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billing

so i am wondering if anyone else is paying more for their remote interrogations than what they may pay as their copay for an in office/clinic visit. my remotes are every 90 days and i am being billed by the hospital and the physician each time but  when i go into the office/clinic for my annual visits i  just pay my flat copay. it seems that it should be the same amount because it is the same thing, just one is face to face. i am paying more for the hospitals convenience of not havi...

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What exactly does the doctor do when he/she interrogates my PM

I've had a PM for 5 years now. I also have a medical background. All this time I thought I understood what was going on when they interrogated my PM but, apparently, I don't.

I have an excellent cardiologist. He's 77 years old but he can still keep up with the best of the 40 year olds. They stand in awe at his skills---EXCEPT! He dabbles at technology but he hates it and he isn't as sharp at it as he probably could be. I'm not seeking advice about my cardiologist. Fo...

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Pacemaker checkups

How often do all of you get pacemaker checkups, I am supposed to go every 6 months, which I have.  However, I do go to a teaching hospital and the checkup I got last year changed the way i felt, I started getting more AF and going back into NSR my heartrate stayed right at 80 bpm for hours and hours which made me unconfortable until I finally went back into my normal rhythm in the 60s.  This went on whenever I got an episode of AF which i got more of last winter until i co...

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Chest xray

Hi I was wondering if all patients that have a pacemaker undergo chest xray even without problems after 5 weeks of implant? Also what does the doctor mean when my artial lead is high? I dont understand that part. Is it a bad thing? Im really worried my lead already dislodge twice. 

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MYCARELINK PATIENT MONITOR

Hello, I was given a MYCARELINK PATIENT MONITOR at my 6 week post op appointment. 2 weeks later I haven't plugged it in yet. The reason being I have a young toddler who would tamper with the device with it being on my bedside table. Looking to buy a small shelf to have it up higher on the wall.

Does anyone know if the monitor can be in a covered shelf? Or placed inside the bedside table as long as it remains plugged in?

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No Symptoms but 17 hours of Atrial Flutter!!!

O.M.G. !!! I just got a call from Alaska Heart Institute - they implanted pm for CRT 6 yrs ago & no problems (couple adjustments at device clinics) until last week 9/11 the bedside monitor transmitted 17 hrs of Atrial flutter.  I'm 59. I have no recollection of any symptoms - I went to pool - aquasize & work (front desk at museum), home, work the next day. Yikes I'm scared to point of having a panic attack.  just saying/admitting.that reduces my a...

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Pacemaker Self Test

Last night I experienced what felt like palpitations for about 30 seconds.  Today, just so happened, I had a follow-up appointment with my cardiologist to check how well the PM is functioning.  Technition informed me that what I experienced was a PM self-test.  I neglected to ask the tech how often and/or when this is scheduled to occur.  Does anyone out there know the answer? 

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first post op check up - 6 weeks

Hi Everyone;

Just back from my first check up (6 weeks post op).

I've felt pretty good but have had four 'mini' faints since the implantation of the PM (dual chamber). 'Mini' because although each episode followed the same pattern as before, I didn't pass out completely. I knew I needed to remain down on the ground/bed and after five minutes or so got up and carried on with what I was doing before. This along with several instances in bed when it felt like...

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My doctor refused to replace my pacemaker

Hello

 

Im 81 years old and have now had 2 pacemakers.  The first one implanted 14 years ago and 7 years ago it was replaced.

I had a checkup recently and was told that my pacemaker is working 100% of the time.  My doctor said he did not want to replace my pacemaker because he said I would then have trouble breathing.  

I'm most worried about the battery dying.  Why isnt he?

Has anyone else been told this?

 

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problems with pacemaker

had pacemaker installed 4 years ago for 30 b.p.m. went in for first checkup dr. tells me they didnt tell me you had an a fib.so they shocked me. havent felt good sense. pacemeker people say every thing is fine but my heart was out of rythem 49 times in 3 mo. im tired all time . my blood pres. is every where as is my pulse. had recent e.k.g. which it was abnormal,corected QT was .410 sec.but hey tell me every thing is fine i just want to get right , any ideas of what might be going on? or what...

