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Medtronic MyCareLink Mobile App?

Hello all,

Just reaching out to anyone specifically using a Medtronic PM that might be either using the MyCareLink Heart mobile app (Android or Apple devices) or perhaps the at-home monitoring device known as the MyCareLink Relay Home Communicator.

When I was in the hospital after my PM surgery, I tried downloading the app and was having issues (I work in IT, therefor was running a beta version of iOS, which wasn't compatable with the Medtronic app) so I opted for the at-home...

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How about a little GOOD news!

There was a time when I was the most doubtful of pacemaker recipients--did I need it, was it going to do anything, did it make matters worse?? My opinion began to change when I was able to try a beta blocker once again, with the pacemaker there to help keep my heart rate from tanking. I started to feel better. After my first interrogation, my doctor was not happy with the extent to which my a-fib was controlled, so increased the beta blocker--again, thank you, pacemaker! I got a call jus...

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Still learning

This month I had a remote reading successfully sent to my doctors' office. I get a copy of that in my medical test results, but that is all, just a copy of the same thing that they see. Not being a medical professional, I can't make sense of much of it. I'm wondering if any of you have had someone go over the information with you at first to explain what each reading means. I guess it is not really necessary that I know everything, as long as I see "normally functioning pacem...

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Elevated RV capture

I was in the hospital for heart failure. I have a duel chamber pacemaker that was adjusted by the rep while I was in the hospital. Elevated RV capture changed to unipolar capture threshold of 1.8v@0.5 ms, Anyone know what that means?

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First year Check up

Hi All, 

It has been just over a year since my dual chamber Medtronic PM was implanted for AV block 2:1.

I have some ups & downs (some off which I have queried on the forum, big thanks to Frank P for sharing his settings information)

Next week I have my first yearly check up for the device, it will take place at the hospital where it was implanted.

I am a young (ish) 39 and very much into the outdoors, activities such as cycle touring, trekking & climbing....

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Pacemaker adjustment

Hi new to pm club and have a Boston Scientific  bi vent pm. Went to see my cardiologist today and he had a Boston Scientific rep there to use the machine for making adjustment. She explained everything to me what this means what this does. Really helpful and very helpful. She would tell the doctor the machine suggests this adjustment and he would approve. It's so hard going through this but with a great team so much better I'm so blessed.

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Technician adjustment

My wife is 74 and had a new pacemaker/defibulator installed two months ago. 

With the new device she was energetic, hungry, and not wheezy.

She went for her first checkup after the operation and now she is pre operation mode again. No energy and not hungry. 

I suspect the tech reset something wrong. My wife is not proactive about her situation. Therefore I cannot contact the doctor directly.

I would appreciate anyone’s thoughts or stories.

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Micra AV Self programming

Has anyone tried to obtain a programmer for Micra AV? After chatting with medtronic, it doesn't seem possible to do so with them. I've looked/looking into other avenues. I spent quite sometime reading all the Micra AV technical manuals, and my doctor/medtronic rep didn't really work with me as expected. It's not necessarily their fault. But with something like the Micra AV, I feel it is better to program it yourself if you are technical enough to do so. 

I even...

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Heart rate

I am an 80 year old man.  I had 3rd degree heart block and got a dual biotronic pace maker and AV node ablation on June 21 and June 22.  I'm doing just fine. My EP DOC set my heart rate at 80....I guess I should have asked why it was set at 80.  He told me after my first check he will put it down to 70 and eventually at 60.  I didn't ask the reason...has anyone else had this.

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pacemaker modem

I have had a pacemaker for 8 years now, when I had it fitted I was supplied with a modem which I have near my bed, the light on the modem is always green , however it changed its colour to yellow the other day , it has now returned back to green, does anyone know what that may mean ?

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Pacemaker Thump After Adjustments

I had to go in to the Device Clinic 3 weeks ago to have some adjustments made to try to extend battery life due to some problems with a lead. The goal is to extend battery life a little longer and then do new pacemaker all at the same time. Since those adjustments were made, I'm feeling a thump from the pacemaker every evening about 8:30. I'm usually sitting on my back porch reading or watching Netflix at this time and since my house is so quiet and I'm being still, I can clearly...

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Uk patients check-ups?

Hi there,

I have been having (remote) checkups yearly since implantation in 2012 but my last 2 were each after 6 months and after that last one I've had a letter asking me to attend an appointment next week (rather than the usual 'satisfactory results' letter).

So I'm wondering if it's normal to have appointments that are more often due to my age (I'm now 60) or because my batteries are nearing replacement time? I'm just hoping it's n...

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Pacemaker Interrogation

Hi All,

Quick question.  I had my first check up one week after PM implantation and all is fine but they scheduled interrogation 3 months later.  Is 3 months too long to wait?  Is there an optimal time to have your first interrogation?

Thank you.

 

 

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Dental appointment messing up my pacemaker settings

Had P/M implant Oct 23 2020. Had many adjustments until finally felt better. Read on a post from Pacemaker club that railing the heart rate would help to outpace an arrhythmines. It worked and I was feeling good until Imwent to my dentist for a routine cleaning! Full mouth X-rays were taken and I was assured there would be no problems. A day after appointmentI began  to have the same feelings I had  before rate was increased. Checked with my dr and nurse checked on the devise m...

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Pacemaker Technology Questions

Hey folks, two topics that have been on my mind as it relates to pacemaker tech. FYI, I have CHB so I'm particularly interested in that context. 

Wireless Charging

Are we starting to see this discussed/developed yet? If not, why? What are the major hurdles? Seems like you could reduce device battery size and only need a recharge every year? two years? and charging would be fast enough to be done with oversight at the EP office?

Leadless...

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remote transmission

On June 14,2021 received an email  from Medtronic saying successful remote transmission. (Pacemaker implanted Aug. 19,2019). I waited a couple of days then called the Heart  Center asking for a copy of the summary page.  Said they would put it up front  at the check in and i could pick it up.  Then the tech say was noticed that i had a couple of nites(10pm) where the beat was fast 150, 148-170 for 20 minutes.  Said she sent it to the EP(in the same office) and hi...

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Activity level.

Can someone explain how they calculate activity on pacemaker.?   On my recent report it said 5.4 hrs. I would have thought it would be much higher. I have a Azure pacemaker.

  Thanks.

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rate response settings with Boston Scientific

I am 72 and am very active using a variety of aerobic activities.  I am a long time swimmer and swimming coach.

I had a Medtronic device implanted 12/18.  The rate response worked off an accelerometer only.  It did not work well for swimming, biking, paddling etc.  After numerous tweaks, it worked ok for running, hiking and some other things and if I tapped on it, it sort of worked in the pool.

In April, I broke the atrial lead and felt awful.  My new...

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Procrastinated for far too long

Good afternoon everyone! I am new to this club, just joined up 3 minutes ago and I am very excited that this place exists!! I have so many questions and am very interested in getting to learn things here and there from people that have gone through similar things as myself. My name is Wanda, I am 33 years old and live in Florida. I had open-heart surgery in December of 2015 and soon after had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted in early January of 2016. There is a HUGE issue though and...

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Update - PM evaluation

I recently had a PM evaluation here are some notes I received. I am scheduled for the UPGRADE PM SING,DUAL,OR CRTP TO CRTD; 33233+33249 on JUly 12th. My symptoms are still post-ecertional fatigue, exhaustion, edema and, muscle loss and weakness. I am a bit discouraged in finding out the PM is functioning  properly, it means something else is going on. 

"The only changes we ended up making yesterday were that the activity threshold (how sensitive your device is in sensing...

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