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pacemaker percenttage

hi my heart surrgeon informs me my pacemaker percentage

 has dropped from 95 to 69 hence my shortness of breath again had it fitted 3 years ago and i has been great  what can I do to improve this? he has upped digoxin to 125mg can anyone help plz?

 

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QTc Relationship to VT's and PM

Hello friends. Am a dual-chamber PM pt. seeking any feedback as I’m having trouble waiting on answers back from cardio’s office.  Am also going to corner my internist today at my annual physical, for sure.  So here’s the deal.  Have experienced increasing presyncopes, a -NS of syncopes, and what I call “pre-presyncopes” which is an odd feeling that sometimes precedes an “event”.  BP has been all over the place, including dancing cr...

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Shooting pain

Hi,
Posted this in coping but think it probably belongs here instead. I'll try and delete in other section.


Hoping someone someone can shed some light on what I might be experiencing. Looked around but haven't seen a similar issue.

Background: 45 year old male, consider my self quite healthy and very physically active. I got my pacemaker implanted on july 16. It went really smoothly with absolutely no pain around the incision or the left shoulder area.

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Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity

Just got my 1st PM (a Medtronic Azure XT DR MRI SureScan to prevent sudden cardiac arrest from Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity.

This is a relatively rare condition most affecting aging males that is beginning to get more attention as the Boomers age. But there are lots of unanswered questions. 

Anyone out there with the condition and experience who would like to chat? I have some info and some questions.  Using the search tool for the subject, I found only two souls...

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Ejection Fraction

I have a Cardiologist that wants to do a cardiac catheterization and is talking about I probably need a stent put in because I didn't pass my chemical stress test.  I have let him know before that I am highly allergic to the radioactive dye, and I almost pass out.  But he won't tell me what my ejection fraction is with my echocardiogram.  He said they don't go by that.  He won't even do a CT Scan to see if there is a blockage first.  Are there oth...

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I just wanted to know your experience with these activities until I get clearance from my doc

Hi everyone! I'm approaching two years with my medtronic and I just wanted to know if you've had any trouble with the following and if you'd advise against it:

-Push-ups

-Rowing maching

-Paddling out/surfing

I have my 6 month check up approaching soon but I just wanted to see what your experiences were until I see my doc. I'm just worried about repetitive movements and anything involving my chest muscles. My PM is underneath my left chest muscle. Thank...

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Ejection fraction

Since I had my pacemaker implant and av node ablation earlier this year, my ejection fraction has dropped from 51% to 41%.  Has anyone else had this happen?

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Post op. Raising arm.

I am recovering from having an ICD fitted a couple of days ago. I have been strict and disappointed with doctors orders however I recently woke from an afternoon nap and stretched out lifting my arm higher than it’s supposed to go. 

I’m a bit paranoid about this as I know lifting your arm increases the chances of dislodging the leads. Perhaps I’m overeacting but as I can get hold of the nurse I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge on how sensitive t...

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Syncope

 I've had my pm since March 2018 and adjustments and checks had gone well until my latest routine check-up.

The technician said she was slowing the pm down, I felt nothing. Then she said she's speeding it up. I said, that's horrible and that's all I remember. I had passed out! I came round with her arm round me shouting my name.

The technician brought a doctor in who then consulted the duty cardiologist. They said my aortic stenosis could have got worse.

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Sharp, Fast Pain

Today is 1 week post crt-d implant. Healing has been steady and on track. 

Today I had a really fast sharp pain that felt like it originated in the center of my chest and shot across my right upper chest and then it was gone. It lasted all of 1-2 seconds. No other symptoms noted.

I'm thinking maybe it was a muscle spasm or part of the healing process. But my mind goes into overdrive and I start to panic and think the worst...Does this sound like anything serious???

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EP Study – Update.

Good evening all,

For those who are new please follow the link to get the background info.

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/35074.

Right had the dread the EP study carried out few days back and almost made full recovery. Yep it took over three months to make it happened, we love our NHS, lol.

