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Posted by Janjankin on 2014-05-11 09:47. 5 comments. 221 reads
 
I had a ,kick, (first one) when I inadvertently used a new cell phone
Implant inserted late November 1923.
I am worried - should I do anything - I never feel on top oftheworld anyway
Thanks and glad to have found you
Jan UK

Posted by pete on 2014-05-08 12:35. 4 comments. 244 reads
 
I had an appointment at my local hospital for a usual check up. This was given to me 6 weeks later than it should have. At the previous check up they said as the battery was running down they would be calling me in every 12 weeks. In the event it was 18 weeks. For the first time at that appointment the magic "wand" they put over the site refused to recognise that there was a pacemaker in situ to detect. Another technician was called and between them the manually forced the computer to talk to it. All OK ?
I took it as a sign the battery was getting quite low. I am 100% dependant on it as I have an AV node ablation. The gas guage showed that it was very close to elective replacement mode. They put me down on the hospitals replacement l...


Posted by neff on 2014-05-02 22:17. 10 comments. 322 reads
 
Hi
I got a pm about 10 years ago for sss .The upper 1/2 of my heart was not working at all.I have had no trouble so far. I need to go into Olympia every 3mo. for check. I just saw about a "home transmitter" on here . thats new to me.why don't we all have this? I want one . HA. Maybe medicare won't pay for it?
Diane

Posted by Bryony on 2014-05-01 16:17. 7 comments. 333 reads
 
Hi,
I had my pacemaker on the 3rd Feb 2014 for SSS with sinus pauses and bradycardia. I had the routine check at 5 weeks which was fine. I've felt ok until this last week.
I moved several hundereds of miles to a new home, new job, different type of job I had'nt done for years plus, on call approx 7 weeks post implant. I'm also apart from my husband due to having to sell the house etc. I'm not sleeping well so am tired plus the stress of the new job. I had been doing well up until this week when I have begun feeling dizzy quite a bit. I asked the local cardiac tech if he could check my pacemaker today (a weight fell on my chest from a cupboard, it did'nt hit the pacemaker but was very close) The check showed I was having clusters...


Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-05-01 02:27. 4 comments. 262 reads
 
Hi!

I was wondering, if you have the same problem as I do, namely that after every pacemaker interrogation the rate response seems to forget everything it has learned so far, and just starts from zero again? That means that for the first couple of days after a check-up, the CLS reacts very sensitively, making my heart race up to the max. sensor rate whenever I just walk a bit. Auto optimization does work, but it only adjusts every 24h, so it takes a few days to get the heart rate back down to normal range for daily life activities.

I asked the EP yesterday, and he said that shouldn't happen, but in fact it does. I walked in for the interrogation yesterday with a heart rate of 80 or 90, and when I walked out I was run...


Posted by LEW49 on 2014-04-29 19:35. 1 comments. 124 reads
 
I went back for my one month check up. The nurse pacemaker expert in the office said he thought I was having pacemaker induced tachycardia. I was finding that when I pushed myself hard on an elliptical trainer my heart rate would spike up to 225 or more. They reprogrammed it and I no longer have that problem. Hooray!

Unfortunately I still can have an abrupt drop in heart rate. When my heart rate gets up to about 130 it can abruptly drop to 70. I'm going to have a stress test to see if we can figure out what's going on there this Friday.

I'm a 70 year old male with a two lead boston scientific pacer.
Diagnosis: Mobitz 2 Heartblock
anyone have a similar experience?

Posted by ahuett23 on 2014-04-27 00:48. 2 comments. 233 reads
 
23 year old female I had a pacemaker put in on april 11th 2014, when I went into the emergency room they gave me atropine because my heart rate was below 40 and within 20 minutes went right back down after being brought up to the cardiac care unit while I slept my heart rate went down to 20bpm my heart stopped and than paused for 4 seconds and while talking to the.doctor my nurse came in and told him I was having vtach for the last 5 seconds. Not to sure what that is if someone could please explain and also wanted to know if it was bad or not. Within the week after having the pacemaker in I ended up back in the hospital they had someone check the pacemaker and I was told 3% was used and it was only a week give or take a day or two.

Posted by Gotrhythm on 2014-04-25 13:20. 13 comments. 376 reads
 
Just learned about the pacemakers owner's manual.

Question: will it explain how to read a pacemaker interrogation report? Things like "atrial sense amplitude," and "ventricular capture test," and other arcane things? The description of the book on Amazon doesn't say.

Even if I don't understand all the implications, I'd like to know enough about what the report says to ask good questions.

I am learning that cardiologists and their minions will volunteer nothing, but will answer specific questions, if I persist.

Posted by Terrytica on 2014-04-24 14:00. 22 comments. 433 reads
 
Hi all, still looking for info, have to go back to see the cardiologist tomorrow. Dr wants to do an "echo" because he is short of breath all the time. She doesnt think it's a settings issue, but he was not having this issue before they put in the PM, (Dec 2013) he simply passed out and without much warning.

A couple things concern me, the first is that he suffers from Syncope and his pacemaker printout has him with Bradycardia. Is this anything to worry about? (His old PM read "Syncope")

This is his second PM, when the battery died on the first one he was OK but still had some episodes of syncope, now that he has this PM he is constantly short of breath as well as miserable and grumpy (NOT normal at all!)



Posted by sot462004 on 2014-04-22 12:18. 3 comments. 260 reads
 
Which parameters need to be checked when you are implanted a PM?
And how often do I see doctor to check my pacemaker's situation?

Posted by cb on 2014-04-21 18:26. 4 comments. 405 reads
 
1. After getting a routine PM check this am and being assured that no changes were made to the settings, why do I feel a little odd still, four hours later...a little fluttery? Normal?

