Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Bit Nervous About Upcoming Nuclear Stress Test

Hi all. I'm a 40 yo female, a little more than 2 weeks out from having my pacemaker implanted. Physically I'm doing well; mentally it's taking a bit of adjusting. I'm nervous about everything. 

After Thanksgiving I'm scheduled to have a nuclear stress test. I'm worried about my heart being manipulated into beating faster, and I'm worried about having to lie so still for the pictures of my heart to be taken. Plus I don't do well with being inside/unde...

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Questions for son's first annual check up

Good morning everybody.

I have been actively following these forums since my son (12yr) had his pacemaker placement October 2016 for a high grade 2nd degree heart block and low hr. The bradycardia could possibly be aggrivated by his medicine, but he needs the medicine to live a functional life (for aspergers/ADHD). He now has his first annual checkup tomorrow. At the last checkup (6 months), he was pacing between 45-50% of the time. He had some adjustments then because his pacemaker was...

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A lag during interrogation

Every time I go to my cardiologist he interrogates my PM. Always during this process for a couple of seconds I feel AWFUL like I'm going to pass clean out. He is a FANTASTIC doc but all business so his attitude is generally---you'll survive for a couple of seconds; buck up.

I went last month and this happened and it lasted longer and I REALLY thought I'm either passing out of dying...not sure which. It seemed to last for a very long time but in reality it was probably just a...

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Recent recipient

Posting for my 84yo Mum. She has AF, recently not under control. Higher dosages of Xarelto needed to control AF causes her HR to drop to 40, so required PM to allow proper drug treatment of AF. 

Resting HR has been set to 70. She is 2 weeks post implant and complains of heaviness in chest and throat, strong pulsing in head/chest/ torso, and tingling all the way down her left arm. 

Please enlighten me on the various settings that can be adjusted and their purpose? How muc...

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Battery

Hi to all... I haven't been in here to post for awhile  But I come in and read lots   So 2009 I got my Pacemaker "installed"  that would be 8 years ago ...I was 100% pacing at the time ..... and had a very low pulse becuz of my electrical problem...I transmit every 3 months and have a yearly check in Oct.... anyways,  I am now pacing just 4% of the time.....and doing good the battery and the leads are good...and I don't...

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Ventricular pacing change

Have had my pacemaker since 1995.  For many years, when my Dr would check it, he'd remark how I hardly ever use it.  Latest battery, for example, has now lasted 13 yrs, and they are telling me 2-3 years until replacement.

In today's check, the tech told me that I am pacing 100% in the ventricles.   What the heck is that all about?   What would cause the change from hardly using it, to 100% use?

Thanks

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Future diagnosis

Morning everyone, I'm 7 weeks post dual lead pacemaker for complete heart block aged 50. I saw the Cardiologist recently and he explained that he is unsure what caused my heart block and that 50 is young for this to happen. He is arranging an MRI (my pacemaker is seemingly MRI compatible) and another echocardiogram as he thinks there may be an underlying problem which caused the heart block. When I was in CCU they said the pacemaker would "fix" me, it has given me my life b...

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Doctor Appointment

I went to appointment yesterday to have pacemaker checked. He made adjustments and said I will have more energy. Hope this is true. I haven't wrote anything here lately but I check here almost every day to read what's happening. So glad this group is here. Hugs

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Post PM implant

I am from the uk and found this site several months ago and I have to say has helped me a great deal with information. I have a two lead PM implanted in June 2017 after 2 ablations to stop SVT. I have second degree heart block but since my implant I have been very short of breath and the extreme fatigue pm means I cant even hold up a book! Whilst I am very greatful for our NHS to carry out the implant, my life quality since has dramatcally reduced. Whilst I do not wish to...

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Pacing because of vagus nerve

I have had a single lead pacer for four years because of partial heart block due to an ablation. I have dealt with my device pacing me while i lay on my left side when my heart does not need to be paced. The nurse who changes my settings is aware of this and has changed all settings that she and the lead medtronic device representative can think of to improve this but it still continues. the theory is the Pacer is miss reading singles from my vagus nerve. I have learned to deal with...

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Annual Pacemaker Check

I just joined the Club as a member, although I have avidly read postings since my pacemaker was implanted.  Now I have a question.  My annual checkup is next month.  I have a remote Merlin device that monitors my PM, and have had 3-month interrogations.  I assumed my annual check would be with my doctor who did the procedure.  It turns out it will be with a technician, and that is my concern.  Is the process so routine that a technician can do a competent evaluat...

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Symptoms with check in

I have a Cardio Messenger Smart 30 by Biotronik, which downloads my pacemaker information every night. Usually I sleep through it, but if I am awake, I get weird symptoms - rapid breathing, palpitations, etc. For a few minutes, then done. Anyone else have this fiendish device and having symptoms?

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Good News

Had my 1st official Device Check  today (they had done one at incision check 2 weeks ago). 2 weeks ago,  it showed I was being paced 23% of the time.  Today's interrogation showed less than 1% paced! Nurse said my heart block may be very erratic,  so she wasn't surprised.  I am thrilled  to hear this and feel very relieved!  

I also learned why they hadn't  programmed my pm for Rate Response ... She said Atria controls that function (i...

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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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Member Quotes

The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.