Most Recent Messages in Checkups & Settings

Finding the right adjustment

WIth my intial implantation (Aug 2020) it took until October to get the settings so I felt "good". After that I was feeling way less symptoms (I had been dizzy from sun up to sun down). In that transition I changed offices and the new place found a second degree type II block that my PM wasn't set for. Things were good.

In December 2020 I had to have a pocket revision (already) and still wasn't back to work full gusto. Now that I am, I'm having a heck of time getti...

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Understanding Pacemaker Reorts

Can anyone tell me what is the significance of AS-VS?  I know that it stands for Atrial Sensing-Ventricular Sensing, and the meaning of Sensing seems pretty clear, if it's the common english meaning of the word. But is it as simple as it seems, and shldn't Atrial Sensing and Ventricular Sensing be two different figs? I want to confirm if it means an event that triggers PM action, as in P-Pacing? 

K. Gopal Rao

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PM replacement

I need some advice on an unnusual situation. My PM is going on 9 years and for the past 3 checkups over 18 months - same story, good for 6 mos come back in 3 mos. After last check up I never met with the electrophysiologist - but his assistant scheduled me for replacement. On the day of surgery I was prepped (shave, IV etc) and taken to cath lab for total prep and start of "happy juice". The PM company tech now advises the electro Doc that it has 6 months to go and Medicare will not...

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Beginners Help and Advice need please!

Hi all

I am a 62 year old guy and have always been fit and active until about 18 months ago. I started experiencing dizziness, light headedness, balance issues and breathlessness. These got gradually worse and after many scans and tests, my cardiologist suggested a pacemaker as my resting heart rate was around 43.

I had a Medtronic PM fitted on Monday 8th March 2021 (4 days ago) I do feel better as a result, though still far from 100%. I am a complete novice as far as the science...

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first visit tomorrow after surgery

any advise for the visit. I know I will  get the  bandage remove. any else wi.l will  happen?

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CPET testing in paced patients?

I have a prognostic CPET scheduled and I am wondering how they complete these fully in those who are 100percent paced?  I would think it would be impossible to run the full test for my age since I can only pace up to my upper limit which is not the max HR for my age (unless I go into pacemaker weinkebach). Do they mess with the settings during the CPET or just evaluate under different criteria?

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General Advice

Hi All

I am hoping people maybe able to shed light on some issues for me. I have AV block 2:1 Morbitz & dual chamber PM (60/160) fitted July 2020.

I am new to this pacing game & very much in the dark in regards to pretty much everything, safe to say I know I have a PM & it’s seems to be working (according to the docs)

So, I have a follow up meeting with a Cardiologist tomorrow, following a sort stay in hospital last week due to some concerns, that appa...

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Rate Drop Response

Hello!

I have ADVISA DR MR SURESCA A3DR01 implanted 3 months ago for intermittent AV block.

About a month ago I had another post here complaining about sudden heart speed ups that went to around 100 bpm for a couple of minutes every time after my last checkup visit. That turned to be Rate drop response. So, some settings changed and that made me feel better. But I still get some episodes during night time and I was wondering if my parameters are appropriate.

So these are my...

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Ventricular v atrial pacing

Hi all,

Hope you are having a good week so far.

I have had my call with the cardiologist today. Not much to say as they did not have my records to hand but hey ho.

My settings were changed in December from a lower heart rate of 60 to 40. They also changed the PR interval wait time to 500ms (I have a long PR as well as 2nd degree heart block).

In December my percentages were Atrial 23 and Ventricular 46.

Now with the new settings for a few months it has now gone t...

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Check ups

Hi all, I had my box changed on Monday and during the procedure they turn it down asked if I could tolerate it for 5-10 minutes, within seconds I felt terrible could feel my heart slow right down I started breathing heavily felt faint and obviously panicky, they do this in clinic just for a few seconds its not nice but over in seconds. The doctor or whoever he was said I cant understand why you feel ill as your natural heart rate it 70 even though the pm has been turned down. I'm just con...

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Utility of remote pacer checks

I am less than thrilled with the care I have gotten at my cardio office. Everything is "cookie-cutter" and when I ask why, I am told "that is our standard of care." I would switch providers, but this place is the only game in town, and then next closest is 80 miles away. I have asked to get my pacer adjusted so that I run without getting winded, but it has been trial and error, with little effect. At my last interogation, I saw a tech who said she was not able to give me a...

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Questions to Ask Dr

Hello All

I have my 4 week check up scheduled for this coming Tuesday February 9th.

I have already compiled a decent list of questions to ask the Dr but I'd like to pick the brains of some of the most amazingly knowledgeable people on this forum about what other questions I should be asking the Dr. 

I have a Boston Scientific L331 model Pm

Thank you!!

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Percentage of use ~ just curious

I'm curious what your % of use is?? I just had a device check today after a pocket revision (whole different story/post) and mine is 76%. I was just curious how that stacks up to others.

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remote transmission

Hi just to refresh your memory of how i got to this point today.  Had called the cardiologist's office to ask for a copy Oct 29 remote transmission.  Was told not in the file.  Asked them should i contact Medtronic or should them.  They said they would.  Then asked if they would email the results, and could they do it automaticlly.  Computer not set up for that, have to call each time.         Well i waited 6 more weeks, then called b...

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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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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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