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Posted by Jj on 2015-01-12 20:09. 1 comments. 218 reads
 
Hi
Can anyone explain what is an AMS episode that is detected on an interrogation? How many are normal and are 600 in 3 months considered a lot? Any info will be appreciated .

Posted by sweetcheeks on 2015-01-12 15:57. 2 comments. 167 reads
 
First PM check up today at 4 weeks post op due to a couple of settling in problems. My pm is doing a great job and i've decided to call mine Precious:). I am pacing100% in the top main lead,
I had been getting a wee flutter feeling and I could feel a pulsing now and again in my left ribs which I was told today was because my lower lead was set really high in surgery (which apparently is normal to see how you go in the first weeks) They lowered it slightly today.( Theknotguy on here was right about that)
Only 4 weeks in and i'm doing brilliant.
My blood pressure keeps dropping which has makes me a bit dizzy sometimes but the technician today said the surgeon will see the report and hope to try reduce the Verapamil slightly...


Posted by breeze on 2015-01-11 11:52. 0 comments. 203 reads
 
Good morning - I have not been here for quite sometime well at least not to post - I do come in and read the posts
Anyways, I now have a question
I have had my PM for 5 years and have had no problems - I send remote transmissions to my EP every 3 months - Nov of last year I had my yearly check up - to make a long story short - the Medtronic ppl made some changes - my EP came in and saw the changes - he said "she will not like that" and changed them back and I guess in the process he made a slight change - so I asked will I feel this and he said "no" however since that time I have had nothing but PVC's - especially at nite - so I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen? oh and I will be calling my EP tomor...


Posted by Jeff on 2015-01-08 22:16. 4 comments. 324 reads
 
Hi All
I recently had a routine device check up. The test showed that my ICD had responded to two incidents with shocks both around 2am while I was sleeping. From reading other accounts of ICD shocks the general sense I get is, that it is something that would have woken me and or would have felt something. My doctor told me this also. Anyone experienced this or have input to help me with this? I always appreciate everyone taking the time to help.


Posted by arizlori on 2015-01-07 13:21. 4 comments. 503 reads
 
Recently at my interrogation, I was told offhandedly that I had a cardiac event on September 5th. I didn't ask what that meant but I should have. I certainly don't recall anything happening on 9/5. Does anybody know what that means when they say "cardiac event or incident?"

Thanks

Posted by Jj on 2015-01-05 19:32. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
I requested a copy of my telephone interrogation of my ICD from my doctor. I am getting a run around. Am I entitled to a copy and does anyone have a suggestion in getting it.
Thanks

Posted by Nikki-porter on 2015-01-02 23:12. 3 comments. 317 reads
 
Hey everyone. I am 30 years old and I have a dual lead St Jude pacemaker. I guess I should start from the beginning. In January of 2014, I started having a lot of issues. Constantly high heart rate, palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache and extreme fatigue. I could not walk 5 feet without my heart racing. After a few wrong doctors, I was finally referred to an electrophysiologist. By this time, it was April. She did a stress test, which I could not finish because y heart rate got to over 200 and I was gasping for breath. She also put me on a 30 day event monitor. When I got the results from it, she diagnosed me with inappropriate sinus tachycardia. The lowest my heart was during the 30 days was around 130. I had already be...


Posted by Spunky_1 on 2015-01-02 11:31. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
I've had my PM for SSS for almost 5 months. I will be meeting with a Rep. for the first time Jan 7th. Since I'm new to all of this:
Q:What should I ask him about???

I am really young, I was very active prior to heart issues, and I have several autoimmune diseases (if that makes any difference). Advice/questions to ask would be very much appreciated!!

Thank you,

Spunky_1

Posted by ArchGirl09 on 2014-12-29 21:35. 6 comments. 306 reads
 
Hello. I've had a pacemaker most of my life and always used a land line and a corded phone to do my remote quarterly check-up, until I moved out of my parents' house. I was trying to avoid paying for a land line as I use my cell exclusively, so I asked the monitoring company if I could just put my cell phone in the cradle instead, and hey, it worked! Before I got my first of 2 new pacers last year (long story, but I still only have one) the techs told me they had a model that had wireless transmission capabilities and I could basically just set it up in my bedroom at night and it would collect and send what it needed, no phone line or "plug-in's" required. However, what I got was a box that has to physically be plugged into a land line (no...


Posted by Energy on 2014-12-27 15:18. 11 comments. 373 reads
 
I posted a few days ago about pm settings and would ask again... Have any of you who have pm ... Asked if your settings are optimal for you? Or when the Dr. or whoever checks it... Says everything's working fine....you don't question any further....just would like some feedback....

