Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Need for rate response

Is there a electrophysiologist cardiologist out there who can explain to me why my heart decided to not pick up as it used to and therefore the rate response had to be turned on?  Had the dual lead PM implanted in Feb. 2017, and this was done a few months ago.  I asked what this meant and was told, "it means it is a good thing you have a pacemaker." All that has done is create anxiety on my part that is causing me to seek some counseling on accepting the situation.  B...

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Pacemakers and active activities and pulse

I havent posted here for a few years as my PM's been pretty stable although it has its quirks.

To my great relief when browsing the posts here I found plenty of people discussing my 2 main issues of the pacemaker pushing my pulse to high when not needed (like when driving on rougher roads) causing pain and discomfort and the pacemaker not pushing my pulse quick enough when needed (sudden activity) causing bad shortness of breath.

The answer always seems to be that you keep twe...

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Visit to pacemaker clinic

Two months since pacemaker fitted, I felt more breathless than normal when walking up hills when playing golf I told the clinic nurse about this.

I was amazed when she told me there was a crystal within the pacemaker that could be activated by her.

The crystal would come into play when my body was exerted and would help with the breathing. I had to swing my arm as it only kicked with active movement meaning it would not activete when say cycling.

I never heard of this o...

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foloow up #1

first appointment in newmarket ont today.  wow busy place for a country boy   said my pacer works fine  only needed 17% of my time!  that sounds like an alful lot seeing how i didnt have it a week ago when my heart paused.   still very lightheaded  gotta try and putter around garage tommorow get back to working man mode!

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Pacemaker setting recommendations

Hi! I'm a pacemaker newbie. I'm 41 and had my pacemaker implanted 2 weeks ago for Mobitz type 2; I really haven't had many symptoms but this is the second EP to tell me I needed one and I finally decided to get the darn thing. I have passed completely out about 5 total times in my life, usually in reaction to pain or to eating bulky food. I've worn monitors several times, and each time they caught blocks lasting 2-4 seconds--maybe about 3-4x/week, so not super long. The fainti...

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Merlin not working

JUST GOT A LETTER MY MERLIN MONITOR DIDNT SEND IN THE MONTHLY TRANSMISSION. I TRIED UNPLUGING THE MONITOR BUT IT STUCK ON THE  TRANSMISSION LIGHT AND NOT SENDING.ANY HELP?

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Stress test

Hellinall. Haven't been on here in a while. I'm having my first stress test done wednWedne w/o contrast. I had a ST Jude dual lead pacer put in October 9 2017 for 2nd degree heart block and 34 years old. No medical history besides the pacer and spinal stenosis. Since I had the pacer put in every now and then I would get chest tightness and feel short of breath. Pulse always normal when it happened at 80. So I would call and all doctors say is ohh it's anxiety. They said the stress...

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Feeling shock like sensations

I recently was interrogated at MD appt. Since that appt I have been getting shock like sensations to upper right area of my chest and to my left side (high up beneath my rib cage). I called MD office and they state it is nothing they did.  I know something is different. Any suggestions of what it could be?

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Medtronic programming history

Looking for some feedback.   Does my Medtronic pacemaker keep a history of all my pacemaker settings? I was interrogated on March 20 2018. They stated they made a change to extend my battery life. I felt fine prior to this change. But now I feel an almost shock sensation to the center of me chest and my left side.  It’s very uncomfortable.  I pace less then 1% of the time. I only have a pacemaker.  It feels horrible.  Any suggestions?  I just want them to p...

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Still fatigued and breathless

Got my PM last Wednesday, so eight days. Still fatigued and breathless. Heart rate is perfect 60 blood pressure is up. Should I wait for follow up or call doctor right now?

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Merlin@home remote monitoring

Hi there, I’m positive (due to random intense butterfly wings) that my Merlin has missed some of my arrhythmia activity. I’ve experienced it and has it reviewed by download at my EP’s office however nothing was found on download. This happened again today. What concerns me is that IST and AFib were found at my last EP visit last year and I’ve been remote monitoring for three years. These new arrhythmia were missed. It concerns me as I’ve had VT historically. Has...

