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Leads

I received this note today regarding my PM & its battery (I'm the owner of a 3-lead Medtronic VIVA XT CRT-D PM): " When you saw your EP in January he made an statement in his plan that when the time came for generator change he would send you to the surgeons for an epicardial lead placement. One of your leads is not giving the best signal and is causing increased drain on battery life."    ---  What can I look forward to?  When the A-V Node abla...

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Leads

I received this note today regarding my PM & its battery (I'm the owner of a 3-lead Medtronic VIVA XT CRT-D PM): " When you saw your EP in January he made an statement in his plan that when the time came for generator change he would send you to the surgeons for an epicardial lead placement. One of your leads is not giving the best signal and is causing increased drain on battery life."    ---  What can I look forward to?  When the A-V Node abla...

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battery life

I have to keep the donut magnet on till I can get into the Doctor. This is keeping my heart rate at 100 bpm. Will this drain my battery? Also keeping the magnet on, does this interfere with information being recorded on my pacer during this time? I have a Boston Scientific and am pacer dependent. Will it cause R & T phenomienon or other issues to my heart.?

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Questions about having pacemaker long-term, leads, malignant vasovagal syndrome

Hello all,

Brand new to this forum. I'm currently 33 years old, and had my initial transplant when I was 10. I had the battery replaced at 18, and after dealing with depression and neglect (and lack of insurance), I'm trying to get things back on track.

I have a pacemaker to treat malignant vasovagal syndrome, which was leading to high grade av block, very unpredictable fainting and increasingly seizures. It started when I was under a year old, and continued til I was abou...

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Battery Life?

I didn't need an alarm clock this AM.........................PM base lit up like a Xmas tree and emitted a British Police car siren sound just before 8AM! I couldn't find anything in the Medtronic  VIVA CRT-D manual that explains this event but, I assume it's the "low battery" warning indicator.  Anyone know how much battery life (as in days) is remaining?

--Dave--

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3rd degree heartblock

Hey All, 

I am 37y/o female who has congenital 3rd degree heart block. Dx in utero. My mother has lupus and that’s why I have heart block. I have no structure or “pumping” EF problems. I rec’d my pacer at the age of 18 so I would not go below 40Bpm while sleeping. Pacer was on demand only (VVI) meaning it would be used if I hit 39. I’ve never passed out, dizziness etc. I’m very active run 2miles 3 days a week etc. I have had my device upgraded tw...

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See approx 1.5 in outline of wire under skin next to pacemaker

Hi.  I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted 4 months ago after a total heart block which happened during Open Heart Surgery.  Then, during the Implant Surgery, I developed some atrial fribrillation which I was treated for and seems to be under control at this point.  

Shortly after my implant surgery, I felt "pinching" next to my left armpit near the pacemaker when I leaned forward.  It felt like wires pinching me.  I told my doctor, but after a few...

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Leads

What is the average time it takes before the leads, that are screwed into the heart, form scare tissue and heal. I am an avid billiards player and I’m concern that my bridge hand is on the same side as my pacemaker. With that extended stretching forward and above or at shoulder height might be too much on the leads???    

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Cost of lead extraction in the US

I live in East Europe, and my doctors are considering changing my leads of almost 7 years. There is a chance that my leads had some production problems and there is a good chance that they may malfunction at some point 

My doctors do not want to take that chance as my icd has fired and saved my life a couple of times in the past

Although my doctors repeatedly told me that leaving the exsisting leads inside my body will not cause major risks, ...

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Popping feeling inside my heart

I had ICD implanted 2 weeks ago . Occasionally I had episodes of popping feeling inside my heart with short of breath. Anybody had any similar experience?

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Lead replacement recovery

Hi all, 

I'm new on here and relatively new to the pacemaker deal. I just have a couple questions and I wanted some opinions. I just had my pacemaker placed this year at the end of July, and I guess there was something wrong with where the lead(s) were placed or they have moved and so I have an appointment coming up to go in and move or replace them. I was just wondering what the recovery was for this type of thing. I know the recovery after getting the actual pacemaker, a...

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battery reading

Looking at my Interrogation Report for my Biotronik device and it says Battery: BOS.  Wondering what that means?

 

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Feels like wire is shorting out

This is my 3rd defibrillator.  This one was implanted 2016. It is still very uncomfortable. I can fill the wires just under the skin. Everything has checked out ok. I saw my former doctors in Oklahoma and was told that the generator might need to be reset or the pocket sewn up more. Any thoughts? It was implanted in Alabama .

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Scar Tissue build up on leads

Hello, I have a dual chamber pacemaker for a type two av heartblock. It has been working well for the better part of 9 years. Until recently. Last year after one of my tracings the doctor called and said I needed to come in because one of the leads wasn't working correctly. To sum it up he found out that scar tissue had built up around the lead causing it not to work so he bypassed that lead. Fast forward to last week I did another tracing and was called in again. Sure enough my second le...

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New pacemaker running through battery at lightning speed

I got my first PM in March if 2011.  Two weeks ago I got a new generator. Which I think is a new unit.  Today I got a call from the manufacturer to get set up for remote monitoring. A few hours later I got a call from my cardiologist’s office telling me I had to come in ASAP because my device was burning through it’s battery like crazy. Today’s transmission shows the current battery life to be just 4 years!  What could cause it to be using so much of...

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CRT LOWER E/F PART 2

Well here's a chance to learn something...  at least for me...  Cardio responded to my complaints of extreme fatigue by comparing a new ekg with one before the new crt pm was implanted last feb.INTERESTING RESULTS!!!!

the qrs sows up at 15.5 miliseconds higher than the previous ekg in feb where it was 218miliseconds.. said it was "leakingmanagement " issue and not ideal. He wants to change to bi-ventricular from multi point pacing on this st. judes crt pm....he a...

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CRT LOWER E/F PART 2

Well here's a chance to learn something...  at least for me...  Cardio responded to my complaints of extreme fatigue by comparing a new ekg with one before the new crt pm was implanted last feb.INTERESTING RESULTS!!!!

the qrs sows up at 15.5 miliseconds higher than the previous ekg in feb where it was 218miliseconds.. said it was "leakingmanagement " issue and not ideal. He wants to change to bi-ventricular from multi point pacing on this st. judes crt pm.. ...

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Mitral Prolapse

Hello all. 

I wanted to pass along what I think is very important information to consider when getting a pacemaker. Apparently the primary way doctors attach leads for dual chamber pacemakers and/or ICDs can, in some patients, cause mitral prolapse or mitral regurgitation. This is significant because if you’re one of them, you will begin exhibiting signs of heart failure.

i began researching this because over the past two weeks my breath has diminished and seems to...

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leads

had a great Doctor Garvey at St Vincent Portland OR. burn out the two leads and set in two new ones, I feel great and have to see him in another week at the incision, Took 3 hours hardly any scar tissue around the leads and was in for 8 years. using a restraining belt to keep left arm to be raised about the shoulder so electrodes can build scar tissue to build up around them. He used the old 2 year device which has over 8 years of battery life and it operates great, no more dizziness from lay...

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Normal to feel wires under left clavicle?

4 days post op. Chest sore but improving. Noticing  tugging sensation, pulling sensation under the left clavicle. Can feel wire under the skin both under the clavicle and  under the clavicle superiorly. I assume this is normal routing. Almost feels like someone has their finger on my neck or throat to a certain extent. Not sure if this is normal or something that you get used to. Any thoughts appreciated thanks 

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