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Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-04-24 14:44. 9 comments. 261 reads
 
Something interesting for my "CLS buddies":

Spoke to a Biotronik technician today, because I keep getting rate drops while exercising. They either happen in the beginning, or after 20-25 minutes of running. When they happen in the end, the rate will not go up again, no matter what I do. It drops from 160 to around 120, and there simply is no way to increase the rate again.

So, now the tech explained to me that the CLS sensor has a kind of safety feature: If the rate stays at the upper sensor rate limit for some time, the sensor "thinks" that this just cannot be right, and therefore reduces the heart rate. This is based on the presumption that pacemakers are for the elderly people, who are not that active, and who do ...


Posted by freedom1 on 2015-04-24 09:07. 1 comments. 203 reads
 
Does anyone know why I went from 35% to 90% in one year for the bottom part of my PM?

Posted by ma_ku on 2015-04-23 09:07. 4 comments. 282 reads
 
Hi,

I have had a pacemaker for a couple of years now for AV block type 2. Rate response is off and I am using the pacemaker about 8% of the time apparently.

Last week, I had an episode of syncope that resulted in some significant facial injuries. I cut and broke my nose (it now points due East). I was on holiday in Japan at the time and was unable to get my pacemaker checked out there. I did have an interrogation done as soon as I returned to the UK. The pacemaker checked out OK and had not recorded any significant incidents.

I have just received a call from the pacemaker clinic and they have offered to turn on the "rate drop" feature of my pacemaker. I understand that it means that the pacemaker will incre...


Posted by Wolf on 2015-04-21 00:02. 4 comments. 165 reads
 
First post...here goes.
I just had my 2nd icd implanted 3/2/15. I'm 100% VP and never had an issue with slow heart rate before. Twice now in the last 2 weeks my bpm dropped into the 35-40 range for several minutes. Low range on the device is set to 50 so first time went to ER, second time went directly to EP office. Both times they increased the output- 1st time to 3V second to 5V. Leads tested good and EP said no oversensing or other issues with device. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Posted by jsne on 2015-04-19 13:30. 1 comments. 189 reads
 
Have had a monitor on this weekend as still having some kind of arrhythmia problems which do not seem to be getting any better. Question, was out for a gentle cycle ride and a walk round some botanic gardens and had the awful tight feeling in sternum/neck with which I could keep going with but felt uncomfortable (this feeling is with me most of the time),however on the way home was aware that I was feeling good and the tightness had gone. It was almost as if I had to meet a certain rhythm, has crept back now, could RR settings cause you to be too fast when it is unnecessary? . When things are settled feel so close to being sorted Feel very humble moaning after reading the post earlier the good old NHS popped mine in no question asked, we ...


Posted by Energy on 2015-04-15 22:46. 1 comments. 140 reads
 
I just received my remote transmission report from EP dept. they state " your device is functioning within Normal Limits"
I desire optimal function and wonder about within normal limits?
I have appt with cardiologist Friday and would like to have questions regarding this to ask him.
I had battery replaced last July and have only had remote transmission checks... Not one yet in office.

Any feedback appreciated. I also have read about rate response etc... just want optimal functioning. There are times my energy seems low and I question the optimal part.

Posted by Furbs on 2015-04-13 20:47. 5 comments. 176 reads
 
I recently had a pacemaker interrogation and two days later noticed a large bruise right over the PM site. I can't find any information about this and am wondering if anyone else has had this happen. I also take warfarin

Posted by helen0608 on 2015-04-08 20:46. 1 comments. 153 reads
 
Doctor says they may have to go back in and add another lead to my pacemaker. I have two now, he said we may need three - anybody else had that problem? Also, he said that if they do that, they will "tuck" the pacemaker behind the chest muscle to prevent it from moving around like it has been. Wish me luck!


Posted by tanapuff on 2015-03-30 22:06. 7 comments. 302 reads
 
Had a doctors appointment cancelled for this Friday in Arizona before we head back north to our home. The physician was called out of the country per family emergency. Their office wanted to set up new appointment for June, but with the weather heating up near high hundreds, this won't be possible.
My question is how often does one need to be interrogated. Feeling wonderful and l was interrogated in November when we arrived in Arizona. Is it necessary to be interrogated back home or can it wait until November when we return to Arizona? Appreciate your feed back.
Thanks, Tanapuff.

Posted by candi on 2015-03-30 17:00. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
I go tomorrow for my checkup, wondering what I should ask? I have no idea about settings or how much I am pacing. My husband was told after my implant that I was now 100% dependent as I went into total block in surgery.
I have to have an ultrasound tomorrow as there is a lump at end of collar bone since implant and they want to check it.
Input welcome....:-)

Posted by ladybug55 on 2015-03-18 21:17. 3 comments. 320 reads
 
I have has a BIOTRONIK Evia pacemaker for 17 months. I had it adjusted last month so the sensor went from low to medium. This is not technical but when my blood pressure drops when I stand ( due to orthostatic hypotension) my heartrate jumps. My pacer reads the blood pressure changes and the medium setting means it is more sensitive to blood pressure drops and will jump my heartrate more quickly, This pacer is good for people with dysautonomia.

