Pacemaker report.

I have been doing remote checkups every 6 months for ten years. I was recently having sob and was determined to have mild heart failure. I was told to send in report every 3 months.

 That brings me to my question. Can pacemaker detect if heart failure is getting worse.


4 Comments

Yes a pacemaker can provide important information

by Gemita - 2022-07-20 15:57:56

Tachy, you ask whether a pacemaker can detect if heart failure is getting worse.  I believe it can in that any stored intracardiac electrograms (EGMs) (like in clinic surface ECGs) can provide your doctors with a lot of important information about your heart and by sending in regular transmissions, they can see how your heart condition is changing over time, responding to any new medication, or to any new pacemaker settings.

Any stored EGMs will assess heart rate and rhythm and can help detect heart disease, heart attack, enlarged heart or abnormal heart rhythms (like VT) that may be a cause for your heart failure, so yes a lot can be seen on your stored EGMs.  If something worrying is seen, they may ask you to attend clinic for a surface ECG to confirm the diagnosis. 

Pacemaker report.

by tachy - 2022-07-20 16:39:39

Gemita. Thank you very much for info.

Heart failure

by AgentX86 - 2022-07-20 21:57:05

My PM can measure the fluid in the chest/lungs which, if found, would point to advanced HF. Fluid would incidate that the heart isn't pumping efficiently enough to keep the lungs clear.

Pacemaker report.

by tachy - 2022-07-21 15:23:43

Thanks Agent. I will try to find out if my pacemaker can measure fluid in lungs.

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