Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

Backup to pacemaker battery life?

Since August 2018 I have had 2 check ups and both times was told I had 9 months left on the current pacemaker battery. In November they went as far as to tell me that I would be called in for a replacement either just before Christmas or in the New Year. Beginning of December I rang as I had not heard anything and was told another checkup was scheduled for end of January and "not to worry as the pacemaker has a guaranteed back up of 3 more months when the battery ends". I rang again...

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Help with VT

Good Morning. I’m writing this from the hospital and need some help. I received my Dual Chamber PM 7/26/18 and had no issues whatsoever until 1/05/19. While drying off my dog I stood up and went into VT. It was prolonged (30+ minutes) resulting in a trip to the ER and overnight stay. I was discharged and had a subsequent VT about two weeks later while putting my duvet cover on my duvet  

EP has just told me he thinks my lead may have punctured my septum but says that is not t...

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Best Cardiologist and Hospital for battery change in Kuwait

I have dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker implanted in 2005. I would like to know the best hospital & doctor in Kuwait to have the battery change of my pacemaker. It is more than 13 years living with my pacemaker and the change of the battery is due is next 6 months. Please share your experience. Many thanks.

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noise picked up 677 times?

Hi ,just wondering if anyone has had noise picked up from their leads inside their pacemaker? I was told I had 677 recorded events of noise in the last year. The tech said it could be a lead worn out or rubbing in my chest,not sure what caused this.

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"old" leads

My Dr said I had an "old" lead implanted in 1990, and that could drain the V. quicker. Anyone with that same situation? Any suggestions or comments to slow down the drainage?

Thanks

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Pacemaker replacement

Dear All, My father is implanted with a CRT-D (Medtronic Model: DTBC2D4) in Hyderabad, India in June 2017. (It is been only 1.5yrs old). Now, the doctor & technican says that the battery life left over is only 6months, and the doctor is suggesting us to go for the device replacement.

We are surprised and disappointed at this moment, since it is only 1.5year since the device is implanted. I dont understand how can a costly device would work only for 1.5 years. We were told...

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Pacemaker Leads

So let me get this straight,when the surgeon implants the PM he leaves an excess amount of leads,so when it comes time to use the arm again fully the leads extend and don't pull on the heart muscle even though the leads are fully implanted in the heart muscle and screwed in.Some feedback please.

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Pacemaker surgery

Hi everyone my question is I have had my 2 pacemaker put in 2 years ago and still have my original wires from 2003 and they are using more energy then normal I have a dual lead I have to have my pacemaker checked at the end of the month the last time I had it checked they said I had 18 months left on it when they do change the battery are they going to just cap off both wires and put 2 new ones in?

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Bettery run out so quickly

Mi niece got a pacemaker for a total block when she was born exactly 2 years ago. 

She got all the follow-up controls checks and parents were always told that everything was perfect.

Today, exactly after 2 years of the initial surgery doctors said that the battery needs to be replaced because it run out due to the use. 

Mi sister is overwhelmed by the news when she was informed at the beginning that it was going to last about 5 years. 

They live is...

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My Battery Replacement

I had a Medtronic (ADDR model) placed in 2008 and it was replaced last October with a W1DR01. For all of 2018, every month, I sent a reading to the pacemaker lab at my clinic. They said it was saying I had a month left! That seemed contradictory to me that for a year the forecast is a month left, but never mind. When it went into conservation mode, and I could see from a little experimentation that it was giving me a steady 65 bpm, I knew it was replacement time.

What bugs me is what ha...

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Lead extraction

Hi all 

Im more then likely going to have my RV lead extracted, due to having alot of pain chest area neck and arm, angiogram shows its possible that the electro rode has moved further and perforated the pericardium, they say i have a pericardial,and they think the lead could be the cause,

 

The rv lead has been there for 17 years,can this be done after so long inside, Im so worried

dont know what way to go, Any of you out there have had this issue would love...

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viber alert St Jude ICD

4th st jude put in 2017. got two viberalerts today .battery was ok. what else could it be? leads are in about 10 years.

anyone similar problem

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SELF CHECK/ CLICKING SENSATION

The last few months I get a clicking sensation when I lean forward too quickly or breathe deeply. It is akin to  what I believe is a nightly self check only it is happening a few times a day.  Does anyone else feel this or know what it could be?

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Medtronic advisa a3dro1

Hey all

Just had my sorin pacer changed the dr decided to go with a medtronic advisa a3dro1. My leads were fine so werent changed they are medteonic leads. My question is this. I am 38 and active. Its been 3 weeks since my change and i have been cleared to do more than just walking today was day 1 on the treadmill i got up to 2.5mph not fast at all and my heart rate automatically jumpped to 180 which is my upper setting. So i walked for a bit and stayed there for the entire time. I stop...

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Lead wire

I have a medtronic pacemaker. Since 2005 I have had the lead wire changed 3 times. Anyone else?

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My baby has Complete heart block

In my 22 week scan my baby girl was diagnosed with complete heart block, I am now 27 weeks pregnant and am really struggling with the unknown, we have been told the future is uncertain for her but with each passing week I’m a little more hopeful. Does anyone have experience of what the future holds? Will she be delivered early?how long in hospital? will she have a pacemaker? Her heart rate is been 50-60but structurally sound. I didn’t realise before I fell pregnant that I hav...

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International travel when battery is getting old

I had my St Judes pacemaker installed in March 2011.  My cardiologist says the battery should be OK for another couple of years, although 7 years was the suggested duration at the time of installation.  At what point should I plan to restrict international travel, especially to 3rd world or developing countries?

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Battery Replacement

I went to my electro/cardio physician in eary April. They scheduled me for a battery change in June. at an off site surgery center. I was told since they will just be exchanging the PM unit it would be a short outpatient surgery. I have it done. It took about 20  minutes tops. I was put into a twilight anesthesia. I never really was out completely. I was pushed out they checked and set the pm gave me a small pain shot and sent me home. I was there with waiting room, hookup, surgery and d...

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Lead being changed, what to expect?

Hello everyone! I was planning on writing a cheerfull "everythings OK" note after my 3rd annual PM chek, but it turnes out one of my leads is broken and needs to be changed. The doctors have decided to extract the old one since I´m only 33. Can someone tell me what to expect during this surgery and afterwards? Anything I should chek in advance? I´m in Europe and most probably I will be awake during the surgery, like during the implant. That´s how we do it here :/ D...

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tricuspid valve dysfunction

I strongly suggeset everyone on this forum with a 2 lead pacemaker at least scan an online article on tricuspid valve dysfunction. http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/accj/69/18/2331.full.pdf. You will be surprised to learn about the number and seriousness of issues around the interference of PM leads with the triscuspid valve assembly. Based on my experience, some of the issues raised in earlier posts are likely derived from valve problems caused by PM leads.

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You know you're wired when...

You run like the bionic woman.

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I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.