Pacemaker lead extraction
Hello all, my first post here on the pmc site.
I have been the lucky recipient of a dual chamber pacemaker since 2012 just after my second aorta valve replacement! I am paced 40% on top and have a fully blocked AV node. I was recently told after my pacer checks a few months back that battery life is starting to go down currently @ 2.89 and my upper lead the impedance number is changing and starting to go low if I understood that correctly, which they believe Is caused by an insulation breach, exciting news!! So I met with an electrophysiologist and he is recommending lead extraction for the bad lead. He says I am too young to abandon the lead and to use my right side for the new leads and pacer. Save that for when really needed.
So my question to the group is, I am looking for a second opinion at Cleveland Clinic and does anybody know of a few names of an electrophysiologist that you might have used or that have a great reputation for lead extraction at CC. Does CC have a #1 guy for this procedure?