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Posted by seenu302 on 2015-04-16 11:03. 7 comments. 282 reads
 
Its almost 5 months since my PM surgery and the rate was set at 60 BPM. My cardiologist suggested that I can reduce it to 40 BPM at night so that the battery lasts little longer.I am pacing 100% of the time as my natural rate is around 30 BPM.My PM technician doesn't think the battery's life extends that much if we reduce the BPM at night. Anyone faced this situation before ? Any response is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Posted by geetikaiisc on 2015-04-16 04:15. 4 comments. 192 reads
 
I am a diabetic patient who got the pacemaker implanted in 2008. During my last test in Feb 2015, I was told 3 years battery life is still remaining. Of late I am having dizziness feeling when I try to get out of my bed. Can it be due to weak battery or is it related to some other problem like spondylitis- a blind guess!!

Posted by MaciesMomma on 2015-04-15 01:18. 5 comments. 202 reads
 
Hello y'all! Im new to this site! I have a 6 almost 7 year old daughter with complete heart block. She just had ger battery replaced 2 years ago after first getting in placed at 4 days old. We just found out one of the leads is not working correctly and there is a lot of scar tissue around it so instead of having surgery when she was about 15 it will be next week. Im really nervous since they are replacing the leads and have to break her sternum to do this. Its the last thing i want to see my baby go through. Just wanting to know the risk and if its a simple procedure for the drs and what to expect. I took a week off work to be with ger do you think that is enough time? Thanks so much take care! Brittany

Posted by lisa123 on 2015-04-09 09:25. 5 comments. 354 reads
 
Hi, hope everyone is doing well. I've a bit of stuff going on that is worrying me and I was wondering if anyone else has or has had these issues. I am due for a pacemaker change (3 months to 21 months left at last checkup) but the impedence is going up and has been for the past eight months (that's the minimum amount of juice needed for it to work) so I am going to have to have a ventricular lead changed as well. It kind of happened all of sudden in that the cardiologist I was going to said everything was fine and then when I was holidays and called to say I should get it sooner rather than later as they can't predict the battery any more, and then he threw in the lead change as an aside which I know is anything but an aside but a pretty b...


Posted by Baz on 2015-04-04 11:37. 3 comments. 296 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I have a CRT-P three leaded pacemaker. My Cardio advised me not to use a rowing machine (which I love doing) due to the amount of upper arm movement and the leads. My question is, Can anybody please give me any idea of the amount of upper body exercise/arm movement they do with three leaded pacemaker, thank you.

Baz

I've had Percy the pacemaker almost 5 years.

Posted by Mogollon_Kid on 2015-04-01 09:47. 0 comments. 166 reads
 
Usually this is a low battery warning. It feels like your cell phone is on vibrate in your chest. Call your doctor and let them know. Often it is not something to visit the ER about since they would have no idea and proceed to do as many tests as they can bill your insurance for! But call your cardiologist ASAP and let them know that the battery is letting you know it's low.

That said, on occasion the vibration is an alert that the device needs attention.

Posted by abha on 2015-04-01 00:26. 2 comments. 276 reads
 
I am going for battery change for the first time, after 5 years. can someone tell about the latest ones in the market with good battery life and lesser failures? will a change of the pacemaker itself prolong battery life? I have a medtronic system fitted...

Posted by michelefromthemitten on 2015-03-31 23:02. 1 comments. 275 reads
 
I posted a photo of my pacemaker leads in the member gallery. I've had some recent trouble with arrythmia, so EP ordered a few tests. He noticed on my chest x-ray that one of my leads has made a loop due to some extra slack that was left at the time of implantation. He, and 3 other EP doctors, agree that the lead needs to be extracted. I am getting another opinion at Cleveland Clinic next month, but I wanted to post a picture on here in case anyone has any input. I want to avoid a lead extraction if at all possible. The leads are only 4 years old. The arrythmia seems to be due to paroxynmal av block, not the leads. We were able to look at the original chest X-ray and from the side it appears to loop, but it may have flipped. Any thoug...


Posted by hankscorpio15201 on 2015-03-29 18:53. 4 comments. 407 reads
 
Hi All,

Love the website! Pretty soon I'll be going under to replace my current model ( Medtronic ) which entered VVI mode back on January 22nd. Since then, my heart has been pacing around 65 bpm and doesn't really deviate from that. This is going to be my 4th device and its not so much the device replacement that bothers me, its my one lead.

The two leads are currently 15 (replaced when I was 10) and 22 (implanted during my original procedure) years old. Since I've been in VVI mode for a little over 2 months, they want to replace the device this Friday.However, I received a call from my electrophysiologist last Friday basically saying he wasn't confident in the removal of 22 year old lead and I would most likely ne...


Posted by susiebear on 2015-03-27 10:09. 5 comments. 342 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. 439 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 Janenotarzan on 2015-03-15 19:05. 4 comments. 424 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. 441 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. 223 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. 263 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. 296 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. 334 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. 470 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. 251 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. 168 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.



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