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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. 366 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...


Posted by divergent1 on 2014-04-02 22:48. 5 comments. 334 reads
 
Note to cardiologist:
Minimizing my symptoms doesn't reassure me it only convinces me of your inability to hear me and ultimately demonstrates your incompetence

I don't just measure medical competence by technical skill but also by a providers ability to hear what you are saying and respond appropriately. If I wasn't concerned about the ongoing severe dizziness I wouldn't keep bringing it up. The cardiologists response "don't worry you aren't in danger of dying" and then he changed the subject to talk about the weather.

End of visit, I staggered out of the office realizing I got one answer. I didn't get the answer about the dizziness or follow up about that but I did get an answer that this is not the r...


Posted by Rick777 on 2014-04-02 15:49. 2 comments. 181 reads
 
I have a REVO RVDR01 pacemaker and was supposed to get a device to permit home monitoring. What they sent was something that only connected to last century land line phones.

Is anyone aware of a way to connect through the USB port on my computer or even through the headset plug on my cell phone. I am very frustrated to have the supposedly latest technology implanted but needed antiquated equipment to read status.

Posted by schobo74 on 2014-04-02 11:07. 4 comments. 287 reads
 
will my remote monitor (merlin @ home transmitter) from St. Jude work with magicjack telephone?

Posted by divergent1 on 2014-03-31 23:05. 6 comments. 398 reads
 
First of all, I'm new here and want to say I'm grateful to the point of tears for the help I've received. Thank you to those who read and reply everything has helped.

I am very disappointed with my cardiologist whom I see tomorrow for my first real follow up with the MD who placed he pacemaker. Granted he'd ordered some tests but the lack of communication from his office created a loss of trust I felt so extremely alone and isolated in this storm.

I've been to the ER twice since a full cardiac block (from what I understand happened to me, the cardio didn't explain it people on the crash team who revived me did) After the pacer I showed up in the ER with the EKG showing a heart drop of 36 despite the pacer.

Posted by pbrannin on 2014-03-30 18:14. 1 comments. 91 reads
 
If you have staples, how long till they take them out? One week doctor visit is this Thursday.

Posted by olivia.walker87@yahoo.com on 2014-03-29 16:23. 5 comments. 173 reads
 

yeah I just went to the docter yesterday and they said I am doing great. they even said in later years when I am older they mght be able to take it out!!!!!!

Posted by Ck on 2014-03-26 13:43. 8 comments. 416 reads
 
(This is an update from my "Help interpreting report" post).
As a recap, pm implanted two years ago (2/2012). My chief complaint is fatigue.


Answers from EP at today's appointment:

1. What was the reason I got the pm? SSS
AFTER the implant they discovered 2nd Degree block. And this is a much more serious problem than the slow heartbeats.


2. Do I have Wenkebach? Yes. My 2nd Degree is progressing to 3rd Degree.
(I don't have Wenkebach behavior Golden_snitch-- I have Wenkebach).


3. Is the RR on or off? ON
Why? to help with exercise. Also raised max bpm from 130 to 140.
This means I have to get off my butt and exercise to see if I...


Posted by Smokie on 2014-03-24 10:15. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
Hello, I am new to this site and would like any hints and tips for my first check up tomorrow. I had a pacemaker implant for sick sinus syndrome/paf. I started on 1,25mg of Bisoprolol but have increased that in the last few days to 2.5mg.I was on the lower dose for two weeks. One of my queries is can they tell from my check up tmrw just how much of the medication I need.I have read they will be able to tell me if I have had palpitations,flutters, or af. My af episodes have been hours long( last episode in Jan) My pm is set for 60.

Thank you.

Posted by Boldie on 2014-03-24 06:22. 2 comments. 227 reads
 
I´m 79 years old. I was implanted a VERITY ADx XL DR dddr 5356 - SN 2071513 on 19.06.09.- Up to now with cero Problems. My last Check-up was a week ago.. The new Dr. said I have now a PAROXISMAL Fib! that was recorded and stored in my pace maker!! Can this be true? Please comment.
I am a very active Person for my Age. Exercise every day at home, swim up to 500 m 2 times a week, walk and run almost daily. Take my blood pressure not less than 10 times per day!
My blood pressure AFTER exercising average 145/85 and resting 100/64.-
Cholesterol 160, HDL 86..LDL 108, Tryg. 49.-
Have None of the syntomes considered by The AHA! and None of the causes! Never fel my heart beating crazy or over 110..while exercising..

