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Posted by Seabreeze on 2015-06-29 10:44. 3 comments. 45 reads
 
Hi! Lately my PM has been pinching me and or has a heavy achy feeling. It makes me really tired too. Any one else have these feelings?

Posted by ddungaro on 2015-06-24 12:09. 3 comments. 151 reads
 
Hi All
Just for a little background - I am a tricky case as my EP says. I had a six hour long and ultimately failed ablation for SVT. Afterwards, my heart started pausing and skipping beats which led to my PM placement 4 weeks after. I have found through my recent procedures that I do not respond to Versed and was awake for my ablation, PM placement and a TEE that I had a few weeks post surgery. Has anyone used anything different? Being awake for the PM implant wasnt terrible, just uncomfortable. The ablation on the other hand is not something I want to go through again awake.

After a follow up visit a few weeks back it was found that my rhythm has again evolved and turned into atrial flutter with frequent PVCs. We had pla...


Posted by abbeyrd99 on 2015-06-22 16:08. 0 comments. 77 reads
 
I have to have my pacemaker replaced in the next few weeks. This is the first time to have the procedure done. I asked several questions that they were stumped by and are supposed to be getting back wtih me so while I'm anxiously waiting I thought I'd see if anyone else had gone through this.
I am still exclusively breastfeeding my 8-month-old son and want to continue to do so at least until he is 1. I also have a very active almost 4-year-old son.
Do you know if the surgery will greatly impact my ability to nurse? (I don't necessarily mean the medication I'll receive for the surgery, more my ability to move around and the discomfort in the area.) I remember when the device was first placed (before I had both my kids) I wasn't a...


Posted by lisa123 on 2015-06-21 01:51. 6 comments. 169 reads
 
So on my last visit I had two months to 13 months or something like that battery left - my cardiologist had sent me a couple of months ago to the public hospital so they could do it sooner rather than later, but they decided to let the battery run down more. In the meantime the appointment came back up for my own cardiologist (he's private so that's why I can't get it done with him). Anyway he's given me another two months and says he doesn't think the others have any intention of doing it until battery runs down. But he and the technician told me to keep an eye on the indicators of it going into reserve mode i.e. a constant 65bpm rather than rate responsive as it is now. I don't know whether I'm imagining things but have been having spel...


Posted by Leadme on 2015-06-20 01:02. 0 comments. 64 reads
 
After a improper crt d device implant 3 defibrillator lead revisions due to dislodge the. I have a new EP doc. Repositioned device and new defibrillator lead. All went well except during recovery actually a few hours later had tremendous amount of pvcs I was having 12,000 before initial implant when everything settled down about 5 months pvcs could hardly be felt. Now I was told after 2 weeks post op I am having 70,000 my NP put me on solotol for irregular heart beat they said the leads are in place according to St Jude rep no dislodge meant, hoeever, when I breath in big I feel a tightness and mor pvc. They said can't do ablation and try meds to see if everything settled down. I am also exhausted. Comments appreciated. Maybe I have had ...


Posted by mbaker87 on 2015-06-18 23:54. 5 comments. 206 reads
 
I am going in Monday morning, which is four days away, to have lead extraction and a new pacer implanted. This will be my fourth surgery. The first surgery I had a pacer and two leads, ended up with a collapsed lung twice and 12 days in a hospital. My second surgery turned bad when they found a screw was stripped trying to remove old battery. I also got an infection due to suture being rejected and then had a third surgery called pocket revision. Now one of my oldest lead wires (12 years old) is broken and it has to be extracted. The physician will also be removing and replacing the other 12 year old wire and implanting a brand new Medtronic pacer. I am so terrified of this surgery and the risk and just would like to know what to expect. L...


Posted by relax221 on 2015-05-17 13:23. 2 comments. 110 reads
 
WHAT TYPE OF WARNING ALARM GOES OFF SIGNALING BATTERY GETTING LOW ? IS IT A VIBRATING SOUND LIKE A CELL PHONE OR A BELL RINGING ?

I STILL HAVE 2 YEARS BUT CURIOUS

THANKS

MIKE

Posted by JoMarie on 2015-05-17 04:40. 5 comments. 125 reads
 
How do you know which mode your pacemaker is set in? I am advised VVI would be the best for me. I had an AFib episode last week and my pulse felt as irregular as it ever did when I got an attack. I am told this cannot happen with paced ventricles on my dual pacemaker and following an AV node ablation.

However on another site it was suggested that unless I was set in VVI mode, then a signal could break through from the atria and the PM would follow it? Is this true? I felt the Pacing Clinic didn't believe me and told me not to feel my pulse! No need as I can always hear it in my ears anyway..... My husband confirmed an irregular beat at the time. Lasted about an hour. Tracings showed nothing untoward, so I am baffled. A...


Posted by kmartin60 on 2015-05-15 11:54. 6 comments. 135 reads
 
Hi, I went to pacer check in Feb. 2015 and was told I had basically 3 and a half year left but about 4 days ago I started noticing side effects similar to when my last pacemaker went into EOP mode..(I've had this one since 09)

So, I tried to do a teletrace but my machine wasn't working for me so I called and they are sending me a new one right away as soon as they can but.. how long can a person go in the EOP mode?

