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First anniversary

I am 80 years old and just 1 year yesterday I had my PM fitted. I do not understand the technical terms all I know is my heart used to skip a few beats now and then and the cardiologists decided that this would be the best thing for me to have.

At first I had quite a few problems feeling unwell with Atrial Fibrilation and at one time I started to wish I hadn't had the proceedure done. However after several vists to th Pacemaker clinic at Glenfield Hospital....

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Does changing settings contribute to more oxygen flow to brain and reduce "foggy brain" feelings?

Hi!

I am wondering if any of you PM carrier, have headaches? Suffering from headaches? Have suffered from headache related to your PM. Aka. occur after the PM was installed, in a shorter, or longer period(monts/years)? But did get well after some adjustments or other actions.

The headache is more of "foggy head" and have more a tension headache character than a normal headache.

I had my PM turned off in dec 2018. And turned back on in May 2019. In that period, betw...

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MEDTRONIC Circuit Errors

Hello! I recently had a pacemaker checkup, and was informed the Medtronic ADVDD01 pacemaker is experiencing problems with particular settings (And some other pacemakers also possibly). I unfortunatley was using one (VDD) and have been moved to VVIR until an update is found.

 

"The root cause for this issue is related to a design change to an integrated circuit in a subset of devices that were distributed between 10 March 2017 and 7 January 2019."

http://wwwp.m...

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Heart Rate

An excerpt from my recent PM optimization report: "

Other Findings:   Due to ventricular ectopy and restrictive diastolic filling heart rate was increased to 85 with a slight reduction of LV OT integral. Increasing left ventricle first to the maximum allowable setting demonstrated a slight reduction in mitral regurgitation with an apparent increase in ejection fraction. The LVOT integralincreased to 14.7 from 12.7.

CONCLUSIONS
Impression: Pacemaker optimization...

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My pacemaker is showing from my skin

Hi there, this is a question that I'm pretty sure is asked a lot around here.

So basically I had "eating disorders" when I was about 12-13, I didn't eat much food because I didn't feel hungry at all, and as a result I got extremely skinny.

I'm recovering, and I got a sort of "chubby belly" I guess, but you can clearly see the pacemaker as if it was fat.

Is this a bad thing or not?

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Rate response

Thanks Ian. I’ll see how it is and see my GP - Cardiologist if no better.  I have no confidence at all in the pacemaker technician in our area.  However I have an excellent GP and cardiologist. 

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Rate response setting

 I recently had my rate response setting changed as my heart rate Has not exceeded 100 bpm on exertion. I was last checked a year ago.  Since the change I am suffering from fatigue and exhaustion I’m not able to go for my usual walks. At times I also feel as though I have a sort of ache in my heart not really chest pain this is new. Has anyone else had a similar experience ? I am thinking of ringing the technician so that I can be seen again is that appropriate?...

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USB Adapter

Are there other, less expensive USB adapters that work with the Merlin Home Transmitter. The St. Jude option seems somewhat expensive.

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CRT apparent diaphragm stimulation

4 weeks post CRT-P implant, all good except apparent diaphragm pacing because when I lay on my back especially it creates a constant regular jumping in my chest/left side area   I live 600 miles from Clinic where done have not yet returned . They say it can be adjusted ?   Has anyone experienced this.   Thank you.  

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The setting parameters when there’s no underlying rhythm.

Hi,

My 6 year old went into complete heart block last February following an open heart surgery, and she had a pm placed on Valentine’s Day. I know the bottom parameter is 80 and the top is 180. She’s sleeping (fairly deep sleep) and her heart rate is 90-93 instead of 80 like it was in the hospital. She had her first pm appt with the ep on March 25, all looked good. Can anyone explain why it would be 10-13 bpm higher than the low setting at sleep? She doesn’t have a fev...

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Too slow

Hi all!

Going on 4 years now with a PM

When my pacemaker (AV block III) was put in, they were going to set the low frequency at 70, high at 130.

I admit that I didn't fully understand, and I thought such a high "low" would make for sleep problems. So I had them set it at 50 -- 130.

