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Battery low

Six months ago my battery life was 2 1/2 yrs...yesterday my battery life was 5 months. Does anyone know what would cause this?

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New Here — Intro

Hello. I'm new here and thought I'd introduce myself and provide some background...

My cardiac journey started with my daughter, who had been diagnosed with "epilepsy" at age 12 due to seizures.  

Fast forward to her age 20, after multiple "seizures" she when to the doctor where her heart stopped.  It stopped multiple times between the doctor's office and the hospital (what I now know is called an electrical storm).  A great cardiolog...

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Winded walking up hill

Got my pacemaker March 1 2020 right before Covid.  I was 66 asymptotic but my heart rate was below 30 so Dr said it was time.  Before implant I was doing 30mins a day on elliptical - no problem.  After the implant I have to take 15-20 sec breaks intermittently while exercising.  We're on our first trip then and I had to take several breaks while walking uphill - the group I'm with is my age and the other 5 had no problem.  I've spoken to my EP an...

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ICD Settings

Hi All,

New here. Got my ICD 3 days ago. Not sure if this is the place to ask about ICD settings, sorry if not. I've got myself a dual chamber Abbott Gallant DR and sometimes I feel a short electrical pulse in one of the leads. It doesn't hurt, it just sort of feel like a very slight vibration. Is that normal to feel ?

Here's my settings-

Lead Info

Atrial Lead:
High output stimulation did not result in diaphragm stimulationSensing: 2.8 mV Pacing I...

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Today's follow up

Well I walked out with two additional diagnoses. Inappropriate sinus tachycardia as well as orthostatic hypotension. I am also still having episodes of some sort of SVT in the 130-150 range lasting from a few minutes to nearly an hour. My sitting BP was 116/68 and dropped to 103/ 58 after standing. She said I were to be given a tilt table test as suggested before, it would tank.

New treatment plan:

Try metoprolol succinate to see if it lowers my BP any less. Consume as much s...

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2 Days Post Implant Questions

Hello. I am new to the "club" as of Tuesday. I have always had a slow heart rate - was always asked if I am a runner. (I was a runner for about 10 years from 43 years old to 53 yrs old.)  My resting heart rate was typically in the mid to high 40's. Over the past few years, I am now 57, my resting heart rate has dropped to mid to high 30's.  Have been feeling light headed, tired and brain fog for a while and my cardiologist gave the green light to mov...

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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Several questions about settings and behavior of new Biotronik Edora 6 DR-T

Hi everyone, my first post!  I had a Biotronik Edora 6 DR-T implanted about a week ago for sick sinus syndrome, and would appreciate any information or advice on the following.

*    Can this device be causing PVCs or possibly bouts of tachycardia? Or may I be mistaking the PM's activities for these? Over the first few days, I had a lot of what felt like PVCs, sometimes for runs of 5-15 beats, though this calmed down in the next few days. I've had PV...

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Should I be irritated?

As I've been saying, my blood pressure has been rather low. My current average that my monitor gives me is 98/55. 

I called last week and let them know how I was feeling and sent over a transmission, though I didn't think my heart rate or rhythm was the issue at the time. The tech called back and let me know that this was the case, and said that they would talk to the doctor about the blood pressure. I never got a call back.

I went to refill my metoprolol yesterday ev...

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experience with Abbott Gallant DR ICD?

Hi All,

I'm new here. 44yr old male. I got diagnosed with lamin cardiomypathy which basically took me for complete surprise. I am coping with it all. Have bouts of depression about it but what can I do. Does anyone have any experience with an Abbott Labs Gallant DR ? I hear its fairly new but wanted to know if anyone has this ICD. It seems to have a fair bit of technology trademarked. I was implanted yesterday at NYU Langone by a renowed EP and I seem to be healing fine, though...

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still getting episodes of AFIB

Had my 2 lead pacemaker fitted in June after several hospital visits with AF (174 BPM ). It seemed to be fine for months. now getting a few minutes to a couple of hours of very fast heart beats . Is this common ? Could it possibly be the bisoprol . Anyone else had this problem ???. I took bisoprol for about 6 months several year ago for high blood pressure,had to stop because I was getting missed heart beats .I'm fine when all is going okay , but get a trifle...

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Electrical / Conduction system Question

Electrical System Question -   If your SA node is completely non-functioning and your AV node is barely functioning, does a pacemaker replace the electrical / conduction system when the hearts natural pacing system is non working?

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First night sleeping questions

Just came back from ICD implant. Had my surgery at 6AM in NYC. Out by 2:30PM. Was relatively quick and was out the whole time. I have some soreness and was wondering if I can sleep on my right side. 

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Rate dropping

Hi, I have had my 3 lead Medtronic Pacemaker for 4 years. It is set at a rate of 60 ....I run at 60 almost every day. 

Lately I have been running around 59 ( Sometimes lower)

I notified my doctor about this and she she said for my pacemaker it is normal (????) 

This has only been happening within the past couple of months. 

Has anyone else ever had this happen?

I would be appreciated of any information. 

Thanks for any help. 

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PSVT

Hi All, not been on for a while. Annual PM check up today (2nd degree heart block diagnosed 2017). Technician thinks I might be having episodes of possible PSVT. Been feeling tired, drained, dizzy, brain fog, not sleeping....PM check showed episode of possible PSVT for 20mins, BPM 198....how can this be as I have a dual lead PM that is supposed to pace when things are wrong?? Now on Holter monitor for next 3 days and see what happens after that. Any advice??

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Pacemaker

Hi, I'm writing this for my hubby.. The doctors want to implant pacemaker for bradycardia after evolving heart attack & stent placement earlier this year. Husband still has issues of shortness of breath & fatigued, dizziness lightheaded, meds were adjusted & switched, normally he was a active guy, worked on our farm, hay wood etc & worked as a woodsmen & in construction all his life.. Always on the go & very active..& he wants to be able to go back to work doin...

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Pacemaker change

I used to get my pacemaker checked once a year, but now it's every 3 months, on my last check up they say I've got about 12 month battery left. How long before it runs out do I have the operation? 

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Medtronic - How to stop my heart going over 100bpm?

Hi all,

I am an 79 year old male, reasonably fit. Had a Medtronic A3DR01 Advisa MRI SureScan Pacemaker installed in 2015.

Prior to and after having had it installed I have had trouble walking around the block. At the slightest hill I very quickly become fatigued and cannot continue. I can however walk around on "the flat" all day.

Also my heart will rapidly increase to over 100bpm with very little exertion making me feel very unwell. 

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recovery concerns

I had my icd implanted on sept 28th.  I was also put on a beta blocker and a blood thinner.  Blood thinner began on oct 2nd to let wound somewhat heal first.

over the past couple of days I've been feeling achey and skin sensitivity.  Like I have the flu, but I don't  have a fever.  

Maybe I'm just stressed and that's what's causing this.  But can anyone else describe how long it took them tonrecocer from surgery?

&n...

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Hey everyone! Can anyone give me a little guidance as far as blood pressure goes? It’s been higher than usual lately?

I do suffer from bad anxiety so maybe that contributes to it. But my BP is normally under 120/under 80. But the last couple of days I’ve been 127/81; 127/80; and yesterday I was feeling really nauseous which caused me to get panicked and worry that something went wrong, and my BP shot up to 136/80. 

When it was that high I noticed once I relaxed a bit I managed to get the top number down to 115. That was within about an hour or so I wanna say? 

I’m also...

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As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.