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Posted by brbowles2010 on 2015-04-30 17:43. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
I now have a icd my doctor want to put in a crt with a third lead. Does anyone have an idea if they can use the two existing leads and just add the third or will they have to be pulled and replaced.

Posted by Sirgladiator on 2015-04-29 23:53. 1 comments. 314 reads
 
Hi my name is Calvyn I have a pacemaker with two leads in the ventricular artery and one in the othe artery. I have to have both leads that are in the ventricular artery that goes close to the bottom of my heart extracted and they have a Cardiac surgery team on stand by in case they nick or make a tare or a hole in my heart or artery . I have had these leads for 29 years and the artery is completely blocked. Can you give me some kind of info on what you think about having this done. I don't want to have my chest cracked open. What do you think. I am scared. The leads that are now there are old and draining my battery my AV delay Is 4.0 that's the power I use out of my battery which wears my battery out in 4 years and it cannot get to 6.0. ...


Posted by Haveaheart on 2015-04-28 19:26. 4 comments. 332 reads
 
I had a Durata crt d device implanted September 2014. While in the recovery room I asked if the pain was normal.they took expat and a lead had dislodged. I was hardly awake and my Dr said I must have moved. He went back in and hooked me back up. Moving forward to March 2015 my PA said you must be doing okay not heard from you and I was finally feeling pretty good EF up to 45-50. Very happy then she said oh you have developed atrial flutter or a-fib She said if it is Af we can do ablation but AFIB you would have to takes med. the dr scheduled me for ablation. After my ablation during recovery I again said I was having severe spasms on my left side the nurse said I was just anxious . Called my EP he said to take a Xanax. Next day went into D...


Posted by tracyflori on 2015-04-28 19:22. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
I am 12 days into an implant and raised my arm for an extended stretch. Should I be concerned?

Posted by Kurlybean on 2015-04-23 21:04. 3 comments. 358 reads
 
Hi, all! Just happened upon this forum and joined. I had no idea it existed. Received my first pacer at 17. Now, at 42, I am ready for #5 and new leads. My existing leads are roughly 20 years old and have some noise. Very nervous every about the lead extraction. Anyone been there, done that?

Posted by MaciesMomma on 2015-04-21 04:19. 3 comments. 372 reads
 
Has anyone heard of this new pacemaker its the size of a pill and its wireless. It goes into the heart..sounds amazing! Anyone know anything about this??

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-20 20:45. 1 comments. 285 reads
 
I had a Biotronik Entovis DR-T dual lead pacemaker implanted a little over a week ago. The ventricle lead was put in the coronary sinus to stimulate left ventricle as Dr. (and myself) didn't think it a good idea to put through my recently repaired tricuspid heart valve. I was told there would be somewhat higher impedance with that lead placement but Dr's estimated about an 8 yr battery life.

Disappointed in the followup diagnostic testing today. Could tell something was up when technician was having trouble with ventricle lead capture and my appt took a good hour. Apparently the measurements for the coronary sinus lead aren't as good as when it was first placed and the report indicated an expected replacement interval of only...


Posted by mikenall on 2015-04-18 23:07. 3 comments. 235 reads
 
During my device clinic download Friday, they found new noise on the ventricular lead. It had triggered a report of a run of Ventricular Tachycardia in March from the home monitor. They had me press my hands very hard against each other at chest level and this duplicated the event. Anyone have similar experiences, and how did they solve the problem?

Posted by vattens1 on 2015-04-16 18:44. 2 comments. 251 reads
 
I was helping my daughter put a wardrobe together earlier this evening. And my daughter stood on my shoulders to get up attic to get more pieces. Forgot about pm. Anyway when i was gone half hour or so got a very sharp pain over pacemaker for about 2 min generality feeling yucky was wondering if i pulled a lead out somehow. Got my pm moved in January as it was flipping over and does twisted now is under muscle. Any tips please

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-04-16 13:10. 8 comments. 337 reads
 
Has anyone ever got the impression that E.P.'s and pace maker technicians ( company reps) are reluctant to tweek to extend battery life because it actually results in less revenue; Or perhaps even replacing a p.m. before going into the EOL mode?

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-04-16 11:03. 7 comments. 302 reads
 
Its almost 5 months since my PM surgery and the rate was set at 60 BPM. My cardiologist suggested that I can reduce it to 40 BPM at night so that the battery lasts little longer.I am pacing 100% of the time as my natural rate is around 30 BPM.My PM technician doesn't think the battery's life extends that much if we reduce the BPM at night. Anyone faced this situation before ? Any response is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Posted by geetikaiisc on 2015-04-16 04:15. 4 comments. 202 reads
 
I am a diabetic patient who got the pacemaker implanted in 2008. During my last test in Feb 2015, I was told 3 years battery life is still remaining. Of late I am having dizziness feeling when I try to get out of my bed. Can it be due to weak battery or is it related to some other problem like spondylitis- a blind guess!!

