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Posted by Dave H on 2015-12-03 17:56. 1 comments. 342 reads
 
I've had a PM optimization last June to finalize my LV ejection fraction. Yesterday, I had a follow up Echo that went well until the end when the Echo Tech lingered around my mid chest area. She asked me, "How do you feel?" Well, I felt just fine 'til she asked that question. She did not disclose what concerned her, and went to confer with the clinics cardiologist. She returned and wanted me to be sure I kept my next weeks already scheduled visit with my EP. The fact that the clinics cardiologist didn't see a need to consult with me, I take as a good sign, but I'm still spooked. I exercise 1.5 hours daily -- 4 miles on treadmill, and 2 - 3 miles on an indoor walking track. I'm waiting for my EP's nurse to respond as to whether or ...


Posted by Mimiwags on 2015-12-02 00:51. 2 comments. 422 reads
 
Mom has had a pacemaker 12 years. Her second one is nearly six years old. They are checking her appliance monthly for battery lufe. Two months ago, they told her it was pacing at 78%. Last month ut was 87% and today, 91%. What exactly does this mean? She is 86 and thinks it means her heart is weakening. Help!!

Posted by health on 2015-11-26 18:02. 2 comments. 494 reads
 
Heart rate
39 minimum, 59 average, 106 maximum , 4 beats in tachycardia(>=100 bpm) <1% total , 53160 beats in bradycardia(<=60 bpm) 63% total , 2.3 second Max R-R.

Ventriculars (V,F,E,I}
439 isolated, 4 couplets, 0 bigeminal cycles, 2 runs totalling 8 beats, 5 beats longest run 102 bpm 06:14:33 15 September , 5 beats fastest run 102 bpm 06:14:33 15 september.

Supraventriculars (S,J,A)
63 isolated, 14 couplets, 0 bigeminal cycles, 2 runs totalling 15 beats , 11 beats longest run 60 bpm 14:41:29 14 sep , 4 beats fastest run 144 bpm 23:25:12 14 sep

Interpretation
24 hrs holter monitoring revealed a basic sinus rhythm with prolonged episide of sinus bradycardia, the max HR is 106 bpm & min ...


Posted by heckboy on 2015-11-25 18:52. 1 comments. 218 reads
 
Wasn't feeling great while climbing stairs or walking uphill, so I went in for an impromtu PM check. It turned out my HR wasn't getting much higher than 70 BPM with my low rate set at 60. My rate response had previously been off because I had normal sinus rhythm once upon a time. They tweaked my rate response and had me run around the building and up and down the stairs for five minutes and I noticed an instant improvement. Gonna test drive the new settings this weekend and report back to them in Tuesday for a follow up.

Posted by Grandadbren1 on 2015-11-25 09:53. 2 comments. 266 reads
 
Hello can anyone tell me when my st Jude pm has been interrogated and adjusted where is the information stored that has been downloaded is it possible for future technicians (if I had to go elsewhere say on holiday etc ) to view what has been happening from say 6months ago ?

Posted by Leady1 on 2015-11-21 02:11. 4 comments. 555 reads
 
Hi, new member that just had a St. Jude CRT-D device implanted a week ago. This is my 5th device, over the years implanted, so I'm not new to the devices. I have had different brands, last one was a Medtronic ICD unit. I have total heart block and have suffered with V-tach episodes for a long time. That has been taken care of, now I stay in Afib for months at a time. I have had 2 strokes, due to Afib. My question is for anyone that would know why my heart rate was set at 60 in the hospital. I am used to about 85 - 100 heart rate, and feel now that I have !just bottomed out. So tired, no energy at all! Can or will they reset your settings up to a higher heart rate if you just ask them? A simple question that I am very serious abou...


Posted by jennk on 2015-11-20 01:28. 5 comments. 373 reads
 
Does anyone else have a headache after device is interrogated? If so, why does this happen?

Posted by Firefoy on 2015-11-19 23:36. 2 comments. 273 reads
 
So I went to my semi annual checkup yesterday. I got moved from the every 6 month program to every 3 months. My PM confirmed that I had an episode of AFib for almost 14 hrs. But the bigger picture was my PAC runs. Every previous checkup I've had my PAC runs were 28 or less. This time it was over 45,000! So my doctor put my a "pill in a pocket" of propafenone. He said to take 3 when I feel my Afib come back and if/when it gets worse and more frequent I have the choice of a beta blocker or another ablation. I don't really want either one but if those are my only options I guess I will wait to choose one when I get to that point.

Posted by Musicheart on 2015-11-17 00:52. 4 comments. 462 reads
 
I wake up between 2 and 3 in the morning for the past 4 weeks after getting a new pacemaker with a feeling of cold almost liquidy feeling in the middle of my chest. My heart rate will be fast. After a bit it slows down and stops with the cold feeling. I did not have this with the first one. Any ideas?

Posted by USAFvet on 2015-11-12 02:29. 2 comments. 312 reads
 
Hi! I'm new here and glad to find this group. I've had my pacer since 09. At each of my last 4 pacer checks, my % of usage is rapidly increasing. Six months ago I was at 55%, now I'm at 66% upper and 5% lower. The tech doing the check had no idea why. I'm a vet and get all of my care through the VA...and they suck. Anyone have any idea why my % keeps going up?? Thanks.

