My first PM was implanted in 1980, when I was 14 months old. I have a complete heart block, so PM dependent. Right now I am bi-v paced and have epicardial leads. I have had too many complications to list due to mistakes that were made along the way, including multiple lead failures. I had open heart surgery in 2017 to repair SVC syndrome which is why I have epicardial leads.
My extremely long and complicated medical history leaves me concerned . I'm already dealing with lead impendence, which means my settings aren't optimal to preserve battery life. My latest device (2/2022) will need to be replaced within 2-3 years
I am scheduled for an upper endoscopy which, to my understanding, may include electrocautery. I understand that overall this is a very safe procedure, but I'm concerned that the physician didn't ask any relative questions about my PM. He doesn't even know the location (right side). He did not request my medical records
I plan on calling their office to follow up with these questions. But I'm wondering for those of you who have had procedures done that could pose a risk to PM function, what precautions or considerations were taken?
Thank you for your help.
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You know the difference between hardware and software.
I am 100% pacemaker dependant and have been all my life. I try not to think about how a little metal box keeps me alive - it would drive me crazy. So I lead a very active life.