Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Low Heart Rate

I had a dual lead PM inserted in 2010.  Lately, I've been wearing a Fitbit while exercising and have noticed many instances of my heart rate dropping down as low as 34 even though the pacer is set with a lower rate of 60.  This has caused me enough concern to make 2 trips to emergency.  Each time I've been told everything is fine.  I do have a lot of PVC's.  Could this be causing the readings to be so low?  I am travelling from Canada to France in abo...

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Consultant appointments post op UK

   Am I supposed to have an appointment with a consultant every six months here in the UK? I am 7 months nearly 8 post op and have not heard anything. I thought I was told every six months when I was awaiting the op but may be wrong?  

 

 Thanks,

             Phil

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Finding a Doctor that knows my Medtronic device

How can I find a Heart Doctor that knows my Medtronic Adapta DDRL1? I want a doctor that has a Medtronic Programmer (or Better) in his/her office and can explain to me what is going on when he/she views the pacemaker with the programmer. How can I find such a Doctor? I'm in Cedarhurst NY. Somone fairly close would be good but at this point I would travel just to see a knowlegable Heart Doctor that knows my device. I've had the device since 2012 and I have never seen such a Doctor...

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Medtronic

I had a Medtronic pacemaker in 2008 model SEDR01 I talked to my Dr. And told him I had read they were not accurate as far as battery life? And being I was 100% dependent on it I was concerned I also sent him what I had found about there lake of accuracy. He said I was fine and he would be watching it? One year ago I went for my check up and was told I had 21/2 years left. Not true this year I was told I had 3 months left? I received a new pacemaker 2 weeks later. Not accurate at all. If you h...

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Treadmill Stress Test tomorrow........

So..tomorrow , yours truly is doing a Stress Test because my replacement Tissue Aortic valve is , after ten years , heading towards being written off for a new one..

My valve pressure numbers have gone down considerably over the last year.

Over the last four weeks I have been at the gym and giving the treadmill some serious assault, up to the 15% maximum gradient and well into 160bpm zone...I have totalled 42 km / marathon distance at 600 cal/hour rate..

I am more than...

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Adjustment

Implanted with Medtronics Eluna 5 mos ago. Felt great until,last week, had a check at pm clinic and adjustment was made to prolong battery.  Although my heart rate still set at 60, I have an "on edge" feeling ever since. Will I eventually adjust to the be setting or call and get adjusts back?

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Need some advice

First, some history.  I had my first pacemaker in 2012, a single lead pacemaker.  It was replaced by a dual lead pacemaker with a defib on the advice of my cardiologist, and I have had it until now, at age 85.

Prior to having any pacemaker, I was walking 1.5 miles a day, 7 days a week w/o difficulty.  This deteriorated until now where I am out of breath after 50 feet.  I questioned my original cardiologist about this shortly after getting the second implant, and he h...

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Now what? Do I do or should I go?

I had my settings changed today and this evening felt  a sudden feeling of lightheadedness that I hadn't felt since before my surgery. I only felt lightheaded twice before I got my pacemaker. SHould I call the doctor tomorrow? I was supposed to travel with friends for the weekend but now I'm afraid I will have to cancel my trip.

Cathy

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Rate drop reponse

One year with a Medtronic pacemaker. My blood pressure is slightly low and I do not take any meds.  Recently I have fainted after bending over and standing up. Rate Drop Response feature is currently turned off.  Tech thinks turning it on would correct the problem.  Has anypne had a similar situation? 

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Telephone Monitoring

I understand how the monitoring works with a land line, can it also be done from a cell phone?

 

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Closed Loop vs. Rate Response

So in my 3-1/2 months of having a Pacer due to Bradycardia, I have been on a roller coaster with settings. I'm pretty sure that I was originally set on Closed Loop and was moved to Rate Response in early February when I was zapped out of an Afib event (Which I'm positive the Pacer triggered). When on the Closed Loop setting, the Pacer hits the Ventrical lead at random times and tachys me to 120... Always 120, and always a little random! When on the Rate Response setting, it was too se...

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Pacemaker Settings

Don't know/understand all the technical terms related to my PM/condition, but here goes....

Fairly active 65-yr old woman who got a dual chamber St. Jude PM (Zephry #5820) back in 2011 for SSS/heart block/bradycardia. Base rate set at 60.  Various sensor settings were adjusted over the years since I never felt right when exercising (going from heavy legs/SOB/difficulty with uphills & then later, heart in throat/SOB with hills).  Finally pushed to see an EP/be checked w...

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Pacemaker battery longevity

Thanks to all who posted comments in response to my post. They were encouraging.

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Pacemaker battery longevity

Thanks to all who posted comments in response to my post. They were encouraging.

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Download acronyms

I'm new to a pacemaker. I recieved a copy of a download using many acronyms. I have a Boston Scientific dual lead. I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrom. Is there a website where I can get an explanation of the acronyms? 

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Merlin@Home Transmitter

My unit transmits OK but the light and transmitter symbol stay lit and blink until I push button to reset. Is that normal?

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Brushing teeth and rate response

Hi Guys, 

I've had my rate response turned on for a week now after having my PM for nearly 8 years. This morning I was brushing my teeth with my right hand which is the same side that my PM is on. A few seconds in, I felt a little out of breath and like my heart was racing. The tech explained to me when they turned it on that the PM senses movement, and so I was just wondering if the simple action of brushing my teeth might cause it to kick in and if I&...

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pacemaker settings

I am 59 and  was diagnosed with Sick Sinus Syndrome 7 months ago. A week after my pacemaker was implanted my doctor reprogrammed my device to save battery. I was in misery for the next 2 months not able to exercise at all, walking made my legs feel weak, i had trouble breathing and I had a constant feeling of irregular beats. When I told my doctor he said it was anxiety. I knew something was wrong but couldnt get him to believe me. I finally got him to listen when my Prima...

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Is my Cardiologist right?

Hi Guys,

I'm 34 and have a pacemaker for Sinus Node Disease (implanted at age 27). I saw my Cardiologist for a PM check up in Feb and explained that I get the occasional faint feeling and like my breath gets taken away from me really quickly. It only lasts a few seconds and doesn't really happen when I'm active, just in everyday life and may happen 2 or 3 times over the course of a couple days and then won't happen again for months. He decided to do a 24hr holter monitor...

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CRT-D device testing

I seems every time the tech checks my device I have pvc's for a day or two.  Also the testing gives me a really, really bad feeling - anyone else out there have this problem.  Seems like it doesn't take a whole lot to make me have pvc's.

Mona

 

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You know you're wired when...

Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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