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My PM and Ectopic Beats

Hi Pacemaker Experts

Going to start off with my question: CAN A PACEMAKER IN ITSELF CAUSE ECTOPIC BEATS?

Since I had my Medtronic Dual Chamber PM fitted on 4th Feb for second degree AV block I've had strange beats/thumps in my chest and throat. These have now been diagnosed as ectopic beats and they have been trying different PM settings to stop it happening.

I was only being paced less than 4% of the time in AAI<=>DDD Mode set at 60ppm and gettting thousands...

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got my PM adjusted

Thanks to those of you who encouraged me to get my PM adjusted. It turned out my last reading from the PM verified what I was telling the doc: I increased from 2.6% usage to 6.9% and it was almost all between midnight and 5AM. The thing was turning me into an insomniac. They lowered my bottom number from 60 to 50. They said they can still adjust 1 more thing if they need to. Already the relief is great. Sleeping well makes a big difference!
Thanks!

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got checked

hello fellow pacers, just writing to tell you that i got checked this afternoon and all is fine, no leads have dislodged or come loose. Jenny(she is great and very understanding) who checks my pm said that it was all fine and that i have probably worked myself up into believing there was something wrong. I've been told to chill out, stop worrying if i can help it and if there is any problems then thats what they are there for so ring them. They also said it might be my medication that is making...

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Need a translation

I am two weeks past pacemaker implant and feeling pretty good. I went back for my first check up and they said everything was fine. I have copies of the "quick look report" and the "session summary" but no one took the time to explain what all the information means. I have a Medtronic EnRhythm pacemaker. Can anyone tell me what patient activity measures? I guess next time I'll have to slow everyone down and ask questions.

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Wierd follow-up...

Hey, k so I went for my follow-up on Wednesday, and everything was fine. About a month or so ago, I emailed my PC and asked him if he couls tell me about his job. He did, but I already knew about most of it (academic wise) and it kinda sounded like he was trying to talk me out of it... Oh, Pawgles, if you are out there, I just want to congratulate you on the nusre story, and Wingart is right, "if only we could think of these things at the time". Have a fantastic week guys!

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New appointment

Hello,

Always problems to make an appointment for my pm. I received my second pm. at nov, because 1 of the leads was broken.My recovery was very good,but still not enough breath.
Problems by biking,swimming,and the stairs.I would make an appointment by my pm.controller.Had again problems with the assistent of the cardiologist.Told her that I could visit for the pm
when I had problems after one or two days.I was angry but my doctor had to made an appointment.After two weeks I...

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adjusting

Hi

I just received a pacemaker about three weeks ago. I was having shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue a week after my implant. The dr. turned it up but I'm still having a little fatigue, shortness of breath and this like lump in my throat that makes me cough on occasion. Is this normal? Or is it something I may have to get use to? Thanks,

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phone monitoring

hello just been reading about phone monitoring is this service available in uk as all the peoples comments were from the us and i only see my doctor once a year for a check up

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phone line montor

Hi everybody,
This is my first posting although I've had my pacemaker since December 2005.

I just recently received my CareLink home monitor and sent off my first transmission to my cardiologist's office about a week ago. Does anybody use this method of reporting rather than an in-person evaluation? And, if so, do you feel it is as effective as in-person visits? Makes me a little nervous for some reason.
Phyllis

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Should I be worried about ectopic beats

Hi to the ectopic beat experts

Had to go back for a PM check yesterday at 10 weeks as I am having problems with my heart pounding in my neck - easy to see at times. The technician made some very small adjustments which she thought might help and again told me that I am only pacing less than 6% of the time. I have second degree heart block and a Medtronic Adapta dual chamber PM fitted on Feb 4. The dreadful breathlessness that I was having from day one of the pacemaker was cured whe...

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Confused About Rate Response

Hi

I have my interrogation report in front of me and wondered how I could tell from the print out that the rate response is off. Unfortunately I don't have the report from my first visit three weeks ago when the rate response was turned off (which completely cured my breathlessness which started as soon as the PM was fitted). Under the section headed rate response, it says:
Rate Response
Optimization - On
ADL Response - 3
Exertion Response 3
ADLR Percent - 2...

