Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Check-ups

Hi everyone,

Just wondering has everyone had regular check-ups with there pacemaker? 

I have had none and am concerned about that. I had my implant 20/10/20.

Cheers Wendells

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heart rate increase

has anyone else noticed that they are able to increase heart rate by applying pressure to pacemaker site.  I have a medtronic dual lead that was placed in December 2013.

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Update on PMT and PSVT

I communicated my concerns to my EP that some settings had been "accidentally" changed, and that I might be having PMT and sent a Merlin transmission. They have assured me that the PVARP is correct and the pacemaker mode is DDIR--which I had forgotten. So no PMT.

Thanks again to all who replied to my post and to this forum in general. When questions come up, it's so comforting to have knowledgeable, sympathetic people to talk things over with and figure out what...

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Crtd

I get checked every 6 months and I have a latitude communicator to transmit information to the EP lab for them to check the pacemaker all the time. Find what is going on with doctor. No one should ever be discharged from your doctor. 

 

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Sticky CLS (Closed Loop Stimulation)

I am posting this message for member Desmodrome who has left the following comment on an old thread dated 2013-07-01 and the link is:

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/10738

START MESSAGE FROM DESMODROME:

"I have a Biotronik Rivacor 7 HF implanted in September 2019. I have used the CLS mode with different setting. I have experienced what Biotronik themselves call “Sticky CLS”. I get abnormal high rate of pacing when I’m not supposed to (n...

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Pacing a lot

So August 16 2021, I was pacing atrial 34.7%, ap-vp 0 and as-vp 0 

Then on August 2oth, I started having a weird pause feeling. That was my ventricle lead which is a his bundle lead, pacing and the delay was pretty long.  Had my settings changed with mvp shut off. That was August 31st. Interrogation from that day showed atrial pacing 78% ap-vp 0% as-vp .01%. So now I feel these beats that feel like pvcs. Check kardia ecg and have a wide qrs. Settings changed again so on Sept 7...

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CRT D hard copy settings not given to patient ?

When my CRT D was placed I was told that my HR wouldn't go below 60 so I was concerned when I saw it at 51. I called the hospital and asked for the settings on paper so I knew what they were and was told they are not given to the patients? I find this very strange. I was told a similar thing when I had a Holter monitor in June so I have no idea of the results. 

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Biotronik pacemaker monitor

Hi everyone,

I'm monitored every night and so is the data being sent when I have about 30 seconds sensation of slightly elevated and thumping heart beats? 
If so then this is getting slightly earlier every night and at this rate in a few months time it'll be happening when I'm not even in bed 🥴

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ICD

Had my 3rd ICD implanted in 2019 and recently underwent 3 heart procedures in the past 6 months. Today was an ICD check. The technician/RN Nurse turned up the ICD really high to the point I was begging her to stop it because I was getting so dizzy. The next thing I knew, she was shaking me asking me if I was okay. My head had fell backwards and hit the wall. It was obvious I had passed out and she tried to tell me I fell asleep. Knowing I could not have fallen asleep under such a painful...

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most recent update and new medication for HF

Hello co pacers

So I had my 6 months check (after having had a severe cardiomyopathy dilated left ventricule diagnosed in November 2020, and became the CRT-D recepient in Feb 2021)

I was very pleased with my last check in June, and was rather optimistic about the outcome of this one. But after the echography, they told me my ejection fraction was "stable" at 40%. Bummer... I was hoping for a 55, or maybe even 60% after 6 months. The doctor said I should not take into acc...

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ATRIAL FIB

Hi there ! I ama 67 year old who has had a pacemaker for 7nyears. My PC check shows that I am in afib 97% of the time . This has increased faience last February . My new cardiologist took me off Propafenone then >.I am only taking a beta blocker and a anti coagulant. I am toltally a symptomatic.  I am seeing my cardiologist tomorrow. He is reluctant to start Amiodarone because I am symptom is. Any thoughts ? 
 

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ICD Settings

Hi All,

New here. Got my ICD 3 days ago. Not sure if this is the place to ask about ICD settings, sorry if not. I've got myself a dual chamber Abbott Gallant DR and sometimes I feel a short electrical pulse in one of the leads. It doesn't hurt, it just sort of feel like a very slight vibration. Is that normal to feel ?

Here's my settings-

Lead Info

Atrial Lead:
High output stimulation did not result in diaphragm stimulationSensing: 2.8 mV Pacing I...

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Several questions about settings and behavior of new Biotronik Edora 6 DR-T

Hi everyone, my first post!  I had a Biotronik Edora 6 DR-T implanted about a week ago for sick sinus syndrome, and would appreciate any information or advice on the following.

*    Can this device be causing PVCs or possibly bouts of tachycardia? Or may I be mistaking the PM's activities for these? Over the first few days, I had a lot of what felt like PVCs, sometimes for runs of 5-15 beats, though this calmed down in the next few days. I've had PV...

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Medtronic - How to stop my heart going over 100bpm?

Hi all,

I am an 79 year old male, reasonably fit. Had a Medtronic A3DR01 Advisa MRI SureScan Pacemaker installed in 2015.

Prior to and after having had it installed I have had trouble walking around the block. At the slightest hill I very quickly become fatigued and cannot continue. I can however walk around on "the flat" all day.

Also my heart will rapidly increase to over 100bpm with very little exertion making me feel very unwell. 

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Pacemaker pacing percentage

I got my pacemaker August 4th and two weeks ago was told that I am pacing at 97%, before that in August it was 94.4%.  My heartrate is set at 60 for the lowest heartrate and I rarely went into the 50's before the pacemaker.  Why am I pacing so much?  Even the person who checked my pacemaker couldn't explain why.  Any ideas?  We called Medtronics but didn't get a plausible explanation.  

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Medtronic MyCareLink Mobile App?

Hello all,

Just reaching out to anyone specifically using a Medtronic PM that might be either using the MyCareLink Heart mobile app (Android or Apple devices) or perhaps the at-home monitoring device known as the MyCareLink Relay Home Communicator.

When I was in the hospital after my PM surgery, I tried downloading the app and was having issues (I work in IT, therefor was running a beta version of iOS, which wasn't compatable with the Medtronic app) so I opted for the at-home...

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How about a little GOOD news!

There was a time when I was the most doubtful of pacemaker recipients--did I need it, was it going to do anything, did it make matters worse?? My opinion began to change when I was able to try a beta blocker once again, with the pacemaker there to help keep my heart rate from tanking. I started to feel better. After my first interrogation, my doctor was not happy with the extent to which my a-fib was controlled, so increased the beta blocker--again, thank you, pacemaker! I got a call jus...

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Still learning

This month I had a remote reading successfully sent to my doctors' office. I get a copy of that in my medical test results, but that is all, just a copy of the same thing that they see. Not being a medical professional, I can't make sense of much of it. I'm wondering if any of you have had someone go over the information with you at first to explain what each reading means. I guess it is not really necessary that I know everything, as long as I see "normally functioning pacem...

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Elevated RV capture

I was in the hospital for heart failure. I have a duel chamber pacemaker that was adjusted by the rep while I was in the hospital. Elevated RV capture changed to unipolar capture threshold of 1.8v@0.5 ms, Anyone know what that means?

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First year Check up

Hi All, 

It has been just over a year since my dual chamber Medtronic PM was implanted for AV block 2:1.

I have some ups & downs (some off which I have queried on the forum, big thanks to Frank P for sharing his settings information)

Next week I have my first yearly check up for the device, it will take place at the hospital where it was implanted.

I am a young (ish) 39 and very much into the outdoors, activities such as cycle touring, trekking & climbing....

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