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Posted by tanapuff on 2014-06-07 11:05. 2 comments. 245 reads
 
Could anyone tell me how much battery is used to interrogate your CRT-D pacer each week. The EP wants to continue this weekly instead of every 3 months. I am feeling good and she says all is well. I don't want to be replacing pacer any sooner than necessary. What do you think. Thanks for your support. My device was implanted 2/19/14.

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-06-06 06:27. 1 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi everyone. My battery was replaced at Flora Life Clinic in Johannesburg on Tuesday. I had a local anaesthetic but was out shortly after entering the theatre. The incision is still sore but my best friend is really good at changing my plasters and treating the wound. Thank you all for your concern and advice. This is an amazing site for us bionic people

Posted by reshannon2000 on 2014-06-04 22:01. 4 comments. 367 reads
 
had a medtronic 3 lead installed in nov 2013. all perfect. felt great. 3 days ago lifting a table leg with left arm and in awkward position. heard a slight pop or noise from unit. everything felt ok. but 2 days later feeling a little light headed and slightly dizzy on standing. not bad, but different. took my BP with my home machine. used to be 125/70-75. pulse used to be around 72-78.

took last night, 102/51. hr later 107 /55 pulse 80. this morning took it. 127/68, pulse at 75. later at noon 121/61. pulse at 78.

i never took B/P before at home. does this sound normal or could i have pulled a lead out of unit??? what's that entail? could it of pulled loose from heart wall?

i'm asking beca...


Posted by WandaCO on 2014-06-04 00:59. 1 comments. 183 reads
 
Are others really uncomfortable with medtronic pm in ERI? Last check showed 5-6 months and 2 weeks later in ERI. Surgery set 3 weeks out, so soon now. I have been very uncomfortable during this time.

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-05-31 10:14. 7 comments. 294 reads
 
Hi all. The time has come to replace my battery. I use 69% and the cardiologist persuaded me and I go to hospital Tuesday 3 June. Many of you will recall that I didn't want a replacement. However the Dr, like yourselves, said that the pacemaker improves my quality of life and not having it will just make me feel as awful if not more awful than before. He also said that my gout isn't caused by the meds rather by the coke that I suddenly developed a craving for the last eight months. I hope you'll all wish me well for Tuesday.

Posted by Locobill on 2014-05-30 20:40. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
Its been 5 years and the doc says my battery is going to be changed this year on my ICD. It has never gone off, thank goodness!
Do they typically replace it with the same kind, or has there been upgrades in the past 5 years so a different one will be put in?
Bill

Posted by pauloncall on 2014-05-29 11:06. 2 comments. 312 reads
 
I've had my PM since Oct. 2012. St. Judes, SR RF 1210.
I've recently transferred my care to my local area, it was with a group 40 miles away where I was previously employed. Had my device checked and the tech reset the voltage from the previously set 1.5 volts to a new setting of 2.5 volts.
The new setting made sleeping on my left side untenable. I couldn't handle the very noticeable annoying thumping in my chest. I shift from my right to left during the night as a matter of personal comfort. You might say that's the way I roll.
I'm not overweight nor do I have high clorestoral (sorry about spelling), I'm not diabetic. I was given an atrial oblation at the time of my implant. So, I'm apparently totally dependent on the PM...


Posted by RamonaFriesen on 2014-05-24 21:40. 4 comments. 351 reads
 
I was hoping that someone has some advice for me. I had my pacemaker inserted just over 1 year ago, and I still do not feel much better than before the insertion. The pacemaker Clinic is telling me that my right ventricular lead is performing at the lower limits of normal. Not sure what this means as they didn't give me much of an explanation. I still am very fatigued and have shortness of breath on occasion. My pacemaker was inserted for sick sinus syndrome. My pulse is regulated now but I still don't feel like I should. Is there any one that is experiencing the same symptoms that I am?

Posted by louisejfarrar on 2014-05-23 09:16. 2 comments. 319 reads
 
Hey I am almost 22 had a pacemaker put in at 12
And now I dont need it anymore as I have grown out of my problem (vasovagol syncope episodes)
I am now left with the option to either leave it In for the rest of my life (risk of infection, and the longer its left in harder to extract) or take it out now but there are risks involved with lead extractions.
Im so scared and confused, has anyone had lead extractions that went well

Posted by Dave H on 2014-05-20 21:51. 1 comments. 297 reads
 
My message is 40% inquiry/60% rant. I've had a Medtronic 3-lead Consulta implanted 2years ago so I've got some time (4 -6 yrs - I'm being 100% paced) before the battery runs low. Checking the posts here, and my personal experience suggests that we all have about a 50% chance of choosing the correct Doc for any procedure. My history: An EP ignored my 125 pulse for 2 months (post atrial ablations) before he agreed to see me in clinic. A couple years earlier, his non-EP buddy gave me bacterial pneumonia during a TEE/cardioversion procedure. I replaced that cardiologist with one who decided to put me on Aspirin as an anticoagulant when a blood draw revealed my low platelet issue. Even I knew Aspirin is not the correct treatment as an ant...


