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Ventricular lead not responding

I had my first dual lead pacemaker put in a week ago for sick sinus with bradycardia.   I had a checkup with my regular doctor and the found my HR to only be 43.  He immediately set me up with a pacemaker check.  They could not get the ventricular lead to respond.  I was told the lead would need to be replaced and was sent for chest X-ray.  The LPN called later and said the doctor did not see a lead fracture and wanted to check it again in a week.  Has anyon...

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Failed lead

So, my latest remote check resulted in me being asked to go for an appointment where I was told that one of my 2 leads had failed and hadn't been working since April 🥴. I was told this was rare and bad luck...

So I'm now hoping for another one to be implanted asap along with a new battery, my first change (my present one has about a year left after being in fir 9 years). 

Has anyone else has this happen? 
 

 

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Vibrations

Howdy--I got my pacemaker a week ago and so far so good.  It seems to pace as it should.  Does anyone have experience with machines like chain saws that shake and/or vibrate?  I have a sickle bar mower that shakes like hell and a couple of chain saws and I don't know if the leads would be adversely affected or broken once it's confirmed that everything's in place.  Thanks

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Lead fracture

I thought I'd share something that happened a while back. Before covid, I was walking to lunch with co-workers and started to get dizzy and thought that I was gonna pass out. I'd been pacing for over 15 years and knew something was wrong.  "Was it plumbing or electrical?" I thought.  It took a while to diagnose, but there were other moments where I felt dizzy for a few seconds... I could be sitting in a meeting, at my desk, etc... so I started to kee...

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ERI countdown

So I went to see my EP last week to check for a handful of things. They've scheduled an Echo and vascular Doppler to check for PAD. While there they said I've got about 6 months left on my device. I knew it was probably getting close. She said because I have been having a lot of symptoms lately my ERI could end up being scheduled sooner. I go back in 3 months to see where we are. I pace 37% as of now. 
 

I guess my question is what to expect? My first implant was...

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Lead Issue

I received a call from the Heart Center about 15 minutes after I completed my 3 month remote transmission this morning. The nurse said the Lead to the lower chamber of my heart is using more battery than it should. I was told in my last in-clinic device check there was an issue with that lead and some adjustments were made to hopefully help it. I'm scheduled to go in tomorrow for further adjustments to possibly help and therefore prolong the time that the lead will need to be replaced. Th...

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Pacemaker battery life

My grandson had a pacemaker check in mid-February and was told he had 9 months of battery life plus the 3 month ERI time (total 12 months). They were looking at a pacemaker replacement toward the end of the year. We were doing 3 month pacemaker checks, until August, then going to monthly until time for the replacement.  We did a remote check in mid-May and was told the pacer went into the ERI time on April 10th, therefore he was already almost 2 months into the ERI. ...

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lead dislodgement

Hi I got my first pacemaker last week. I was told not to lift anything heavier than 20 lbs or place my arm over my shoulder for a month. I am 42 and have a 5 week old baby. The baby weighs just over 10lbs and I have been mainly carrying him on my right arm and only using the left to make sure he doesn't fall.

When I sleep I often extend my arm over my head when I sleep on my side. Since I have had the pacemaker in I have involuntarily brought my arm up over my head twice w...

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any insights on why leads fail?

My husband just had his 3d pacemaker surgery plus ablation in a year. 2 lead biotronik was placed in July.  One lead failed in late July and was replaced.  Then he began having lightheadedness early this year.  We switched EPs.   Turns out he was having atrial flutter plus a failed lead.  So he had ablation and  now yesterday a lead revision.  Could it just be bad luck on the leads or what else could be going on?  Thanks for any insights!

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Bicuspid valve regurgitation

My mother had a pacemaker put in a few years back. She now has bicuspid valve regurgitation due to the pacemaker lead accidentally put into the bicuspid valve. Has this happened to anyone else?  And what did you do about it?  Thanks

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Medtronic Carelink App

Not exactly "Batteries and Leads" but it's hardware related...

