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Posted by Vicens on 2014-02-01 06:16. 1 comments. 188 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. 572 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. 189 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. 139 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...


Posted by Bemarie53 on 2014-01-29 02:21. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
I have an epicardial pacemaker and have worn out a few and have had it replaced. My leads r on the outside of the heart. I was wondering what signs do u have when leads go bad. My leads r about 18 years old. I just had a implant of a new pacemaker a year and a half ago. This is my 4th epicardial pacemaker and have been extremely happy where it is.

Posted by marilyn1957 on 2014-01-28 18:12. 6 comments. 357 reads
 
Thank you all for your support. I really feel relieved and when I go for my pacemaker pre-op and registration on Monday, I'll ask about the sedative they will use. I would like to be out. I'm on Coumadin and my cardiologist likes my INR between 2.5-3.5. It was 2.7 yesterday so they're keeping me on the same regimen of 7.5 mg 4 days and 5 mg on 3 days. . I won't take the percocet the night before. I usually have been taking it only at bedtime because of the 4 broken ribs which are healing. My physical issues at this time (aside from this pacemaker thing) are due to the terrible car accident. Lousy and bruised knees, chest, hip, legs and ankles. The ribs were very bad but it's 28 days now and they definitely are feeling better. I'...


Posted by marilyn1957 on 2014-01-28 15:10. 3 comments. 314 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. 329 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. 357 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. 259 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. 155 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. 290 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. 178 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. 135 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. 397 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. 276 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. 226 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. 465 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. 637 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. 175 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.







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