Posted by Energy on 2014-12-26 17:53. 1 comments. 164 reads
 
I recently had my first remote transmission with my St Jude Merlin.
Received my report back and it said " your device is functioning within normal limits and was successfully reviewed.

My question is... Several weeks ago I read on here someone saying " when they say your device (pm) working and doing its job" does that mean it is functioning and set to your optimum setting for you?
I thought of this when I read "functioning within normal limits" .... Is there a more optimal setting and how would you intelligently ask that question...
This seems like a question for the St Jude rep....

Appreciate any feedback on this...

Thanks!

Posted by kjake on 2014-12-24 12:15. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
I was told that my wifi on my pacemaker was not on till the merlen home reader or the doctors pacemaker reader is on. I asked them to turn it off but got the above reponse. I am a computer engineer and donot believe this the pacemakers wifi is aways on to be read. Just like the vise president he had his turned off not a security risk but a cancer one I think.

Posted by davide on 2014-12-24 10:00. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
Hi Guys,
I am a long time member aged 86 and had my second new BIOTRONIC Evia DR device implanted in April 2013 after the last one which functioned perfect for eight years. I am feeling well and have no complaints but would like to konw a good explanation on what the meaning of the check up today December 24 means:
Due to Permanent AFIB the PM implacted is of VVI-R mode.
As mentioned above I am feeling fit and have no complaints and the examining surgeon said that all was functioning well and gave me a new date in eight moths time for routine check up. I know that I have AFIB for years and feel nothing from it.
So what does this mean?
Thanks for any advice
Davide


Posted by wescoot2 on 2014-12-22 22:12. 4 comments. 268 reads
 
Well I'm now post 8 weeks, so far all is well, next month I will be going for my first interrogation. I have a couple of questions. Has anyone used the VA to do their interrogation, and if you have, what are your thoughts. Second, does the person who does the interrogation make any changes necessary on their own, or do they confer with your cardiologist. Finally, any feed back as to what I can expect on this first visit would be appreciated.

Thanks, and Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by CHARLEY3 on 2014-12-22 21:32. 1 comments. 141 reads
 
HAS ANYONE HAD A PROBLEM USING THE MERLIN HOME MONITOR? WE HAVE HAD 2 AND ARE UNABLE TO GET THE DEVICES TO WORK. WE RRECENTLY WERE SENT A NEW ONE AND IT DOESN'T WORK EITHER.

Posted by Narda on 2014-12-19 07:06. 4 comments. 283 reads
 
I am 100% pacemaker dependent because of A/V node ablation. I am set at 70 bpm. It can go up into the 80's just walking from one room to the other and I get winded with very little exercise. Is this normal or am I being paced too fast? I would appreciate any answers. Thanks.
Narda

Posted by kim123 on 2014-12-18 06:53. 6 comments. 274 reads
 
Mu husband had a pacemaker fitted a year ago, diagnosed with 2nddegree heart block 34 pulse. Just been for his check up, was told that his signal was only getting through to the bottom of his heart 20%, so this is why he needs a pm, so he is using it 80% of the time, as he is an anxious person but also wants to know everything about it, he wants to know if he would be dead without the pm, on his notes it says not pacemaker dependant, he is confused, or is it about quality of your life


Posted by Dave H on 2014-12-13 13:54. 4 comments. 364 reads
 
Phone conversation with an EP nurse yesterday: Me: Lately, on the treadmill, I've noticed the max heart rate I can achieve (@ 3mph) is 115 - 120. In the not too distant past, I could get my HR up to 145. Do I need my PM adjusted to permit a higher HR? Nurse's answer: "No, since you are taking Metoprolol, that's what is keeping your pulse from climbing any higher." (BTW, I've been taking 50mg 2X daily Metoprolol, aka Lopressor, for 2 years now).
I'm suspicious of her answer-----I'm under the impression my pacemaker is what controls heart rate (I am pacing 100% since an A-V node ablation 2.5 years ago.)

Any thoughts?
--Dave--

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-11 19:39. 2 comments. 153 reads
 
Went to the doctor today for a medtronic testing. The reason my heart pulse goes below the 60 setting is because I like others have an extra heart beat that fools the pulse ometer. Turns out all is working correctly and I accomplished more today than in months pre- pacemaker. Thanks for all the great feedback!

Posted by kawasherpa on 2014-12-07 21:19. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
What do the volt readings mean? At my 2 week check up they lowered the volts but I only know they lowered from 3.5. Is there a number we should be at or is different for each of us?



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