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Breathless after pm

Had pacemaker fitted in September and ablation mid-November. I appear to be becoming more breathless rather than less. Could this be pm exacerbated hf 

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XMAS - 2023🙏

Hello All,

Bit late about Xmas wish list for Pacemaker manufacturers-engineeries...but here is mine🤗  All your wish list posts are great and valid;  however even if they did all exist, I for one didn't know what was going to happen to me (my first and last fainting) I hope 🙏🏻🍀......so choosing options was out for me and perhaps 🤔 for many of you 😊

I have received Medtronic dual lead in 2016 for Ventricular Standstill & Brad...

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Minute Ventilation - Patients Age

I have a BS Accolade L331, and am trying to set up the MV feature. One parameter is  "patients age". What effect does this number have on the overall results of the Minute Ventilation. I am 83, and wonder if a lower setting would improve results.

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Infection? 6 months post new lead and box change

I am 42 and had my first (dual chamber) pacemaker at 19 due to complete congenital heart block. Six months ago I had my latest battery change (lost count how many!) but also had to have one new lead fitted as the other was essentially broken! This last procedure was not without complications but I had seemingly fully recovered.
A few weeks ago I noticed I had a few sharp pains periodically around the pacemaker incision site when I moved or laid a certain way. It is a...

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Rate Response/Beta Blocker

Background: Had a Medtronic Azure implanted in October with a lower rate of 50 bpm and upper track of 160 bpm. Rate response has been turned off. I'm an endurance runner (I do a few trail ultras a year and have two road marathons planned in 2023) and also do CrossFit a few times a week. The pacemaker was implanted for bradycardia/sick sinus syndrome/marked first degree AV block and a suspected exercise-induced left bundle branch block. There were a lot of AVNRT episodes captured on a Holt...

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RV Lead Pacing Percentage increased from 26.6% to 96.9%. Is this normal?

Hello Everyone,

I had a pacemaker implanted about 4 weeks ago. I am new to pacemaker and still getting used it to.

Today, I had a pacing test and the report shows RV Lead Pacing Percentage 96.6% which was 26.6% 6 days ago. 
Is this normal?

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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1% pacing only - removal of PM ?

Hello! 

Our child got her PM 2 years ago after syncopes and faintings. 11 seconds pauses at night.

Complete heart block with unclear cause. Never any heart issues before. Meanwile doctors believe it was caused by mild Covid or another virus and it might be recovered.

Since it was implantated it always only had 1% performance. The 1% can result from the daily self checks or it can be that the PM has to do its job, but very seldomly. Nobody could tell us so far if the pm...

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Recent Experience with Accolade RightRate Minute Ventilation settings

I have a BS Accolade L331 PM. I am a biker, so I need the Minute Ventilation feature to function well for me. I am going to meet with my EP, his technical people and a rep.from Boston Scientific on Jan.13, 2023. They will adjust the PM and then put me on a bicycle stress test device to see if their settings are any good. We may have to go around a few times to get it right.

I am looking for other bikers experiences with Minute Ventilation. What settings did you end up with Response...

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Pacemaker Mediated Tachycardia

In September this year my cardiologist/EP diagnosed me as having PVC induced PMT.  The St. Jude/Abbott rep was called in and she changed a setting with my pacemaker and all was right with my world again!  Plus most of my severe fatigue issues were resolved... a most appreciated benefit.  

Just in the past couple of days I have been experiencing arrhythmia, mostly fluttering.  Before I get too concerned I wonder if any of you have this issue and could it simply r...

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Sensed AV Delay

Hi 

Just wondering if anyone might have any idea as to why a 'sensed' AV delay might be programmed longer than a 'paced' AV delay and what effect this might have?  I've always had the reverse programmed e.g. the sensed AVD value is always less than the paced AVD - seems odd! 

Also re: length of AVD. Is 350 msecs a long or average AVD to prevent v.pacing for 1st degree AVB? 

