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Posted by patmellis on 2016-02-11 10:53. 1 comments. 306 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?

Posted by harmbeat on 2016-02-06 11:59. 5 comments. 340 reads
 
A quick question - I had a crt-d put in 8 days ago and my left arm has felt achy each day. In the last 3 days though my left arm changes colour to a dusky red colour as well as ache. Will this likely settle down or should I report it to the pacing clinic first thing next week?

Posted by mchokozi on 2016-01-30 20:39. 16 comments. 707 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I was puzzled when I did not locate a thread regarding pain medication after battery replacement.

I had my battery replacement yesterday and was directed to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for discomfort.

*I was disappointed that they did not prescribe a day or two of Vicodin (as needed for postop pain.)


(Vicodin was just an example of a milder prescription pain medication.)

This was not offered as an option instead discharge instructions stated:

Notify your Primary Care Practitioner for:

"Pain unrelieved by Medication."

How is my Primary doctor going to direct postop pain management for battery replacement? What?
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Posted by gstripling on 2016-01-26 05:52. 1 comments. 257 reads
 
I checked into the hospital on New Year's Eve for a pacemaker atrial lead replacement & the EKG revealed I was back in AFib (I was cardioverted in early December and I'm 5½ months post-OHS). So I had an atrial ablation right before my "little zipper" incision was reopened (for a 3rd time) for the atrial PM lead replacement. The surgeon said he "found a home" for the lead and, hopefully, it'll stay put since this is the 3rd atrial lead I've had in 13 months.

My pacemaker site is very sore & I'm in a sling at night, but my heart is once again in sinus rhythm & both PM leads are firing. Here's to a healthy, 100% battery-operated new year!

Posted by freddyv on 2016-01-23 15:12. 8 comments. 372 reads
 
I just had the wires in my pacemaker extracted & new ones put in but I have noticed that since the surgery & I have been home that near & at the bottom of some of the steri strips I am getting what appears to be blisters with fluid in them has this ever happened to anyone else or have you heard about this happening

Posted by JuPage on 2016-01-21 19:37. 4 comments. 357 reads
 
I am due a new box and am very nervous as I have had only the one and am in my seventh year.

Anyone had a positive exchange of box as most postings are of problems

Posted by holtd3 on 2016-01-19 19:48. 1 comments. 341 reads
 
Hello Im new to the website.
I was wondering if anyone had experience with their pacemaker running out faster than it use to. I am on my 3rd pacemaker and in the past they have last 5-7 years. my last PM was put in two years ago. this was supposed to be a pacemaker change but I ended up waking up with to find they had opened my entire chest as well ( there were complications). now my cardiologist is saying the battery life says 3-9 months more. so now I think my new normal might be every 2 years. does anyone else have this problem?

Posted by freddyv on 2016-01-13 19:15. 2 comments. 402 reads
 
I had my original pacemaker about 6 years ago when I 1st got it the lead came loose in Sept of 15 I got my 2nd P.M. and the day after I got it I know my DR did a chest xray to make sure all was OK I on occasion have lifted heavy stuff & also as of late have been having the heaviness in my chest worst then usual that it effects my walking it gets me so winded but now I went to a specialist & he seen the wire was loose again so he sent me to get a echo cardiogram & they confirmed the wire is loose again so now I have to go get surgery next week again to fix the problem has anyone else had issues ever with the leads

Posted by Helotail on 2016-01-13 17:01. 3 comments. 563 reads
 
Hello-
I am a 46 year old female with a St. Jude dual chamber pacemaker that was implanted last August. After an initial normal interrogation in September, I was called in for a second interrogation in early December because of a sharp drop in impedance (down to 70), that was picked up my Merlin unit. They decided to monitor me for another month and I had a third interrogation yesterday. In short, the impedance has continued to drop in both leads and I had a couple of dips that went under 175. Both leads now have an impedance around 220 ohms - down from original highs of 445/650. My understanding is that a low impedance is usually due to an insulation break and that readings below 300 are abnormal. My interrogation report shows 5 al...


Posted by BaldLilFairy on 2016-01-13 10:55. 4 comments. 385 reads
 
A little history:
Inappropriate sinus tach due to lymph node pushing heart to side lead to 2nd ° heart block. Heart block lead to PM, allowing for two ablations to my sinus node. Pace 90% in atrium and only 0.8% in ventricular. Have had bad lead in lower chamber for last 4-5 years, impedance getting worse. Looking at new leads and generator in next 6 months. My EP is leaving it up to me to decide which of three options I want.
(1) leave bad lead and not insert new as rarely use it.
(2) leave bad lead and thread a new one in.
(3) remove bad lead and replace it.

I currently have 6 mths to 2.5 years on my generator.

I'm leaning towards leaving the bad lead in place and not adding a thir...


