Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Inconsistent Heartrate

I am a very active 58 year old woman who received a PM in late February 2020 due to Bradycardia and arrhythmia.  The PM is set to a minimum of 60 bpm.  While overall, I think things are fine, I've noticed lately that my legs are constantly tired and fatigued, I am having trouble catching my breath even after simple activities, my resting heartrate last week was consistently in the low 50's and my heartrate drops into the 40's during the day (it s...

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Pounding

hello 

Last week i had my complete pacemaker replaced and 1 old  lead extracted as Dr wasnt happy with its position.it was less than three years old,  This was a sub pectoral implant under full general  so i am rather sore and knocked around still..... 

However i have noticed a constant strong pounding loud in my ears and a bad headache which is rather annoying... would this just be a settings thing? Can't feel my heart racing...jus...

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Should I question my pacing

I had a loop recorder inserted last year. This reported bpm below 30 at night and some heart stops of more than 3 secs  then I nearly fainted at breakfast having a sudden pulse to my head and down my arms.

Now I have a pacemaker and it's  set to 60 - 130. They said MY  battery will probably last a very long time. I'm  not worried about how long the battery lasts but since my normal heart rate has always been 52 why set to 60.  I'm  feeling...

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Atrial tachycardia episodes, are they normal?

Just had my first visit with my new EP, although she kept saying she is technically an "engineer" not a tech (still not sure what that means).  Anyways she did a much more thorough interrogation then my prior tech, seemed to know her stuff. She said I have been having "quite a number" of atrial tachycardia episodes.  I told her I had some in the past and that my old tech said it was normal in people paced in both ventricle and atrium, she looked like she disagree...

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First Doctor visit after PM

This site is really helpful and I hope I’m not “ overusing “ the information found here !

On June 30th I have my first doctor visit since my PM was implanted. The Medtronic rep will be there as well. My doctor said they would “tweak” and “ fine tune” the PM.

. What kinds of questions do I need to ask ?? Other than occasional high BP ( 164/88) I’m getting along great and feel so much better.

i have LBBB and I believe I have two...

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Minimum Settings Changed?

Hey all- I'm 1 year in from having my PM. Everything had been going fine until this week I kept having some dizzy/nauseous spells this week. Started off right after I excercised, but then dragged on and I was just constantly light headed and dizzy.

Got some bloodwork done, and all came back good. My EP switched my minimum bpm from 60 to 70 and now I feel so much better (at least not light headed and nauseous). It may be too high of a setting, but I'll take the return to nor...

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HR dropping below set pm rate

Hi all 

I was admitted to hospital today in the ambulance and in the ER ECG Showed my HR going as low as 40bpm my pacemaker is set at 60 showed pm capturing it but not increasing the rate like it should... i only have single lead turned on atm ... no one here could explain why.. my cardiologist is at different hospital...

Thought someone may have had this ,who could fill me in. 

Thanks 

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Fluttering and coughing

Haven’t posted in a while hope everyone is safe in this horrible time (Covid) wee are all going though.  

Because I was having what felt like spasms followed by coughing. Just had pacemaker interrogated and changes were made.  My coughing seems to be worse. Anyone had theses problems and  Will this subside in time.  Thanks and all be safe.  

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Fluttering and coughing

Haven’t posted in a while hope everyone is safe in this horrible time (Covid) wee are all going though.  

Because I was having what felt like spasms followed by coughing. Just had pacemaker interrogated and changes were made.  My coughing seems to be worse. Anyone had theses problems and  Will this subside in time.  Thanks and all be safe.  

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Pacemaker strange sensation

I've had a pacemaker since 2012 and for as long as I can remember I've felt a jolting sensation from it. It happens most hours at 8 minutes to the hour. I've mentioned this several times at the pacemaker clinic but they don't know what it is. It doesn't bother me although i would like to know if anyone has any ideas or if it happens to others.

Thanks

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new pacemaker

Sorry for all the questions, I am a newbie.  This is my first post.  

I had a dual lead St Judes PM placed on 03/13.  My first check is in June. 

Currently set at atrial rate of 60, all other settings are at default.  PM was placed for Junctional rhythm of 47-49 with no P waves.  

My questions:  

Have times I am constantly at 60, regardless if I am moving around or sitting.  If it goes on for a while I feel slightl...

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ejection fraction after CRT

Previously I had had a Medtronic 2 lead pacemaker for 9 years.  My ejection fraction began to go down, from 65% in 2009, to 50% in 2014 and 40% in 2018.  After much discussion the doctor installed a 3 lead biventricular crt pacemaker in September 2019.  I recently had a follow up echocardiogram in April 2020.  My ejection fraction had improved to 55%.  The CRT pacemaker has done it job, thanks for that.

If any of you are in the same situation, I can and wou...

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Strange feeling after checkup

Hi everyone! Thanks for response. I feel much better today I think maybe combination of little food, dehydration and taking first beta blocker!!!! Also anxiety doesn't help and although I've had my pm around 13 weeks doctor did say that in some people it can take 6 to 12 months to get used to so I'm going to have to try and trust it and relax especially when I've been told it's doing it's job. Thanks again!

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Strange sensation

Hi there! Just had pm interrogation because my heartbeat quite  high for a while and pacemaker kicking in a lot. Home now after a few tweaks and prescribed low dose beta blocker. Since home feel lightheaded and getting flutters in my chest is this normal! Thank you

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What Can Be Learned?

Normally I lurk and learn. Every now and then I come out of my hidey hole with a question. 

We know the heart is both electrical and mechanical.  When your provider interrogates your PM he gets info on the device as well as the electrical aspects of the heart.  At least that is my understanding. 

My question is,  is there anything from the information the provider receives from the interrogation that would give him/ her any indications of what may be going...

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Pacemaker Event Sensations

Hi--I just had a Medtronic PM implanted in late Feb just in advance of the world changing due to COVID 19.  Initially, I was feeling various sensations that I assumed were normal for a new implant.  But now, I am experiencing a "jolt" like sensation every morning at 2:00am.  The time doiesn't vary--always exactly 2:00am.  I called Medtronic and a tech said that their device is programmed to diagnose certain aspects of the PM performance at 2:15am daily and th...

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Check up postponed

It is almost two years since I had my pacemaker fitted,  and was due for a check up next week.

I have  received a letter  informing me that because of Covid19, the appointment has been postponed to April 2021.

So far  so good, everything seems to work  OK, touch wood, but how would I know if there is  a malfunction? A year seems a long time for a postponement. 

 

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New ICD owner

I am a 46 year old firefighter diagnosed with Cariac Saroidosis. I have a Boston Scientific Resonate EL ICD DR. I am post op 3 weeks and had my first visit to the Pacemaker Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital. I have an AV block (I'm a little uncertain what degree AV block it is). Prior to my visit I was feeling great and that the recovery was going well. Yesterday I felt horrible. I felt light headed and a little out of control. At the pacemaker clinic they added a delayed res...

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Device check

What all do they do when you have a device check right after you have a pacemaker implant?  How long does it generally take? Do they speed your heart up and slow it down? I would just like to have some idea of what they do before I go in. Thanks for your reply .

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PM Interfere

I've had a Medtronic two lead PM since January 2 2020. I had my first and only adjustment on February 13th. Pacing was set for 55 to 60bpm, from the implant setting of 80bpm. I was told that this was done so I would not become pacemaker dependent, as I am still young (72) 😊 About 10 days after the adjustment I started having a feeling that I can only describe as the same or slightly lighter version of the techs "puck" being placed over my PM when he is making the adjustment...

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