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Posted by bmom91 on 2014-01-22 03:21. 3 comments. 250 reads
 
Hi I have a duel chamber pacemaker and I am getting ready to have it interogated. What questions should I be asking other than recorded episodes? Thank you all so much for the support over the years!

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-01-21 23:48. 5 comments. 240 reads
 
This was on a previous post on this site. Another member posted the web address of the announcement from Medtronics. Can't find the post. I didn't make this up.

Took the corresponding printout to my cardiologist in December 2013. He said not FDA approved. Gone through first set of trials but not second. If he's wrong, would like to know it.

It's AdaptivCRT on the Medtronics site.

http://newsroom.medtronic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251324&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1856936&highlight=

Hope this helps clear up the discussion about the Medtronics a-fib settings.

Theknotguy


Posted by Anne53 on 2014-01-20 18:47. 9 comments. 261 reads
 
Hi to all,
I had a medtronic Consulta CRT-P and AV node ablation 10 Dec, 2013, for heart failure, afib & cardiomyopathy. I was cans at last minute and rescheduled to Dec. Surgery went well went home the next day and recovered well except that my exercise tolerance dropped considerably especially on hills and stairs. Thankfully The RN at Pacemaker clinic, checked with manufacturer and it turns out the Implant Detection had not been turned off! After that I had better rate response.
On Jan 2, they changed a few settings 70-145bpm, RV amplitude from 3.5 to 2.00 (I think because I could feel one on of the electrodes under my breast). They also turned the acute phase off. I believe they said I was pacing around 99 %. I put more in...


Posted by Ronnie on 2014-01-19 21:57. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
Hello my husband R (70) is an avid bicycle rider. He and his friends ride about 36-50 miles per day 5 times per week. ON December 2013 he was diagnosed with Swallow Syncope (very rare disease) after he passed out while eating during Christmas Eve dinner. He was taken to the ER and admitted into the hospital the same day. When he swallows, his Valgus nerve slows down his heart. After he underwent all kind of heart testing, and his heart was not the cause for his losing consciousness, the diagnoses of swallow Syncope was made; also due to the fact that he had several episodes while connected to the monitors when his heart slowed down to 27 and 30; all of these happened while he was eating or drinking fluids. The doctors recommended a Pacema...


Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-01-18 16:24. 1 comments. 149 reads
 
I had a St. Jude Pacemaker installed on 10/22/2013. The pacemaker is set at 50 BPM and blood flow was at 150. On Dec 20th I had my pacemaker check and I had the sensitivity turned off and blood flow was increased to 200 since I was feeling light headed and unfocused. I do not know what all this means and I am still light headed and unfocused--what else can be done on my pacemaker to make me feel better? I am not taking any medications. Please help?

Posted by lumaya007 on 2014-01-17 10:42. 3 comments. 143 reads
 
sir my mom herat is not weak and they work in 19% ...dr said about pacemaker (permannent) and they gave a time in 18/01/2014....and they stay in delhi 1 weak ago ..in earliar 3 dayes they sneeze in continous ...but dr not mit and they appoint in suterday ....i was offraid this because when the chek up in other place in earlia 10 dayes they said thait these pacemaker is not get india easly ....what should i do to all case any realate to sneeze to pacemaker...............

Posted by BigThinTiger on 2014-01-17 07:27. 15 comments. 434 reads
 
PM fitted in April 2013 with some complications (including intermittent AF). Thought I was getting over everything, but get breathless with exercise. Recently I was taken to A&E because of SOB, PM was working 100% (60bmp, unusual for me) and they changed my PM setting from DDI to DDD. I felt better (85bpm) and was discharged. Now a week later and I still have the same SOB with exercise (eg a Shower or a flight of stairs). I have moved my PM checkup forward to next week so I can discuss with my doctor.

Questions?: What is the difference between DDI and DDD? Can SOB be PM related or more AF related? Should I discuss an Ablation? Anything else to question them about?

I have got to admit that I am really fed with all of t...


Posted by Bryony on 2014-01-15 13:32. 4 comments. 284 reads
 
Hi,
I'm due to have the pacemaker implanted on the 3rd Feb, late afternoon and staying overnight.
In the UK are the post implantation checks done at 4 or 6 weeks? Its being done for SSS, will the DVLA definitely let me drive immediately post check? Will it be ok to drive from Suffolk to Aberdeen ,which is a long way , at 4 or 6 weeks when ever the check has been done?
My husband thinks he should be at home with me for the whole week the pacemaker is done on the Monday. Do you think this is wise or would I be ok on my own after a couple of days?
Now the time is getting closer after so long (7 months post syncope episode) I'm starting to feel rather nervous and scared which I know is silly especially as I am a health pro...


Posted by dianeflock on 2014-01-13 19:45. 4 comments. 119 reads
 
i don't know what happened to my message again?
in response to don.
i had major surgery prior to having the pm inserted. it took quite a while to recuperate from the major surgery, so it is difficult to determine how i adjusted to the pm.
what i was trying to say is that i was doing farely well and then i got a menescus tear and was unable to be physically active. most recently since i have had the menescus tear, i have become extremely exhausted. i am not sure if the exhaustion is from the constant pain from the menescus tear or it is from my pacemaker needing an adjustment. i see the EP on thurs. this week and hoping he has an answer for me.

