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Posted by ettmayr on 2014-08-19 02:55. 2 comments. 273 reads
 
Anyone heard of the new pacemaker that's the size of an antibiotic? Seemingly inserted in a patient in the UK and there are no leads as it fits right into the heart.

Posted by OTANGEL3 on 2014-08-16 19:12. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
I NEED SOME HELP ABOUT A DECISION ABOUT LEAD EXTRACTION PACEMAKER CLUB!

2 WEEKS AGO I HAD TO HAVE MY PACEMAKER REMOVED ON THE LEFT AND REPLACED ON THE RIGHT WITH 2 NEW LEADS DUE TO A MALFUNCTIONING LEAD/LIMITED ROOM ON THE LEFT. ANOTHER EXPERIENCED EP RECOMMENDED THAT I HAVE THE LEADS REMOVED (2) OF WHICH ARE 31 YEARS OLD AND (1) 13 YEARS OLD. THIS PROCEDURE WOULD BE EFFECTIVE AT THIS POINT, BUT I FEEL THIS IS NECESSARY AS I WOULD BE 15-30 YEARS OLDER AND I AM 48.WHAT WOULD YOU DO???

Posted by azviking on 2014-08-14 19:24. 2 comments. 287 reads
 
A website says PM leads are the size of cooked spaghetti. Wow. Without restricting normal blood flow in the veins?

Is the lead "screwed in" to the outside of the atrial, as someone told me? Are any attached to the inside of the heart? How?

It is difficult to imagine a doctor turning one end the spaghetti - even if it is stiff- so that after 30 inches of twists and turns it firmly attaches the other end to a muscle.

Is there a website that describes the mechanics of pacer implants?

My three month old pm is doing its job and my next appointment is in six months - so these questions are to satisfy my curiousity.







Posted by indranil on 2014-08-12 10:05. 1 comments. 202 reads
 
Encouraging news for the heart patients. In near future generator can supply power to ensure smooth functioning of cardiac pacemaker. Chinese scientists have recently developed a nanogenerator which can power a cardiac pacemaker with electricity generated by a patient's breathing. At present the accuracy of a cardiac pacemaker depends absolutely on batteries.

The nanogenerator system was developed by the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems. It includes an implantable nanogenerator as well as an energy conversion and storage device, according to an announcement by Chinese Academy of Sciences.

How is the nanogenerator? It is 12 millimeters long, 12 millimeters wide and 0.7 millimeter thick.

And si...


Posted by chazzf on 2014-08-06 18:24. 4 comments. 275 reads
 
All,

I'm on my 3rd bi-V pacer with ICD. Recently had a blood clot due to too many wires in my SVC (3 active with the current pacer, one inactive from the first pacer). Recommendation was to remove the "dead" wire and reposition one of the others to the outside of my heart. However, my doc is wanting to avoid risk of removing dead wire (scarred into heart wall) and using blood thinner. I'm in favor of moving the wires. Thoughts?

Posted by Dazzler on 2014-08-01 06:43. 2 comments. 219 reads
 
Hi, just had my 2nd pacemaker changed yesterday. Went in at 11am, taken to theatre at 3.45 out at 4.15 and sent home at 5. All went well, usual soreness but not enough to take pain meds. Although it was quicker than the last change this one was more unpleasant. Turned old one Down and heart rate went to 30bpm, once he unplugged the old one was when it got horrible and felt as if I was at about 10bpm, everything went uncomfortable till I got meds to speed up my heart. Went the opposite then and heart was pounding, new box was in and gradually meds wore off. All in al must off been about 5 mins but felt like ages. Just now need to see about getting off beta blockers as I was put on them while old pacemaker was under review for renewal

Posted by harlemflash on 2014-07-20 13:46. 3 comments. 307 reads
 
I am having my pm switched out next Tuesday due to the battery expiring (not me) The Dr. said he is going to be putting an additional lead which dictates that I stay in the hospital overnight. Dr. says additional lead will increase my energy level. Any Thoughts on this?

Posted by BIG on 2014-07-20 12:21. 1 comments. 248 reads
 
I got may PM changed out how long before i can run and start lifting weights again?

Posted by barnet38 on 2014-07-17 00:25. 7 comments. 314 reads
 
Hello,

I am 32 and have congenital complete heart block. My first PM was implanted in 1998 and it was replaced in 2007. After my last telephonic transmission, I was told that I have 9-35 months battery life remaining and that replacement will likely occur closer to 9 months than 35.

Can anyone tell me how much notice you had before your replacement surgery? Neither my husband or I can remember how much notice I received last time, and I have been thinking about it a lot lately.

Thanks for your help! Let me know if you need more info.

barnet38





Posted by Paulinejg on 2014-07-11 18:06. 6 comments. 424 reads
 
Hi everyone

Just wondering if anyone has have a complete removal of a pacemaker and leads, I am in the process of a test of my pacemaker being set at 30 with the objective of accessing whether I need a pacemaker. if it turns out ok then the complete removal of pacemaker and both leads. The pacemaker is currently 11 years and 7 months which is nearing the end of battery life. I have had a successful ablation 6 years ago - however I now need a MRI scan as it is possible that I have MS, I have not known of anyone have a removal for this reason - My doc seams happy to do this procedure, the plan is to complete in the next few months. Would like to hear from anyone that has had this done.

