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Posted by merrilee on 2014-11-08 16:31. 5 comments. 291 reads
 
Hello, I have a heart defect I was born with. I had my pacemaker replaced in May 2014. Now I am being told that my heart is skipping beats and I need another lead added to my pacemaker for the bottom chamber of my heart. I had my pacemaker placed durning open heart surgery 11yrs ago so the leads are on the outside of the heart. The doctor is taking about replacing all the leads and adding the new one. From what I have read they can not remove the leads placed on the outside of the heart.

My question is has anyone had this done? What are the risks of the surgery? What is the recovery time?
Please help! I am totally freaking out and I'm obsessing about it 24/7.

Posted by vvg61 on 2014-11-08 11:46. 3 comments. 490 reads
 
I am 53-year-old woman with AV block and have had a PM for 31 years. I posted here way back in August because EP suggested a lead replacement of my 27-year-old leads. I was freaked out (to put it mildly) and took everyone's suggestions and slowed the process down so that they would actually LOOK at my chart to determine it was medically necessary and not just something that the referring doc "thought" might be warranted.

They did an echo, chest xray, and venogram to get more data. I actually got the EP and my cardiologist to talk to each other a couple of times and asked them to verify that it was medically necessary, since my EP was new to me. After 6 weeks with an EOL battery (stressful!), the surgery was scheduled. I had...


Posted by Shanny on 2014-11-06 23:08. 7 comments. 474 reads
 
Hi Everyone, what is the typical battery life of a pacemaker? I've had mine for about seven years! Anybody had a recent battery change? How was it? Do they put in a whole new device?

Posted by CynthiaGrear on 2014-11-01 21:48. 2 comments. 335 reads
 
Has anyone had a lead detach from the heart after having it in place for several years? I had my original Boston Scientific CRT-D put in 8 years ago and everything went fine until this summer when I started an exercise program where I was going to a gym and lifting light weights. My doctor says this is highly unusual to have a lead move after this long, and now there is so much scar tissue around the leads that they can't get another lead in without doing a laser procedure to dissolve the scar tissue. I am seeing a cardiac surgeon on Wednesday to discuss the procedure and I am very concerned about this surgery because I understand it can be dangerous. Any comments would be appreciated.

Posted by susiebear on 2014-10-27 12:47. 11 comments. 393 reads
 
Hi all, I wish I had found this site before now, I have had my pacemaker for 14 years now. I had open heart surgery at 24yo which left me with total heart block.
I have always suffered with ventricular ectopic beats (1000's a day) since i had my surgery, but now I am experiencing much bigger palpitations and I am wondering could the battery be causing this? with it being due for a replacement? These palpitations are so big they make me dizzy and feel so horrible, each time i wait for the huge beat at the end, i worry its not going to come the gap between the horrible feeling and the huge beat at the end is longer, it feels like my heart doesnt beat for that duration.
Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be down to the batte...


Posted by jkdutta on 2014-10-25 12:23. 4 comments. 384 reads
 
I am having Pacemaker , Biotronik make Evia DR T since 6th June 2011. On 26th October 2014 Doctor has put " Rate Drop Response " ON. Will it have any effect on balance battery life ?
What will be expected balance battery life of the Pacemaker ? What is normal battery life of a Biotronik make Evia DR T pacemaker ? If it is required to change battery then only battery will be changed or the existing one has to be replaced with new pacemaker ?

Posted by TailLight on 2014-10-18 21:26. 2 comments. 379 reads
 
Hi. Im new here, so forgive me if this post is in the wrong area!

My husband recentlyt had his pacemaker battery replaced, in August. He noticed some "pauses" in his pulse, i.e. 2-3 beats, then pause, then 2-3 beats. He had it checked with a phone check and they told him they were benign extra beats, but have his electrolytes tested, just in case. All lab work was fine. He's going in on Monday to get the pacemaker checked, but over the phone someone told him it's not the pacemaker, and they want to give him a stress test, etc. He swims a mile practically every day and gets his heart rate up to about 155. So he told them that.
He says this never happened with his old pacemaker. A different surgeon operated this time.


Posted by InTheAir on 2014-10-17 14:04. 2 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi,

I recently had my PM replaced as well as a new lead installed. The old lead was capped and it is currently on top of the PM, OK... more like half on half off. It is not comfortable. I spoke to the doc and he said it must have moved, but it was there when I woke from the operation. Anyway, he is going to place it under the PM. I'm not sure that will be any better. So, what I would like to know is where is a capped lead normally placed?

Thanks,
Paul

Posted by PMC on 2014-10-13 15:30. 5 comments. 478 reads
 
Hi im 35 from uk ive had a pacemaker for nearly 17 years now and ive had 3 new pacemakers but never a battery change they always gave me a new one because i was getting bigger and older im going into hospital in the next 2-4 weeks for battery change and was wanting to know do they put you to sleep because ive heard people saying they dont and im no likeing that idea lol

