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Overdrive pacing

Does anyone have overdrive pacing on their pacemaker and why should it be on? 

 

Liz

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Questions and more questions

Hello to all. As others have said, finding this site 6 weeks ago, after that casual "complete-heartblock-you-need-a-pacemaker" day, has been so meaningful to feel, listen and learn from others.

I have an appointment with the cardiologist next week and I wondered if anyone had any suggestions as to what I should ask about. Sorry for the length of this message.

While I was in the hospital getting a dual chamber PM (3 leads), my bp continued to be higher. I'd...

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EPISODES

had p/m and now icd for 2 years,now experiencing episodes ( 2 IN A WEEK) .ANY SIMILAR ?

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Pm settings

Had my pm put in last October- I’ve noticed that when I exercise or get do something strenuous when my heart rate should be high it beats down to the 60bpm range which makes me not feel well my range is set at 60-160 just wondering if anyone experienced this also and what I should have my settings at I have a Medtronic icd- Thanks in advance Aaron 

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Can heart rate affect fluid retention?

I have kidney disease stage 3 and heart disease. I have had my St Jude Pacemaker since 2015 for SSS, low setting currently at 60 BPM.  I  limit sodium intake to 2300 mg (usually less) and limit fluid intake to 64 oz (both per Nephrologist advice). If I have 2 lb weight gain, I take Lasix.

I feel hesitant to take Lasix since it is hard on kidneys but know excess fluid is hard on the heart

I'm wondering... if I had my low rate higher, such as 70 BPM, would I have less...

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Device time settings

Hey all.What a week! I went in for my 6-week check. The technician was not very clued up and had to keep phoning Medtronic for instructions...also defensive about answering questions... anyhooo... Cardio sorted the settings and she teleconferenced with colleagues and I left with my HR upped to 70 bpm from 60bpm, RR turned on AND sleep settings in place between 22:00and 06:00 @ 50 bpm.

By Thursday I was Exhausted! I had been rudely awakened each morning at 04:00 by a rapid...

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4 month check up

Had my 4 month check up for my device and it went great. The doctor was happy with the healing, never had to use the device at all and everything is looking great. They paced my heart to make sure it worked and that was weird, felt like someone had a thumb on my heart and was pushing, was not a fan.

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Stress Test need some advice.

Hello, it has been a while my current pacer setting is 60/145 just saw my cardiologist on Monday, he wants me to have a stress test to see how high I can get my heart rate up, so they know what to adjust the upper rate at. This is what I want so I can start doing more intense exercise and start lifting light weights. I am only 27 and I am active but I have not pushed myself since I started to feel off after I became pacer dependant. For a little while my own heart rythm came back but sin...

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Light headed when resting

I've had my pacemaker 6 weeks and already had 4 adjustments. These last 2 adjustments really kicked my butt. I'm fine if I keep moving but when i rest I get light headed, my legs get weak,  nauseous, and headaches. I also will get a twitch in my left boob and it's not when the pacemaker is kicking in because my heart rate is in the 80s when that happens. I keep getting told it's trial and error But its really taking a toll on me. I never was like this or felt this ba...

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BPM settings

This  is probably not important but my PM BPM is set at 70 (low) and every few days it goes down to 69 BPM.  the settinga are 70 to 130.  I have a fitbit which is why I can monitor it.  I assume this is normal and flucutations are expected.  Thank as usual for all the good advice.

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What is PVARP

I just joined Pacemaker Club and this is my first post. I’m hoping someone will be able to give me a layman’s overview of PVARP. I’m trying to get a basic understanding of it in an attempt to get my pacemaker settings properly adjusted. The “pacer” says her hands are tied by PVARP and cannot make the changes I’m asking for.

A bit of history: I’m a 62 yr old male and I’ve been very active most of my life until a number of years ago when I s...

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Breathless 2 weeks after PM Implant

Hello:  I had my Pacemaker installed 2 weeks ago for Mobitz Stg 2 heart block.  I have been fitted with a medtronic double lead. Everything is healing nicely bruises on their way out and no discomfort now. This last week I have been feeling quite out of breath, and thus haven't realy ventured far out of the house too much. Sleeping is problematic as I can feel my heart thumping away. Prior to surgergy I walked 3 miles a day with my pooch with no problems.  My hear...

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Pacemaker Time Stamp

 Just wanted to leave a message to let everyone know about an odd occurrence with my Medtronic Adapta, hopefully it doesn't happen to anyone else.

Quick info about me, 46 years old, avid cyclist and snowboarder, have had a pacemaker for bradycardia since 2011.

I went in last October for my annual check up and had a number of high rate episodes at weird times of the night, some of them lasted for 45 minutes at around 175-180 bpm. My cardiologist scheduled an echo to be don...

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Merlin

Twice i have seen a bright flash of light from the Merlin area in my room.  It is very bright and very fast.  Anyone know what it is?

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Ventricular Trachycardia

Hi Everyone.  I had my yearly checkup today and found out I had an attack of ventricular trachycardia two weeks ago.  Other than that, everything was good.  I felt the attack and thought it was a couple of missed heartbeats but, apparently, it was a 9 second attack with my heart beating at 230 beats per minute.  The cardiologist on call at the clinic prescribed a 5mg beta blocker and I am seeing my regular cardiologist tomorrow to, I suspect, begin a series of tests to fin...

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Tiredness

Hi, havent been here for quite a long time. I am 63, had a Medtronic for 9 years and got a replacement of St.Jude 2 years ago. There is one thing which bothers me:

After the new pm I have been sort of tired and my activity has clearly decreased. Have been in the gym every now and then but it does not feel good and visits are very rare now.

I wonder could the reason for tiredness be that the limit for the HR was set to 50 in operation instead of earlier 55?

When I noticed in...

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ICD lead threshold increase - Cardiac Sarcoid

Just got back from the cardiologist.   He interogated my newly implanted biventricular ICD ( Nov 8, 2018) and noted and increase in RV threshold voltage from 1.5 to 2.0V.   What would cause this?  He told me to discuss it with the doctor treating my Sarcoid.   I was diagnosed with Cardiac Sarcoid in 2013 and have had an ICD since then.  Could this be an indication of increased sarcoid activity in my heart?   I have been on prednisone, tappered from 20 t...

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PVC's - How Many is too Many?

I'm eight weeks post implant for complete heart block. HIS bundle lead 100% paced. One month device check had 35,000 PVC's. Went in for a check at two months and had over 300,000 in one month. Had the check because I was having a feeling of tightness at the base of my neck-don't know if there is a correlation. No one seemed alarmed at the number. I'm feeling a little unsure about the whole thing. I understand that everyone has PVC's but that seems like a big jump. Anyone e...

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Merlin@home on VOIP using Google Voice

Last week I got a surprise pacemaker. It is a St. Jude 2272 dual chamber rate-modulated version. They sent me home with a Merlin@home EX1150. I don't have a landline and can't shell out the $500 for the broadband kit. I have a free VOIP line though Gogle Voice using and Obihai OBI200 VOIP adapter that costs about $65. The Merlin would always fail to connect but I figured out the right settings so it would successfully send the data. 

In the Star codes for the OBI2...

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Pacemaker optimization

I've posted something like this in the recent past.................not many responded.   Who has had their pacemaker optimized and did you notice an improvement?  I'll be having mine optimized next week.  EP's nurse has stated, "It's not unusual to need a PM optimization to get the PM operating at top efficiency."

--Dave--

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