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Posted by Padden71 on 2016-04-16 15:04. 5 comments. 270 reads
 
I have a biotronic pacemaker and get frequent episodes of feeling faint. The consultant told me that sometimes the battery is turned of to save the battery. I have a monitor box by my bed. Is this true about the batteries being turned off?

Posted by kayb5170 on 2016-04-10 23:49. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
Had PM implanted Sept 2015. 2nd degree AV block. Ended up in ER and catheterization as they thought I was having a heart attack. No blockage but noticed lower chamber not firing - up to 23 second intervals. Things had been fine until a week ago when starting experiencing same symptoms as prior to PM - short of break, weakness, etc. Progressed quickly to point I ended up in ER. BS rep came in and did interrogation. When she checked the lower chamber something happened and all symptoms went away. Rep said nothing was wrong but I don't think she was being truthful. Didn't get any report but had previously scheduled (before ending up in ER) interrogation for this week. Will they be truthful with me??

Posted by 007kitty007 on 2016-04-10 15:43. 2 comments. 331 reads
 
Hi! I am new to the club . I meet with my surgeon this week to discuss the changing of my first battery. I'm a little nervous. Unlike me most of you that I have research, my pacer is gastric because I have gastroparisis. I've had a lot of abdominal surgery and I am concerned about this one because I don't know what to expect. I appreciate your insight. Thank you!

Posted by M151-A2 on 2016-04-09 15:35. 3 comments. 301 reads
 
Hello, My 88 year old mother had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted 4 weeks ago. I do not know the make and model yet but I will. She is happy and doing well and that's a blessing I wont forget. But she mentions to me that if she places her hand over the pacemaker she can fell that it is warm. Not warm like it bothers her but just warm. She even says she likes it when sleeping because she can warm her hands. All I said to her was to inform her doctor during her next visit and see if this is normal. I have also asked my sister who goes with Mom to insure the question is asked. I then joined this club to ask and research myself. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Mom lives three states away. Thank you for taking the time to read my...


Posted by FriscoFloyd on 2016-04-03 14:26. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
Hello all, I wanted to introduce myself. I have had a pacemaker since March of 2008 and a defib since Jan 2009. I just had my batter/gen change done on Wednesday and since I feel so much better. Its hard to explain but I don't have shaky legs, I don't get bobble headed.. My mind feels more clear and I have more focus. I was wondering if anyone else had this feeling after a battery change. I been feeling pretty bad overall the last 3-4 months and overnight I am doing like I was 4 months ago which was basically living a normal life. Thanks so much for your comments.

Posted by mariamachin987 on 2016-03-28 18:11. 9 comments. 592 reads
 
if I choose not to change my battery of my pacemaker and die naturally . How many years or months will I live.

Posted by snorko on 2016-03-20 04:57. 4 comments. 384 reads
 
Hi all,

I got my second pacemaker about 2 weeks ago. Have had what they thought was a pocket hematoma, but they were treating with antibiotics just in case.

Today, a bunch of infection started to drain from a tiny hole in the top of my incision. I called, and the cardiologist says that I will need to have the whole system taken out.

I am terrified, because I understand that the lead removal requires a trip to the cardiac OR, not just cath lab. My leads have been in for just over 11 years.

Any comforting words and/or experience with the same procedure would be great.

Posted by JuPage on 2016-03-14 18:36. 4 comments. 339 reads
 
Hi,I am due to have a new box put in my first since being placed. I am scared stiff as I had such a bad experience when I had my pacemaker implanted.

Do they give you a sedative to keep you calm?

Posted by memme on 2016-03-10 00:16. 5 comments. 487 reads
 
I had a Medtronics pacemaker/defibulator/synchronizer implanted June 2015. After getting up the next day from the hospital bed I felt an internal thumping or hiccup. The technicians and doctor tested all of the signal points and determined to turn off this part and let the lead settle. In September I was tested and the final signal point tried did not give me any thumping. I was happy. Now, in March 2016 I had a couple of days of returned thumping. I went in earlier this week to be tested and it was determined that the lead would have to be relocated. It seems that it has moved and the signal points that don't have thumps did not hit the correct chamber of my heart for correct synchronization. They turned that part off and I am slat...


Posted by DiannM on 2016-03-08 15:20. 4 comments. 365 reads
 
will be 4 weeks post op from pacemaker placement. Last week I started gently moving my arm more and noticed that at the end where the leads were attached to the pacemaker, it was poking out and very visible during certain movements. is this normal?
I am very small framed, so I wondered if that maybe the reason it is showing through.

