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Automatic threshold tests leadless MICRA PM

Hi everyone

Since having my leadless PM put in in July. It is set to 40BPM and it seems it hasn't had to pace me yet. I got it after a 13 second heart pause out of the blue (I had a loop recorder). I've had serious palpitations every 30-60 minutes since the PM op. I was taken to hospital recently whilst travelling as my heart had started racing (still unclear what that episode was as the loop recorder was taken out). But, while I was there I asked the technician about...

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Low rate set at 70 HR has dropped lower

Hi all, 

Looking for some advice please. My Husband has a Medtronic dual lead pacemaker inserted in January for Heart block. He also had an Ablation for Afib in March. We are seeing the EP tomorrow as we feel we need some questions answered, ie breathlessness, postural hypotension which seem to have worsened since these procedures. The last few days we have been monitoring BP/HR/symptoms more often in order to discuss with the EP. Today I believe John is having an episode of Afib,...

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Extreme fatigue

This may seem like an odd question but does anyone experience extreme fatigue for days after a routine PM checkup? They didn’t change any settings but did the normal interrogation and tests. I didn’t feel this way when I had my previous PM check up 4 months ago but that was by my EP. This time was a young new person who did take so much longer to do everything. Since this last appt I feel weak and tired. Almost light headed at times. He said everything was fine with my PM but...

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rate response

Can anyone explain how rate response works?  I don't think my PM is set at a high enough level and I get so short of breath I have to stop walking until I recover enough to continue.    Still having shortness of breath almost two years later. Medtronic PM 12/17 for 2:1 AV block, followed by PE 3 days later. 

Have an appointment with EP in a couple of weeks and have asked for records of all my PM checks so I can be prepared to ask questions. &n...

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Office visit (rant)

If there's something harder than communicating with medical professionals, I don't know what it is.

Oh and I have some choice words for St Jude's while we're at it.

I tell them I've been having PVCs accompanied by wheezing. My pulmonologist assures me it's not asthma and is probably heart related.

They tell me my pacemaker is working fine.

I tell them yesterday afternoon I had such a bad "PVC storm" I was close to collapse an...

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Symptom of something?

My duel-lead pacemaker was implanted on July 17, 2019.  I went back for the two-week check and was told everything looked good.  Since my surgery, however, I have been for tired than usual.  I'm sleeping 10-12 hours a day.  I get out of breath very easily, and when I get up from a sitting or lying position I often have to wait for my equilibrium to catch up with me or I will fall down.  I'm wondering if these problems are due to the pacemaker or one of my othe...

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Medtronic remote monitoring of an ICD

I was verry happy with having 4 interrogations per year at our local hospital. The technician would tell me of any events that occured, time, date, duration,and the data would go to my cardiologist. I am now being asked to go to the home monitoring system. Will it now be more difficult to access this data? How will find out if I have had any incidences, as I never feel them, Also, can the settings of my ICD be changed by this remote system?  Also, who detects if an "event" has...

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How to read data

Hi,

I've had a Metronics Azure PM for over a year. I get the data print out from the tech person at the Dr. office. Can anyone direct me to information about how to read/understand the data printout? I've looked at some of the Medtronics manuals available on line but am still not sure I understand what the data is telling me.

kyle 

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battery backup

here in Fl  with maybe a hurricance is approaching.  Do not have pacemaker monitor yet, but was wondering what happens if the power goes out.  Does it come with a battery backup.?  How does one go about tranmitting the info.?

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Pacing episodes

hi

Bit of a random one and i really should have paid more attention at my annual check-up today. I have a medtronic dual lead pm, ive had it for 3 years now (i'm 41).. 

The technician mentioned that i'd had 18 episodes totalling over 100 hours.. Im assuming this was over the last 12 months??

Does anyone know what this meant? The technician did alter something immeadiately afterwards and said i shouldn't feel so breathless from now on.. Like i said, i wasn...

