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Medtronic's ICD also has threshold parameter ?

Hello,

TruAF function of Medtronic ICDs are activated after pre-programmed threshold BPM ?

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Sending a reading from home

Hello all! 

I have had my 12 month pacing check cancelled due to covid but they have said I can send a reading from home. I have one of the devices you hold over your pacemaker and it transmits data to the hospital. I was just wondering if anyone knew what data it transmits? Is it the same info as when I go for a pacing check? I have asked people at the hospital before and got different answers! 

 

Many thanks! 

Eilish 

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HOUSEKEEPING

I am wondering if due to lockdown and the coronavirus if i might be better of having the housekeeping turned off in my pacemaker to save the battery for a few more years. The hospital is not checking up on my pacemaker any way . They did not give me a check up when one was due and I waited a few weeks having heard nothing from them as to what was happening. I called them and was told that i would get an appointment in three weeks time. three weeks passed and no news from them. So I phoned aga...

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Pacing

Hello,  question:  just had pacer checkup and for 2nd time.....one whole year....no pacing for rate drop response.  So does this mean I am cured?  I still get occasional small episodes when blood pressure drops, they last for one minute.  Pacer has about 3 years of battery left, so if I stay the same with no pacing, I don't have to get another pacemaker?   Thanks for any info!

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BIOTRONIC PM

Hi All,

 

As you've already (I hope) read my history   I'II refrain from going into details:

Coming Wednesday I'll have my second checkup (3mnths) and was told that they would only take an ECG & afterwards a chat with the cardiologist.Can anyone tell me why not allso a PM- technician will be present to do some tweaking/finetuning.The PR is really becoming a p...in .....ar.

Cycling on a straight stretch no resistance bpm- 110 to continu wi...

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Initial Low HR Setting - Update after Adjustment

I had my appointment with the EP, that ended up being an appointment with his Nurse Practioner, this last Friday. The 30 min appointment ended up being over 4 hours and  was exhausting. I did get the PM adjusted. They didn't change the HR but adjusted other settings that had an immediate impact and I felt 100% better. However in the testing it appeared that only one of the leads (to the ventricle) was working properly. The atrial lead was intermittent and they were concerne...

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AV block, Medtronic Azure, Max HR question

Greetings all,

 

I'm a 36 year old male, former competitive cyclist, diagnosed with level 3 AV block at 18yrs old.  Just got my first PM installed on Monday.  I am concerned that my doc is not listening to me when I ask for my maximum assisted HR to be set higher than 130.  Previously, before being paced, my "endurance" pace heart rate would be between 90-110, and my absolute max was about 135. 

My resting rate, paced, has been set at 6...

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Pacemaker sleeping Lower rate

Hi  everyone,

I've just had a 3rd PM interrogation & it is working as it should do I am assured. I was a tad surprised when told I was being paced at 98% upper & 2% lower is that good or bad?

Has anyone had their lower Pacemaker BPM rate lowered at night to improve sleep if so has it worked, my own PM lower rate is set at 65bpm day & night. So we talked & have adjusted it too 55bpm at night in the hopes my sleep pattern improves ( I constantly wa...

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pacer lab

I have had my Boston Sci. pacemaker since Jan 2015 and have always been called in for Pacer lab once a year along with appt. with Dr. Seems I have been forgotten this year as I was last year. I have had no problems with pacemaker. I am 76 yo. How often should I have a pacer lab appointment? 

Used to be on monitor and received bill every three months then the bill stopped so I unplugged it.

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Rate Response

Hello everyone!

I wanted to get thoughts on the rate response setting on our PM. I have a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T dual chamber PM. With that said I've learned that it has different rate response features. Initially I had the CLS setting and it capped at 140BPM but it kept going off and made me feel awful. They lowered it to 120BPM and it made a difference but I'm not sure if it helped me or not. Anyhow they've turned that feature off and activated another which responds to my...

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Questions for Dr Follow-Up

Hi all! I have my 3 month checkup tomorrow with my Dr. (who is amazing btw; Dr. Mandrola; hope it's okay to share his name). Are there any questions y'all would recommend me asking? I'm 30 with HIS pacing. 

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Overpacing

Does anyboody have experience with a pacemaker that paces the heart too fast - ie, significantly faster than needed for the activity at hand and/or faster than the heart is used to?  What are the sensations you have experienced.

I ask because I have swum a mile or more three times a week for over 50 years and also spent several decades on beta or calcium channel blockers while dealing with paroxysmal atrial fib.  The result was an ultra efficient heart,  a resting pulse i...

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P/M router

Newbie (82 years) … some of the posts give information that I don't follow. However, here's my situation:

A couple of years ago it was found that I had aortic stenosis and I was given a new (non metallic) valve. All went OK.

I've been on a 2.5 mg diuretic (Benza-something or other) and 20 mg Simvastatin for quite a few years. This was because of high b/p ... this high b/p is under control.

Because of a heart flutter I was put on Apixaban (2 x 5mg daily) ab...

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pacemaker

I got my device last year, June, 2019. When should I begin to wonder how much power is left in the battery and to whom do I go to if it runs down?

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Funny feelings

This is my second post.  Thanks to those who commented on my 1st post.

again I am only 7 weeks into my dual lead St Jude PM.  I have read a lot on the  Pacemaker.com forums and it seems there was a post about some PM’s being more sensitive than others to begin with.  I’ve read that the phone and I-pad are ok if they’re at least 6 inches away from the PM...and I try to remember that but sometimes I’ll notice I’m holding too close  an...

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New pacemaker - dizzy spells

Hello,

I'm 38 and had a dual lead pacemaker fitted 3 weeks ago, thus I'm a new member here. My issue was that I was getting a couple of daily sinus pauses or gaps in my heart beat which were picked up on the ecg, with up to 7 seconds at a time. No heart deseases or heart block thankfully. I also have a lowish heart rate often in the 50's thus my PM is set to fire up below 40bps.
 

Pre-pacemaker the dizzy episodes tended to c...

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Inconsistent Heartrate

I am a very active 58 year old woman who received a PM in late February 2020 due to Bradycardia and arrhythmia.  The PM is set to a minimum of 60 bpm.  While overall, I think things are fine, I've noticed lately that my legs are constantly tired and fatigued, I am having trouble catching my breath even after simple activities, my resting heartrate last week was consistently in the low 50's and my heartrate drops into the 40's during the day (it s...

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Pounding

hello 

Last week i had my complete pacemaker replaced and 1 old  lead extracted as Dr wasnt happy with its position.it was less than three years old,  This was a sub pectoral implant under full general  so i am rather sore and knocked around still..... 

However i have noticed a constant strong pounding loud in my ears and a bad headache which is rather annoying... would this just be a settings thing? Can't feel my heart racing...jus...

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Should I question my pacing

I had a loop recorder inserted last year. This reported bpm below 30 at night and some heart stops of more than 3 secs  then I nearly fainted at breakfast having a sudden pulse to my head and down my arms.

Now I have a pacemaker and it's  set to 60 - 130. They said MY  battery will probably last a very long time. I'm  not worried about how long the battery lasts but since my normal heart rate has always been 52 why set to 60.  I'm  feeling...

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Atrial tachycardia episodes, are they normal?

Just had my first visit with my new EP, although she kept saying she is technically an "engineer" not a tech (still not sure what that means).  Anyways she did a much more thorough interrogation then my prior tech, seemed to know her stuff. She said I have been having "quite a number" of atrial tachycardia episodes.  I told her I had some in the past and that my old tech said it was normal in people paced in both ventricle and atrium, she looked like she disagree...

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