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Posted by ladybug55 on 2015-03-18 21:17. 3 comments. 338 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. 229 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. 205 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. 267 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. 225 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. 248 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. 298 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. 388 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. 441 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. 451 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--

Posted by JoMarie on 2015-03-12 07:23. 6 comments. 305 reads
 
I have paroxysmal AFib which was not cured by two ablations and cardioversions. Then I got atrial flutter as well which would not respond to drugs so I now have the pacemaker, followed by AV node ablation and I have to say, I am doing really well these days.

I know that the upper chambers of the heart now are isolated from the lower ones, so that the random electrical impulses are not transmitted through and the lower ventricles are paced.

Just puzzled though, as some nights I get a very jangly, fluttery feeling, but the pulse is steady. Am I right in concluding that although I may be in AFib in the upper heart, only the activity of the lower paced chambers are felt in the pulse, ie I will always feel a regular puls...


Posted by Jun on 2015-03-09 12:19. 5 comments. 385 reads
 
Hi all, I'm coming up on 2 years with my PM and have another checkup this week. Just within the past 2-4 months I've been getting that same faint feeling that was the original sign of my heart issue (bad AV node - complete heart block). It actually happened earlier last year and the doctor said all was fine with the PM and I was probably dehydrated. Have any of you experienced recurring faint feelings even after your doctor has said the PM is working fine? I want to make sure I ask the doctor the right questions about this issue just in case it's not just dehydration.

Posted by edwardtk on 2015-03-08 05:35. 3 comments. 350 reads
 
Hi All,

Went for my 4 month PM Interrogation yesterday and my EP told me that i'm now only paced 40% (was 90% at previous interrogation!) and batt should last 9-10 years!

Had quite a few SVT's but only short with max 162 bpm, he said likely Sinus Tach.

I dont look forward to the part where they test the PM during interrogation though! EP said my HR jumped 20+ beats just talking about it!

It seems like my problems were made dramatically worse by my panic/anxiety. But now i have turned the corner, thanks primarily to the people and comments on this site!

I have changed my diet, lifestyle and now running 10KM 5 days a week and feel like i'm getting my life back! 2 months ago i could bar...


Posted by jsne on 2015-03-06 07:19. 1 comments. 238 reads
 
Almost 3 weeks since having PM fitted, just back from PM clinic
where I was told settings looked good using the ventricular lead approx. 30% of the time, not bad (I have 2:1 heart block which is apparently a bit more difficult to get right ?).However still very SOB so they put the rate response mode on, hope this will make a difference. Even though heart is beating ok voltages are low could out-put still be low. Voltage for V lead was higher but gave me tachycardia but that was post OP. Go back in a few weeks time so things have time to settle I felt as if my pulse was erratic at times but nothing showed up on the trace, so any tips on what to look for before next visit and also what is heart and what is being ultra sensitive.
Ba...


Posted by MiloTheCat on 2015-03-05 21:48. 4 comments. 322 reads
 
I have a 2 lead Medtronic pacemaker implanted 6 months ago for bradycardia. Within the last month and since my last tuneup, my blood pressure has soared into the 170's/109 from 113/75. I'm also always dizzy and short of breath whether on or off blood pressure meds. I am physically fit but now experience intense shortness of breath such as walking up 2 flights of stairs. The rate response has always been in the "off" setting. The techies keep telling me this is not a pacemaker issue but I find it questionable that all this nonsense started with the last tuneup. Any thoughts from others?

Posted by Elmo on 2015-02-28 05:16. 9 comments. 424 reads
 
Hi,

I had my pacemaker inserted on Tuesday in UK and was told my FIRST check up would be in three months time.

Looking at various postings others seem to be having their first check within 1 or 2 months and in in some cases even less.

What is the normal amount of time or is it based purely upon the individual?











Posted by Smallm on 2015-02-25 08:37. 2 comments. 223 reads
 
Hi

I had a dual chamber fitted 3 weeks ago and I have felt a tightness in my chest since this pacemaker fitted any one any ideas why, I have been back to cardio unit who have adjusted settings but tightness still there,

The reason in had pacemaker installed as heart was skipping a beat and also it was stopping for 5-10 secs at a time also..

Thanks

Posted by NonnaElaine on 2015-02-19 12:45. 1 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi! I had a Sorin PM implanted 8 years ago in Phila., PA. I did well. In the last 4 years I moved to Maryland. I went to a cardiologist in the Bethesda area who does not have the Sorin software. I always need to make an appointment when the rep is in town and he lives about near Bethleham Pa. What happens if I have a problem and the rep is 150 miles away? I would like to have a doc in the Bethesda/DC area that has the software in the office. Does anyone know of one? Also, for the past four years I haven't even seen an electrophysiologist, just the NP. Is this unusual??

Posted by kennyg on 2015-02-18 02:28. 6 comments. 281 reads
 
Had a new Medtronic pacer replaced 2 months ago due to low battery. Leads were ok and I feel ok. But every so often I feel something best described as a pricking sensation which lasts a second or so. I don't remember this with my first pacer. Anyone else have this problem? The hospital where I had the pacer replaced is about a 4 hour plane ride from here so I just can't go to them if it's not real important.
Thanks
Kennyg

Posted by Artist on 2015-02-11 22:15. 7 comments. 445 reads
 
I gave the following letter to my cardiologist's nurse practitioner today:

I would appreciate receiving more information concerning the use of my Merlin Pacemaker Monitor. I received the device approximately two months ago and set it up in accordance with the instructions provided. I have read the instructions and need clarification:

1. Is the Merlin actively monitoring my pacemaker function every night, or is it only performing periodic checks as directed and scheduled by my cardiologist?

2. The instructions say that patients will receive information concerning the specific dates that checks will be performed. I have not received any scheduling information for my Merlin monitor. Has a moni...




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