Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

Symptoms at end of Battery Life

Boy, it's been a long time since I have been on this site and that's because I was doing quite well.  But it's been almost ten years since I had my PM placed and would like to have some reassurance from anyone who may have experience in what I'm about to post.  Two months ago I had my usual interrogation done and my battery showed signs of power loss so they put me on a two month recheck schedule.  I went in just this past Monday and I was told my pacer was indi...

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Pacemaker lead fractured symptoms

Anyone out there experience a pacemaker lead fracture. What were your symptoms? The doctor told me he will do a lead extraction next week and also replace an update my pacemaker. I would love to hear from you 

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Lead Extraction

Just told I have a fractured lead and need a lead extraction. I'll get a  new pacemaker also and switching to a St Jude. Anyone with some insight? 

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3x Generator change

Hi.. I am a 29 year old female. I got my first pacemaker in 2002 at age 15. It was inserted sub pectoral Due to my age so its not in the usual site.  In 2011 I had my first generator changed and this week I had my third. I am worried about scar tissue and how much my body can handle knowing that I will continue to need generator changes for the rest of my life. I have tried to search for research/information on how many batteries has one person gone through,...

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Pacemaker Brands and replacement

Has anyone here ever been replaced with a different brand pacemaker from what they originally had? For example had a Medtroincs and was replaced with a St Judes. If so how did you feel afterwards? Any problems? Did they set you up exactly the same as far as settings? Thank you

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Lead Placement

Hi all,

i have been suffering significant blood pressure drops since my pacemaker implant in December 2015. I was diagnosed and treated for AF , Atrial Flutter SSS and recently SVT

from a lying position to standing it can drop between 20/30 points which as you can imagine makes you very lightheaded to the point I need to grab hold of something as I feel I'm going to pass out.

it does not happen all the time so it's confusing as to what triggers it off.

ive had...

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Removal vs tunneling

I am looking at pacer number five in a few weeks.  I have one 30 year old lead in use, one broken 30 year old lead that is capped off and one 23 year old lead in use.  They say if there is not enough room on the left for a fourth lead (I need a three chamber pacer now vs a two chamber) the choice is do we remove the unused/broken one or do we tunnel over to the right.

Does anyone have a lead that is tunneled over from one side to the other.  Are there day to day or other...

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chrikkie

Had pm implant 10 days ago.  Warned not to raise arm above shoulder level in case I dislodged a lead.  In the night I forgot and stretched up to switch light on in a hurry. Am worried sick that I may have done some damage.  I cannot face going through the "procedure" again.  I am 80 years of age.  I do hope someone can help me.

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Leads

Hi All !

I'm 5 weeks with my pm implant.. I have a quick question.. how would one know if a lead gotten loose..? symptoms?

 

Thanks!

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Pacemaker sizes

Does anyone know if pacemakers come in different sizes, if so which are larger than others. Are not only the batteries larger but also the length of the leads, after all we are all different heights so the size of our sub clavian veins and hearts are different too. My pacemaker is a Boston Scientific model K287/100638, thank you in advance. 

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Battery life

I am convinced that pace maker batteries are no different than car or flashlight batteries when connected to a load.  Had mine checked the other day and the interrogation report said 7 years left. The initial life was 12,5 years, exactly 2 years ago.  So my pace maker battery lost 5.5 years of "projected"  life in just 2 years.  The biggest decrease was in the first 6 months when it went from 12.5 to 8 years. Hopefully, the depletion rate will slow down in the fu...

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Medtronic PM "safe mode"

My history: 16 yrs ago I had a couple blackout episodes after strange deja vu-like sensations, one in hospital ER, where it was discovered that my heart slowed down then stopped for up to 10 seconds, before restarting. Doctors never gave me a reason why. Of course they insisted I have a PM implanted to keep myself conscious if another episode hit. So they implanted a Medtronic Sigma 300 DR and set the low rate for 50bpm, and 40 when sleeping. It's been great for all these years, and I'...

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Leads twitching above PM. Thoughts?

Hi PM friends!

The leads above my PM (under my collarbone) have been twitching off and on for the past few months. I'm thin so this is easily seen (and felt!)  It's not a shock-type sensation, more like an eye twitch.  I took a video with my phone to show my EP, who said "it's just a muscle twitch."  I sorta already figured that out, but I'm wondering what might be causing it.  Any ideas out there? (Got my Medtronic dual chamber for 3d degre...

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Pacemaker and lead replacement

I received my first pacemaker on May 1, 2010 after being diagnosed with a 3rd degree AV block.  September 2015, my pacemaker reached its end of life and required replacement.  About 6 months after the replacement an issue developed where my pectoral muscle over my pacemaker started to beat like a heartbeat, around 10 beats then stop.  This was happening maybe once or twice a day.  I told the Dr. of what was happening and he just thought it was just a minor muscle spas...

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3rd surgery. In 1 month

 I have my pacemaker implanted January 26 because my heart stopped. At my two week check up it was determined that my ventricular lead was not functioning properly. So I had to have another surgery and they replaced the lead with a new one and adjusted the atrial lead.  Two days after that surgery my heart was beating all over in my chest went to the doctor and it's determined the atrial lead doesn't work. So tomorrow I will be having my third surgery in one month!...

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faulty lead

Has anyone had a lead go bad?  I just found out, a lead in my PM may need to be replaced, or, more likely have another one inserted.  I got my PM and leads (duel) in 2009, so it is well implanted in the heart wall.

 

Thank you

 

Anthony Bowler

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Ive had so many pacemakers Ive lost count

Hi all, 

Im 57 years old and had my first pacemaker implanted at age 15 (in 1975) due to 3rd degree congenital Heart Block, so I basically didnt beat much faster than 50 and that was pushing it...  The day my pulse dropped to 19beats they figured it was time to do something about it...  Fortunately by then you didnt have to carry your pacemaker around like a suitcase and they had reduced the size from a tobacco tin to a pretty hefty paperweight with 4 watch batteries in i...

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HOME JUST NOW

HAD MY REPLACEMENT 3 LEAD P.M. TO DEAL WITH CONGESTIVE HEART DISEASE. IF MY LEVELS IMPROVE MAY NOT NEED DEFIB RIGHT NOW.ONE THING,,, I RECEIVED FENTANYL AND HAD A HORRID REACTION.THAT' S ONE DRUG I WILL NEVER HAVE AGAIN. SO RESTING UP FOR A FEW DAYS JESSIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High and low settings

I want to know what my pace maker setting are set at .. Meaning what my high is set at and the lows.. I normally run around 80-90 but have been running in the very lows 70's. Would medtronics give me this info 

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Broken Leads

I had my first ICD Pacemeker installed ten years ago, had the second one three years ago, a year after the replacement was installed I fractured the defibrilator lead,, my heart is functioning pretty well and I have never had the defibrilator go off so they just turned it off, now I've fractured the LV lead and it was not working at all, they said it's detrimental to the heart to only pace one sideso they have basically turned it off, it will only activate if I drop to 40 bpm, they ar...

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So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.