HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE YOURS CHECKED
Do you mean having it interrogated atby the device clinic?
A lot of this depends on your underlying condition. Some have their remote box download the PM information every day. Some don't have automatic connections at all and have to initiate a download (I'm on this end).
The first year I went into the device clinic every three months, though I could go anytime I had a problem or wanted the settings tweaked. After that they wanted me to go in twice a year and use the remote monitor twice a year (alternating every three months, of course). Since, I've pretty much forgotten the remote box and only go in twice a year. I'm sure they'll get tight jawed about that when I get closer to the expiration date.
OTOH, I really do have to go in twice a year, unless the morons in the state legislature get rid of DST. My pacemaker is set up with a nighttime option that reduces the rate from 80bpm to 50bom, optimally (for me) between 12:00AM and 6:00AM.
I upload my carelink weekly on a patient/office day for my EP. If I miss a day, he downloads it (I get a text when it's downloaded).
We are all different. I see him monthly, but I had been seeing him every 2 weeks. I can make an appt any time I feel as though I need to see my EP. I am also able to text my EP or the medical assistant and they respond quickly, with him often texting me at night. The EP knows I don't text him unless there is a real concern/problem.
All of our settings are customized individually. My rate is set at 70 bpm. You can't compare your medical needs to others, but this is a great site to educate yourself and find out what questions to ask at your appts.
You know you're wired when...
You run like the bionic woman.
I have had my pacer since 2005. At first it ruled my life. It took some time to calm down and make the mental adjustment. I had trouble sleeping and I worried a lot about pulling wires. Now I just live my life as I wish.