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Posted by donsabi on 2016-04-18 01:46. 1 comments. 228 reads
 
Hope I am in the right forum.
My pacemaker was implanted July 2015. During my first checkup I complained of lack of energy. My EP tweaked my pacemaker to a 70 HR and that corrected the problem. Since them I have had the occassions where my HR dropped to 45 - 55 bpm.
I am using an Omron BP meter and my Oximeter to observe my HR. One doctor told me that my home equipment cannot pick up all the beats and that is why I get a low reading.
The past few days I have been getting these low readings again and during those periods I feel tired and fatigues. Since noon today my HR is 70bpm and I am doing fine. I see my EP next month.
Comments appreciated. Thanks.





Posted by Helotail on 2016-04-13 17:06. 9 comments. 436 reads
 
Hello-
I could use some help in interpreting the interrogation report that I received today.

I am a 46 year old female with a St. Jude dual-chamber pacemaker that was implanted in August of 2015 for Sick Sinus Syndrome. I have had to have a number of interrogations since implant because the impedance in the leads continues to drop on a regualar basis and they want to monitor it. At previous interrogations there were some alerts (for PMT's and High Venticular rate), but at today's interrogation I had a 5 alerts for:
- Atriual Noise Reversion
- Venticular Noise Reversion
- High Venticular Rate detected (150 counts in 3 months)
- Exceeded AT/AF Burden (longest epoisode was 3+ hours)
- PMT has o...


Posted by frankmcw on 2016-04-08 07:12. 2 comments. 423 reads
 
I had a Medtronic Advisa DR MRI A2DR01 implanted in Nov'15 due to bradycardia & heart block events during runs. After beginning running again in Jan'16 the pacemaker (or maybe my natural heart function) did a great job of maintaining around 140+ bpm throughout 40 to 50 minutes runs. Then, in Mar'16 my heart began blocking again at 20 to 30 minutes into the run (from 140 to down below 120 bpm) making further running anaerobic. Yesterday my Medtronic rep evaluated and turned "Rate Adaptive AV" from Off to On and made the following settings:
Upper Sensor Rate - 160 bpm
Rate Adaptive AV Start Rate - 90 bpm
Rate Adaptive AV Stop Rate - 150 bpm
Min Paced AV - 140 ms
Min Sensed AV - 110 ms
I'm no medical profession...


Posted by dhusemann on 2016-04-07 07:53. 0 comments. 294 reads
 
well I started a cardio rehab program, three times during it I almost passed out. so at 3 month follow up no adjustments were made, and a tilt table test scheduled.

Guess it isn't very common to have a tilt table test after already having a pacemaker/icd implant already. Nurse was enjoying not to have to put a 12 lead ekg. on.

well the day of the test, the drive that would normally take 40 mins tops ended up taking right at 2 hours. first bp was done laying down and was 184/101, raised me to standing position. dropped to 121/74, measured in 2 min increments. forget the numbres around the same for the first 4 readings. at 10 mins was going to get Nitroglycerin

at around 9:30 seconds my eye starte...


Posted by Robbierong on 2016-04-03 08:44. 2 comments. 166 reads
 
Just found out about the pacemakers club in the last week , I have had a pacemaker for the last 10 yrs , I,live in whangarei nz ,the pacemaker clinc come north from Auckland to check on us every three months , I would like to take this opputunity to thank them for all they have done . Due for a new battery hoping all goes well.

Posted by harmbeat on 2016-03-30 09:03. 12 comments. 392 reads
 
Does anyone know the answer to
Whether the percentage of pacing for the resynchronisation device (not a pacemaker) is set by how well your heart is functioning or is it a pre set percentage by the technician?
many thanks for your kind response or where i can read about it





Posted by Debs59 on 2016-03-30 01:23. 1 comments. 225 reads
 
Hi! Had my three month interrogation yesterday and it went well! I am so glad I listened to my Doctor who did not want me lifting anything over five lbs and not to lift my implant arm above my shoulder for a full three months! My cardiologist does want to make some changes with a guided ultrasound with the Medtronic rep...ever heard of that? I also found out my third lead is not screwed in like the other two leads. It just flops around in my vein. Everything is good...thanks for listening!

Posted by marylandpm on 2016-03-22 15:54. 2 comments. 347 reads
 
PM is Medtronic A2DR01 MyCareLink model 24950. Can it record when I am in A-Fib? I received the monitor when I got the PM but it was never set up for monitoring.
Thanks,
Jack

Posted by serah28 on 2016-03-13 16:27. 6 comments. 586 reads
 
I know it might look like a silly question but can a pacemaker monitoring show if I had a heart attack ?

Posted by jsne on 2016-03-12 10:54. 2 comments. 339 reads
 
Well was back in for my treadmill test, follow on from 24 Holter monitor, then back x2 for more tweaking.
Monitor showed what I've said for a while HR 110bpm most of the time, treadmill along with various adjustments showed 2:1 HB and at times complete HB, and atypical Aflutter/tachycardia for most of the test period . May explain why I'm getting PM tachy. Tried a couple of days with minimal setting put was so puffed and could hardly climb one short flight of stairs, but slept better as my HR was good and low, got reset with a bit more oomph but had a rubbish night, and back to ache in chest and ?phonetic pacing.
Going to try Donedarone again to see if that settles the Af/t then will try and get the PM setting sorted.
If thi...


