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Posted by racerjon on 2015-08-28 18:39. 5 comments. 437 reads
 
I'am wondering if anyone has ever had this problem. I just got my pacemaker two days ago on Wednesday, August 26th. In the two days I've had it, I have been experiencing a shortness of breath and trouble breathing. Has anyone else ever had or heard of this? I would appreciate any feedback.

Posted by PTMURF57 on 2015-08-26 21:59. 2 comments. 383 reads
 
I have had defibrillator since march 2006. my initial heart attack in dec 2005 damaged the left lower ventricle section of my heart. never did my defibrillator go off till 3 days ago. thank goodness. I was out of town so of course called my dr. I also was back in my home town so I went to original dr so they could read the device to see what happened. was told that the lead was cracked and my heart was fine. the icd went off due to the crack in the lead. about 3 weeks ago my Dr said he doesn't belief I need it anymore but generally they leave it in. just shut it down. well now a lead is cracked. i'm having an echo tomorrow to verify condition of the hear and then they will make a decision. has anyone had this happen to you and wh...


Posted by Jane21 on 2015-08-24 07:25. 13 comments. 650 reads
 
This is my comment raised on an earlier post, but I decided to post it under its own thread here, as one or two folk, may possibly identify with some of my issues re having a pacemaker fitted.
Comment as follows:
I do still have a but, regarding my aftercare.
Tracey, you said what an excellent team I had and in the main I agree. However, there are aspects to my care I do not think are or were very good.
Initially when diagnosed and prior to the fitting, my condition was explained very poorly to me, my options and prognosis were not discussed properly. In fact the cardiologist broke the news by just sticking his head round the curtain and said you have heartblock, I'm fitting a pacemaker this morning. Prior to that ...


Posted by wantok on 2015-08-21 15:29. 5 comments. 317 reads
 
I had an EnRhythm Medtronic implanted 4 years ago (it is not MRI-compatible) and am due for a new battery in the next year. I am plagued with (probably arthritic) knee pain and it is impacting my overall health through losing lower body flexibility and strength. I would like to be able to get an MRI. I live near Stanford and San Francisco. I wrote a similar note months ago but can't find the excellent advice I was given. I am a 68 year old female. Many thanks in advance.

Posted by Nobbie on 2015-08-20 04:47. 3 comments. 322 reads
 
I just had to replace my pacemaker and defibrillator due to battery depletion what should I do next

Posted by poling on 2015-08-19 06:06. 4 comments. 332 reads
 
Hi! My mom-in-law had her pacemaker implanted last Dec '09. Is there an expiration date for this device? Medtronic IPG VVI SESO1? She could not remember that she was advised to come back for a certain # of years for the replacement of this device.What are the indications that it needs to be replaced? No home monitoring was advised as well. Appreciate your inputs please.Thanks!

Posted by Mom3 on 2015-08-19 00:00. 2 comments. 345 reads
 
I am having "Noise" or interference on my PM. It has been going on for several months now. I originally went in to the Dr.s office telling them that I could feel the pings like 10 a day, but that I noticed that it would happen whenever I moved my arm a certain way. Of course not being able to duplicate on demand. It got worse to where I was feeling the pings 50 times a day with 3 or 4 pings in a row. Interrogation showed 1600 noises in the 2 months. PM rep changed settings and turned off something so I only was feeling a few a day for the last month and 1/2 but the last few weeks have been feeling the pings again like 10 a day. Went back today (2 months later) and the interrogation showed 1200 noises in the last month. But this time...


Posted by berniewernie on 2015-08-15 17:34. 6 comments. 442 reads
 


Help... does any one elses screwheads almost poke through the skin at the top of their pacers? My first pm was put in last October and had to be re-buried in May this year as it was very protruding and the screwheads were visible. Now its happening all over again and I am so fed up and sad about it. I am thin to say the least weigh about 8 stone and am 5ft 4 so quite small all over with no fatty tissue in which to bury it really. I do feel better with it but my consultant promised me it wouldnt happen again and now I can clearly see the screwheads and the pm is uncomfy. I also have two bulges one each side on top of the pm one bigger than the other... the pm team tried telling me its my leads??!! Anyone else had the same p...


Posted by Ariela on 2015-08-14 19:14. 3 comments. 401 reads
 
Hi!
I had my pacemaker checked in the office yesterday and the tech said it is making a lot of "noise" and she suspects either the leads or the caps are damaged. My pacemaker was implanted in 2004. The doctor is on vacation for one month, and I live in a small town. Could someone please clarify for me:
1. What are pacemaker "caps?" Do we all have them?
2. What is this "noise" she was talking about it?
3. What can be done about it?
4. Am I in some kind of danger with my pacemaker?
I am very grateful if you can give me some help! I am 76 years old, my husband is 84, and I am responsible for caring for him.
Thank you.
Ariela



Posted by Lauram! on 2015-08-08 15:02. 4 comments. 370 reads
 
Hi, just looking for some advice and reassurance! 3 months ago I had my faulty leads and pacemaker replaced, the surgeon put my new system on the right side and I chose to have my old lead left in instead of extracted. I'm paced 100% of the time for complete heart block. My old leads were playing up for months before they were finally replaced, had a lot of non capture and pvcs, my heart became very irritated and sensitive. My symtoms have improved massively but I still get a few symtoms, when I bend out my arms or bend over my heart feels as if it skips sometimes, I was just wondering if this could be lead irritation and if anyone had felt like this with new leads?? I'm really scared that the irritation could be coming from my old leads b...