Posted by Philman on 2014-07-10 18:05. 5 comments. 388 reads
 
Hello everyone,
Just seem to be running into some kind of block when exercising. This has happened when I swim, run, walk uphill., and on a stress test. Feelings of skipped beats, pauses, and what appears to be the heart working much "harder" Doctor. At Cleveland Clinic had my Ventricular Lead turned off before the stress test and I was successful with 135+ bpm....but high blood pressure 230/130 at the end.. Two days later on a treadmill felt the Pauses and skips all over again. Resting Heart Rate calm with few PVC'S. And b/p back to normal...

The Tech seemed confused about turning off the lead, and looking at the report it appears almost all settings are Off, with the mode set at AAI......the other settings include...


Posted by adairwic on 2014-07-09 19:53. 4 comments. 299 reads
 
Has any one had trouble with their leads from their ICD/CRT-D?
this will be a two part question
I know I haven't been on for while again, been seem on going problems, today my heart dr. told me that my lead is rubbing on my heart, which in turn I have been having really low blood pressure last 3 to 4 weeks, last Thursday my bp was 88/54, today at the heart drs. office, it was 83/24; and like this last Thursday unable to read blood pressure on my left side or my left arm. How much damage can be done to my heart from the rubbing, and my dr had to change my meds again, yet he doesn't want to change to much, or my life spam will be a lot shorter, my heart dr. is going to do a echo on my heart this next Thursday.

Love C...


Posted by cindim56 on 2014-07-08 18:43. 2 comments. 253 reads
 
My battery on my St. Jude pacemaker is in EOL and has been since May 13th. Just wanted to know if anyone has had the same issue. I have felt terrible since it went into EOL, very fatigue, can't walk any distance without getting very short of breath, and when I stand sometimes feel like I'm going to pass out. Hot feelings, nauseated, light headed. Has anybody experienced the same thing.

I was suppose to have it replaced today but my PT was 3.3 so I am rescheduled for Thur.

Thanks for the info.

Cindi

Posted by aussieray on 2014-07-05 21:38. 6 comments. 415 reads
 
Hi to All,

This is my first post although I have been scouring this site for ages both before and after my PM implant 4 weeks ago.

One question that I am a bit confused about is there seems to be a length of time difference for not lifting your arm above your head after fitment between what U.S. recipients are told and what I was told over here in Australia.

Over here the time for not lifting your arm on the operative side is 4 weeks. In the U.S. it seems to be 6-8 weeks. Does anyone know what the correct time span is after fitment and is it unusual to get some pain over the sternum where the leads enter the vein/artery 4 weeks after fitment?

Is 4 weeks enough to not cause future possible probl...


Posted by Texstr on 2014-06-30 15:31. 0 comments. 169 reads
 
I have a Saint Jude 2 lead pacemaker it is about 4 months old. I just heard a screech sound and I believe it came from the pacemaker. Has anyone experienced this?

Posted by DMJ on 2014-06-26 17:47. 4 comments. 339 reads
 
Have been reading about possible electromagnetic (EMP) attack against the US could destroy all power grids sending us into the dark. No more surgeries to replace our batteries on our pacemakers. Wonder how long we could go without replacement if we had to.

Posted by JaneJ on 2014-06-23 00:19. 3 comments. 276 reads
 
My pacemaker lead has always kind of "stuck out" and been visible through the skin on my upper chest. It seems to be even more prominent now than it was before. I am a fairly thin person and have recently lost about 5 pounds and am down to about 115 lbs. Anyway, this past Friday I noticed a small blister/ pimple form directly over a knotted area where the lead is. It is not really hurting much at this point, but I was questioning if it is the lead rubbing and irritating the skin. I have an ep appt. next month but wasn't sure if I should bug them about this now. Any thin framed individuals have experience with this?

Posted by ianhorsfall1 on 2014-06-21 11:15. 3 comments. 209 reads
 
Hi all
i down loaded my ICD and sent it to the ward the other day and today i received a letter from my icd clinic saying my lead measurements are still on the low side ... this is the first i have heard of this does anyone know what this means ? is it anything to worry about ? any input would be gratefully received
many thanks x
ian

Posted by fastbabe2 on 2014-06-21 10:36. 3 comments. 330 reads
 
Good morning to all- I had a St Jude dual PM inserted March 2012 due to 3rd degree heart block following Aortic Valve Replacement. For 2 yrs I was experiencing tachycardia's that would wipe me out and had a constant flicking/thumping in my heart. After an attempted ablation and being told I was just a small compact person and just sensitive to the pacing and possibly the lead in my lower chamber (that I am 100% dependent on) might be slightly hitting my diaphragm but wasn't going to hurt me. Went to U/M Cardiovascular Center and meet with a new EPA Dr Good that after spending several hours of running tests on my heart, advised that I have both leads extracted and 2 new ones put in and possibly new device replacement. I have great faith in ...


Posted by Errolyn@sbcglobal.net on 2014-06-18 18:51. 3 comments. 318 reads
 
Has anyone had experience with lead extraction? I am on my third pacemaker, soon to get my fourth. I am 53 years old. My atrial lead malfunctioned for about four months and then started functioning normally. I am told I will need extraction of the atrial lead as well as an old ventricular lead at next pacer change, probably next year. Have been researching lead extractions. Not an easy procedure. Wondering if anyone has experienced this?



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