Posted by Grandadbren1 on 2015-11-05 17:29. 5 comments. 741 reads
 
I had dual pacemaker implant 16sep 15 and I do not feel as well as I did prior implant. I have been back for adjustment 3times now to no avail. I was advised to have implant for bradycardia and some infrequent fast beats .3 weeks after implant I had first full af attack and consequently they have now turned program on in pacemaker for af which I believe puts pacing up also they have increased beta blocker I am aware of fast beats and feel I am in af more and if I walk 3 or 4 mile I am very tired which before implant I was not I also feel I need to take an extra breath .
I had cabg in sept 2013 and recovered extremely well from this but I feel recovery from pacemaker is not going well I feel like I want it out and back to what I was l...


Posted by mg on 2015-11-03 08:49. 3 comments. 548 reads
 
Could someone explain why if my PM is set at a base setting of 70bpm then why should I get a missed beat? I can understand why I could have missed beat above 70 and odd beat in between the PM`s 70 . If I have this missed beats and count say 65bpm instead of 70 then is the PM faulty?
Thank You ...mg

Posted by cbur13 on 2015-11-02 19:55. 3 comments. 629 reads
 
Hi. I'm Christy 40 years old and new to the group. I had my second check up today since receiving my pacemaker and it went from pacing at 6.5% to 26%. I was shocked to say the least. I also have a lot of light headless. Is this normal?

Posted by lplatt on 2015-10-30 02:15. 3 comments. 614 reads
 
I just returned from my regular 3 month device check. I have been paced 100% of the time for the last 4 years. Today when the device check started the technician was surprised to see that my heart was conducting some of the time. She went and got the cardiologist and they said it is quite rare to have conduction after you have been totally dependent on a pacemaker.
I have been drinking a super food green mix religiously for the past 2 months. I really feel this is making me stronger...(my Dr. doesn't think so...but what else could it be?)
Has anyone else experienced something like this?

Posted by GoodDog on 2015-10-28 14:53. 3 comments. 388 reads
 
I just want to thank the folks that offered support during my PM mode change to ERI. I really appreciate the support. I am continuing to feel terrible, but have little choice in waiting until next week for my replacement. I know that it may seem unusual to some that I feel bad with a pulse of 65 bpm.
What most don't seem to understand is that my resting pulse in the low 50's (for the last 30 years or longer) is normal and feels good to me. For most folks, I know it is too low. The ERI pulse of 65 feels to me like my heart is racing and going to beat out of my chest. I continue to get light headed when I stand-up too quickly.
Honestly, I feel much better in my escape rhythm of 35 bpm than 65 bpm. I guess everybody is different.

Posted by bgc65 on 2015-10-25 02:37. 2 comments. 420 reads
 
What is a pacemaker clinic and i was wondering what it is and what they do.

Posted by PJfromSC on 2015-10-22 18:01. 6 comments. 834 reads
 
I have often seen people post here about feeling being "paced". I have had my PM for almost three years and have never felt like I was being "paced". It may be that because I am 100% "paced", and as long as I can feel a heartbeat in my chest and a throbbing sensation throughout my body, I am grateful enough to just be alive to feel it, so I do not let it get to me. I also feel extra beats from PVCs, but after talking with my Cardiologist and PM technician about what is going on, I don't worry about that anymore either. They showed me the EKG charts of how my heart is working. I actually do not mind it when they interrogate my device, because I know that they are doing a true checkout and not playing around. The technician always tells me ...


Posted by lucienp84 on 2015-10-21 03:56. 5 comments. 498 reads
 
There is a serious misconception among many electrophysiologists that minute ventilation pacemakers are no more effective than accelerometer-only pacemakers for people who need constant or almost constant pacing and that tuning pacemakers is a waste of time.Nothing can be further from the truth, whether you are sedentary or active.

When implanted, the Inliven pacemaker is set up with default values and hence needs to be tuned for any particular patient's needs at a pacing clinic by a company technician or a qualified electrophysiology technician.

I am paced 100% of the time and totally dependent on the pacemaker for my cardiac response to physical and emotional stress. From previous experiments with my accelerome...


Posted by LondonAndy on 2015-10-14 18:43. 1 comments. 242 reads
 
Just a quick post to hopefully reassure those who might be needing a pacemaker, as naturally most posts on the forum are about problems people want help with: I had a check-up yesterday after about 13 months of being 100% paced, and all is fine. No adjustments, no issues experienced so far. In fact I hardly think about it, though admittedly I am not a sportsman or extreme activities kinda guy so probably don't test my Medtronic thingy too much.

(PM fitted as a result of surgical complications when a replacement aortic valve was fitted, Sept 2014, because of a calcified valve). Am diabetic too, and feeling great!

Posted by Hartje5 on 2015-10-14 14:52. 2 comments. 329 reads
 
Today I've had another pacemaker checkup. The PM specialist raised my max HR to 160 and my tracking rate to 170. Unfortunately this did not fix the problem I am encountering; I'm still not able to exercise because my heart rate drops to my resting rate (70+20 bpm) after 10 minutes and won't go up again no matter what I do. I go out of breath and my legs become very heavy.

Has anybody had this problem too?





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