Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

pain after checkup of heart and pacemaker

I am feeling an odd pain around the pacemaker implant site after going for my regular checkup for my heart and pacemaker.  They told me everything was good (I've had my pacemaker since April 8th of 2021).  That was on the 29th and since then I keep having little pains off and on when I move my arm and it's just around the pacemaker area.  Anyone else?

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Fast heart rate all night with biotronik CL S

Hi can anyone help, I got my Cls activated for the first time yesterday after starting off with just basic levels at 60 during the day, 50at night which was an improvement but didn't give me the quality of life I hoped for. I have chronic bradycardia due to brain injury but can mount a good response to exercise, am just not so good sitting still and can't stand in one place without fainting which is why I got the PM.

The Cls function was sold to me like it would be the dogs boll...

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Phrenic Nerve involuntary abdominal spasms

I have had a medtronic biventricular pacemaker for about 20 months and doing fine except for diaphragm spasms when reclining or lying in certain positions. When  I mentioned this at my cardiologist visit, the medtronic tech was able to adjust the setting on my PM and now the spasms are completely gone!

Has anyone else had these symptoms and had their PM adjusted to relieve the phrenic nerve stimulation from their pacemaker?

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Need help reading remote report

A friend who originally got a pacemaker because of vaso-vagal syncope asked me for help interpreting the following:

Scheduled remote reviewed. Normal device function.  
18 new VHR events logged 31 seconds to 12 minutes 25 seconds w/ rates 150's bpm; EGMs suggest SVT
AF burden <1%; longest 1 to 3 hours; V rate histogram shows ~90% binned >110 bpm; available EGM suggest SVT
Next remote 91 days. HB

Q. V rate histogram shows ~90% binned > 110bpm

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Experiences with PVARP, AV delay, Min PAV/SAV modifications

Hello!

Question for people with Medtronic PMs...

Has anyone had to make tweaks to their PVARP, AV delay, Min PAV/SAV settings so that they can get back into running/cycling?

 

 

 

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Rate Response settings in DDD mode

I have a dual lead Medtronic Azure XT PM which is currently set in DDD (only). My SA node is working fine and is driving the AV node. We are currently trying to optimize the settings for my extracurricular activities.

The tech was saying that when the PM is in DDD mode, none of the rate response settings matter EVEN IF the Rate Profile Optimizatoin setting is set to ON. I cannot find anything in the manuals that supports this statement. I was wondering if anyone has any data that can pr...

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Patient Monitor (Medtronic "My Care Link" ) showing lights in night

I have a Patient Monitor (Medtronic "My Care Link") non wireless model placed near my bed.  I have not been asked to send transmissions yet but the device sometimes lights up in the night and therefore wakes me up.  I do not want to move it to another part of my bedroom since my house has thick stone walls and the mobile phone signal is weaker further from the window.

I have made a cover from a small cardboard box to place over the device so that if it does this...

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Boston Scientific Accelerometer /Minute Volume Exercise settings for exercise

Dear Friends,

I am due to have a pacemaker change to a Boston Scientific (thank you NHS). Just waiting for a date.  (" Please phone if you have not had a date in the next 6 weeks").

Do you guys  have any advice re. Settings  (RR & MV) for swimming, cycling, table-tennis, dancing? 

I do find my St Jude Verity PM is not so good for lifting weights, stairs,  ballroom dancing, and getting going for swimming and cycling... though I...

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Right Ventrical Pacing in AAI (R) mode

Hi,

I have a Medtronic Azure S pacemaker working in AAI (R) mode.

During last check I got printouts with the following information: 

AP (Atrial Pacing) 90.4%

VP (Ventricle Pacing) 0.1% (MVP ON)

Is it normal the PM to pace in the right Ventricle in AAI (R) mode?

What is the meaning of MVP, how it works?

Thanks

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Just some information

Biotronik dual chamber pacemaker since 2019

Resting heart rate 35.

left and right bundle block branch. 100% paced 43 years old male

im still working my same job as I did before, at a car manufacturer company.  a lot spot welders  which causes alot  EMF around me.and I do stick welding and co2 welding now and again. 

pacemaker has never recorded or reported any 

problems.  I would not recommend any else to &nb...

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How common is this situation in your experience?

Hi all,

I started life with my pacemaker with a 2:1 block and around 45% pacing. 

I struggled a little bit with exercise and they performed a treadmill stress test which showed that whilst my atria could beat at 180bpm, my pacemaker was needed to match that. As such my upper rate was adjusted to 180bpm.

All good, everything felt fine with my heart but.....I was pacing 100% now in the ventricles.

To treat another issue (autoimmune disease) I have been injecting wit...

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pacemaker

Hello, I just received my pacemaker on Dec. the 1st. should my hospital have a way to check on how it's functioning/battery life etc. Thanks! 

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Ear phones/Earbuds

Hi, I'm knew to all of this so sorry if my question has been asked before. I'm 6-weeks PostOp pacemaker placement. I am trying to learn as much as I can so I do things right. I'm wondering if I can use ear phones or the wireless earbuds? Or if I can't I was thinking would it be safe to just put the right one in away from my pacemaker site. It's sounds like a silly question but I just want to be sure it won't interfere with my pacemaker. I'd appreciate any advi...

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VVI 40 from DDD

Hi

I have 2:1 heart block and a long PR interval

For most of this year I have been on DDD with rate adaptive AV.

the rate adaptive setting appeared to be the only way of me getting 1:1 pacing when exercising. This also included an upper tracking rate of 180bpm. Everything seemed fine no symptoms of anything even during my limited exercise events this year.

But this has meant I now pace 100% in the ventricles.

Last week after an appointment I was mov...

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Bi Yearly testing in 3rd. World Country

I have a St Jude pacer/Dedefibrillator installed early 2017 . I moved to Philippines 3 months later. I go to a cardiologist at Makati Medical, in Manila.  I get tested every 6 months to keep an eye on my batteries, and to check for any events. I have a leaking Mitral valve (moderate) and I have to time my return to the US for battery replacement & valve inspection (probably time for repair). My point: The Cardiologist charges me: $37.00 for the test, shares the results on screen and...

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Check-ups

Hi everyone,

Just wondering has everyone had regular check-ups with there pacemaker? 

I have had none and am concerned about that. I had my implant 20/10/20.

Cheers Wendells

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heart rate increase

has anyone else noticed that they are able to increase heart rate by applying pressure to pacemaker site.  I have a medtronic dual lead that was placed in December 2013.

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Update on PMT and PSVT

I communicated my concerns to my EP that some settings had been "accidentally" changed, and that I might be having PMT and sent a Merlin transmission. They have assured me that the PVARP is correct and the pacemaker mode is DDIR--which I had forgotten. So no PMT.

Thanks again to all who replied to my post and to this forum in general. When questions come up, it's so comforting to have knowledgeable, sympathetic people to talk things over with and figure out what...

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Crtd

I get checked every 6 months and I have a latitude communicator to transmit information to the EP lab for them to check the pacemaker all the time. Find what is going on with doctor. No one should ever be discharged from your doctor. 

 

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Sticky CLS (Closed Loop Stimulation)

I am posting this message for member Desmodrome who has left the following comment on an old thread dated 2013-07-01 and the link is:

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/10738

START MESSAGE FROM DESMODROME:

"I have a Biotronik Rivacor 7 HF implanted in September 2019. I have used the CLS mode with different setting. I have experienced what Biotronik themselves call “Sticky CLS”. I get abnormal high rate of pacing when I’m not supposed to (n...

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You know you're wired when...

Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

Member Quotes

I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.