I have duel pm, same leads 5th PM since 2004. I am 76 years . Went to day for check up , don't know why but after check up, felt better than I have done for months. Nothing was said to me .

Do think they changed my settings??.


Feeling better

by docklock - 2023-09-08 14:52:31

Could be you feel better because you were told: "everything looks great" or some of your settings were changed.  
Maybe a call to your place where check up was done could help.  

I would say most likely.

by PacedNRunning - 2023-09-08 22:29:08

Who ever the tech was probably noted a setting was not properly set and made the change? I guess it's a good thing but also like what the heck? All these years I could have felt like this?  

I've learend having my device that is can REALLY effect our day to day life. 


Positive feedback

by Penguin - 2023-09-09 04:22:37

Yes, it sounds likely to me to and I'm pleased to hear that it was a positive change! 

You will know this already after years of pacing, but any changes made should be in your interrogation report as either stated changes in a section of the report - showing the before and after setting - or  highlighted in bold type. Depends on the manufacturer's format, but that's how mine have been shown historically.

Changes are easy for the techs to look up if you give them a ring. In an ideal world (ha ha) the setting which previously didn't work for you will then be mentioned in your history e.g. 'patient rang to advise improvement in how he was feeling following change to.....' or ' patient advised had been feeling out of breath with X setting in place'.  

It all helps improve your care and gives a pat on the back to the tech who spotted it.  

Setting changes

by Good Dog - 2023-09-09 09:08:10

For most of the 37 years I have had my PM I had been seen by relatively small practices and usually saw one of two techs for my in-office interrogations. I got to know them and we had an understanding that there would not be any major changes to my device without my knowledge. Obviously, I would also consult my Doc for his opinion and/or approval. What I mean by major changes are changes to my minimum rate, rate response, etc. Over that long period of time, some techs left and new techs replaced them. However, my point is that there was generally a very good level of communication in which they would explain any minor changes/adjustments. Afterwards, they would always advise that I should let them know if there was any negative impact in how I felt. I also felt compelled to let them know if there was a positive improvement after a setting change. That was the case until I changed my EP that practiced in a huge hospital system. They have their own Pacemaker Dept. with more than 30 techs. Much more impersonal. For the first time in 35 years I began receiving an on-line report after the interrogation. I loved and appreciated that. However, I quickly learned that I had to insist that I be advised of any significant adjustments that may impact how I feel. I quickly learned that, because after an interrogation early-on, when I arrived home I began to experience some significant issues. My heart was racing and I did not feel well at all. I quickly learned that after all the years I've had this gadget without ever using the rate response, the tech that interrogated my PM turned it on without asking and/or advising me that he did so. I raised some serious hell with his supervisor and was assured that will not happen again. 

So my point in all of this is that  you need to insist on better communication with whoever may be adjusting your settings. It is always better to know than to have to guess why you might be feeling differently after your visit.

In any case, I am happy to know that you are doing well!




by kari - 2023-09-27 22:57:06

DockLock, I was having problems with my pacemaker twitches and flutters all day and night, couldn't sleep.  Went for the 4 week check up and they told me they just adjusted the settings a minor bit.

It made a hugh difference.  My symptoms are 90% better.  

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