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Pacemaker extraction

I got my pacemaker in August 2006, the doctors had misdiagnosed my condition. Today after nearly 10.5 months. The pacemaker and leads were extracted. The doctor was amazing. Though, are there any side effects or complications that I should be aware of

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Pace maker battery change

It is just over 10 years since a Medtronics dual lead was implanted fopr a complete heart block with no other cardiac abnormalities. It has worked perfectly and I have travelled well near 2 million miles internationally since then.
I have been advised by the hospital to have the batteries of the PM replaced. Any advise?
Thanks,
Parar

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Recalled Pacemaker Help Please

I had the St Jude Trilogy pacemaker model 2264L back in 1998 when i was 26. I recieved a letter stating that it was recalled a few years back. Something about the battery running out faster than they expected or all at once. Now i have had it for almost 10 years and would like a new one. Has anyone had one of these pacemakers and had problems with it? I was thinking of calling St Jude and talking to them about it. I would love to have one that records all the beats because i have weird ones and...

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possible lead extraction

Hi All,

I've had a dual chamber pacemaker (due to congenital heart block) for the past 16 years. I'm scheduled in a couple of weeks for my third generator change. Not to concerned about that, but it was recently suggested to me by my EP that I may be in need of lead extraction. Ok I have to admit I had never even heard of this until a few weeks ago. So now I've been reading about it like mad and must say I'm pretty afraid of it. He says that in younger patients like myself he doe...

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single Lead VS double lead

Hi,
I have my PM (single lead VDD) 6 weeks ago because of 3rd degree heart block . I had no problem running for 1hr before it.
Since I received it I am having problem with fast walking or stairs. I talked to PM clinic last week, she turned the switch mode (or something like that) off to see if that helps, but didnt. They told me that my upper part of heart is fine, and lower part needs to be paced.
When I was in the PM clinic, she told me if I had a dual leads PM she could do a b...

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future technology

Just had a phone conversation with a friend who works in the computer technology field, and he mentioned an article he read in Business 2.0 magazine about the future of "broadcast power" which would allow various devices to be re-charged without plugging into a cord (or under-going surgery) -- including pacemakers! This is all future stuff of course. Thought it was interesting. I’m not sure whether links work in postings here, but if so, here’s the story. Take care, Cath...

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bumps

this is my 4th pacer or so but my only my second in my shoulder and my last one would periodically hit the nerve and two bumps or stomach jumps and it was done... so on well this new one is turned down pretty much as far as it can go and sometimes i can't sit or i can't lay certain ways because it is constantly jumping.... does this or has this happened to anyone else and what did the doctors do? Thanks

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Battery Life....

Hello there, I have searched high and low to see if i could find information regarding what happens when the battery life has been reached on a pacemaker and surgery has been declined. My father is 100% dependent and the decision has been made to not replace the unit. We have started to see symptoms of this, hypotension, diaphragmatic stimulation, etc. It is my understanding that the pacemaker adjusts itself and then evens out? Can anyone help me with more information? I would like a bette...

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St. Jude Medical Pacemaker

I was implanted with a St. Jude Pacemaker model 940923 on December 1, 2004. Six months ago I was told my battery had 5 years of life. Last week I was told my battery will last only one and half years. Is this normal? Shouldn't my battery be lasting longer? I am 100% dependent on my pacemaker. Thank you for any information you can give me.

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Sleeping mistake.

I just had my PM placed April 30.

Last night I was sleeping and woke up with my left arm were almost raised above my shoulder. I am hypersensitive about not wanting to pull my leads out of place. What should I feel if I do pull one out of place? I have a 2 lead devise. Will it feel just like it felt just before I have the PM if only one lead is dislodged? Do you know what the corrective measure is? Is it just a resetting of the lead(s)? Does this create more/new problems with my...

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3 lead

I went from a two lead PM to a three lead about 2 years ago. No problem. They have to add the third lead, and replace the PM with a three lead unit. Felt a lot better after.

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Getting a replacement....

I was told yesterday that its time to replace my 6 year old Guident dual chamber pacer out. The doc has decided to replace it with a Medtronic. Just curious if any one has a Medtronic and has had any issues with it. I'm not too comfortable with Guident any more because of all the issues they have had over the last couple of years but I don't know anything about Medtronic and what kind of a track record they have.

Thanks,
Janice

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Leads coming loose

Hi,
I've seen a few people write about leads coming loose from the heart or device. I was wondering how you know it has come loose, is there an intense pain, do you get shocked?
Thanks!

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Safe mode period

My pacemaker's battery is near the end of its life. It went into safe mode mid-march 2007. I'm 100% paced also. My question is how long can my device go in safe mode? The reason I'm asking is because I'm supposed to get it replaced this week, but I have a sinus infection which might have it pushed back. So i'm a little worried.

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length of time

Hi, Can anybody tell me about how long I can expect the batteries to last in a Bi-V pm that paces 100% of the time? Thank you. AMYMARLA

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TWO SURGERIES

Hello Everyone, I was recently diagnosed with third degree heart block. I am 50 years old and never had any symptoms and felt great! The only way I found out about my condition was by working out at the gym. I always wondered why my heart rate would never get up there when I was on the treadmill. So I decided to go get it checked out. Seems I have a bad AV node.I was implanted with a medtronic dual lead PM of Feb. of this year. Just in time for Valentines Day.The first surgery was not so good....

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EXTRACT OR NOT EXTRACT

Hello folks!...

I am star...couldn't get in so had to re-register.

I saw my EP today...and the only question is whether to extract my 14 year old at343 lead...It's a single lead that set for demand.

However today the EP said again it was risky and gave me the 1 in hundred or two hundred of potential problems with lead extraction. And that a cardiac surgeon had to be present to crack open should there be any bleeding...

His advise was to leave it in an...

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leads replaceed

Hi Everyone,

I had my first pacemaker 1996 not the best experience. Had problems with right arm.Went for therapy and cortizone shot helped. In 2004 my lead was fractured while i was getting out of my car for work. The funnies nosie which I cant explain . I was very active so probably the lead got worned .I went to my doctor.'. went for test and referred me to a dr. in Albany. It was scary due to the risk involved. I had both leads replaces and a new pacemaker on my same right side . I...

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Battery Change

My son is 3 years old and has had a pacemaker since birth. My son has congenitive heart block. He has to get new batteries within 6 months or less. I am not sure what to expect. Will this be hard on him? Am I worring over nothing?

I know when they put his pacemaker in he had a hard time recovering and got infections, was sadated for 3 days. Also, my sons pacer does all of his work for him and this is why he needs to have the batteries replaced in only 3 years time.

T...

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1st checkup

I had a Medtronic Novas implanted 30 days ago and just had my first checkup. Battery voltage is 2.78 volts. One of the leads has 623 ohms resistance and the other has 1205 ohms resistance. Do these numbers sound ok?
Many thanks

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