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Posted by aortic on 2014-04-03 13:13. 1 comments. 280 reads
 
Hi all. just got told I need a lead replacing. as this is my 3rd pacemaker & I already have 2 working leads plus 1 left in from a previous op, how many leads can you have before they have to remove the ones not in use.

Posted by pbal on 2014-03-31 08:37. 7 comments. 371 reads
 
Does anyone here ever feel very tired or short of breath when their pacemaker battery is almost finished ?

Posted by Royale on 2014-03-30 17:34. 7 comments. 303 reads
 
I've had my pm for intermittent complete heart block since May 2013 and have posted before with a few issues one of which being high voltage (2.5) on my ventricular lead since the 4 week check. I had issues with the cardiologist who did the surgery and switched to another for management. Don't like him much either but running out of options.
Anyway on my second visit to him there was a new tech who was concerned about the voltage and hooked me up to an ECG while he fiddled with the settings before concluding that it did in fact need to be 2.5. I asked if that was rather high and the cardio replied that when he implants a pm he likes the voltage to be less than .5, any higher he checks if the leads have moved and goes in to reposition...


Posted by book61 on 2014-03-25 13:59. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
Thank you to everyone for your support. Just wanted to quickly bring you up to date. Hope my experience helps someone else!!

I went to the ER with continued jaw pain and heart bouncing all over the place. Long story short. the 2 leads in my pacemaker were dangling unattached to my heart and thus the jaw pain and heart beats all over the place. The EP specialist said whoever inplanted the original pm did not have experience!!!! They inplanted new leads and after 2 day stay in hospital I am home. In severe pain, but this will subside in several days. I am very fortunate and so lucky that the specialist were in town. Best regards to everyone. Pay attention to your body and when you know something is not right do not let up until th...


Posted by Carmine on 2014-03-23 14:59. 5 comments. 259 reads
 
I had an St. Jude ICD installed 3 weeks ago and am trying to mentally cope with my new situation. I have been extremely active my whole life and get depress at the thought of my new limitations. I'm actually very uncertain of my limitations!

In my 2 week post surgery visit, my doctor gave me a Merlin monitor to use at my bedside.
Are these monitors necessary? Are they just an monthly annuity stream for the doctors? Does the daily monitoring consume the battery, and if so is it significant?

Posted by BillRussell on 2014-03-20 16:34. 7 comments. 367 reads
 
Just want to post an update on my dear husband's condition. Had Medtronic PM implanted on January 3, 2014, for sick sinus syndrome. After problems with DVT in arm (placed on Xarelto), emergency trip to ER with severe chest pains 2 weeks after implant, and 6 weeks ago at first interrogation was suspected to have problems with proper placement of leads which could lead to subsequent problems with battery life. The EP explained that in all probability they would have to open incision site and adjust the leads or insert new ones. After six weeks of worry and concern on the part of my husband, my children and me, we found out today that the leads apparently are working correctly and gave out a good report that indicates the leads are indeed...


Posted by sdutta on 2014-03-20 12:23. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
I had an implanted dual chamber pacemaker model 2364L of st judes in 1999 dec. What is battery life for this model. I don't have syncope but wants to know, when i should visit doctor for replacement of battery? Also, please suggests me few very good doctor who can implants pacemaker at Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Regards,
Subhendu Dutta

Posted by Bionictuck on 2014-03-14 20:19. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
Has anybody ever gone past the date they give you for the battery to be replaced by. I'm not pacer dependent, doc said I need it replaced by April 7th, but I want it done on the 11th. Thanks

Posted by Poppet on 2014-03-11 16:39. 2 comments. 386 reads
 
Hi there,
It's been a long while since I've used the site for support and encouragement but, when in need, here I am again hoping that someone may help me better understand my situation.
I had a St Jude's pacemaker implanted in 2007. In December 2013 I was told the battery life was 9-15 months and that it would need checking again in three months time. I've been again today and it's down to 6-12 months battery life - as expected. I'm to go back again in three months. The staff are great and I have no complaints. I do wonder though at what point they may decide the next pacemaker is needed. How close to the wire re battery life do they go is what I am wondering? I'm pacing at 65-68% of the time for a heart block and the pacemaker...


Posted by jimm on 2014-03-10 13:46. 7 comments. 461 reads
 
I had my b-v pacemaker installed in November 2013. 5 weeks later the leads moved and so my Dr. had to do a reposition surgery 3 weeks ago. I just found out that for reasons they don't understand, the leads moved again. Is anyone aware of having the leads repositioned more that once? I have private insurance through my employer, will insurance continue to pay for multiple repositioning surgeries?

