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Posted by Enrique on 2014-01-18 00:00. 7 comments. 234 reads
 
I had a dual lead Medtronics PM implanted 9 years ago. I have never had any problems.

At my last check up they told me that the battery has between 10 months and 3 years left....
They also told me that over the years I have become more dependent on my PM. When they turned it down they could not find a natural beat even at 40 bpm. The technician wouldn't turn it any lower
My question: if you are very dependent, or even 100% dependent on the PM, is the replacement more difficult? Is the procedure different from the case when you have just a low bpm?

Posted by bullseye on 2014-01-12 13:23. 3 comments. 141 reads
 
hi my hubby has his pree opp cheak on Tuesday then in on the 21st for eather another lead added to his existing pm or a new pacemaker as his is showing perminante tacy so they want him in from what ive read on here would this mean a biventricular pm ?and how long do you think he will be in as he on warfarin aswell thank you

Posted by manaman on 2014-01-10 17:37. 3 comments. 114 reads
 
four weeks post implant of third PM and a lead change. The stitches are FINALLY GONE and the itching has stopped. No issues other than 4 more weeks of restrictions and need fine tuning!
Cecil
Pocket incision ain't pretty but at 71 who cares!! (I LOST THE OTHER 70 BEAUTY CONTEST,no need to think I'd win the next one)

Posted by cheshirealice on 2014-01-09 15:52. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
Has anyone had very low impedance? I had my new pacemaker placed and my impedance levels dropped but they are stable at 110 and 130. From my understanding these are very low and that this is a insulation break within the leads.

We turned off my ventricular leads because it would always shock me in my pocket when it is paced. I only use that one 0.5% of the time but I'm concerned about my atrial lead and what could happen with such low impedance. I can always feel it shock me when it does its auto checks.

Posted by nato on 2014-01-08 12:51. 4 comments. 233 reads
 
Hi All,

My son who has a pacemaker 20mths now is quite active and running and playing alot enjoying life.Just recently he fell down once on his his chest while running.Can this affect hid leads in anyway?

Appreciate your response..



Posted by Half_Human on 2014-01-07 17:54. 5 comments. 196 reads
 
Just thought I check in. I'm a 51 year old male living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that was born with an AV block. I've been through 3 PM's and scheduled for a new one on the 1/7/14. This time the are going to replace one of the leads due to bad battery life, I'm only getting 50% of what I should be, which I assume because its pacing at 5 volts. Hopefully all goes well and I report back with no issues. Any suggestions or life experience with lead replacement would be helpful as I've never been through this. Thanks all !

Posted by tojo on 2014-01-07 12:51. 5 comments. 296 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put in about 6 weeks ago for AV block. No symptoms at all. The block was picked up on my annual physical. I am 70 years old, very active lifestyle so I was debating about whether I needed it. I opted to have it put in. Next question; MRI compatible or regular. I chose the MRI compatible. Now the issue: My check-up yesterday indicated I am using too much energy to pace when needed, meaning the lead may not be in far enough or the area it is in is not the right spot. The Doctor said my battery may last only 4 years at the current rate of use. Two options: Wait for 4 years or have them go in now to reposition the lead. I opted for going in now. Any thoughts? Any thoughts on why my pacemaker is not performing we...


Posted by nato on 2014-01-07 09:55. 4 comments. 370 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his pacemaker when he was 8mths old year 2012 and went recently for a pacemaker interrogation 2013 and his battery estimate is now 6.5 years as compared to when he had his implant it was 9 years.

Ask the physican why his battery life has decrease at least 3 years so rapid from 2012-2013.He said that having scar tissues develop on his leads this will contribute to battery longevity.

Question;

Will this scar tissue be develop only after placing the leads when he had surgery or will more and more scar tissues develop later on in the future and contribute to battery longevity?

Has anyone ever experience this before?

Having 6.5 years left now,will this be a tru...


Posted by StanfordHeart on 2014-01-05 23:03. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
Hello!

I'm a grad student at Stanford University working with a team at the engineering school that has created a technology for wirelessly charging or powering implantable medical devices.

I'm looking for some volunteers with pacemakers for a 15 minute interview regarding the pros and cons of this technology.

You can contact me at milesc1@stanford.edu.





