Questions about having pacemaker long-term, leads, malignant vasovagal syndrome
Brand new to this forum. I'm currently 33 years old, and had my initial transplant when I was 10. I had the battery replaced at 18, and after dealing with depression and neglect (and lack of insurance), I'm trying to get things back on track.
I have a pacemaker to treat malignant vasovagal syndrome, which was leading to high grade av block, very unpredictable fainting and increasingly seizures. It started when I was under a year old, and continued til I was about 2, during which doctors were puzzled and assumed it was some type of epilepsy or brain disorder that I would grow out of. from 2 to 8 I was fine, but then I started fainting again. A cardiologist was finally able to diagnose me by doing a tilt table test.
I am due (overdue) for a new battery, found a good doctor, and am exploring options, but wanted to do more research. I'm concerned about having leads long term, in the event that these leads which I've had for 23 years now, are no longer good. I know they can add more leads without extracting the old ones, but are there long terms risks/complications from that? What happens when I'm older and need new leads again?
I'm also interested in what new pacer I should get. I don't want one of the new Medtronics that hooks up to network wirelessly, the whole idea really freaks me out. Does anyone know what type of pacemaker would be suited for me?
You know you're wired when...
Three months of free Internet comes with each device.
The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.