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PM Check

I recently had my 4th PM check. The St. Jude rep did the check this time instead of the Guidant(which is what I have) rep.

If I can keep on seeing this one rep, I won't worry about my checks making me feel horrible. He really was very gentle in the tests and I hardly felt anything. Whew!

Ok. He told me that my check wasn't as accurate as it could have been because the rep that checked my PM in December didn't erase the data that was downloaded from my PM.

Usually...

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Lightheadedness

I am 6 weeks post PM instillation. Back to work and mostly getting by, but still find that I do not have stamina. I tire easily and, in fact, I am expereincing lightheadedness(slight dizziness). I am walking 45-60 min. (sometimes more) everyday and find that if I walk briskly I feel lightheaded. Is anyone else dealing with this? I am thinking that this lightheadedness might have something to do with my lower chamber pace rate? I am wanting to tell my pacemaker team that maybe I do not need my v...

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My checkup today

Today was checkup day for me. As NASA would put it all was nominal. The only change we made was to reduce my ventricle pacing voltage from 3.75V to 2.5V. This is where it was before my problem back in November when I was losing capture of ventricle pacing intermittently. At that time we turned the voltage up to 5.0V to assure that I would remain one of the living! Both the cardiologist and the Medtronic rep agree that I probably had a virus that was causing irritation of my heart tissue. During...

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Four Months

I had an appointment yesterday with my EP - it was basically to discuss recent changes to my medication but of course we also downloaded my PM and did a bit of data examination. It is advantageous to the patient if you can somehow position yourself so you can see the computer screen. My EP is more than willing to discuss what we see, but if only he has access to the screen he tends to get lost in the data and stops communicating with me. Almost all features of my PM are turned off. It is bas...

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Test of Effort today

Hi

Thought I would let you know how my Test of Effort (riding a cycle whilst wearing an ECG) went.

Apparently, my cardiologist said that I was fine and in fact I had improved from my first check up. Good news. I asked about the ectopic or missed beats which I felt whilst exercising or sometimes just sitting. He said that everyone suffered with these, they were innocent and that I should ignore it.

I also asked what percentage was I making use of the PM. He s...

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Opti Vol on Medtronic Concerto ICD

G'day Readers
I have a bedside monitor which recently showed an alarm. My cardiologist reset the trigger bar but it has since gone off again.
My fluid trend graph shows fluid build but I have no other signs and, besides tiredness, I actually feel pretty good.
I'm told that this particular feature in this remarkable technology does not suit everyone and in my case has been turned off. Blood tests have confirmed all OK.
I have a leukemia related issue (polycythema Vera), plus d...

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Rate drop response

A couple of months ago I had the rate drop response turned on. I am due for my next check up to see how things are going. Since then I don't seem to have had any more event days so hopefully it is working. I was wondering if at the next check up will the pacemaker have recorded any activation of this feature.
Also I don't understand how this can work. If say my heart rate was 75 and it tried to drop to zero (as it would before the PM) and the PM kicked in at 60 bpm (my bottom rate setting)...

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Thanaks to all who responded about Biotronik PM

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post about the Biotronik pm. Just knowing how to contact Biotronik reps that you recommend, and then knowing others have had trouble/success with cardiologists who do or don't know these machines helps. I suppose I was under the impression a pacer was a pacer and anyone could basically do the correct settings. That was then this is now after almost $20,00.000 later. I appreciate all the help all of you have so graciously taken time to give me. Also, I...

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Biotronick

Hi everyone this is only my second post but I would like to say THANKS. First of all I could kick myself in the booty for not getting all the info I could about the type of pacer I have, and just blindly accepting that cardiologists would know everything about PM...unbelievable gullibility. Well here is my long story short version. In May of 2004 I had a biotronick pm put in everything was fine with me and the pm until this summer and I had moved to AR from Calif. needed a cardio dr so I fou...

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