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Posted by marilyn1957 on 2014-01-28 15:10. 3 comments. 303 reads
 
I'm going for pre-op and register on Monday and I'm due for the replacement on Wednesday 2/3. I had open heart surgery in 2005 giving me a new aortic, mitral, (Porcine) repaired tri-cusped and a double by-pass. ... I don't know what to expect as my leads are metronic (so I just found out), but my battery is BIOTRONIC and is only done at the Delray Hospital (in Delray Beach, Florida). I am nervous as I don't know what to expect. I have a radio frequency, dual channel pacemaker, paced at 80 and they weren't clear as to the procedure, length of time of the surgery as I have to be at hospital at 11:00am, scheduled for noon. I'm left handed, recovering from an auto accident and am not in the best of shape as I'm still getting physical thera...


Posted by Chick on 2014-01-28 01:49. 2 comments. 320 reads
 
Does anyone know the battery life for medtronic rvdr01 pacemaker. I have complete heart block and fully dependent.

Posted by ibebkm15 on 2014-01-26 09:38. 5 comments. 349 reads
 
Does anyone know how big the battery in a one lone pacemaker is and how long it takes to inplant? I was told it was no big deal that I would go home the same day. It is a big deal to me just to be cut on again. Thanks for your help. Bonnie K. Murphy

Posted by Tallgirl on 2014-01-23 19:21. 2 comments. 254 reads
 
I had an emergency pacemaker fitted in October 2013 after having my first A fib attack in September. Apparently I had syncope which caused my heart to 'pause' for 13 seconds five times in one day. I have since gone on to have an ablation in December and my PM shows no incidence of A fib which is great. I am also off all the heart drugs to. So all should be well, but it's not. I have been feeling nauseous since I had my PM in October but put it down to the heart meds, flecanide and bisoprolol, but I came off the drugs at the beginning of January. So why do I still feel so ill? Could it be my PM. I have been told that the lower lead is misplaced but I do not use it much so not to worry they will keep an eye on it at my PM checks.
Has an...


Posted by redskinfan1888 on 2014-01-22 21:55. 1 comments. 151 reads
 
.my dad has a pacemaker they want to check the leads for an infection they don't see any though/ hes 79 is this operation necessary and is it dangerous

Posted by Enrique on 2014-01-18 00:00. 7 comments. 279 reads
 
I had a dual lead Medtronics PM implanted 9 years ago. I have never had any problems.

At my last check up they told me that the battery has between 10 months and 3 years left....
They also told me that over the years I have become more dependent on my PM. When they turned it down they could not find a natural beat even at 40 bpm. The technician wouldn't turn it any lower
My question: if you are very dependent, or even 100% dependent on the PM, is the replacement more difficult? Is the procedure different from the case when you have just a low bpm?

Posted by bullseye on 2014-01-12 13:23. 3 comments. 172 reads
 
hi my hubby has his pree opp cheak on Tuesday then in on the 21st for eather another lead added to his existing pm or a new pacemaker as his is showing perminante tacy so they want him in from what ive read on here would this mean a biventricular pm ?and how long do you think he will be in as he on warfarin aswell thank you

Posted by manaman on 2014-01-10 17:37. 3 comments. 133 reads
 
four weeks post implant of third PM and a lead change. The stitches are FINALLY GONE and the itching has stopped. No issues other than 4 more weeks of restrictions and need fine tuning!
Cecil
Pocket incision ain't pretty but at 71 who cares!! (I LOST THE OTHER 70 BEAUTY CONTEST,no need to think I'd win the next one)

Posted by cheshirealice on 2014-01-09 15:52. 2 comments. 382 reads
 
Has anyone had very low impedance? I had my new pacemaker placed and my impedance levels dropped but they are stable at 110 and 130. From my understanding these are very low and that this is a insulation break within the leads.

We turned off my ventricular leads because it would always shock me in my pocket when it is paced. I only use that one 0.5% of the time but I'm concerned about my atrial lead and what could happen with such low impedance. I can always feel it shock me when it does its auto checks.

Posted by nato on 2014-01-08 12:51. 4 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi All,

My son who has a pacemaker 20mths now is quite active and running and playing alot enjoying life.Just recently he fell down once on his his chest while running.Can this affect hid leads in anyway?

Appreciate your response..



Posted by Half_Human on 2014-01-07 17:54. 5 comments. 222 reads
 
Just thought I check in. I'm a 51 year old male living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that was born with an AV block. I've been through 3 PM's and scheduled for a new one on the 1/7/14. This time the are going to replace one of the leads due to bad battery life, I'm only getting 50% of what I should be, which I assume because its pacing at 5 volts. Hopefully all goes well and I report back with no issues. Any suggestions or life experience with lead replacement would be helpful as I've never been through this. Thanks all !

