Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

Changing placement of pacer

Hi there - My doctor (who is my cardiologist, ep, and surgeon) recently called me to tell me that I have a broken lead, which is an issue b/c I'm 100% paced (I have an underlying rhythm of ~33 bpm). He said I may need surgery to put in a new lead. I also will likely need my battery replaced in 1-2 years, and so we'll likely be changing settings to muddle through with the broken lead for a year, and then surgery to replace everything all at once. My question:

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How quickly do faulty leads need to be replaced?

Hi all,

My cardiologist recently told me that one of  my leads is playing up and I need a new pacemaker (battery is running out) an a new lead. Basically, a holtier ECG revealed that my heartbeat went down to 40 bpm for very short periods on two or three occassions throughout the 24 hour period, due to the faulty lead. He thinks that the lead is working fine 99% of the time, but is concerned about the issue, and thinks that I need the lead to be replaced soon. I had a pacemaker imp...

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wireless/leadless pacemakers

How many of you have leadless (wireless) pacemakers implanted?
 

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Car engine

I have a box truck with an engine in the cab like a van . Just has a cover over it. Is it safe to drive with then give alongside the dŕivers seat?

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Ventricular Lead Placement

How many of you have one of the more recently developed areas of placement of the ventricular lead such as at the LBB (left bundle branch), HIS bundle or ventricular septum? How are you doing with your leads? Any problems or all going well? Please comment on any complications.Thank you!

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Generator change

I got my new generator this weekend via the ER. I'm feeling SO MUCH better than I was when my Adapta pm was in ERI (battery save) mode. The cardiologist explained that when it goes into the ERI the pm is not in sync with my natural pacing so if I pace at the same moment as my natural beat they block the blood flow. That forces the blood up into the carotid so that's why I was feeling it so strongly in my throat sometimes. Pacemaker syndrome symptoms are pretty uncomfortable and I was...

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Bad lead

Just when I thought all was going along great, I had a pacer checkup and they found one of my leads has an "increase in RV threshold and RV lead impedance." So they want to replace it. I had 1.5 years left on this device so they said they would replace that too. They also claimed that I had progressed from Mobitz 2 to CHB. It wasn't fun when the tech tested that! 

Anyway, my questions are: Is it a big surgery to remove the bad lead? I'm guessing it will be an over...

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Fear of pulling a lead out.

Hello.

As some of you know I got my pacemaker very recently. I am in constabt fear that a lead might dislodge. From day 2 after the surgery I went back to my normal activities except driving and excercising, I have also been very careful not to put my arm up or lift anything heavy. I go on long walks wirh a moderate pace and ride on cars as a pasanger. 

The pacemaker is doing its job very well because from day 1 I felt the change, so I am much more energetic now.

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Ventricular Lead Placement (3) Original Threads from 8/19 and 8/13/22

Hello Everyone I'm back,

Just had visit with EP to plan PM insertion in Jan '23. He will do a basal septum LBB placement of a dual chamber device using the Medtronic 3830 lead and PM. This should give "physiologic pacing" and greatly reduce the risk of pacemaker induced cardiomyopathy down the line. I hope there are no insertional complications! Anybody already have LBB area pacing? How is it working?

Thanks, FG

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Medtronic carelink battery

Hi everyone I have the medtronics carelink monitor. The battery in the unit you put to your chest is not able to hold a charge long enough to download the information from my ICD.I tried to get a new unit but they are day 4 to 6 weeks.I took the unit apart and  it has no numbers on the battery. I know it's a no no to replace the battery according to medtronic. Does anyone have a voltage or part number for the battery? Thanks in advance. 

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Battery life

Hi. I have a Medtronic Adapta. Placed in 2010. (This is my second pm, but I'm finding the battery info a bit different this time around.) My battery life seems to be depleting quickly at this point. Last month it said 6 months. This month, it says 3. I was wondering if anyone else had a similar situation and if they could explain the schedule to me. From what I understand, this particular model will not beep or vibrate once it reaches the end of life, and as a single mom and a small busin...

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First Replacement

My son, 32, is scheduled for his first battery replacement today.  He has a dual chamber St. Jude, placed in February of 2015. In 2014 he became catastrophically ill with a misdiagnosed case of endocarditis resulting in two valve replacements (aortic and mitral) and as collateral damage a right below the knee amputation, He has made a remarkable recovery, finished three degrees, runs, and is an accomplished equestrian.  Understandably deer in the headlights today, Thanks for the sup...

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Battery duration

I had a check back in April when my cardio said I have minimum 6 months and max 18 months in my battery. This is a medtronics PM 100% paced.

In October he said I had min 6 months and max 11 months which did not make sense to me so I checked with a different hospital and cardiologist. The second cardio told me min 12 months and max 18 months. He also said the PM would buzz when battery getting low. I am trying to figure out the 'true' story and will visit my cardio again on...

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Battery Low

I have three leads on my PM and after only 4 years, I was told my battery is low and need a new PM. I have Medtronic and I am just sadden that my battery didn't last very long. Now they keep bringing me in to check when they need to do the surgery and the readings keep saying, it's not ready. I am truly perplexed about the whole situation. I guess I just have to keep getting it checked. If anyone else is having the same problem, please let me know how you handled the situation. Thank...

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Battery life St Jude PM2240

I've had a dual lead St Jude PM2240 since 2014. Every time I see the tech my pacemaker shows that is still has 10 years battery life! It is oacing 80% of the time. That is the case since the day I got it. Obviously that cannot be. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Faulty pacemaker

I've just received a letter to say the pacemaker that I had inserted in May this  year 2022  (my second replacement) is faulty.    Apparently risk is low.   On doing some research I discovered this was known in March 2021.  I am curious as to why these pacemakers are still being used  ( Abbot Assurity and Endurity ) 

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Intertogation report

My last report has the comment "abnormality seen on lead(s)" that's it. Everything else on the report I am happy with. No phone calls from Dr or clinic. Have left a message with Dr office just wondered if anyone knows if this can show on one interrogation and not the next? Thks in advance for any comments. I feel fine🤷‍♀️

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Battery life coming to an end

My pacemaker was implanted in 2010 and they said it had about 10 years on the battery. We're at 12 years now and the transmission report shows 5 months of battery life. My concern is that we live 30 minutes outside of a rural town (12 bed hospital) and how to plan for the possibility of it failing while I'm home. The hospital that would replace it is two hours from my home. We also live in snow country and five months from now is winter so that's another concern. Initially in 2010...

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Extend Battery Life

Perhaps a foolish question but...is there anything someone can do to extend the battery life of their pacer? (More exercise? Lose weight? etc) Or is your heart just going to do what it is going to do? I've had my current pacer for 6 years. The reason I have it is total heart block.

Thanks.

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Movement of lead

So at my 3 year pacerversary I started having transient loss of conduction.  So I would vpace. That was in AAIRD<=>DDDR MODE MVP ON.

So they switched me to DDDR MODE MVP OFF

then I was getting a lot of vpacing, at a higher rate but not my upper limit, 3 months ago it started getting faster. So after a year of complaints it was PMT. I was always curious though, if nothing was wrong with my av node, why the vpacing. So they lowered the minimum on my pvarp from 250 to...

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