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Posted by valley01 on 2015-01-23 08:01. 4 comments. 292 reads
 
I went back to see my EP yesterday. They had 2 Representatives from Biotronik there to investigate and help reset my PM. I took my Relief Band to the appointment with me. From Tuesday's appointment they were able to send the files of data they collected from the PM to Biotronik. On Wednesday the Biotronik Engineers reviewed the files which were all the components of the PM self checking and they determined the PM was operating properly, that it did not malfunction. Also, my home monitor finally was able to download Wednesday morning so they were able to piece back that the PM went into safe mode on 1/6 (the day I flew to Florida). They said my PM detected something on the 6th and put itself into safe mode which is what it is programmed to ...


Posted by valley01 on 2015-01-20 15:55. 5 comments. 328 reads
 
I have a Biotronik Evia DR-T dual lead pacemaker installed a little over a year ago for bradycardia. Today I went in for my routine annual check-up with my EP. When he tried to perform an interrogation he kept getting an error message. After an hour on the phone with the manufacturer tech support they found out my pacemaker had gone into backup mode.My last home monitor transmission was 1/6/15. I flew to Florida that day and returned on 1/11/15. From what I was told when a pacemaker goes into backup mode it should reset itself in 24 hours. Mine did not. Only 2 things that I am aware of could have caused this. 1) Airport security scanner which I highly doubt as they are supposed to be very safe and I have been through this exact one before...


Posted by EdG on 2015-01-20 13:55. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
My Medtronic PM was put in January 2014 and there has been a problem with pounding heartbeat every since. This is a problem that I never had with the previous Medtronic PM in the 8 years it lasted. The doctor says the PM is working as designed and has made a couple of adjustments, but the strong beats make it difficult to get to sleep or back to sleep in the middle of the night. It takes very little exertion to bring on shortness of breath and noticeable pounding. (Note: my aortic valve was replaced in June 2014 with a TAVR ; that is an animal tissue valve in a stent. An echo shows it is working satisfactorily.)
Has anyone had similar problems with and did a voltage adjustment make any difference in the pounding?

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2015-01-14 19:13. 3 comments. 296 reads
 
Hi, I have been having some arythmia for a month or so and the cardiologist is raising my heartbeat from 60 to 70. I would appreciate some feedback. Thanks!

Posted by Artist on 2015-01-12 23:10. 5 comments. 337 reads
 
I have a St. Jude 2210 pacemaker and a Merlin Home monitor. When I got the home monitor in the mail I followed the instructions and set it up immediately. As far as I can tell it is sitting there day after day doing nothing. I am guessing from the vague instructions, that it is only active when the doctor orders a monitoring/check up session. I was led to believe that I would receive information regarding specific dates/times that the Merlin would interrogate the PM. I have received no information and will investigate this at my next doctor's appointment. But in the interim I am wondering if it is at all necessary to have the Merlin plugged in everyday when it appears that no one has requested any monitoring. I would think that I sh...


Posted by Jj on 2015-01-12 20:09. 1 comments. 363 reads
 
Hi
Can anyone explain what is an AMS episode that is detected on an interrogation? How many are normal and are 600 in 3 months considered a lot? Any info will be appreciated .

Posted by sweetcheeks on 2015-01-12 15:57. 2 comments. 229 reads
 
First PM check up today at 4 weeks post op due to a couple of settling in problems. My pm is doing a great job and i've decided to call mine Precious:). I am pacing100% in the top main lead,
I had been getting a wee flutter feeling and I could feel a pulsing now and again in my left ribs which I was told today was because my lower lead was set really high in surgery (which apparently is normal to see how you go in the first weeks) They lowered it slightly today.( Theknotguy on here was right about that)
Only 4 weeks in and i'm doing brilliant.
My blood pressure keeps dropping which has makes me a bit dizzy sometimes but the technician today said the surgeon will see the report and hope to try reduce the Verapamil slightly...


Posted by breeze on 2015-01-11 11:52. 0 comments. 284 reads
 
Good morning - I have not been here for quite sometime well at least not to post - I do come in and read the posts
Anyways, I now have a question
I have had my PM for 5 years and have had no problems - I send remote transmissions to my EP every 3 months - Nov of last year I had my yearly check up - to make a long story short - the Medtronic ppl made some changes - my EP came in and saw the changes - he said "she will not like that" and changed them back and I guess in the process he made a slight change - so I asked will I feel this and he said "no" however since that time I have had nothing but PVC's - especially at nite - so I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen? oh and I will be calling my EP tomor...


Posted by Jeff on 2015-01-08 22:16. 4 comments. 372 reads
 
Hi All
I recently had a routine device check up. The test showed that my ICD had responded to two incidents with shocks both around 2am while I was sleeping. From reading other accounts of ICD shocks the general sense I get is, that it is something that would have woken me and or would have felt something. My doctor told me this also. Anyone experienced this or have input to help me with this? I always appreciate everyone taking the time to help.


