Would love a pacemaker for Christmas !
I have been a member of the club for two years now after I received my Medtronic pacemaker for a cardiac arrest. I suffer with bradycardia and vasovagal syndrome and am very symptomatic ! Life for me was ticking along just fine with my pacemaker and to be honest I had forgotten it was there which was a great place to be in. However 6 th October I was operated on to remove my device and leads because i suffered a bad infection and sadly it was the cause. When it was removed my cardiologist discovered the infection was hidden under the device and had taken the two years to prove itself which is quite rare......I have spent numerous weeks in hospital nearly two months, on strong antibiotics as the first three weeks worth of iv didn't eradicate it so was readmitted and continued with several IV's. My infection has hopefully gone now but They are now waiting to ensure it has before a new pacemaker can be implanted. I have an excellent cardiologist so am very lucky indeed. I am just living in limbo right now and have to be very careful indeed, I am hopeful that this can all be finally resolved soon once I get the go ahead it is safe to get a new device.
it has been a very very difficult time for me and the operation itself is taking a while to get over. Luckily I have always kept myself fit and went regularly to the gym and this helped me enormously . I just wondered if any other members have had their devices and leads removed because of infections at a late stage . I am been positive and looking forward to getting a new implant so I can get life back on track.