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Posted by Bevof NC on 2013-11-17 17:57. 0 comments. 107 reads
 
Hi All! My last ICD beeped softly every 4 hours when the battery was depleting, not gone. I figured all implants did the same thing....Apparently NOT. Sorry for those of you who don't have the warning. I found it very comforting. Ask your EP if you have one and would they let you hear it.. Bev

Posted by Sharron on 2013-11-17 12:04. 4 comments. 429 reads
 
Hi,
I had my current pacemaker changed 3yrs ago and was told that I may need the leads replacing at this point.

They were not changed but now need to be taken out and replaced. I have been told they are malfunctioning. The ventricular lead is over sensing at times and failing to capture.

Which is causing me significant symptoms, chest pain, fatigue, head aches and breathless are just some of my symptoms.

I am really scared about having this procedure done, as the leads are my original leads, 16yrs old. Im not sure what to expect. I am hoping it can be done without the need for a thoracotomy or median sternotomy. Which I have been told I may need.

Would be grateful to hear from anyone wh...


Posted by Beckes76 on 2013-11-16 11:25. 5 comments. 309 reads
 
How can yo tell that your battery is low enough to get a replacement? I am on my 4th PM and I still don't know this answer. The first 2 it never got that low before they were replaced. Last one I felt funny for a week before I went to get it checked on my normal appointment day. I have had my current one in since July 2005 (It will be 8 years 4 months old on Monday) Since August I have had it checked almost monthly. August it said 1 to 7 months, in September it was at 1 to 5 months, and October it was 1 to 3 months. My appointment is on the 27th of this month (about 11 more days). I woke up yesterday feeling kind of funny but not entirely sure yet. Went to work like usual (I work at night 11pm to 7am). I felt out of breath after ...


Posted by spiro on 2013-11-15 17:02. 3 comments. 236 reads
 
Do any of the wires for pacemaker extend into upper left shoulder?

Posted by chief1081 on 2013-11-09 16:34. 3 comments. 267 reads
 
Is there any pacemaker company that makes a through the skin rechargeable pacemaker? I'd sure be interested in learning about it. I know they wouldn't be suitable for every application. In my case, I have a demand pacer,and it would save a lot of money and surgery to be able to recharge it.
If anyone has any information please let me know.
Thanks
Don

Posted by Pacette on 2013-11-07 23:48. 5 comments. 434 reads
 
I got a copy of my Dad's medical records and the person who adjusts the pacemaker wrote to the doctor "please note noise
on RV lead and continually increasing capture threshold in RV lead. This is an on-going issue with the RV lead and the patient rarely paces in the vent." I am new to the Pacemaker Club. What on earth does this mean? My Dad is 92 and has aggressive melanoma. Doctors can operate and remove the cancer but do not wish to do so until pacemaker is fixed. Does he need a new lead? Do they replace the battery at the same time? Do they do this under general anesthetic? Can they do this under a local? Any clues as to what this language means and how we can minimize the risks given his age would be most appreciated. ...


Posted by tomrein3 on 2013-11-05 18:35. 6 comments. 293 reads
 
About 2 years ago, one of my leads stopped working, no problem, they say it wasn't very important. Now the other lead is going off and on...They still check my pacemaker with the telephone but say, OK. I have been having good days and bad.
Any ideas as to when I should hollar at them about the bad lead?
Tom

Posted by gordon123 on 2013-10-29 22:54. 0 comments. 117 reads
 
Hi,
I had a lead from temporary pacemaker work its way to my anterior chest wall. the thoracic surgeon cut three inches of the pacemaker wire. since then....2012 I have had "noise" detected in my lead. I wonder if the surgeon consulted the pacemaker doctor.... I get very tired and low pulse.(60"s)..The pacemaker detected afib 3000 times ...... was pacing me down and I was extremely tired...... would love some input.

Posted by Kaity on 2013-10-28 08:44. 3 comments. 412 reads
 
New to the club :) I wanted some opinions on which one of these devices anyone here has/ had and how well you've done on either one of these two manufacturers. I went through hell and back in the beginning with this Guidant pacer , 4 yrs into it, I started to feel somewhat better , idk maybe it was an adapting faze of some sort. Im unfortunately sensitive to the device so i feel whenever it paces, sometimes it was so bad that i'd end up at the ER cause it would pace for 10-15 minutes straight, when the rep would arrive to check the activity, it would show nothing!!. I've always thought this pacer has some type of defect...till this day i can tell them when it paces during check up and they're amazed but nonetheless they don't know why it n...


Posted by Kaity on 2013-10-28 00:22. 6 comments. 473 reads
 
So I'm going in for my first pacer change on Oct 31, doc told me my battery is at the reserve point & its time for a change, this was three weeks ago, my concern is, since I've had my pacer, I know when it kicks in cause i'm sensitive to it & I have felt it here & there but for the past two weeks while waiting for the surgery date to approach, I've been feeling sporadic intense dizziness... has anyone felt this while its on its reserve? prior to my pacer, I would have 20 second pauses and feel heavy,palpitations,syncopy,& ultimately fainting, just wondering why i feel so dizzy, i mean if the reserve is totally gone i think i would feel everything i did prior to my PM but i feel normal other than the dizziness...dont know if its the pacer ...