Posted by Mix78 on 2015-08-04 07:25. 5 comments. 336 reads
 
Hi all,

My St Jude pace has reached his EOL some time ago. It always kept his frequency of 80 bps but it seem to power off and on and off again. When it power off, my heart take some seconds (2-4) before beating again (at 30 BPM).

The power up periods of the PM can be of 1 sec like 1 day before powering off again. I heard somewhere that the St Jude's pm at EOL must beat at 65 bpm until it really die. What's going on with mine ? Any idea ?

Wish u all a good day !

Marco

Posted by coolartist13 on 2015-08-01 11:59. 4 comments. 353 reads
 
Hello - New here looking for feedback regarding early termination of batteries. 2nd time it has occurred to me and I'm curious if this is common. Thought I'd ask the experts, the human ones not the doctors with the robotic answers.
any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by GoodDog on 2015-07-29 21:06. 3 comments. 370 reads
 
I would love to hear from anyone that has four leads. I'd be interested to know what the rational was for inserting the fourth lead instead of extracting. Also would like to know if the fourth lead presented any problems.
I will be receiving a new generator very soon and have two good leads and one that had been capped due to a recall. My two good leads are 28 and 20 years old. There is nothing wrong with them as they have tested good with my regular PM checks. However, due to their age, they have already told me that they may want to insert a new fourth lead (to replace the oldest) and/or extract the three for two new leads.
I don't want to have an extraction due to the risks. So I am trying to weigh my options.
THANKS!!!<...


Posted by theravadaz on 2015-07-29 09:01. 0 comments. 343 reads
 
I would just like to run this by everyone, in case anyone has had a similar experience or is just interested.

About a 3 years ago, a year after a pace maker was inserted for heart block, I had alternating episodes of low blood pressure and maximum rate, and high pressure and minimum rate. This was after doing some strenuous work involving driving nails.

The electrophysiologist first said that it was "electromechanical dissociation", and later changed it to "under-sensing." In any case he shut off tracking from the atria and gave me a fixed rate. Another EP was critical and put me back on DDD settings, but eventually I received a vibratory alert that checked out to indicate a bad atrial lead. So he shut off the ba...


Posted by Daisho on 2015-07-21 19:41. 5 comments. 421 reads
 
Well my pacer clinic folks told me I am within spitting distance to getting a new unit. First replacement I am hoping they let me have the old one.

Posted by valentin0906 on 2015-07-17 07:27. 3 comments. 354 reads
 
Hi everyone! I am posting this message in behalf of my father.. He should have an operation for a pacemaker but then we are awaiting for the help of the PCSO.. Unfortunately, it's too much time consuming. It was my mother who's going to their office but then again, they always say to try another day.. My mom is also a senior citizen.. So, a person with a good heart gave a pacemaker to my brother (so thankful to him/her). We just wanted to ask where to have it checked if it still works.. Your response is highly appreciated.. Thank you very much. Btw, we are located here in the Philippines.

Posted by lisa123 on 2015-07-15 08:42. 5 comments. 483 reads
 
Okay, so you know it might just be a bit late at night but I've taken my heartrate three times and it keeps coming out at 65bpm - I was told this would be a good indication it's gone into saver mode and will need battery replacement. My question is how dangerous is this mode. Can I toddle on for a day or two or should I be getting myself to a hospital.

Posted by book61 on 2015-07-14 13:12. 4 comments. 372 reads
 
I had to have pacemaker replaced after 2 months due to loose leads. I think it has happened again. I keep having these episodes. Like it feels hollow in my chest?? First it was just at night when going to sleep, but the past several weeks it happens all the time! Has anyone experienced this awful sensation? First time they told me it was just anxiety until they saw the x-ray and could see the leads dangling! I would really love to hear about anyones experience with this also.

Posted by mpagels on 2015-07-10 13:29. 5 comments. 488 reads
 
I have recently been seeing a Dr. Brenya at Toledo Clinic and have a Biotronik pacemaker installed in my during 2008. This is year doctors being caught getting big payouts to use this product. I was not consulted in advance which type of pacemaker I wanted and entire time I had this pacemaker experienced wild blood pressure swings from syncope to tachycardia. This year the pacemaker died without my doctor catching it in time. He yelled at me for letting it die. How could I know? He had to manually investigate it at the office and I did not have a communication device to tell me battery losing power. I was put in great danger since I have syncope. Doctor only schedules appointments every 6 months and the last visit I saw him it only...


Posted by Tash123 on 2015-07-06 23:11. 5 comments. 465 reads
 
Hi,
I have had this particular pacemaker for five years and I went to get the battery tested this past February, and the dr said I had about a year left. He also informed that I am now 100% dependant. I have had a pacemaker since 2000. I am 24 years old, this is my third one and I have never been 100% until now. The past couple of days I have felt extremely tired, out of breath with no energy. My hr all day has been constant at 60 bpm (which I believe is the low for me) when my normal bpm is around 85. I have never spent so long with this low of an hr and am concerned that I may be EOL earlier than expected. My next appointment is not scheduled until November, but I really do not want to wait if this can be serious. I've never ha...




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