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Posted by Bionictuck on 2014-03-14 20:19. 2 comments. 177 reads
 
Has anybody ever gone past the date they give you for the battery to be replaced by. I'm not pacer dependent, doc said I need it replaced by April 7th, but I want it done on the 11th. Thanks

Posted by Poppet on 2014-03-11 16:39. 2 comments. 390 reads
 
Hi there,
It's been a long while since I've used the site for support and encouragement but, when in need, here I am again hoping that someone may help me better understand my situation.
I had a St Jude's pacemaker implanted in 2007. In December 2013 I was told the battery life was 9-15 months and that it would need checking again in three months time. I've been again today and it's down to 6-12 months battery life - as expected. I'm to go back again in three months. The staff are great and I have no complaints. I do wonder though at what point they may decide the next pacemaker is needed. How close to the wire re battery life do they go is what I am wondering? I'm pacing at 65-68% of the time for a heart block and the pacemaker...


Posted by jimm on 2014-03-10 13:46. 7 comments. 479 reads
 
I had my b-v pacemaker installed in November 2013. 5 weeks later the leads moved and so my Dr. had to do a reposition surgery 3 weeks ago. I just found out that for reasons they don't understand, the leads moved again. Is anyone aware of having the leads repositioned more that once? I have private insurance through my employer, will insurance continue to pay for multiple repositioning surgeries?

Posted by mrhanchang on 2014-03-09 08:52. 4 comments. 286 reads
 
My Medtronics dual chamber PM was implanted in 2005. I was told very likely I will need a replacement this year, 2014. My questions are
1. If I stay with same manufacture's product, do the leads need to be replaced?

2. If I switch brand, say Biotronics, do the leads need to be replaced?

Posted by Kdalton on 2014-03-03 22:15. 1 comments. 163 reads
 
I had my pacemaker implanted when I was 15 and because breast tissue wasn't developed all the way yet they placed it under my arm it's in a pocket in my arm pit. Well it has slipped it's sitting on my ribs and is extremely painful. I'm having it moved to a different location, the usual location below my collar bone. Has anyone heard of this or in a similar situation I'm very nervous and can't find any information about this any where any info would be appreciated!! Thanks

Posted by emilyegiles on 2014-02-26 22:09. 5 comments. 637 reads
 
Hello,

I had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted in 2006 at 23 years old to treat syncope. I went for my semiannual check-up in September where they told me I had approximately 12 months left on the battery. At my check-up this morning, they informed me that my battery actually ran out only a few weeks after my visit in September and it went into conservation mode. They are regarding this five months of "no episodes" as an indication that my condition has gone away and pacing is no longer need. But they want to leave the battery and leads in place since I have a sub-pectoral implant. I'm confused about a number of things.

a) How could the remaining battery life be over-estimated by 12 months? Aside from the first ye...


Posted by Kelly on 2014-02-24 23:20. 7 comments. 661 reads
 
If you are feeling unusually sluggish & having a lot of palpitations could those be symptoms of a low battery. My battery has 11 mo left on it but I don't know what to expect as far as symptoms go. I just feel tired a lot & my pulse seems to want to stay in the 60s when I used to be in the 80s. Is this b/c the device is trying to conserve the battery?

I wonder if changing my PM out sooner would help my symptoms.



Posted by MRVista on 2014-02-22 14:11. 4 comments. 184 reads
 
Not much, but some. It is close to a year since it has been implanted. At check ups i am told" it is doing it's job. The battery is good for 8.5 more years!"

Posted by PAULIGIRL7 on 2014-02-21 19:24. 1 comments. 478 reads
 
I just had pacemaker surgery on February 20th 2014. When my doctor who did the surgery came into my hospital room, she said that I must have been moving my left arm because the lead that was placed in the upper heart chamber, lost it's slack and their is just a short lead. Although, she said it is working properly and that I cannot move my arm hardly at all and to be very careful so the lead does not come out from me moving too much. I am vey worried about this cause I do not want to go through that surgery again. When I was in the OR just before my surgery, my blood pressure was 167 over 110 and I was literally shaking and the anesthesiologist said well we will take care of that. I told them that I did not what to be put totally aslee...


Posted by AnnieRHolland on 2014-02-20 18:38. 5 comments. 557 reads
 
On New Years Eve 2011, very unexpectedly and quite out of the blue, I went into complete heart block at the age of 52. En route to hospital (in the ambulance) they started externally pacing me. I arrived at the hospital at 12 midnight and was externally paced for the next 4 hours until stable enough to have temporary PM placed. Then on Jan 2, 2012 had a Medtronic Revo MRI compatible PM inserted.

On Dec 6, 2013, I awoke during the night feeling absolutely dreadful. After many tests, CAT scans and echos etc. it came back to the PM - it had gone into a safe mode to save battery power. On New Years Eve 2013 (just under 2 years) I had the next and newer version of this PM placed.

Has anyone else experienced such a sho...