Posted by Orba615 on 2014-03-22 15:22. 10 comments. 338 reads
 
I am sooo frustrated! Have had two lead pm for 10 years, recently updated to 3 lead CRT. On 2/10/14' . When I go In for a check the nurse never tells me anything. Just "it's fine". No results, nothing. Yesterday, when I went I. She said "you're in Afib". I asked how long. She said since 2/10/14' the day the new crt was implanted. I was shocked since when I went ten days after it was implanted, she did not say anything about my being in "Afib". I asked to see the doctor who implanted it, and he was there. She left, to talk to him, came back and said he could not see me today. Said to call back next week and tell them how I was feeling. I have never been given any feedback, just it's o.k. I am ready to ditch this doctor even though...


Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-03-21 17:18. 4 comments. 133 reads
 
my cardiologist at home ask me to come in to get the de-fib device checked I had put in one week ago ,is this common ? the hospital that installed the device was out of state while we were on a 3 day trip .my question is since the device was checked a week ago before I left why is it necessary to have it checked again so soon? sounds like charging to check is the primary motivation here ?any and all comments will be appreciated

Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2014-03-19 08:03. 10 comments. 354 reads
 
Hi guys
Had my first pacemaker interrogation and adjustment 8 weeks from implant. Had been feeling great prior but a little tired when running so thought some adjustment might help.

Agreed to alter the max rate to 160 (from 130) which should help with the running. Also altered the min rate to 50 (from 60) - to try to get my own sinus node to work a little harder (currently Atrium 92% paced, Ventrical 86% paced). Thought this would be ok given previous to Pm was around 50. They also slightly adjusted the AV delay to ensure the 160 HR could be reached. Now feeling tired, HR flutters, slightly light headed. Maybe I got used to getting more oxygen. Changed only happened today so think should probably give it some time. Its not ...


Posted by Marinade on 2014-03-18 17:42. 13 comments. 372 reads
 
I had a CRT-P implanted 3 weeks ago. The EP thought my extreme exhaustion (in spite of an EF of 45 and appropriate meds for cardiomyopathy) may be due to the wide dyssynchrony of my ventricles. Within minutes of some adjustments at the one week post-implant device check, I felt completely normal for the first time since being diagnosed with heart failure and Left Bundle Branch Block in Jan 2013. I have been in bed for the vast majority of the last 13 months, so I know I need to transition back into normal life slowly as I have lost stamina and muscle tone. Maybe I have been over doing it, but for the last two days I feel like I am back to pre-implant functioning. I am too tired to get out of bed and feeling very discouraged. Any ideas why ...


Posted by Beach Boy on 2014-03-16 18:33. 3 comments. 289 reads
 
I have a question concerning the relationship if any,
between Pacemakers and Atrial High Rate Episodes?

Background:

For the first 2/1/2 years since my Pacemaker was implanted,
I have had no episodes of Atrial High Incidents.

However, the last two interrogation reports, indicated episodes
of Atrial High Incidents. Most were of very short duration,
under one minuite. Also, they were clustered in one to two
day periods, occurring over several months.

I did an analysis of the data in the Interrogation Reports,
and noticed that the percentage of Pacing for the Ventricle
was declining; while the percentage of Atrial and Ventricular
Sensing was increasing. T...


Posted by kelsey1 on 2014-03-12 22:01. 6 comments. 296 reads
 
I had my St Jude pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago and everything went well. When I left the Hosiptal my pacemaker was set at 60. After a couple of weeks I went in to get my pacemaker checked and everything looked go. I request that my pacemaker be increased from 60 to 65 because I felt like my energy level was a little low and it made a difference. However it now seems my blood pressure has dropped from 118/74 to as low as 94/65. Im a little worried and again could this be because of the adjustmefnt of my heart rate of my pacemaker or could it be the medcine I am taking. By the way I was a smoker up until 9 month ago and then noticed my blood pressure was going down by itself. Please help

Posted by quickclick on 2014-03-10 13:04. 4 comments. 261 reads
 
Going for my first PM checkup Wed. Any suggestions for good questions that I can ask? I don't know if my examiner is a EP or not since this is all new to me. I will be sure to ask that question for sure.

Posted by chuck on 2014-03-06 13:26. 1 comments. 147 reads
 
was not clear in my post yesterday trying to get an idea what oyther people are charged by clinics for merlin at home services

Posted by MRVista on 2014-03-06 10:59. 2 comments. 174 reads
 
I posted a few weeks ago and have seen the DR since. No improvements to my breathless and tiring easily.
He is having me come in today . A rep from Boston Scientific will be there. Hopefull like so many posts ive read here an adjustment can make a difference.
I am 85 and in good condition other then this. I have a veggie garden to get in, but it knocks me out. I don't mind paying for some help. I just don't last long out there



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