MRIs & a Pacemaker
I have been told that I need a pacemaker (I have bradycardia, arrythmias, av block, murmur, etc.) I also have frequent syncope which was originally attributed to my diagnosis of dysautonomia in 2005. I have had two (unrelated) surgeries in the past 8 months and I had heart problems (dropped to 20s and 30s) during and post-op the surgeries. I have been told that I need a pacemaker by three physicians, including a cardiologist that was brought in to assess my heart with my last surgery (3 1/2 weeks ago.)
I see my local cardiologist in mid-April and will most likely have a pacemaker implanted soon thereafter. I just turned 30 years old.
I require annual and sometimes more often - MRIs of the brain and abdomen. I must be able to have the MRIs for known medical conditions. I have read that pacemakers are not compatible with MRIs. Has anyone had an MRI with a pacemaker implanted?
Has anyone had the Medtronic EnRhythm MRI SureScan (MRI friendly pacemaker) implanted? I realize that they recently started the U.S. clinical trial for the device, is anyone here part of the trial?
How safe are the Medtronic devices? I have been reading about a large recall of the heart leads. Is this manufacturer safe?
I would appreciate any information you may provide.