Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Locked at 2X Pacing Rate?

My 86-YO mom has a demand pacemaker. For the past week, her pulse rate has been exactly (and without variation) 120 BPM, which is twice the pacemaker stimulus rate. 

Is there any known malfunction which could cause her to be paced at exactly 2x the intrinsic rate of her unit?

Marty Jones
funkychateau@yahoo.com

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How to accommodate for different units of time between interrogations

I have been keeping a spreadsheet of my event counters since I got my Medronic Adapta implanted in 2009.  This data has been instrumental, along with some advice I got on this forum, in my case that I presented to the EPs that they had set the pacemaker wrong and it was actually harming my heart. I am now about 2 years on from when I had it reset to the settings I told them to use and thankfully my heart seems to have reverse remodeled and my % of ventricular pacing as well as my events...

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DDDR mode to VVIR mode- what it means

Hi,

Recently my pacemaker was reset from DDDR mode to VVIR mode. What practically it means?

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St. Jude Merlin @Home Broadband Kit.....

Hi Everyone.....I have received my Merlin Transmitter.....I need the Broadband Kit which I just realized...duh....  I have read from old postings that the "kit" cost upwards of $450.00...probably more now.....I have to call Tech Support and find out and have kit sent out...but does insurance cover this?   I know....contact your insurance.    Just wondering what others have done.  Thanks.

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Rate Drop Adjustments

It's been three months since I got my pacer and I was finally getting used to it. Then, on Thursday, I hade the same pre-syncopal symptoms I had before (light headed, dizzy, off balanced, hot). Thankfully, due to Skip (I call my pacer Skip), I didn't pass out. When I contacted my EP, he was concerned and said I should be paced before I even have symptoms.

A quick trip to the device clinic showed that my heart rate went from 120 bpm to 50 bpm in about 5 seconds and probably...

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Doctors don't listen Any Help?

Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum and maybe someone can give some advice. I was fitted for a dual chamber pacemaker in August of 2016 for 3rd degree heart block. Prior to this I had no events.

 I left the hospital feeling sick. I was told it was nicotine withdrawal which did make sense. 5 days later returned to the emerg with lightheadedness and an over all feeling of being unwell. I had a cigarette by then so it was not nicotine withdrawal.

 

They con...

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PM220 does not detect AFIB

Recently I spent 24 hrs in the ER. One of the things they detected was afib.  Several weeks later I had a Pacemaker (PM2210) checkup and the technician said there was no record of me ever having an afib episode. He said afib episodes are never erased. Both the technician and the cardiologist reviewed the results of the Pacemaker checkup and both agreed that there was no evidence of an afib episode. The cardiologist said he did not believe the results of the test. I am having another Pace...

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Heart had 6 sec pauses going in for adjustment

 I have an appointment with the pacemaker clinic tomorrow at 10 AM as I've been calling them off the hook. Yesterday while in clinic they caught my heart stopping for six second.  My pacemaker when It goes off it causes extreme pain and makes my BP go 115/100.  The lady at the pacemaker clinic told me my settings are for 60 and that there's no way that my heart is stopping but I told her the cardiologist has the paper in his pocket that proves my heart is stop...

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Pacemaker

any body know about a cardverstion I my need one after pm fitted any help please thanks

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Post Replacement

Did the first post PM with the cardiologist. He said, he liked the way it was going and will not make any changes versus settings from the previous PM, until November. Sounds logical, but still hoped he would entertain the thought of raising the resting and elevated beats per minute. 

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I am ten days post replacement and have appointment tomorrow, August 16th. The Cardiologist said "we didn't change a thing from your o...

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Pacemaker device check

Dear Friends, I just had My Device  checked today. The Technician told Me I have 9 Years and 1 Month left on My Battery! I had My Biotronik Eluna put in Two Years ago this Fall! The last time They checked it in March, they said pretty much the same thing! The technician said I had some A-fib in May. I asked How long it lasted and He said 6 seconds! I said, How could You tell with something that short? He said everything is recorded and not to worry! Is this normal? I keep a Daily Diary a...

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Too high?

A few days ago I had my base rate raised from 60 to 70.  Now I'm having palpitations that feel like pauses when I exercise. I was also feeling like I had drunk 900 cups of coffee, but that part seems to have waned.  Can too high of a base rate cause this?  I swear, I'm about to scream.  I've been programned at 50, 60 and now 70....all with issues.  RR is on.  Calling the office tomorrow but ( excuse my swahili) wtf?!

O.  Ver.  It....

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Checkups and Such!!!

Hello Everyone, Besides regular Interogations, and blood work, what other tests should you have?  Does anyone here have yearly stress tests, echo's and/or chest xrays?  Just curious, I know it may depend on your circumstances, but I want to be able to get the MOST out of my checkups!!  

Also, did any of you have trouble getting employment AFTER having a pacer iimplanted?  I am a stay at home mom anyway and was not employed when I needed surgery.  I am also 5...

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Settings frustration

When you get your pacemaker settings changed, can it take a little while for your body to acclimate to it? I bumped up from 60 to 70 yesterday and my body is feeling a little anxious today.  A little short of breath at times too, but not bad. At 60 I had zero energy in the afternoon and throat pressure, and a little short of breath sometimes also.  The throat pressure is gone now but I feel like I need a Xanax.

I can't seem to get this right for anything. They also lowered...

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Second Pacemaker Implant Time

I will have my second pacemaker implanted in Thailand and the VA is paying 100%. Interesting story about correct information given to patients. I was informed in 2015, I had 6 years left on my PM Battery. This month, July 2017, I was informed my pacemaker went in the preservation mode or past it's DRI mode. I was stunned and asked. How could this be? I be told in September 2015, that I had six years on the batterby, but. In July 2017 it is past DRI which was reached in...

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More info

Cardiologist looked at the interrogation results and answered "Your pacemaker is pacing your heart from the top chamber (atrium) around 50% of the time. This is more than I would expect." 

So, as some of you commented on my earlier post, each person results have different meanings. 

Of the 7 incidents, I could tell the doctor exactly what was going on when the 2 incidents of  fast heart rate occurred. Both were at work, under high stress. After&n...

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Pacing?

At my first checkup I was told 7 incidents and pacing 54% of the time. Pacemaker was installed 26MAY2017. This good or bad?

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Pacemaker setting

 I had my pacemaker installed in February. I am 77 years of age. I have  sick sinus syndrome and atrial fibrillation.  I am on flecainide for the AF.  This afternoon I went to the pacing clinic here in the U.K. for my second check up by the technician.  I explained that when walking fast or climbing stairs I noticed I had a tightness in my chest that I had not experienced prior to my pacemaker being installed. They said that my pacemaker was not currently set to...

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PM Changes Settings

I've had a St Judes PM for a number of years, with little or no problems. My checkups rarely reveal any afib. Now it is reaching the end of its battery life and checkups are now up to quarterly and will soon be monthly, I am sure. For all these years it has been set at 70 with a jump to 80 if I am active. Has worked well. Just recently (last week or so) my monitor shows a HR of 62 and it does not go below that. Nothing has been done to change the rate (that I know of) so I wo...

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pacerinterogation

Just had first check at Cleveland Clinic.  They put my pacer in Magnet mode.  in few minutes felt heart rat slowing and felt dizzy.  Why ?  Felt fine as soon as magnet removed.  never had this before in checks in Savannah,  Trish

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