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Posted by Dave Bishopstone on 2014-06-28 05:49. 7 comments. 349 reads
 
Does anyone know whether a protocol exisits for a Pacing Technician making major changes to a patients pacemaker progam (as opposed to slight adjustments / routine checks), without reference to the patients Cardiologist / Electrophysiologist?

Posted by boysmom on 2014-06-27 16:55. 3 comments. 226 reads
 
Was turned on last week after having yet another syncope episode. I asked for a copy of my report and was told NO- the cardiologist will get a copy. REALLY?? The way I understand it, when my HR drops fast the pm now works faster and then beats my heart at 100bpm for two minutes. I have felt this happen several times, but leaves me with a pounding headache.
So your all you experts out there, does this make sense? I would rather have a racing heart and a headache then pass out again, but somehow it just doesn't seem right?? Thanks for any advice...

Still no pity parties!! I am upright and beating....

Posted by jowings on 2014-06-25 16:08. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
Dual lead Medtronics pacemaker implanted 3/6/14 for Bradycardia
following 5-box mini-maze surgery for A-Fib (1/28/14). Low setting was 60 and high 150. Had my first interrogation day before yesterday. Everything was perfect - no a-fib, no flutter, no junctional rhythm. EP said the pacing is totally from the atrium at about 40% of the time. He decided to drop the lower number to 50. Since then I am having skipped beats. Wondering if there might be an adjustment period or is this something that should be brought to the Dr's attention immediately. I would appreciate any thoughts anyone might have.

Posted by pamage on 2014-06-20 17:59. 4 comments. 198 reads
 
I went for my 3 month check on my pacemaker and was told I need it changed as I have had it 7 years. YET IN FEBRUARY THEY TOLD ME I HAD 15 MONTHS LEFT IN IT has this happened to anyone else I have holidays planned feeling anxious .

Posted by Geriatrick on 2014-06-19 11:26. 0 comments. 102 reads
 
it worked but s few days later I returned to the tired, easily breathless state.
He said i did well on the prior stress tests, but there is a 15% error rate. If this doesn't do it we can consider a nuclear test. We can see wht's going on. I asked what could be going on. he said a possible Stent? He said it was an easy procedure. They go through the leg.
"call me Momday and we will see..."

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-06-17 23:46. 5 comments. 241 reads
 
I just visited doctors to be involved in an upcoming surgery, including the anesthesiology dept. The doctors are planning on putting a magnet on me. I have a Boston Scientific MRI compatible pacemaker set at 60 beats minimum. During the test MRI my EP techs set my pacemaker at 70 bpm, which was fine. They told me yesterday that the magnet would automatically put any pacemaker at 100 beats per minute.

Since my surgery is expected to last about 3 hours with several procedures one right after the other (YUK!), that seems like a lot of rapid heartbeats for a person (me) whose body is used to 60. Whenever they use electrocautery, I understand that it negates the beats that would have occurred at the same time the electric caut...


Posted by kristen on 2014-06-17 23:32. 4 comments. 254 reads
 
Hey guys today I had my 3 week post op check and first interrigation. It all went very well...but of course now I have alot of questions. I am currently paced 91% of the time, what do they mean by this?

Posted by Philman on 2014-06-17 22:41. 6 comments. 303 reads
 
Latest report shows 1,340 Mode Switches over a 6 month period.
Adapta Medtronic duel lead with rate response off. The detection rate was lowered to 160 from 175 before currant report. There were 40 Atrial high rate episodes and 5 ventricular.
Any thoughts will be appreciated.....-Philman

Posted by jimb on 2014-06-17 15:48. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
I am scheduled for a cardio appt. tomorrow morning, my doctor said that he will determine then if I need a defibrillator installed. I suffered an SCA on 02/06/14 due to 100% blockage in aorta had 4 stents put in and pacemaker installed. I am taking Coreg, Plavix, losartin and atvostatin. I have been thru cardio rehab and am back to work full time.Should I be worried? My girlfriend is terrified that I will have to go into surgery again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Jim

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-06-17 12:58. 3 comments. 171 reads
 
Hi!

Didn't have to wait till my 'fine tuning' appointment next week, a Biotronik tech got back to me via e-mail. The two questions I had sent him were:

1) Does the CLS sensor forget everything it has learned so far after every interrogation that includes a change of settings (even if those settings are no relevant to the CLS sensor itself)?

Answer: Yes, there is a new CLS-initiation after every change of settings. Biotronik has realized that this is a problem, and they are working on an update for the programmer software that will solve this. I told the tech to hurry up, because this is really frustrating. When I go in for fine tuning next week, I'll have been running 2-3 times per week for the past two mon...


Posted by finky on 2014-06-16 21:00. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi Guys

I'm 54, had a PM implanted because of bradycardia which got more extreme over the course of my life. My resting HR was always low 40s or high 30s but I was starting to get dizzy spells so the Dr advised a PM.

Anyway, I'm now 4 weeks post op. and have a problem which I didn't have pre-op. On the slightest exercise (slow walking) my HR jumps so much that I'm stopped in my tracks. I've no trouble breathing but I can feel such a strong fast pulse in my neck I'm forced to slow or stop moving. After a short walk it might take a few minutes for my pulse to return to normal (set at 50bpm).

