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Posted by jjiggers on 2015-08-17 22:01. 8 comments. 495 reads
 
Hi Friends,
I had my second PM check today. I'l still having the "feeling like I'm going to pass out" symptoms that got the the PM to begin with. The tech told me I had had over 1.2 million PVC's since my last check in May. Can't seem to get and answer that I understand for why this is happening, but they insist that my HR will never go below 60. I now have a fitbit HR and I know that is not as accurate as it could be, but it OFTEN goes down to the low 50's and even the high 40's. During these times, I would swear that I can actually feel my heart slow down...maybe it's just the PVC"s.

Wish there were more Drs. with PM so they would know what you are describing when you express, "funny" feelings;

You guys are th...


Posted by candi on 2015-08-11 21:03. 2 comments. 338 reads
 
I have a check up the 21st with my cardiologist and want to discuss the pain I am having with him. How do you tell if it is angina? I have pain fairly often in chest, many times on R side as well as across back. Pacemaker really doesn't show any major abnormality, occasionally afib. Is it angina or something else?

Posted by kevalo on 2015-08-10 23:51. 5 comments. 300 reads
 
Should I monitor my heart rate to see if the settings are set correctly?

Posted by jsne on 2015-08-10 17:19. 1 comments. 250 reads
 
Just back from my exercise stress test. Had a quick check with the PM tech to look at some settings then on to the treadmill. Noticed HR was up however carried and as it became a bit more demanding could feel the tightness etc starting, then guess what, HR went from 136 to 71. yep I was going into heart block, hence feeling just like I did before the PM. So a few more adjustments to stop that, Tech spoke to consultant about what had showed up and what was changed, max tracking rate and upper limit were 2 that I understood. Also asked the question of antiarrhythmic meds, and she said they will get back to me soon.
So no tears and progress!, the OP was the easy bit. Good to feel 1 I wasn't going mad and 2 much more positive.
Still ...


Posted by jsne on 2015-08-09 09:43. 1 comments. 202 reads
 
Ian, a bit scary you seem to know me so well. Yes I do find it hard to be assertive, have said to the tech how I have felt but I think I may play it down. (only kept off school if my leg was hanging off or i was covered in spots) have always tried to get on with it. Random BP and HR readings average 108/73/104 and I feel yuck. Even having a shower can have me feeling puffed and as though my BP is through my feet. At night it is as though my pulse is too strong a real pulse, pulse, and the next day have a hangover sort of feeling, (headache, dehydrated).
Have got some numbers at the ready and will do my best not to end up in tears ha ha.
Roll on 4pm Monday.
Jane x

Posted by jsne on 2015-08-08 11:23. 2 comments. 292 reads
 
Finally going for my exercise stress test on Monday to try and see what else is going on with my pacing/arrhythmia. Nearly 6 months post PM and still having huge problem exercising. (even walking from car park and up the stairs to work)Have read posts where some of you seem to be able to work with the technicians and or EP folk. Was this at your own request or via your existing Consultant. I don't see mine until the end of September and have been thinking of asking to be referred to a specialist in arrhythmias, as they will see more problem cases and I can't believe I am that unusual. (not after reading messages here). Was 53 yesterday and maybe expected to much to soon, but had hope to be more consistent by now.
Did once took a beta...


Posted by jessie on 2015-08-08 00:26. 0 comments. 151 reads
 
i received my medtronic dual lead pacemaker in 2006 for braddychardia. this past week i went for a checkup and will return next april to see where things are at. it says i have two and a half years of life left.sometimes it drains quickly near the end of the life. i will see. anyway feel confident that they know their job. jessie

Posted by ChainLeg on 2015-08-06 21:00. 5 comments. 403 reads
 
Hello all, what a wonderful resource this website has been as I begin this transition with you. Thanks to all who comment.

I am a man of 57 and was previously in excellent physical condition before declining for a few months due to a Level 3 AV block and subsequent 2 lead Medtronic PM install 8 weeks ago.

My question is that I struggle daily with shortness of breath after simple exertion. I am able to walk 3 miles feeling fine except the uphills, but I do not seem to be improving in my cardio capability. At first I accepted this as initial recovery, but now as I continue exercising daily there is no cardio improvement. I am so far from my original fitness level of six months ago - capable of maybe 10% of what I c...


Posted by liteppie on 2015-08-04 18:56. 2 comments. 292 reads
 
Last week, my wife , after 10 years had her ST.Jude generator changed. No problems or complication. Today, She went to cardiologist and was nseen by a PA, and the St Jude tech that was in the OR. She was given a Merlin@home transmitter and was told to use this at night to moniter ther pacer. She never had to do this before. Does anyone have any experience or information about the device? Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by jwbarber on 2015-08-02 15:08. 2 comments. 285 reads
 
I have a fib my rest heart rate use to be in the 60's now my Dr has it set at 80. I really didn't get talk to her after. Does anyone know why she would set it that high. Now when I'm just walking around it goes in the 100's

Posted by heart2heart on 2015-07-30 16:21. 3 comments. 471 reads
 
I had a pacer implanted in April of 2013 due to a pulse of 38-46 and am on no meds.
Felt awesome in hospital & would not have been able to endure the stress, mental & physical, of my husband's illness which resulted in his passing away one month later. All was really great, physically, UNTIL I went for final follow up-EP said was adjusting so battery would last longer & said would not affect anything. 2 weeks later, I felt drained-couldn't figure out why. Was getting SOB but plowed through thinking I would have to get used to it. ,Well, that was 2 years ago and I still feel miserable.
I keep telling them I feel terrible when tech checks in office every 6 mos. Was told 6 mos ago pacer was set at 70 yet now when I take my BP...