I just tried to install the MyCareLink app on my phone.  I pointed the camera at the QR code and it immediately said that my phone wasn't compatible with MyCareLink, at this time.  Hmm, thought I.  My phone is a pretty common one (Samsung Note10+).  It's right there in the compatibility list, with the right OS version (Android 11) and everything. 

I sure hope Medtronic is...

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Replacing my PR

I have A3DR01 Medtronic pm. Now  after 9 years I need to replace. Any one know if Medtronic has similar device with smaller size or longer battery life¿

I am expecting newer model after almost 10 years

giora

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Jolt under right ribs

Hello all.

It's been a while since I posted on here. My issue isn't new either. I've had a PM for nearly 10 years. This issue has been happening randomly and sometimes quite intermittently however of late it's been more often. I have always forgotten to ask my cardiologist however I did yesterday. Does anyone experience a jolting sensation on their right side below the ribs. Sometimes it's quite intense and quite a shock.It's not a twitch I can actually see...

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Question on upcoming procedure

Hello again!

Two days ago I had my pacemaker switched to MVP mode. It may have helped, I feel tentatively better, nothing dramatic, perhaps too soon to tell. My EP went ahead and scheduled the following procedure- 

upgrade PM SING, DUAL, OR CRTP TO CRTD; 33233+33249

can anyone enlighten me as to what that means? I know it is basically inserting a possible third lead.

Also, in my darker moments I think perhaps this shortness of breath, exhaustion, post-exertional m...

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Replacement due sooner than expected

Hi everyone! I got my first PM implant Nov 2010 when I was 16 years old. I just went to visit my electrophysiologst at the end of April and was told I have about 2 months left until the battery goes into the "reserve mode". (I forget the actual term for it)

Well, 2 months turned into 8 days. My pacemaker went into the reserve mode 8 days after seeing my doctor. I had no idea but I just knew I felt horrible. Heart palpitations, hiccups, dizziness, shortness of breath....

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Battery Draining

Hi, my partner had a pacemaker and defibrillator fitted in December 2020. He went for his second check up today and was told that his heart is working harder, so much so, its draining the battery. Where a normal battery would last around 10 years, his is showing that it only has 5-6 years left. They made some adjustments and want to see him again in a month but said it is likely that they will have to operate again. I can't find anything on line about these symptoms an...

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MICRA AV LEADLESS PM

Hey new member here! I'm 27 years of age and currently running on St Jude 2162 (DDDR) AV block 3rd degree. 

Had my 1st PM-lead at the age of 7. Second lead sometime after that. 
Had my 2nd lead broken within 6 months. 
Now running on 3rd lead. 

I'm looking into Micra AV and other options on the market, any information and experiences would be beneficial!

Personal experience living with PM - 
Had a first surgery in 200...

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Displaced lead immediately after implant

Recently got an Abbott 2 wire PM implanted. The wound was closed and it was immediately discovered that the atrial wire was dislodged. The beat was reset to 40 using tne lower wire. The surgeon refused to fix the lead and told us we had to wait 6 weeks for healing. The surgery report does not mention this situation.  Later the recheck visit notes added that a lead revision surgery was necessary because "unfortunately the lead is now disconnected". My research never mentions a w...

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1 lead not working, doctor suggesting adding a 4th lead (patient already has 3 leads)

Hi, My father has had his pacemaker for over 10 years now, he is 66 now. We just learned that 1 of the leads that goes in the right heart chamber is not working properly and has to be replaced. The doctor is suggesting not to remove the lead but rather add a new one. My biggest concern is that he already has 3 leads passing through the vane (1 lead to the right, one to the left chamber, and a defibrillator), and adding a 4th one might cause issues with the circulation in that vane if it...

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BREAKING LEADS SO EASILY

I'm 44 years old. I got my 1st pacemaker when I was 24 years old. Since then, I habe broken my leads 3 times and no doctor know why. 

I got my last pair almost 3 years ago, they are still holding but I can feel them pushing my skin above by scar. I just hope they will last a little bit more as this surgeries are so painful due to the pushing and probing trying to get the old leads out.

No surgeon has being able to take 3 of my old broken leads. They are impossible to take...

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