Lead defective after 9 years - Dr. wants to replace and leave old one in ?
I am now 81. Had original pacemaker for 8 years and it was replaced in January, 2020. Started having lightheadedness and "pocket stimulation", i.e., intermittent visible throbbing of the pacemaker site a few days ago and ended up in ER. Lead x-ray shows kink in one of the 2 dual chamber leads, which was also there on previous x-rays. For various reasons Dr. believes solution is to replace the kinked lead (which pacemaker tests show is the problem) and leave the old one in the heart. The initial fix a few days ago was to increase the voltage through that lead, which has taken care of about 90% of the problem, but now have only 2 1/2 years battery life on the new pacer. Does not appear to be any infection and best guess is that there is an invisible crack, etc. on the lead. Anyone have similar situation? The original St. Jude pacemaker placed in Orlando. Now living in Jax Beach and going to Mayo - Jax, who put the new pacer in January. Does this sound right or should I get a second opinion?
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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.