Posted by enba on 2015-07-30 03:12. 2 comments. 313 reads
 
In about a month, I will have a single chamber pacemaker implanted. I am a 90 year old male in great physical shape.I go to the gym 2-3X a week and do 100 reps on four different machines. I have had bradycardia for the past 5 years without any symptoms. Because I fear complications associated with getting a pacemaker, I have consulted three cardiologists and an electrophysiologist and they all have convinced me that I should get a PM. I also have atrial fib. My question is, "What are the odds that the PM will correct my atrial fib?" Will I feel any differently?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-07-23 15:25. 0 comments. 308 reads
 
Since my first blog post on this topic has provoked such an interesting discussion here, I'm happy to announce that I just published the second part. This one deals with the possible reduction of costs and in-office interrogations. Enjoy!
bit.ly/1Mq1Une

Inga

Posted by jsne on 2015-07-13 14:38. 0 comments. 269 reads
 
well five months in and my fifth PM visit. Had RR turned off and more adjustments to stop the PMT. Going back sometime for another exercise stress test as I can not really do anything very demanding. Was supposed to be going on a hiking holiday in September yet another holiday not being able to do what I love.
Went back to work after check up and was totally puffed walking upstairs to the lab, lose PMT gain SOB!!.
Asked about my high heart rate and was told that it was my own rhythm, any idea why I have started going up to 110 of and on for know apparent reason.
Not sure what is going on, the PM tech is going to speak to my Consultant so here's hoping. Feel so low but will just have to plod on.
Cheers Jane

Posted by DebbieKJ67 on 2015-07-12 20:33. 3 comments. 485 reads
 
I just joined, so I'm not sure how this club works. My primary concern is that I just had my first checkup after having this new pacemaker implanted in February. I know the nurse changed a few settings and now I seem to be getting short of breath really easy. I also have a tight feeling in my chest when inhaling. Has anyone else ever experienced this? I'll be calling my cardiologist tomorrow....

Posted by DebbieKJ67 on 2015-07-12 15:32. 1 comments. 294 reads
 
I just joined, so I'm not sure how this club works. My primary concern is that I just had my first checkup after having this new pacemaker implanted in February. I know the nurse changed a few settings and now I seem to be getting short of breath really easy. I also have a tight feeling in my chest when inhaling. Has anyone else ever experienced this? I'll be calling my cardiologist tomorrow....

Posted by anneadamsadoptions@yahoo.com on 2015-07-06 15:30. 3 comments. 277 reads
 
What is the phone number to St. jude's if you have a question about the pacemaker? We are in Arizona.

Posted by anneadamsadoptions@yahoo.com on 2015-07-05 20:27. 6 comments. 563 reads
 
Hello. My husband had a PM put in in 2013. He has bradycardia which means his own heart rate often goes lower than 60 beats per minute (which is why he needed a PM in the first place).

We have had frequent check ups and the cardiologist says the PM is working fine. It is set at 60 and is pacing him 80 % of the time. the problem is that my husband has very little energy and feels fatigued most of the time.

I keep thinking that if the doctor would adjust the settings (and set the PM at a rate of 65 or 70) that my husband would have more energy because his heart would be beating at a slightly higher rate on a regular basis and pumping blood (and oxygen) through his body more quickly thus making him feel better.
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Posted by tactheemt on 2015-07-02 01:09. 4 comments. 505 reads
 
I had a St Jude dual chamber rate responsive pacemaker placed in 2007, and the doctor said that I had 8-10 months left on the battery the last time I had an interrogation. Less than a month later I started having strange cardiac symptoms so I went to the ER and when they interrogated the pacemaker they discovered it had gone into safe mode, and had automatically changed the settings to preserve energy. The pacer worked correctly after they removed it from safe mode and corrected the settings. Is this a normal occurrence, especially the inaccuracy of battery life? I know that since I am 100 percent paced they said they can only guestimate the actual time of battery death, however have a general idea within 6 months of knowing when the batte...


Posted by jsne on 2015-06-29 09:32. 2 comments. 355 reads
 
Can any one explain what will show if the PM has capture turned on. After my last check up they rectified the awful palpitations the previous change in settings gave me and on a day to day basis feeling better. Tried doing a hill at the weekend and felt rotten ?? PM not letting my HR go high enough. Felt sick, headache, fluttering the usual. Will this capture mode show arrhythmias not caused by the PM. The appointments aren't conducive to long discussion's as there is usually a queue, and you feel you are taking up too much time ( at least I do).
Thanks Jane



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