Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Auto mode

Hi could anyone explain the auto mode on a DDD bi ventricle pacemaker in basic terms.  I have had mine turned on and off.  It is much better when it is off but I do not fully understand what the mode does.

Thanks 

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Heart pounding symptoms

I am 79 almost 80 and I had a St jude pacemaker fitted 3 weeks ago today for blocking, It was set up within a couple of hours after surgery by a technician accompanied a trainee and there seemed to be some difficulties in getting it right but after spending some time they went away saying that seemed to be alright but I had the impreession that they were not fullly satisfied with the results they had obtained. Any way I had to contact the hospital again within 2  o r3 days as m...

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Exercise..... I cant walk across the room.........

I read these exercise posting with a bit of envy. I had my pacemaker defribrilator implanted over a year ago, and I cant walk across a room without feeling a lack of oxygen to my brain, and an auto response of gasping for air. I use to be like the energizer bunny before my implant but the A-fib I experienced almost killed me. The ablation fixed the A-fib, and the implant landed me on the couch.

Upon reading other postings I have come to realize: My Dr. set my rate at 61 BPM, and didnt t...

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Heart rate

I've had my pacemaker for two years now and have generally felt really good.  Last week I saw my cardiologist and he interrogated the pacemaker and said everything was fine.

I mentioned to him that I was going to Machu Picchu around October or November.  And we talked for a whilel and he said he wanted to tweak my settings just a tiny bit.  He said I wouldn't even notice the difference.  So he had the Medtronic lady come in and change the settings a...

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High Blood Pressure? read about PM Programmable Hypertension Control (PHC) therapy

Hello all!

My first day in the Club. Looking for information about Blood Pressure controlled by PM, found this study, from Dec 2017.

http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/6/12/e006974

Many patients requiring a pacemaker have persistent hypertension with systolic blood pressures above recommended levels. We evaluated a pacemaker‐based Programmable Hypertension Control (PHC) therapy a sequence of variably timed shorter and longer atrioventricular intervals.

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12 month pacemaker check

This week I had my first 12 month pacemaker check. Everything was fine according to the assistent and she informed me that the pacemaker activity in my upper chamber was 22 percent and nil percent in my lower chamber.

Is that good?

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First Scheduled Check-up.

My big day was today. Eight weeks scheduled pacemaker clinic appointment. It was great to hear my unit is working as it should. It's doing 92.5% and should go another nine and a half years before renewal, along time to wait for my paper weight!  My next routine appointment will be in six months time.

I had been to clinic weeks ago as something was not right. At that time it was reset from 60bpm only to 60 to 130bpm range.  That was fine but I always felt a little unco...

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Rate Response Turned Off Today

My EP had Rate Response turned off today.  Pacer implanted Nov of 2017.  Right side implant due to mastectomy.  Initially my heart rate spiked whenever I used my right arm.  I could do weights with left arm and no increase.  Right side would spike.  EP tweaked it and it improved some.  Could use arm, but repetitive motion caused it to spike.

Today he suggested turning the rate Response off, so we did.  I’m set at 70 bpm and it showed 68% atr...

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Home monitor and cell phones

Hey, folks. I have a Medtronic home monitor for my nice new PM. Very handy; it downloads nightly. The manual says not to use it within 6 feet of a cell phone. The tech said she'd never heard of that, but hello? there it is in the instructions. My monitor is on the night table right next to my bed; the next closest place is on the edge of the 10 feet of distance they don't want you to exceed. Too many words here: bottom line is my cell phone is my only phone, and I&...

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Chronic irregular hr

I wish I could post a pic, its been a while .I have vaso vagle. With low hr, hence pm, 4 years ago, I have not been the same since implant, I swear its the settings. Hr set at 55 which is good for me. But my hr is all over the place all day since inplant. 60, 115,98,114, 55, ect. This is just walking around house doing normal things .Went to my ep where he said your only using it at night lets just take it out ## and put you on cardizam, well really.  I have a dule lead .because ????? Ca...

