Pacemaker Implant

I currently have a Medtronic DTMA1D1 3-lead PM. The third lead is functionally "dead." EP recently tried but failed - due to my hearts anatomy - to install a new lead by coming in from the right side. His bundle pacing attempt also failed.  If I could get my left and right ventricles more synchronized, perhaps I'd feel better.  Next step would be the epicardial approach. EP has suggested a surgeon in his group that can perform this surgery via the "keyhole" approach with camera to find the precise spot in my left ventricle muscle to insert this lead. Info I've found (I haven't yet had my followup with my EP due to the current virus thingy) is that usual (the old way) of epicardial PM placement was in the abdomen area. Would this mean I'd end up with two pacemakers in me? - Or this third lead connected to my on board PM?  Gang members out there have any info they can share?  Thanks!! 


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by Grateful Heart - 2020-03-21 21:08:24

This is just a software issue?   See the link below:

Grateful Heart


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by Dave H - 2020-03-21 23:01:49

Thanks.......I'll look into this with my EP!

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by Tracey_E - 2020-03-23 11:55:59

They would run the wire and connect it to your current box. 

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