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Posted by bhyde1454 on 2014-12-03 17:47. 4 comments. 385 reads
 
Mt Husband has a Boston Scientific Pacemaker w/ 2 Leads. Due to his ongoing A-Fib Issues...His EP wanted to go in surgically and disconnect the One Lead to the upper chambers so he will not feel the A-Fib but will still have it ( Which is still leaving him @ Risk of A-Fib) ...But leaving him w/ just One Lead ...his Heart will be totally dependent on the pacemaker. This scares me to death. Has anyone ever had this done or heard of it? After postponing the Surgical Procedure to Disconnect the One Lead from the Upper Chambers....I learn that Boston Scientific Representative can easy do it by simply touching a program button during a PM Device Check and can Deactivate the One Lead...Just that simple without going through any surgery? She said ...


Posted by Rufus14 on 2014-12-03 16:03. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
Hi,

I have a biventricular pacemaker and have been feeling dizzy, faint and just generally odd for quite a while. I went to A & E to be told I probably had an inner ear infection ( but that's another story !!) since the. I have been for my 6 monthly pm check to find out my RV lead is faulty - I'm unsure why Pm was only implanted dec 2011.

I have been informed I will have the lead replaced sometime in the next month - my question is how much damage am I doing to my heart whilst I wait for this correction, I was 99% dependent on pm previously. I also have an additional problem as in I am waiting for surgery on my ascending aortic aneurysm ( end of Jan expected op date), I'm concerned that the extra pressure from the RV ...


Posted by PMC on 2014-11-24 13:56. 1 comments. 224 reads
 
Had my pacemaker changed 5 days ago how long does it usually take to get back to normal activities ie gym etc nites out lol i feel ok not sore still a little swollen and scar tender apart from that feel ok

Posted by PMC on 2014-11-20 07:40. 2 comments. 201 reads
 
Had my pacemaker battery change on tuesday all went well got out on the same day a little sore and swollen but expected so few dyas rest then back to normal thanx guys for all the advice and gd words xxx

Posted by KC on 2014-11-19 15:26. 5 comments. 328 reads
 
Ok. Anyone ever have chest pressure/feel like you could burp/maybe cough. Noticeable sometimes on movement like on riding lawn mower. It is not when my pacemaker is firing. (I use it less than 1% of the time). Just up into my throat etc.

They're thinking it is a possibility of the location of the lower lead and where it is at. I also have scoliosis so I'm not straight. They are considering moving the lower lead. Leads have been in since 4/2013.

Anyone have those type of symptoms just by the prescence of the device/leads? Ever have a moved lead? Thoughts? I'm freaked to have them go back in. But the feeling is there are 30-45% of the time in a 30 day period. So since I've gotten the PM I haven't really been able to ig...


Posted by Hunter94 on 2014-11-19 14:15. 6 comments. 434 reads
 
Hi my name is Hunter. I'm 20 years old. I have had my second pacemaker since 2008 and I have two leads. Now that it is 2014 I know I need to get it changed, but haven't been to the doctors for about almost three years. I was wondering if there was a way without going to the doctors to figure out if the battery is empty? I mean is there any signs like shortness of breath, pain, etc. ? I haven't been to the doctors, because I need to get insurence and now I need to find a doctor who specializes in pacemakers. It's been taking me sometimes to find one, because I'm so busy being a student and Im kind of scared. I have to leads. I over heard my old doctor say that it can be dangerous to remove leads, that they need to surgical teams in the room...


Posted by kennyg on 2014-11-18 01:03. 4 comments. 326 reads
 
Just had a checkup on the pacer and the Doc said the battery was running low (7 years).
I guess they change the pacer. Is this a big procedure?
a bit nervous I guess.
Ken

Posted by PMC on 2014-11-16 18:10. 3 comments. 329 reads
 
Getting my pacemaker changed this tuesday i have a few questions if anyone can help

1.how long does it take to do procedure?
2.I know i will be sedated will i feel anything kinda worried about that never been awake for an operation?


Posted by PMC on 2014-11-09 18:46. 3 comments. 368 reads
 
Getting my pacemaker changed in a weeks time and have a few questions if anyone knows anything? many years ago when i got my pacemaker fitted one of the leads didnt work right and i felt dizzy faint because my heart couldnt pump the blood fast enough i wanted to know when they take my old pacemaker out to fit new one how do they keep my heart at a normal rhythm so i dont feel faint and dizzy lol is that a stupid question to ask lol also will i feel anything when they do the procedure

Posted by judyblue on 2014-11-09 08:42. 1 comments. 362 reads
 
I read with much interest the responses from donr and Inga to vattens1 about the lines on the Medtronic card. I hope you all can help me understand battery life. My Medtronic is a year old. my last four pacer checks say Dec, 2013 6 years battery life (at that time device is 2 months old). March 2014 I am up to 10.5 years. June 2014 10 years. November of this year I am down to 6.5 years! I am pacing at 2.2%. I looked at battery voltage and the sequence for that time period went: 3.04v, 3.04v, 3.03v, 3.02v. It is decreasing, but steadily, not like the projected battery life which actually increased when the voltage decreased. The most distressing part is the 6.5 years is the average of 4.5-8.5 years. I have had lots of issues with this thing...