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Medtronic Home Monitor

I had my replacement implanted last Friday. I received a call from my Dr’s office telling me my new pacemaker has the ability to use a home monitor for my quarterly interrogations rather than going to my cardiologist office. 

That makes me happy !!  Does anyone else use a Medtronic Home monitor? What’s your opinion? 

 

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New to CRT / Results drastically different

Hello! I had a CRT-D implanted in December. It is my first one. They decided to do the surgery in November and scheduled it for January, but, I got them to do it right before Christmas when a slot opened up, because I maxed my out of pocket (so I didn't have to pay woooohooo). 

In January my Interrogation report read Right <1% paced. Left 100% paced. In March it read Right 32% paced and Left 100% paced. Now, just today it reads Right 76% paced and Left 100% paced.

This...

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All a flutter

I had a pacemaker inserted April 2017.  All seemed to be fine.  Now one year later I am taking little episodes of heart flutters, like my heart is over beating.  I have had it checked by the technicians and they have reduced it to 40 - they said that my normal resting heart rate is probably quite low and that the pacemaker is working too much.  I had this adjustment done about two weeks ago but unfortunately I am still getting the same feelings.....it's a little b...

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My settings

Thanks for the reply, regarding the position, i have been told this by other people ( Heart Physiologists ) who do the tests.

The strange part ( and i cant really go into that ) i never had the symptoms in the first place, 

Regards

 

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Pacing Checks

I can recall going for a pacemaker check years ago, and there was one person doing the test.

for a little while now i see there are two senior heart physiologists doing the test, and aparently it wont be the same two on next visit,  so how long has this been in place Any ideas ?

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Settings

Can anyone answer this, 

My device is Identity ADx DR 5386.

I have two leads originally set to ,mode, DDD, now its set to one lead ( Ventrical ) mode, VVI.

99% sense, <1% VP.

I have heard that the value < is less than symbol,  and the whole number if it can be defined as a number = 000.01  basically nothing, 

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Pacemaker adjustment and impact on blood pressure

My husband had a Biotronik biventricular pacemaker implanted in November 2017. He is 58 and had no previous health or heart issues before having 4 epsiodes of blacking out last Sept - October timeframe, one with a heart monitor where it showed his heart stopped for 12 seconds.  The diagnosis was left bundle branch block, requiring a biventricular pacemaker and he has also had 2 stents put in given blockages found in the circumflex and LAD arteries,post pacemaker surgery. ...

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DDDR vs DDIR Biotronic Eluna 8 -afib

Last Monday I had a pacemaker check up and they saw that I am in afib again as from the beginning of March. A hybrid ablation for afib is what caused me to be in need of the pacemaker in the first place. 

Because the Biotronic was often tracking my afib by pacing in the ventricles for some time before doing a mode switch they decided to go from DDDR to DDIR. 

I feel a little better now, the ‘pounding heart’ in rest has not occured so far and I still seem...

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Heart pausing

Hi.. I recently posted that my heart was pausing again. Had an dual pacemaker fitted 2015 for 2bd degree heart block  I have the medtronic advisa. I started to feel my heart pausing and was able to capture this via my alivecor .. Sent the result of to my cardiologist and he then called me into the pacer clinic  Have been told today that heart is pausing for 3 secs.. They have adjusted the setting so my heart doesn't drop below 60 as it was dropping to 45 bpm . They also said tha...

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Need for rate response

Is there a electrophysiologist cardiologist out there who can explain to me why my heart decided to not pick up as it used to and therefore the rate response had to be turned on?  Had the dual lead PM implanted in Feb. 2017, and this was done a few months ago.  I asked what this meant and was told, "it means it is a good thing you have a pacemaker." All that has done is create anxiety on my part that is causing me to seek some counseling on accepting the situation.  B...

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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.