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Pacemaker replacement

I have a Medtronic Sigma pacemaker for sick sinus implanted about 12 years back. Now the voltage is 2.63 V and battery status Ok with minimum 1 month and maximum 8 months estimated status. Should I wait for the ERI indication to come for replacement as it can give me bit longer time to prepare. The doc says can replace it now. If anyone can advise please. Thanks

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faulty St Jude lead

I have another 8 years on my batteries but have been told that my leads are not working properly. They don't want change them unless they have to but i want to know has anyone had this done and if so how difficult is it?

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Dual Lead Medtronics

Hi All:

Mum has a Dual Lead Medtronics Pacemaker implanted in July 2017.

She's got AFIB, had ablations, AV Node too, now advised she has Atrial Flutter.

I was just thinking and hope this isn't a silly question - that if you have the Dual Lead and as per Cardio - only the Ventricular is "turned on" then why isn't the Atrial Lead turned on? Why wouldn't both leads be activated?

I hope it's not a silly question: I just love all of your advice...

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Lead problem

Found out my ventricular pacing capture voltage has gone up dramatically at the last check up. Now 3.5V. Will drain the PM in months if left at this level. Think either fibrosis at the lead tip site or lead fault.  

The good news is that I had an atrial firbrillation (AF) ablation yesterday, had a transoesophageal ultrasound beforehand to ensure no clot in the right atrium, my sinoatrial node is not in bad shape, and my atriovetricular node is OK. Consultant thinks the ventric...

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Bit of fear.

So I got my pacemaker in August of 2010 and now seven years later I will be facing only my second operation. I thought it would be better as iv had one before but I keep forgetting I had that operation at the age off 11 and I'm now 18 facing my first battery change amd yeah I'm scared any advice? 

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Would I know if I damaged a lead placement?

Hi Everyone 

This is my first post after placement of my dual lead pm 11 days ago. I’d joined the group about a month ago, and your help was a godsend for me. You’d encouraged me to take action and I’m incredibly grateful. Your guidance was spot on. I’m bradycardia, resting rate was deteriorating for several years, finally hovering around 40 with dips into the 30’s. I realize now I was suffocating, and you helped me to get past my fears and denial. Tha...

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one surge of high ventricular lead impendance

Hi everyone, I need some helpful advise for "the experts",

I received my first pacemaker at age 44, after 16-1/2 years I have

had 2 more replacements, the last one was this March 2017, anyway

I have the lattitude monitoring device from Boston Scientific and everything

was going well until I got a phone call stating that my ventricular impedance

went from 400 to 2000 ohms. The doctors office had me come in to be

checked. When he checked me, I was f...

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Medtronics pm making ticking sounds

I have had issue after issue with my PM This morning I woke to a ticking sound coming from my chest. At first I thought I was crazy, I took my Necklaces off  so they could not touch to make any sounds. Than I went into the bathroom as it's silent in there. And yep the ticking continued, I even had my daughter put her head on my chest and it was right at my pacemaker.. The Medtronics rep said it's impossible for medtronics PM to make any sounds at all .. I even have a recordi...

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Alarms...

I have a Boston scientific don't know the model at the moment but does any1 know if mine has an alarm?

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Merlin Alarm

I've had my Merlin for about six years and for the first time I was woken up out of a dead sleep with Merlin freaking out, the alarm was blaring on it and all the lights were flashing... It was strange. Typically when it transmits it does so quietly, I've never had it drop an alarm like that. Has this happened to anyone else? I tried to wait it out as long as I could and see if it was just transmitting but after 15 min it was still blaring and hadn't done anything differently, so...

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ICD battery replacement

I had my ICD impanted in 2008. My battery is dying and they have scheduled my surgery to have it replaced in November. I am nervous about the surgery and looking for feedback from anyone that has had their ICD battery replaced. My implant surgery was very painful and took several weeks to feel "normal" again. Though it was a long time ago, I remember being very sore for quite awhile. I kept my arm in a sling for a week or 2 and longer at night- to help support it. Will my shoulder b...

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LEAD NOISE

Just discovered your club online and found some of the posts / answers very interesting so I joined!

I have had a pacemaker with atrium lead for 32 years and working on my 3rd pacemaker with original lead.  (symtoms that lead to this was passing out and 2 occassions of Cardiac Arrest, diagnosis = SSS)

Began having incidences of lead interferrence since March 2016 as well as PVCs and have been told nothing to worry about.  Discussions with  cardiologist (with this gr...

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lead extraction surgery - others' experiences?

I had a Medtronic Adapta implanted in 2009. 

The leads are likely crossing as they are creating artifact and causing me to be paced too often.  EP was able to reproduce by pressing on top of pacemaker where the leads attach.

I am getting a chest xray to evaluate before I see the surgeon,  but I like to educate myself based on others' experience.

Because I am still in my 40s, and will need several sets of leads throughout my life most likely, they want me t...

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ICD replacement

I have a Biotronik ICD, whose battery is nearing end-of-life.  I have never been shocked in 7 years but am paced over 80% of the time. Can I replace the ICD with a pacemaker ( i.e., without the Defibrillator function).  If so, do leads normally have to be removed ( I have 2 ).  Thanks. 

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Leads not lasting

Hello there my daughter recently had a new pacemaker fitted due to lead failure at Birmingham children's hospital we have seen other parents there with children with same issue is this a regular occurrence with pacemakers or are we just unlucky. I understand children grow but surly with how advanced we are with technology this shouldn't be an issue ??

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Battery life--so far!!!--update information

When my pacer was put in the battery life was 12.5 yr at one month check

six months later it dropped to 8 years

six months later it stayed at 8 years

six months later it dropped to 7 years

six months later it dropped to 6.5 years

So in 2 1/2 years it lost 4 years of battery life but leveling off nicely.

I was quite anxious after the first check, but it appears this is a normal discharge rate as it takes awhile for the battery to adjust to the "jui...

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Lead extraction

My daughter pearle is 5 She had operation they extracted the lead from vein & vein collapsed not able to use left vein again she's had it fitted in her abdomen not through the vein and this time fitted a duel pacemaker and decided not to use right Vein on her right side until she is bigger. I feel very worried now she has lost this left vein to insert a lead cardiologist said this is not something to worry about but surly this gives her less options in the future ??

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Wrong lead put in my Mother's pacemaker

My Mom had a pacemaker put in the Fall of 2016. She has had 4 MRI's since then. She needed another a few months ago and it was denied. She has been in severe back pain and needed the MRI. After months of the different offices saying it is fine they did MRI's in the past she finally got to the bottom of it. The doctor that put in the pacemaker, his office said there was a hiccup and the wrong lead was put in. Someone caught it and that is why it was denied. She has suffered crying ever...

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duel-lead pacemaker

I am a 66 year-old female in pretty good health.  My original diagnosis in 2003, was sick sinus syndrome, with implantation of a atrial lead and device.  I had my second (ventricle) lead and Medtronic device implanted in 2015.  Since that time, I have been experiencing awakening at night with racing heart, sweating and a feeling like I want to vomit.  My cardiac doctor has yet to figure to figure out what is going on.  If there is anyone out there with similar symptom...

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Pacemaker lead

Hello Everyone I'm after to some advice as my daughter has a pacemaker since birth (complete congenital heart block ) she is 5 years old in November we had an emergency appointment today.Her pacemaker is under her arm pit she has one lead going through vein to the heart . The doctor has told us the lead is showing a high threshold so need to operate on this Monday and it's a more tricky op than usual due to taking old lead out & could cause a bleed on heart 5 p...

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