I had a icd pacemaker implanted in January and now I have to have a third wire implanted.
anybody experiencing this?
Being an 8 year ICD patient with 2 leads, I would have to wonder what changed in the 3 month time period to require this.
A third wire, used to pace the left ventricle, is usually placed due to a low ejection fraction (EF). A 2 lead pacer has the potential to worsen/lower EF, by causing dyschrony, where the two lower chambers do not squeeze simultaneously. This can leadi to a dllated left ventricle and worsening EF.
I am guessing you recently had an echo that showed this? Have you been more short of breathe, retaining fluid, or having swelling?
I personally had a lower EF before the pacer, so my third wire was inserted at the same time as the other 2. Since then, my EF has improved.
I agree with Julros that the third wire is a good thing, not a bad thing. You should feel much better and it also should provide greater longevity. I have not experienced this yet, but I will in the near future if they can successfully extract one of my old leads. After 35+ years of being paced, my EF is dropping.
I'll second OLD MALE. What changed in three months? The third wire is normally needed to correct PIC (Pacemaker Induced Cardiomyopathy). I can't imagine that three months is enough time for it to develop. I wonder if they missed something the first time.
The third wire isn't any sort of a problem, once it's there. Getting it placed can be problematic but that's why we hire experienced EPs.
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You know you're wired when...
You run like the bionic woman.
We are very lucky to have these devices.