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Sudden change in HR from long time patterns right after most recent routine 90-day pacemaker check

Short story: Exercise HR in long-done exercises at about 5-6 met level have suddenly dropped about 30 beats. Rise and fall of HR on resistance circuit long-ranged 100-120, but is now 60-80 with recovery to 60 long before catching breath. Sleeping heart rate suddenly shows no increase in HR for movements from 60 setting for sleep bradycardia.

More detailed story: In my opinion, one or more of three items (my heart, PM, or PM setting) has suddenly changed after 3 years. The PM checks have...

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Treadmill stress test

My husband has appt tomorrow morning for a stress test.  He got his PM in February and does ok in normal circumstances, but is still out of breath when he climbs stairs or goes up any kind of elevation.  Last week the cardiologist suggested the stress test which we both were excited about.  It would seem that they would see just what is going on in real time.  Well, to make a long story short, he fell last Monday at work.  Did come home with a swollen lip and two brui...

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Help me understand pacing percentages

Ths is an interesting word problem, so please give me time to set it up.

I recently went to my electrophysiclogist (EP) because I continue to have ventricular tachycardias, sometimes three a day. Luckily my ICD paces me out before it delivers the horse kick. They looked at my intrinsic heart rate and decided the  low  rate of my PM was too high, so they knocked it down from 60bpm to 45. They also dialed down my atrial tracking. My intrinsic resting rate wants to be 48-50. afte...

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New to the world of Pacemakers

Hey everyone,

I just had a Pacemaker installed about 4 weeks ago.  About 2 weeks ago, I finally went for a short bike ride and I was having a difficult time to say the least!  Yesterday I went for my first check-in to see how it's performing etc. and find out that the upper limit was set at 130bpm.  Waaay too low.  After some discussion, the upper was set at 170bpm.  I don't know if it's still set too low.

My question is - has anyone had this a...

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Resting rate

After nearly 18 months with my dual chamber pacemaker set at 60bpm, my electrophysiologist today said there was no reason to continue my atrial pacing. My pacing in the upper chamber was roughly 75% but that was because my set rate was 10 bpm higher than my intrinsic and the historic data provided by my PM showed there were no abnormal beats to be concerned with in a lower rate  

So, beginning today it’s all me!! He set my low threshold at 45 bpm. My quest...

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Simple question

Can anyone tell me if that is a magnet they lay over your pacer when they interrogate?  Mine in a St Judes. 

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Auto lead testing

I have an ICD and have had 15+ shocks, and am nearly 100% paced.  During check ups when they test my leads, i am very sensitive and feel as though i am about to pass out or get a shock (because during the test, they turn off my pacing and i can feel loss of blood in my head quite quickly).

For years i would randomly feel as though i was about to get a shock, but wouldnt and nothing would show up as an episode on my interogations at the time i documented the event.  

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Syncope

 I've had my pm since March 2018 and adjustments and checks had gone well until my latest routine check-up.

The technician said she was slowing the pm down, I felt nothing. Then she said she's speeding it up. I said, that's horrible and that's all I remember. I had passed out! I came round with her arm round me shouting my name.

The technician brought a doctor in who then consulted the duty cardiologist. They said my aortic stenosis could have got worse.

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Testing Anomaly

On my recent in-office pacer testing, my tech adjusted my settings because my heart was beating on it's own when she turned off pacer.  She was very confused about this and looked up my previous 2 visit test results where I was not pacing on my own independantly. (Complete heart block).  She said she had never seen this before.  Is it possible to get better?  Could diet have something to do with this? (Recently went Carnivore Diet) Also have been taking Electrolyt...

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Lower rate change now breathless

Hi Everyone 

Posting for my Husband, he had his pacemaker implanted in January 2019 due to complete heart block. He also had an Ablation for Afib in March 2019. Since the Ablation he has been in the main inNSR (he does get a lot of extra beats) with a few episodes of AFIB. John has suffered with mild breathlessness in recent years but since the Ablation it increased. The lower rate change from 50 to 70 seems to have made it much worse. Any thoughts would be greatly apprec...

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