Posted by Icuh8n on 2016-03-07 20:17. 2 comments. 307 reads
 
Well it's 13/days since my crtd implant and its also my first checkup since the surgery.It seems like I am recuperating from my cabgx3 though not as bad. I mean I wasn't laid out like after bypass, but feel weak. My shoulder is painful but doc doesn't want me using arm sling, so HE threw it away.( he took advantage of me the day after the procedure,hee hee! lol). I do feel tired all the time but maybe it's my body telling me that I just have to adjust to the device and enjoy the benefits it will give me for the years to come.!

Posted by ER on 2016-03-06 00:50. 4 comments. 606 reads
 
My husband is going to get his pacemaker checked by the Pacemaker representative. When he had his first checkup he was not told anything. Just a long sheet was printed. Are there questions that we can ask the Pacemaker representative or is that not allowed? When I read this message board so many of you have so much information about your pacemakers and their settings and we don't know anything. What questions should we be asking to understand what is going on? Any questions you can suggest to ask would be appreciated.

Posted by Ann54 on 2016-03-05 20:49. 6 comments. 548 reads
 
After 5 years of Afib medication and heart Oblation my husband received a pacemaker May 2015 after wearing a monitor and low heart rate April 2015 (braddycardia)

It seems his pacemaker is very high tech lots of special setting to help with fast heart beats , afib and much more its like a pocket watch in his chest it also has 2 leads

I am posting today b/c we are both confused about on information we are given concerning results of transmissions ,
office visits and home transmissions

My husband is very active and he's in his late 50's
his doctor seems pleased about this ... and they say its good he gets his heart rate up but says not to over due

He sees his cardiologist every 6 mont...


Posted by Pastorm on 2016-02-27 10:53. 8 comments. 610 reads
 
I was lying in bed and took my pulse. It was 57. I thought your rate couldn't go below your set rate. In My case it's set for 60. I started to worry because it would go between 57 and 61! Is this normal? My PM was installed 11/27/15. Thanks!

Posted by Sarbear on 2016-02-19 05:03. 4 comments. 505 reads
 
Hey there-I'm 25 years old and just got a pacemaker a few weeks ago. I feel great-had my two week appointment last week and everything seems to be going well. I was just wondering what to expect at the following appointments. This past appointment my EP checked to make sure the scar was healing and tested the pacemaker-it only took about 10-15 minutes. Will appointments normally be longer than this? I was the last one of the day so maybe they were rushed. I haven't had any sort of echo or x-ray since leaving the hospital-is this normal? I'm always concerned something is moved, and would love to have confirmation that its in place! I'd definitely appreciate any guidance/advice you may have!

Posted by ellen53 on 2016-02-19 02:49. 2 comments. 352 reads
 
I am thinking about moving up to the Waco, DFW, Corsicana area and will need a new EP. Anybody out there from any of these cities with an EP they would recommend? I am happy with my EP here in the Rio Grande Valley, but I got a hankering to move closer to my daughter and her family. Any advice will be appreciated.

Posted by yuribery on 2016-02-18 14:04. 2 comments. 458 reads
 
Hi, everybody!

1. My PM was set at 70 b/m. The observed range: 75 – 93.
Yesterday it was 68, first time below 70. Should I worry?
2. From the first day after procedure, I have pain in my color bone right above PM. 7 month later — the same. Intensity of the pain varies. Is it common?
3. Sleeping on the left side is difficult, always was, but now it worsened significantly. I wake up because of burning sensation in the heart area. Could it be PM related.

I'll be very grateful to anybody who would help me out. Many thanks.

Yuri.

Posted by Al on 2016-02-18 02:44. 1 comments. 363 reads
 
My atrial or ventricular long term histogram shown in my Interrogation Reports does not show any pacing between rates 70 and 100 bpm. Does this mean that my Rate Response has not been effective? But the Rate Response Optimization is ON.
Can someone comment? Thanks a lot in advance.
--Al


Posted by debbie21 on 2016-02-17 03:51. 4 comments. 446 reads
 
Hoping I can get some help. When your pacemaker is interogated does your clinic give you any kind of report...should they if I ask be willing to? Also how often do you have your pacemaker interrogated?I feel like my cardiologist has limited involvement and most of my checkups are just with electrophysiologist...Considering finding new doctors. Any suggestions for Dallas, Texas..?

Posted by luriajoseph on 2016-02-14 15:23. 2 comments. 485 reads
 
Hi,
I am delighted to find this site. It's taken quite a while to find workable settings for my medtronics pacemaker, inserted in 2014. I love to hike and as I slow my pace to climb hills, and simultaneously need more heart rate, the HR of course drops because activity sensors sense less kinetic activity. It's been a problem and has cramped my style. It's complicated by orthostatic hypotension, which can be triggered just by stopping and standing still or initiating movement. So I manage and do a few workarounds for both of these.

My electrophysiologist recently raised my ADL setting to 96. But it seems to take more than a bit of activity for me to reach a HR of 96. Just puttering around the house won't do it. And the thres...




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