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Posted by judebee on 2015-02-28 00:35. 3 comments. 263 reads
 
Hey heart people!

Full 2 1/2 months since the PM was inserted and it's been amazing! No Stokes-Adams or heart stopping moments!

I do get a very Intense shocking pain at the site of my PM (right side) when my PM kicks in. It's not unbearable because it lasts a second at most but very intense.

Anyone else had this? Is there a way to stop it? Not a life or death question but I do give a comical yelp on regular occasions!

Thanks!

Posted by ROGERFLETCHER on 2015-02-27 11:24. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
I am a keen skier and fell in January breaking a bit off the top of my shoulder.This was not on my pacemaker side, but it did make me want to ask if anyone had experience - or had heard of anyone breaking their collar bone on the pacemaker side - and wether there was the possibility that that could damage the leads?
My doctor had never heard of this happening - but have any of you?

Posted by smile4danni on 2015-02-27 02:48. 12 comments. 460 reads
 
I have just had my first unit change and my only word I can think of is brutal. I know we are awake for the procedure but aren't we supposed to recieve some sedation. I did the first time and it wasn't as traumatic as this time. I am actually quite shocked at how horrendous this was. Has anyone else had this and did you receive sedation?

Posted by marcid12 on 2015-02-21 17:24. 3 comments. 203 reads
 
I have had my crt-d for 3 1/2 years and will need a replacement soon due to a low battery. Wondering if this a normal life expectancy of a battery.

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-02-21 14:24. 1 comments. 390 reads
 
I had my Medtronic Versa rate responsive pacemaker replaced after 7 1/2 years on 02/13/2015 at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida medical Center. Dr. Platt, an electro physiologist, who implanted my original pace maker performed the procedure in less than an hour and all went smoothly. The new one is a Medtronic Advisa rate responsive. model which is MRI compatible. I still have the original leads, so hopefully I will not require an MRI at a later date. My original pace maker went into "End of Life/End of Service" about three weeks before my replacement and locked my heart rate at 65 bpm and I was really feeling lousy, especially with just walking. Felt my energy returning almost immediately after the replacement. Since I could not get my ...


Posted by Lsmith15 on 2015-02-19 09:51. 2 comments. 210 reads
 
My main heart doctor is at Vanderbilt which is 4 hours from me. I have a rare genetic heart problem and that's why I have to go to Vanderbilt. I have another doctor local that does checks every so often just so I don't have to drive 4 hours for a check. I went the other day to my local doctor and he told me my battery only had 8 months left. I have an appt in July at Vanderbilt which is 5 months away. I called them to let them know I only had 8 months left and they said it was ok to wait until July. They tell me I have some kind of an alert that will let them know when I have 6 months left. I'm pacing 80% of the time. My local doctor tells me if I only have 8 months left I should have it changed in 5 months or sooner since I'm pacing so mu...


Posted by petethetreat on 2015-02-19 02:26. 3 comments. 245 reads
 
Hi there, been told i've to get a replacement battery as its now showing 6 months left. Does anyone know what the approximate waiting time is for this procedure? I live in the UK (Scotland) and using "google" it appears around 18 weeks but i'm not sure how accurate this is. Just wondering how long others have waited - thanks

Posted by mrhanchang on 2015-02-17 19:53. 1 comments. 120 reads
 
At a check up of my PM on 20-Jan-2015 I was told my battery was running very low. Meanwhile one of the two leads went bad. I was told the data collection part quit working at atrium end. I was worrying about inserting a new lead which could be a more complicate procedure. However eight days later in the surgery room the doc told me they found out both leads were good. All I need was a box change. The doc explained that when battery runs low the device may selectively shut off certain function and make the atrium lead appear not transmit anything. That was a good news and I appreciate the last minute double check of leads right before PM replacement.

Posted by civilcy on 2015-02-17 11:14. 4 comments. 248 reads
 
Hi all,
I just went into my 3 month check up after getting the pacemaker. How accurate are the readings for the battery life? My first PM reading showed that I was using the PM at about 7% and now its showing about 4%. The first reading I had said the battery life would be about 15 years and now it's saying 14 years, even when not working as much. So I was just wondering how accurate they are when they give out the battery's life.
Thanks



Posted by Maskelljay on 2015-02-16 07:38. 2 comments. 299 reads
 
Hi would u feel unwell if your pacemaker lead had come lose ?

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-02-05 08:47. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
Is it possible that the lead could hit something that could cause a "tingle" or have a sensitive feeling ? I have been feeling some on and off again light "electric tingling" under my bottom rib cage on the left side. Went to the pacemaker doc and he said the lead looks fine, xrays look fine, pacer is working fine. So what could this be. I see no bruising or swelling. Had my PM 3 years now. I have a tender spot now in that small area from where I have either kept touching it and pressing on it of the electric tingle. Any thoughts ? Thanks

Posted by chancyboo on 2015-02-03 21:34. 12 comments. 379 reads
 
Hi I am a 37 and a proud owner of a Pacemaker, I have complete heart block and I have had my leads for over 21 years. I was told that I need to get surgery to have them changed. I am scared and wanted to know if anyone has any advice or information on the outcome.