Well I hate the setting change. It has caused me to be much more symptomatic. So for the last week I have been trying to get my out-of-state cardiologist's office and my primary doc. to coordinate having my pacer setting changed locally. ( which was agreed upon before I had surgery). We...


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-18 17:20. 1 comments. 205 reads
 
I went in for my 6 month device check up and was educated on using the home monitoring system through Care link. According to the tech I had 1 incident Xmas eve where my heart rate spiked for 3-4 seconds to 200 bpm. Not sure when this happened and I didn't notice the increase in beats. It could have happened while I was sleeping. When I go to the device clinic and they manipulate my rate I feel "funny" for the next 12 hours or so. Next check with be with cardiologist May 1st. I noticed too, that my bp is slowly dropping in the past 6 months. I walked 21 miles last week (not all at once)
My Best,
Motown61

Posted by trish on 2015-03-18 16:40. 2 comments. 184 reads
 
Good report today. Am paced less that 1% of time. 5 short episodes of a fib in last 6 months, all less than 10 seconds. 2 VT both less than 3 seconds. Turned on PMT intervention for first time , all other settings same. Cardiologist not upset that I discontinued rythmol because of so many side effect. Stated of afib becomes a problem to call him and he will schedule ablation for offending node. Thank you to all who supported me in the past difficult year Trish

Posted by Tam123 on 2015-03-18 13:23. 0 comments. 208 reads
 
Hello all--

I have a question no one else has been able to answer.

If a Pacemaker is not set correctly can it cause chronic Hypoxia/cellular oxygenation depletion?

I had a major systemic collapse in 12/12 and for the past 2 years I have suffered from chronic hypoxia that could not be clinically explained However, a new St.Jude's tech started tweaking my PM in 8/12 and 12/12--then in 10/13 new cardiologist (at Kaiser...) put in infected generator--had to have it and both leads removed.

I made it without a PM until AV block returned a few months ago so now am 2 weeks into my 3rd PM and doing well.

So well I am wondering if my old PM could have been wrongly configured by an inexperienc...


Posted by rufus on 2015-03-17 19:36. 5 comments. 200 reads
 
Hi, I recently moved from Ca. to Nv. My pacer was put in 9/2013 & cardiologist checked it every 4 mo.I do not have a cardiologist yet in Nv. I haven't had it ck. since Nov 2014, should I be concerned?

Posted by trish on 2015-03-17 12:12. 3 comments. 219 reads
 
Will have check 6 month of pm tomorrow morning. What should I expect or ask? Then to see cardiologist immediately after. Was on rythmol but quit 2 months ago on my own because of side effects ( chest pain ,SOB, Joint pain, insomnia. tiredness and depression and final blow -paresthesia of,hands and feet. ) All this is gone. Now feel wonderful, sleep well and can do heavy garden work etc. How shall I tell cardiologist? Trish

Posted by jacque2357 on 2015-03-16 08:35. 3 comments. 268 reads
 
I have had a medtronic mri compatiable PM implanted one month ago. I have notice that if I walk just from the kitchen to bedroom my HR jumps to 105 or so. This does not seem normal to me. Is it the rate response setting? Any input?
Thanks

Posted by jsne on 2015-03-15 12:41. 3 comments. 319 reads
 
Hello,
Have read some recent messages about AFib and pulsatile tinnitus. I am 4 weeks tomorrow post fitting of dual lead St Jude and still getting the feeling that my heart rate is going to fast 90/100 doing not a lot for up to 30minsand at night the tinnitus occurs when I turnover, also getting some diaphragm pacing. (there was mention of having to move a lead but my own cardiologist thought I would be ok.) At my last check up a week ago the was no evidence of arrhythmia but I felt plenty of fluttering raised HR. Can what you feel be missed by the PM capture, not sure when my next visit is yet. Trying to be positive and getting back to work and doing more walking but still feel as tired as pre op and so fed up of not getting a dece...


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-14 02:29. 7 comments. 388 reads
 
Hi everyone! Got my PM 5 wks ago tomorrow. Had an interrogation today & then saw the EP, who is happily releasing me from all restrictions at work, with a stern admonition to ease back into going 110% again.
The EP was really pleased with my report, didn't want any adjustments, cut the flecainide by half since I had no Afib (woo-hoo!) and told the nurse to schedule me for a checkup in 6 months!
The Medtronic guy who did the interrogation was great and cheery. He explained a few things, told me my pacemaker was doing a phenomenal job, willingly ran me my own strip/copy of my report, talked pig breeds & pork w/ me, then wished me well. One time during the visit, though, he looked down at the report in his hand again, then right ...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-03-12 11:00. 5 comments. 359 reads
 
At my post implant (2nd PM) appt. with my EP, he performed a procedure no one else ever has. He explained having both ventricles "fire" at the exact same time may seem a worthy goal but, all of us are different. He took me to the echocardiogram tech along with the PM device tech and performed the following: With the Medtronic "mouse" hung over my PM, he would instruct the device nurse to change the timing (+or- 10, 20, 30, 40 etc milliseconds) while watching the Doppler report of how well the ventricle was filling, then emptying. This procedure took nearly an hour to "fine tune," but I was able to easily do my 4 mile trot at 4 mph on the treadmill a few hours later!

--Dave--



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