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Question for Electric Frank

Hi Frank... just a question about my interrogation report on my pacemaker. It is a single lead to the right ventricular with a 3rd degree heart block. When showing a Ventricular High Rate Episode, is that the same as a VT? My first check showed 3 high rates, and the last check showed duration :04 Longest and MaxV 219 Pacing sensed 0.6% and paced 99.4% ....just want to learn all I can about this little device that is so amazing. Thanks...aldeer

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Pacemaker Settings

A week ago at my first checkup, Medtronic changed my upper pm limit to 140 and turned the rate response setting to on. When I brushed my teeth and washed my face this morning I was totally breathless ! Called Dr. who said that Medtronic was coming today so I went in. The "delay" setting has been changed from factory setting of 200ms to 150ms - their feeling is that atria is signaling before ventricles have a chance to empty so that blood may be backing up causing my feeling of having my heart in...

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Rate Responsive PM Setting

During my first pm checkup, I told the Medtronic rep that I was a type A personality and was frustrated with my lack of endurance and breathlessness and asked about my lower and upper limits. My lower limit is set at 60 and my upper limit is set at 120. Those values were set at implantation time. My rate responsive setting is not enabled and she said it was my decision whether to turn it on or not. She said that if I play tennis or really exert myself then it would take awhile for the rate to...

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When paced I feel palpitations. Is this normal?

Hi all,
I received my pacer Dec. 12, 2008 for tachycardia/bradycardia syndrome. It is set on a mode now where it paces every morning at 9:30am for a "test" (not sure why...) that lasts about 20 secs. During this time, without fail, I feel very strong palpitations, my heart feels like it is flipping over and I have to stop what I am doing because it is so unpleasant. I felt this same thing when they upped my heart rate as a test at my first checkup. (BTW the record shows that I have only...

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pacemaker checks

I have written about having anxiety after having the pacemaker Dec.2nd. I found out a week later that one lead was not connected.The anxiety started after my first pacemaker check. I have had 2 othe checks and the anxiety seems to get worse3 after evry check. Has anyone had problems after pacemaker checks? Thanks Carmen

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interrogation

Can someone tell me exactly what an interrogation is? I have seen it mentioned several times on this site. I've heard of PM checks but unfamiliar with the term "interrogation"
Thanks,
Jessame

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First PM and Checkup

Hello, I am 47 and just received my 1st PM on 12/18/08. I needed a 2nd surgery on 12/19 to readjust a lead that I could feel. I have my 1st checkup for the PM on 1/2/09 and am confused about what questions I should be asking? From the posts I guess I should get the initial report with the settings and then one showing whatever the changed them to? This whole thing has happened so fast that I still feel like a deer in the headlights. One day I was fine and the next I couldn't even go up the...

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GP Checkup

All went well today with my 6 month general checkup. I got my usual cholesterol lecture so I got out my life expectancy calculations from an insurance company site, and 5 year risk factor calc from the the American Heart and Lung site. Both showed only minor improvements if I modified my lipid panel to the recommended levels. So the good doc after failing to get anywhere with the "scientific" data tried the scare approach. Something like "Frank even with these numbers you don't want to be that 1...

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Frequency of PM checks

I had my pm "installed" in 2005.
During my last office PM check, I was told my insurance will no longer cover my PM checks at the same frequency I have had so far.
So, my question to you all is, what is the typical frequency for a PM check (both office and phone) ?

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Pacemaker Settings

Does anybody know what settings can be set? I am a software engineer and would like to learn what can be configured and what can not .. I have a dual chamber Medtronic - Thx in advance :-)

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New Pacemaker

I had a pacemaker inserted a year ago following complete heart block. The pacemaker was not expected to work and the heart block was believed to be a one off. At my latest check-up I was told that the pacemaker had working very occasionally so does this mean I do have a problem with my heart? The pacemaker is set at 40.

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does that mean dependant

hi all me again lol just a quick one today ive looked at what the tecnition wrote and it says 99%of the work done by the pm does that mean dependant ? i wish you all a meery christmass and all good for the new year xx

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Heart Monitor

Hi All,
Has anyone used a heart monitor while exercising? I am going to work on the treadmill in the am..................Could it interfere with PM?
Thanks,
-Philman

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PM checks

Hi all,
Okay, so I have had my pm for 8 months so I feel a little stupid asking this question.When we go for our pm checks what exactly does the reading tell the doctor? For the first few months after the implant I was back & forth getting the kinks worked out so never really asked alot of questions. In Febuary I go in for a regular check up and I am getting curious about what information will be retreived.
Jessame

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was shocked

hi everyone well hubby had another pm check today at the hospital were he had pm fitted they were more helpfull there than the hospital were we live ,they answerd every question we asked even though i forgot to ask some as you do . well im a little schocked as they said pacer is working at 99% dependant so does this mean pm doing most of the work for the heart sorry probley a silly question to ask but still getting used to it all ,and he has had 3 episodes of af since pm put in...

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2nd pacer check

hi everyone ,some of you may rember me posting a few days ago regarding my hubbys pm check ,his first one 2 weeks ago well if you rember i moaned as every question we asked was told no need for us to no ,well now today had a phone call from the hospital wear he had his pm fitted they want to do another pacer check on wensday that means 2 pm checks in just over 2 weeks with the exeption of this one being done at the hospital were he had his pm fitted and his open heart opp then on the 22 dec he h...

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1st pacer check

Hello pacer friends,I just came home from my 1st pacemaker check and all is well! I am 100% reliant on it. I have a lot of time to go with "my friend" since it is new.I feel relieved.
All restrictions have been lifted so now its work as usual.I am thankful for each and every day! I am praying for all of you especially those who have not had such a good outcome and/or have other health issues besides.I will do the phone checks until my next pacer check in June.Thank God for our "little mirac...

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resting pulse

Recently on occasion my resting pulse will be between 75 and 100. My PM is set for a minimum of 60. Has anyone else experienced this? My atrium is 95% paced so I wonder how this could be possible. I have a clinic appointment soon. Is there anything is the PM settings I should ask about? My blood pressure readings are normal.

Bob

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Breathlesness

When semi-active in vary warm weather (temperature over 85), I often experience breathing difficulty and an odd sort of heaviness in my chest. My pulse gets erratic. One one occasion , within hours , I went to the cardiologist but EKG and pacemaker check revealed no problem. This has happened when I'm on the golf course (using an electric cart), and when I'm on the golf practice range.

Have had the pacer over 2 years but just began experiencing this during the last year. Also, as...

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Pacemaker Rate

Hi,

I have a question that I don't know if anyone can answer. If your pacemaker rate is set at 60 and when you take your blood pressure your heart rate is almost always 60 (very seldom ever higher), does it mean that you are being paced all the time to be at the 60 rate or that your heart is beating on its own at 60?

Judy

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