Posted by Datamaiden on 2016-03-06 14:43. 3 comments. 483 reads
 
Hello everyone,
I came across this forum by happy accident - which I had found it years ago! I just wanted to post a short introduction and hello to everyone before I jump into the pond. I have SSS, 100% pacemaker dependent. Was misdiagnosed or undiagnosed all of my life until heart failure nearly killed me. That was 2003 when I got my PM. I had the battery/PM replaced once in 2009 and am now laying abed waiting for the next one. The first time I kept asking my MD to check me, I was not feeling well. (All in my head, I'm fine, bla, bla, bla). When they finally did check me the put me straight in the hospital for surgery. It amazes me that they let me get to feeling so bad before they would do anything, but when they did, they...


Posted by Sharon321 on 2016-03-02 19:59. 4 comments. 478 reads
 
Hi I'm on my third icd I have been told that one of my leads is fractured and needs replacing. Any one else had a lead replaced ? And how was it and the recovery time.

Posted by athlete735516 on 2016-02-28 07:52. 2 comments. 399 reads
 
Hi! I have had my pm for 4months last Tuesday and an about to go in to try to get my ventricle lead moved. It stimulated my diaphragm from the beginning so they turned my voltage down and my rate down to 35 to keep me from feeling it. They wanted to do surgery right after they found the problem but I convinced them to wait until after my basketball season was over. Well now it's over but they said they might not be able to extract it but will have to put another lead in.

I have a few questions... First, if they leavi it in does it stay in forever?? And second, how many more leads can I get before no more fit? If I have to have a pm for the next 70 or 80 years how many times do leads need replacing?

Posted by annie21 on 2016-02-26 10:06. 2 comments. 404 reads
 
On 18/1/16 had broken heart syndrome - PM checked, said all ok, attack had nothing to do with PM... Since then, i have been woken up several times by an alarm, very faint, no alarms in room. When i told hubby about it he said he has heard it to, Could it be coming from my pm, never had this with first pm. I have a st judes duel lead.

Posted by manduf on 2016-02-25 18:53. 4 comments. 352 reads
 
Thankyou for your replies.This is my first pacemaker and believe it or not I have had it in 29 years.It is due for changing, I am scared they dont know if I will need a new lead aswell.I wonder if any of the leads will be any good after all those years.I had it put in because I had a fast pulse, then after 5 years it went slow and missed beats.I only had bradycardia for a week then they put the pacemaker in . Sometimes I wonder if I ever really needed one.I have probably just been using one lead for some years then.

Posted by manduf on 2016-02-25 16:02. 3 comments. 317 reads
 
Hi I am a new member
I have a dual lead pacemaker. Years ago o was told the atrial lead was not working 100 percent, but as I felt ok they would leave it. Now I have been told that it seems like the atrial lead is just sensing Does anyone know what this means.Thankyou


Posted by Gama2Mac on 2016-02-24 10:23. 2 comments. 365 reads
 
My pacemaker was implanted in October 2015, so fairly new. I was told it would be the size of a quarter but it is as big as the palm of my hand. I have the PM because my heart was "pausing" for 6-7 seconds at a time when I was sleeping. During the day it would only be for 1-2 seconds but it has dome the short pauses all my life.
When I sleep, the PM seems to get pushed away from my shoulder so the muscle around it is always sore. But my real problem is pin prick pain at the points on the pacemaker which I assume are the leads - there are 5, I can feel them. It happens many times a day and after a few of them in any one one spot, the area is very sore for hours. It happens at one point more than the others but they are all affecte...


Posted by marlene602 on 2016-02-24 06:20. 4 comments. 474 reads
 
Hi all,

I am 29 going on 30 who will need my old leads to be removed since I've had some really old leads in me since the age of 5.

My new doctor who just replaced my pacemaker 2 weeks ago said there are leads in there that are no longer in use and would need to be removed due to having 5 leads in me and have reached my max.

This is or was my 4th surgery, and he is telling me that he has removed leads before but that there is a 50/50 chance...?? I mean how scary is that... I'm not even 30 and he wants me to do this soon before I get any older.... so for my piece of mind... what should I do? Get it done soon or wait till my next replacement which will be another 9 years... and I will be 39 than.


Posted by EricWein54 on 2016-02-18 04:03. 2 comments. 348 reads
 
St Jude ICD Had battery check in early February, third week in February ICD made a high speed vibrating noise. Went to doctor to have battery checked found out battery needs to be replaced within the next four weeks. No know way to measure the length of battery to within a month.Battery use can very depends on person and if the defibrillator is used and how often the person depends on pacemaker, activity,readout storage is also a contribulating, factor that can attribute to usage

Posted by patmellis on 2016-02-11 10:53. 1 comments. 305 reads
 
I had my pm implanted on 1/28 then the one lead moved and they did a lead revision on 2/9. After going in the doctor said the pm was flipped wrapped with leads and some leads were on my right side. Basically he said this twiddlers syndrome is caused when the patient is playing with the pm - turning or moving it. I know I never did that consciously. Maybe while sleeping at night as I am a restless sleeper. Anyone else experience this?



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