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replacement battery

what type of symptoms would one have if their device replacement leads were dislodged or it wasn't working properly.

 

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Icd lead dislodged

Going in tomorrow after 9 days icd lead detached. No symptoms but tired.  What can I expect now

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Replacing pacemaker

Could someone tell me what is involved in replacing the unit when the battery is done?  I assume there is scar tissue around the original unit.  Is it typically done with a local anesthetic?  Is it painful or less than the original placement?  Does it go in the same place as the original?  Are there restrictions afterwards for a while?  Can I return to work the same day?

Any information would be helpful.  

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Lead to vein interface

Hi Everyone,

I am 44 years old and scheduled on Wednesday for a Biventricular pacemaker for cardiac resynchronization. I am very nervous about this upcoming procedure and keep coming up with questions in my mind. Does anyone know how the lead interfaces with the vein that they place it in? How does the vein seal around the lead? I assume it’s a hole in the blood vessel with a wire sticking thru it. With all the pressure building up in the blood vessel, how does the vein seal off a...

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Battery life span

He everyone. I was just wondering since I am 100% paced ( Medtronic biventricular pacemaker,crt) about how long can I expect the battery to last. Implant saute was Aprin25th 2018. I know it all depends on a lot of things but can anyone here who is 100 paced( biventricle) tell me how long their battery works before needing replacement. Just trying to get some input as my EP says up to 7 years but I find this hard to believe since I am 100% paced. Thank you.

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How many replacements can I have?

Hello All, 

I have been a pacemaker dependent patient for the last 20+ years. I have had several battery replacements in the original location. During this last replacement I got infected and spent 24 days in the hospital. Now I have the pacemaker on the opposite side of my heart with a defibrillator. Could possibly be coming up for my next battery changed within the next few years. This was done on November 2012. 

Recently was asked to get an echocardiogram done bu...

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Low stamina: dead battery

My EnRhythm Medtronic battery died a few weeks ago and I am running on my backup until 5/4 when I will get it replaced.  I have very little stamina and I am wondering if it is my "situation" with the pacemaker?  EP said I had no exercise restrictions until the surgery.

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New* EOL and these palps

Hey y'all! So I have a boston scientific pm.. I'm at EOL. 😒 it's happened quicker than expected (to me) and I wasnt ready for the size effects. I am 70% paced top chamber & on demand bottom.. The palps SUCK!

History... 7 years implanted, in November i was told 6-9 months, at 6 mo (for diminishing) start coming monthly.. Well I'm 5 months in and can barely walk room to room with out heaviness and crazy thumping in my chest. The last 2 weeks it's been worse each da...

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Lead Extraction/New Pacemaker

Had a dual chamber PM with venticle lead in coronary sinus vein next to left ventricle for complete heart block. Didn't go in right ventricle as I had tricuspid valve repair in 2014 and didn't want to risk lead screwing up the repaired valve which is doing fine at this point. 

Last few months my PVC's have increased significantly and found out last week the PM lead wasn't capturing.  This was also causing a drop in left ventricle ejection fraction. They cut up...

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Replaced lead

I had a PM put in July 2017 due to low heart rate and BP. The first cardiologist injured me and I experienced horrific pain for almost 6 weeks before they realized what was going on. He had punctured a hole in my heart and it was leaking blood around my heart and lungs. I was rushed to ICU and another cardiologist replaced the lead. 

Since then I can still feel like something is poking me in the center of my chest. They had to open me up like open heart surgery but didn’...

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Battery Usage

Is it normal for battery usage to fluctuate ...I'm tested every 3 months..originally averaged 96% , then 70%, then 55%... now, 13%...Is that normal?...A little nervous...

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Lead extraction

i am due to go into hospital to have my pacemaker taken out and the leads extracted.  I won’t go into the reasons now. Too complicated.  I am however, going to have a new pacemaker put in and new leads both atrial and ventricle.  Has anyone out there had this done?  I am aware that it can only be done by a doctor who has done this procedure before.  I am extremely anxious about this.  I am having a general anaesthetic.

 

comments and reassu...

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Angiogram

Has anyone had an angiogram with a pacemaker fitted and also an MRI Scan.  I have both in the next month and am concerned the angiogram wire will be near my pacemaker leads.  Any comments appreciated.  Thankyou

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PM's Atrial Lead

Hi everyone...my son had his PM fitted in 2012 for complete heart block and since then he has been doing really well until late last year November they noticed he had some events recorded releated to "noise" on his atrial leads,sometimes three to four times a day.Took him for his 3mths PM check yesterday and the "noise" is still there having a total of 932 episodes as compared to 454 in Nov 2017.
Electrophysicist told us that his atrial leads has an insulation break s...

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New 3 lead pacemaker

i have 3rd degree heart block and totally dependent.  Now I have 2 leads top and bottom right side of my heart. My left side is working too hard and now have Cardiomyopathy. Infraction rate 35. So they are going put a 3rd lead to my left side hoping my heart will contract better.  Now they say it like agitates.  Anyone else had this done ? Thanks 

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adding a lead

they are adding a lead to my boston scientific unit. what should i expect in terms of the procedure and the recovery vs the original placement?  thanks in advance

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battery replacement

i am having next tuesday a new battery repkacing my St Jude i`ve had for approx 12years which one will they replace it with?I know  a new one but  dont know wich brand apparently they decide on the day,? my leads are all ok, will the new one be smaller with new technology etc?? hope so? also mine settings rate response is turned off 3d they call it, bcoz my own natural pacemaker is fine reason for my pacemaker is i have AVblock lower ventricle too slow receiving signal etc...anyhow...

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MRI

Hi again!

when I had my new battery replaced last March my doc told me it was the new “MRI FRIENDLY” model.  Has anyone had an MRI after receiving one. ?  What I don’t understand is since leads were not replaced is it still safe or would they fry my heart lol.  I’m not planning on having one anytime soon but my curious.  My EP says that the leads themselves are good to go....hmmmm.  Just wanted to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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PACEMAKER VP100%

Hi everyone. I come from Vietnam. My father has implanted a pacemaker (PM) since April 2016. PM manufactured by St. Jude medical. 
The PM runs from VP18% (June 2016) to VP100% (8/2/2018), threshold 0.3V 0.6ms, Impedance 525 Ohm.
My father tested PM in Nov 2017 with VP63%, Threshold 0.5V 0.4ms, Impedance 560 Ohm. 
My father suffered bradycardia (slow heartbeat). I am a bit of surprised and sad when I realise that the PM runs completely after only 2 years. It is too fas...

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Loose lead

I had my icd implanted feb 2017..things went as planned ..recovered well...

Jan 2018 I got shocked ..saved my life ..come to find out after test done I have the top lead loose in my heart ..went to my cardiologists was told I needed it fixed scheduled a date..got in operating table surgeoun decided before cutting me open to send me to another surgeon ..got to see this wire floating around in the bottom of my heart ..it should of been up top..

Surgery is set for the 6 th of feb..wa...

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