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shocking

I had my pacemaker put in i 2012 it is now shocking me  worried what can I do?  Don't feel like my doctors care.  I have 1yr left . What can I do ? 

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Altered sleep

Has been 3 weeks since dual wire pacemaker implant. Main concern has been frequency of waking episodes at night time. Pacemaker had been set at 60 bpm, yet my normal sleeping heart beat is much lower. Due for first tune/up in 3 weeks. Would lowering the minimum rate improve sleeping or create other unwanted issues? Had been anxious about this early on with consequent bp elevations.

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Irregular after Pacemaker

I had a pacemaker and an AV node ablation four years ago and have had a lovely trouble free time ever since..... until a couple of weeks ago, when I suddenly felt faint, my legs went jelly and I just made it back to the car where I was short of breath and had some chest pains.  Both my husband and self felt an irregular pulse - not fast but stopping and double beat starting type.  This lasted a couple of hours before normality.  I previously had a few years of trouble with atri...

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What to expect?

I have a Medtronic 2 lead pacemaker.  It was implanted in November but the lead pulled loose and a second surgery was done in December.  Medtronic has a mobile app to monitor the pacemaker. Sounds great but the doctor office doesn’t schedule any requests to transmit data.  What is the point of the monitor if it isn’t used?  Is it just my doctor or is the common practice?  First visit with doctor is 3 months after surgery.  Saw staff for incision follo...

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Pacemaker Readings?

do pacemakers record every heart beat throughout the day? I fainted last week and I'm waiting to get into the clinic. I'd like to know what my heart rate did when it happened.

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Do I need a setting adjustment?

Today on my way out from work after moving around all day long for a short amount of time I felt a little off balance when I was moving kind like maybe I had a sharp drop in hr or maybe the pacer stepped in. Settings are currently 60/145. I go back in two-three months because they just increased my upper limit at the end of December.

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Merlin@home Cost?

Hi everyone! My husband just had a St. Jude pacemaker put in, and we were given the Merlin@home remote monitor. It had a wifi adapter with it in the box. The only instructions say to plug it in, but I have a lot of questions about this monitor.

Is this the same thing as remote monitoring? Is there a cost associated with it? When the information is transmitted, who does it go to? How do I know it only goes there? Can I set what the machine does? I tried asking my doctor's office and...

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A Survey

OK pacemaker citizens:  Who has had any optimizations performed (you know, sonographer, Doc, Device nurse). What was the outcome? Positive, negative, or no change.  Let us know!

--Dave--

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HOME MONITOR

does anyone know how to get your own home monitor readings or is it only sent to your doctor? 

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Remotes

How often do you send a non scheduled remote? Do Drs get annoyed if you send constantly. Sent one like two weeks ago but I feel like the need to send one today cause I kind of felt like I had an abnormal rythem yesterday morning 

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Echocardiologists

Being the kind of guy with a LVEF of 22% + or - a couple percent, I'm searching for a cardio guy or EP who can actually "read" an echo and have the device clinic nurse follow his instructions for an effective PM optimization.  Previous Doc. had this task aced ---- then he retired (AARRRRGH!).   I'm the current owner of a newly installed Medtronic "Claria MRI CRT-D" PM.

My quest is to locate a talented Doc. whose specialty...

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Referred beats?

I'm having a device check in a couple of hours.  I'm 2+ month past implant and AV Node ablation (CRT-PM, 100 ) but I keep having these weird sensations, like feeling beats below my heart near my rib cage or diaphragm, so Doc is sending me early for a check.

Does anyone know what this could be?  

Doc mentioned maybe one of my leads was too low, and they could possibly re-position it with a magnet?  

--Violet

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settings...

I have a Boston Scientfic, an ACCOLADE.

I'd like to run at one 'speed' but for sleep, slow down and run at a lower speed.

Is this possible?

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How does it know?

RE: The programming of any PM device...............depends on what it is "told."  If the ventricle(s) are not completely filled, is it sort of a wasted effort, esp. in regards to an A-V Node ablated person?  Seems the only "workaround" entails a talented Doc who can acurately "read" the sonograph and give proper directions.

--Dave--

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PM Timing

This post is a companion to my earlier one where I posted a search for talent:  At that get together, the Doc would watch the sonograph, then instruct the device clinic nurse to do this, or that in regards with the "timing" of when each ventricles lead would "fire."   The PM I had implanted at the time (as well as its replacement) featured "Cardiac resynchronization therapy" (CRT).  Shouldn't this feature have automatically performed...

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Quest for Talent

About 4+ yrs ago, my cardiologist suggested I see a "specialist" in one of their other clinics.  I did so, and met with Dr. "A."  At our 1st meeting, wife asked him, "Are you an EP?"  He answered, "No! But I can read an echo better than anyone your husband's been seeing!"  (BTW: his specialty is Echocardiography.)  He arranged a "pacemaker optimization" event for me.  There, besides the Doc was the sonographer...

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Lowered oxygen levels after Device check.

My 3 wire implant helped with my oygen levels. After I had a Device check and adjustment my oxygen levels decreased as well as my pulse rate. 

On a checkup with my Cardiogist, He raised my heart rate and my oxygen levels increased. He also started me on furosemide to reduce fluid. I'll go back in one month.

I was wondering if it's normal to have these adjustments to correct oxygen levels?

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Rate response

Once you have your rate response turned on and adjusted... do you ever have to do that again? Has  anyone? mine was turned on 3 years ago .... 

I want mine to operate optimal .. not just within normal limits..

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Can bpm affect oedema?

Note: not asking for a diagnosis here (well, obviously), just a steer on which route to progress first

Background: PM put in in early September and repositioned in early October (don't ask -- it just moved). AV node ablation done 22 Oct 2018; rate set to 80 bm and all was well. Hopped skipped and jumped out of the hospital (first time in 15 years).

Just after the AV node ablation I had an episode of fluid on the lungs, but was reassured that it was just 'a reaction' to...

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Programming a PM

Brand new to Forum. 2-chamber PM with rate-adaptive sensor installed October. 7 visits to PM tech since then trying to get programming optimized. Found 428-page User manual online from St. Jude. Learned there are 7 programmable functions. 3 keys one are sensor threshold, reaction time, and slope. If these are not right they can cause nasty symptoms of the type I have read about below. After expressing my frustration about programming to my EP, he offered to arrange a...

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