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Posted by louisejfarrar on 2014-05-23 09:16. 2 comments. 307 reads
 
Hey I am almost 22 had a pacemaker put in at 12
And now I dont need it anymore as I have grown out of my problem (vasovagol syncope episodes)
I am now left with the option to either leave it In for the rest of my life (risk of infection, and the longer its left in harder to extract) or take it out now but there are risks involved with lead extractions.
Im so scared and confused, has anyone had lead extractions that went well

Posted by Dave H on 2014-05-20 21:51. 1 comments. 288 reads
 
My message is 40% inquiry/60% rant. I've had a Medtronic 3-lead Consulta implanted 2years ago so I've got some time (4 -6 yrs - I'm being 100% paced) before the battery runs low. Checking the posts here, and my personal experience suggests that we all have about a 50% chance of choosing the correct Doc for any procedure. My history: An EP ignored my 125 pulse for 2 months (post atrial ablations) before he agreed to see me in clinic. A couple years earlier, his non-EP buddy gave me bacterial pneumonia during a TEE/cardioversion procedure. I replaced that cardiologist with one who decided to put me on Aspirin as an anticoagulant when a blood draw revealed my low platelet issue. Even I knew Aspirin is not the correct treatment as an ant...


Posted by Jim1958 on 2014-05-20 04:03. 4 comments. 347 reads
 
I've only had pacemaker 6 weeks as of this Thursday.

First Surgery Pacemaker had moved within 1/2 hr of surgery, taking the slack out. This was shown on x-ray, VA never told me and upper lead came out on day 5. The Electro Dr. was on vacation so Heart Surgeon did surgery. He never sutured the suture sleeves. So thought it was all him.

But now 2nd Surgery by Electro Dr. all went great he also Sutured around pacemaker, got lead into roof which 1st Dr. didn't. I go to 7 day follow up. X-Ray shows upper lead is out once again.

Has anyone heard of this? I was Extremely Careful 2nd time.

I do remember coughing 1st time right after surgery. I do have chest muscles, not large but do workout everyday and ...


Posted by aki1990 on 2014-05-20 02:28. 5 comments. 396 reads
 
Hi everyone,
need your guidance.
I had sigma DDR pacemaker implanted in sept-2004.

I just got checkup last month and it shows battery life min-6 months estimated 22 months & max 38 months.
Since am planning fr higher education and will be going abroad, it wont be possible to come back for surgery her.

Now the ques is i ll be going for operation in a week or 2, will i be getting pacemaker replaced free of cost, or any partial payment?
What does there medtronic policy says?

Pl help

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-05-18 14:57. 5 comments. 304 reads
 
I just completed my 12 week checkup. All is ok. My pacemaker is set on demand for skipped heartbeats (sometimes 2-3 at a time) at a minimum of 40 beats per minute. The pacemeker worked 2 per cent of the time in the first three months and the remainder was my normal heart.
Please estimate/guesstimate how long it might be before I need a new battery or a replacement pacemeker. I am 67 years old.
Thank you,
John


Posted by doublehorn48 on 2014-05-15 04:52. 2 comments. 281 reads
 
I have a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker.I am on my second set of leads. These leads were put in 10 years ago. The old ones were just left in and not taken out. I'm told that my current leads are becoming frayed and will have to be replaced in a few weeks or months, whenever they hit end of life. There are too many leads and some or all will have to be taken out. The Dr. said they will use laser surgery. Has anyone ever had this procedure? I've had numerous pacemakers. I've always been concerned about getting old leads removed.

Posted by ClearwaterPace on 2014-05-12 09:16. 3 comments. 583 reads
 
Here is some background:

- I had arrhythmia with a 2nd degree block. Low cholesterol. not overweight, I've been in great physical condition other than this.

- On 21 April 2014 I had a pacemaker put into my RIGHT side as I am left handed. We wanted the device on my non-dominant shooting arm. The following were implanted:

Medtronic SureScan Pacemaker A2DR01
Leads were: 5086MRI52
5086MRI45

- I kept my arm in the sling nearly the entire time and didn't do anything like lifting my elbow over my shoulder.
- 7 days later 28 APR 2014, I woke up feeling great. In the afternoon, I took a nap. Got up, stretched my back then started to immediately feel bad, run ...


Posted by ettmayr on 2014-04-30 20:07. 8 comments. 347 reads
 
Has anyone asked their cardiologist NOT to replace their pacemaker battery? If so must the old battery be taken out or can it stay in the body?

Posted by aortic on 2014-04-30 18:09. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
Hi found out my atrial lead which has been in place for 17 years is breaking. as I already have 3 leads in my vein the doctor suggests turning off the atrial lead & just leaving the 1 main ventral lead working, they did this & told me walk around the unit for a while & if I feel OK they will keep a check on me for the next couple of months, he also says this will extend the battery life.
anyone else had this problem

Posted by Glad18 on 2014-04-29 14:15. 3 comments. 266 reads
 
Hi
I have a dual chamber Boston Scientific S603 pacemaker. Does anybody know what the lifespan for this model? Just on the average.
Thanks

Gladys

Posted by Prudential on 2014-04-28 19:18. 2 comments. 348 reads
 
My mother is going to have Pacemaker replacement after almost 10 years… but not necessary the Leads, it will be decided during the procedure..

