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Posted by ERER on 2014-09-29 22:54. 2 comments. 298 reads
 
I'm on my 3rd pacemaker in almost 20 years and am always mindful to ask questions if I don't understand something during pacemaker interrogations but one thing I've noticed on the printout is "no episodes." What exactly does that mean? I did ask once and the technician said cardiac episodes, but what constitutes a cardiac episode on a pacemaker?

Posted by Alrajhi on 2014-09-28 21:24. 4 comments. 292 reads
 
hi all,

its my 3d year on pacemaker and I'm 34.

last weekend i had dinner with a whole bottle of wine and the next day i felt my heart was different beating a lot harder and early beats is making me crazy .

im not comfortable and i think i messed up any one dealt with such a thing before ?

Posted by vbpoppy18 on 2014-09-27 00:42. 4 comments. 552 reads
 
How strong of a magnet is needed to make the pacemaker enter magnet mode? Are we talking like ice box magnets or what?

Posted by vbpoppy18 on 2014-09-25 15:37. 6 comments. 261 reads
 
I am turning 21 in less than a week. I had a pacemaker implanted in 2012 when I was 18. I vowed to myself that I would not let this define me as the "guy with a pacemakeer". I went to my follow up check and sent in a reading at the 3 month mark. Then I lost insurance for a while and then got too busy! I now work at oreilly auto parts and they don't know that I have a pacemaker. Lately, It seems as if my heart is racing! I live 5 hours from my pacemaker doctor and am a student so I cannot just drop everything and make a trip! I am going to a primary care doctor. I hope he will set me up with a doctor that is a lot closer to me! But my question is how easy is it to switch doctors like that???

Posted by becky1958 on 2014-09-23 00:23. 9 comments. 251 reads
 
Hi everyone! I am so glad to have found this site! I am 56 and had my pacemaker unit put in 10 days ago. I go Wednesday to my first checkup to have staples removed. My pacemaker site is very sore under the bandage( I can only imagine what it looks like) My question is , does it hurt to have the staples removed?

Posted by Bxpacer on 2014-09-21 21:50. 4 comments. 317 reads
 
I recently had my 6 month pacemaker check and every time the test that slows down the heart occurs, I get very dizzy and have trouble breathing almost instantly and they have to stop that test. Every other part of the check up is fine. I was wondering if anyone else had this and if you think this will be problematic when it;s time to replace the device in about 2 years. Thanks.




Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-21 16:16. 4 comments. 261 reads
 
I seen a message or quote the other day
the person mentioned something about
fine tuning .
when you say that , did they adjust your heart rate ,
when I went down my heart was only beating
40 beats per minute, now it's set at 60.
my question is , what else can they adjust ?

Posted by Teijee on 2014-09-19 22:48. 3 comments. 317 reads
 
I was wondering does a pacemaker response to anxiety and hyperventilation? For instance you are lying on the couch and you are watching a scary movie does your pacemaker know it has to increase the heart rate?


Posted by Beckes76 on 2014-09-19 15:13. 0 comments. 107 reads
 
It has been almost 10 months since I got my 5th PM.....I had it done the day before Thanksgiving 2013. I just got my PM checked the other day. Very good news. My upper lead is working 1/3 of the time and the bottom lead is working all of the time. I still have 10 1/2 to 12 1/2 years left on the battery. My PM that has been the longest has been 8 1/2 years. I had that one fitted in January 1997 and replaced in July 2005. I have complete heart block.

Becky

Posted by curiousjbird on 2014-09-15 14:55. 2 comments. 267 reads
 
I'm having my first follow up visit this week, 12 days after getting my pacemaker. I know the rep (Medtronics) will be scanning my device. When she did it initially at the hospital I was still recovering and didn't ask a lot of questions. Now that I am more with it, I'm wondering what type of detail she is going to be able to give me on how my device is working? Will it just be % paced? Or will they be able to see when it is being used more (i.e. at night?). What kind of info can they print out for me to take home? What are good initial questions to ask to make sure I get my settings right? Thanks.

Posted by lauram65 on 2014-09-14 14:15. 6 comments. 263 reads
 
Hi everyone,

I am three weeks out from having a dual pacemaker installed. I feel great, except they have set it so my heart rate does not fall below 60. I am tired two hours after I get up. I am taking naps everyday, which I never did. My follow up with the PM manufacturer person is not for another month. Is anyone else experiencing fatigue?


Posted by ericnz on 2014-09-13 20:27. 5 comments. 302 reads
 
Hi, I am new to the Club and have only had a Biotronik dual lead for 10 months to try and help me with my Atrial Fibrillation as I am intolerant to most Heart drugs.

