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SSS and brady - tachy

I am at the stage of taking a 30 day event monitor from EP  for possible pacemaker. Have a right bundle branch block and I think I am brady - tachy,  Interested in different pacemaker choices for SSS and any experiences anyone has on a pacemaker for brady tachy.

 

Curiousd

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QOL Decision re pacemaker

This is my first post so I will paste my bio here.

66 year old active woman, but not an 'athlete' per se. I have always had a very low 'normal for me' resting heart rate ~37. It is rare but normal. In recent years congenital issues with my aorta and functionally bicuspid valve (pure aortic regurgitation in mild to moderate range) have stressed my heart. Was put on a low dose beta blocker in hopes of helping my medial tissue of the aorta (not for BP). Developed aFib. I fe...

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Does anyone wake up when paced overnight?

I am 2.5 weeks post pacemaker implementation now back to work taking things slowly. I am waking up during the night a few times and "think" I do feel my heart going slightly faster. I am also going through menopause. So wondered if anyone feels the pm kicking in overnight ?  Thanks to everyone on this site. Since joining this has provided me with lots of info and a great deal of reassurance. 

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Could it be ???

I have been on here plenty complaining that my heart rate doesn’t get high enough to deliver and meet my body’s demand in the gym.

Sunday will be two months since implant. 

Rate was maxing out around 130. I was interrogated - to check in my arterial status I had an echocardiogram and nuke stress test - even had my corartid scanned .  All were great . 

My PM is set 60-170.

tonight I tracked my rate for 3 hours while I played racquetball. ...

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Dizziness

Had my PM since 2013.  Am having vicious dizzy spells.  Rare, but terrifying.  Feels like the first time I had bradycardia which brought about the implanting of the PM.

.  PM is set at 60.  Does anyone think having it set higher would be helpful?   I have to travel 200 miles each way (snow and wind in the winter) to see my EP, so don't wish to make the trip if not necessary.  I had an interrogation 2 months ago and have regular (quarter...

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Settings

Hi everyone,

Could someone answer a question for me please! Having a tough time adjusting to the pacemaker!

Had settings changed from 60 to 70 due to very low bp! At 70 bp raised and felt very wired and couldn't excercise with lightheaded feeling! Felt the pacing in throat and had nausea with it, set at 65 now blood pressure stabilised somewhat still getting spikes! 

Could someone explain the pacing in throat with nausea, is there a setting I could request turned on...

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High BP after PM Check

When I go to the EP for a PM check they do the interrogation and then while my heart is pounding away the nurse checks my BP which is always high while good otherwise.  Could the wand cause raised BP?

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Pacemaker firefighters?

Hello, 1st post.. I'm currently in hospital awaiting the fitting of a pacemaker hopefully before the weekend.

I had my loop recorder downloaded following a nocturnal faint and it showed a slowing rhythm with a 15second pause.

I'm an on the run firefighter and would like to hear from any others out there who can share positive experiences of getting back to normal?

I'm 41, fit enough and still in a bit of shock!

Ta,

Dan.

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Possible transplant requirements

Had a strange appointment with my cardioligist. She was talking about pissible treatments if my symptoms get worse. She ssid i was likely not to find a match for a transplant since i was "so big". I am only 6'1" and 210 pounds. Never heard of this. 

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Wireless Headphones

Hi all, 

I am looking to get some airpods for Christmas but they have a magnet in them, are they ok to use? They will be more than 6 inches away from my pacemaker but could they interfere?

Cheers

Callum

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New one in me

I am about to do a nuclear ☢️ treadmill stress test - they just told me they will chemically dialate my arteries because walking or running on a treadmill with a pace maker would produce inaccurate readings ??????

 

 

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Missed this forum

It has been several years since I visited this site. This group got me through my pacemaker problems and helped me stay informed and in the know of what to ask and when to panic. I became at ease with my bionics and life took over again and I drifted away from this site.  I have sent several folks to this site and I always knew they were there if I needed them.  Got my pm in 2001.  Doc told me next year I will need a new battery.  Not looking forward to that, but I pace 10...

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Supermarket and Tachycardia

Has anyone gone into a store, and had a heart rate spike?  For the past couple of weeks, every time i walk into a supermarket my heart rate spikes.It goes from a normal of 75-80 to between 105-110.  I have a "kardia" device that performs an ECG.  I normally shop at my local Vons in the San Diego area.  After this started, I went to several other supermarkets not owned by Vons/Safeway, and the same thing happened.

I have a Medtronic adapta. Implanted in 2009...

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Settings Posted

I figured out how to post a photo in members only section .

i posted a screen shot of my settings - I’m interested in input if anyone is willing to check it out . 

I’m not 100% sure what I’m looking at

im doing fine just feel like my rate isn’t getting up high enough during exercise - maybe it’s some other issue the pacer can’t assist with ? 

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Has anyone ...

Heard of a guy named Ivor Cummins ? He has done lots of research abiut heart disease and insulin resistance.  His theories involve the idea that if you have heart disease you are an undiagnosed diabetic. He goes on to say LDL isn't the problem only a symptom of insulin resistance .

look the guy up on you tube and see what you think.

my total Chlosterol is 87, LDL is 50, and HDL 36.... triglycerides 50.

i have taken a statin for 13 years religiously. 
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How can I share a photo on this site ?

I took a photo of my settings .... on can I share that ?

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Digoxin

I had my first ICD implanted in January 2019 and go see my cardiologist next week for an 11 month echo. I'm 56, WAS in great health and very physically active. A little over three years ago some random virus decided to settle in my heart and that in combination with some damage to my heart muscle from chemo 46 years ago put me into heart failure. 

 

I was initially put on Digoxin and Bisoprolol and that brought my EF up from 35% to 40%. I went off of D...

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Pacemaker with Watchman?

Surely some of you all have ahd a Watchman implanted after a PM implant. Are you off blood thinners? Physical reactions?? Thank you for your replies.

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Uneventful - feeling disappointed

Had my long awaited interrogation today. Medtronic Tech tested the device and said it’s working perfectly .

i have 2 lead device and an AV block - she said 2:1 so I am told ?????? 

paced 100% . Set at 60 and 170.

i came with hopes there is some magic setting that would help my heart rate go higher when I am active.

right now in the most intense activity my rate is like 115 -120 max and I feel washed out . 

I brought all that up - has som...

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Battery powered chain saw

I do a lot of yard work.  And, I use many battery pack powered tools including a chain saw on a stick.  All of these tool when in use are more than 6” from pace maker site.  Would like some of your experiences or advice  on continued use of these tools.   I am a new pacemaker recipient. 

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You know you're wired when...

You have a $50,000 chest.

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