Posted by MaciesMomma on 2015-04-15 01:18. 5 comments. 212 reads
 
Hello y'all! Im new to this site! I have a 6 almost 7 year old daughter with complete heart block. She just had ger battery replaced 2 years ago after first getting in placed at 4 days old. We just found out one of the leads is not working correctly and there is a lot of scar tissue around it so instead of having surgery when she was about 15 it will be next week. Im really nervous since they are replacing the leads and have to break her sternum to do this. Its the last thing i want to see my baby go through. Just wanting to know the risk and if its a simple procedure for the drs and what to expect. I took a week off work to be with ger do you think that is enough time? Thanks so much take care! Brittany

Posted by lisa123 on 2015-04-09 09:25. 5 comments. 364 reads
 
Hi, hope everyone is doing well. I've a bit of stuff going on that is worrying me and I was wondering if anyone else has or has had these issues. I am due for a pacemaker change (3 months to 21 months left at last checkup) but the impedence is going up and has been for the past eight months (that's the minimum amount of juice needed for it to work) so I am going to have to have a ventricular lead changed as well. It kind of happened all of sudden in that the cardiologist I was going to said everything was fine and then when I was holidays and called to say I should get it sooner rather than later as they can't predict the battery any more, and then he threw in the lead change as an aside which I know is anything but an aside but a pretty b...


Posted by Baz on 2015-04-04 11:37. 3 comments. 318 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I have a CRT-P three leaded pacemaker. My Cardio advised me not to use a rowing machine (which I love doing) due to the amount of upper arm movement and the leads. My question is, Can anybody please give me any idea of the amount of upper body exercise/arm movement they do with three leaded pacemaker, thank you.

Baz

I've had Percy the pacemaker almost 5 years.

Posted by Mogollon_Kid on 2015-04-01 09:47. 0 comments. 178 reads
 
Usually this is a low battery warning. It feels like your cell phone is on vibrate in your chest. Call your doctor and let them know. Often it is not something to visit the ER about since they would have no idea and proceed to do as many tests as they can bill your insurance for! But call your cardiologist ASAP and let them know that the battery is letting you know it's low.

That said, on occasion the vibration is an alert that the device needs attention.

Posted by abha on 2015-04-01 00:26. 2 comments. 287 reads
 
I am going for battery change for the first time, after 5 years. can someone tell about the latest ones in the market with good battery life and lesser failures? will a change of the pacemaker itself prolong battery life? I have a medtronic system fitted...

Posted by michelefromthemitten on 2015-03-31 23:02. 1 comments. 290 reads
 
I posted a photo of my pacemaker leads in the member gallery. I've had some recent trouble with arrythmia, so EP ordered a few tests. He noticed on my chest x-ray that one of my leads has made a loop due to some extra slack that was left at the time of implantation. He, and 3 other EP doctors, agree that the lead needs to be extracted. I am getting another opinion at Cleveland Clinic next month, but I wanted to post a picture on here in case anyone has any input. I want to avoid a lead extraction if at all possible. The leads are only 4 years old. The arrythmia seems to be due to paroxynmal av block, not the leads. We were able to look at the original chest X-ray and from the side it appears to loop, but it may have flipped. Any thoug...


Posted by hankscorpio15201 on 2015-03-29 18:53. 4 comments. 431 reads
 
Hi All,

Love the website! Pretty soon I'll be going under to replace my current model ( Medtronic ) which entered VVI mode back on January 22nd. Since then, my heart has been pacing around 65 bpm and doesn't really deviate from that. This is going to be my 4th device and its not so much the device replacement that bothers me, its my one lead.

The two leads are currently 15 (replaced when I was 10) and 22 (implanted during my original procedure) years old. Since I've been in VVI mode for a little over 2 months, they want to replace the device this Friday.However, I received a call from my electrophysiologist last Friday basically saying he wasn't confident in the removal of 22 year old lead and I would most likely ne...


Posted by susiebear on 2015-03-27 10:09. 5 comments. 361 reads
 
Hi all, i am worried about my battery life. I went in December and was told I had 11 months remaining and to come back in March. I have just been and now am told there is less than 3 months and that's all it says so could be a few weeks left. He is putting me forward for replacement and i should hear soon. I'm scared it will run out while I'm driving?? I was told on here a few months ago that it goes on default mode of 40 beats but surely if it went from say 90 to 40 whole driving it would make me dizzy. I can't understand why it's dropped so quick this has never happened before. Has anyone any advice? I would appreciate it, thanks



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