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Posted by beachbabe on 2015-01-31 13:49. 3 comments. 202 reads
 
Hey all!!
How are you?
I've not posted on here in what seems like an age! Just thought I'd tell you all that in going in next Wednesday 4th of feb for my 2nd Pacemaker...my last one has lasted nearly 7years....1st time round I didnt get much time to think about it because I was so poorly and it happened rather quickly. This time round I'm just a bit nervous if I'm honest, not too bad because I know that I need this and it's going to happen.
What was all your recovery times? When did you return to work etc?
In the USA are you allowed to keep your old units? I don't think I will be allowed in the UK but would love to keep it. Anyhow thanks for reading.
Take care
Louise xx

Posted by Lisarose on 2015-01-27 21:26. 1 comments. 164 reads
 
Hello all, has anyone experienced a pacemaker lead fracture then feel a sharp shock like pain to chest, radiating to chin then top of head? Of note, this is not an ICD, just an MRI comparable pacemaker. Also, recent check states increased voltage is required in atrial lead.

Posted by tenett on 2015-01-25 10:00. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
Has anyone had trouble with their St. Jude leads?
My first set broke in the first year and now the second set has failed.

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-01-24 13:48. 2 comments. 221 reads
 
I am scheduled for my 1st replacement in two weeks after 7 1/2 years of success with rate responsive Medtronic Versa.. They tell me I am 100% dependent. I am now in the ERI mode and being paced at 65 bpm. I notice my bpm does not go above 65 even with moderate exercise. Is this because the pace maker won't let my heart beat any faster even with exercise or is it because my heart can't beat faster on it's own? Feeling somewhat more fatigued than normal but still can function.

Thanks for any input,
Rodger Zawodniak

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-24 09:07. 22 comments. 534 reads
 
I chose to have my pacemaker's wifi turned off when the new one was implanted on 1/15/15. The nurses and other staff had more questions why, as well as judgmental responses, than the doctor did. (Maybe he saved it for when I was out during the surgery? ;o) )

They seem to forget that these batteries last a long time...my last one lasted 12 years. Just a brief search online will show all the technical advances during that time frame. According to an article in Forbes magazine, back in 2012 it was discovered the ability to hack them had occurred. No one has had that done yet, but it doesn't take too much out-of-the-box thinking to come up with scenarios within the next 10 years that could cause a lot of havoc and harm to people wit...


Posted by mrhanchang on 2015-01-20 19:42. 4 comments. 352 reads
 
I have a Medtronic dual chamber PM implanted in 2005. After 9.5 years I was told in a checkup yesterday that my battery is running out. Meanwhile one of the two leads goes bad. I was told the data collection part quit working because of this. But the pacing still works by the other lead. But I found out my maximum hearteat is 50 now which is lower than 6 months ago.

My questions are
1. How could a lead suddenly go bad after 9 years?
2. Could a low battery affect the lead life?
3. Is there a chance that the PM box side have a problem and made a false bad lead alarm?
4. Can I ask the surgeon to double check whether the lead condition before he insert a new one?
5. If they insert the new leads and keep...


Posted by my4turtles on 2015-01-19 20:24. 6 comments. 275 reads
 
I have a Medtronics BIV pacemaker which I got in October ... My 3rd pacemaker .. I went in today for my pacemaker check and was told I have used almost 5 years of the battery life all ready. I Was surprised how quick It has been used up.. I'm pacemaker dependent so I don't know if that uses more battery.. I was told the BIV only have 4-6 year battery life is that true?

Posted by jacobsmom on 2015-01-16 22:17. 1 comments. 236 reads
 
Need to find a good surgeon to use laser to replace old leads and pacemaker. anyone recommend a really good cv surgeon?
thanks

Miami lady

Posted by nato on 2015-01-16 18:55. 5 comments. 328 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his first PM (Boston Scientific Advantio K063) on 10-Dec-2012 battery life was 9 years at the time. On Dec 2013 his PM interrogation showed a battery life of 6.5 years and Aug-2014 was 5 years. Today we had done another PM interrogation and his battery life is now showing 4.5 years. He is being paced 19% on the atrial and 100% on his ventricular with a pace threshold of 1.6V @ 0.5 ms.

Today his electro-physiologist/cardiologist said that his battery life is an estimated value and we should not be worried until the year 2019 for his next implant date.

I'm watching the trend of his battery depletion as it is not depleting within the estimated time after an interrogation is done but instead...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-01-13 14:49. 7 comments. 382 reads
 
Has anyone ever had a lead come disconnected ?
Has anyone ever has a lead break in the artery ?
Has anyone ever experienced "electric tingling" near there PM ? Not being shocked , just a PM.
Thanks
MK



Posted by nato on 2015-01-09 20:45. 2 comments. 340 reads
 
Hi All,

My 33mths old son likes jumping and playing, can his jumping activities contribute to leads being unattached? He is quite active and I'm a bit concern. Parents can you please share your experience if any that resulted from cases like these.