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Careful

Careful Don, I have it on good authority you aren't supposed to spread cheer here.

Ian, 2 things

1st the dead can post here, as long as it's not contagious.

2nd my Cardio said never go to the hospital, they'll kill you. Last time I was thrre they gave it their best shot

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Pacemaker and Garmin forerunner 235

Hi there

i am new to the PM world 3 weeks now post implant. I wear a Garmin forerunner 235 and my understanding is that my PM is set at Hr 60 ( do I shouldn’t drop below) . Subsequent to my PM implant I check my average Hr resting on my Garmin and it is still reading low resting rates. Today early morning my resting low was Hr 32. I am not sure whether there is now inaccuracy with my Garmin but it works through light monitors on my wrist .... so has anyone else had this? I only ha...

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Recent appointment today. Question about % of pacer times

Good Evening fellow pacers!   I took a different translator friend with me today, and felt SO much better about understanding my new pm!

two weeks ago....which was two weeks post op, I was doing V-rach and Afib.

todays recordings showed NO events!  I was asked to cut out Caffiene, alcohol, and begin more exercise!   I did not tell him that I had taken a rythmol pill about three times, when I got nervous, and felt what I thought was palpitations. (Remember, this man...

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settings perhaps

I had a medtronic DTMA2QQ fitted in January this year (3rd), everything is healing up nicely, yes you know its there but generally its good, my basic problem stems from MI in 1993 Cabg1994 left ventricular dysfunction, which as time has passed got worse to the point where EF was down to 34% hence the CDT-D, and yes it makes a difference, the crushing breathlesness has gone, I can still get out of breath if I push it, but not like before, what I am still (despite reading as much as I can...

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Chemical stress test

Just had a check up with my cardiologist. Everything seems fine with my pacemaker. I have bradycardia. I did complain about getting winded when exercising heavily, more than I us to. He suggest I use my albuterol inhaler before I exercise. If that does not work he said I should have a, Chemical stress test. I have no idea what that is. How bad is it. I do not like the sound of it Had a tredmill stress with a heart rate of 30 that is what got me  this pacemaker. I would be grateful for an...

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PM implant 2-1/2 weeks ago in Ecuador. Has follow up, was alarmed.

Ironically my handle, “SpiffyHeart was chosen as my o line name after having four cardiac ablatiions during my adult life.

yesterday, I had first follow up and reading of the recordings in my PM. 

(1) my Electrophysiology is ONLY doc to install pm’s without an 8 hr bus ride or plane ride to Quito in the Andes mountains.  Quito is also much higher altitude than my city of 8,500ft.

(2) He speaks Spanish, I speak beginner Spanish.  I have to take my o...

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Accelerometer Setting Adjustment

Hi group,

i recently had my accelerometer adjusted as I was having episodes of shortness of breath ,clamminess and heart pounding when I went from sitting on the lounge to standing.

i was referred to have a second opinion and he advised my cardiologist to decrease the sensivity .

About 20 minutes after having the setting changed I constantly feel uneasy,short of breath all the time and extremely fatigued. I am reaching out to see if anyone experienced this when they had the...

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Gasping

Hi All

This is Sonali. I want some suggestions. I am a pacemaker patient since 2016 , now a days when I walk faster I start sobing /gasping ,  I m worried,  my mum says it is due to weakness plus my rate response is also off 

Should I visit cardiologist. 

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Home Monitors

I have my post-op check tomorrow and was wondering about home monitors. The Medtronic Tech told me to ask for a monitor that I'd use with my iPhone vs a wall (plug-in) monitor(?). The phone option would seem like the natural choice; wondering why they wouldn't all be that type? Preferences.....? Since most of my symptoms (besides slow HR) were at night and I wasn't all that aware of them--kind of don't want to get too into the nitty gritty of reports, etc.

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A properly implanted and adjusted pacemaker will not even be noticeable after you get over the surgery.