Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Rate Response

Hello everyone!

I wanted to get thoughts on the rate response setting on our PM. I have a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T dual chamber PM. With that said I've learned that it has different rate response features. Initially I had the CLS setting and it capped at 140BPM but it kept going off and made me feel awful. They lowered it to 120BPM and it made a difference but I'm not sure if it helped me or not. Anyhow they've turned that feature off and activated another which responds to my...

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Questions for Dr Follow-Up

Hi all! I have my 3 month checkup tomorrow with my Dr. (who is amazing btw; Dr. Mandrola; hope it's okay to share his name). Are there any questions y'all would recommend me asking? I'm 30 with HIS pacing. 

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Overpacing

Does anyboody have experience with a pacemaker that paces the heart too fast - ie, significantly faster than needed for the activity at hand and/or faster than the heart is used to?  What are the sensations you have experienced.

I ask because I have swum a mile or more three times a week for over 50 years and also spent several decades on beta or calcium channel blockers while dealing with paroxysmal atrial fib.  The result was an ultra efficient heart,  a resting pulse i...

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P/M router

Newbie (82 years) … some of the posts give information that I don't follow. However, here's my situation:

A couple of years ago it was found that I had aortic stenosis and I was given a new (non metallic) valve. All went OK.

I've been on a 2.5 mg diuretic (Benza-something or other) and 20 mg Simvastatin for quite a few years. This was because of high b/p ... this high b/p is under control.

Because of a heart flutter I was put on Apixaban (2 x 5mg daily) ab...

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pacemaker

I got my device last year, June, 2019. When should I begin to wonder how much power is left in the battery and to whom do I go to if it runs down?

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Funny feelings

This is my second post.  Thanks to those who commented on my 1st post.

again I am only 7 weeks into my dual lead St Jude PM.  I have read a lot on the  Pacemaker.com forums and it seems there was a post about some PM’s being more sensitive than others to begin with.  I’ve read that the phone and I-pad are ok if they’re at least 6 inches away from the PM...and I try to remember that but sometimes I’ll notice I’m holding too close  an...

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New pacemaker - dizzy spells

Hello,

I'm 38 and had a dual lead pacemaker fitted 3 weeks ago, thus I'm a new member here. My issue was that I was getting a couple of daily sinus pauses or gaps in my heart beat which were picked up on the ecg, with up to 7 seconds at a time. No heart deseases or heart block thankfully. I also have a lowish heart rate often in the 50's thus my PM is set to fire up below 40bps.
 

Pre-pacemaker the dizzy episodes tended to c...

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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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