Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

update--pacemaker syndrome

hi everyone,

i just wanted to update those of you who remember me. i was complaining of a full feeling in my neck and face. SVC syndrome was ruled out. my old EP wouldn't do anything else. so for 1 1/2 years i suffered with this. i couldn't even exercise i was so miserable.

i switched EP's. he said i have pacemaker syndrome. he changed my settings and the full feeling is gone. he turned my rate smoothing off, lengthened my AV delay and now i am only going to pace in...

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telephonic checks

I waited all day for the tech to call me "within 30 minutes of 0945am" never did. So I called for nearly 2 hours and got a busy. i called the docs office -same building- same response keep trying. They'll try to see what happened.

OK has anyone insisted upon either changing docs in a group, or changing groups or even finding someone to take this thing out, That is my preference, It flips when I sleep, gives me an otherworldly profile "is that a deck of cards in your pocket?"

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High blood presssure/heart beat

I am a little confused since i had my pm inserted i have all the problems of high blood pressure and high heart rate. Has anyone else had this occurr. Thanks Marie

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The Phone-check thing

Hi, all! I'm new to the website, just found ya'll a few hours ago. I think this is awesome.

ME: 38 yo whi female, pm inserted on 7/10/07. I have never received the phone attachment for my pacemaker check (my 3 month check is due next week). I'm having a terrible time getting the nurses at my doc's office to call me back.

My question is this: can I contact the "company" or whoever does these checks on my own to inquire about getting me set up for this?

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Up date

Hi everyone just letting you all know on an up date of what's happening, well today I had my PM check up and everything went well, although I was about to ask about why I was put on 3 months appointment, they exsplained that 1 of the wires was'nt working well and was just a precaution.
Anyway I have yet to see the cardiologist about recent chest pains that I've been getting so I will keep you all informed.
Angie :)

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Upset

I haven't been here in quite a while. I've been trying to just live my life and pretend I don't have a bad heart. I had my pacemaker implanted on Halloween, two years ago. As far as I know everything was going well. Before the pacemaker I had two open heart surgeries to implant a porcine mitral valve. That story is way too complex to rehash here.

Anyway......I went to have my PM interrogated about two weeks ago and the EP told me that it was pacing my ventricle and apparently i...

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Need your opinion

Hello,

I am an industrial design student doing my thesis on the pacemaker phone-checks/ transmitter box. Through my personal experience I have found it difficult to find a working Land Line that I can use to do my phone checks. I would appreciate any personal accounts on what you find easy and difficult when using your transmitter box for over the phone check-ups. Stories, experiences, anything would be helpful.

Thank you

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Phone Interrogation from Foreign Country

I am a U.S. citizen and live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I have a Medtronic ICD/Pacemaker. Does anyone have an experience with having a phone interrogation done on their device from a foreign country?
Thanks.

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the pulse is came back!

Hi Everyone,
I have a PM SIGMA SVDD 303 for about 6 month, and I am 100% depend on it. today when I was at the PM clinic, the technician told me that she can see a good Sinus pulse (I guess for my lower part of the heart), I asked how long was like that, she said we dont know. I asked if my PM is on demand why my heart has been pased for more than 99% of the time, she said because it wont let your pulse get through. I am looking at my ECG right now and my pulses look much better than what t...

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BPM ?

hi everyone, well i went for my first check up since having my defrib inplanted my doctor said its set to 180 bpm but when i work out it may go that high and shock me for no reason , can you tell me what normal heart rate setting is .

thanks
chris

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Suggestions Please

I had my pm inplanted on July 18th. I have my first appointment with the St. Jude rep on Tuesday. I have a dual chamber. Any advice on what kinds of questions I should ask? Even the obvious? No one except people here ever really explained to me how this thing works or what to expect. I've learned a lot on this site and thank you all very much.

Vicki

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Phone

Due to the increasing amount of cordless phones, does everybody think the check-ups will change with the pacemaker checks ? I found its getting harder and harder to find a land-line phone when I shopped for one.

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Pacer check today

Hi Everyone - Today had my PM interrogated - dislike that term, makes it sound like the PM is guilty of something, doesn't it? It is guilty of keeping me going for the past 15 months!

I am pacing 100% in the ventricle, same as 6 months ago and 54% in the atria. Last time that was 52%. It is set pretty low and I still have 5.8 years left on my pacemaker. EKG showed the pacemaker doing its thing. I feel so blessed to have this little gem implanted in me. When I think of the alter...

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Tune Up

My pm was implanted 6/11/07. After having my first check 3 weeks later and a phone interrogation last month, I was scheduled for a tune up in September. Due to some light headedness every great once in a while, they moved my next visit up a month to today (Tuesday).

The only thing that bothered me was when the tech made my heart jump from 60 bpm to 170 bpm for the test. I don't care what anybody says, it's freaky when that happens. Even though it was only for a few seconds I've been t...

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Probably Silly Question

New here. Had bivent pacemaker installed Aug 7th.
How can one tell what percentage of pacemaker being used?

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Percentage of Use

I had my first follow up appt. yesterday and they found that in the first week, my PM was being used 16% of the time. Is there a normal amount or is everyone different?

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Post PM implant

Nine days ago had PM implanted for heart block. It was done at my HMO and am not pleased with the post implant care. Never saw the doc post surgery, attending cardiologist came by and said he would see about getting me realeased and never showed up again. One week later to HMO for check up on PM, attended by a young tech with less than a year experience and briefly seen a cardiologist at the clinic who was surprised that I since had two near faint episodes. She suggested it may have been vaso...

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An update.

Hi all. I have not posted for a while, so I thought I would update everyone. I still read the site daily, and am greatfull for the information.
I had my lower rate set @ 80 in january and they were going to change the rate to 60 at a later date. When they changed the rate in May, within 24 hours of my base rate being set @ 60 I had headaches, dizzyness and was exhausted.
I waited about 6 weeks to see if my body would adjust and had no improvement. Mid june I had my lower rate changed...

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Rate Response and UPPER LIMIT Rate of PM

Dear All,

I have a Double Chamber pacemaker since November 2005 (though I have been on pacemakers for the past 16 years), with rate responese function with limits set as 60-120. The rate response function was switched off by my doctor as my atrium can set rates on its own (Has always been). I am 38, located in New Delhi.
Now I was noticing over the past one year that when I climb steep slopes, say on hills or on the great Wall which is really steep, I was having real problem in...

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Working @ 68%

When I had my PM checked for the first time the technician said that it was working @ 68%. Can anyone explain what this means?
Steve

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You know you're wired when...

Your device makes you win at the slot machines.

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I am just thankful that I am alive and that even though I have this pacemaker it is not the end of the world.