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From lead to leadless pacemaker?

Can anybody pls help? Can we switch to a leadless pacemaker from a leaded one? What doctors say?

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How many pacemaker leads do you have?

I have a CRT-d (3 lead) pacemaker and about 3 years ago had a lead fracture.  Due to limited space, a laser lead extraction was attempted but failed. After extensive  bleeding, the surgery was abandoned and a replacement lead was successfully added. So I currently have three working leads and one non working lead. The newest lead is now beginning to fail (resistance has greatly increased).

Anyone out there have 5 or more leads?  How did you get to that?

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Breaking leads

Hi, I'm Karin from Venezuela, ImI41 years old I just got my third pacemaker and as well as third pair of leads.

 

Does anyone has problems with breaking their leads? Mine take about 5 years to break and I'm not doing anything steange but going to the gym every now and then.

Sadly, doctor couldn't take the old leads out so now I have 3 pairs of leads.

I would appreciate any comments you may have. Thanks a lot.

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two wire to 3 wire pacemaker

I'm scheduled to get 3 wire pacemaker this week. I'm wondering if Surgeon will remove all wires and replace with new? Also wondering if 3 wire pacemaker batteries last as long as 2 wire? 

I am still a little in shock from finding out after only 3 years I need a new improved pacemaker. I did not ask enough questions when told of the need to update.

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Arm usage while having a pm.

I had a pm put in in May 2017. Im curios whether using a pull rope starter on my power washer is something to worry about since it has been a year since pm implant. Can I still damage or cause any problem with the leads after this 1 year of implantation? Thanks for your input...

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Medicare Elective Replacement Zone

Anyone here have first-hand experience regarding the what, where, and other things regarding the replacement of their PM or battery and the time frame and conditions and song and dances they had to perform to meet Medicare's guidelines?  My device clinic nurse has stated that when the battery power falls to a certain number, the device will produce a sound similar to a backing garbage truck at 8AM every morning. 

--Dave--

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4th Pacemaker Soon...leads are 21 years old

I received my first pacemaker in 1996.   I have had two replacemtns and it appears i am headed for PM number 4.   I have not had problems with anything thus far except now one or more of the leads is defective.

I have an appointment on 20 September 2018 at the pacing clinic and immediately following I will see my cardiologist to discuss "our" plan.

I am 73 so I am not interested in taking any more risk than necessary.  In other words,, if leads r...

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Doctors different opinions

New EP just recommending battery and lead replacement. Says due to recalled wires, noise. Former ep said surgery too dangerous for my husband, due to scar tissue, 10-15% ej. He's 65, had two ablations, 7 heart attacks, quadruple bypass, 8 stents. I'm worried. Old ep retired. Maybe I'm just not sure of the new one yet, or maybe old ep was putting surgery off cause husband died on table 3 previous times? Advice please

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Anyone get "poking" sensation where lead attaches to heart?

I have a Medtronic single lead ICD which was implanted January 2017.  From day one it has given me strange sensations but doctors wrote it off as "healing".  In March of 2017 I contacted medtronic and told them that I was getting poking sensations at 12:30am every day.  After a few minutes they came back and told me it was probably the device recalibration and "we hear that alot".  They also told me to contact my EP to have it turned off, which I did.&n...

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Pacemaker Batteries

Hi , I went for a check up on 2017 to my MD at Mount Sinai Hospital Miami , after calling a representative of St Judes to check my batteries , and after reading the report , he recommended not to replace the batteries .

To be very honest , i feel great , however , after seeing a documentarie in Netflix on Lithium batteries , now i'm concern about the batteries to explode inside of me .

Shoud to have it remove ?, not Leads , but Batteries , Pacemaker im...

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Simple arm restrictor

Just had PM implanted and woke up in middle of night with my arm raised too high over my shoulder. Had it checked out next day and all was still good with the PM.

To insure I didnt do that again I just took a length of narrow string and fashioned a 4 ft length consisting of one small loop that fits over my left hand and one larger loop that goes over my left thigh. This totally prevents me from raising that arm or elbow over my left shoulder while being totally comfortable while sleepin...

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Pacemaker lead - ruptured within 12 months

Dear All

I had PM operation May 26 2017 - never really felt well. Found out in April the lead was ruputured and thus had operation May 22 to replace.  I have been charged for second operation - told no recourse as I signed a form and also legally. First of all, has  anyone else gone through this? Secondly, is this right that we have no recourse? 

Thank you.

 

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3rd surgery since May 7

I was implanted with my first Pacemaker on May 7, 2018.  After 7 weeks, they discovered my leads came out, so June 21, I was back in for surgery to attach the leads.  I went back 7 days later at which time I was x-rayed and the leads were once again out!!!  I had surgery yet again yesterday, June 29 at which time the leads were taken out and replaced.  My Dr said in his 35 years this hadn't happened and the rep from St Judes was in the operating room and said she has b...

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Battery Replacement

 I'll be in MN this coming September to visit Son and family.  This time frame also jives with when my PM battery will be near it's EOL. - It's a Medtronic VIVA XT CRT-D.  I hear it announces its battery want (with  beeping  like a backing garbage truck) at 8AM every morning.  I MAY be snooping into having the battery/pm replacement performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochestor, MN.

Anyone here have an experience with the EP department at Mayo in MN...

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Sedation

Hello,

I read most of the posts on here but don’t post a whole lot. I had My pacemaker battery replaced yesterday. I had a very bad reaction to the awake sedation they give you during my ablation years ago so for the first pacemaker insertion I was awake with just a local. They did it under the muscle and when they cut through the muscle it felt like they were cutting bone. It was awful. Anyway this time they didn’t want to give me that sedation because of the reac...

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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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I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.