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Posted by jan on 2013-12-28 01:13. 5 comments. 158 reads
 
I have had this pacer for three years and a week ago I began too have a light shocking on the left where my pacer is . It starts on the left above the pacer placement and goes up my neck to my chin. The event lasts about 1 minutes or less and then does it off and on many times during the day. Any Ideas.

Posted by Theknotguy on 2013-12-26 16:34. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
I can't find the post. One member was asking about changing the PM while being 100% pacing. How do they do that? Obviously you wouldn't want to be lying there slowly dying while the cardiologist takes his/her sweet time to change out the PM. Good question!

Talked to people at my rehab session. Hey, how do you handle the situation when the person is 100% paced.

"Good question." she responded. #1 rule is to keep the heart functioning so they have people watching to make sure it doesn't stop. Soooo....

1) Check to see if heart can keep beating without
PM. If so, proceed to replacement.

2) If heart can't keep beating without some external help, go to external PM to keep heart beat...


Posted by noodles69us on 2013-12-20 14:37. 6 comments. 210 reads
 
Has anyone gone over 3 months after EOL? Mine went into EOL 10-11-2013 but I need a lead replaced too, the nurse called and said it would be in Feb. (maybe?) She said they didn't know how the pacemaker will do after that. I'm 61 with heart failure, kidney failure etc. It makes me wonder about the DEATH PANEL, ANYONE OUT THERE GOING THREW THIS TOO?

Posted by albie on 2013-12-17 20:02. 6 comments. 289 reads
 
Yes I still have a Guidant Insignia that is now 8 yrs old. When originally implanted battery life was predicted at 9 years. At a recent interrogation the battery estimate said 5+ years left. Gas Guage was reading about 50%. I'm 100% paced and have a very active job. does anyone have experience with this? Has anyone had their battery last 13 years? seems way off.

Posted by manaman on 2013-12-12 15:50. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
Home after a brand new pacemaker replacement and a brand new lead. Three hours on the table but not even a pain pill! Wow, what a Christmas gift, haven't felt this good in 6 months.
Cecil

Posted by manaman on 2013-12-07 18:28. 2 comments. 277 reads
 
Had a PM check up in July and was told I had 12 to 14 months left. Well for the past three weeks I have had a constant 64 BPM at rest (low set point @ 60bpm for 10 years), I sent doctor list of numbers (BP) and an immediate appt was set up for Monday 12.9.13.
My breathing got compromised, I got very weak, lightheaded etc. Basicaly non-functional! A trip to ER indicated that I went into EOL on October 22,2013 and I am now scheduled for a replacement on Tuesday along with replacement of a compromised ventrical lead.
The only thing that is certain here is that there is no certainty
Someone stated that when a PM was failing that the PM beats per minute would DROP (mine did not drop but went up and stuck at 64bpm.
I have...


Posted by Celest on 2013-12-07 12:14. 1 comments. 241 reads
 
I have had a icd (pacemaker and defibulator)for eight years and I have had the battery changed 3 times and this last time I had lead revision done which included lead abandonment rather then lead replacement. My doctor said lead replacement was too dangerous. Has anyone had this done (lead abandonment)? Has it had to be done more then once? I have this constant thumping in my chest, is this normal?HELP!

Posted by firejoe on 2013-12-04 23:50. 6 comments. 328 reads
 
Does anyone know of a study that addresses the chances of both leads becoming disfunctional in a years time. Everything about my pacemaker has gone perfect, has 'fixed' the problem of my heart stopping for 8 or 9 seconds every 3 or 4 months.

I ocassionally wonder "what are the odd" of both leads not working someday when im driving or climbing and need just one of them to work.

The clinic told me today that it is only at my yearly visit that my heart is increased. The other three home checks dont speed up my heart.

Posted by kford35 on 2013-12-04 12:27. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
I am scheduled for my 3rd PM surgery in 3 months, next Tuesday due to my lead detaching. The first time, the top lead detached and now the bottom lead has detached. They replaced the entire pacemaker last time but this time I think they are just replacing the lead. However, I'm not sure. My friends,that have pacemakers, told me they felt better quickly after surgery. I felt worse and have had very erratic heartbeats constantly. I told my physician and he didn't think it was a big deal until my follow up appointment when he realized one of the leads was detached. This has happened both times and I'm really concerned about a 3rd surgery and going thru all this again with the same results. My first PM surgery was Oct 1, 2013 second one was ...


Posted by comics258 on 2013-12-03 14:53. 2 comments. 307 reads
 
Hi had my first follow up appointment yesterday. They tweaked the settings which has made all the difference. Unfortunately though they found the lead that sensors the heart was not working 100% as it had moved, they confirmed it with a chest x-ray.

While I only rely on it 1% of the time they think taking my age into consideration (50) and the fact that it won't let the PM work to its total capabilities, they want to go back in and resecure it (at the moment it is still sensing but is just dangling). The other lead has bedded in fine, and I need that one the most as I pace 100% of the time.

They tell me its not urgent and it will be a quick procedure, so fingers crossed they are right.