Is this something that can be adjusted on the PM or have I developed a new problem? It's almost like the PM is too ...


Posted by Philman on 2014-06-16 14:59. 1 comments. 183 reads
 
Hello Everyone, I have a few questions regarding the sensitivity of my Ventricular and Atrial lead. There has been an increase in Ventricular High Rate episodes and an increase in Ventricular pacing. Several changes were made in the last few Interrogation reports that I was unaware of. They include the following:

Post mode switch pacing turned off
Sensing assurance Atrial lead turned off
Sensitivity Atrial lead from .50 to .18 to .35
Sensitivity Ventricle lead from 4.00 to 2.00
Sensing Ventricle lead on
Amplitude Margin from 2.0 to 1.5
Pace and Sense Polarity Bipolar for both leads.
Atrial and Ventricle high rate detection lowered to 160.

Rate Response is off as is Optimization

Posted by Geriatrick on 2014-06-15 14:28. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
Hello all and thanks for past help.

I was sort of breathless in the mornings and tired when doing gardening etc.
The gave me more"air" and it worked.
I seem to have slipped back the where I was.
I just had a trip that involved me wheeling and carrying Carry-ons through 4 airports. It was exhausting and id have to sit a few times for a few minutes before resuming my efforts.
I see the DR this week.

CAN PMS FALL OUT of ADJUSTMENT? and need to be altered?
I hope so.
I am 85 and in great shape with this exception.

Geriatrick

Posted by gumby on 2014-06-15 07:21. 4 comments. 221 reads
 
Greetings, I have had a Boston Scientific Ingenio MR1 installed 5 weeks ago. I had right bundle branch block and this has given me a new lease on life and I have far more energy and motivation. The problem is that when I go in for a "tune up" I always feel really bad for the next day or so, I mean really bad. Quite fluttery in the chest and some tightness. It seems to come from the bit where they say this will be a bit uncomfortable and then they race my heart up to some crazy speed. It does subside within a couple of days. I am booked to go in again in a week for a check before I go away to Europe for a 1 month vacation and I am dreading it. They mentioned that they would turn down my settings at this check. Is this wise considering that ...


Posted by dougiefresh101 on 2014-06-14 10:02. 4 comments. 214 reads
 
56 yr old. Medtronic Sensia implanted 6 wks ago. Had first tune up last Mon. Was doing fine before tune up, now since tune up, I get tremendous headaches, extremely sore burning in both jaws, bad heartburn with acid in the throat, tightness in the chest. This only happens when I walk around. It all disappears when I rest. Not sure what the Tech rep did but he claimed I would feel even better. Now I'm worried. Has anyone shared this experience? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Heart28 on 2014-06-12 23:45. 1 comments. 132 reads
 
Has anyone found their heart rate too fast ? My second CRT was installed last March and I have not felt right. I see the st jude rep to have the device read.in a week . Hope they can change the pacing rate a little

Posted by StorminNorman on 2014-06-12 20:56. 4 comments. 206 reads
 
Hi I discovered this site this afternoon and boy am I glad I did..quick history:me-old guy (67) LOL had a pm implanted in conjunction with aortic valve replacement surgery on 4/22 about 6 weeks ago. My recovery has been slow but steady but I have been acutely fatigued and very low on energy since I got home from hospital. Wife says "be patient" and it seems this fatigue thing is pretty common based on the other comments here. Wish my doc (or someone anyway) would have warned me, Im NOT complaining-all the days are good and I relish my time with my children and grandkids even more now...starting cardiac rehab next week -which Im a little nervous about since I have done ZERO exercise since my operation-but Im sure it will be OK...I go...


Posted by vivi2002 on 2014-06-10 22:50. 1 comments. 172 reads
 
Hubby was feeling very tired so we went in for his first adjustment to his pacemaker. The rate response was adjusted as well as the upper threshold increased. His blood pressure has been the lowest its ever been since the pacemaker adjustment. He usually runs 130/low 80s and he is suddenly in the 110's/low 70s. While I know that a lower blood pressure is better for a heart failure patient, he is feeling pretty crummy.

1. Why the drop in pressure?
2. How soon would he feel the effects of a setting adjustment.

Thanks!

Posted by Dave Bishopstone on 2014-06-10 05:26. 7 comments. 227 reads
 
I had a successful ablation for atypical atrial flutter in December 2012 and had been problem free since, now in June 2014. I have had a pacemaker since 2000. It had been set to permanent pacing with a minimum rate of 70 bpm with max of 120 bpm (after which my own rhythm takes over).

At a recent Pacing check the technician altered the settings to 'stand by mode' only operating if my heartrate fell beneath 60 bpm. I was told my natural heartbeat was in very good shape so I ought not need to be permanently paced.

A few days after the change I had an irregular rhythm episode. I've contacted the hospital and await guidance. I am wondering 9a) the merits of the change when all was going well, and, (b) whether this is...


Posted by KAG on 2014-06-08 11:51. 2 comments. 85 reads
 
Just checking to see if you got my reply message. Private message says your name is invalid?

Kathy



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