Posted by kermiehiho on 2013-10-12 05:50. 7 comments. 235 reads
 
I got my pm in 2010. Technician says I'm pacing 1% of the time, the needle on the diagram printed out from my pm data showing battery power remaining is all the way on the "full" end, and the pm estimates ">5 years" of battery life remaining - the highest estimate available on this pm model.

Conclusion? May need battery replacement even less often than 10 years (yay!). Anyone out there had their pm for longer than 10 years (which I hear is the standard "max" battery life for pm's)?

Posted by Kelly on 2013-10-11 00:30. 4 comments. 335 reads
 
Hello. I am new to this group...

I was told last year that my pacemaker battery has about 2 yrs left on it. I have a device check scheduled in November. I was just wondering as your battery wears down will you be more tired? I do work a physical job but I've done it for years. I notice that I often come home from work & take a 2-3 hour nap. Then, on my days off, I'll sleep 10-12 hours. I feel like all I want to do is sleep! I'm wonder if this could be attributed to the battery or not.

Any insights are appreciated!

Thanks!

Posted by elenitatan on 2013-10-09 09:41. 3 comments. 281 reads
 
Hi to all...what does 55 beats per minute means if i have a pacemaker since it was 60 beats during my fourteen years?



Posted by Sullis65 on 2013-10-08 21:53. 5 comments. 353 reads
 
Hello All, Looks like they're going to replace my dual lead pacemaker in a few months with a CRT-D after they check for the need of any stents this coming Thursday. Last year I had blockages of 40% in one heart artery and 50% in right iliac artery.

I have two questions: 1) How common is it to switch out the pacemaker and insert the CRT-D if I get the stents? and 2) according to the tech they will cap off the old leads and leave them in my heart when they place the new CRT-D. Anybody have either of these experiences? Seems to me an overabundance of space junk out there or in there!
Ejection fraction is below 30 and I have mild angina so something needs to be done. Any experiences appreciated and I'll ask same questions...


Posted by HK on 2013-10-08 20:01. 0 comments. 137 reads
 
Hello All,
Good news! I pushed hard enough and got the okay to go to the ER. I went this morning and had a complete PM check along with a CTA to check the leads. All is well except for a few minor adjustments that need to be reset by my Cardiologist. The chest pain is bruising from the accident. I feel much better knowing the PM is okay. Being new to a PM and knowing that I have zero ventricular rhythm of my own it is a scary thought be unsure if it is working properly. Thanks again to everyone for helping me. I am glad to have found this site.
HK

Posted by HK on 2013-10-08 09:07. 5 comments. 337 reads
 
Hello,
This is HK, I wrote about my car crash and you all were so nice to respond and wisely advise me to have my PM checked. Since my car crash happened while I was working all related health issues must be covered by worker's comp which, in my case, is run by the hospital I work for. I cannot get them to understand the urgency of this. Now, three weeks post accident my PM has still not been checked. I have been documenting my symptoms and here is the list: Burning at top of PM, Wires
Rapid heartbeat on minor exertion
Heartbeat that feels unusual for me (skipped beat, fluttering, too fast/slow)
Pain at PM site/pain in heart at PM site
PM movement causes pain in chest
Light dizziness/ lightheaded
Unusual ...


Posted by Pacer Happy on 2013-10-07 23:34. 4 comments. 552 reads
 
Has anyone ever had to have a lead extraction before? Looking for feedback. I unfortunately got a staph infection which caused bacteria to grow in my leads. Had to have a lead extraction done. I had no idea the procedure was so much more involved than putting in leads and/or changing out the PM.

Posted by HK on 2013-10-06 14:40. 0 comments. 122 reads
 
Thanks to all who posted a response. This accident has complicated my life in so many ways and I am very appreciative for this web site and all who take the time to help others in need. on 7/20/13 I was admitted to CCU at my local hospital where I lived for 12 days prior to pacemaker insertion. After 4 days I crashed and my pulse dropped to the low 20's. It was very scary but I survived only to get hit by a driver who was not paying attention. I have already contacted those who control which Dr I can see and I hope to have a Cardio appt early this week. Thanks again!
HK

Posted by HK on 2013-10-05 16:13. 4 comments. 438 reads
 
Hello everyone,
This is my first post as I am new to having a pacemaker and in fact it was implanted on July 29 2013. On 9/17/13 my car was hit hard on the driver's side, at a high rate of speed by an out of control driver who crossed a double yellow line and hit me from the side. I had to be extricated from the car and was brought to the local emergency department. I was worked up for everything except the obvious. Nobody thought to examine my pacer or more importantly the leads. While I have some the shortness of breath I had just after the implant, that may be just weakness from the accident. My biggest worry is leads. I have pain and burning where the leads come out of the pacemaker and when I raise my left arm over my head my p...


Posted by Caitybelles on 2013-10-03 16:26. 3 comments. 430 reads
 
Hey, I'm very new to all of this. I'm 17 and had my first pacemaker implanted in March of this year.
I was at the hospital a couple of weeks ago for an emergency appointment with my cardiologist as I was experiencing a lot of chest pain and through getting my pacemaker checked we found out there was something wrong with the amount of electricity traveling down the wire to my ventricle. After having a chest x ray I found out my lead has moved.
That is all I know right now I'm going back for another check up in a month but I was wondering if anyone knew what this could entail? Will I need another operation?




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