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Posted by kjake on 2014-12-24 12:15. 3 comments. 172 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. 158 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. 249 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. 128 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. 252 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. 252 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. 343 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. 137 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. 232 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?

Posted by DavidStarnes on 2014-12-05 17:23. 9 comments. 358 reads
 
Having had one of my family members receive a device, I was shocked (no pun intended) to see that see was not being followed by remote follow-up. Her physician's office didn't have anyone adequately trained. Remote Follow-up provides a wealth of information.

I have worked with 3 out of the 5 device companies for 20+ years, and know of a great company that provides this service to cardiologist's offices. If your cardiologist is not providing this service for you, contact me directly and I will send them info.

David Starnes
davidstarnes1@gmail.com
832.428.7672

Posted by jtimothy on 2014-12-05 15:44. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
I'm an occasional runner and a serious bicyclist which probably gave me a low heart rate 45 - 50 bpm. I've also got Parkinson's. Whereas I can perform fairly well in my sports, I have shortness of breath when walking up an incline or flight of steps without some warmup. After a series of cardio and pulmonary tests, I was diagnosed with CI. I had a pacemaker installed a couple of months ago, but I still have the SOB problem. My PM doesn't really boost my heart rate significantly until 60 seconds after I start to climb the steps, and in the interim I start panting heavily. I'm going for an adjustment of my PM this coming week and am wondering what feature needs tweaking. I have a Boston Scientific Ingenio dual lead. Any advice with s...


Posted by Moongodesss on 2014-12-02 17:16. 1 comments. 146 reads
 
Hi, Has anyone else had a pocket revision done after only 9 months with the original pacemaker. This revision has been awfull and the tech can't seem to get the settings to work for my heart. I feel tired and the extra work my heart seems to be doing is wearing me out. Could use some help. Thanks, Nanci

Posted by aicha on 2014-11-29 07:35. 6 comments. 306 reads
 
Hi everyone, I live in the UK so don't have to pay for treatment, which may have a bearing on this?!

Had my PM 3 years ago, dual chamber for bradycardia. All sort of fine till 6 weeks ago, started getting pain in chest on exertion - 10, 20, 50 paces and have to stop and rest - going upstairs on all fours.

PM clinic checked settings 3 weeks ago and found no problem - they refuse to check them again as they are convinced it is not PM problem. My GP says there is no chest problem, ECG and chest x-Ray fine.

Am now at my wits end and don't know what to do - I'm 65 but feel 80 - sometimes get a kind of electric shock in the vein where the leads are - any suggestions?

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-11-26 16:41. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
Went today for adjustment. Min reset to 50 from 40 for day time night left at 40. PM rep said after last adjustment 6 days ago my pm use had went from 80% to 25%. I said of cousre because you chaged the min to 40 . Also said rate drop was turned on 6 days ago and it was activated 6 times, i'm thinking that was also because 40 was set as min, with a min of 50 I don't think rate drop will be activated as much because pm will kick in at 50. Hopefully 50 will help with just feeling spent all the time. Have appointment in 4 weeks again to see how I like new settings. I did question the rep about setting below 60, she said "approx 80 % of PM are set min of 60 " also said active and young people are much harder to set, adjustments are necessary...


Posted by TJ319 on 2014-11-24 17:33. 5 comments. 363 reads
 
This week I had a 6 month check-up with my cardiology group including an interrogation of my PM. I've had it just over a year and the past 6 months have been very good after a rough start up. The technician asked a simple question regarding how I feel when walking. I answered "fine" and then mentioned that, when I run, the first half mile or so is a bit difficult as my system comes up to steady state. He decided to make two adjustments, although I did not ask for them. He increased the slope setting and changed the recovery setting from medium to slow. It seemed like a good idea at the time. From the moment I left the doctor's office on Friday throughout the weekend I had difficulty. Every time I made any kind of quick move my heart...


Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2014-11-24 07:22. 1 comments. 184 reads
 
What if any are the benefits of having rate response on for a reasonably good for age runner.

So far as I know I don't have a problem with upper rate which was hitting 165 on exertion a few days prior to implant. Or with my HB responding naturally to increased effort.
Pre Implant Garmin curves show a rapid initial surge in HB followed by a gradual increase as the miles built up.

Was lowered at first check up but still don't feel great and some odd fluctuations in HB have been recorded on my Garmin.

If there are some positives I can do the pro's and cons bit before asking them to turn it off altogether which, at the moment I am inclined to do.

I've had some good guidance about what is happen...


Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2014-11-21 13:41. 5 comments. 249 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. 146 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. 315 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. 246 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...




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