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Delay during exercise

I seem to have a continuing issue with PM not increasing heartrate during exercise without a delay.  I walk a steep hill which would have caused HR to be 110, and my pulse is now 78 and I am out of breath.  It catches up in 3-5 minutes.  It is very annoying.  I am an avid hiker and I hate pausing for PM to "catch up"  Is there a fix for this?  Anyone else have this issue?

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Currently in hospital - Sudden case of Slow VT ?

Hi all i have had a PaceMaker for 20+ years and was recently diagnoised with ARVC (acute right ventrical cardiomyopathy) - As fellow PM's know, i felt that my heart was not acting normally as i felt that it was racing for small bursts. i contaced the device care team after a transmission and asked them if they noticed anything during those specific times . they confirmed they did notice a fast HR but nothing being reported as abnormal by the PM.

Long story short i went to my El...

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Tricuspid leakage due to pacemaker wire.

My husband has tricuspid leakage due to pacing wire. Has anyon else had this, and am interested as to what there electophysiologist had to say about valve replacement.

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Elevated RV capture

I was in the hospital for heart failure. I have a duel chamber pacemaker that was adjusted by the rep while I was in the hospital. Elevated RV capture changed to unipolar capture threshold of 1.8v@0.5 ms, Anyone know what that means?

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Vaccine for Covid

After my initial Covid vaccine and then second shot, I had to have a pacemaker implanted!  I was 76 and very healthy.  Fainted and had implant.  Another friend, same age, had the same experience.  Several people began having atrial fibrillation following the vaccine.  I have read of the vaccine affecting the heart muscle but no doctors take it seriously.  I am concerned about the booster and wondering if the vaccine could cause my heart weakness??  

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Ventricular lead pulsing

Hi, I had a dual chanber PPM fitted November 2019. For the past 10 days or so I have very regular strong pulsating from the bottom lead. I was having this 1% of the time when I had check ups in January/February.....now it is more like 40% of the time. Does anyone think this is clinically significant? I have been having some SVT's...thank you for your thoughts.

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At home transmission

I have had my pacemaker for 3 years and it  in the his bundle.

Saturday I sent over a transmission. I know this probably sounds weird. But when I did the transmission, it almost felt like my pacemaker was getting hot. It took a while as where I live doesn't have good cell reception. 

After that I felt what I thought was pvcs. Did a 1 lead ecg and no pvcs. in fact almost all my ecgs I take come up as bad recordings. I've been doing these ecgs for a long while and...

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Pacemaker migrated...alot

Good morning. I had my pacemaker placed on May 11. Since then I have had numerous issues with the settings that are still not resolved (I am one of the lucky ones who feels this thing working/not working properly), but now have a new issue. My PM has moved considerably. It has gone from under my clavicle about 4 inches lower into my breast. I was feeling breast discomfort and went in for my annual mammo and there it was, right in the middle of my boob. 

I have gotten push back abou...

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Recovery HR not going down fast enough

Hello everyone...

I just got a dual lead Medtronic Azure XT DR MRI SureScan implanted (they removed the older single lead PM so that I can have synchronicity between upper and lower chambers.) I have a working SA node but am suffering from a complete heart block because my AV node isn't working right. My PM has been configured so that the SA node drives the AV node. 

I went for a 2 mile run for the first time yesterday. The run felt normal but I realized after the ru...

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ICD vs. Pacemaker

On my second ICD as the battery was about to expire.. Have noticed a few posts here where considering changing out Pacemaker for an ICD. I have to wonder why not get an ICD to start with.....since they also have pacing feature? Both treat similar arrhythmia issues which got us here to start with. Seems this would be preferred as you might be better protected and save the need to switch. Sure there must be a good reason and I would be curious to know..

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Ventricular. Tachycardia/ ICD restrictions

Last Saturday I hand washed my car, eat a pizza, took a hot shower and I went to a birthday party. Before leaving for the birthday party I took Flecainide and my blood thinner. While driving I noticed on my Fitbit my heart rate was evaluated to 169bpm. I didn't become concern do to I'm in Afib and my cardiologist assistant stated my Fitbit would not get a good reading because of the Afib. The following Monday morning I received a call from my doctor office stating they recei...

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Possible future pacemakers and internally produced indefinite energy from a mechanical harvester.

Get a load of the article I've linked to below.

I know I initially questioned why my pacemaker doesn't have a rechargeable battery, and of course the answer comes back with references to medical advancements, and hoped for or assumed better reasons for the reimplantation than the new battery alone. That's a valid point, but in the case of a given PM being fully functional, serving all my technical needs, as well as allowing me to pursue the preferred...

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ERI - No Surgeries Because of Covid

Hi Everyone - I am a 72 year old woman who has had a Medtronic Pacemaker for 12 and 1/2 years (for Bradychardia - sick sinus syndrome.) I went into ERI on August 5 and feel just horrible. Extreme fatigue, constant fluttering heartbeat, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure. Problem is: I live in a small town in Southern Oregon and all of our hospitals have shut down surgeries because they are short- staffed, and have no room - over-flowing with Covid patients....

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Post implant pain

Did anyone else have pain 3 weeks after PM implant?  I continue to feel pain along one side of the device and any type of clothing that even touches the area is very irritating.  I also feel like the device has slightly moved.  Am I imagining this or is it possible?  Seems like it shouldn't be painful this long after.

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Echocardiogram

Have a dual chamber pacemaker since 2018 for AV block. Recently had an echo. Found slight thickening of aortic valve and ejection fraction in low 50's. Has anyone had an echo with similar results? Thanks!

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Pacer Recording

Question?  I have a Medtronic MRI safe pacer. If it is set to record HR below 50 or above 120....will it record if I am in afib with rates running between 60 -90. Every time I see cardiologist my episodes are less then what I have recorded on my Kardia  monitor. Any advice or feedback appreciated. 

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Hybrid Cars

We are considering purchasing a new mild hybrid car. Meaning it switches between petrol and electric. Never occurred to me to ask salesman about the electric part interacting with pacemaker devices tbh. Not that he would probably know tbh. So thought it more beneficial to ask here. So is it safer to just stick to petrol only please? 

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Theraputic Physiotherapy

Is theraputic ultrasound treatment safe for pacemaker devices please?.

I have a sore knee and will be going for private physio and this treatment will probably be beneficial but not sure if it's safe.

Thank you

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Good, I guess

The problem with feeling pretty good most of the time? When I have noticeable a-fib symptoms, I have forgotten what they feel like! Laid down for a nap & when I got up I felt my heart racing, was slightly short of breath, felt sort of shaky...Started to get uneasy & then I realized that I used to feel this way a lot more often! 

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34 and terrified

Hi all, been following this forum for the past couple days. And I'm fairly certain I will be asked to join the club soon.

I have had minor chest pains all my life (EDIT: mainly to mental stress, this was my initial complaint to get me to see a cardio), exercise almost daily without incident, have never fainted. I also struggle with severe anxiety and depression symptoms and am in the care of a licensed therapist. My habit is to go between stages of "extreme worry" and...

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