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Posted by Tick-tock on 2013-12-24 01:02. 2 comments. 195 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. 206 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


Posted by scotia on 2013-12-13 00:39. 6 comments. 386 reads
 
Hello everyone,

I have had my pacemaker for almost a year now. I recently started having swelling in my legs and high blood pressure. My blood pressure went from 120/60 to 160/95. So i went for a bunch of test. I had a doppler to make sure it wasn't a clot(and it wasn't). So they did some blood work and sent me for a stress test with a echo at the same time.

At the start of my echo they checked my blood pressure and it was good 120/70. Then they had me get on the treadmill. Once my heart rate got to about 135 it i could see the ecg went crazy. They mentioned something about my left ventricle not working. This happened for about 20 seconds although is seemed like forever. But then i think my pacemaker kicked in and br...


Posted by Mojo on 2013-12-11 21:13. 2 comments. 257 reads
 
I am the 59 year female (with Medtronic Sensia Dual-chamber PM) who developed atrial tachycardia after a severe asthma attack. I went to my doctor last week and he lowered the RR on the lower lead in the hopes that the tachycardia would go away on it's own within a week. I went to my cardiologist yesterday and the tachycardia has now become erratic. I am scheduled for an electro-cardioversion this coming Friday. While I don't look forward to it I know it has to be done. And it sounds like that will be part of my life going forward. My doctor also mentioned that he might have me stay 3 days in the hospital to try the drug Tikosyn in IV form to see if my lungs tolerate it before giving it to me orally. This is a maybe and will be dete...


Posted by Stillrunning on 2013-12-10 19:41. 3 comments. 274 reads
 
Well I went to the reschedule of my office cancelled appointment that I referred to in a previous message. It was amiable but contentious,,, I described my feelings when running. That is first 15+ min Normally Ok but then breathless and difficult to continue without significant slow down, my HR monitor shows a drop in HR to 100-120 but perceived effort is 4 to 5 on a 1 to 5 scale. Show stated that is the same complaint I have had the last 3 visits (duh)
I ask for increase in upper rate from 150 to 170 after much gnashing and her visiting with someone else outside my room, agreed to raise to 160 and stated she had to lower my AV paced rate from 300 to 250ms. I said good why not the 170 upper she said she would have to lower my paced ra...


Posted by Mandi on 2013-12-08 20:52. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
Hi, I am going in for my first tec check later this week. Since I got my pm very fast I know next to nothing about it. So I want to get any and all info I can. What info should I ask for? I am not a ignorance is bliss kind of gal. I once was told from a G.I. Doc that i would not understand what he was going to do. Ha, I told him that I may be getting old, just 70, but not stupid. He left the room and another doc came in. I don't want to face that with a tec.
So any advise you can give me would be appreciated.
This a great site.
Mandi

Posted by erik on 2013-12-04 11:14. 2 comments. 169 reads
 
My EP says we can try to increase my PM upper limit from 150 to 165 next time I get checked out but it depends on my AV interval and a few other settings. Any idea what that means?

Posted by Theknotguy on 2013-12-04 00:02. 1 comments. 113 reads
 
Got my second checkup via a stress test. It was all good! Don't have my PM numbers yet but they're below being concerned. Everything else top notch.

Thanks to everyone on this forum. You have given me a lot of useful information which, I feel, in turn has helped me get a good report.

And yes, the dogs helped too. Cold noses, warm hearts, and all that.

Theknotguy

Posted by lbdina on 2013-12-03 21:41. 4 comments. 215 reads
 
I recently underwent an overnight sleep study, since I suspected sleep apnea that might have contributed to my nighttime 'crash and burn' episodes, caused by blood and oxygen deprivation.

I met with the sleep doc today to go over results. Yes, I had 15 interruptions in my sleep and snored 'moderately'. He said this was normal, and that my RDI (respiratory disturbance index) was about 2.5. They consider anything over about 5 to be problematic, necessitating intervention (CPAP, Meds, kick in the ribs or clubbing with a Louisville Slugger, etc). According the the doc, (who was one of the better doctors with whom I have had the pleasure of working), they look for more than 40 incidents over an 8 hour period, or more than 5 per hour ...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2013-12-02 23:12. 3 comments. 254 reads
 
Hello everyone. My interrogation went well today, it felt a bit odd, but nothing I couldn't handle.

I now have all the answers I didn't before like mode (DDDR) and that my battery life and voltage is excellent (3.01V and est. life of 10.5-11.5yrs). I'm still pacing through my Atrium but only at about 22%, ventricle less than 1% which EP says is perfect, and what he expected.

One thing that made it less than perfect is that apparently I had 5 high ventricular rate events, that I had no clue about. EP says my pacer will record anything above 160, but both the rep and the EP said they were not dangerous rhythms. I know they are not exercise induced since I know I was not exercising on the dates/times the rep asked a...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2013-11-27 11:03. 4 comments. 261 reads
 
Greetings! I have been poking around this site for about a month now, when I quite suddenly had to get a pacemaker last month. I can say that many of my questions have been answered just by searching.

