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Posted by susiebear on 2015-03-27 10:09. 2 comments. 49 reads
 
Hi all, i am worried about my battery life. I went in December and was told I had 11 months remaining and to come back in March. I have just been and now am told there is less than 3 months and that's all it says so could be a few weeks left. He is putting me forward for replacement and i should hear soon. I'm scared it will run out while I'm driving?? I was told on here a few months ago that it goes on default mode of 40 beats but surely if it went from say 90 to 40 whole driving it would make me dizzy. I can't understand why it's dropped so quick this has never happened before. Has anyone any advice? I would appreciate it, thanks

Posted by cody1975 on 2015-03-22 21:52. 7 comments. 268 reads
 
Just read a few older posts on this and am promptly freaking out. In December, doc said 3-6 months left - I had a bunch of other issues and somehow I don't have an appointment with the surgeon till the very end of April. The doc that checks me regularly (they are both electro guys - but HMO does not pay for the one who put current PM in, and I am total wuss about even having it checked. Now, for about a month, I just feel off - in a before-PM-kinda-way. Shortness of breath, fullness in chest, dizzy, very tired. Do I pay a lot and see the doc I know and trust as soon as he can see me, or bug the guy I never met just just deal? From all I have read on here, I think it is probably already in safe mode, yes? Thoughts, please and thank yo...


Posted by mlee on 2015-03-19 12:37. 3 comments. 211 reads
 
I had a stress echo and X-ray done yesterday due to shortness of breath and a fluttering feeling in chest after exercising. The echo showed extra beats and PVCs, which lead them to believe something was wrong with the placement of my pacemaker lead. The xray showed there is a loop (like a roller coaster) going into the left ventricle, possibly tickling the muscle and causing the extra beats. They are turning off my pacemaker because it is potentially dangerous. I have the pacemaker for second degree heart block, and am not 100% dependent on it. All 3 EP doctors have agreed that I need to have the leads extracted. I am scared to death. I'm looking for reassurance or any advice. What do we know about lead extraction surgery? My EP sa...


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-15 19:05. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
Hi all, I have researched battery life relationship with usage on here. I am now trying to apply my understandings to my own self to plan and prepare head. Yeah, I'm one of THOSE people : )
I would greatly appreciate comments/corrections/help from you all.
When I had my 1st visit with the Medtronic Rep before my release fom hospital for PM implant, he told me I had the brand new 14 yr. model w/ updated 'bells & whistles.'
I realize 14 yrs. would be the outside, optimum life for the battery, and I shouldn't expect mine to go so long. Even so, I was greatly surprised to see, 5 wks later a projected life of 9.5 years.
I am 100% paced & sensed. Also, I had 11, 465 PVC singles, 648 PVC runs, and 17 PAC runs. This soun...


Posted by rchrd on 2015-03-15 01:58. 10 comments. 292 reads
 
I have a 7 year old medtronic ICD. The low battery alarm has been beeping for almost a year now. It goes off every morning at 10:30,
but for the past few days it has ALSO started going off a second time at random times.....
I don't intend on having anything replaced. Can anyone tell me if the beeping episodes will increase to several times a day ?
It has shocked me more times than I can remember, 4 times back to back last May. That hurt like hell. I'd rather just have the damn thing run out already.

Anyone else getting more than one beeping series a day ?

Posted by Sparkie on 2015-03-07 13:02. 0 comments. 110 reads
 
Hello All,
My over flow of the leads are placed on the left side. They pop out and touch my nerves in my arm. ( close to the underarm) Sometimes the pain is extreme to the point of almost passing out. I have a different EP Dr then who did the implant. She does not want to open me up due to infection But if I need it done she will do it. I was thinking of duct tape . ha ha ha ... But I went to a pharmacy and found sports tape and pulled the wires away from my nerves in my arm. It has improved 70 percent. Thought I would post this in case some one else is having issues.

Sparkie




Posted by SparkyNoel on 2015-03-06 13:52. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
I went for my annual device check and have learned my battery life is four years. I have only had my PM for 14 mos. I am 100% ventricular paced. I am not aware of what percent I am atrial paced. I have episodes of atrial tachycardia which I take Flecainide. I am a bit concerned that I have used over half of the "battery life" in little over a year. My f/u appointment w/my cardiologist is in July. Should I be concerned? The device nurse didn't seemed to be. Any input/comments would be appreciated.

Posted by scooter11 on 2015-03-04 05:12. 4 comments. 182 reads
 
hello my friends can anyone help me with this how can you tell if a LED has came apart from your paserThanks in advance have a wonderful day

Posted by pamurello on 2015-03-02 13:03. 4 comments. 202 reads
 
Can you tell me if there are any effects of a low battery. Mine is due to be changed out and I have bee n very tired and depressed. Is this normal?

