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Medtronic CareLink

Hello Everyone,

I'm just wondering if anyone knows anything about how much pacemaker battery power is used when downloading pacemaker data via radiofrequency transmission, compared to a clinic download done by an attending Medtronic technician?

I believe remote downloads use more energy and potentially over years this could result in the pacemaker needing to be replaced sooner. But I don 't know how significant a difference this is - are we talking about months o...

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New Pacemaker

Hello I am 38 years old and just had a pacemaker installed for a 2:1 2nd degree AV block Mobitz ll. My heart rate began dropping into the 30s at night and I was having fatigue, shortness of breath, and increasingly severe dizzy spells. I have always been very active and run consistently.  I just had my first appointment 10 days after installation. I do feel better as my heart is beating more in rhythm. But I am still tired and winded very easily and now it seems my heart r...

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pacemaker settings

At my last check the I was told my pacemaker was " pacing at 98%" what exactly does that mean ?

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1st check up

What are good questions to ask at my first check up? Can my PM tell me when it was activated? Like date and time? or should I record these times? I have been waking up at night very alert, and not sure why. I feel like it could be mental since I was told that my heart was stopping for as long as 14 seconds in my sleep?? I'm 39 and in decent physical shape. I found out last week I needed a PM and surgery in 4 days (1/11/18)...it's a been a little quick for this guy. Thank god I fo...

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Feeling positive

Hi pacers hope everyone is doing well tonight. I went for my 10wks check on my pacemaker. They interrogated my pacemaker, adjusted the night setting from 70 down to 50. They also set the pacemaker on auto adjust so it only works when my heart needs it. my breathing is better, less pvc's, seems like my energy level is better. My cardiologist also thinks I could be blocked so we are doing a stress test on the 24th of January . hoping we are gonna get some answers. just thought I would give...

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Annual Check

I have a appointment to see the EP nurse this week.  I have my third Medtronic Sure Scan with defibrillation on 12/1/2016.  I have cardiac sarcoidosis which has caused my leads to be infected and they needed to be removed and replace.  Since getting this new pacemaker I have not had any problems and I'm really afraid of getting a check up since they like to make changes.  My husband likes to say, "If it's not broke, don't fix it".  I'm going...

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PACEMAKER RATE

My Pacemaker Rate is set at 50bpm i was wondering if this is very common. 

I still get feelings of severe fatigue some days and my heart rate sits in the low 50's. 

Technician mentioned last visit that it isnt actually pacing much at all due to the low rate it is set on. 

would it be worth asking Cardiologist about increasing the rate? 

I have also had issues with one of my leads oversensing which gives you a feeling of missed beats, they c...

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ER Again

I’m 3wks Post implant today. I was feeling good all day and then once again my HR went up to 150 then about 20 mi urges later to 170. I’m in the ER and they have received the info from Medtronic. My question is the ER Dr doesn’t seem concerned?! I’m very concerned!! Has this happened to anyone else? Thanks for the support! 

Linda

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Pacemaker checks

When they say you are pacing at a certain percentage..do they mean daily, weekly, or monthly? Thanks in advance..

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Skin deep

Just had to share this.

I saw my EP's PA at Duke yesterday--just a return visit to check on the tweaks to my settings done a couple of months ago. 

Before she put the donut over the pacemaker she asked, "May I have a look at your pacemaker, please?"

"Sure," I said, pulling down the neckline of my sweater to expose the area just below my collarbone, "but why? Nobody ever asked me to show them my pacemake before."

&qu...

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Physio

while having physio on my arm, i fainted with the pain, hb 47. I am set at 60. Pm checked told all ok. Anyone had this happen.

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Dialing in the Boston Scientific Accolade, RYTHMIQ, Lower Rate Limit, Paced AV Delay

Hi all--

Just had my leads and Medtronic Adapta pacemaker extracted several days ago and I am already trying to dial in my new BosSci system. I really appreciate the help I have gotten in the past on this website regarding my Adapta and how difficult it was to dial that one in: at the end of the day, it was a very poor choice for this cyclist and I'm pretty happy to see  it go. It never really worked for me, I was constantly overpaced just to be able to exercise. &nbs...

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Fatigue

A few weeks ago I posted a query about feeling low energy immediately following my implantation and lasting ever since. I've subsequently noticed that many people have shared a similar experience: a promise by the cardiologist of having much more energy once a pacemaker is implanted but finding exactly the reverse -- much lowered energy. So far I've not come across anyone who has reported the situation being corrected. In fact, most of the commenters appeared to have received the brus...

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Reliance

I just went in for my initial 2 week check up and the doctor said everything looks great. I told him that I could feel a strange knocking feeling (best way I can describe it) in my heart (R ventricle) sometimes. He at first didn’t believe me but then as they tested it the feeling started and I had him physical feel my HB and he confirmed this weird feeling and made some kind of adjustment. I still feel it but it’s not nearly as prominent. 

Anyway I asked him to change m...

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Merlin@Home

I have one of these monitors and would like to know if  it is worth the money i'm paying for the connection.

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Merlin

Happy New Year everyone, I had a St Jude crt-p implanted in July of this year. Starting in October I’ve had runs of what’s been called AIVR, WCT, PMT and VT. VT was confirmed last week by my EP and he has scheduled an EP Study for January 9th. My question is, has anyone experienced these arrhythmias and not had their home monitor pick up the alerts? I have a Merlin monitor and since October, I’ve felt this arrhythmia a minimum of 20 times since then;...

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Medtronic MyCareLink Smart - NOT WORKING, BUT THERE IS A FIX

Medtronic MyCareLink Smart - NOT WORKING, but I found a fix.

I had not sent in a transmission in a while, and needed to send one in this morning, but when I tried to start the application on my Android phone it wouldn't work.  I tried it on another phone, uninstalled it, reinstalled it and it still wouldn't work.

Medtronic was NO help, no one available on the weekends but I found the fix in this note:

I experienced the same crash that others wer...

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Chest pains

I was fitted with a pacemaker 3 weeks ago. Since then, I get sudden sharp pains in my chest and back area. These pains start at the same time each night, around 10.00pm and last intermittently for about 5 minutes.                                       When I got my first checkup with the Cardiologist, I mentioned to the technician about getting this pain, he was able to emulate the paiin v...

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My first PM device check. What questions should I ask?

So I got my PM on December 1.   From my point of view all is going well with the healing and lots more energy.    It seems my doctors' advice for the last two years to have this done were right. 

I am going in for my first device check in a week.   I am not worried but have no idea what questions I should be asking.   With all the experience and excellent prior advice from this group I thought I might get a step ahead of the gam...

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Would like info

Hi Pacers

I thought  that I had posted a similar message before but.... Can't find it so here goes again.

my PM was fitted during an emergency op for an unrelated problem.....during the last week of August 2017.....apparently my heart developed a very unusual rhythm and the P M was fitted prior to major surgery. When I woke up after the op I found a small publication explaining PMs at my bedside but there was no meeting or verbal explanations. I am feeling great and...

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