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Medtronic Settings for athletes with Sick Sinus tachy Brady?

Hi I am a 51 year old female who loves to run, lift weights, bike and do Pilates.  I am confused about the rate response setting and wondering if there are any other settings that might help someone who is very active? After the first day having my PM I felt great but didn't like that I would go to 110 just causally walking a hill so they said they could turn that of RR and they did.  Well today I don't feel as much energy and more tired and thinking I made a big mistak...

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Can Heart Rate Actually Drop Below The Base Rate of a Pacemaker

The Heart Analyzer app on my iWatch (Series 5) reports daily occurrences of heart rate in the low to mid-40s even though the base rate on my pacemake (St Jude PM2240) is set for 50. Is this an artifact of the app or is it an indication that my pacemaker is not functioning properly?

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Heart rate

I'm in my 80's and am on my second pacemaker which is now in its 13th year. Consequently the frequency of my checkups have gone from one year to six months down to three monthls for the last two. In March I was told the battery had 18 months. My next check was delayed ( presumably due to Covid) until last Friday when the technician told me the Battery had one year remaining and they would see me in six months. Later that day I noticed on my Apple Watch that my heart rate was around 60...

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heart rate

my dual chamber pm placed monday.  hr set at 100. seems lil high to me.  what was yalls set on at first

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90 day review

Still pretty new with my St Jude 2 lead PM installed for complete heart block...Bradycardia.  Just had my 90 day review...I think the tech just changed my HR with instructions from my Cardiologist from 60 to 70 BPM.  My cardiologist also wanted to make sure the rate response was turned on...the tech said it was already on.  I then asked if it could be turned to more sensitive which is what my doc had asked for.  He said again it was already on, so I’m not sure it tha...

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Voltage and pumping capacity

Does anyone know if the setting of the voltage is related in anyway to more or less pumping capacity?  Typically doctors like the lowest possible setting in order to increase the longevity of the battery.  So setting it higher would diminish the life of the battery.  A higher setting however,  if in any way related to  the pumping capacity,  might improve exercise tolerance.

I’m sure some of my brilliant pacemaker friends know something about thi...

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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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