1 lead not working, doctor suggesting adding a 4th lead (patient already has 3 leads)
Hi, My father has had his pacemaker for over 10 years now, he is 66 now. We just learned that 1 of the leads that goes in the right heart chamber is not working properly and has to be replaced. The doctor is suggesting not to remove the lead but rather add a new one. My biggest concern is that he already has 3 leads passing through the vane (1 lead to the right, one to the left chamber, and a defibrillator), and adding a 4th one might cause issues with the circulation in that vane if it will get a bit "crowded" Has anybody had a similar experience? The doctor wouldn't say what are the chances for this complication to happen, if it does is it fatal? If it happens can it be fixed easyly?
p.s. His Pacemaker is Medtronic and his leads are Biotronik
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At age 20, I will be getting a pacemaker in few weeks along with an SA node ablation. This opportunity may change a five year prognosis into a normal life span! I look forward to being a little old lady with a wicked cane!