I am curious to know what my pacemaker self tests are and how often are they implemented as I fell sometimes that I notice them in action . Or is my imagination ?
I am rather sensitive to any irregular heart beats.

Perhaps some one can advise me please ?

Posted by jude115 on 2014-09-12 18:47. 9 comments. 341 reads
 
I see everyone asking about what to do to get cheap alternative to landline. really who has them anymore. this is Ludacris. I have not seen anyone with an answer.

Posted by Dee224 on 2014-09-11 00:16. 5 comments. 240 reads
 
I have a Medtronics Revo SureScan Pacemaker, implanted due to complete heart block back in Feb. For the most part all is good, with a couple of issues. Mainly it is that sometimes my pacer quits pacing...then proceeds to kick back in after I stop what I am doing and rest a minute. My settings were changed a couple months ago to 60 -150, and the delay was shortened. This improved my ability to swim laps. I am not a fast swimmer, but I need to get in the pool 3 x a week to keep my joints going (59 and arthritis). I usually do laps for about an hour.

I had one instance when walking uphill to my car in Durango, CO (7900 ft elev) when the pacer cut out. It was a warm day. I have had repeated instances of this happening after taking ...


Posted by 2for1 on 2014-09-10 01:46. 7 comments. 372 reads
 
Dear All, I am 56 and was given a pacer a year ago for 2-1 AV heart block. Prior to pace I had no symptoms except for some mild exercise limitation (I would get out of breath when running).

Post pacer I have fatigue, constant cough, and echo shows my ejection fraction has gone down (heart less efficient). General health declined and stayed worse for a year.

I am thinking of having the pacer turned off to see if my overall
health improves. Of course I understand this runs the risk of
fainting or worse, but I was undiagnosed for years and had no problems at all, especially none compared to what I have now.
Even stopping it for a week would be a useful experiment.
For example it would show if co...


Posted by belle on 2014-09-09 21:02. 0 comments. 104 reads
 
I wish I could go back to the scared depressed person I was when I was diagnosed with chf. I went I to a major depression. If u feel depressed there is help out there. I had gone to one dr who told me well I guess your heart will hold out for maybe 2 years, then you would prob need a transplant. I will never forget that day it was a beautiful spring day. My daughter had to literally help me walk out of his office. Not due to my heart but the statements this dr made. Needless to say I never went back to him and now refer to him as Dr. Jesus. Never ever did I think my ef would go up to 45. I wish I could go back to that scared person who was me and whisper don't worry. First diagnosed at age 45

Posted by belle on 2014-09-09 19:48. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
I asked the dr if it could be the pacemaker that made my ef go up. He was stunned that it had gone up. My dr reads the echo never heard of a computer reading it. I was at 10 per cent and was being evaluated for a heart transplant. I go to a dr in New York at Colimbia Pres Hospital who only sees patients with possible heart transplants. I also have a regular cardio near my home. To boot, I was told at the time they put the new. Defibrillator in that the one was damaged. I have no idea. My doctor was stunned. I will be on meds all my life, I asked my dr does this mean my heart is stronger. He said yes. I reminfpded him how he always told me that ef was just a number. I have no idea. When I was first diagnosed I went through a 1 ...


Posted by NormaLou on 2014-09-09 01:02. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
This may seem like a dump questions, but I have had my PM for three years and mostly everything seems good. For the past couple weeks, however, I am low on energy and everything seems to be an effort. What are some of the symptoms that would require resetting the PM? Thanks.

Posted by ACRUR25 on 2014-09-08 21:58. 4 comments. 180 reads
 
I have a St Jude Pacer and my upper limit is 180 is this consistent with everyone else????


Thanks,
26 y/o Joshua Shumate

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-09-07 00:54. 5 comments. 212 reads
 
On my usual 1 1/2 walk up and down a very steep hill (Ski Hill Circle)and two lesser hills (all paved streets) tonight for the first time I exceeded my PM setting of 60-120 with symptoms of being a bit out of breath, nervous, a bit light headed at times, and a higher heart rate throughout out the rest of the routine evening walk. I walk this route at least 3 times a week and usually get my heart rate up over 120 at the top, 108-111 on the next less steep rise, and in the 90's to 70's coming down. On the next hill, max 108, on the 3rd hill up to 115-122 if I push it and on flat stretches 70's and 80's-- even 60's. Tonight my heart rate stayed up much higher the whole time (max 124 , and over 120 many times, 111-117 where it used to be 80'...




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