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Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-09-18 04:56. 3 comments. 389 reads
 
My husband has a Boston Incepta ICD which he has had for just over 2 years.Yesterday he had usual device check and was told one of the leads has totally broke.His cardiologist wants to do echo and see results before he decides if he is going to renew it as he is not symptomatic.It is not the defib or pacing lead-is it ok just to leave it until symptoms get worse.They are surprised it has broken - he did fall getting out of bath about 8 weeks ago could this have caused it?Any input appreciated.Tks

Posted by freddyv on 2015-09-18 02:16. 1 comments. 273 reads
 
today was a week & I still have a very large hematoma & a lot of swelling has anyone else had this problem with there battery change surgery? I also found out I am probably when this heals need to ad another wire

Posted by Fluff87 on 2015-09-18 02:01. 4 comments. 408 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker placed 9/8/15. On day 4 of post op I started experiencing palpitations, chest pain and the inability to lay flat. After a night of torture I finally went to the ER. After an extensive work up, it was determined that my ventricular lead had detached from the wall, was pacing on its own, and occasionally poking the inside of my ventricle causing the pain. The Medtronics rep came in and turned the pacer off and I was scheduled for surgery to fix the lead placement.

Just wondering if many people out there have had problems with lead detachment? I've been playing by the rules. No lifting. Arm in a sling majority of the time. I'm currently on day 3 post op (again) and feel so much better already.

Posted by freddyv on 2015-09-16 13:37. 2 comments. 280 reads
 
Today is day 6 & I still have some blood oozing on the gauze am I the only 1 that has had these issues after almost a week of being weak still & the oozing?

Posted by freddyv on 2015-09-15 23:02. 0 comments. 316 reads
 
Has anyone else had this I have had a heaviness & at times shortness of breath since pacemaker I just had my battery changed & I had complications afterwards I had a severe heaviness & shortness of breath so they admitted me I also received a angiagram which was normal thank god

Posted by freddyv on 2015-09-07 13:08. 5 comments. 441 reads
 
I am scheduled to get my battery changed on Thursday but the past few days been feeling light headed & weak not sure if I should go to hospital early or just wait it out till Thursday not a fan of hospitals

Posted by Stormy on 2015-09-04 22:42. 2 comments. 422 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker implanted 9/1/2015 and my heart rate went down to 38 yesterday. I went to my Dr's office today and they said the top lead may be loose. But since it has only happened once we will wait and see if it happens again. My question is, is this common?

Posted by BevBabe on 2015-09-01 23:22. 0 comments. 309 reads
 
Anyone ever have a clot form on the atrial lead??

Posted by freddyv on 2015-08-31 20:22. 7 comments. 587 reads
 
OK I HAVE MY CURRENT PACEMAKER 5 1/2 YEARS & NOW IT IS FINALLY TIME FOR THE BATTERY TO BE CHANGED & I AM SCARED & NERVOUS LOL YES I HAVE IT ALREADY SO IT IS SIMPLE SINCE I DO NOT USE IT THAT MUCH THE PACEMAKER 12 & 14 % BUT STILL NERVOUS WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS WHO HAS HAD THERE BATTERY CHANGED ALREADY & HOW MANY TIMES LIKE I SAID I AM NERVOUS AS SHIT LOL TY FOR YOUR REPLIES Fred

Posted by racerjon on 2015-08-28 18:39. 5 comments. 490 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. 403 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. 691 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. 356 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. 354 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. 364 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. 373 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. 474 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. 441 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. 417 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. 374 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



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