upcoming 6 month interrogation

When I had my 3 month interrogation I wasn't given much information other than my battery has 15 years left on it and I had no problems recorded/detected. I asked for a copy of everything they were doing but they said it was against the law to give me that information. I got the impression the tech felt superior to me, which is the same way I was treated by my doctor. When I made my next appointment which would be for 6 months, the tech told me at my next visit they would be "powering down my device". I asked what that was and they said they'd explain it at the appointment. Does anyone have a clue as to what powering down is?


Ditch that Tech

by MartyP - 2020-01-06 09:58:19

Sounds like your Tech is a self serving idiot.

Nonsense about not giving you a complete print out of the PM including the settings and all the graphs that go with it.

As for "powering down" they do this to check all the settings and it's normal. It's a way to check to find out if your heart beats on it's own and the BPM without the aid of the PM.  It's not dangerous, may feel a little funny, it's only for perhaps 10 seconds and then it's reset to normal.

But if it were me, I'd tell the DOCTOR that the tech is a jerk and use another one.  BTW I had to do that once myself.

Good luck



by Skeet - 2020-01-06 10:51:35

Hi Dottie, I have had my PM for over 12 years and almost always get a copy of all changes to my PM, and if you don't have a previous readout your tech can give that to you at the beginning of session. It is not against the law. 



by Julros - 2020-01-06 12:09:23

My provider has an online portal that has all my reports available, and at my last check, she gave me a copy of all of my atrial fibrillation events. Yeah, I would ask for a different tech. 

As for powering down, yes, at each check they will slow the pacer down momentarilly to see what your underlying rhythm is so your pacer isn't competing with your intrinsic rate. And they check how much power is needed and turn it down to save battery life. 

Best wishes. 

State law

by AgentX86 - 2020-01-06 12:20:19

Balderdash! By federal law patients have a right to all of their medical records. I believe there is an exception for images (xrays, and such), but any reports are yours for the asking. Images must be available to other medical professionals,  with your consent of course.

Against the law

by Theknotguy - 2020-01-06 16:38:41

It's against the law for them to withhold your information from you.  Have your lawyer give the office a call and see how fast they come around to your way of thinking.  

thank you

by Dottie - 2020-01-07 10:44:41

I am going to search for a different medical clinic as the one I go to is rather small and only has 1 tech doing device checks.

May I suggest ...

by Gotrhythm - 2020-01-07 13:46:49

Put your request in writing and mail it to head of the clinic. Say that you are writing because you asked the tech and were refused.

I suggest this for three reasons:

1. You could get an apology and complete cooperation and find that it isn't neccessary to go through the hassle of leaving this practice.

2. You might be preventing someone else (who doesn't know about Pacemaker Club) from getting the same treatment.

3. If you do, in fact, leave the practice, they will know why. 

It's a shame there is no "like" button

by LondonAndy - 2020-01-07 14:38:43

Because I completely agree with Gotrhythm, Theknotguy and everyone else!

You know you're wired when...

You trust technology more than your heart.

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