Posted by scorpfan on 2015-02-03 17:25. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi - I wrote a week ago about shortness of breath that came on all of a sudden. I also tried to update my profile but it will not keep all the information after I submit it, so a little of my background: 60 years old, female, 3rd degree heart block diagnosed at 42 years old, 100% paced, I am on my 2nd pm (Medtronic Adapta) which is just over 8 years old. I was told 2 1/2 weeks ago that I had 1 - 10 months left before going into ERI, then 10 days later I started feeling weird and out of breath. It turned out that in those 2 weeks the pm went into ERI, went through ERI and into EOL. I am scheduled to have the new pm fitted on Thursday, and can't wait since being in EOL is not fun.
Has anyone else's pm gone down that fast?

Posted by Dave H on 2015-01-31 18:44. 3 comments. 262 reads
 
At my procedure 4 days ago, (Medtronic Consulta replaced by a Medtronic Viva XT CRT-D) the EP spoke of it was a tight fit into one of my veins. Evidently, he doubled up one lead to create a 4-lead device. I won't see him for a couple weeks or so to get a complete rundown of what he did -------- anyone here have a similar 4-lead PM/CRT-D? An aftereffect: I walked the ICU's halls for about 45 min a few hours post procedure. I noticed my left hand turning blue, which kinda freaked the ICU nurse. This phenomenon has continued, but less noticeable, each day. I contacted the EP yesterday---- he stated the leads take up a large amount of space in my veins, but new veins will "grow" and the blue tinge should abate slowly. Anyone else experience...


Posted by beachbabe on 2015-01-31 13:49. 3 comments. 238 reads
 
Hey all!!
How are you?
I've not posted on here in what seems like an age! Just thought I'd tell you all that in going in next Wednesday 4th of feb for my 2nd Pacemaker...my last one has lasted nearly 7years....1st time round I didnt get much time to think about it because I was so poorly and it happened rather quickly. This time round I'm just a bit nervous if I'm honest, not too bad because I know that I need this and it's going to happen.
What was all your recovery times? When did you return to work etc?
In the USA are you allowed to keep your old units? I don't think I will be allowed in the UK but would love to keep it. Anyhow thanks for reading.
Take care
Louise xx

Posted by Lisarose on 2015-01-27 21:26. 1 comments. 189 reads
 
Hello all, has anyone experienced a pacemaker lead fracture then feel a sharp shock like pain to chest, radiating to chin then top of head? Of note, this is not an ICD, just an MRI comparable pacemaker. Also, recent check states increased voltage is required in atrial lead.

Posted by tenett on 2015-01-25 10:00. 2 comments. 211 reads
 
Has anyone had trouble with their St. Jude leads?
My first set broke in the first year and now the second set has failed.

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-01-24 13:48. 2 comments. 310 reads
 
I am scheduled for my 1st replacement in two weeks after 7 1/2 years of success with rate responsive Medtronic Versa.. They tell me I am 100% dependent. I am now in the ERI mode and being paced at 65 bpm. I notice my bpm does not go above 65 even with moderate exercise. Is this because the pace maker won't let my heart beat any faster even with exercise or is it because my heart can't beat faster on it's own? Feeling somewhat more fatigued than normal but still can function.

Thanks for any input,
Rodger Zawodniak

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-24 09:07. 22 comments. 603 reads
 
I chose to have my pacemaker's wifi turned off when the new one was implanted on 1/15/15. The nurses and other staff had more questions why, as well as judgmental responses, than the doctor did. (Maybe he saved it for when I was out during the surgery? ;o) )

They seem to forget that these batteries last a long time...my last one lasted 12 years. Just a brief search online will show all the technical advances during that time frame. According to an article in Forbes magazine, back in 2012 it was discovered the ability to hack them had occurred. No one has had that done yet, but it doesn't take too much out-of-the-box thinking to come up with scenarios within the next 10 years that could cause a lot of havoc and harm to people wit...


Posted by mrhanchang on 2015-01-20 19:42. 4 comments. 391 reads
 
I have a Medtronic dual chamber PM implanted in 2005. After 9.5 years I was told in a checkup yesterday that my battery is running out. Meanwhile one of the two leads goes bad. I was told the data collection part quit working because of this. But the pacing still works by the other lead. But I found out my maximum hearteat is 50 now which is lower than 6 months ago.

My questions are
1. How could a lead suddenly go bad after 9 years?
2. Could a low battery affect the lead life?
3. Is there a chance that the PM box side have a problem and made a false bad lead alarm?
4. Can I ask the surgeon to double check whether the lead condition before he insert a new one?
5. If they insert the new leads and keep...




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