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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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Passing out

Hello all. I'm new here and this is my first posting.

I've passed out 3 times in 4 weeks. I went to see my EP about it and he said he believes that my BP is dropping too low. But I disagree. I believe my PM isn't responding to my activity level, causing me to pass out due to lack of oxygen. I can't walk 100 feet without losing my breath. When I check my heart rate and blood pressure while winded, it's usually way off... Like 62 bpm, 170/90. This is concerning to me b...

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Is base rate too slow for me now?

Hi All,

I've had a pacemaker now for 3 year (for sick sinus), and after the first few months of regular readjustments to find setting that worked for me, everything has been mostly fine up until the last few months.

Immediately prior to having the pacemaker fitted I was very active (cycled 18 miles a day, lots of outdoor activities etc). Since having the pacemaker fitted I've not been as active (variety of reasons including having my first son a couple of years ago, p...

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1st pace visit

Hi, I had pm fitted 8 weeks ago, all has been well, until today. Had first pace check and they have turned it up from 60 to I don't know what. I feel like my heart is thudding and the same in my throat. Is this normal or do I need to go back? Tia jo xxx

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BIOTRONIX Remote Monitoring

I have a BIOTRONIX pacemaker, implanted just two weeks ago.  It is shielded for some levels of MRI testing.  My question is about the remote monitoring device that comes with it.

It is white and looks like a smart phone.  When I left the hospital, the BIOTRONIX tech told me to keep it close to me as much as possible.  She said it monitors my heart condition and the PM itself, transmitting the results via cell towers.  How often it updates, I don't know. &nbs...

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Pacemaker tweaked

I was taken to the ER two weeks ago after I collapsed. My cardiologist tweaked my pacermaker because he said my heart wasn't pumping fast enough to supply the amount of blood I needed. Also, after years of complaining I couldn't breath, they finally told me I needed oxygen. My problem is ever since my pacemaker was tweaked, I've been having chest pains. I have unstable angina and had a heart attack in 2009. But I've been doing great with no chest pains for a long time. Co...

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Factory Settings

Hi. I'm the wife.  My husband recently (3/31/17) got a pacemaker. It's now 6/9/17. He had surgery and was  sent home. Was not ready. Was re-hospitalized for 3 days. All of that is over and it made me angry enough. But now....  so THANK YOU ALL for this site. He was sent home with factory settings. He is USMC Ret. resting heart rate =40 And they left him on factory settings.  So he starts to exercise, and has SOB. Dizziness. Just can't breathe.  L...

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"What a day a difference makes"

Hello all, wanted to share and ask a question about interrogations and their effect on PVC'S and A-FIB.. I went in for a routine check recently after a 10 month period and all seemed well. The report was normal but I felt strange as I left and for about a month (with travel) there were many more strings of both pvc's and pac's than I am used to. Just about the forth week i went into A-fib and went to my Doctor's office.  He was away on vacation so I met with Nurse who sai...

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Medtronic's Physiologist

A freind mentioned that in addition to having his PM checked by his cardiologist that every 3 months he also has it checked by a Medtronic's Specialist.

Do you have any knolwedge if these specialists exist and how to find one?

Thanks

Marty

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Other than battery life what needs to be checked

My first pacemaker was reading that the battery would be running out in 2015. It did not. Every check up said the same thing..I would go into end of life in 3 months. But from that time on I had been feeling awful. Very low blood pressure, dizzy, condusion, sleeping 12 hours a day or not sleeping at all, digestive issues and the list goes on. Hospitalized and tested several times but pacemaker always seemed to be in normal battery life. In February of 2017 this year I saw an EP ...

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Medtronic A2DR01 mode to treat AFib

  I was getting AFib and AFlutter and had a ablation for the AFlutter, which is much easer to treat that the AFib.  The EP said the PM has a mode to treat the AFib that attemps to get the heart out of AFib.  I am trying to learn how that works. I am hoping someone on here that is  knowledgeable on PM modes for the A2DR01  could help with the pros and cons of such treatment modes. Thanks in advance. 

  Also since I had the ablation I have felt...

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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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