I'm in a wheelchair so I really don't work up any type of a sweat or a racing pulse at all LOL But the thought of just getting in car to GO to doc makes it race! I am not leaving home until its absolutely necessary. It doesnt do it constantly and when I check my pulse its always mid 60's or higher...Anyon...


Posted by ALbo on 2015-05-11 17:20. 5 comments. 152 reads
 
Hi All

I went for my regular 3 month check up a couple weeks ago and my pacer life went from 20 months to 5. I go back in a week to check it again. They haven't scheduled a replacement surgery yet, since this is my first one I'm a little nervous, and pretty frustrated with my doc for giving me so little info. I'd rather have the surgery sooner than later. Any advice?



Posted by mikenall on 2015-05-06 22:31. 0 comments. 87 reads
 
I received a Biotronik Evia DR-T in Aug. 2013. The impedance on the ventricular lead at implant was 681. I read that the impedance should rise 10-15% over the first few weeks after implant and then remain fairly steady. I had an in person download last month and the PM had recorded a VHR in March. This VHR could be duplicated by my pressing my hands together very hard in front of my chest. They adjusted the sensitivity from auto to 4.5mv. to eliminate the "noise". The impedance on the lead had dropped to 487. I'm now on a 3 month in person followup, as opposed to the remote download. I asked them if the lead was failing and was told "not necessarily". Any opinions out there?

Posted by ShannonMarie33 on 2015-05-05 22:53. 5 comments. 344 reads
 
I recently discovered in February that i had neurocardiogenic syncope. Doctors believed that I had epilepsy since i was five years old but all this time my heart was stopping for 20 seconds or longer. My heart doctor told me it was very rare in fainting disorders. I am thankful that it was finally figured out but I have questions. I had a dual chamber pacemaker put in in February, everything was great at first, but after a week or so I started to feel very sick and i told them about it and they "weren't concerned", I followed all of the directions (don't raise arm above heart level, carry more than five pounds, etc.) well both my leads were pulled out of place and I had to go in again to get them fixed but when i woke up they had informed ...


Posted by FighterGirlxx on 2015-05-04 14:27. 2 comments. 245 reads
 
Hi

So I have a quick question about atrial lead (select secure)...not because I am concerned but more because I just don't understand it and I want to.

So my readings 3-4 months ago were:

Sensing: 3.10v
Impedance: 1001Ω (B)
Threshold: 0.60v @ 0.40ms (B)

In the last couple of weeks:

Sensing: 3.50v
Impedance: 933Ω (B)
Threshold: 0.50v @ 0.40ms (B)

What do these numbers mean?? Can anyone explain - also what affects them changing?

Be good to understand...naturally curious!

Thanks

x

Posted by MaciesMomma on 2015-05-03 20:41. 7 comments. 285 reads
 
My daughter is having a lead and battery replacement tues..just wondering if they will take the old leads out or leave them in after they put in the new ones or is that a different surgery? I have read different things and i am confused. Thanks!

Posted by weatherby460 on 2015-04-30 20:34. 4 comments. 221 reads
 
My pacemaker is about at the replacement stage....I am 38...active....how can I test to know if it is at the point of replacement? Last checkup said I have 1 to 6 months left of battery life. Thanks

Posted by brbowles2010 on 2015-04-30 17:43. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
I now have a icd my doctor want to put in a crt with a third lead. Does anyone have an idea if they can use the two existing leads and just add the third or will they have to be pulled and replaced.

Posted by Sirgladiator on 2015-04-29 23:53. 1 comments. 220 reads
 
Hi my name is Calvyn I have a pacemaker with two leads in the ventricular artery and one in the othe artery. I have to have both leads that are in the ventricular artery that goes close to the bottom of my heart extracted and they have a Cardiac surgery team on stand by in case they nick or make a tare or a hole in my heart or artery . I have had these leads for 29 years and the artery is completely blocked. Can you give me some kind of info on what you think about having this done. I don't want to have my chest cracked open. What do you think. I am scared. The leads that are now there are old and draining my battery my AV delay Is 4.0 that's the power I use out of my battery which wears my battery out in 4 years and it cannot get to 6.0. ...


Posted by Haveaheart on 2015-04-28 19:26. 4 comments. 249 reads
 
I had a Durata crt d device implanted September 2014. While in the recovery room I asked if the pain was normal.they took expat and a lead had dislodged. I was hardly awake and my Dr said I must have moved. He went back in and hooked me back up. Moving forward to March 2015 my PA said you must be doing okay not heard from you and I was finally feeling pretty good EF up to 45-50. Very happy then she said oh you have developed atrial flutter or a-fib She said if it is Af we can do ablation but AFIB you would have to takes med. the dr scheduled me for ablation. After my ablation during recovery I again said I was having severe spasms on my left side the nurse said I was just anxious . Called my EP he said to take a Xanax. Next day went into D...


Posted by tracyflori on 2015-04-28 19:22. 3 comments. 179 reads
 
I am 12 days into an implant and raised my arm for an extended stretch. Should I be concerned?

Posted by Kurlybean on 2015-04-23 21:04. 3 comments. 262 reads
 
Hi, all! Just happened upon this forum and joined. I had no idea it existed. Received my first pacer at 17. Now, at 42, I am ready for #5 and new leads. My existing leads are roughly 20 years old and have some noise. Very nervous every about the lead extraction. Anyone been there, done that?



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