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3 to 6 months left on PM

Just got back from PM check and doctor told me I only have 3 to 6 months left on battery in PM. He looked a little in disbeleif because I am only pacing 15% of the time.My PM is a Duel Chamber St Jude and have had it since June of 04. I feel it should last longer and so does the doctor. He said he will not put back in a St Jude which is fine with me..Has anyone else had short life out of PMs ?
Thanks
Don

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New Lead Needed

Hi all,

Well I used to be on here when I first got my pacemaker inserted and always find this site to be useful and helpful.
I'm a 28 year old female and have had a pacemaker for three years now. I have bradycardia and heartblock. Recently I've been tired and stuff. I decided to go get the pacemaker checked just in case it was the problem.

At the check up they noticed something and sent me for x-rays and they confirmed my lead is fractured. Now it's still working ok i...

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racing heart

I have a 3 lead pacemaker. Has anyone had a problem of their heart speeding up when in a car,truck, or on a lawnmower when the road or lawn is extemely bumpy? I just had mine checked and they said it was fine, but something is'nt right! I have had mine sense July 18,2007. I go from 65bpm to 130bpm within 100feet walking at a stady pace (not a hurried pace). any ideas to what might be going on??

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racing heart

I have a 3 lead pacemaker. Has anyone had a problem of their heart speeding up when in a car,truck, or on a lawnmower when the road or lawn is extemely bumpy? I just had mine checked and they said it was fine, but something is'nt right! I have had mine sense July 18,2007. I go from 65bpm to 130bpm within 100feet walking at a stady pace (not a hurried pace). any ideas to what might be going on?? Larry

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BATTERY LIFE NOT AS GOOD

I am in touch with quite a number of pacemaker patients both here in the UK and abroad. I cannot help noticing that I recieve comments that " My old pacemaker laste 15 years but the new one will only last 6". What on earth is going on? I know that pacemakers have got smaller but it is leading to more frequent surgery for replacements. I think all pacemakers should be made to last at least ten years. I have an AV node ablation so the medical risks at replacement for me are much higher. My chest w...

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Thank you

This is to all the wonderful people who responded to my question about having my Pace maker replaced.
Thank you so much for your input,encouragement and prayers.
I will have the procedure done Tuesday and will let you know how it went.
God bless you all.
Ingrid in Texas

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pacemaker

i need to have my pacemaker replaced and i am scared to death.
can you tell me about your experiment
thnak you ingrid

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Lead Extractions

I am scheduled to have my old ICD leads extracted, due to a low grade infection, in October at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Wilkoff. Hopefully they will not have to extract the ICD leads on my functioning unit.

My first ICD was put in in 1995 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.. A replacement was put in in 1999 at Massachusetts General Hospital. I got an infection in 2002 and the unit was taken out and most of the wires were cut off at the clavicle at St. Luke's. Now the rest of those...

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Single Chamber


I was operated and have a single chamber pacemaker year 1999. Now, this year got a gallstone and gallbladder operation. My doctor told me that I have a single chamber which is not clear to me if I really need then to hae the dual chamber. My question is what is single chamber and dual chamber all about? And if dual chamber battery is advisable why then they did not inform us as to have dual before. I just married year 2006 and still no child for I am not sure how safe for me to be pregnant...

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PACEMAKER MOVES A LOT

Im fine but I am slightly concerned that when I move my arms the pacemaker moves around a good deal. 3 or 4 inches or up to 10cm. Is this anything to worry about are the leads able to put up with this continuous flexing without breaking.

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Very bumpy lead

Hi
My daughter (aged 7) had her battery changed 6 days ago. The wound is healing well but there is a quite prominent bump (part of a lead I think) above the pacemaker. It wasn't there before and she didn't have the leads changed. It's about 3/4 of an inch long and protrudes about 1/4 of an inch. I'm not sure if this is normal. Any ideas? Thanks

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Lead Pull

Hi- does anyone know if you feel it when you pull a lead? I was just curious as I had my PM put in 3 weeks ago and am paranoid that I will put a lead. Do you know when you do it?

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Anyone hear of something like this?

My dad had a device (pacemaker/defib.) implanted a few years ago and towards the end of July his device went off--not once, not twice, but almost twenty times. From what they can tell, the problem was with the leads and it "leaked" electricity causing the device to read the heart rate as 3x faster than it really was causing it to continuously go off. At the hospital they finally got it to stop by placing a giant magnet on his chest until they were able to get a St. Jude employee to come over an...

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time for replacement concerns

I am 53 years old. My first pacemaker was implanted when I was 36. This pacemaker worked well for 4 years until the leads were recalled.
I then got a new pacemaker and leads. I was pretty heavily sedated because I was a total wreck of nerves. This pacemaker has given me almost 13 years.
I now need to have a replacement in the next month or two.
Can anyone tell me how difficult this procedure is?
Should I be able to resume my teaching within a week?
Thank you,
Se...

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Lead problems

My son received his 1st pacer this past April to treat heart block. After just under 4 months his vetricular lead is having conduction problems. His doc says it is likely scar tissue around the site where the lead enters the heart that's insulating the electrical connection. They want to remove the existing lead and put in a new one. He has the type with a helical anchor. On line, I found a patent for a modified version of this kind of anchor that stated this scarring is a known problem with the...

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Stopped working

Hi everyone, just wanted you all to know that my pacemaker has stopped working and i have to go in in a few days time to have a new one. Mine lasts for 3 years and in May this year i started beeping, went to the hospital and was told that my batteries were going and that i have 3 months to change them before they went completely dead. As i was alarming 4 times a day and was quite loud i had the alarms turned off. To my surprise on thursday i was beeping again. Went in friday and was told it was...

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Getting a new lead in a different country

Hi all! Let me just it's wonderful that there is a site like this one. I'm 29 and I've had a pacemaker for 5 years now, due to neurocardiogenic syncope... I've felt much better since then, except for the last few months when I got exceptionally tired. So I went to see the pacemaker technician and they said they have to replace a lead. The NHS, in the UK, just sent me a letter saying that I'm being admitted on Monday to replace the lead. I'm originally from Mexico and have always been treated in...

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4 loose

My father has had his lead come loose 4 times in 6 years. He is 89 and the doctor this time is going to put a stint into the arterrt and screw into that. Has anyone had this problem before and what have they done?

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PLEASE HELP

HELLO IA M 28 YEARS OLD AND HAVE IST. I HAVE HAD 5 SA NODE ABLATIONS AND 1 AV NODE ABLATION. MY PACEMAKER WAS IMPLANTED IN 2004. I CONTINUE HAVING IST EVEN THOUGH I AM ON THE MAX OF MEDS I CAN BE ON. MY CARDIOLOGIST WANTS TO HAVE MY COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ABLATED AND BE PACER DEPENDENT. I HAVE SEEN TWO EP'S AND BOTH DO NOT WANT ME TO BE PACEMAKER DEPENDENT THAY THINK I AM TOO YOUNG. INSTEAD THEY HAVE THROWN AROUND THE IDEA OF OPEN HEART SURGERY AND HAVING THE OUTSIDE OF MY HEART ABLATE...

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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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