A little background, I have had a history of passing out since I was in college or for about 13 years. It happened three times while I was in college and all three times they never figured out what was going on. Fast forward to 2008, and I passed out in front of my orchestra while teaching one day. Hospitalized for 5 days, had the whole battery of tests, including a tilt table which revealed that I would go significantly tachy (170's) and then drop suddenly to the 70's. Blood pressure would only drop nominally or not at all. ...


Posted by erik on 2013-11-27 09:33. 8 comments. 298 reads
 
I've gone back and read various upper-limit threads and see a lot of members struggle with \doctors/technicians to get the limit increased.

For active people who are pacing the ventricles, I can understand the benefits in a higher upper limit (so not to go into 2:1 block too soon). But what's the risk?
thanks
Erik

Posted by Salmon82 on 2013-11-26 17:03. 1 comments. 154 reads
 
Had my St. Jude implanted in Oct.along with AV Node Ablation. Was feeling great, my resting was set to 80 with RR set 110-140. Had my checkup and adjustment last week. Set resting to 60 and kept everything the same. Now I feel like garbage. Felt it then, but figured my body would regulate. I am paced 100% and am in full time A-fib in the Atrium. Will be going back in tomorrow for another adjustment. Any recommendations on what I should look for or ask? Thanks

Posted by erik on 2013-11-26 09:10. 3 comments. 241 reads
 
I went for a device check-up yesterday. Ventricle pacing at 11%, atrium at less than 1%. Learned a few things:

- When the battery wears out, the entire device is replaced. I thought they popped open a compartment and put in a new battery. Nope. You get an entire new PM.
- When they test you, they can pace either chamber and increase your heart rate, in my case from 65 to 90. That was weird.
- Steri-strips. I'm gonna buy some for home and keep them next to the Band-Aids. Great reviews on Amazon.

Posted by comics258 on 2013-11-25 14:42. 4 comments. 234 reads
 
Hi, I was diagnosed with AV heart block approx 6 weeks ago and have had a dual chamber PM for just over four weeks. Everything seems to be going to plan based on what I have read and have my first check up next week. While prior to heart block I was biking approx 80kms a week and on the treadmill (power walking) 3/4 times a week, I haven't yet ventured back on to the bike but am going on the treadmill daily. I am finding that after 30 mins when I am a little out of breath, which is to be expected, that my heart rate is still only around 80. After around 20 seconds it rises and goes to between 100-110. I also find after walking up four flights of stairs at work a bit tiring but the heart rate stays around the 70-80 beats per minute. D...


Posted by JuPage on 2013-11-23 16:38. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
I had my pacemaker installed in 2006 in France when I was living abroad.

Have just had my check and my usage of the bottom part not sure what called has risen from 7% to 14% - not sure why. My extra beats were recorded as 3000 for 6 months and I have three years battery left.

I have bouts of extrasystoles, missed beats it feels. Why would my recording go up double? I have done nothing different.

I am having checks on my stomach as I am having problems could that cause the extra beats?

Hope someone can help

Jules

Posted by mkaz03 on 2013-11-22 19:31. 4 comments. 170 reads
 
So I had my first pacemaker check Wednesday and follow up appointment with cardiologist today. In 3 months I only had one 4 minute afib incident (which I have no recollection of) and one 5 second v-tach incident (I did feel dizzy briefly while bending over tying sneakers in a self service show store). I am happy with these results. The Sotalol seems to be working for the most part. After 3 months I can honestly say I barely feel my pacemaker anymore. Just wanted to share my good news for other newbies who may wonder if there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2013-11-21 04:18. 8 comments. 308 reads
 
MINERVA trial shows Medtronic pacemakers reduce the progression of permanent AF by 61 percent:
http://newsroom.medtronic.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251324&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1877867&highlight=
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/18/us-heart-medtronic-pacemaker-idUSBRE9AH0SL20131118

Thought this would be of interest for all Afib patients that face a pacer implant or replacement.

Best

Inga



Posted by Royale on 2013-11-20 15:41. 6 comments. 399 reads
 
At least as far as I am able to determine.
I posted a few times earlier this year thoroughly confused about why my Biotronik Evia was showing pacing at 0% for the ventricular lead, despite my having had an average of 1 pause due to intermittent complete block every hour prior to implant. That's an average of .03%. First I was told the cardio wasn't concerned because it meant the battery would last longer (the impedance(?) is higher than normal meaning it requires more energy when it fires to do it's job). Then he told me it wouldn't fire because my heart hadn't slowed down (!!!!). Then he told me it would have fired but not enough to be statistically significant but don't worry the atrial lead is doing a great job ( Not the reason for...




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