Posted by mrhanchang on 2014-03-09 08:52. 4 comments. 281 reads
 
My Medtronics dual chamber PM was implanted in 2005. I was told very likely I will need a replacement this year, 2014. My questions are
1. If I stay with same manufacture's product, do the leads need to be replaced?

2. If I switch brand, say Biotronics, do the leads need to be replaced?

Posted by Kdalton on 2014-03-03 22:15. 1 comments. 158 reads
 
I had my pacemaker implanted when I was 15 and because breast tissue wasn't developed all the way yet they placed it under my arm it's in a pocket in my arm pit. Well it has slipped it's sitting on my ribs and is extremely painful. I'm having it moved to a different location, the usual location below my collar bone. Has anyone heard of this or in a similar situation I'm very nervous and can't find any information about this any where any info would be appreciated!! Thanks

Posted by emilyegiles on 2014-02-26 22:09. 5 comments. 623 reads
 
Hello,

I had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted in 2006 at 23 years old to treat syncope. I went for my semiannual check-up in September where they told me I had approximately 12 months left on the battery. At my check-up this morning, they informed me that my battery actually ran out only a few weeks after my visit in September and it went into conservation mode. They are regarding this five months of "no episodes" as an indication that my condition has gone away and pacing is no longer need. But they want to leave the battery and leads in place since I have a sub-pectoral implant. I'm confused about a number of things.

a) How could the remaining battery life be over-estimated by 12 months? Aside from the first ye...


Posted by Kelly on 2014-02-24 23:20. 7 comments. 635 reads
 
If you are feeling unusually sluggish & having a lot of palpitations could those be symptoms of a low battery. My battery has 11 mo left on it but I don't know what to expect as far as symptoms go. I just feel tired a lot & my pulse seems to want to stay in the 60s when I used to be in the 80s. Is this b/c the device is trying to conserve the battery?

I wonder if changing my PM out sooner would help my symptoms.



Posted by MRVista on 2014-02-22 14:11. 4 comments. 179 reads
 
Not much, but some. It is close to a year since it has been implanted. At check ups i am told" it is doing it's job. The battery is good for 8.5 more years!"

Posted by PAULIGIRL7 on 2014-02-21 19:24. 1 comments. 454 reads
 
I just had pacemaker surgery on February 20th 2014. When my doctor who did the surgery came into my hospital room, she said that I must have been moving my left arm because the lead that was placed in the upper heart chamber, lost it's slack and their is just a short lead. Although, she said it is working properly and that I cannot move my arm hardly at all and to be very careful so the lead does not come out from me moving too much. I am vey worried about this cause I do not want to go through that surgery again. When I was in the OR just before my surgery, my blood pressure was 167 over 110 and I was literally shaking and the anesthesiologist said well we will take care of that. I told them that I did not what to be put totally aslee...


Posted by AnnieRHolland on 2014-02-20 18:38. 5 comments. 548 reads
 
On New Years Eve 2011, very unexpectedly and quite out of the blue, I went into complete heart block at the age of 52. En route to hospital (in the ambulance) they started externally pacing me. I arrived at the hospital at 12 midnight and was externally paced for the next 4 hours until stable enough to have temporary PM placed. Then on Jan 2, 2012 had a Medtronic Revo MRI compatible PM inserted.

On Dec 6, 2013, I awoke during the night feeling absolutely dreadful. After many tests, CAT scans and echos etc. it came back to the PM - it had gone into a safe mode to save battery power. On New Years Eve 2013 (just under 2 years) I had the next and newer version of this PM placed.

Has anyone else experienced such a sho...


Posted by Mandi on 2014-02-14 19:09. 4 comments. 237 reads
 
Hi, I have a boston scientific pacer for bradycardia, got it in Sept. 2013. Things have been fine till lately. My arm has been hurting me quite a bit, now I know that it may have nothing to do with the pacer but another strange thing is going on. I shop a lot, but one as I go thru the doors of the stores the security alarm goes off. Could this be a loose lead? What is going on?thanks for Any input you may have.

Posted by IronMike on 2014-02-12 18:48. 7 comments. 345 reads
 
Hey guys, just wondering if anybody has had to have a lead revision before, and what recovery is like. I have micro fractures in the lead to my atrium, and ventricle, so the doc said she will try to fix them, but if she can't, I may need new leads. I'm kind of scared for surgery again, I don't want them to have to unscrew my old leads as I've heard its kind of dangerous in young people because the scar tissue heals well. I'm only 25. Anyways, thanks for taking a read, and I appreciate any replies!

Posted by Viking on 2014-02-10 10:10. 2 comments. 192 reads
 
Has anyone here had a Pacemaker that is compatible with MRI examinations installed with only ONE lead? My cardiologist attached only one of the two leads and as a result the Pacemaker Manufacturer said that my Pacemaker is not compatible for MRI exams.



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