Many thanks 

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A V node ablation

Has anybody out there had a AV node ablation and pacemaker , and do sports eg cycling , golf , swimming .

how do you feel . Are sports possible . Do you feel tired . Any problems 

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Accolade Accelerometer and Minute Ventilation Settings

I just had a Boston Scientific (BS) Accolade L331 implanted. I am a biker and the Pacemaker (PM) has been of no help so far on my bike trainer-a Wahoo Kickr hooked to Zwift. I am going in to the EP in early January to get the PM adjusted. I am 83 and have been biking since I was 71 on a Roubaix. What settings should I ask the Techs at the EP lab to adjust and what would good numbers be. I have App A the programmable options from the BS set up book. So, I would be looking at MV Response factor...

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Prostate Cancer and Pacemakers

I have had lone Afib since mid-2006, diagnosed with an old Holter monitor. Send data via telephone. I was put on metoprolol 50 mg and coumadin. Thus, when I needed meds for the Prostate Cancer (PCa) my oncologist looked for heart friendly ones. Note that I am now 83. When I took up biking again, in 2011, I noticed that hill climbing was problematic. My cardiologist agreed to cut the 50mg metoprolol to 25mg for the summer, when I was biking outside. That made a huge difference in climbing abil...

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Pictures

I just discovered how to upload my photos 🤣 .....Millie 3+9🙏

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My Pacemaker details❤️

First thank you  🙏 Gemita and Lavender for your interest and welcome 🤗 

 I will add a bit more information about my device and while I live in Australia over 50 years I was born and raised in Slovenia 🇸🇮...Europe 
I am not on any medications and I was fitted with  Medtronic:Ensura DR MRI SureScan Pacemaker....Model: EN1DR01 on 22/04/2016. But on 27/04/2016 ; while still in hospital they find out one of the leads did not function,so in we go again🤔 I am pace...

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11:11 p.m.

Got my Biotronik PM implanted in Feb. '22.  Set at 60/130.  Going well.   However in the past 2-3 weeks I've noticed something I hadn't before.  Perhaps this was happening and I just didn't notice.  In any case, as I'm lying in bed at night at 11:11 (give or take a minute) my heart rate suddenly speeds up and I can feel it pounding.  Only lasts about 20 seconds at most, then drops back to normal.  Past couple of nights...

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Success

Just like to say I am jumping up and down as I was finally able to login🤗
I am from Australia and my first pacemaker was fitted 2016. Did not know I had Bradicardia until I have fainted (1st time) while on my little foldable bicycle and unfortunately sustained moderate head injuries....ended in hospital for 18 days. While in ICU I had Ventricular pauses - standstill and the rest is history ❤️ I am super fit and active all my life...now 71yo. Feel actually grateful to the whole episo...

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Pacing or...?

Hi all! Merry Christmas Eve!

Sooo...I primarily had my device implanted 4 years ago for the ICD function but I also have the pacemaker function. Today, I was just resting on the couch and I got a little startled by what felt like a small electrical impulse. It felt a bit like what it feels like when they test my device at checkups. I have a little device at home that can check your pulse, so my husband put it on my finger almost right away. My pulse was in the 50's at...

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New pacemaker member

Hello all. I'm trying to cope with having a pacemaker installed this week due to a 3rd degree block. I've now developed a decent case of anxiety. I'm 59 and thought I was healthy in the cardio world. I was also diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and wondering if this newly installed PM will delay my treatment plans?. Does anyone have similar experience? This whole this is scary 

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iCPET Update

Hello everyone!

Yesterday morning I completed the iCPET at UCLA. It was quite the production and I hope to never repeat it again. The catheter in my neck was so uncomfortable. Anyhow I don't have an answer just yet. I was told they need to review all data and blood work. The doctor did tell me I do not have exercise induced PH, but when I asked him about EI HFpEF he simply said "it's close" but he has to review everything first. He did tell me that he is going to...

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