Posted by tojo on 2014-01-07 12:51. 5 comments. 440 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put in about 6 weeks ago for AV block. No symptoms at all. The block was picked up on my annual physical. I am 70 years old, very active lifestyle so I was debating about whether I needed it. I opted to have it put in. Next question; MRI compatible or regular. I chose the MRI compatible. Now the issue: My check-up yesterday indicated I am using too much energy to pace when needed, meaning the lead may not be in far enough or the area it is in is not the right spot. The Doctor said my battery may last only 4 years at the current rate of use. Two options: Wait for 4 years or have them go in now to reposition the lead. I opted for going in now. Any thoughts? Any thoughts on why my pacemaker is not performing we...


Posted by nato on 2014-01-07 09:55. 4 comments. 617 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his pacemaker when he was 8mths old year 2012 and went recently for a pacemaker interrogation 2013 and his battery estimate is now 6.5 years as compared to when he had his implant it was 9 years.

Ask the physican why his battery life has decrease at least 3 years so rapid from 2012-2013.He said that having scar tissues develop on his leads this will contribute to battery longevity.

Question;

Will this scar tissue be develop only after placing the leads when he had surgery or will more and more scar tissues develop later on in the future and contribute to battery longevity?

Has anyone ever experience this before?

Having 6.5 years left now,will this be a tru...


Posted by StanfordHeart on 2014-01-05 23:03. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
Hello!

I'm a grad student at Stanford University working with a team at the engineering school that has created a technology for wirelessly charging or powering implantable medical devices.

I'm looking for some volunteers with pacemakers for a 15 minute interview regarding the pros and cons of this technology.

You can contact me at milesc1@stanford.edu.





Posted by bonniefox on 2014-01-05 02:04. 2 comments. 353 reads
 
I am scheduled to have a pacemaker replacement next Thursday. I received my Boston Scientific PM 6 years ago. I visited the surgeon on last Friday and she said that the replacement will be a new model just out last year. It is Wi Fi capable and will be larger and a more oval shape than my present model. I have looked for info on this on line and the advantages seem to be for tracking and keeping a record for the medical staff but I was wondering if any of you had experience or knowledge re the advantages for the patient. I am not sure that I will have any say so in the decision but I do want to understand the issue better. Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Bonnie


Posted by pete on 2014-01-04 14:05. 3 comments. 218 reads
 
Went to a private medical facility for a lecture. I was not sure what to expect but it was organised by our local science club. It turned out to be all about pacemakers !! Wow what luck. The lecturer was very knowledgeable. He had worked for various companies involved in design and manufacture of pacemakers. He told me that one company was going to manufacture pacemakers that lasted 19 years but never put it on the market once they worked out the looses they would make on replacement business. Pity.

Posted by Gardnerbw on 2014-01-02 01:15. 2 comments. 317 reads
 
After open heart surgery the lead wire in my PM rested on my diaphragm(sp.) and if I eat too much I actually seem to hiccup in my stomach. Can anyone educate me about what is happening.? My doctor does not want to move the lead wire. Any thoughts?

Posted by hrticknor on 2014-01-01 22:06. 1 comments. 206 reads
 
I'm coming up on the five year anniversary of my Boston Sci Cognis N119 CRT-D. Just wondering how long others have gone with this device prior to explant. I'm aware of the product advisory for premature battery depletion issued in August 2013 but everything seems OK. With my two prior devices interrogations showed plenty of juice only to have them start beeping shortly thereafter.

Thanks for any replies,
Henry

Posted by nato on 2013-12-31 11:11. 6 comments. 468 reads
 
Hi Goodday,

My son 20 Mths recently had a pacemaker implanted on december 2012 8 Mths old.At that time a pacemaker interrogration was done at the hospital and his battery life showed 9 years.This year another pacemaker interrogration was done at the hosspital and is battery life is now showing 6.5 years left.

Has anyone ever experience this before?Appreciate if you can share your information.Thanks..

Posted by manaman on 2013-12-29 10:14. 2 comments. 162 reads
 
Three weeks post pacer and lead replacement with no pain since day one.
Stitches still in place (suppose to come out on their own, but when) itches to no end (could use a WIRE BRUSH).
Only issues I have are with the 6 week restrictions and I think I could be dialed in a bit!

Happy NEW YEAR
Cecil



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