So obviously when I ...


Posted by tuborg2 on 2013-11-28 04:13. 1 comments. 172 reads
 
hello every one..
i got a pace maker and i do a bit of wieght lifting.. from yesterday night i am feelin uneasy type like headache, i tried to measure my heart rate it s arround 75-80
does any thing is happening wrong with me ??
please reply
and what if i pinched the leads ??

Posted by manaman on 2013-11-27 12:32. 1 comments. 144 reads
 
anyone here had a lead extraction done at Duke Medical Center. Expecting a PM change and a ventrical lead change sometime in the next two/three weeks

Posted by boboantho on 2013-11-26 21:53. 0 comments. 487 reads
 
I have had a Medtronic two chamber pacemaker for 8 years. My last pacemaker check showed battery life from 6 to 10 months. About 3 weeks ago, I suddenly began experiencing severe shortness of breath. Of course it was on a Friday, so I waited until Monday to see my Internal Medicine specialist. He ran a relatively simple Spirometer test on my lungs and a BNP blood test. The lung test showed lung breathing at 60% of normal and the BNP test read 8,700. Normal BNP for my age and sex is 0 to 400. He explained to me that the BNP test showed a heart problem but the lung test showed a lung problem. He didn't know whether the lung caused the heart problem or the heart caused the lung problem. He sent me to a pulmonologist who had more specific lung...


Posted by msthackston on 2013-11-26 16:26. 2 comments. 195 reads
 
I had posted earlier about my pacemaker rate changing from 70 to 63. I had been to the doctor on Nov 20th and had my battery checked and they told me that I had less than 3 months until I reached ERI. Well I went back to visit the EP nurse on Monday after the rate changed and they told met hat my battery had reached EOL. They both seemed surprised since I had not reached ERI as on Wednesday and now I was in EOL. When they check the time I reached EOL it was 4:55pm on Wednesday, 1 hour after I checked out of the office. Well now I am scheduled for a pacemaker change on December 17th. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

Posted by recoverrite on 2013-11-26 01:06. 2 comments. 346 reads
 
Hi! It has been almost four years since I have been to the club. My husband got a dual chamber pacemaker at that time and everyone here was SO helpful and kind to me when I had questions and concerns. He had a MAZE procedure after two failed ablations and ended up with a PM after the surgery, which is pretty common.

He has not had a single issue until they read his echo today. The cardiologist says (and I may have this mixed up) that he has an "abnormality" in the upper right chamber. They are doing a nuclear stress test on the 9th, but say he may need a third lead. but I really don't understand why. Has anyone had a lead added? What would be the reason? Can it wait? And, if he does have to do it, how difficult is it?



Posted by karenp on 2013-11-25 18:18. 4 comments. 229 reads
 
Hi all,
I am facing a lead extraction in the next few months and would like to know who everyone has used as their surgeon. I am paced 100% of the time and have had this lead in since 2001. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Thank you !

Posted by manaman on 2013-11-25 14:44. 1 comments. 171 reads
 
Last PM check I was told I had approx 12 month battery life left (this was in July '13) For the past 3/4 days my BPM has been at 64 to 66 BPM (normally for the past 10 years it has been 59/60.
Are these numbers telling me something? I don't have another check-up until mid February! I've felt better and also a lot worse (after all how good can one feel at 71?)
Comments please!
Cecil

Posted by msthackston on 2013-11-23 18:58. 6 comments. 430 reads
 
I had an appointment with the EP nurse last Wednesday for a battery check because my pacemaker was reaching ERI. She told me that I had less than 3 months, but she described it as less than 3 months before I reach ERI. This was the first time that I head it explained that way. Anyway, yesterday I started feeling lightheaded and was getting short of breath just walking to my car. I ignored it as when I have episodes of tachycardia I do feel lightheaded. Today at work I felt that way again. I am a nurse and decided to check my pulse and it was 62. I had another nurse check it apically and it was 60. Of course it is a weekend and the office is not open until Monday and I am sure that it can wait until Monday, but I am frustrated because I was...


Posted by mfarnick on 2013-11-22 10:35. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
I have a St judes pm that was put in 11/26/11. Six months ago I started getting fainting spells several times a week. Visited Heart Doctor, PM Clinic and personal MD. All thought it was due to my blood pressure. This past Monday my PM technician discovered 13,000 noise events on my PM. I am now scheduled for surgery Monday to replace the lead to my lower chamber that they think is compromised. I am quite nervous! My PM is in DOO mode and I am feeling great because it is ignoring the short or noise. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. My first surgery was an emergency, waiting for a scheduled surgery is playing a little bit with my mind. Thanks for listening.

Posted by Bevof NC on 2013-11-17 17:57. 0 comments. 107 reads
 
Hi All! My last ICD beeped softly every 4 hours when the battery was depleting, not gone. I figured all implants did the same thing....Apparently NOT. Sorry for those of you who don't have the warning. I found it very comforting. Ask your EP if you have one and would they let you hear it.. Bev



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