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Posted by jacobsmom on 2015-01-16 22:17. 1 comments. 256 reads
 
Need to find a good surgeon to use laser to replace old leads and pacemaker. anyone recommend a really good cv surgeon?
thanks

Miami lady

Posted by nato on 2015-01-16 18:55. 5 comments. 408 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his first PM (Boston Scientific Advantio K063) on 10-Dec-2012 battery life was 9 years at the time. On Dec 2013 his PM interrogation showed a battery life of 6.5 years and Aug-2014 was 5 years. Today we had done another PM interrogation and his battery life is now showing 4.5 years. He is being paced 19% on the atrial and 100% on his ventricular with a pace threshold of 1.6V @ 0.5 ms.

Today his electro-physiologist/cardiologist said that his battery life is an estimated value and we should not be worried until the year 2019 for his next implant date.

I'm watching the trend of his battery depletion as it is not depleting within the estimated time after an interrogation is done but instead...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-01-13 14:49. 7 comments. 412 reads
 
Has anyone ever had a lead come disconnected ?
Has anyone ever has a lead break in the artery ?
Has anyone ever experienced "electric tingling" near there PM ? Not being shocked , just a PM.
Thanks
MK



Posted by nato on 2015-01-09 20:45. 2 comments. 427 reads
 
Hi All,

My 33mths old son likes jumping and playing, can his jumping activities contribute to leads being unattached? He is quite active and I'm a bit concern. Parents can you please share your experience if any that resulted from cases like these.

Thanks and appreciate your feedback.

Posted by nato on 2015-01-06 20:27. 2 comments. 368 reads
 
Hi All,

I'm quite concern and would like to know an average cost to replace my son's PM in the US who has a Boston scientific pacemaker being 100% dependent with dual chamber epicardial leads.

Very soon we would have to replace his PM as the battery life is depleting and my husband and I would greatly appreciate your feedback. It's very hard for us as we don't have anymore insurance coverage as a result from his first implant and the insurance maximum benefit being lifetime and not annually for that specific ailment.



Posted by ReeAndThree33 on 2015-01-01 22:06. 1 comments. 330 reads
 
Good Evening....I went to the ER yesterday because I was experiencing pain in taking a breath....They took a chest xray and found that my lead is frayed....I only have one lead...I have to make an appointment with the EP doctor.....What is the next step?? Meaning what are they going to do about this lead?

Posted by pieface315 on 2014-12-30 02:01. 3 comments. 305 reads
 
Hi. I had my pacemaker surgery in July 2014 I was in third stage heart block. I am 100% dependent on it. Since I am, how long does the battery last at that rate?

Posted by michigan on 2014-12-29 18:47. 2 comments. 265 reads
 
This is my 3rd CID. I was informed that I have 2 months left on battery. At one of my CID check, I was told that if I feel like crap, get in. The things that I am experiencing are not normal to me. Even though I was told the battery is still good, I know there is something not quite right.

Posted by Dave H on 2014-12-28 12:13. 1 comments. 428 reads
 
In my earlier "New EP is thorough" post, I neglected to mention this fact: My new EP was puzzled by the placement of the third lead of my Medtronic Consulta PM. I had not given him a COMPLETE "report" of my previous months health issues: Primary doc and ENT doc gave me a dangerous mix of drugs that lowered my blood sodium number to 124 (normal: 136 to 148.) So, what happens when one has "hyponatremia?" Delirium, aggressiveness ---- you basically go insane. A psychiatrist evaluated the Rx drugs I was taking and she stated this: "I see danger here. Stop taking 4 of these, (HCTZ, Betahistine, Primidone, & Lexipro) ------ and do you have any guns in the house? - If so, GET RID OF THEM!" Her advice was too late ---- that night during an EMS...


Posted by Charlotteis on 2014-12-23 17:22. 4 comments. 373 reads
 
Hi there, a week after my pacemaker insertion it was discovered that one of my leads have detached. I went in yesterday to have it reattached. The surgeon was really upset that this happened and he talked about how hard the MRI compatible leads are to work with. I found this second procedure to be way more painful than the first - the first I couldn't remember anything, this one I believe I felt everything, to the point they told me it was ok to swear if I'd like.

My question is - how common is it for leads to come loose? I'm not sure what I did to have this happen but now I am ultra paranoid about having it happen again. How long does one have to be really careful?

Posted by zonka1965 on 2014-12-17 20:25. 3 comments. 505 reads
 
My history is that I had my first pacemaker implanted in 1991. In 1994 I had a lead break and it was decided to leave the old wires and push through new wires if they would fit. They did fit and the wires were pushed through leaving the old wires. In 2000 I had a battery change and in 2006 I became sick and was found to have an infection and had endocarditis on my heart valves so all of the first set of wires had to be removed along with the second set to give me a chance at recovering from the infection. My surgery was at U of C Hospitals in Chicago. I survived that surgery and had another pacemaker implanted in 2006 and in 2013 I had a battery change and in 2014 one of my leads broke. I went back to U of C Hospitals to have the wir...