The study was not dissimilar to described by Czechmate, yes my heart was tested to limits, it went off to the races...

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Testing Anomaly

On my recent in-office pacer testing, my tech adjusted my settings because my heart was beating on it's own when she turned off pacer.  She was very confused about this and looked up my previous 2 visit test results where I was not pacing on my own independantly. (Complete heart block).  She said she had never seen this before.  Is it possible to get better?  Could diet have something to do with this? (Recently went Carnivore Diet) Also have been taking Electrolyt...

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Daily sensations from my Pacemaker

At the age of 69, I had a Biotronik dual chamber Pacemaker implanted about 10 months ago. Every night at around 11.00pm, I feel a sensation in the region of my Pacemaker which lasts for about 5 seconds. The Pacing technician at my hospital advised that this is most likely to be the pre-programmed impedence testing by the Pacemaker. He said not all Pacemaker receipients feel the daily test. 

Has anyone else experieced this sensation and if so can they share their understan...

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A BIT TMI

So had my pacemaker put in 2019 of end of March had to go back and change setting a few times even did tredmail test wich was the last time it chcanged ok so long story short when I have sex or self pleasure my hart rate switches to really fast like 106 when I was like at 70/80 if I keep going I feel strange and as it starts racing it has skips but still racing fast  it’s not only sex but working out this can happen to idk if this is rate response that needs to still be adjusted or...

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is it fair?

I love my Cardiology team. Actually interviewed them for the position 12.5 years ago and been with them ever since. Their philosophy and approach matched my goals, ie quality over quantity. Never regretted the decision but recently I've begin to wonder if my best interests are still number one.

During a recent visit, I discovered the office had a pool going on when I would finally give up. Here's the kicker that really concerns me...they won't let me get into the pool. They...

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PVC’s /Palpitations.?

I have been scheduled for CRT-P on August 22nd.  I have mentioned in previous post that I was concerned about palpitations and questioned whether I should have the CRT-D instead.   I did see on screen during ECG the rapid increase in HR while feeling palpitations.  Unfortunately, there was no one in room to capture it, I had not learned that part of job yet.  I did get the doctor in ER to order me a Holter, and increase my Beta Blocker prescription which GP had not fo...

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Lower rate change now breathless

Hi Everyone 

Posting for my Husband, he had his pacemaker implanted in January 2019 due to complete heart block. He also had an Ablation for Afib in March 2019. Since the Ablation he has been in the main inNSR (he does get a lot of extra beats) with a few episodes of AFIB. John has suffered with mild breathlessness in recent years but since the Ablation it increased. The lower rate change from 50 to 70 seems to have made it much worse. Any thoughts would be greatly apprec...

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dislodged atrial lead

I had CRT D device procedure on 1 July 2019 for LBBB and heart failure following viral myocarditis couple of years ago.

i had my first follow up appointment today and i was informed the atrial lead ia dislodged and migrated to the Rt ventricle. The device was switched off and a provisional date of 7th August was booked for lead replacment.

i am really worried and need to know what the outcome could be. 

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How long Accelerometer active while cycling?

Greetings Fellow Pacers,

I am intetested in learning more about: length of time sustained, and heart rate achieved when activating the accelerometer while cycling.  The accelerometer seems to really work when manually tapped in advance of a cycling effort such a climbing a steep hill.  Does the accelerometer cause the HR to reach the upper limit (140bpm in my case) but how long will it last until reverting back to the base rate (60bpm) while climbing longer and steeper hills?&...

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Need reassurance

Hi, I am 42 F and am due to have a pacemaker fitted in 3 weeks. I’ve always had a low HR, currently resting rate is 42-44 with dips to 35. Top end Hr can go above 200 when exercising. When it drops below 40 I sometimes feel dizzy, not always. I’ve fainted maybe 4 times in my life, usually when I am ill.

My Cardiologist thinks I need a pacemaker, but is a little concerned about my age. I am not convinced. I’ve never known any different so I can only see t...

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