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Posted by relax221 on 2015-05-17 13:23. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
WHAT TYPE OF WARNING ALARM GOES OFF SIGNALING BATTERY GETTING LOW ? IS IT A VIBRATING SOUND LIKE A CELL PHONE OR A BELL RINGING ?

I STILL HAVE 2 YEARS BUT CURIOUS

THANKS

MIKE

Posted by JoMarie on 2015-05-17 04:40. 5 comments. 229 reads
 
How do you know which mode your pacemaker is set in? I am advised VVI would be the best for me. I had an AFib episode last week and my pulse felt as irregular as it ever did when I got an attack. I am told this cannot happen with paced ventricles on my dual pacemaker and following an AV node ablation.

However on another site it was suggested that unless I was set in VVI mode, then a signal could break through from the atria and the PM would follow it? Is this true? I felt the Pacing Clinic didn't believe me and told me not to feel my pulse! No need as I can always hear it in my ears anyway..... My husband confirmed an irregular beat at the time. Lasted about an hour. Tracings showed nothing untoward, so I am baffled. A...


Posted by kmartin60 on 2015-05-15 11:54. 6 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi, I went to pacer check in Feb. 2015 and was told I had basically 3 and a half year left but about 4 days ago I started noticing side effects similar to when my last pacemaker went into EOP mode..(I've had this one since 09)

So, I tried to do a teletrace but my machine wasn't working for me so I called and they are sending me a new one right away as soon as they can but.. how long can a person go in the EOP mode?

I'm in a wheelchair so I really don't work up any type of a sweat or a racing pulse at all LOL But the thought of just getting in car to GO to doc makes it race! I am not leaving home until its absolutely necessary. It doesnt do it constantly and when I check my pulse its always mid 60's or higher...Anyon...


Posted by ALbo on 2015-05-11 17:20. 5 comments. 202 reads
 
Hi All

I went for my regular 3 month check up a couple weeks ago and my pacer life went from 20 months to 5. I go back in a week to check it again. They haven't scheduled a replacement surgery yet, since this is my first one I'm a little nervous, and pretty frustrated with my doc for giving me so little info. I'd rather have the surgery sooner than later. Any advice?



Posted by mikenall on 2015-05-06 22:31. 0 comments. 124 reads
 
I received a Biotronik Evia DR-T in Aug. 2013. The impedance on the ventricular lead at implant was 681. I read that the impedance should rise 10-15% over the first few weeks after implant and then remain fairly steady. I had an in person download last month and the PM had recorded a VHR in March. This VHR could be duplicated by my pressing my hands together very hard in front of my chest. They adjusted the sensitivity from auto to 4.5mv. to eliminate the "noise". The impedance on the lead had dropped to 487. I'm now on a 3 month in person followup, as opposed to the remote download. I asked them if the lead was failing and was told "not necessarily". Any opinions out there?

Posted by ShannonMarie33 on 2015-05-05 22:53. 5 comments. 420 reads
 
I recently discovered in February that i had neurocardiogenic syncope. Doctors believed that I had epilepsy since i was five years old but all this time my heart was stopping for 20 seconds or longer. My heart doctor told me it was very rare in fainting disorders. I am thankful that it was finally figured out but I have questions. I had a dual chamber pacemaker put in in February, everything was great at first, but after a week or so I started to feel very sick and i told them about it and they "weren't concerned", I followed all of the directions (don't raise arm above heart level, carry more than five pounds, etc.) well both my leads were pulled out of place and I had to go in again to get them fixed but when i woke up they had informed ...


Posted by FighterGirlxx on 2015-05-04 14:27. 2 comments. 289 reads
 
Hi

So I have a quick question about atrial lead (select secure)...not because I am concerned but more because I just don't understand it and I want to.

So my readings 3-4 months ago were:

Sensing: 3.10v
Impedance: 1001Ω (B)
Threshold: 0.60v @ 0.40ms (B)

In the last couple of weeks:

Sensing: 3.50v
Impedance: 933Ω (B)
Threshold: 0.50v @ 0.40ms (B)

What do these numbers mean?? Can anyone explain - also what affects them changing?

Be good to understand...naturally curious!

Thanks

x

Posted by MaciesMomma on 2015-05-03 20:41. 7 comments. 343 reads
 
My daughter is having a lead and battery replacement tues..just wondering if they will take the old leads out or leave them in after they put in the new ones or is that a different surgery? I have read different things and i am confused. Thanks!

