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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."

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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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intrinsic atrial amplitude out of range

I had a telephone interrogation of my boston scientific bi-ventricular pacemaker back in august ( finally got the results on Saturday).  I am one of those people who always examines their interrogation reports and compares them to previous reports and keep an eye on things because previous doctors have missed things until they become an emergency. I moved last spring and am seeing a new doctor at Vanderbilt that I like because he is world famous and specializes in what I will need in the...

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Help with understanding .....

Have been on Flecainide for a little over 2 months for some kind of AT, My exercise tollerance is now much worse than when I was on beta blockers.

Had yet another treadmill test and just when I started to feel symptomatic they stoped me.. Whilst I totally understand that they have protocols to follow I felt as if they were treating me as a new patient. Tried to explain that it was these very symptoms we were trying to find a reason for.

Was quite emtional back at work and when I g...

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high atrial rate event

hello for those who don't know me I have had my dual chamber pacemaker since 2008 I had my second battery put in about two years ago for bradycardia and complete heart block, recently I have been experiencing this strange sensation almost like a balloon filling up inside of my chest and pressure went to the e.r  my pulse was 135 so they did the standard d-dime blood test and basically sent me home so I followed up with my cardiologist and he did pacer interogation but that's all...

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Ventricular paced from 11% to 100%

I had a check up today, 5 months out on a dual lead ICD for 2:1 block. I felt great the first day and was paced 67% while having the block,  then didn't have the block and went to 4%. Don't know why the block went away. not feeling much better since the first few days. Dr. changed settings today to pace ventrical 100%. Said some pts. with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, respond better to v- pacing. anyone hear of this?

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cost of pacer check

Hi, I am a foreign citizen who is scheduled to move to NJ for my husbnd's work for two years. I think there is no insurance for non-US cirizen which can cover pre-existing condition. So I have to pay total bill for pacer checkup in the US and would like to have an idea about how much it would be. I think it is different is the state and hospitals and would like to know just a general idea.

My doctor at home sugggest I should come back to our country for checkup for every 3 mont...

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Bit Nervous About Upcoming Nuclear Stress Test

Hi all. I'm a 40 yo female, a little more than 2 weeks out from having my pacemaker implanted. Physically I'm doing well; mentally it's taking a bit of adjusting. I'm nervous about everything. 

After Thanksgiving I'm scheduled to have a nuclear stress test. I'm worried about my heart being manipulated into beating faster, and I'm worried about having to lie so still for the pictures of my heart to be taken. Plus I don't do well with being inside/unde...

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Questions for son's first annual check up

Good morning everybody.

I have been actively following these forums since my son (12yr) had his pacemaker placement October 2016 for a high grade 2nd degree heart block and low hr. The bradycardia could possibly be aggrivated by his medicine, but he needs the medicine to live a functional life (for aspergers/ADHD). He now has his first annual checkup tomorrow. At the last checkup (6 months), he was pacing between 45-50% of the time. He had some adjustments then because his pacemaker was...

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A lag during interrogation

Every time I go to my cardiologist he interrogates my PM. Always during this process for a couple of seconds I feel AWFUL like I'm going to pass clean out. He is a FANTASTIC doc but all business so his attitude is generally---you'll survive for a couple of seconds; buck up.

I went last month and this happened and it lasted longer and I REALLY thought I'm either passing out of dying...not sure which. It seemed to last for a very long time but in reality it was probably just a...

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