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Apple Watch: Monitor (and Plot) Heart Rate Every 5 sec 24/7

(Sorry about the long post, read on only if interested.)

Apple Watch’s electrical heart sensor can measure heart rate from 30-210bpm (210bpm=3.5 beats/second). 

The crucial question is how accurate are the AW HR measurements? 

According to : “Accuracy of Apple Watch Measurements for Heart Rate and Energy Expenditure in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease: Cross-Sectional Study” by Falter et al. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30888332/),  t...

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Pacemaker and Imac 24" M!

Looking at new iMac 24" to replace old iMac and this new model has magnetic plug

on its power csble and wondering if anyone has any news or views on this re pacemaker

safety/interference?

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Rate Response change?

I am wondering if anyone has ever heard of a situation similar to mine. I have had Boston Scientific Accolade since May '21 after fracturing a lead with my Medtronic.  I am a swimmer and my EP and I thought I would get a better rate response for that activity with the dual sensor.  That turned out not to be the case and we concluded that only the accelerometer was effive in the pool, and that wasn't great.  I was learning to live with it.  About 3-4 weeks ago, I no...

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Back racing after <14 weeks post diagnosis

Thank goodness we were born in the right era to be able to access this amazing technology. Four months back I thought it was all over for athletic sport until my diagnosis and a Boston PM. 

At 11 weeks post PM insertion, back in the finishing shute at the Noosa Triathlon in Australia, a standard distance triathlon.  (Actually, I only competed in the cycle and run as I wasn't allowed to swim due to the arm movement so my wife kindly took that leg of the race)

The...

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Pacemakers that last forever?

Interesting research news:

……implanted their device in two adult male pigs. In the first animal (which had a healthy heart), the team tested how well the generator harvested energy; it powered the pacemaker for a total of nearly three and a half hours. The pig’s heart generated more than enough energy to power a human version of the pacemaker, the scientists reported in April in Nature Communications. In the second pig, they induced an irregular heartbeat (arrhy...

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Setting off alarms

It's been years since I've set off metal detectors anywhere. Cruising the Caribbean has never been a problem but we are currently cruising in the Mediterranean and I've set them off every port except where we first boarded in Southampton. I guess they are using older technology? I finally started telling them and getting a pat down rather than going through. Hello, 2005! I did not miss you. 

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Abnormal bowel screening test

Hi

have been referred for colonoscopy because of abnormal test result with bowel screening (uk) 
As I take Lixiana for a fib, is it possible the anti coagulation drug caused blood in the stool?

I also have a pacemaker

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Ventricular threshold continues to increase

I have been on 3 monthly checks this year because my ventricular threshold is steadily increasing from 1v to 2.9v (in 9 months).
I have a DDD pacemaker for total heart block after surgery for valve replacement and subsequent infective endocarditis.

The cardiologist doesn't seem to be concerned, just says come back in 3 months. Should I be worried?

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Heart

Has anyone had a thoracic anuism my cardiologist didn't seem to worried about it but I'm thinking of a second opinion 

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Heart rate dropping on home b.p. monitor but clinic says that it would have alerted them if it did

Had my first pacemaker about 6 weeks ago. Ive been traking my b.p. diligently as I also have electrolyte issues. my omron is only about 1 year old. It was only used a few times. packed when I moved and came out of the box for a few uses and then now. I caught my b.p. rather low cant remember right now but my h.r. was 41 and Im set at 60. It went right back up to 6? next read. I caught this 2x more at 52 and 56 same right back up. Of course Drs nurses dont belive me and claim my monitor i...

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Leadless Dual Chamber Pacemakers Optimization

I had bradycardia and occasionally tachycardia. A month ago was implanted through the groin with a pair of  leadless dual chamber pacemakers by Abbott. A set of measurements were made right after the implant. I just had the first followup with my EP and together with a rep from Abbott a second set of measurements were made.

The threshold voltages for both chambers are 0.7V same as the first measurements. The pacing voltages were 2.5V, but reduced to the current 1.5V for each chambe...

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Pacemaker

Have a Biotronik pacemaker which I had fitted nearly six weeks ago. It was set at 55-120 I seem to remember but am having episodes of 52-140. Will it not work properly until after the ablation?

di

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Can a recliner with heat & vibration affect a Pacemaker

I am looking to purchase a new recliner that has heat and vibration for my back.  I know that certain items interfere with Pacemakers,  I have a Biotronic Edora 8 DR-T (Pro MRI) pacermaker. Has anyone asked this question before, and received any answers.  I was shopping this weekend, but the person I need to speak with in Customer Service is off till Monday.  I also tried to download the manual for my pacemaker, but it won't download.

Thanks

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10k 74 days post pm

Ran my first 10k with pm today, 74 days post implantation.  No issues, felt great, well under my personal goal of under an hour.  3rd place in my 50-60 age group.  For those concerned with the effect on running or other endurance sports, it was only a temporary setback for me with two weeks off running post surgery and about a week after that of easy runs.  I posted a picture in the gallery of me and my brother in law who recently completed a 70.3 triat...

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Sound Bath

I will be coming upon a year with my Boston Scientific pacemaker. It was an emergency surgery went to ER on a Thursday night by the next night I had a pacemaker. It was a shock at age 60 and no other health issues. I had Bradicardia with a complete heart block. My symptom was getting tired and unable to do my 10,000 steps a day which I had done in my exercise routine for years. I am now back to exercising and yoga. My question is Can I do sound bath with yoga? I wasn't sure if the sound v...

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Sleep Apnea

Hi all,

For years I have made my snoring a joke. I've told my wife it's how I say 'I love you' while I'm asleep. This morning though I searched for 'sleep apnea pacemaker' and quickly found a study that says that sleep Apnea if left untreated can cause heart arrythmia and that anyone with a pm should be investigated for sleep Apnea.  I am curious to hear responses from this group on the subject.

Thanks 🙏

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I have been going down memory lane

Hello everyone, I was chatting with another Pacemaker Club member recently about my travelling days in the early Seventies, yes 50 years ago.  (Australia, Papua New Guinea, Southern Africa).  I got out some old photo albums last night and scanned in a few pics which I have now uploaded to our Member Gallery (under Members Only, then Member Gallery) if you want to have a peep.

Don’t forget to upload any pics of yourselves from time to time.  We would all love to see...

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Removal of pacemaker

Hi all

 

This is my first post I am wondering if any members have had their pacemaker removed due to heart recovering and able to work on its own?

 

Also do you ever have a pacemaker replaced ie every 10 years or is it a small Nick to change the battery only every 10 years.

 

Alison

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Keloid scars

I am on the waiting list to have a paceemaker.   Over the last 50 years, I have had two operations on my body  and with bothof them, I suffered keloid scars which took about 10 years before they stopped itching and hurting.   I dont feel I can go through this again for the rest of my life (I am now 75).    I cannot find any information for what I should expect if I don't have a pacemaker.

Can anyone give me any advice or pointme in th right direction?

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Hand Touch Gym Equipment Heart Rate Monitors

Looking to buy a stationary bike for exercise and am wondering if there would be any issues with the heart rate monitors that are usually part of the handgrips. Appreciate any insight.

Thanks, Dale

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