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Optimised AV Delay

Hi, I'm almost six weeks post implantation, had my post surgery follow-up at five weeks and I'm back for a pacing check in three months. I'm currently v-pacing a high percentage of the time and I'd like to know know if I should be requesting any specific tests at my pacing check.

In my five week follow up I mentioned my programmed av delay (250) might be one reason for excessive pacing, so my cardiologist (with guidance from the Medtronic rep) extended it out to 350 pace...

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I am back with gratitude for all the thoughts and prayers

I am overwhelmed by all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers that I received from all of the kind people here! I am filled with gratitude. Thank you! It made me feel so much better after a difficult experience. For all those that don’t want to read the following long book that I wrote, I understand and apologize. The bottom line is; I am doing fine and expect to continue feeling good into the future. However, after 3 days in the hospital I only have a new simple dual chamber...

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High heart rate after implantation

Hello everyone!

I have been reading so many posts on this forum since I found out I would need an implant about three weeks ago for sick sinus syndrome. Implant was placed on March 4th. I have been recovering at home but have experienced some issues. Since the surgery my heart rate has been much higher than before the surgery. About 15 beats across the board higher for sleeping/sitting/standing/walking. I went back to the cardiologist yesterday and my heart rate was 115 sitting and my B...

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Quick question, side effect of Coreg? Carvedilol?

A lot of you know I've been taking the 25mg twice daily Carvedilol/Coreg for two weeks now. I noticed with the previous dose that I'm getting blurred vision a lot. Now with the bigger doseage, it's really irritating. I have to take my glasses off because my vision is no better with them on. Will I eventually adjust to this side effect? Or will I end up taking less Carvedilol? Yes, I did send a message to my doctor, but he hasn't responded yet. 

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Having hard time logging in

Maybe it's just me. But the "app" I've always used and never had issues with - all of a sudden won't work without a considerable amount of tinkering with. This is just on my iPhone. 
Haven't tried my computer.  Will do that tomorrow.  
Any one else experience this.  

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Curiosity Question to all

I'm curious about how others "got" their device.  Was it something that was planned in advance as part of an overall tx outline or was it something that was required on an urgent basis secondary to a health crisis?  

I'm in the former category as I've been working towards my CRT-P for about a year now.

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pacemaker/stove top

Question.   I have to replace my stove top.    I also have a pacemaker.   I would like to have an induction stoptop installed.  Will it interfere with my pacemaker?

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Afib Catheter Ablation

Hello, question for those who undergone Catheter Ablation for Afib. Was the proceedure successful?Complications? Recovery time? Thank you!

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Metoprolol Succinate and Lopressor for Class IIB HFrEF

My cardiologist started me on very low doeses of both of these meds over the last six months as we began testing to determine if I was a candidate for CRT-P.  I understand that the meds are primarily preventative in my case but that they are still important.  I've been told that I will need to continue them even after CRT-P placement on May 1.  My issues are the side effects are really interferring with my personal quality of life - such as: weight gain, strugglin...

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Palpitations post Covid

I came down with Covid the second week of February. Looking back, the first symptom was a fast heartrate. It felt so strange, I grabbed my little pulse/ox meter. O2 95, HR 100. I'm pacemaker dependent, so a resting HR of 100 gets my attention. It stayed elevated about a minute then went back to the set minimum of 70. The same thing happened 3-4 times over the next several hours.

I woke the next morning definitely feeling unwell, took a Covid test and was positive. I was given Paxlov...

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Good Dog

Hello 👋🏻 

wish you all the best in recovery-healing ❤️ 

can't wait to hear from you  🔜 

but meanwhile just heal ❤️ 

Michelle 

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Fitness

Approx 3 months ago I began to exercise again after a very long period of problems with my pacing settings that made exercise very difficult and pretty daunting.  

Initially I over did it and this resulted in about 48 hrs with exhaustion and a worn feeling in my chest that concerned me.  On medical advice I calmed down and just walked instead. Walking is now going well after several months and although I’m still not great going uphills, my stamina is very much impro...

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Good Dog

Thinking of you today, Dave! Prayers it all goes well. 

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Rate response

A while back I posted about how happy I was with my PM settings.  I was getting really good response to my needs for higher HR during exercise.  Of late it hasn't been as good.   I think I've noticed though that wearing hard soled hiking shoes gets my HR up more than my running shoes which have a soft minimalist heel.  Is the PM responding to vibration from heel strike on the ground? 

Am I on to something or out to lunch? 

Thanks friends,...

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power recliner with massage

Will massage functions on a power lift assist recliner mess with the pacemaker?

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Kardia Mobile/Apple watch

I have occassional a fib as indicated on my annual pacemaker check.  One cardiologist suggested using a device like Kardia Mobile to check in order to avoid constant use of blood thinners.  Now I am hearing that these devices are not recommended for people with pacemakers.

I sometimes get good readings from my Kardia mobile and sometimes do not.  Does anyone use these devices to check for a fib?  Is there interference between the device and my pacemaker?  Are th...

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a better way to treat A-fib using "pulsed field ablation"

Just read online in our local Sarasota, Fl paper, that our public hospital physicians are among the first in the nation peforming Pulsed Field Ablation.  A breakthrough therapy to treat people with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythms.  Treatment of patients with paroxsmal(periodic) or persistent atrial fibrillation.

Traditionally, catheter ablation is a technique in which heart tissue is treated with extreme heat(radiofrequency ablation) or cold(cryotherapy) to des...

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Going to a theme park for the first time since getting pacemaker

I'm going to universal studios Florida for the first time since getting my pacemaker. I contacted Boston scientific and they told me I can't ride roller coasters or anything that go against gravity. I'm good physically to ride anything I just was curious if there's any other types of rides that would affect my device such a motion simulators. Thanks!

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None of you drain my battery

Just to be clear from my last post, absolutely none of you drain my battery. I simply meant situations where I am out and about. In person situations. You see, I worked about 10 years in this area, 5 years as a cashier in a local grocery store, and the other 5 years as a reporter and photographer for our small town weekly newspaper. In a community with about 1200 people, I got to know pretty much everyone...and they know me. So every time I go to the store, people stop me and talk to me, whic...

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What happens when...

I am  CRT-P pending (May 1st).  In my meeting with my EP he said the Medtronic device I'd be getting will have a max of 160bpm.  I didn't think to ask at the time, but what happens if my heart rate exceeds 160?  I ask because for years now if I engage in aerobic activity for more than a few minutes my heart rate regularly pops up to over 160.   I understand that part of the reason is because my EF is below normal so my heart is beating faster trying to ge...

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Yesterday I moved to a new place in my mind and realized how bad I felt 'before' and the difference my pacemaker has made.