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Posted by pinksquirrel on 2014-09-28 23:58. 3 comments. 190 reads
 
I've had my DD Pacemaker for almost a year now and most od the time I really forget I have it until this morning. Yesterday I was using a cultivator with a battery pack. I'm left handed and of course the pm was implanted on the left side. Totally forgot about the warnings that are in the book. When I woke this morning I felt bad and I took my BP and Pulse thinking that I may be in A-fib. Nope but my pulse registered 47 and my pm is set at 70.Humm I got a cup of tea took it again and my pulse was 154 the atrial setting is 130. So I guess my pm is out of whack. Everything has settled down now. Could it have been my using the battery operated cultivator causing EMI?

Posted by michellekport on 2014-09-28 07:42. 5 comments. 282 reads
 
Hello All,

My name is Michelle, I'm 26 years old and have restrictive cardiomyopathy and a pacemaker. I recieved my dual lead medtronic pacemaker in 2009. I found out a couple years or so ago that one of my leads isn't workig properly and because of that it is draining the PM battery quicker than it normally would. They aren't sure why, but they are guessing that there is too much scar tissue around the lead causing it to work harder than it should. If it continues to decline at a continuous rate I will need to replace my PM in 2-3 years. I am 100% paced so I get my leads checked every 2-3 months.
I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar issues with a lead? And, if they had, did they have problems with the new l...


Posted by stricknein on 2014-09-19 10:29. 8 comments. 515 reads
 
My pacemaker was implanted in 2000. I immediately began to have problems with inappropriately attached leads. This caused many problems over the years. I struggled with unwanted shocks and palpitations, etc. for about 7 years. First we turned off one chamber, then finally the other. Eventually the leads really shorted out and depleted the battery. In 2007, I convinced my doctor that I no longer (or never did) need the device and he and I agreed to leave it implanted. It has now been off for 7 years and I've never felt better. I play tennis 3 times a week and golf twice a week and walk 4 miles 3 times a week.

I spoke to an engineer at Medtronics about 5 years ago about the relative safety of leaving the device in place v...


Posted by dmoo on 2014-09-17 14:08. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
Hi, I had a DDDR pacemaker fit a few months ago as I had irregular low heart beat. Till a few days ago it was working well producing a heatbeat in 70s. But last few days I find my heart beat drops to 40s sometimes during movement sometimes it is in 70s. Im also expriencing palpitations. Can anyone please tell why it is so? What to do?.

Posted by venky on 2014-09-17 10:28. 5 comments. 224 reads
 
Usually how long the battery of the pacemaker lasts , in my case it was implanted about three years and seven months back. Can you mail answer to this question to kgvenkatesh10@hotmail.com

Posted by jobecky33 on 2014-09-16 03:05. 4 comments. 236 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. 248 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. 218 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. 237 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. 6 comments. 273 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. 207 reads
 
Can physical and emotional stress cause your battery to "die" quicker?

Posted by lynn1234 on 2014-09-09 14:40. 4 comments. 140 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. 297 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. 186 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. 352 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. 183 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. 191 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. 216 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. 187 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. 270 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.



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