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Posted by book61 on 2015-07-14 13:12. 4 comments. 280 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. 349 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. 342 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. 191 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. 248 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. 321 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. 344 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. 141 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. 257 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. 286 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. 263 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. 312 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. 164 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. 430 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. 218 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. 295 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. 240 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. 218 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. 142 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. 463 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 ...




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