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Pacemaker

I have had my pacemaker for 3 weeks. I have had it checked 3 times by my team at hospital. They insist there is nothing wrong with the pacemaker.

so, why am I still so dizzy and having palpitations? I just don't feel any better.

i am now being monitored at home with a at Jude box by my bed.

i just wish I felt better. I even feel dizzy sitting down.

Any ideas I would be very grateful. 

 

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Monitor

Hi everyone 

I have recently had a box change and after 23years of pacing the hospital has given me a monitor, I am happy about this as recently one of my leads had to be turned off, apparently I don't need a atrium lead but I am feeling a bit anxious about one lead. 

Anyway for anyone who has a monitor I am told a reading will be transmitted at night while I sleep. For those of you that stay away from home a lot for work or plesure what do you do, leave it at home o...

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Replacement pacemaker set 10 beats per minute less than the old one

Hi, hope everyone is doing ok.  I had my pacemaker replaced this morning, it all went well, the leads were fine.  I'm now home and having my lunch but feel a bit dizzy.  This could be as a result of having had it replaced only 4 hours ago.  However, I noticed before I left hospital that I was pacing at 60, I was set at 70 for the past 12 years.  I queried it with the nurse and he said that the Dr makes decisions based on lots of reasons.  Is 10 beats a minute...

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First checkup with cardiologist

I had my pacemaker implanted on March 16, 2020 and have had two device checkups. My first appointment with my cardiologist post-surgery is in 3 weeks. What can I expect at this appointment?

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After first checkup, have gone backward?

 

 

I greatly appreciate all the help available on this site. It has a wealth of information and hope I can help somebody one day.

So my pm mode is AAIR - DDDR and my hr is set 50 bpm at night 60 to 130 daytime. I've  spent some time researching and believe I understand my modes.

So I had my first checkup on Tuesday. Three technicians, but not very chatty types. Managed to deduce I have a dicky sinus node which 'Needs a bit if help'...

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Medtronic's ICD also has threshold parameter ?

Hello,

TruAF function of Medtronic ICDs are activated after pre-programmed threshold BPM ?

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Sending a reading from home

Hello all! 

I have had my 12 month pacing check cancelled due to covid but they have said I can send a reading from home. I have one of the devices you hold over your pacemaker and it transmits data to the hospital. I was just wondering if anyone knew what data it transmits? Is it the same info as when I go for a pacing check? I have asked people at the hospital before and got different answers! 

 

Many thanks! 

Eilish 

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HOUSEKEEPING

I am wondering if due to lockdown and the coronavirus if i might be better of having the housekeeping turned off in my pacemaker to save the battery for a few more years. The hospital is not checking up on my pacemaker any way . They did not give me a check up when one was due and I waited a few weeks having heard nothing from them as to what was happening. I called them and was told that i would get an appointment in three weeks time. three weeks passed and no news from them. So I phoned aga...

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Pacing

Hello,  question:  just had pacer checkup and for 2nd time.....one whole year....no pacing for rate drop response.  So does this mean I am cured?  I still get occasional small episodes when blood pressure drops, they last for one minute.  Pacer has about 3 years of battery left, so if I stay the same with no pacing, I don't have to get another pacemaker?   Thanks for any info!

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BIOTRONIC PM

Hi All,

 

As you've already (I hope) read my history   I'II refrain from going into details:

Coming Wednesday I'll have my second checkup (3mnths) and was told that they would only take an ECG & afterwards a chat with the cardiologist.Can anyone tell me why not allso a PM- technician will be present to do some tweaking/finetuning.The PR is really becoming a p...in .....ar.

Cycling on a straight stretch no resistance bpm- 110 to continu wi...

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Initial Low HR Setting - Update after Adjustment

I had my appointment with the EP, that ended up being an appointment with his Nurse Practioner, this last Friday. The 30 min appointment ended up being over 4 hours and  was exhausting. I did get the PM adjusted. They didn't change the HR but adjusted other settings that had an immediate impact and I felt 100% better. However in the testing it appeared that only one of the leads (to the ventricle) was working properly. The atrial lead was intermittent and they were concerne...

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AV block, Medtronic Azure, Max HR question

Greetings all,

 

I'm a 36 year old male, former competitive cyclist, diagnosed with level 3 AV block at 18yrs old.  Just got my first PM installed on Monday.  I am concerned that my doc is not listening to me when I ask for my maximum assisted HR to be set higher than 130.  Previously, before being paced, my "endurance" pace heart rate would be between 90-110, and my absolute max was about 135. 

My resting rate, paced, has been set at 6...

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Pacemaker sleeping Lower rate

Hi  everyone,

I've just had a 3rd PM interrogation & it is working as it should do I am assured. I was a tad surprised when told I was being paced at 98% upper & 2% lower is that good or bad?

Has anyone had their lower Pacemaker BPM rate lowered at night to improve sleep if so has it worked, my own PM lower rate is set at 65bpm day & night. So we talked & have adjusted it too 55bpm at night in the hopes my sleep pattern improves ( I constantly wa...

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pacer lab

I have had my Boston Sci. pacemaker since Jan 2015 and have always been called in for Pacer lab once a year along with appt. with Dr. Seems I have been forgotten this year as I was last year. I have had no problems with pacemaker. I am 76 yo. How often should I have a pacer lab appointment? 

Used to be on monitor and received bill every three months then the bill stopped so I unplugged it.

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Rate Response

Hello everyone!

I wanted to get thoughts on the rate response setting on our PM. I have a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T dual chamber PM. With that said I've learned that it has different rate response features. Initially I had the CLS setting and it capped at 140BPM but it kept going off and made me feel awful. They lowered it to 120BPM and it made a difference but I'm not sure if it helped me or not. Anyhow they've turned that feature off and activated another which responds to my...

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Questions for Dr Follow-Up

Hi all! I have my 3 month checkup tomorrow with my Dr. (who is amazing btw; Dr. Mandrola; hope it's okay to share his name). Are there any questions y'all would recommend me asking? I'm 30 with HIS pacing. 

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Overpacing

Does anyboody have experience with a pacemaker that paces the heart too fast - ie, significantly faster than needed for the activity at hand and/or faster than the heart is used to?  What are the sensations you have experienced.

I ask because I have swum a mile or more three times a week for over 50 years and also spent several decades on beta or calcium channel blockers while dealing with paroxysmal atrial fib.  The result was an ultra efficient heart,  a resting pulse i...

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P/M router

Newbie (82 years) … some of the posts give information that I don't follow. However, here's my situation:

A couple of years ago it was found that I had aortic stenosis and I was given a new (non metallic) valve. All went OK.

I've been on a 2.5 mg diuretic (Benza-something or other) and 20 mg Simvastatin for quite a few years. This was because of high b/p ... this high b/p is under control.

Because of a heart flutter I was put on Apixaban (2 x 5mg daily) ab...

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pacemaker

I got my device last year, June, 2019. When should I begin to wonder how much power is left in the battery and to whom do I go to if it runs down?

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Funny feelings

This is my second post.  Thanks to those who commented on my 1st post.

again I am only 7 weeks into my dual lead St Jude PM.  I have read a lot on the  Pacemaker.com forums and it seems there was a post about some PM’s being more sensitive than others to begin with.  I’ve read that the phone and I-pad are ok if they’re at least 6 inches away from the PM...and I try to remember that but sometimes I’ll notice I’m holding too close  an...

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