any tips on what I need to know and ask would be helpful.
Thanks
j00ney

Posted by Ck on 2014-02-24 17:41. 6 comments. 220 reads
 
I've scrolled thru a ton of posts, hoping to find one that covers my situation, but couldn't find one. So here goes:

I had a heart attack in 2004- after a 5K- in which I placed 2nd btw. Waited three days and two more episodes before going to the doctor, b/c that's how deep my denial was. Had total occlusion of RCA. Nothing could be done since I had waited, except to go on meds and learn to live with damaged heart muscle. (I was 44 and in awesome shape).
Fast forward to 2007 when I "died". EP thought v-tach but all tests came back ok. On instinct, he implanted a heart monitor.
Now go to Feb 2012. After 4 years of monitoring, it's discovered I have total heart block and need a pm.
I have Medtronic Revo MRI SureScan...


Posted by JoMarie on 2014-02-22 06:14. 3 comments. 181 reads
 
Having just had a pacemaker, I think I can feel and hear it working most nights, in that I have a pulse tinnitus where I can clearly hear my heartbeats (both annoying and sometimes alarming).

When I attend the clinic and they give me checkups on it, does the pacemaker record the demand upon it, ie how often it is being made to work and under what circumstances? I am jotting down a lot of questions for my next visit to both cardiologist and clinic, but this is the foremost one.



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