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Posted by CincyGirl on 2014-07-30 21:14. 5 comments. 245 reads
 
I saw my EP today for my annual checkup. My current CRT has 10 - 13 months of battery life remaining (Medtronics). He wants me to check back in 9 months to see what the battery life is. He is concerned that because of my age (49) I will go through a lot of battery changes. I'm on my 2nd CRT. Got 4 years out of the 1st one. Thought I would have this one changed this month but they say it may last another year. He is considering changing my CRT from Medtronics to a Boston CRT which he says has a longer battery life. He said there are lots of strides in the industry so that may change. Just wondering if anyone else has a "Boston" model CRT and if they have had any problems. Any info would be appreciated.

Posted by Dee224 on 2014-07-30 15:32. 4 comments. 275 reads
 
I had a Medtronic Revo Surescan pacemaker implanted in Feb due to sudden onset of complete heart block which resulted in heart rate of 35 and lower. Echocardiogram and complete monitoring for 4 days in hospital showed no signs of any other issues. Yesterday cardiologist told me he wants to do stress test because PM readout show I have had a couple episodes of VT (one at 3 in the am). They will have to do a nuclear stress test because I have knee issues preventing me from doing a treadmill. He did not seem to worried, and the test is not until Sept. Should I be worried? My dad had electrical issues in his heart (tachycardia) and died of a heart attack so I am very concerned.

Also, I have had adjustments made to settings alread...


Posted by Oldman on 2014-07-29 09:08. 5 comments. 280 reads
 
I have aMeditronic PM which isMRI proof. The MRI proof unit was selected as I have metastasised prostrate cancer. A few weeks ago I had to have an MRI. No problem said I to the Mri ladies. I am sporting the latest MRI proof PM.
Now I have just watched a video on the Meditronic site that states and shows quite clearly that the PM mri function has to be activated proir to the scan and turned off after. Is this.correct as no one from my cardiologist down ever told.me this.
Could this have damaged the PM?. Your thoughts please PM'ers.

Posted by daniel81 on 2014-07-27 18:14. 3 comments. 263 reads
 
Good day. Im from witbank south Africa. I dont have employment at this time and no medical aid. Were and how to I have my pacemaker check. Its been in from 2010 and I am starting to feel very weak and tried most of the times. Dont have money to see a private doctor and witbank government hospital can't be of any help. What sould I do or where could I find someone who is willing to sponsor me? If anyone is interested in helping me or known someone that's willing to help me. Please contact me on rsdvictor@gmail.com.

Best regards.


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-17 17:44. 7 comments. 497 reads
 
I had RR turned on about 5 weeks ago. The Rep recommended it because i was being paced at I think 84% of the time at min which was set at 60. i was fine for walking, hiking, and biking. However as soon as I ran my HR went to 150 and stayed 150 was/is max pace setting. Pace had no effect, after 3 training run called the cardiologist office was told DO NOT RUN. they set up a appointment with the Medtronic rep and put me on the treadmill hooked me up stress test with EKG/HR/the works. The Medtronic Rep did a PM interrogation at the same time. I also had my garmin HR Monitor on. as the treadmill started all looked fine i kept telling them crank it up i need to be running for you to see what i am talking about. Finally got them to push the spe...


Posted by pattibish on 2014-07-16 01:32. 4 comments. 361 reads
 
At my last check up in march my dr became concerned because my impedance line was on a downward curve. He briefly said that usually means heart failure. He said we would watch it and he thought it maybe a false reading because I had lost 20 lbs. can someone explain the impedance line and how it works?

Recently I have been have more shortness of breath while working out and while jogging I feel fine up until I stop to walk and then feel like I may faint. I have to urinate more at night and have noticed skipped beats that take me down into the upper 40's heart rate. I feel dizzy until heart rate returns to high 50s.

Background on me: I'm a 30 yo female with icd for long qt syndrome. My last echo was 5 years ago...


Posted by billylittle on 2014-07-15 13:55. 4 comments. 258 reads
 
Went for a pacemaker checkup yesterday. They found over 1000 episodes within a month. So after three ablations and pacemaker, it is worse. Now it is back to the surgen for more ablation.

Posted by painthorse on 2014-07-14 17:34. 3 comments. 201 reads
 
So, does anyone have experience or knowledge about atrial overdrive programing? I have had a pacer for 14-years (second one) and have been in afib/ flutter for a loong time. I have recently developed central apnea along with insomnia. Been to the sleep study, blah, blah. But I have been told about this reprograming to my good ole' pacer that may help. Read up a little and it sounds scary. Well, here I am after a long absence .....

Posted by annie21 on 2014-07-13 14:34. 3 comments. 249 reads
 
second faint within 2 days, so not feeling full of beans, going to PM clinic tomorrow, to see what's going on.

