Next step for third wire

My Ep tried for a third time to add a third wire to my icd. Long story but he could not place it because my vein he had to go through was at a 90 degree angle so he did not succeed. Also tried His pacing but it did not work 

Has anyone had a wire placed surgically? I was told the wire may only last 5 years and is hard to replace. Any other alternatives I should condider or do I live without a third wire?


2 Comments

Alternative?

by AgentX86 - 2019-11-09 21:51:42

Find an EP who specializes in CRT pacemakers?  It's well known that placement of the third wire can be a challenge.  As is usually the case, some practitioners are more skilled than others.

I think the big thing is why you're getting the CRT.  Is it because you are already developing pacemaker induced cardiomyopathy or is it prophylactic. I would assume that since it was already a third attempt, it's a real issue. I think I'd look for someone who specializes in this procedure.  Your current EP should have all the necessary information so another EP can give a reasonable probability of his success.

Get Some Competent Care

by Swangirl - 2019-11-10 01:45:57

I agree with AgentX86 you need a more competent doctor.  I would not let this hack do anyting more.  If you live in the U.S. this is open enrollment for most insurance and if you are stuck with this doctor get a new plan so you have more options in January.  

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