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Posted by jobecky33 on 2014-09-16 03:05. 2 comments. 18 reads
 
I've never heard of EOL/elective replacement. If it's elective replacement does the insurance company deny payment because it's elective?

Does any one else feel their pacemaker pace? I'd like to know which percentage feel it and their ages? Not a STUDY as in offical but I just wonder

Posted by Rafaela on 2014-09-15 07:00. 4 comments. 107 reads
 
Hi everyone who read my post ,

I need a replacement battery for my icd device but i dont know where to bye it. I live in Albania and here is no place when i can find it. If someone can give me some adreeses where i can find seling recharge i will be very greatful.

Posted by Pacey on 2014-09-14 18:27. 3 comments. 72 reads
 
I am due for a replacement of my 3 leads CRT biv-pacemaker, on september 1 battery life was 2 months left, I have to see cardio for a pre-op appointment but he is not in hospital whole month of september so I have the appointment for 30 september and then I get to hear when I get a replacement. On september 30 I have just 1 month battery life left. I find this a bit late and strange. Some years ago my pm technician said they did not wait for last months but now they do leave it late. Question is how long is the battery- backup when the battery goes?

Posted by mrsb on 2014-09-12 15:41. 4 comments. 105 reads
 
Hi I'm about 4 weeks in with a one lead pacemaker. A paper I brought home from Hosp said that at 3 weeks I can start lifting my left arm above my shoulder with controlled movements and I have been, but as I read about these things I see several diffent time frames for doing this. I've seen up to 3 months. Also the lifting limits are diff also..I've been told 5 lbs, heard 10 lbs. And again the time frames on this are diff...I'm confused and sure don't want my lead coming out or loose😱

Posted by kaykenneth on 2014-09-10 18:27. 5 comments. 138 reads
 
My mother has had 3 attempts to have leads attached to her ICD in the past few years. First attempt the dr. clipped the vein and bleed to the point of the cavity around her heart was filled with blood - the second and third attempt both times the leads became unattached within hours and the last less than 3 weeks. All due to errors made on size and not being attached securely. Her doctor wants to remove all three wires and attach a bigger wire with much better secure stitches. He has not ever removed leads before but feels confident that he can do it "this time". I have done research about laser removal being used (which he does not) with a 98 per cent success. We live in Virginia and I have heard UVA does this type of surgery. Any ...


Posted by chereescott on 2014-09-09 22:03. 3 comments. 122 reads
 
Can physical and emotional stress cause your battery to "die" quicker?

Posted by lynn1234 on 2014-09-09 14:40. 4 comments. 67 reads
 
Does anyone know of a good doctor in Northern California with extensive lead replacement. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I currently am looking for a second opinion. Thank You

Posted by GoodDog on 2014-09-06 08:34. 10 comments. 196 reads
 
I have three leads, one of which is 27 years old. The reason I have three is, because one of the original leads was recalled a year after it was implanted. So when I went in for my first battery (generator) change they inserted a new lead and capped the old one. They have had problems adapting the old lead to the newer generator, but managed to do so successfully.
My doc advised that even though the risks associated with extraction are very low, he doesn't think it is wise to extract unless it is absolutely necessary. I certainly agree. I am hoping that I can get at least 50 years out of it. However, if an existing lead fails, the doc thinks it wise to then extract. He feels that more than three may be a problem. I fear that, because ...


Posted by leadshock on 2014-08-31 14:53. 1 comments. 120 reads
 
For about two weeks, I have been have a tingling from pacemaker to shoulder and up my neck. Now very short of breath, which started about the same time. Getting worse. My primary care person thought maybe congestive heart failure. Four days on lasix and dropped 6 pounds, but still getting worse on shortwindedness.

Posted by vvg61 on 2014-08-29 02:23. 8 comments. 270 reads
 
I am a 53 year old woman who has AV block. I've had a dual-chamber Medtronic PM with first implant in 1983 and am going on surgery #6. The first 4 years were rough: infection, erosion, lead replacement. in 1987 I found a great doc and that PM lasted 12 years. I had it replaced by him again in 1999 and it lasted 10 years. My current PM was put in by another doc in 2009 but needs to be replaced already. The leads are are 27 years old but according to the Medtronic reps who check it, the leads are still functioning. My doc is suggesting lead replacement. After doing some research, I am not too keen on this option since I haven't been having any issues except that the PM didn't last as long this time around. It seems to be a very risk...


Posted by Esmith on 2014-08-28 21:30. 1 comments. 119 reads
 
I have a dual chamber pacemaker. I had a 3rd lead added when my ventricle lead broke a while back. They left the broken lead in. Upon pacer check the tech showed me an odd (as she called it) reading. Instead of the usual "vp"(ventricle paced) on the bottom, it showed "BV" across the strip. Anyone ever have episodes like this recorded on their pacer and is it possible my broken lead is picking up signal?

