Questions to ask my Dr.??

Hi Everyone,

I recently joined this wonderful group and have learned so much from you folks already!
I've had my PM for 2 1/2 years now and really have never known what questions to ask when I go to the Dr. or the technician.
My PM will be checked next week and I have learned here that I should ask for a copy of the printout which I will.
I did ask last time how much battery I had left.
Are there any more pertinent questions I should ask the tech. or the Dr?
Thanks for your help.
My heartfelt thanks to whoever started this site and also to all the members.


Questions I would ask

by Terry - 2008-02-02 01:02:15

You pose a very porvocative question. I'm glad you use the internet, because you can find some potentially life saving scientific information. The ventricles will survive longer, based on the DAVID Study in Canada and the MOST Trial (see Dr. Sweeney's publication). There are two ways to preserve a normal ventricular contraction. One is to have a heathy AV node. If you have AV block and the AV node is not working properly, you need to ask about pacing the heart's conduction sustem, called the bundle of His. More and more doctors are doing that now. Patients who have been paced into heart failure over the years are getting His bundle pacing and their hearts have been reverse remodeled back to a normal ejection fraction. So ask your Dr. if he doesn't agree.

By the way, if you want to know why ventricular pacing that bypasses the heart's conduction system causes detrimental effects, let me know and I can refer you to that.



by MHCHAMPION - 2008-02-02 09:02:12

Thanks for the info and yes, I would like you to refer me to the Ventricular pacing that bypasses the heart's conduction system. I look forward to that.
Thanks again.

His bundle implanters

by Terry - 2008-02-03 03:02:51

Margaret, there are hundreds of conduction system implants in Italy; not so convenient, I fear. But, if interested Google Dr. Zanon.

In Sayre, PA, contact Dr. Pramode Deshmukh, in Iowa (Iowa Heart, Des Moines), Dr. Robert Hoyt, in St Paul, MN, Dr. Marco Geurrero. Beter yet, for your local area, ask your pacemaker company's local Sales Representative. If that doesn't work, let me know and I will find out from your local Sales Rep for you.

Please let me know if you have questions. Contact me directly if you wish.


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