Posted by mango-gardener on 2015-03-02 12:31. 9 comments. 291 reads
 
Im scheduled for lead extraction and replacement of pacemaker/leads later this month. The leads are original ( 20yo) and this will be my 3rd generator.
Ive done a search here and it seems that a number of people have had the extraction procedure. I was wondering what the post operative recovery was like in terms or going back to work and activities. The generator exchange was a breeze and I went to work the next day. I hope the extraction is the same.
Thanks.

Posted by pjrunner on 2015-03-01 08:18. 2 comments. 129 reads
 
I am about to get my 3rd battery change out of my dual chamber PM. My doctor does not like the fact that the leads are so close to the skin and that they might catch on something. I am a thin 66 year old woman and very active. I do Body Pump (lifting of heavy weights over head etc., Zumba, Combat etc) I don't want this new placement to impede my ability to work out as normal. Does anyone have experience with subpectoral placement and lifting weights?

Posted by scorpfan on 2015-02-28 21:29. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
I had my 3rd pm fitted 3 weeks ago. I got a Medtronic DR MRI Surescan, which is great, but my question is, since I don't have Surescan leads can I still have a MRI scan should I need it?
I was in EOL so it is nice feeling great again.
Thanks.

Posted by judebee on 2015-02-28 00:35. 3 comments. 174 reads
 
Hey heart people!

Full 2 1/2 months since the PM was inserted and it's been amazing! No Stokes-Adams or heart stopping moments!

I do get a very Intense shocking pain at the site of my PM (right side) when my PM kicks in. It's not unbearable because it lasts a second at most but very intense.

Anyone else had this? Is there a way to stop it? Not a life or death question but I do give a comical yelp on regular occasions!

Thanks!

Posted by ROGERFLETCHER on 2015-02-27 11:24. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
I am a keen skier and fell in January breaking a bit off the top of my shoulder.This was not on my pacemaker side, but it did make me want to ask if anyone had experience - or had heard of anyone breaking their collar bone on the pacemaker side - and wether there was the possibility that that could damage the leads?
My doctor had never heard of this happening - but have any of you?

Posted by smile4danni on 2015-02-27 02:48. 12 comments. 315 reads
 
I have just had my first unit change and my only word I can think of is brutal. I know we are awake for the procedure but aren't we supposed to recieve some sedation. I did the first time and it wasn't as traumatic as this time. I am actually quite shocked at how horrendous this was. Has anyone else had this and did you receive sedation?

Posted by marcid12 on 2015-02-21 17:24. 3 comments. 135 reads
 
I have had my crt-d for 3 1/2 years and will need a replacement soon due to a low battery. Wondering if this a normal life expectancy of a battery.

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-02-21 14:24. 1 comments. 257 reads
 
I had my Medtronic Versa rate responsive pacemaker replaced after 7 1/2 years on 02/13/2015 at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida medical Center. Dr. Platt, an electro physiologist, who implanted my original pace maker performed the procedure in less than an hour and all went smoothly. The new one is a Medtronic Advisa rate responsive. model which is MRI compatible. I still have the original leads, so hopefully I will not require an MRI at a later date. My original pace maker went into "End of Life/End of Service" about three weeks before my replacement and locked my heart rate at 65 bpm and I was really feeling lousy, especially with just walking. Felt my energy returning almost immediately after the replacement. Since I could not get my ...


Posted by Lsmith15 on 2015-02-19 09:51. 2 comments. 170 reads
 
My main heart doctor is at Vanderbilt which is 4 hours from me. I have a rare genetic heart problem and that's why I have to go to Vanderbilt. I have another doctor local that does checks every so often just so I don't have to drive 4 hours for a check. I went the other day to my local doctor and he told me my battery only had 8 months left. I have an appt in July at Vanderbilt which is 5 months away. I called them to let them know I only had 8 months left and they said it was ok to wait until July. They tell me I have some kind of an alert that will let them know when I have 6 months left. I'm pacing 80% of the time. My local doctor tells me if I only have 8 months left I should have it changed in 5 months or sooner since I'm pacing so mu...


Posted by petethetreat on 2015-02-19 02:26. 3 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi there, been told i've to get a replacement battery as its now showing 6 months left. Does anyone know what the approximate waiting time is for this procedure? I live in the UK (Scotland) and using "google" it appears around 18 weeks but i'm not sure how accurate this is. Just wondering how long others have waited - thanks

Posted by mrhanchang on 2015-02-17 19:53. 1 comments. 80 reads
 
At a check up of my PM on 20-Jan-2015 I was told my battery was running very low. Meanwhile one of the two leads went bad. I was told the data collection part quit working at atrium end. I was worrying about inserting a new lead which could be a more complicate procedure. However eight days later in the surgery room the doc told me they found out both leads were good. All I need was a box change. The doc explained that when battery runs low the device may selectively shut off certain function and make the atrium lead appear not transmit anything. That was a good news and I appreciate the last minute double check of leads right before PM replacement.



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