Posted by merrilee on 2014-11-08 16:31. 5 comments. 277 reads
 
Hello, I have a heart defect I was born with. I had my pacemaker replaced in May 2014. Now I am being told that my heart is skipping beats and I need another lead added to my pacemaker for the bottom chamber of my heart. I had my pacemaker placed durning open heart surgery 11yrs ago so the leads are on the outside of the heart. The doctor is taking about replacing all the leads and adding the new one. From what I have read they can not remove the leads placed on the outside of the heart.

My question is has anyone had this done? What are the risks of the surgery? What is the recovery time?
Please help! I am totally freaking out and I'm obsessing about it 24/7.

Posted by vvg61 on 2014-11-08 11:46. 3 comments. 466 reads
 
I am 53-year-old woman with AV block and have had a PM for 31 years. I posted here way back in August because EP suggested a lead replacement of my 27-year-old leads. I was freaked out (to put it mildly) and took everyone's suggestions and slowed the process down so that they would actually LOOK at my chart to determine it was medically necessary and not just something that the referring doc "thought" might be warranted.

They did an echo, chest xray, and venogram to get more data. I actually got the EP and my cardiologist to talk to each other a couple of times and asked them to verify that it was medically necessary, since my EP was new to me. After 6 weeks with an EOL battery (stressful!), the surgery was scheduled. I had...


Posted by Shanny on 2014-11-06 23:08. 7 comments. 453 reads
 
Hi Everyone, what is the typical battery life of a pacemaker? I've had mine for about seven years! Anybody had a recent battery change? How was it? Do they put in a whole new device?

Posted by CynthiaGrear on 2014-11-01 21:48. 2 comments. 317 reads
 
Has anyone had a lead detach from the heart after having it in place for several years? I had my original Boston Scientific CRT-D put in 8 years ago and everything went fine until this summer when I started an exercise program where I was going to a gym and lifting light weights. My doctor says this is highly unusual to have a lead move after this long, and now there is so much scar tissue around the leads that they can't get another lead in without doing a laser procedure to dissolve the scar tissue. I am seeing a cardiac surgeon on Wednesday to discuss the procedure and I am very concerned about this surgery because I understand it can be dangerous. Any comments would be appreciated.

Posted by susiebear on 2014-10-27 12:47. 11 comments. 363 reads
 
Hi all, I wish I had found this site before now, I have had my pacemaker for 14 years now. I had open heart surgery at 24yo which left me with total heart block.
I have always suffered with ventricular ectopic beats (1000's a day) since i had my surgery, but now I am experiencing much bigger palpitations and I am wondering could the battery be causing this? with it being due for a replacement? These palpitations are so big they make me dizzy and feel so horrible, each time i wait for the huge beat at the end, i worry its not going to come the gap between the horrible feeling and the huge beat at the end is longer, it feels like my heart doesnt beat for that duration.
Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be down to the batte...


Posted by jkdutta on 2014-10-25 12:23. 4 comments. 370 reads
 
I am having Pacemaker , Biotronik make Evia DR T since 6th June 2011. On 26th October 2014 Doctor has put " Rate Drop Response " ON. Will it have any effect on balance battery life ?
What will be expected balance battery life of the Pacemaker ? What is normal battery life of a Biotronik make Evia DR T pacemaker ? If it is required to change battery then only battery will be changed or the existing one has to be replaced with new pacemaker ?

Posted by TailLight on 2014-10-18 21:26. 2 comments. 369 reads
 
Hi. Im new here, so forgive me if this post is in the wrong area!

My husband recentlyt had his pacemaker battery replaced, in August. He noticed some "pauses" in his pulse, i.e. 2-3 beats, then pause, then 2-3 beats. He had it checked with a phone check and they told him they were benign extra beats, but have his electrolytes tested, just in case. All lab work was fine. He's going in on Monday to get the pacemaker checked, but over the phone someone told him it's not the pacemaker, and they want to give him a stress test, etc. He swims a mile practically every day and gets his heart rate up to about 155. So he told them that.
He says this never happened with his old pacemaker. A different surgeon operated this time.


Posted by InTheAir on 2014-10-17 14:04. 2 comments. 272 reads
 
Hi,

I recently had my PM replaced as well as a new lead installed. The old lead was capped and it is currently on top of the PM, OK... more like half on half off. It is not comfortable. I spoke to the doc and he said it must have moved, but it was there when I woke from the operation. Anyway, he is going to place it under the PM. I'm not sure that will be any better. So, what I would like to know is where is a capped lead normally placed?

Thanks,
Paul

Posted by PMC on 2014-10-13 15:30. 5 comments. 459 reads
 
Hi im 35 from uk ive had a pacemaker for nearly 17 years now and ive had 3 new pacemakers but never a battery change they always gave me a new one because i was getting bigger and older im going into hospital in the next 2-4 weeks for battery change and was wanting to know do they put you to sleep because ive heard people saying they dont and im no likeing that idea lol

Posted by catj on 2014-10-10 13:18. 7 comments. 451 reads
 
Hi all- i'm new to this forum. I'm 40 and have had my defibulator (on my 2nd) since I was 28. I'm due for a battery change in the next few months and now the doctor is telling me my lead is requiring more ampage and so she thinks that means there is something wrong with the lead. She mentioned having it extracted but everything I read says that is risky. I have a 4 and 6 year old and am very scared to not be with them. I've been crying since Wednesday! A previous doctor had told me if the leads ever needed changing they would just add a wire. He had explained my vein as being the size of my pinky finger and the leads being the size of a hair. Not sure that is right, but made me feel like there was room for more leads if needed. Th...




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