Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Settings still need tweaking?

Hi there good people, I am new to the group. I had a dual lead PM fitted last October for Tachy/ Brady syndrome, having had cardioversion in March for AF, and so far have had two appts when the the settings were adjusted to make exercise easier. Both times I have found the benefits seem to last 2/3 weeks then I notice exercise ( walking) becomes more challenging again, eg increased shortness of breath, aching legs, getting sweaty. I am wondering if this is normal, I am due a routine PM c...

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New Pacemaker

Hi

Once again im new to the club and forum and im wondering if anyone can offer me some insight about this.

I had my pacemaker installed last week and have been monitoring my heart using a fitbit and checking my Blood pressure regularly.  My HR never goes below 60bpm and when im relaxing I feel pretty good.  But im experiencing what feels like palpitations or pounding heart once I start to walk or exert myself a little like go up a flight of stairs.. I also. get a littke...

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Pacemaker life expectancy

Hi i had my annual check and was told that my bottom wire is 100% dependant and my 2nd wire is up to 42% . and instead of a 12 month review it was changed to a 6 month one. Do i need to be worried ? im a 57 yr old who had a valve replaced in 2017 and a pm fitted just before the op. I'm not one for asking questions (but that will change now) what sort of life expectancy am i looking at ...any info or advice would be much appreciated 

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Rate response.

I'm two months post implant on a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T for SSS from taking metoprolol for AFib with resulting bradycardia. I'm actually Brady/tacky. I acknowledge I still know very little about the pacemaker settings. I tried to ask as many questions as I can but at an interrogation yesterday, I noted the device nurse didn't really seem to know a lot. I do get a printout every time.

I learned most from the posts and researching previous posts. I noted in the archives that t...

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Check ups

Just a general question my husband is due to have routine check up on his ICD next week,and we assumed it would be cancelled as we currently in Lockdown here in the UK and he has a home monitor and Bev did attend an appointment last July.The hospital telephoned him and said still come to the appointment as they need to get a ‘broader picture ‘-anyone any idea what this could mean ?

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Pacemaker due for renewal

Hi I've had my pacemaker for 12 years now , I'm 52 , I was told last checkup I have to have it changed so have to be checked every 3 months as in waiting list now to have it changed , for last few weeks I have felt it kicking in alot more and having terrible headaches not sure if this is connected any help or advice would be greatly appreciated 

many thanks 

 

Moira 

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Monitor

The monitor beside my bed runs on WiFi and could alternately use a landline.  These options aren't always available or convenient.  Is there anyone with a app on their smartphone which satisfies the device manufacturer's requirement?  Is it necessary that we be monitored?    

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Is anyone paced on the AAIsafeR pacing mode?

Hi,

My heart block was intermittent grade 2 at implant with no sinus node issues. However my PR interval was quite long. It may always have been we will never know.

I am anticipating that at my first appointment today that if I am spending large amounts of time without grade 2 heart block I may still be ventricular pacing due to the longer (not unsafe) PR interval. 

I read the following in a paper,

"The most sophisticated approach yet available for a...

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100 % Ventricular paced

I did my remote transmission and I was told everything is normal.

Atrial paced --0.4 %

Ventricular paced--100%

What does this mean now if it is 100% paced.

Is this normal ? I feel alright and have 3.5 years on battery.

 

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Christmas Tree Lights

I was fitted with a pacemaker 10 months ago for bradycardia.  In the last couple of weeks I have begun feeling much like I did pre-PM (low heart rate, dizzy, faint, etc).  On Sunday it all came to a head and my heart rate went down to 37 and stayed in the area of 37 - 40 all afternoon (the PM has a lower threshold of 60bpm).  After seeing a number of ER doctors, I was finally able to see my pacemaker doctor who prescribed and fitted the PM.  He asked if we had any new elec...

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Need a cardiologist in San Diego area

If any one has a cardiologist they would recommend in the San Diego area I would greatly appreciate the information.  I have SSS and CI with dual-lead pacemaker.  

UPDATED 12/26/20:  I noticed I have received a lot of "views", but no comments.  So sharing my story.  Before my PM I was working six 10-hour days, running 1-2 flights of stairs, doing a very physical job.  I have now been put at a desk job, have to use the elev...

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Unnecessarily rapid pulse

            I am 81 years old and in pretty good shape. I had a PM installed on Nov 13, 2020 because of afib/Bradycardia. That brought on a very high PR condition (120) with chest pain when I tried to walk 100 yds. Then that resulted in 3 stints for 99% blocked arteries. Now I can walk 20 minutes slowly with a PR of 100. Before any of this, I could walk a mile with a 78 PR. I climbed 3 flights of stairs today which resulted in a 159/88 BP...

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Battery

Told I have only one month left on my battery I am fully reliant on this

what will happen if I do not get the battery replaced

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Turn it down?

My PM followup was transferred from the EP's office following the implantation and two appointments,  to the PM clinic of my cardiologist's office. That's comprised of a Device nurse and a tech from the company, Biotronik. After an initial meeting in person, it will be via telephone.

The nurse called this morning and was more cheerful than I'm typically comfortable with. She said at our meeting she's going to "turn my device down* because I'm healed and...

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Summary Pages from your L331 Pacemaker?

How do you get printouts of your Summary Pages from your Boston Scientific L331 Pacemaker? I would like to know percent pacing, battery life, etc. changes and dates. 

Thanks, JanetAD

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Anxiety

I'm hoping someone can answer my question.   Has anyone experienced any anxiety and/or Panic attacks before their first Pacemaker setting adjustment.   My surgery was on October 19th, 2020.  I'll be just sitting and do nothing and go into a anxiety attack.  I feel like I'm going crazy.  

Any advice or suggestions will be appreciated. 

Also ...i go to the pacemaker clinic this next Tuesday.

 

Just to be clear...

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Vitatron pacemaker

Hello! Is there anyone on this forum who has a vitatron pacemaker? I made my first replacement a month and a half ago. The first was a medtronic. With this pacemaker I have noticed that at certain times of the day I hear 3 beats. That is, at 8:30 exactly, at 11:30 and at 2:30. This happens day and night. During the examination, the doctor did not find anything abnormal.

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Home Monitoring Function or Longer Battery Life

I had a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T implated early this month and this PM model includes Home Monitoring function. 

In the post surgery check up session, my doctor informed me that she didn't turn on the Home Monitoring function for me because she understood that I concerned about the battery life. Turn on the home monitoring function will shortern the battery life for a year at least. Also, in Hong Kong (where I live), it's easy to go into clinic for PM chec...

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How to spot AFIB on Pacemaker Readout

I have never been told I have AFIB but on recent pacemaker readout the tech said something about  AFib. I have copy of the readout so how to I spot Afib in all this data.  I did for one of the very few time have some episodes last March and April.  They were Peak A Rate.

I have Zephyr DR5820.

For last 65 years I have been told I have irregular heat beat but never kept me from flying.  I also have SVT but take low dose metropol.

I would be most gratful if...

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DDDR on temporary pacemaker sheet.

Bradycardia with heart block pacemaker fitted 10/11/2020.

No prior issue of being able to raise heart rate.

Evening all

I noticed on my pacemaker temp card it states DDD(R)

A quick search on this forum says the R stands for rate response and that it is required in people who struggle to raise their heart rate in response to increased requirements.

Can you think why I would have been set with this on? Is it an initial setting to err on the side of safety until the...

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You know you're wired when...

You play MP3 files on your pacer.

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