Posted by Dougel on 2016-01-12 22:02. 4 comments. 413 reads
 
Does anyone know of a list of Doctors that preform this procedure? Trying to find a good, experienced doctor. Thanks,

Posted by Ariela on 2016-01-12 21:09. 2 comments. 327 reads
 
Thank you so much for your comments! I do appreciate your help so much! I am not able to write often due to lupus lack of energy and overwhelming work keeping up with my responsibilities.
I received the results from my electrophysiologist and I can't understand anything! Here they go:

Since 9/14/15 I have had
1 AMS event
431 VHR events
133 PMT events
11,057 noise reversion events.
Does anyone know what all this means?

Thank you so much again!

Posted by KevMc on 2016-01-12 20:15. 3 comments. 300 reads
 
I understand the x-ray checks the leads... cannot see how it can mean anything with the battery which is already known to be replaced by next month. As Friday is a little over two months of the approximately three months left on the life of the battery.

The cardiologist only said that the battery is running low/battery leads to be changed in about three months in early November.. nothing about the leads possibly having problems.

What does anyone have to say about this issue?

Thank you.

Posted by suep on 2016-01-11 09:52. 0 comments. 328 reads
 
I had my second pacemaker implanted 4 months ago after having my previous pacemaker for 13 years! The person who 'sewed me up' was tugging and pulling at the stitches and banging and rubbing blood away whilst doing so. I was extremely bruised afterwards and the scar got infected and is still not right now. I am still experiencing discomfort. My cardiologist half heartedly offered to replace it....because he said it was loose. It sticks out sideways when I lay on my side and the scar looks dreadful. Nothing like my first one. Any suggestions please would be warmly welcomed, I am, apparently down on the waiting list to have it replaced, but how long is a piece of string? I really am not one to complain and was used to my first pace...


Posted by piglet22 on 2016-01-10 22:05. 7 comments. 639 reads
 
Hello,
Just thought I would pass on my experience of End Of Life (EOL) symptoms.
I had a dual chamber IPG for Mobitz type 2.
After nearly ten years it was close to replacement time and was being monitored at 12-week intervals which were to go to 8-week.
I had been starting to get tell-tale missing beats etc., but on 6th Jan 2016, sitting quietly at the computer, my pectoral muscle and left arm went into spasm, in synchronisation with the heartbeat. This was strong and did not stop after two minutes, so I called the emergency ambulance (I was on my own at the time and very nervous of what might happen next).
During the 8-hour wait in the UK A&E (ER) the IPG was diagnosed as having failed due to low battery voltage, ...


Posted by JudyRocks on 2016-01-04 04:31. 4 comments. 406 reads
 
Received my Medtronic bi- ventricular PM / Defibrillator on 12-16-15. Went back for programming check 2 weeks ago and 1 week ago as I was feeling "thumps" about 90% of the time in chest wall in left side. Medtronic rep explained that the tip of my left lead was not in a good spot and that each of my 3 leads can be programmed in 4 different places. He also told me that my left lead is in a vein near my diaphragm running above it. He attempted to reprogram the left lead in all 16 of the possible configurations - didn't work - still thumping me. It's not painful, more annoying than anything and sometimes I can lean to the right or lay on my right side & it stops. The 2 leads on the right are causing no sensations at all - as it should be...


Posted by ISDLB53 on 2015-12-29 13:53. 3 comments. 517 reads
 
I am new to this club!
I had Biotronik pacemaker installed in Jan of 2014. I feel much better with more energy. My wife even said she could not keep up with me. I am only 50 years old. How amazing the technology works with the monitor I have in my bedroom...I got a phone call from DR office telling me I needed to go for chest xray as they suspected the wires got loose from PM. Got the news from doctor yesterday that I need to have a surgery to replace the wires in few weeks. I have not felt lousy yet. How could that happen? I even asked DR if it could be from the Cat scan I had twice this year that they stretched my arms/shoulders way up to scan my kidney ( 1/4 of cancerous kidney was removed last summer & is now cancer free). DR ...


Posted by Ariela on 2015-12-28 18:29. 4 comments. 395 reads
 
Hi, everyone!
Life has not been easy since I take care of my beloved husband of 56 years: he is 84 and in poor health, and I'm 76! The leads in my pacemaker are cracked and my electro physiologist says he doesn't know where the crack is. He says there is lots of "noise" and they will have to be replaced. He is trying to stretch the time as long as possible to be covered by Medicare. My first lead placement 14 years ago led to my heart being pierced, code blue, ICU for one week, hospital stay for 3 more! I also have lupus SLE. My questions:
1. Is this "stretching" advisable?
2. When the leads break totally how does this shock feel like?
3. Does some kind of alarm goes off at home?
4. Do they put new leads on? What d...


Posted by CyborgGirl on 2015-12-25 18:06. 6 comments. 594 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 1 week. I was told not to lift my left arm above my head. Last night in my sleep I not only lifted my left arm above my but I stretched. That woke me up.My question is, How would I know if I dislodged a lead?

Posted by bseebert on 2015-12-21 17:54. 1 comments. 319 reads
 
Does anyone have this model that has a minute ventilation sensor? I was hoping this sensor would help with my breathing when I walk, go to the gym, etc. It did not and actually caused more complications.

i would be interested in others' experiences.



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