Thanks and appreciate your feedback.

Posted by nato on 2015-01-06 20:27. 2 comments. 325 reads
 
Hi All,

I'm quite concern and would like to know an average cost to replace my son's PM in the US who has a Boston scientific pacemaker being 100% dependent with dual chamber epicardial leads.

Very soon we would have to replace his PM as the battery life is depleting and my husband and I would greatly appreciate your feedback. It's very hard for us as we don't have anymore insurance coverage as a result from his first implant and the insurance maximum benefit being lifetime and not annually for that specific ailment.



Posted by ReeAndThree33 on 2015-01-01 22:06. 1 comments. 283 reads
 
Good Evening....I went to the ER yesterday because I was experiencing pain in taking a breath....They took a chest xray and found that my lead is frayed....I only have one lead...I have to make an appointment with the EP doctor.....What is the next step?? Meaning what are they going to do about this lead?

Posted by pieface315 on 2014-12-30 02:01. 3 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi. I had my pacemaker surgery in July 2014 I was in third stage heart block. I am 100% dependent on it. Since I am, how long does the battery last at that rate?

Posted by michigan on 2014-12-29 18:47. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
This is my 3rd CID. I was informed that I have 2 months left on battery. At one of my CID check, I was told that if I feel like crap, get in. The things that I am experiencing are not normal to me. Even though I was told the battery is still good, I know there is something not quite right.

Posted by Dave H on 2014-12-28 12:13. 1 comments. 385 reads
 
In my earlier "New EP is thorough" post, I neglected to mention this fact: My new EP was puzzled by the placement of the third lead of my Medtronic Consulta PM. I had not given him a COMPLETE "report" of my previous months health issues: Primary doc and ENT doc gave me a dangerous mix of drugs that lowered my blood sodium number to 124 (normal: 136 to 148.) So, what happens when one has "hyponatremia?" Delirium, aggressiveness ---- you basically go insane. A psychiatrist evaluated the Rx drugs I was taking and she stated this: "I see danger here. Stop taking 4 of these, (HCTZ, Betahistine, Primidone, & Lexipro) ------ and do you have any guns in the house? - If so, GET RID OF THEM!" Her advice was too late ---- that night during an EMS...


Posted by Charlotteis on 2014-12-23 17:22. 4 comments. 332 reads
 
Hi there, a week after my pacemaker insertion it was discovered that one of my leads have detached. I went in yesterday to have it reattached. The surgeon was really upset that this happened and he talked about how hard the MRI compatible leads are to work with. I found this second procedure to be way more painful than the first - the first I couldn't remember anything, this one I believe I felt everything, to the point they told me it was ok to swear if I'd like.

My question is - how common is it for leads to come loose? I'm not sure what I did to have this happen but now I am ultra paranoid about having it happen again. How long does one have to be really careful?

Posted by zonka1965 on 2014-12-17 20:25. 3 comments. 470 reads
 
My history is that I had my first pacemaker implanted in 1991. In 1994 I had a lead break and it was decided to leave the old wires and push through new wires if they would fit. They did fit and the wires were pushed through leaving the old wires. In 2000 I had a battery change and in 2006 I became sick and was found to have an infection and had endocarditis on my heart valves so all of the first set of wires had to be removed along with the second set to give me a chance at recovering from the infection. My surgery was at U of C Hospitals in Chicago. I survived that surgery and had another pacemaker implanted in 2006 and in 2013 I had a battery change and in 2014 one of my leads broke. I went back to U of C Hospitals to have the wir...


Posted by mrdredge on 2014-12-17 12:51. 2 comments. 238 reads
 
Back in 2013 I helped my family load hay. Somehow I must have done allot as my lead broke and shorted out which made me feel like a car miss firing. I went to Emergency they could not find. Said I had anxiety however this was over them not figuring out what was wrong with me. Next day my cardiologist had me come in and while being interrogated they shook my unit, made me raise lover arms and while on monitor the lead shorted just as i thought.They replaced my lead left the exiting one there and replaced my ICD pacemaker defibrillator unit. Feeling great now walk allot 8000-10000 steps a day still slow in morning getting going and that is trying my patience. Very happy with ST Jude unit and team keeping my tuned up. Has anyone scuba...


Posted by Lizziemcb on 2014-12-16 21:12. 2 comments. 325 reads
 
Hi,
My husband had a new Medtronic CRT-D (Viva) implanted in October of this year. At his first appointment is showed that there as 9 years on the battery, a week later.....8.9 years, three weeks later 7.3 years and now six weeks in it is showing 4.9 years left on the battery.

What the heck?? At this rate it will need to be replaced after just 3 months!! Has anyone heard of this happening? Should we be concerned? Has anyone had this happen?



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