Starting about 2 1/2 years ago I started having extreme fatigue, especially after an adreliline flow (good or bad). I would feel this way for hours (a feeling of getting up too...

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Wtf

I got my pacemaker in Jan 2019. I'm not happy about the scar. That's not what bothers me though, it's actually kinda funny cause people aren't used to seeing someone so young with a pacemaker, so they ask " OMG did you get stabbed?" It's the little shocks I keep getting every now and then. Is that normal?

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Pacemaker stops pacing as I increase intensity of work out

Hi! I started training for marathon last year, it was a gradual slow training process as my trainer knew I have pacemaker. I was also going to the pacemaker clinic several times and they made several tweaks on my pacemaker setting. However, late last year I wasn't able to join the marathon I signed up for because as we started our training for uphill, I noticed I have some fainting episodes. I went back to clinic and they've done a holter monitoring and it showed several SVTs but...

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Medtronic A3DR01 Pacing Modes

I am an active 63 year old male who has had a Medtronic A3DR01 since December 2017 due to third degree heart block.  I was initially set in MVP mode and was pacing the left ventrical at around 30-35% of the time.  After about 1 year I was told that I was missing ventricular beats and was reset to DDD mode with a 0.250 second lag.  I am now pacing at about 80% of the time.  My reading tells me that it is best to minimize left ventricle pacing, so this makes me unc...

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Response rate settings

Hi everyone, I would like an opinion on this.  I was in a serious motor scooter accident almost two years ago.  24 days in hospital, right leg broken in four places, brain injury, the list goes on.  Eight months later, I passed out while singing in a choir concert.  Started seeing a cardiologist and had all tests including electrophysiology, could find nothing.  They implanted a loop recorder with hopes to catch something.  Four months later, I almost passed out...

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CLS in Biotronik good or bad?

I had a Biotronik inserted 3 days ago. Me pulse races to hr of 120-130 with minor, minimal exertion. I have read on some posts that some EPS feel that the system’s CLS is the problem, and this feature should be turned off . Anyone have any experience or opinions?

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Upper heart rate too fast after AV node ablation

I have just had an AV node ablation a couple of days ago.  The pacemaker was implanted 6 weeks ago.  The lower rate is set to 80bpm which is not too comfortable as my own rate was low 60's. But my problem is that if I do anything remotely active my pulse shoots up to 140 or more.  What is going on?  I am scared to move.  I have phoned hospital, but will have to wait over the weekend.   Can anyone advise please?

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New Pacemaker WAY too sensitive

Just received a Biotronik for SSS  and CI. 3 days post op. I’m in good shape and, until recently , always had basal HR in 40s. Device is set at 40/150. However, now my basal hr is in 70s. I feel uncomfortable with a fluttering feeling in my chest. When I do very simple action like walk up stairs,it goes to 84. When I walk a quarter mile I get tachycardia with hr 120-130, and I have to sit down- worrying about passing out. Want to go back in and get this pm removed!  I was told...

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Explanation

Hi All, Is it possible someone can tell me a little about the device follow up report. The secretary gave me a copy . It say's 5600 rate drop episodes. , 3 non sustained  VT - SVT,  3  AT/ AF episodes 45 sec plus 8 mode switches less than 45 secs.  I am now atrially paced at 74% and ventricular at 13%. I Have never been vent paced , always less than .01 % Could someone please help me understand what this means. Thanks, and have a great wknd. I have a dual chamber medtr...

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Feeling restless

Hi everyone,

Really pleased I found this forum. Would be grateful for any help. 

I have had a dual lead ICD fitted for the last 15 years and two ablations for AF and SVT. For the most part I have coped well and not had any problems. Over the past past few weeks though I have been feeling distinct malaise - restless, sweating, insomnia. In short I just can’t relax which is leaving me in a misery.

i recently has a regular echo and my cardiologist checked o...

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Sometimes a device must be tuned a few times before it is right. My cardiologist said it is like fine tuning a car.