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Posted by chereescott on 2014-09-09 22:03. 3 comments. 223 reads
 
Can physical and emotional stress cause your battery to "die" quicker?

Posted by lynn1234 on 2014-09-09 14:40. 4 comments. 152 reads
 
Does anyone know of a good doctor in Northern California with extensive lead replacement. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I currently am looking for a second opinion. Thank You

Posted by GoodDog on 2014-09-06 08:34. 10 comments. 319 reads
 
I have three leads, one of which is 27 years old. The reason I have three is, because one of the original leads was recalled a year after it was implanted. So when I went in for my first battery (generator) change they inserted a new lead and capped the old one. They have had problems adapting the old lead to the newer generator, but managed to do so successfully.
My doc advised that even though the risks associated with extraction are very low, he doesn't think it is wise to extract unless it is absolutely necessary. I certainly agree. I am hoping that I can get at least 50 years out of it. However, if an existing lead fails, the doc thinks it wise to then extract. He feels that more than three may be a problem. I fear that, because ...


Posted by leadshock on 2014-08-31 14:53. 1 comments. 199 reads
 
For about two weeks, I have been have a tingling from pacemaker to shoulder and up my neck. Now very short of breath, which started about the same time. Getting worse. My primary care person thought maybe congestive heart failure. Four days on lasix and dropped 6 pounds, but still getting worse on shortwindedness.

Posted by vvg61 on 2014-08-29 02:23. 8 comments. 370 reads
 
I am a 53 year old woman who has AV block. I've had a dual-chamber Medtronic PM with first implant in 1983 and am going on surgery #6. The first 4 years were rough: infection, erosion, lead replacement. in 1987 I found a great doc and that PM lasted 12 years. I had it replaced by him again in 1999 and it lasted 10 years. My current PM was put in by another doc in 2009 but needs to be replaced already. The leads are are 27 years old but according to the Medtronic reps who check it, the leads are still functioning. My doc is suggesting lead replacement. After doing some research, I am not too keen on this option since I haven't been having any issues except that the PM didn't last as long this time around. It seems to be a very risk...


Posted by Esmith on 2014-08-28 21:30. 1 comments. 194 reads
 
I have a dual chamber pacemaker. I had a 3rd lead added when my ventricle lead broke a while back. They left the broken lead in. Upon pacer check the tech showed me an odd (as she called it) reading. Instead of the usual "vp"(ventricle paced) on the bottom, it showed "BV" across the strip. Anyone ever have episodes like this recorded on their pacer and is it possible my broken lead is picking up signal?

Posted by pioxen on 2014-08-26 14:06. 2 comments. 208 reads
 
Hello all,
I've been on the pacemaker club forums for about 13 years and have always been comfortable with knowledge Vs pacer issues. However, I've only the two original leads from my 2001 pacer implanted which both have the routine "corkscrew" attachment into my heart. I recently had a St Judes CRT-P implanted and the new 3rd lead does not "corkscrew" into the heart like the others. It's just sitting in the vein as designed. My question is this: How long does it take for the vein wall to attach itself and adhere to the lead for stability? I only ask because I'm 2 months post op, my wound is healed and have no major symptoms...but the Golf Course is "CALLING" my name and I wanna swing away!!!! I've been on the SJM website, g...


Posted by eviemae on 2014-08-23 04:45. 4 comments. 228 reads
 
Does anyone have an issue with a dual lead PM feeling when the bottom lead kicks on? Its like getting kicked in the diaphragm when mine kicks on. Is this normal? I just moved and my new cardiologist is trying to tell me its not possible but my old one told me its normal in young adults/children ( I am only 27).

Posted by Rembrandt on 2014-08-22 18:47. 5 comments. 196 reads
 
Is an air compressor considered a power tool and does it interfere with a pacemaker?

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-08-19 02:55. 2 comments. 290 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. 196 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. 297 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. 210 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. 285 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. 226 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. 314 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. 257 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. 324 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. 444 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. 407 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...




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