2. Does anyone else feel fluttery after donating blood? Is this in my head? I took a while to recover and had never had that experience before the PM (have had the PM for 14 months)

3.With my PM doing 30% of my atrium and 98% of my ventricle pacing, what is my life expectancy? I have the idea my heart is gonna be the end of me. Its scary ...I am 52.

and I am really glad you all are out there!!!

Posted by Terrytica on 2014-04-19 20:11. 1 comments. 183 reads
 
Old PM: Actros DR
New PM Evia DR-T
So my hubby is experiencing severe shortness of breath and dizzyness with minor exertion, especially getting up from sitting/lying or bending over.
None of this was a problem with his old pacemaker, so I started comparing settings.
Starting with the diagnosis (Symptom)
Old: B1 Syncope. this is his correct diagnosis along with B2 fibrosis of the conduction system and normal sinus rhythm and can happen at any time not just resting as in the case of Bradycardia
New: B3 Bradycardia I think this is similar but not the same!

On the old PM, the nocturnal programing was turned off but the PM was set to "kick in" at anything less than 70bpm.
On the new one hi...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2014-04-15 22:33. 3 comments. 325 reads
 
From my EP's PA, who is a wonderful and very helpful woman. This was out of the blue to me. She asked me how I was feeling on Saturday night. I told her, okay, tired, since we were in the last evening of the musical at my school and I was conducting the pit orchestra.

She told me that when I transmitted that night (I'm fully wireless since I'm the proud host of a St. Jude 2210) they flagged a very fast rhythm of over 200. She said it was fairly short duration, about 15 minutes, and the rhythm itself was not overtly dangerous, and was basically a run SVT that originated in the Sinus node.

She is ready to chalk up this episode to a bit of extra stress, but she says if I get more of these episodes that they are pro...


Posted by judyblue on 2014-04-13 20:58. 5 comments. 370 reads
 
Thursday I went 45 minutes away to see a new cardio. She (I liked the fact it was a woman) was also a DO. These are medical folks who tend to treat the whole person, not just the diseased part. So I was very excited and hopeful. Well, this woman comes in, does not sit down (present cardio always sits) gives me ten minutes of her time (did I mention this was my FIRST visit?) and asks me hardly any questions. I was still trying to tell her more as she walked out of the room. She also decided I needed a stress test (because I never had one) and an echocardiogram. There are not reasons for this. I think she just wanted to justify my visit, perhaps pacify me by ordering tests and get home. I was so sad when i left I started crying and took a wr...


Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-04-13 03:57. 2 comments. 302 reads
 
Hi!

Medtronic has a website where all their device features are explained, just thought this might be interesting for some of you:
http://www.medtronicfeatures.com/browse-features/all/index.htm

If you go back to:
http://www.medtronicfeatures.com/
you can also browse by type or model.

Inga


Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-04-11 17:52. 3 comments. 283 reads
 
Knowing I have AFIB what does the following indicate:
Patient has had 117 mode switch events, some lasting to 6 hours?

what is mode DDDR?
what is AMS Rate 170?

Thks.

Posted by Gotrhythm on 2014-04-11 13:46. 6 comments. 279 reads
 
A few months ago surfing the net, on some forum (maybe this one?) I read about a man who convinced his cardio to increase the base PM setting to reduce the number of PVC's.

I can't remember whether the intention was to reduce the absolute number of PVCs, or to reduce the affects--such as exhaustion, sleepiness, unplanned napping and gray-outs.

Does anyone know anything about reducing PVCs or their effects by increasing the PM base rate?


Posted by Paulinejg on 2014-04-09 19:58. 3 comments. 164 reads
 
hi

does any one know if it possible to have a mri during a procedure to do a box change. My pacemaker is over 11 years old and it approaching time to change the box. I desperately need a MRI scan to confirm if I have MS which I have been told by my doctor is 95% sure with the test and symptoms I have. I had a test done on my pacemaker today and was told by the technician that the leads are MRI safe. I was wondering if anyone has had this done.

Posted by Firefoy on 2014-04-06 00:42. 1 comments. 215 reads
 
I have had my Medtronics PM for just over 3 years. I was diagnosed with SSS and Chronotropic Incompetence. I have a history of AFib with an ablation in June 2010. My pm settings are: 45bpm during the day, 40bpm from 10pm to 6am. The Rate Responsive setting is on. I was only able to find my last 4 reports to compare my numbers. 9/5/12 I had 1 high rate ventricular episode, the threshold is set at 200 and my rate was 202. I had AS-VS 50.9%, AS-VP .1%, AP-VS 48.6%, and AP-VP .3%. I had 419 PVCs in the 6 month period with 53 PVC runs and 12 PAC runs. Last weeks report was 4 high rate ventricular episodes, AS-VS 64.1%, AS-VP .2%, AP-VS 35.6%, AP-VP .1%. PVCs were 1345, 8 PVC runs and 58 PAC runs. So my question is why the decrease i...


Posted by Gotrhythm on 2014-04-03 15:59. 4 comments. 360 reads
 
In October of 2013, due to pacemaker syndrome, the ventricle lead of my dual lead pacemaker had to be turned off.

Now, between 30 and 50 times a day, my pulse rate, measured by a forefinger pulse-oximeter, drops to 33, stays there for 3-4 seconds and climbs to the preset rate of 65 over a period of 10-15 seconds. The pulse-ox falls too, but only after the HR drops.

The feeling I get is sudden, overwhelming exhaustion, lightheadedness, and difficulty paying attention. My little home-use-only HR/pulse-ox-thingy might not be completely accurate, but it's very consistent, and corresponds to what I am feeling.

My understanding is that my pacemaker is working fine, initiating the atrial impulse right on time, but...




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