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-01-10 22:06. 3 comments. 123 reads
 
Had my PM check yesterday. That was 91 days post PM implant. They did the checkout and reduced the voltage on my PM. Everything OK and I’m doing good!

Because of the info I’ve received on this forum I knew what questions to ask. Also got my PM report with no hassle. Got some additional info on the Medtronics Sure Scan PM. So that was great too.

Thanks for the help.

Theknotguy


Posted by sarroj on 2014-01-09 23:41. 6 comments. 296 reads
 
Hi all,

I went for my first pacemaker checkup since having it implanted, and the technician said the next time I came in ( in 3 months), they will lower the voltage of my PM from 3 volts down to 1.something, in order to increase battery life. Though I didn't say anything to her, I'm concerned: if I need 3 volts now, why would that change ? She said I'm 100% dependent on the pacer, so I'm not too quick to mess with what works. Any thoughts/ ideas/ experiences ? I have a Medtronic MRI Sure scan, if it matters.

Thanks !


Posted by nato on 2014-01-09 11:01. 6 comments. 263 reads
 
Hi All,

My son is 20 Mths and has a pacemaker.Everytime we take him for check ups 3Mts time he has to take an X-ray to view his device and leads to ensure everything is okay.

Having X-rays done every three mths,Is this safe for him?

Appreciate your response...

Posted by wesh75455 on 2014-01-07 16:53. 5 comments. 315 reads
 
Can anyone explain what the difference is between the unilateral and bipolar readings from a pacemaker? I don't know if they work together or separate. I'm new to the lingo of Pacemakers.

Posted by judith5336 on 2014-01-07 13:55. 7 comments. 196 reads
 
I'm having slow beat issues. Pacer check tomorrow. Anybody know about adjustments possible? This thing is too new to be going dead.

Posted by RaFarmerjr1 on 2014-01-05 02:45. 4 comments. 347 reads
 
(Background info: I had a dual-chamber pacer placed two weeks ago for Cardiac Sarcoidosis. The Sarcoidosis was causing a heart block that caused my heart to skip beats, pause for 5-6 seconds at a time, and beat in the lower 40 bpm-range for several days. The pacer has kept my heart from dropping below 60 since it was implanted. I am a 26 year old male. In otherwise good health.)

Hello,

Today, I had to go to the ER because I felt my heart skipping beats again. Also, when I moved around I became very light-headed and my chest felt sore. It turns out that some settings on the Pacer had to be changed. The changes made were: the rate response was turned on, the amount of time the pacer is programed to wait between be...


Posted by Shell on 2014-01-02 17:13. 4 comments. 154 reads
 
My doctor recently had me get the Merlin machine for home check ups. (I had the old one where they had to call you and you used the wrist straps/magnet) While watching the set up video that came with it I was offended that they only had seniors in it. In fact, I sent them an e-mail that if they ever make a new one to include people of all ages. I know it's only a little thing and probably won't matter but I already feel odd when I go for checks in the office and feel out of place. This doesn't help.

Posted by GrampaJohn on 2013-12-31 21:56. 2 comments. 114 reads
 
Just got my medtronic PM end of November for bradycardia / 3rd degree block. No other symptoms. It's great to be active again.

Posted by Tick-tock on 2013-12-24 01:02. 2 comments. 194 reads
 
Okay, just goty holster monitor results on my electronic record- still awaiting dr to inform me.. .. they are as follows
"
Holter Indications-palpitation Length of Recording-29 hour Heart Rate, Range & Rhythm-sinus rhythm at an average of 67 beats per minute with a range of 60-143 beats per minute Supraventricular Arrhythmia-two premature atrial beats Ventricular Arrhythmia-1 premature ventricular beat Bradycardia and Heart Block. The patient had multiple episodes of flutter in her chest. All of these episodes were associated with sinus rhythm "
Hope to hear from EP this week. Meds appear to be helping some, but I continue to be very symptomatic. Tomorrow's another day- and it will be a good one:)
Thanks everyone for...


Posted by Suzie_G on 2013-12-21 13:20. 5 comments. 204 reads
 
I am paced at 60 and don't really feel it. But I get very breathless when I walk briskly, often with pain in my legs and across my chest. Would increasing my rate help this? I have rate response on but I'm not keen to increase it as it seems too sensitive to bumps in the road, scratching my ear etc ! I have a Medtronic Sensia put in last year but removed three times for issues with the leads so was only signed off in July 2013. I am hoping to feel better than I do at the moment.

I would appreciate any advice on this before my check up - thank you.

Posted by Mandi on 2013-12-14 00:15. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi all, I went for my first pm check today with the tech guy. I went armed with questions . He was great and answered all. He did surprise me by saying that in his 11 years of that job I was the only one to have questions. That was hard to believe but other docs have told me the same thing. I have found that they are more helpful if you are interested in you own health. I just always thought that you should be.
I would like to thank all of you for leading me to the questions to ask and telling me to get a report copy.
Mandi




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