Posted by pioxen on 2014-08-26 14:06. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
Hello all,
I've been on the pacemaker club forums for about 13 years and have always been comfortable with knowledge Vs pacer issues. However, I've only the two original leads from my 2001 pacer implanted which both have the routine "corkscrew" attachment into my heart. I recently had a St Judes CRT-P implanted and the new 3rd lead does not "corkscrew" into the heart like the others. It's just sitting in the vein as designed. My question is this: How long does it take for the vein wall to attach itself and adhere to the lead for stability? I only ask because I'm 2 months post op, my wound is healed and have no major symptoms...but the Golf Course is "CALLING" my name and I wanna swing away!!!! I've been on the SJM website, g...


Posted by eviemae on 2014-08-23 04:45. 4 comments. 151 reads
 
Does anyone have an issue with a dual lead PM feeling when the bottom lead kicks on? Its like getting kicked in the diaphragm when mine kicks on. Is this normal? I just moved and my new cardiologist is trying to tell me its not possible but my old one told me its normal in young adults/children ( I am only 27).

Posted by Rembrandt on 2014-08-22 18:47. 5 comments. 140 reads
 
Is an air compressor considered a power tool and does it interfere with a pacemaker?

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-08-19 02:55. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
Anyone heard of the new pacemaker that's the size of an antibiotic? Seemingly inserted in a patient in the UK and there are no leads as it fits right into the heart.

Posted by OTANGEL3 on 2014-08-16 19:12. 2 comments. 128 reads
 
I NEED SOME HELP ABOUT A DECISION ABOUT LEAD EXTRACTION PACEMAKER CLUB!

2 WEEKS AGO I HAD TO HAVE MY PACEMAKER REMOVED ON THE LEFT AND REPLACED ON THE RIGHT WITH 2 NEW LEADS DUE TO A MALFUNCTIONING LEAD/LIMITED ROOM ON THE LEFT. ANOTHER EXPERIENCED EP RECOMMENDED THAT I HAVE THE LEADS REMOVED (2) OF WHICH ARE 31 YEARS OLD AND (1) 13 YEARS OLD. THIS PROCEDURE WOULD BE EFFECTIVE AT THIS POINT, BUT I FEEL THIS IS NECESSARY AS I WOULD BE 15-30 YEARS OLDER AND I AM 48.WHAT WOULD YOU DO???

Posted by azviking on 2014-08-14 19:24. 2 comments. 239 reads
 
A website says PM leads are the size of cooked spaghetti. Wow. Without restricting normal blood flow in the veins?

Is the lead "screwed in" to the outside of the atrial, as someone told me? Are any attached to the inside of the heart? How?

It is difficult to imagine a doctor turning one end the spaghetti - even if it is stiff- so that after 30 inches of twists and turns it firmly attaches the other end to a muscle.

Is there a website that describes the mechanics of pacer implants?

My three month old pm is doing its job and my next appointment is in six months - so these questions are to satisfy my curiousity.







Posted by indranil on 2014-08-12 10:05. 1 comments. 166 reads
 
Encouraging news for the heart patients. In near future generator can supply power to ensure smooth functioning of cardiac pacemaker. Chinese scientists have recently developed a nanogenerator which can power a cardiac pacemaker with electricity generated by a patient's breathing. At present the accuracy of a cardiac pacemaker depends absolutely on batteries.

The nanogenerator system was developed by the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems. It includes an implantable nanogenerator as well as an energy conversion and storage device, according to an announcement by Chinese Academy of Sciences.

How is the nanogenerator? It is 12 millimeters long, 12 millimeters wide and 0.7 millimeter thick.

And si...


Posted by chazzf on 2014-08-06 18:24. 4 comments. 240 reads
 
All,

I'm on my 3rd bi-V pacer with ICD. Recently had a blood clot due to too many wires in my SVC (3 active with the current pacer, one inactive from the first pacer). Recommendation was to remove the "dead" wire and reposition one of the others to the outside of my heart. However, my doc is wanting to avoid risk of removing dead wire (scarred into heart wall) and using blood thinner. I'm in favor of moving the wires. Thoughts?

Posted by Dazzler on 2014-08-01 06:43. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi, just had my 2nd pacemaker changed yesterday. Went in at 11am, taken to theatre at 3.45 out at 4.15 and sent home at 5. All went well, usual soreness but not enough to take pain meds. Although it was quicker than the last change this one was more unpleasant. Turned old one Down and heart rate went to 30bpm, once he unplugged the old one was when it got horrible and felt as if I was at about 10bpm, everything went uncomfortable till I got meds to speed up my heart. Went the opposite then and heart was pounding, new box was in and gradually meds wore off. All in al must off been about 5 mins but felt like ages. Just now need to see about getting off beta blockers as I was put on them while old pacemaker was under review for renewal



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