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Posted by PMC on 2014-11-20 07:40. 2 comments. 64 reads
 
Had my pacemaker battery change on tuesday all went well got out on the same day a little sore and swollen but expected so few dyas rest then back to normal thanx guys for all the advice and gd words xxx

Posted by KC on 2014-11-19 15:26. 5 comments. 116 reads
 
Ok. Anyone ever have chest pressure/feel like you could burp/maybe cough. Noticeable sometimes on movement like on riding lawn mower. It is not when my pacemaker is firing. (I use it less than 1% of the time). Just up into my throat etc.

They're thinking it is a possibility of the location of the lower lead and where it is at. I also have scoliosis so I'm not straight. They are considering moving the lower lead. Leads have been in since 4/2013.

Anyone have those type of symptoms just by the prescence of the device/leads? Ever have a moved lead? Thoughts? I'm freaked to have them go back in. But the feeling is there are 30-45% of the time in a 30 day period. So since I've gotten the PM I haven't really been able to ig...


Posted by Hunter94 on 2014-11-19 14:15. 6 comments. 196 reads
 
Hi my name is Hunter. I'm 20 years old. I have had my second pacemaker since 2008 and I have two leads. Now that it is 2014 I know I need to get it changed, but haven't been to the doctors for about almost three years. I was wondering if there was a way without going to the doctors to figure out if the battery is empty? I mean is there any signs like shortness of breath, pain, etc. ? I haven't been to the doctors, because I need to get insurence and now I need to find a doctor who specializes in pacemakers. It's been taking me sometimes to find one, because I'm so busy being a student and Im kind of scared. I have to leads. I over heard my old doctor say that it can be dangerous to remove leads, that they need to surgical teams in the room...


Posted by kennyg on 2014-11-18 01:03. 4 comments. 118 reads
 
Just had a checkup on the pacer and the Doc said the battery was running low (7 years).
I guess they change the pacer. Is this a big procedure?
a bit nervous I guess.
Ken

Posted by PMC on 2014-11-16 18:10. 3 comments. 146 reads
 
Getting my pacemaker changed this tuesday i have a few questions if anyone can help

1.how long does it take to do procedure?
2.I know i will be sedated will i feel anything kinda worried about that never been awake for an operation?


Posted by PMC on 2014-11-09 18:46. 3 comments. 273 reads
 
Getting my pacemaker changed in a weeks time and have a few questions if anyone knows anything? many years ago when i got my pacemaker fitted one of the leads didnt work right and i felt dizzy faint because my heart couldnt pump the blood fast enough i wanted to know when they take my old pacemaker out to fit new one how do they keep my heart at a normal rhythm so i dont feel faint and dizzy lol is that a stupid question to ask lol also will i feel anything when they do the procedure

Posted by judyblue on 2014-11-09 08:42. 1 comments. 202 reads
 
I read with much interest the responses from donr and Inga to vattens1 about the lines on the Medtronic card. I hope you all can help me understand battery life. My Medtronic is a year old. my last four pacer checks say Dec, 2013 6 years battery life (at that time device is 2 months old). March 2014 I am up to 10.5 years. June 2014 10 years. November of this year I am down to 6.5 years! I am pacing at 2.2%. I looked at battery voltage and the sequence for that time period went: 3.04v, 3.04v, 3.03v, 3.02v. It is decreasing, but steadily, not like the projected battery life which actually increased when the voltage decreased. The most distressing part is the 6.5 years is the average of 4.5-8.5 years. I have had lots of issues with this thing...


Posted by merrilee on 2014-11-08 16:31. 5 comments. 162 reads
 
Hello, I have a heart defect I was born with. I had my pacemaker replaced in May 2014. Now I am being told that my heart is skipping beats and I need another lead added to my pacemaker for the bottom chamber of my heart. I had my pacemaker placed durning open heart surgery 11yrs ago so the leads are on the outside of the heart. The doctor is taking about replacing all the leads and adding the new one. From what I have read they can not remove the leads placed on the outside of the heart.

My question is has anyone had this done? What are the risks of the surgery? What is the recovery time?
Please help! I am totally freaking out and I'm obsessing about it 24/7.

Posted by vvg61 on 2014-11-08 11:46. 3 comments. 254 reads
 
I am 53-year-old woman with AV block and have had a PM for 31 years. I posted here way back in August because EP suggested a lead replacement of my 27-year-old leads. I was freaked out (to put it mildly) and took everyone's suggestions and slowed the process down so that they would actually LOOK at my chart to determine it was medically necessary and not just something that the referring doc "thought" might be warranted.

They did an echo, chest xray, and venogram to get more data. I actually got the EP and my cardiologist to talk to each other a couple of times and asked them to verify that it was medically necessary, since my EP was new to me. After 6 weeks with an EOL battery (stressful!), the surgery was scheduled. I had...


Posted by Shanny on 2014-11-06 23:08. 6 comments. 208 reads
 
Hi Everyone, what is the typical battery life of a pacemaker? I've had mine for about seven years! Anybody had a recent battery change? How was it? Do they put in a whole new device?

Posted by CynthiaGrear on 2014-11-01 21:48. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
Has anyone had a lead detach from the heart after having it in place for several years? I had my original Boston Scientific CRT-D put in 8 years ago and everything went fine until this summer when I started an exercise program where I was going to a gym and lifting light weights. My doctor says this is highly unusual to have a lead move after this long, and now there is so much scar tissue around the leads that they can't get another lead in without doing a laser procedure to dissolve the scar tissue. I am seeing a cardiac surgeon on Wednesday to discuss the procedure and I am very concerned about this surgery because I understand it can be dangerous. Any comments would be appreciated.