She has St Jude, Pacer #5386, Lead 1688T/52 and Lead 1646T/58.

She is in excellent condition.

1. What is the Lifespan of the Leads?
Is it safe to continue using them for more than 10 years?
My concern is St Jude has had Recalls and problems with Lead insulation and malfunction..



Posted by Sunnydaze on 2014-04-28 02:54. 4 comments. 326 reads
 
Just curious. When my pacemaker battery goes into safe mode, will I know it? I guess what I'm asking is, are there specific symptoms that will tell me I should contact my Cardio doctor?

Posted by EB on 2014-04-23 11:35. 8 comments. 434 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I am at safe mode now and going to get my PM replaced on May 1st.
I have been feeling a kind of shortness of breath as though I have to take a deep breath every few minutes. It is not like running out of breath but rather an uncomfortable feeling even when I am sitting down .Saw the cardiologist , he did not seem very concern.
I thought it was my allergies acting up but anti histamine or the albuterol inhaler is not helping. Have any of you had this kind of feeling at the end of your battery life?
thanks


Posted by Sunnydaze on 2014-04-22 03:21. 6 comments. 453 reads
 
I am reading a question by another member asking whether Medicare will replace the battery of her/his Pacemaker early. I'm pretty much in the same boat....my battery is at the end of it's life. I had my regular pacer check two weeks ago, I have 3-12 months left on the battery. We have a Summer home in Washington State that we go to starting in May, normally returning in late October. My Cardio is going to request Medicare to allow an exception, but I'm not holding my breath that this will happen. I don't expect "special" treatment by Medicare, they have a set of rules regarding this procedure, and I'm willing to stay at our Winter home, which is where my Cardio doctor is, until the battery trips. With the responses that I'm reading t...


Posted by linda19541971 on 2014-04-20 23:26. 2 comments. 215 reads
 
Hello I have a pacemaker implant which I have had for 18 months I have started to notice a feeling that my heart is in spasm is this normal

Posted by retailgirl on 2014-04-20 18:58. 5 comments. 407 reads
 
I had a my original (2003) Boston Scientific battery replaced this past July but no lead replacement. Starting about a year ago the techs started noticing what they call "noise" on my atrial lead. I was asymptomatic so they did not recommend any action. Recently however I am having episodes of feeling lightheaded and irregular beats that feel as if someone is running me through a prolonged pacer testing. during these episodes, I feel weak and nauseous and afterwards, wrung out. No pain, just irregular beats and some of the feelings I had when I had my original 3rd degree block, faint, dizzy, sick.
they recently adjusted my pacer so it would not be as "sensitive" and stop reading the noise as a need to pace, thus causing the increased ...


Posted by cherismoak on 2014-04-19 22:07. 1 comments. 303 reads
 
I am 57 and have a pacemaker for SVT. I have been having some issues for a few months and attributed it to pacemaker battery going down (will need to be replaced this year, in Jan. had 9-15 months left). Not so sure anymore and due to no insurance since 2009 have no regular cardiologist.

Symptoms – fullness in throat, headache, pain between shoulder blades, fluttering feeling maybe a pressure/tightness but hard to describe in my chest, sorta like I felt prior to PM.

I have been to ER just Thursday and they said no heart attack as blood tests were fine. Before that went to a family doctor and she sent me to the ER after listening and doing a ECG that stated abnormal.

I ask my PM doctor and was told it did ...


Posted by Stillrunning on 2014-04-18 00:37. 4 comments. 387 reads
 
A quick update for those who have not followed my postings.
I have had PM since is June 27 this past year. Fairly successful and returned to my running career (40 yrs of running) and had some success early, 24 min 5k after about 8 wks. This has been followed by a steady downward spiral and many clinic follow up visits with adjustments to tweak the settings on my Medtronic Adapta PM. I eventually got to a point where I was told they had done about all they could. I received a lot of support from many people on this site and continued to push with questions and research. Eventually at my suggestion I was sent to another dr a electrophysiologist yesterday. He and his nurses took one look at my device on their monitors and all started fro...


Posted by Tao on 2014-04-17 11:34. 9 comments. 348 reads
 
I was wondering if anyone has experienced having a lead yanked out. If so, what caused it, what were the symptoms, and what was done about it?

I love riding my horses, but have been told I cannot fall, becuase of the fact I could yank out a lead in the fall. Of course, I don't usually fall off the horse, but I am terrified I might!

Posted by Ally86 on 2014-04-17 10:36. 3 comments. 168 reads
 
Hi, Everyone!
I am scheduled to go into the cath lab tomorrow morning for a pacemaker revision- My surgeon is going to get rid of some scar tissue that is causing issues and move/repocket my pacemaker since it has moved a little and I can feel it "lift/pop" when I use my arm.
How long do you think the recovery will be? The Dr. says 2-3 days, but I am really nervous it will be longer. He is not doing anything to the leads.

Thanks!
ally



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