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First tech dropped the ball!

I just went in for a 6 month check up with St Jude. The first technician, who had 23 years with the company, said he needed to make a couple of adjustments. He did and I went home. I felt on edge and a little weak. I called my Doc and went back in the next morning. A new tech was there from St Jude and hooked me up to the machine. In five minutes she stopped and said she had to talk to the Doc. He came in the room in a few minutes and sent me for a chest xray. One hour later he showed me the xra...

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First Pacemaker Interrogation Questions

I was implanted with a Guidant 1298 on February 20, 2007 and will have my first pacemaker interrogation tomorrow. I was wondering what to expect, what to ask, what to be aware of.....

Not sure if I will see a rep fro Guidant or my Cardiologist but I do have many questions.......

Any info on just what is done during the first pacemaker interrogation would be helpful......

Thank you....... and I want all to know that this site has given me more answers than all the...

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Carotid sinus hypersensitivity

My medical diagnosis is carotid sinus hypersensitivity. I'm due for a 3 month checkup next week and am compiling a list of questions for my cardiologist who is an EP. Still not clear on my diagnosis and wondering if anyone has information. My main symptom was a syncope. Any thoughts or comments that might help me focus my questions will be appreciated. Thanks. Bob

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Would higher heart rate than 60 make me feel less tired?

I received a pm/defibulator transplant recently. Heart rate was too slow. They set the rate at 60 per minute. Is that normal? I still feel very tired. Do they at times set the rate higher than 60? Would a higher heart rate than 60bpm make me feel less tired?

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Frequency of Pacing

Just curious, I have had my PM since Feb 5 th, and I had my six weeks check with the medtronic representative and I was told I had more than 250 episodes where my pacemaker kicked in and my heart dropped by more than 20 beats within a sixty second period, To me that seems like an awful lot of droppes in heart beat.

I feel like my heart is beating so fast that I can feel it now. I never noticed before.

Does anyone have syncope, which is what the pacemeker is for?

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No heart beat at checking resistance

I have a pacemaker due to a complete AV-block which means that I have no own pulse. So, when the doctors check the pacemaker, I feel every little tiny difference in the pulse.

In the past years, when checking the resistance of the signal to the ventriculum, my heart stopped for a few seconds according to the quick reaction of the doctor - when he/she stopped the function, the signal was back again immediatly and my heart kept on beating.

Last August, I got a new pacemaker (...

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Hello everyone!

I had my visit with the new EP and it was the worst check up I had in all my pacemaker checks. My heart is very sensitive to my pacemaker pacing my heart. My pacemaker is on stand by. The new EP was trying to figure out why my heart beats was acting up at a certain heart rate. He was puzzled and asked me does this happen all the time. I said yes and away he went trying to find out the problem. After countless tries I said to him, " Doctor you have to stop this, I know where Benlauden is,...

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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.