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Posted by GoodDog on 2015-07-29 21:06. 2 comments. 60 reads
 
I would love to hear from anyone that has four leads. I'd be interested to know what the rational was for inserting the fourth lead instead of extracting. Also would like to know if the fourth lead presented any problems.
I will be receiving a new generator very soon and have two good leads and one that had been capped due to a recall. My two good leads are 28 and 20 years old. There is nothing wrong with them as they have tested good with my regular PM checks. However, due to their age, they have already told me that they may want to insert a new fourth lead (to replace the oldest) and/or extract the three for two new leads.
I don't want to have an extraction due to the risks. So I am trying to weigh my options.
THANKS!!!<...


Posted by theravadaz on 2015-07-29 09:01. 0 comments. 60 reads
 
I would just like to run this by everyone, in case anyone has had a similar experience or is just interested.

About a 3 years ago, a year after a pace maker was inserted for heart block, I had alternating episodes of low blood pressure and maximum rate, and high pressure and minimum rate. This was after doing some strenuous work involving driving nails.

The electrophysiologist first said that it was "electromechanical dissociation", and later changed it to "under-sensing." In any case he shut off tracking from the atria and gave me a fixed rate. Another EP was critical and put me back on DDD settings, but eventually I received a vibratory alert that checked out to indicate a bad atrial lead. So he shut off the ba...


Posted by admin on 2015-07-23 13:36. 2 comments. 137 reads
 
Just doing some testing.

Posted by Daisho on 2015-07-21 19:41. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
Well my pacer clinic folks told me I am within spitting distance to getting a new unit. First replacement I am hoping they let me have the old one.

Posted by valentin0906 on 2015-07-17 07:27. 3 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi everyone! I am posting this message in behalf of my father.. He should have an operation for a pacemaker but then we are awaiting for the help of the PCSO.. Unfortunately, it's too much time consuming. It was my mother who's going to their office but then again, they always say to try another day.. My mom is also a senior citizen.. So, a person with a good heart gave a pacemaker to my brother (so thankful to him/her). We just wanted to ask where to have it checked if it still works.. Your response is highly appreciated.. Thank you very much. Btw, we are located here in the Philippines.

Posted by lisa123 on 2015-07-15 08:42. 5 comments. 249 reads
 
Okay, so you know it might just be a bit late at night but I've taken my heartrate three times and it keeps coming out at 65bpm - I was told this would be a good indication it's gone into saver mode and will need battery replacement. My question is how dangerous is this mode. Can I toddle on for a day or two or should I be getting myself to a hospital.

Posted by book61 on 2015-07-14 13:12. 4 comments. 196 reads
 
I had to have pacemaker replaced after 2 months due to loose leads. I think it has happened again. I keep having these episodes. Like it feels hollow in my chest?? First it was just at night when going to sleep, but the past several weeks it happens all the time! Has anyone experienced this awful sensation? First time they told me it was just anxiety until they saw the x-ray and could see the leads dangling! I would really love to hear about anyones experience with this also.

Posted by mpagels on 2015-07-10 13:29. 5 comments. 233 reads
 
I have recently been seeing a Dr. Brenya at Toledo Clinic and have a Biotronik pacemaker installed in my during 2008. This is year doctors being caught getting big payouts to use this product. I was not consulted in advance which type of pacemaker I wanted and entire time I had this pacemaker experienced wild blood pressure swings from syncope to tachycardia. This year the pacemaker died without my doctor catching it in time. He yelled at me for letting it die. How could I know? He had to manually investigate it at the office and I did not have a communication device to tell me battery losing power. I was put in great danger since I have syncope. Doctor only schedules appointments every 6 months and the last visit I saw him it only...


Posted by Tash123 on 2015-07-06 23:11. 5 comments. 219 reads
 
Hi,
I have had this particular pacemaker for five years and I went to get the battery tested this past February, and the dr said I had about a year left. He also informed that I am now 100% dependant. I have had a pacemaker since 2000. I am 24 years old, this is my third one and I have never been 100% until now. The past couple of days I have felt extremely tired, out of breath with no energy. My hr all day has been constant at 60 bpm (which I believe is the low for me) when my normal bpm is around 85. I have never spent so long with this low of an hr and am concerned that I may be EOL earlier than expected. My next appointment is not scheduled until November, but I really do not want to wait if this can be serious. I've never ha...


Posted by tactheemt on 2015-07-02 00:06. 0 comments. 123 reads
 
I just had infective endocarditis 4 months ago due to an infected pacemaker lead. They performed open heart surgery to clear the infection, remove the infected lead, and place new leads on the outside of the heart. I recently had a X-ray that said one of the new leads is frayed. Does anyone know if this is significant, or will it work okay frayed. It seems to be doing okay right now, and I will be seeing the electrophysiologist this month. Does anyone know why a brand new lead would be frayed so quickly? Any help is appreciated, I certainly don't want a repeat of that surgery! Thank you!

Posted by Littletree on 2015-07-01 15:40. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
Hi! I have a new CRT-D defibulator pacemaker which was put in place on June 8, 2015. I thought I was doing fine however this morning I hung a shower curtain and now I am having pain in my heart. Maybe just a pulled muscle. I don't go back for check up for 3 months.

Wondering if I should call in? I have no idea what it will feel like to pull the leads off? Could someone shed so light on this. Thank you I greatly appreciate

Posted by HUJO on 2015-07-01 14:08. 4 comments. 250 reads
 
My device has lasted 8.5 years. It has never paced or gone off. my heart has gotten stronger over the years. Appreciate any comments on replacing it or possibly no longer being a candidate.

Posted by umita01 on 2015-07-01 11:58. 8 comments. 246 reads
 
Hey folks!

I have my first battery change coming up, and truth be told, I'm kinda nervous. Anyone else had it done recently that can tell me what it was like. (Disclaimer: I'm naturally a bit of a worry wart, so would be most grateful to only hear good stories. :))

Thanks,
Uma

Posted by umita01 on 2015-07-01 11:58. 0 comments. 78 reads
 
Hey folks!

I have my first battery change coming up, and truth be told, I'm kinda nervous. Anyone else had it done recently that can tell me what it was like. (Disclaimer: I'm naturally a bit of a worry wart, so would be most grateful to only hear good stories. :))

Thanks,
Uma

Posted by Seabreeze on 2015-06-29 10:44. 3 comments. 175 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. 240 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. 163 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. 244 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. 122 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. 341 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...




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