Posted by bonniefox on 2014-01-05 02:04. 2 comments. 215 reads
 
I am scheduled to have a pacemaker replacement next Thursday. I received my Boston Scientific PM 6 years ago. I visited the surgeon on last Friday and she said that the replacement will be a new model just out last year. It is Wi Fi capable and will be larger and a more oval shape than my present model. I have looked for info on this on line and the advantages seem to be for tracking and keeping a record for the medical staff but I was wondering if any of you had experience or knowledge re the advantages for the patient. I am not sure that I will have any say so in the decision but I do want to understand the issue better. Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Bonnie


Posted by pete on 2014-01-04 14:05. 3 comments. 181 reads
 
Went to a private medical facility for a lecture. I was not sure what to expect but it was organised by our local science club. It turned out to be all about pacemakers !! Wow what luck. The lecturer was very knowledgeable. He had worked for various companies involved in design and manufacture of pacemakers. He told me that one company was going to manufacture pacemakers that lasted 19 years but never put it on the market once they worked out the looses they would make on replacement business. Pity.

Posted by Gardnerbw on 2014-01-02 01:15. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
After open heart surgery the lead wire in my PM rested on my diaphragm(sp.) and if I eat too much I actually seem to hiccup in my stomach. Can anyone educate me about what is happening.? My doctor does not want to move the lead wire. Any thoughts?

Posted by hrticknor on 2014-01-01 22:06. 1 comments. 177 reads
 
I'm coming up on the five year anniversary of my Boston Sci Cognis N119 CRT-D. Just wondering how long others have gone with this device prior to explant. I'm aware of the product advisory for premature battery depletion issued in August 2013 but everything seems OK. With my two prior devices interrogations showed plenty of juice only to have them start beeping shortly thereafter.

Thanks for any replies,
Henry

Posted by nato on 2013-12-31 11:11. 6 comments. 385 reads
 
Hi Goodday,

My son 20 Mths recently had a pacemaker implanted on december 2012 8 Mths old.At that time a pacemaker interrogration was done at the hospital and his battery life showed 9 years.This year another pacemaker interrogration was done at the hosspital and is battery life is now showing 6.5 years left.

Has anyone ever experience this before?Appreciate if you can share your information.Thanks..

Posted by manaman on 2013-12-29 10:14. 2 comments. 148 reads
 
Three weeks post pacer and lead replacement with no pain since day one.
Stitches still in place (suppose to come out on their own, but when) itches to no end (could use a WIRE BRUSH).
Only issues I have are with the 6 week restrictions and I think I could be dialed in a bit!

Happy NEW YEAR
Cecil

Posted by amber.s on 2013-12-28 10:52. 3 comments. 180 reads
 
Hi,

I am 13 and I had my pacemaker fitted at the age of 4. Normally my pacemaker hasn't bothered me but I have recently been noticing a sharp pain near the PM, the pain moves about. I recently had an x-ray that shows the leads of my PM are worn.
As I am a kid I do use me pacemaker frequently and I am worried as this pain my restrict me from doing things as the pain also travels into my back.


Posted by jan on 2013-12-28 01:13. 5 comments. 156 reads
 
I have had this pacer for three years and a week ago I began too have a light shocking on the left where my pacer is . It starts on the left above the pacer placement and goes up my neck to my chin. The event lasts about 1 minutes or less and then does it off and on many times during the day. Any Ideas.

Posted by Theknotguy on 2013-12-26 16:34. 2 comments. 250 reads
 
I can't find the post. One member was asking about changing the PM while being 100% pacing. How do they do that? Obviously you wouldn't want to be lying there slowly dying while the cardiologist takes his/her sweet time to change out the PM. Good question!

Talked to people at my rehab session. Hey, how do you handle the situation when the person is 100% paced.

"Good question." she responded. #1 rule is to keep the heart functioning so they have people watching to make sure it doesn't stop. Soooo....

1) Check to see if heart can keep beating without
PM. If so, proceed to replacement.

2) If heart can't keep beating without some external help, go to external PM to keep heart beat...


Posted by noodles69us on 2013-12-20 14:37. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
Has anyone gone over 3 months after EOL? Mine went into EOL 10-11-2013 but I need a lead replaced too, the nurse called and said it would be in Feb. (maybe?) She said they didn't know how the pacemaker will do after that. I'm 61 with heart failure, kidney failure etc. It makes me wonder about the DEATH PANEL, ANYONE OUT THERE GOING THREW THIS TOO?

Posted by albie on 2013-12-17 20:02. 6 comments. 287 reads
 
Yes I still have a Guidant Insignia that is now 8 yrs old. When originally implanted battery life was predicted at 9 years. At a recent interrogation the battery estimate said 5+ years left. Gas Guage was reading about 50%. I'm 100% paced and have a very active job. does anyone have experience with this? Has anyone had their battery last 13 years? seems way off.



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