Posted by weatherby460 on 2015-04-30 20:34. 4 comments. 252 reads
 
My pacemaker is about at the replacement stage....I am 38...active....how can I test to know if it is at the point of replacement? Last checkup said I have 1 to 6 months left of battery life. Thanks

Posted by brbowles2010 on 2015-04-30 17:43. 3 comments. 172 reads
 
I now have a icd my doctor want to put in a crt with a third lead. Does anyone have an idea if they can use the two existing leads and just add the third or will they have to be pulled and replaced.

Posted by Sirgladiator on 2015-04-29 23:53. 1 comments. 276 reads
 
Hi my name is Calvyn I have a pacemaker with two leads in the ventricular artery and one in the othe artery. I have to have both leads that are in the ventricular artery that goes close to the bottom of my heart extracted and they have a Cardiac surgery team on stand by in case they nick or make a tare or a hole in my heart or artery . I have had these leads for 29 years and the artery is completely blocked. Can you give me some kind of info on what you think about having this done. I don't want to have my chest cracked open. What do you think. I am scared. The leads that are now there are old and draining my battery my AV delay Is 4.0 that's the power I use out of my battery which wears my battery out in 4 years and it cannot get to 6.0. ...


Posted by Haveaheart on 2015-04-28 19:26. 4 comments. 286 reads
 
I had a Durata crt d device implanted September 2014. While in the recovery room I asked if the pain was normal.they took expat and a lead had dislodged. I was hardly awake and my Dr said I must have moved. He went back in and hooked me back up. Moving forward to March 2015 my PA said you must be doing okay not heard from you and I was finally feeling pretty good EF up to 45-50. Very happy then she said oh you have developed atrial flutter or a-fib She said if it is Af we can do ablation but AFIB you would have to takes med. the dr scheduled me for ablation. After my ablation during recovery I again said I was having severe spasms on my left side the nurse said I was just anxious . Called my EP he said to take a Xanax. Next day went into D...


Posted by tracyflori on 2015-04-28 19:22. 3 comments. 233 reads
 
I am 12 days into an implant and raised my arm for an extended stretch. Should I be concerned?

Posted by Kurlybean on 2015-04-23 21:04. 3 comments. 327 reads
 
Hi, all! Just happened upon this forum and joined. I had no idea it existed. Received my first pacer at 17. Now, at 42, I am ready for #5 and new leads. My existing leads are roughly 20 years old and have some noise. Very nervous every about the lead extraction. Anyone been there, done that?

Posted by MaciesMomma on 2015-04-21 04:19. 3 comments. 349 reads
 
Has anyone heard of this new pacemaker its the size of a pill and its wireless. It goes into the heart..sounds amazing! Anyone know anything about this??

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-20 20:45. 1 comments. 260 reads
 
I had a Biotronik Entovis DR-T dual lead pacemaker implanted a little over a week ago. The ventricle lead was put in the coronary sinus to stimulate left ventricle as Dr. (and myself) didn't think it a good idea to put through my recently repaired tricuspid heart valve. I was told there would be somewhat higher impedance with that lead placement but Dr's estimated about an 8 yr battery life.

Disappointed in the followup diagnostic testing today. Could tell something was up when technician was having trouble with ventricle lead capture and my appt took a good hour. Apparently the measurements for the coronary sinus lead aren't as good as when it was first placed and the report indicated an expected replacement interval of only...


Posted by mikenall on 2015-04-18 23:07. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
During my device clinic download Friday, they found new noise on the ventricular lead. It had triggered a report of a run of Ventricular Tachycardia in March from the home monitor. They had me press my hands very hard against each other at chest level and this duplicated the event. Anyone have similar experiences, and how did they solve the problem?

Posted by vattens1 on 2015-04-16 18:44. 2 comments. 237 reads
 
I was helping my daughter put a wardrobe together earlier this evening. And my daughter stood on my shoulders to get up attic to get more pieces. Forgot about pm. Anyway when i was gone half hour or so got a very sharp pain over pacemaker for about 2 min generality feeling yucky was wondering if i pulled a lead out somehow. Got my pm moved in January as it was flipping over and does twisted now is under muscle. Any tips please

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-04-16 13:10. 8 comments. 318 reads
 
Has anyone ever got the impression that E.P.'s and pace maker technicians ( company reps) are reluctant to tweek to extend battery life because it actually results in less revenue; Or perhaps even replacing a p.m. before going into the EOL mode?

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-04-16 11:03. 7 comments. 275 reads
 
Its almost 5 months since my PM surgery and the rate was set at 60 BPM. My cardiologist suggested that I can reduce it to 40 BPM at night so that the battery lasts little longer.I am pacing 100% of the time as my natural rate is around 30 BPM.My PM technician doesn't think the battery's life extends that much if we reduce the BPM at night. Anyone faced this situation before ? Any response is greatly appreciated.

Thanks



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