Posted by Jim1958 on 2014-05-20 04:03. 4 comments. 365 reads
 
I've only had pacemaker 6 weeks as of this Thursday.

First Surgery Pacemaker had moved within 1/2 hr of surgery, taking the slack out. This was shown on x-ray, VA never told me and upper lead came out on day 5. The Electro Dr. was on vacation so Heart Surgeon did surgery. He never sutured the suture sleeves. So thought it was all him.

But now 2nd Surgery by Electro Dr. all went great he also Sutured around pacemaker, got lead into roof which 1st Dr. didn't. I go to 7 day follow up. X-Ray shows upper lead is out once again.

Has anyone heard of this? I was Extremely Careful 2nd time.

I do remember coughing 1st time right after surgery. I do have chest muscles, not large but do workout everyday and ...


Posted by aki1990 on 2014-05-20 02:28. 5 comments. 411 reads
 
Hi everyone,
need your guidance.
I had sigma DDR pacemaker implanted in sept-2004.

I just got checkup last month and it shows battery life min-6 months estimated 22 months & max 38 months.
Since am planning fr higher education and will be going abroad, it wont be possible to come back for surgery her.

Now the ques is i ll be going for operation in a week or 2, will i be getting pacemaker replaced free of cost, or any partial payment?
What does there medtronic policy says?

Pl help

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-05-18 14:57. 5 comments. 312 reads
 
I just completed my 12 week checkup. All is ok. My pacemaker is set on demand for skipped heartbeats (sometimes 2-3 at a time) at a minimum of 40 beats per minute. The pacemeker worked 2 per cent of the time in the first three months and the remainder was my normal heart.
Please estimate/guesstimate how long it might be before I need a new battery or a replacement pacemeker. I am 67 years old.
Thank you,
John


Posted by doublehorn48 on 2014-05-15 04:52. 2 comments. 289 reads
 
I have a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker.I am on my second set of leads. These leads were put in 10 years ago. The old ones were just left in and not taken out. I'm told that my current leads are becoming frayed and will have to be replaced in a few weeks or months, whenever they hit end of life. There are too many leads and some or all will have to be taken out. The Dr. said they will use laser surgery. Has anyone ever had this procedure? I've had numerous pacemakers. I've always been concerned about getting old leads removed.

Posted by ClearwaterPace on 2014-05-12 09:16. 3 comments. 615 reads
 
Here is some background:

- I had arrhythmia with a 2nd degree block. Low cholesterol. not overweight, I've been in great physical condition other than this.

- On 21 April 2014 I had a pacemaker put into my RIGHT side as I am left handed. We wanted the device on my non-dominant shooting arm. The following were implanted:

Medtronic SureScan Pacemaker A2DR01
Leads were: 5086MRI52
5086MRI45

- I kept my arm in the sling nearly the entire time and didn't do anything like lifting my elbow over my shoulder.
- 7 days later 28 APR 2014, I woke up feeling great. In the afternoon, I took a nap. Got up, stretched my back then started to immediately feel bad, run ...


Posted by ettmayr on 2014-04-30 20:07. 8 comments. 353 reads
 
Has anyone asked their cardiologist NOT to replace their pacemaker battery? If so must the old battery be taken out or can it stay in the body?

Posted by aortic on 2014-04-30 18:09. 2 comments. 197 reads
 
Hi found out my atrial lead which has been in place for 17 years is breaking. as I already have 3 leads in my vein the doctor suggests turning off the atrial lead & just leaving the 1 main ventral lead working, they did this & told me walk around the unit for a while & if I feel OK they will keep a check on me for the next couple of months, he also says this will extend the battery life.
anyone else had this problem

Posted by Glad18 on 2014-04-29 14:15. 3 comments. 276 reads
 
Hi
I have a dual chamber Boston Scientific S603 pacemaker. Does anybody know what the lifespan for this model? Just on the average.
Thanks

Gladys

Posted by Prudential on 2014-04-28 19:18. 2 comments. 354 reads
 
My mother is going to have Pacemaker replacement after almost 10 years… but not necessary the Leads, it will be decided during the procedure..

She has St Jude, Pacer #5386, Lead 1688T/52 and Lead 1646T/58.

She is in excellent condition.

1. What is the Lifespan of the Leads?
Is it safe to continue using them for more than 10 years?
My concern is St Jude has had Recalls and problems with Lead insulation and malfunction..



Posted by Sunnydaze on 2014-04-28 02:54. 4 comments. 341 reads
 
Just curious. When my pacemaker battery goes into safe mode, will I know it? I guess what I'm asking is, are there specific symptoms that will tell me I should contact my Cardio doctor?



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