Posted by evmohr on 2014-07-12 17:25. 2 comments. 316 reads
 
Hello,
I had my pacemaker implant in January of this year. The reason for the implant was 4 blackouts and heart pause of 20 seconds in length in a 1 day period.
I went for a second check up last week and find my results confusing!! I hope someone might be able to help me understand my results. The reading is from March 14 to present. I had 286 short V-V intervals. I asked what these were but did not understand the explanation at all. What is a V-V interval? Is 286 a lot for an almost 4 month time period?
Also I am already on coversyl for high blood pressure and now they want to put me on a beta blocker, I am questioning if that is even necessary at this point and I do not want to overmedicate. I feel sometimes they ...


Posted by BanjoPacer on 2014-07-09 14:40. 0 comments. 132 reads
 
I went to the heart doctor yesterday and I got a great report, everything is working like is should and I my next scheduled appointment is next year. He told me though that my battery might only last about 7-8 years becouse of the amount that it is pacing. He said not to worry about that sometimes that is normal, I know at the 3 month check up with the pacemaker clinic my battery life was already down about 3/4 of a year, so it must be working. The one thing that I do know is that I feel a ton better and if I have to have a battery replacement once a year it would be worth it.

Posted by Freddi14 on 2014-07-09 08:25. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
My pulse was originally set at 60 it suddenly reduced to 50, albeit
constant so I had a check up last week. The technician said the
pacemaker was working OK and when I questioned her about
the pulse rate dropping she suggested i need to do more excercise because my heart might be getting lazy. I am feeling tired most of the time (I am 92 but quite mobile) so do you think I
should get another opinion?

Posted by annie21 on 2014-07-09 06:52. 4 comments. 221 reads
 
60/130 am i right in thinking that HR will not drop below 60 or exceed 130.

Posted by JuPage on 2014-07-06 12:21. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
Hi had my check last Wednesday 2 need July. This weekend shopping felt as though darkness was coming over me, like I was going to pass out. Heart started to beat fast and then I managed tho get out of shop and it eased. Checked with 111 medical help by phone. Ended up going to casualty. Test run, bloods taken, said blood pressure must have dropped away. Anyone had this happen.

Posted by Nursejane on 2014-07-03 20:35. 3 comments. 217 reads
 
Does anyone have a Merlin @home transmitter device? I have a new St Judes Generator replacing old pm. They sent me home with the Merlin that transmits signals fom my pm to my Cardiologist office computer.

I am 9 days post op and no problems. Had a little tingling at site for first 2days. Wound healing well. I am taking it easy for 4 weeks to give it time to heal.

Posted by APgirl on 2014-07-03 19:31. 2 comments. 183 reads
 
Had a great check up with EP today, usual checks, discussions and reports.
Aside from afib and PVC s and other stuff, the interrogation shows that on average my heart forgets to beat twice a day, however, looking at the drop response report, it mainly goes on strike on Saturday and Sunday mornings and were it has fallen on a weekday, I am either on leave or working from home. The pm of course kicks in and does what it's there for, but it is an interesting pattern.

Is this because I go to bed earlier and wake up later? These are the days when I get more rest and don't get up between 0530 and 0600.

I wonder has anyone else looked at their reports and if so, what sort of patterns are you seeing.

Thank...


Posted by Jules on 2014-07-02 16:39. 4 comments. 193 reads
 
Just had a check up and I was wondering if 3,600 ectopics in a seven month period was good.

Posted by tornesq on 2014-07-02 14:32. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
I have medtronic dddr sensia sedr01 can set up a pacing ppm of 50 to 140 bpm or not ?
Thank you so much

Posted by Sue66 on 2014-07-01 18:54. 5 comments. 290 reads
 
I felt very weak and dizzy, and went to see a cardiologist. After having a Holter Monitor on for 24 hours they found that I needed a Pacemaker. It was installed on June 23, and I am home since June 25th. I still feel dizzy, and I think I need the settings adjusted. I am going on July 9th for my follow-up. Is this a common thing to still feel dizzy 8 days later.

Posted by melbee on 2014-06-29 12:54. 6 comments. 319 reads
 
Thursday I had my first interrogation since receiving my PM 6 weeks ago. She made a few changes to help me with my exercising. I do a lot of walking, and was getting short of breath. Well, what ever she did really screwed me up. I will be calling first thing tomorrow to get fixed. Any time I get up and walk slowly, or I move fast my HR jumps to 90-105 and it feels like my heart is going to jump out of my chest. It is making me sick to my stomach and giving me a headache. So I will be relaxing all day today. I guess the saying don't fix what isn't broke applies here.



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