Posted by susiebear on 2014-10-27 12:47. 11 comments. 189 reads
 
Hi all, I wish I had found this site before now, I have had my pacemaker for 14 years now. I had open heart surgery at 24yo which left me with total heart block.
I have always suffered with ventricular ectopic beats (1000's a day) since i had my surgery, but now I am experiencing much bigger palpitations and I am wondering could the battery be causing this? with it being due for a replacement? These palpitations are so big they make me dizzy and feel so horrible, each time i wait for the huge beat at the end, i worry its not going to come the gap between the horrible feeling and the huge beat at the end is longer, it feels like my heart doesnt beat for that duration.
Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be down to the batte...


Posted by jkdutta on 2014-10-25 12:23. 4 comments. 181 reads
 
I am having Pacemaker , Biotronik make Evia DR T since 6th June 2011. On 26th October 2014 Doctor has put " Rate Drop Response " ON. Will it have any effect on balance battery life ?
What will be expected balance battery life of the Pacemaker ? What is normal battery life of a Biotronik make Evia DR T pacemaker ? If it is required to change battery then only battery will be changed or the existing one has to be replaced with new pacemaker ?

Posted by TailLight on 2014-10-18 21:26. 2 comments. 227 reads
 
Hi. Im new here, so forgive me if this post is in the wrong area!

My husband recentlyt had his pacemaker battery replaced, in August. He noticed some "pauses" in his pulse, i.e. 2-3 beats, then pause, then 2-3 beats. He had it checked with a phone check and they told him they were benign extra beats, but have his electrolytes tested, just in case. All lab work was fine. He's going in on Monday to get the pacemaker checked, but over the phone someone told him it's not the pacemaker, and they want to give him a stress test, etc. He swims a mile practically every day and gets his heart rate up to about 155. So he told them that.
He says this never happened with his old pacemaker. A different surgeon operated this time.


Posted by InTheAir on 2014-10-17 14:04. 2 comments. 184 reads
 
Hi,

I recently had my PM replaced as well as a new lead installed. The old lead was capped and it is currently on top of the PM, OK... more like half on half off. It is not comfortable. I spoke to the doc and he said it must have moved, but it was there when I woke from the operation. Anyway, he is going to place it under the PM. I'm not sure that will be any better. So, what I would like to know is where is a capped lead normally placed?

Thanks,
Paul

Posted by PMC on 2014-10-13 15:30. 5 comments. 276 reads
 
Hi im 35 from uk ive had a pacemaker for nearly 17 years now and ive had 3 new pacemakers but never a battery change they always gave me a new one because i was getting bigger and older im going into hospital in the next 2-4 weeks for battery change and was wanting to know do they put you to sleep because ive heard people saying they dont and im no likeing that idea lol

Posted by catj on 2014-10-10 13:18. 6 comments. 345 reads
 
Hi all- i'm new to this forum. I'm 40 and have had my defibulator (on my 2nd) since I was 28. I'm due for a battery change in the next few months and now the doctor is telling me my lead is requiring more ampage and so she thinks that means there is something wrong with the lead. She mentioned having it extracted but everything I read says that is risky. I have a 4 and 6 year old and am very scared to not be with them. I've been crying since Wednesday! A previous doctor had told me if the leads ever needed changing they would just add a wire. He had explained my vein as being the size of my pinky finger and the leads being the size of a hair. Not sure that is right, but made me feel like there was room for more leads if needed. Th...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-08 07:26. 8 comments. 385 reads
 
hi friends i am 20 years old male. my PM was replaced 2 month before and paced for 6.5 years. so my question is that is my new PM will also going to pace for 6.5 years or there are any chances for pacing 10+ years i am patient with CHB my PM is MEDTRONIC DDDR pulse width of pm is 2.5V. also before my last pm replaced i got shock of current from water pump after 3 years of current shock i start feeling my heart rate and after 3 days when i got check up my pm battery was down. the shock was not of high volts but os there chances the PM battery was drained my shock? because after 3 hours i start feeling some symtops. also my doctor said that this new installed pm have better battery life of 12-15 years ! please give me your suggestion about t...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-05 11:16. 3 comments. 273 reads
 
hello friends i want to ask a question that how long pm leads can pace? what is expected lifetime of leads? i am on my second pm they only changed my pm and leads are not changed. is the risk increases with time if leads are extracted after long period? is there chances the leads can work for 50 years ? i am 20 years old male i am on my second pm the first was implated 7 years before and second one 2 month before

Posted by skyepacer on 2014-10-03 19:15. 2 comments. 301 reads
 
Hello Everyone, It's been a while since I have been on the site. Hoping everyone is doing well out there in Heart Land. I wonder if anyone can help with my question. Looks like I am facing having my atrial lead changed due to immense irritation of my pericardium. Long story, brief summary. My current pacemaker was placed just over two years ago, and I have both atrial and ventricular leads though only the atrial one is being utilized to keep my own native heart rate from dropping below 45. I am otherwise healthy, a young 60, fitness teacher with no other meds or issues. Anyone out there been through the lead change lately with a 2 year old device? Thank you so much for your time and I wish everyone well. I appreciate your responses in adva...




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