Posted by mrdredge on 2014-12-17 12:51. 2 comments. 268 reads
 
Back in 2013 I helped my family load hay. Somehow I must have done allot as my lead broke and shorted out which made me feel like a car miss firing. I went to Emergency they could not find. Said I had anxiety however this was over them not figuring out what was wrong with me. Next day my cardiologist had me come in and while being interrogated they shook my unit, made me raise lover arms and while on monitor the lead shorted just as i thought.They replaced my lead left the exiting one there and replaced my ICD pacemaker defibrillator unit. Feeling great now walk allot 8000-10000 steps a day still slow in morning getting going and that is trying my patience. Very happy with ST Jude unit and team keeping my tuned up. Has anyone scuba...


Posted by Lizziemcb on 2014-12-16 21:12. 2 comments. 436 reads
 
Hi,
My husband had a new Medtronic CRT-D (Viva) implanted in October of this year. At his first appointment is showed that there as 9 years on the battery, a week later.....8.9 years, three weeks later 7.3 years and now six weeks in it is showing 4.9 years left on the battery.

What the heck?? At this rate it will need to be replaced after just 3 months!! Has anyone heard of this happening? Should we be concerned? Has anyone had this happen?

Posted by alexisbagel on 2014-12-15 10:49. 5 comments. 347 reads
 
Hi all. I have a St. Jude defibrillator. Implanted august 2008. It has never shocked me. I have long a t syndrome. I'm getting monthly checkups because the battery is low. But the clinic can't give me even a rough estimate of when it will be replaced. I guess I'm just frustrated and anxious, and looking for some guidance on how quickly you go from monthly checkups to a replacement. I know it's different for everyone. Thanks to those who respond.

Posted by ella on 2014-12-13 21:04. 0 comments. 211 reads
 
Hi again Went to see EP and he try his hardest with Medtronic rep. to rhythm control both bottom part of heart said he couldn't do anything for top part which is in A fib 100% but felt he wants to take me off of Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily and place me on Coreg 25mg he says that Coreg better then Toprol XL for A fib he also said that Coreg can take 6weeks to get use to not being tired? is any one using Coreg that was on Toprol XL I am on Xarelto 20mg Altace 5mg 2xdaily digoxin 0.125 and have been feeling good the Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily has brought my EJ fraction to 45 which before the # lead placement was 18 (NOT GOOD) only take water pill 40 mg 1 weekly so I am not holding water. but the EP said the A fib is weakening other part of my he...


Posted by ella on 2014-12-13 21:04. 0 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi again Went to see EP and he try his hardest with Medtronic rep. to rhythm control both bottom part of heart said he couldn't do anything for top part which is in A fib 100% but felt he wants to take me off of Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily and place me on Coreg 25mg he says that Coreg better then Toprol XL for A fib he also said that Coreg can take 6weeks to get use to not being tired? is any one using Coreg that was on Toprol XL I am on Xarelto 20mg Altace 5mg 2xdaily digoxin 0.125 and have been feeling good the Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily has brought my EJ fraction to 45 which before the # lead placement was 18 (NOT GOOD) only take water pill 40 mg 1 weekly so I am not holding water. but the EP said the A fib is weakening other part of my he...


Posted by kawasherpa on 2014-12-07 21:01. 2 comments. 506 reads
 
I'm almost 8 weeks with my first PM. When I walk over 1/4 mile I'm exhausted, have chest dis comfort and wonder If I should see the Dr. that doesn't return calls. What happens to the wires if a stent is needed?

Posted by bhyde1454 on 2014-12-03 17:47. 4 comments. 442 reads
 
Mt Husband has a Boston Scientific Pacemaker w/ 2 Leads. Due to his ongoing A-Fib Issues...His EP wanted to go in surgically and disconnect the One Lead to the upper chambers so he will not feel the A-Fib but will still have it ( Which is still leaving him @ Risk of A-Fib) ...But leaving him w/ just One Lead ...his Heart will be totally dependent on the pacemaker. This scares me to death. Has anyone ever had this done or heard of it? After postponing the Surgical Procedure to Disconnect the One Lead from the Upper Chambers....I learn that Boston Scientific Representative can easy do it by simply touching a program button during a PM Device Check and can Deactivate the One Lead...Just that simple without going through any surgery? She said ...


Posted by Rufus14 on 2014-12-03 16:03. 3 comments. 282 reads
 
Hi,

I have a biventricular pacemaker and have been feeling dizzy, faint and just generally odd for quite a while. I went to A & E to be told I probably had an inner ear infection ( but that's another story !!) since the. I have been for my 6 monthly pm check to find out my RV lead is faulty - I'm unsure why Pm was only implanted dec 2011.

I have been informed I will have the lead replaced sometime in the next month - my question is how much damage am I doing to my heart whilst I wait for this correction, I was 99% dependent on pm previously. I also have an additional problem as in I am waiting for surgery on my ascending aortic aneurysm ( end of Jan expected op date), I'm concerned that the extra pressure from the RV ...


Posted by PMC on 2014-11-24 13:56. 1 comments. 282 reads
 
Had my pacemaker changed 5 days ago how long does it usually take to get back to normal activities ie gym etc nites out lol i feel ok not sore still a little swollen and scar tender apart from that feel ok



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