Posted by catj on 2014-10-10 13:18. 7 comments. 460 reads
 
Hi all- i'm new to this forum. I'm 40 and have had my defibulator (on my 2nd) since I was 28. I'm due for a battery change in the next few months and now the doctor is telling me my lead is requiring more ampage and so she thinks that means there is something wrong with the lead. She mentioned having it extracted but everything I read says that is risky. I have a 4 and 6 year old and am very scared to not be with them. I've been crying since Wednesday! A previous doctor had told me if the leads ever needed changing they would just add a wire. He had explained my vein as being the size of my pinky finger and the leads being the size of a hair. Not sure that is right, but made me feel like there was room for more leads if needed. Th...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-08 07:26. 8 comments. 590 reads
 
hi friends i am 20 years old male. my PM was replaced 2 month before and paced for 6.5 years. so my question is that is my new PM will also going to pace for 6.5 years or there are any chances for pacing 10+ years i am patient with CHB my PM is MEDTRONIC DDDR pulse width of pm is 2.5V. also before my last pm replaced i got shock of current from water pump after 3 years of current shock i start feeling my heart rate and after 3 days when i got check up my pm battery was down. the shock was not of high volts but os there chances the PM battery was drained my shock? because after 3 hours i start feeling some symtops. also my doctor said that this new installed pm have better battery life of 12-15 years ! please give me your suggestion about t...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-05 11:16. 3 comments. 385 reads
 
hello friends i want to ask a question that how long pm leads can pace? what is expected lifetime of leads? i am on my second pm they only changed my pm and leads are not changed. is the risk increases with time if leads are extracted after long period? is there chances the leads can work for 50 years ? i am 20 years old male i am on my second pm the first was implated 7 years before and second one 2 month before

Posted by skyepacer on 2014-10-03 19:15. 2 comments. 385 reads
 
Hello Everyone, It's been a while since I have been on the site. Hoping everyone is doing well out there in Heart Land. I wonder if anyone can help with my question. Looks like I am facing having my atrial lead changed due to immense irritation of my pericardium. Long story, brief summary. My current pacemaker was placed just over two years ago, and I have both atrial and ventricular leads though only the atrial one is being utilized to keep my own native heart rate from dropping below 45. I am otherwise healthy, a young 60, fitness teacher with no other meds or issues. Anyone out there been through the lead change lately with a 2 year old device? Thank you so much for your time and I wish everyone well. I appreciate your responses in adva...


Posted by pinksquirrel on 2014-09-28 23:58. 3 comments. 264 reads
 
I've had my DD Pacemaker for almost a year now and most od the time I really forget I have it until this morning. Yesterday I was using a cultivator with a battery pack. I'm left handed and of course the pm was implanted on the left side. Totally forgot about the warnings that are in the book. When I woke this morning I felt bad and I took my BP and Pulse thinking that I may be in A-fib. Nope but my pulse registered 47 and my pm is set at 70.Humm I got a cup of tea took it again and my pulse was 154 the atrial setting is 130. So I guess my pm is out of whack. Everything has settled down now. Could it have been my using the battery operated cultivator causing EMI?

Posted by michellekport on 2014-09-28 07:42. 6 comments. 366 reads
 
Hello All,

My name is Michelle, I'm 26 years old and have restrictive cardiomyopathy and a pacemaker. I recieved my dual lead medtronic pacemaker in 2009. I found out a couple years or so ago that one of my leads isn't workig properly and because of that it is draining the PM battery quicker than it normally would. They aren't sure why, but they are guessing that there is too much scar tissue around the lead causing it to work harder than it should. If it continues to decline at a continuous rate I will need to replace my PM in 2-3 years. I am 100% paced so I get my leads checked every 2-3 months.
I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar issues with a lead? And, if they had, did they have problems with the new l...


Posted by stricknein on 2014-09-19 10:29. 8 comments. 696 reads
 
My pacemaker was implanted in 2000. I immediately began to have problems with inappropriately attached leads. This caused many problems over the years. I struggled with unwanted shocks and palpitations, etc. for about 7 years. First we turned off one chamber, then finally the other. Eventually the leads really shorted out and depleted the battery. In 2007, I convinced my doctor that I no longer (or never did) need the device and he and I agreed to leave it implanted. It has now been off for 7 years and I've never felt better. I play tennis 3 times a week and golf twice a week and walk 4 miles 3 times a week.

I spoke to an engineer at Medtronics about 5 years ago about the relative safety of leaving the device in place v...


Posted by dmoo on 2014-09-17 14:08. 5 comments. 345 reads
 
Hi, I had a DDDR pacemaker fit a few months ago as I had irregular low heart beat. Till a few days ago it was working well producing a heatbeat in 70s. But last few days I find my heart beat drops to 40s sometimes during movement sometimes it is in 70s. Im also expriencing palpitations. Can anyone please tell why it is so? What to do?.

Posted by venky on 2014-09-17 10:28. 5 comments. 266 reads
 
Usually how long the battery of the pacemaker lasts , in my case it was implanted about three years and seven months back. Can you mail answer to this question to kgvenkatesh10@hotmail.com

Posted by jobecky33 on 2014-09-16 03:05. 4 comments. 291 reads
 
I've never heard of EOL/elective replacement. If it's elective replacement does the insurance company deny payment because it's elective?

Does any one else feel their pacemaker pace? I'd like to know which percentage feel it and their ages? Not a STUDY as in offical but I just wonder

Posted by Rafaela on 2014-09-15 07:00. 4 comments. 350 reads
 
Hi everyone who read my post ,

I need a replacement battery for my icd device but i dont know where to bye it. I live in Albania and here is no place when i can find it. If someone can give me some adreeses where i can find seling recharge i will be very greatful.



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