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Feeling lower chamber pacing

Hello all,

I am on my second PM, a dual chamber MRI-compatible.  Recently, I was interrogated after complaints of suddenly feeling my PM go off.  Thought it might be connected to inproper settings after an MRI scan.  Was told this was not the case.  The feeling was duplicated when made to pace in the lower chamber.  Apparently, I only do this about 1% of the time.  Did not get a good answer as to why I suddenly need pacing in lower chamber.  Am 40% dep...

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Going Forward

I don!t know how to directly respond to posts?

I am happy to hear that it is working for you!

I am doing well. I have been seeing a physical therapist and before my pacer was implanted she tested me on various exercise tolerance tests and then she retested me post pacer and  my improvement was measured as statistically significant X 1 or 2 in all areas.

just on a day to day basis I am doing so much better...no dizziness, no black outs no falling

i don't know w...

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Medtronic at night

The directions say to leave the device plugged in near your bed.  I do not like the light that it emits and don't want to cover it. I was told that the device could then receive automatic updates.  Why not just plug it in once a month or so?  My device is only a manual send and does not take automatic measurements.  Why then does it need to be on all the time in the bedroom?  

Today was my first at home send.  The device recorded the informati...

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Merlin monitor

Thanks to all have responded to my question about getting the monitoring info on my computer at home. I read more and learned that there is an app you can use but also learned after speaking with the company that my pacemaker the Assurity dual chamber is not compatible with the app.

so, there you have it

Thank again and happy pacing to you all

Energizer Bunny

  

 

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Knowledge needed

What is retro fire in pacemakers? Went in today and was told i am having retro fire. Said it was common my retro fire just a little longer? Thanks..

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Min BPM pacemaker

Hello all

Finally decided to join this interesting forum after reading it for a while now.

I have something I do not understand and do not know what is wrong with my pacemaker Medtronic: has minimum BPM set to 55. However there are times mostly during the night that my Garmin Forerunner 35 detects minimum of 49- 50 BPM. Even a recent Holter study detected it. The sensibility setting was increased to 0.90 I guess but it still happens.

Before I knew this is happening I was tot...

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Pace maker check up

Hello

I just had a heart abliation a months ago and I was doing wonderful.

I just had  a pace maker check up yesterday, and he paced one of my leads. I had such pain, and now I have burning pain all day, and left side of body is back to the numbness feeling.

I called and he said he will note not to test that again. Also that one of the leads may have broken?

Also he said I don't even use that pace, I just use the dual chamber. So it can be turned off.

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Pacemaker settings.

Was wondering my low number is set to 60 and then there are other numbers 

ams base rate is 80 bpm

Max sensor rate 130 bpm

Parameters 

Mode DDD

Base rate 60 bpm

Max track rate 130bpm

Paced av delay >150ms

Sensed av delay >130ms

what do all these numbers mean?

 

thanks. 

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Too fast?

My Titanium-Terror (pm) is set for 60 to 130bpm.  I notice that I feel uncomfortable if I've been active suddenly and my pulse is close or at the 130 when I sit down.  Would it make any sense to ask the techie when I go for my November check-up, to drop the higher limit to say, 115bpm. 

Otherwise, the pm is just wonderful. Anyway, at age 81 I'm not too active and don't need to be,  or perhaps I should be my age and not move suddenly, b...

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Atrial Sensing & ventricular 100% pacing plus Rate Response turned on

Hello

I have a dual lead Medtronic pacemaker and am pacemaker dependent . At my last settings checkup rate response was turned on and since then I have not felt right including more tired. Surely if the top part of my heart is working ok it should be pacing the bottom extra when I am doing more and I should not need rate response on? So why have they turned it on? - is there an advantage in having it on? Thanks

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