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Posted by sewblessed on 2015-05-08 00:43. 2 comments. 277 reads
 
How often is a pm checked the first year? I know it probably isn't the same for every one but I just wanted to get an idea of what is the average.
My pacemaker was put in Jan. 10th, emergency, out of town. We went back a week later and bandage was removed and pm read. He said everything was working as it should and he would see me in 3 months after everything healed and the swelling settled down. I told him I was going to find a doctor closer to home. He understood. (His nurse even called last month to make sure I had a 3 month follow up appointment scheduled). I told her I did.
Feb. 5th went to new doctor for meet/greet appointment and he had the nurse do a pacemaker check for his records. It was working 97%of the time. He sai...


Posted by Shocked on 2015-05-06 07:35. 3 comments. 301 reads
 
I am new here and just received my pacemaker on April 28, 2015. My question is this, when the check and pace my heart, I can feel it when they shock my lower ventricle. I do not feel it when they shock the upper atrium. I also get a funny sensation in my chest and I start to get dizzy and/or lightheaded when this happens. The tech said they have the pacemaker set at 5 volts. Is this typical to feel only when they pace the lower lead and is 5 volts high? Thanks for your help...

Posted by Andcunn on 2015-05-05 18:15. 4 comments. 394 reads
 
My husband had his pacemaker implanted in 2009 and everything has gone well, or so we think (according to the Medtronic technician). Around the 15th of April he felt chest tightness and hoping it would go away on its own, didn't do anything until.... the 19th, we were going shopping and ended in the ER. He says he felt as if he were going to pass out and for a moment he felt disoriented. They thoroughly checked his heart, his cholesterol, his BP, for any blocked artery in his neck, and his lugs. The results did not show anything wrong, however, when the Medtronic technician came over to test his PM, made some changes (which he declined commenting on), and when I asked how everything looked, his answer was: "It's transmitting garbage"....


Posted by Jackw on 2015-05-04 22:04. 1 comments. 174 reads
 
First pacer clinic appt today. Nurse says" Oh, you have the new Biotronik Eluna!" Think I am one of the first at this practice. All the parameters were fine. Had them crank up the base rate from 50 to 60 because I was still getting a few fast double beats followed by a pause. Thought is the timing was a bit slow and my heart was trying to compensate. Doc said everything looked good. No restrictions. See you in six months. The whole process has gone pretty smoothly. I am VERY glad I had the pacer put in to fix SND. I feel better and am sleeping better. May take a few days for me to assess the changes due to raising base rate to 60. Can't wait to get out jogging again.

Posted by Energy on 2015-05-04 14:33. 2 comments. 214 reads
 
Is needed. I have an appt with a new cardiologist and would like some feedback on questions to ask. My current Cardiologist seems to make very little comment when I ask him different question about my pm. I have gone to him several years and always come away with wanting more answers. Had a new battery this past year put in and even the EP favors Medtronic and was not helpful when asked questions.. The new cardiologist does use St Jude. I know very little about this pacemaker except it will not let my heart rate go down pass 60. Have read about rate response and several other things when exercising I should be aware of. Have a small booklet with a few things listed from St Jude about what not to do. So it seems to me like buying a new law ...


Posted by gramtaz on 2015-05-01 09:17. 6 comments. 298 reads
 
I recently lost my wallet and it contained my ID card, identifying my model # and other information. Does anyone know how to go about getting another ID card, as I will be flying soon, and would like to have it to go through the metal detector.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by sewblessed on 2015-04-30 01:47. 2 comments. 356 reads
 
I was waylayed headed south in January. I thought I was having a stroke and told hubby I needed to see a doctor. Emergency room found that my heart was beating in the 30 range. I was transfered by ambulance to a larger hospital and had a Medtronic Sensia pacemaker installed. There was a problem with the readings right after surgery and the rep had to come back to fix it. Went back home for a few weeks, found a heart doctor closer to home. He checked me and said the pacemaker was operating about 97% and that I could continue on my trip. A week later in Death Valley (sounds ominous) I had the same lightheadedness that put me in the hospital the first time. I was drinking plenty of fluids so I wasn't dehydrated. My hubby got a medic and afte...


Posted by cneils on 2015-04-29 12:32. 1 comments. 295 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker interrogated and it showed
that I had 17 mode switches. What is a mode switch?

Posted by BABlocker on 2015-04-28 01:15. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
i have had a biventricular pacemaker for the past 10 years. For many years, pacemaker interrogation showed AS at 99%/VP 100% (had AVN abation in 2005) During the last 3 pacer checks, my atrial pacing has increased from sensing my intrinsic beat 99% of the time to 80% during today's pacer check. I was a fib free after a successful ablation in 2008, until 3 months ago, when I began paroxysmal a fib in short bursts, as well as occasional atrial tachycardia. My question...what would cause the increase in atrial pacing (not due to programming). My cardio says I could be developing bradycardia, or SA node disease...I am 58, BTW. Comments? I take Ranexa, which suppresses PACs, and Verapamil for BP control and arrhythmia control, but have been on...


Posted by ww4321 on 2015-04-24 19:12. 4 comments. 402 reads
 
went for a checkup and was told I had had an incident on 2/25/2015.

What does that mean?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-04-24 14:44. 11 comments. 344 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. 228 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. 5 comments. 315 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. 217 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. 218 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. 150 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. 197 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. 169 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. 383 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. 221 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....:-)



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