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Hello all my names mark , my daughter pearle has a pacemaker , 3rd degree heart block since birth she is now 5. Pearle is on her 3rd pacemaker which is now a Medtronic dual pacemaker abdominal. In her last operation they tried to extract lead from vein as was showing wear due to growth in doing so the vein collapsed so that can't be used now and they don't want to use the vein on other side until she is bigger , Hence why in abdomen now , on plus side she is now has a d...

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Can leads move 5 years after being put in?

I haven’t been on here for quite some time. I had to hav a pm put in 5 years ago this month. A month and a half after I had to have a lead revision because the bottom lead dislodged and went through the heart wall. Excruciating pain, nurses telling me it was just muscle spasms or my body getting used to the pm. I was put on pain killers and muscle relaxers.  Wasn’t until I called crying in pain and cussing the nurses out that anything was done and that’s when the revisi...

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Lead extraction

Two days ago, my generator went into it's power saver mode. The generator change doesn't bother me, but I have to get my leads extracted and changed with this one and quite frankly, I'm terrified. I've tried to do research online, but nothing I find is current and nothing I seem to find addresses my age group. (I'm 38) Anyone been through this and can put my mind at ease. I know I'm over reacting, but my anxiety gets the better of me. 

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Pacemaker

I had a Boston Scientific Dual Chamber PM installed two days ago. This is my 3rd. The 1st & 2nd were St. Judes installed in 1989 & 2007. Early this morning I was awakened with what felt like contractions or spasms at the site of my PM just below my collar bone, which have continued for several hours and are somewhat distracting and disconcerting. My leads are 28 years old, and before my most recent implant I asked my cardiologist about their life expectancy and whether they should be...

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Rechargeable?

Why aren't pacemakers rechargable? While the working life of these devices has come on in leaps and bounds we still have to have the device swapped every few years.

With any surgery come the chance of infection and if I've read correctly the chances of infection increase with every swap. 

Surely with modern inductive charging we should be able to place pad over the device and have it re-charge while we sleep and remove the need for reccuring surgeries over many years....

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Pacemaker

I had a procedure last Friday where they checked my bloodpressure, EKG, heart rate, etc.  The nurse told me the numbers which were fine but she also used the expression my pacemaker is pacing????  What does that mean?  I know I go in and out of afib (from time to time) but I don't have symptoms.  It just shows up with the technition reading my results.  Is anyone familiar with that information "pacing".  I am feeling so well I am amazed.  I am...

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Biotronik ICD lead injury

Hello everybody!

I have an ICD (I get my first implant in 2008,the battery chnage was in 2014). Few days ago was a shock, because of lead injury, it is importent to tell you, that i did not had arrhytmya or syncope.It was terrifying,horrible experience.Now I am waiting for a serious operation, when the lead is going to be changed.

Do you know anything about warranty of the leads? (type: Biotronik Kentrox RV 75.)

Was there any precedent, that someone sued the m...

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or3 year old medtronic pm

Why is my pm not keeping up with bpm it 1 or 2 low at cardiologist and hospital its only 3 years old medtronic

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St. Jude ICD Pacemaker Defib

Anyone out there had problems with St Jude ICD unit battery corrosion and leakage ?

Everything I find on the internet has to to with the Battery Leads.

Thanks

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Article on nanostim removal statistics

http://www.heartrhythmjournal.com/article/S1547-5271(17)30846-9/fulltext

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Pacemaker beeped twice?

Earlier today at around 10:20 am my pacemaker made two distinctive beeping noices, I made sure that it wasnt my phone nor was there anything else in the room that would make the beeping. It came from my left as well. I called the heart doctor and also sent in a report on my pacemaker reader, I dont remember what its called, the heart doctors called back and said that my pacemaker wouldnt make beeping noises. Is this true? Im confused, i know what I heard. I was worried that my battery mi...

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How do I know if lead has moved

Hi All need advice, had my Pacmaker 4 yrs now and these last few weeks I have been getting a lot more pulsating and twitching in the Center of my belly. My Pacmaker is set to pulse I can feel it but it’s going a lot more frequent and don’t know if this is ok. Anyone have any problems what should I do !

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Reasons Leads are extracted?

I just had my right ventricular lead extracted.  The R wave was down to 1 and my lead was making alot of noise.  Another smaller hospital originally put this lead in the apex right in a scar there 3 years ago.  I have a scar in the apex and no one could diagnose me nor why.  I had an ablation two years ago in the vicinity of the apex lead which fixed my VT and I have been off meds and running and vt free ever since.  However the lead in the apex was failing and t...

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What can cause broken leads?

Just what can cause broken lead or leads, more than a crushing chest injury? Can over lifting, strain or what else?

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Pacemaker Generator Replacement

Pacemaker Generator Replacement. Please read the following and be aware of this possibility. I am 100 % pacemaker dependent and will have my six-year-old pacemaker generator/battery replaced next week. Two weeks ago on the treadmill, I experienced shortness of breath. Saw my cardiologist two days later who checked me out and found no problem but scheduled me for nuclear stress and other tests in three weeks. I continued to feel bad and even walking a little distance I experienced shortness of...

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Powerlifter facing a long break?

I'm getting my ICD changed over to a PM in a couple weeks and I recently returned to powerlifting. I had my first ICD put in a couple years ago. I was active during the recovery and returned to fitnes 4-5 months after the implant surgery. After a few months of mild fitness I got into doing bodyweight movements and added heavier weights to my resistance training. At the beginning of this year, I returned to powerlifting and progressively returned to the heavy weights the powerlifters are k...

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PM replacement

I'm an A-V node ablated owner of a Medtronic Viva CRT-D PM. Latest interrogation showed 7 months battery life left. Device was implanted in Jan 2015.  I'm certain Medicare considers a PM as a "Durable Medical Device." Is this assumption of mine correct?

--Dave--

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Has anyone had to have their leads replaced more than once?

Has anyone had to have their leads replaced more than once because they came out?

 

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Wondering

Hi i was wondering if anyone can help me with these question?ok first let me say a little about myself im 31yrs going on my 3rd replacement i find out in 4 days what day well my first pm was 16yrs old my 2nd was 09 im 100% pacing so my battery only last 6 to 7 yrs i have had alot of things happen over them years so i know what to expect and had almostly everything happen to me from the things people are wondering on here what i have not ever had happen to me is lately i feel like i have...

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Lead Noise

Hi All,

After 5 years of no problem since PM implant in 2012,went in yesterday for my son's 6mths device check up and there were some recent "noise" incidents recorded within the last couple of months on his ventricular and atrial leads.When asked about it,electrophysiologist mentioned can be caused by environmental electromagnetic fields interference since there were no effects to his PM pacing during that time.Did some research and it talks...

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