Posted By Beverly on June 26, 1999 at 12:09:09
I am sending this letter for my father . . .
My name is Russell Beachboard and I am going to be 80 years old this August. I have had two major heart attacks and a quadruple bypass. In Dec. 1995 I started to have fibrillations around 150 bpm. Since this time I have had two combination pacemaker/defibrillators fail and am on my third. Initially my heart stabilized between 70-86bpm but then jumped to 100 bpm. I had electroversion; however, for the last 60 days my heart rate has been 90-95 bpm. I am experiencing extreme tiredness and loss of stamina. These are my questions.
1. My pacemaker is a Medtronic combimation pacemaker/defibrillator. My clinician has told me that the pacemaker portion establishes only the low rat at 70bpm but does not control the rate at anyother point. I thought a pacemaker worked as a heart regulator, establishing a low to upper heart beat range and then controlling the heart at a level within these parameters? Is this correct?
2. What is the exact function of a combined pacemaker/defibrillator?
3. What exactly is a dual pacemaker? I understand that I have a problem with the synchronization of my atria and ventricle. Would this help?
*Thank you for your great service*
Posted By Deb on June 26, 1999 at 14:21:03
I am sorry to hear of all your problems. It is sad that we as pacemaker patients do not get any info about our devices. I worked at the same hospital I had mine done and I had to beg for info. I even had one of the cardiologists that I worked with, tell me that they did not want to give their patients too much info because it would make their jobs harder! He did not know I had one! I have a Medtronic's dual chamber pacemaker. I have had sinus arrest and slow and fast heart rates, called sick sinus syndrome. I know that Medtronic's makes the combination pacer/defibrillator. They have a web site that may help you. (www.medtronic.com). Also you may want to try this site too. (www.naspe.org) this is a site of EP doctors and they also have a patient page. North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE)
A pacemaker/defribrillator is not something I know about. I have the dual chamber because I need to have the synchrony between the atrium and the ventricle because I have trouble with just atrial pacing. But if you check some of these sites they have much of the info you are asking about.
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