Posted by arizlori on 2015-01-07 13:21. 4 comments. 601 reads
 
Recently at my interrogation, I was told offhandedly that I had a cardiac event on September 5th. I didn't ask what that meant but I should have. I certainly don't recall anything happening on 9/5. Does anybody know what that means when they say "cardiac event or incident?"

Thanks

Posted by Jj on 2015-01-05 19:32. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
I requested a copy of my telephone interrogation of my ICD from my doctor. I am getting a run around. Am I entitled to a copy and does anyone have a suggestion in getting it.
Thanks

Posted by Nikki-porter on 2015-01-02 23:12. 3 comments. 395 reads
 
Hey everyone. I am 30 years old and I have a dual lead St Jude pacemaker. I guess I should start from the beginning. In January of 2014, I started having a lot of issues. Constantly high heart rate, palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache and extreme fatigue. I could not walk 5 feet without my heart racing. After a few wrong doctors, I was finally referred to an electrophysiologist. By this time, it was April. She did a stress test, which I could not finish because y heart rate got to over 200 and I was gasping for breath. She also put me on a 30 day event monitor. When I got the results from it, she diagnosed me with inappropriate sinus tachycardia. The lowest my heart was during the 30 days was around 130. I had already be...


Posted by Spunky_1 on 2015-01-02 11:31. 2 comments. 269 reads
 
I've had my PM for SSS for almost 5 months. I will be meeting with a Rep. for the first time Jan 7th. Since I'm new to all of this:
Q:What should I ask him about???

I am really young, I was very active prior to heart issues, and I have several autoimmune diseases (if that makes any difference). Advice/questions to ask would be very much appreciated!!

Thank you,

Spunky_1

Posted by ArchGirl09 on 2014-12-29 21:35. 6 comments. 414 reads
 
Hello. I've had a pacemaker most of my life and always used a land line and a corded phone to do my remote quarterly check-up, until I moved out of my parents' house. I was trying to avoid paying for a land line as I use my cell exclusively, so I asked the monitoring company if I could just put my cell phone in the cradle instead, and hey, it worked! Before I got my first of 2 new pacers last year (long story, but I still only have one) the techs told me they had a model that had wireless transmission capabilities and I could basically just set it up in my bedroom at night and it would collect and send what it needed, no phone line or "plug-in's" required. However, what I got was a box that has to physically be plugged into a land line (no...


Posted by Energy on 2014-12-27 15:18. 11 comments. 419 reads
 
I posted a few days ago about pm settings and would ask again... Have any of you who have pm ... Asked if your settings are optimal for you? Or when the Dr. or whoever checks it... Says everything's working fine....you don't question any further....just would like some feedback....

Posted by Energy on 2014-12-26 17:53. 1 comments. 202 reads
 
I recently had my first remote transmission with my St Jude Merlin.
Received my report back and it said " your device is functioning within normal limits and was successfully reviewed.

My question is... Several weeks ago I read on here someone saying " when they say your device (pm) working and doing its job" does that mean it is functioning and set to your optimum setting for you?
I thought of this when I read "functioning within normal limits" .... Is there a more optimal setting and how would you intelligently ask that question...
This seems like a question for the St Jude rep....

Appreciate any feedback on this...

Thanks!

Posted by kjake on 2014-12-24 12:15. 3 comments. 237 reads
 
I was told that my wifi on my pacemaker was not on till the merlen home reader or the doctors pacemaker reader is on. I asked them to turn it off but got the above reponse. I am a computer engineer and donot believe this the pacemakers wifi is aways on to be read. Just like the vise president he had his turned off not a security risk but a cancer one I think.

Posted by davide on 2014-12-24 10:00. 2 comments. 245 reads
 
Hi Guys,
I am a long time member aged 86 and had my second new BIOTRONIC Evia DR device implanted in April 2013 after the last one which functioned perfect for eight years. I am feeling well and have no complaints but would like to konw a good explanation on what the meaning of the check up today December 24 means:
Due to Permanent AFIB the PM implacted is of VVI-R mode.
As mentioned above I am feeling fit and have no complaints and the examining surgeon said that all was functioning well and gave me a new date in eight moths time for routine check up. I know that I have AFIB for years and feel nothing from it.
So what does this mean?
Thanks for any advice
Davide


Posted by wescoot2 on 2014-12-22 22:12. 4 comments. 305 reads
 
Well I'm now post 8 weeks, so far all is well, next month I will be going for my first interrogation. I have a couple of questions. Has anyone used the VA to do their interrogation, and if you have, what are your thoughts. Second, does the person who does the interrogation make any changes necessary on their own, or do they confer with your cardiologist. Finally, any feed back as to what I can expect on this first visit would be appreciated.

Thanks, and Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by CHARLEY3 on 2014-12-22 21:32. 1 comments. 170 reads
 
HAS ANYONE HAD A PROBLEM USING THE MERLIN HOME MONITOR? WE HAVE HAD 2 AND ARE UNABLE TO GET THE DEVICES TO WORK. WE RRECENTLY WERE SENT A NEW ONE AND IT DOESN'T WORK EITHER.



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