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noise in upper chamber

hi all. i had a remote interrogation which detected a couple episodes of "noise" in the,upper chamber but no arrythmias. they said it might have something to do with lead. pacing was greater than 99%. everything looked fine but they would watch it. instead of waiting for 3 month interrogation i asked for another in 1 month. comments please. thanks. i had crt- procedure in 2014. 

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Lead Extractionist

Hi All, 

I am 30 y/o and expecting my first child in November. At one of my recent PM checks, I was told that my leads are wearing out (15 y/o). I am hoping to get through my delivery without needing a lead replacement, but know that I will have a decision to make soon thereafter. I can either abandon my original leads and get a new system implanted or I can get a lead extraction and then get a new system implanted. 

My EP already told me that I will need to go out of st...

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Device interrogation?

Each time you have your device interrogated, how much battery life does it steal from pacing life. I assume there's an energy cost to transmitting the data. So how much does each transmission steal from pacing life? A day, a week, a month? I have my device read every 3 months. I assume any adustments also cost energy?

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st jude

Had PM checked last month after a collapse all ok. Early hours this AM  was woken by a  ringing sound no alarms or phones in the room.

 

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Crt-d

Will the home monitor detect a broken/loose lead?

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Lead size & moving from Dual Chamber to CR-T

Hi All,

I got my first device when I was 7. Getting a new CR-T soon. My old leads (13+ years) still work but have caused SVC syndrome, blocking the veins. 

Now I’m going to need stents, laser lead removal and then my new device. I’m in Chicago and my doc specializes in laser lead removal so I am in good hands, I hope. The last we spoke he said there’s no easy way forward due to potentially negative risk and they’ll need 3 teams to clear out the leads,...

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info about abandoned leads URL

at:

http://www.heart-advisor.com/issues/21_8/features/Abandoned-Leads-Can-Cause-Major-Problems-Later-On_1964-1.html

 

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From lead to leadless pacemaker?

Can anybody pls help? Can we switch to a leadless pacemaker from a leaded one? What doctors say?

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How many pacemaker leads do you have?

I have a CRT-d (3 lead) pacemaker and about 3 years ago had a lead fracture.  Due to limited space, a laser lead extraction was attempted but failed. After extensive  bleeding, the surgery was abandoned and a replacement lead was successfully added. So I currently have three working leads and one non working lead. The newest lead is now beginning to fail (resistance has greatly increased).

Anyone out there have 5 or more leads?  How did you get to that?

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Breaking leads

Hi, I'm Karin from Venezuela, ImI41 years old I just got my third pacemaker and as well as third pair of leads.

 

Does anyone has problems with breaking their leads? Mine take about 5 years to break and I'm not doing anything steange but going to the gym every now and then.

Sadly, doctor couldn't take the old leads out so now I have 3 pairs of leads.

I would appreciate any comments you may have. Thanks a lot.

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two wire to 3 wire pacemaker

I'm scheduled to get 3 wire pacemaker this week. I'm wondering if Surgeon will remove all wires and replace with new? Also wondering if 3 wire pacemaker batteries last as long as 2 wire? 

I am still a little in shock from finding out after only 3 years I need a new improved pacemaker. I did not ask enough questions when told of the need to update.

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Arm usage while having a pm.

I had a pm put in in May 2017. Im curios whether using a pull rope starter on my power washer is something to worry about since it has been a year since pm implant. Can I still damage or cause any problem with the leads after this 1 year of implantation? Thanks for your input...

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Medicare Elective Replacement Zone

Anyone here have first-hand experience regarding the what, where, and other things regarding the replacement of their PM or battery and the time frame and conditions and song and dances they had to perform to meet Medicare's guidelines?  My device clinic nurse has stated that when the battery power falls to a certain number, the device will produce a sound similar to a backing garbage truck at 8AM every morning. 

--Dave--

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4th Pacemaker Soon...leads are 21 years old

I received my first pacemaker in 1996.   I have had two replacemtns and it appears i am headed for PM number 4.   I have not had problems with anything thus far except now one or more of the leads is defective.

I have an appointment on 20 September 2018 at the pacing clinic and immediately following I will see my cardiologist to discuss "our" plan.

I am 73 so I am not interested in taking any more risk than necessary.  In other words,, if leads r...

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Doctors different opinions

New EP just recommending battery and lead replacement. Says due to recalled wires, noise. Former ep said surgery too dangerous for my husband, due to scar tissue, 10-15% ej. He's 65, had two ablations, 7 heart attacks, quadruple bypass, 8 stents. I'm worried. Old ep retired. Maybe I'm just not sure of the new one yet, or maybe old ep was putting surgery off cause husband died on table 3 previous times? Advice please

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Anyone get "poking" sensation where lead attaches to heart?

I have a Medtronic single lead ICD which was implanted January 2017.  From day one it has given me strange sensations but doctors wrote it off as "healing".  In March of 2017 I contacted medtronic and told them that I was getting poking sensations at 12:30am every day.  After a few minutes they came back and told me it was probably the device recalibration and "we hear that alot".  They also told me to contact my EP to have it turned off, which I did.&n...

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Pacemaker Batteries

Hi , I went for a check up on 2017 to my MD at Mount Sinai Hospital Miami , after calling a representative of St Judes to check my batteries , and after reading the report , he recommended not to replace the batteries .

To be very honest , i feel great , however , after seeing a documentarie in Netflix on Lithium batteries , now i'm concern about the batteries to explode inside of me .

Shoud to have it remove ?, not Leads , but Batteries , Pacemaker im...

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Simple arm restrictor

Just had PM implanted and woke up in middle of night with my arm raised too high over my shoulder. Had it checked out next day and all was still good with the PM.

To insure I didnt do that again I just took a length of narrow string and fashioned a 4 ft length consisting of one small loop that fits over my left hand and one larger loop that goes over my left thigh. This totally prevents me from raising that arm or elbow over my left shoulder while being totally comfortable while sleepin...

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Pacemaker lead - ruptured within 12 months

Dear All

I had PM operation May 26 2017 - never really felt well. Found out in April the lead was ruputured and thus had operation May 22 to replace.  I have been charged for second operation - told no recourse as I signed a form and also legally. First of all, has  anyone else gone through this? Secondly, is this right that we have no recourse? 

Thank you.

 

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3rd surgery since May 7

I was implanted with my first Pacemaker on May 7, 2018.  After 7 weeks, they discovered my leads came out, so June 21, I was back in for surgery to attach the leads.  I went back 7 days later at which time I was x-rayed and the leads were once again out!!!  I had surgery yet again yesterday, June 29 at which time the leads were taken out and replaced.  My Dr said in his 35 years this hadn't happened and the rep from St Judes was in the operating room and said she has b...

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