Posted by Mandi on 2014-02-14 19:09. 4 comments. 242 reads
 
Hi, I have a boston scientific pacer for bradycardia, got it in Sept. 2013. Things have been fine till lately. My arm has been hurting me quite a bit, now I know that it may have nothing to do with the pacer but another strange thing is going on. I shop a lot, but one as I go thru the doors of the stores the security alarm goes off. Could this be a loose lead? What is going on?thanks for Any input you may have.

Posted by IronMike on 2014-02-12 18:48. 7 comments. 368 reads
 
Hey guys, just wondering if anybody has had to have a lead revision before, and what recovery is like. I have micro fractures in the lead to my atrium, and ventricle, so the doc said she will try to fix them, but if she can't, I may need new leads. I'm kind of scared for surgery again, I don't want them to have to unscrew my old leads as I've heard its kind of dangerous in young people because the scar tissue heals well. I'm only 25. Anyways, thanks for taking a read, and I appreciate any replies!

Posted by Viking on 2014-02-10 10:10. 2 comments. 199 reads
 
Has anyone here had a Pacemaker that is compatible with MRI examinations installed with only ONE lead? My cardiologist attached only one of the two leads and as a result the Pacemaker Manufacturer said that my Pacemaker is not compatible for MRI exams.

Posted by mysteriousmarvel on 2014-02-07 13:13. 1 comments. 381 reads
 
I have a St Jude model V-265. I've been told the battery is getting low. (implanted,7/17/08).
In the last few days, I have had 3 incidents where the pacemaker makes a loud whirring noise, accompanied by a tingling & nausea. Upon contacting the hospital, they checked with St. Jude & have no indication of low battery warning. Has anyone else experienced this?
I also have A-Fib & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Thanks!

Posted by Sanjiv on 2014-02-06 00:28. 3 comments. 372 reads
 
Hi all,
St Jude pace maker was planted in my body in 2000 in Escorts hospital Delhi India, it worked fantastically. In last quarter of 2012 it's battery was replaced. Routine check ups were done.
After battery replacement itching started & same thing was discusses with doctor in every routine checkup. In man 2014 it's stitches get opened & finally doctor told that it's infected & need relocated. I want to know from you guys that who is at fault for this infection & what are the risks involved in this procedure

Posted by lightning on 2014-02-03 16:31. 3 comments. 181 reads
 
just had my top lead (one of two) replaced because became detached from the heart wall . This was done back in November and since removing the dressing have noticed that the PM is not back in the same position as before, It sticks out more and the site is still sore - it's as though the skin is really stretched over the PM . I have not been able to go back as i am abroad at the moment and not due back in the UK 'til March - does anyone know if this is normal?

Posted by Vicens on 2014-02-01 06:16. 1 comments. 195 reads
 
Please have a look at this address:
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-team-implantable-piezoelectric-nanoribbon-devices.html


Any comments ?

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-01-30 13:32. 7 comments. 594 reads
 
Got a call from my son yesterday. Daaaad. The long emphasis on the "A" in Dad means he's got a problem. Would you help my wife. Sure, I'll always help our favorite daughter-in-law. Her car won't start.

Thanks to the people on this site. I've been reading all the good stuff so have a tendency to forget I've got the PM. Grab the jumper cables, make a call and I'm on my way.

Car in garage. Temperature is 6 degrees Fahrenheit which is -14 C. Cold for the central Ohio region of the USA. Pull in my vehicle, jump out, start attaching jumper cables, battery to battery. Start my car, jump out, lean over engine and help her start hers. No joy on the first four attempts. Leaning over engine compartment. Grabbing wire...


Posted by AZpacemaker on 2014-01-30 11:18. 6 comments. 197 reads
 
My pacemaker went into power saving mode on December 24. I was immediately aware of what I thought was atrial fibrillation but when I transmitted data to my pacemaker clinic on Jan. 7, the PM nurse informed me that the pacemaker was pacing only in the lower chambers and was not recording data. The cardiac clinic gave me an appt for Feb. 17. I feel punk, but my question is: Am I at greater risk of a stroke while waiting for my appt than I would be if the PM was working properly? I am watching my INR carefully and taking Verapamil, but I am worried. I have taken two long airplane trips since the thing quit working because of family emergencies with no ill effects.

Posted by Bryony on 2014-01-29 07:15. 0 comments. 151 reads
 
Hi Betts,
As other posts have said it very much depends on whether your pacemaker is an MRI conditional type. You should have been given a card with all the information on it re the pacemaker. If you ring up the MRI unit where you normally have them and ask to speak to the Superintendent/Lead MRI Radiographer. Tell her/him the name, type, model number - as much information as posible about it. Also tell them the name of the Cardiologist, hospital where it was done , the date, contact phone number of the Cardiologist secretary as well if possible.
In the UK the patient needs to write and sign a letter of consent allowing the Radiographers to obtain your implantation notes. Without this the secretary will not be able to releae an...




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