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revision of left ventricle lead-3rd time

Due to my anatomy (few and very small tributaries) , it is hard to get a good placement for my left ventricle lead. I have had a pacemaker pocket infection 1 year ago, finally the "hole" of where the infection was has been covered via plastic surgery 7 months ago. My left lead dislodged 2 weeks post surgery last time. I usually work full time and was back to work 3 weeks post. This will be the 3rd time I have had this complication. My doctor usually places a 3 week off work ( I...

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Battery replacement for the Consulta CRT-D Defibrillator

Hi,

My device is 6-1/2 years old, and the device has just given me the characteristic warning sound (foreign ambulance sound) that it's time to replace the battery.  Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, and I will call my cardiologist tomorrow.  Does anyone know the "time-window" (following the warning) that I have before the battery runs too low?  Is the window about 30 days, approx?

Thanks!

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Battery Life

Had my first Interrogation seven weeks after implantation. At that time was told the battery was good for 8 1/2 years. I Have second degree heart block, set at 60.  Am I correct in assuming that if I stay active the pacemaker will come into use less often and last longer......or what dictates the life of the battery.  Will I be advised at each interrogation how long battery has left?

 

 

 

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Leads moving at top of PM!

Sitting watching TV, totally relaxed, and suddenly I felt my PM site twitching! Got up and looked in the mirror and sure enough, the two leads were moving back and forth at the top of the PM.  The muscle in my shoulder/under the collarbone was not moving, it was the leads themselves! I could see the entire lead going up to my collarbone like it was being pushed out against my skin.  Weird!  I'm fairly thin but in the three years I've had my PM I've never experienced...

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Battery

How long does a battery last in a pacemaker? 

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Lead stenosis, need a new wireless pacer???

Hello my fellow pacers,

Im going in for my 3rd venoplasty due to lead stenosis, any word on the new wireless pacemakers.. Thats my only hope for a future>>

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New PM and 3rd lead

Hello all, just got my PM replaced and a third lead put in on the 22nd of Dec. The new lead moved/dislodged and was making my left side of my stomach bounce. I was still in recovery and the Medtronic Tech turned it off and said it would have to be redone. I was set with my previous settings. I'm feeling good but concerned about a 3rd lead and how it's going to be fixed. My EP is so busy he can't see me until a month from my procedure and I was instructed by his staff to remov...

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Battery replacement

Hi  have had pacer for 10+ years and batt. Is getting low. Question is-- I was told at VA in August that my test showed I had 2 mo. Left on bat. Now on check on December 3 they said I had 4 mo left. Is this possible? I can understand if bat. life is based only on last mo. Use, which seems to me not a very good idea. Just getting VA to tell me what I have left was frustrating as hell! Makes me suspicious. 

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dislodged leads

I had my dual pacemaker put in in 2009 , recently had to have generator replaced August 2016

When for my 3 month device check and they tell me they don't understand how it could be ,or if my medicare ins. will pay for it  !  But apparently  one of my leads has become loosed . now i am confused and worried as to what happened or what i am going to have to do next , i have a lack of medical knowledge or what questions should i be asking when i go back to heart doc in ja...

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Snapping feeling on left side of chest and can see chest move

After doing any kind of exercise even just getting out of bed I can feel a snapping in my chest at the same beat as my heart  I can see my chest on the left side next to my pacemaker move.

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Leads

My biotronik pacemaker was implanted in late August 2016 and this past week the cardiologist told me that one of the leads had dislodged. What should I expect to happen to resolve this problem . I will have sergery on 1/6/17 to replace the lead, at a Baylor FW.

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Battery Life

I know this question been posted many times but had 2nd Device October 2015 and when had 6 week check up they said I had 4 and a half years battery life.Couple weeks ago went for device check and told 5 and a half years.Great news as thought would have 3 and a half left -quite a vast difference 2 years.I have St Jude ICD.Any comments appreciated 

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Battery Life

I know this question been posted many times but had 2nd Device October 2015 and when had 6 week check up they said I had 4 and a half years battery life.Couple weeks ago went for device check and told 5 and a half years.Great news as thought would have 3 and a half left -quite a vast difference 2 years.I have St Jude ICD.Any comments appreciated 

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leads going bad

I found out yesteray that one of my leads has gone bad. I have a medtronic PM due to bradycardia. As it was explained to me, the leads have 3 parts, an outer and inner wire and insulation on the outside. The PM detected that the outer wire was not operating and switched automatically to the interior wire. I never noticed. The hypothesis is that the insulation "went bad" This leads only paces .2% of the time, my upper lead paces 100% of the time. My doctor sent me for a chest X-...

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atrial lead replaced

Hi ,

Just curious. Ive recently had another atrial lead placed as the original had gone a little wrong.  I was paced at 60 bpm.  Just checked my pulse (and I dont even know why I did it lol) and noticed that my heart was beating at 50 bpm.  checked it again and the same thing was happening.  Now my question is this:  Would the technician have lowered my pacing rate and not told me? and what would be the reason for this?  Got to say, I feel fine and am...

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Lead wear

Hi Guys

My sport is marathon kayak racing, I paddle an epic v10 surfski, and one of the members of my club who has also recently had a pacemaker fitted told me that his cardiologist and pacemaker rep advised him against paddling anymore as the movement of the arm would wear the leads out.

When I saw my cardiologist and rep 5 weeks ago they advised that I would have no problems returning to the sport that I love, any comment appreciated.

 

Thanks

Tom

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Lead Extraction/St Jude Battery Replacement - Long post

Because this forum has been so helpful to me, I'd like to give back as much information as I have/know on the subject. I have posted twice before recently and some of this is repetitive.

In 1988, at the age of 34, my father had a pacemaker/defribillator put in his abdominal cavity (he was the 90th person in the US to have the defribillator lead (you have to brag where you can)). At that point in time, the plates were actually attached to your heart. At 40, those leads were disc...

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Time for a new battery

Wow! It's been so long since I have been on here to say hello to everyone! Has it really been 9 years since I got my 1st pacer implanted?! Boy has the time flown. 

Life has been crazy, we had a handsome little boy who will be 4 on December 31st and it has been such a joy to raise him. 

Anywho, I went in for my battery check up today and they are saying it is going to be super soon that the battery will have to be replaced. This is so much sooner then I expected as I...

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Please Pray For My Dad - Please

He had lead extraction yesterday. They successfully extracted four of his leads. They were able to implant the pacemaker/defribillator lead, but because of his kidney disease and his allergy to dye, they couldn't implant the lead that sync his two chambers because they couldn't find the Coronary Sinus.  

They kept him under for too long and his blood pressure dropped too low. Apparently it was dropping throughout the surgery. When they tried to extubate him,...

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Re Supermarket Sensor

Medtronic pacemaker man said thta sometimes it does happen that one can trigger off the pacemaker goinf past sensor if sensors are set high by store but rare.

Pacemaker doing fine still 7years to go on it.

I do though have at least 100 or more Tachy episodes all just a few seconds which I know I have . Have had these flutterings ever since I was about 15ish. So I am not concerned. The Atrium they think is where its coming from but cannot be sure. I am now using pacemaker in top ch...

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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.