Puncturing a lung to add a new lead
My 9 year old Medtronic 2 lead pacemaker is coming up to needing to be replaced due to the battery reaching end of life. I am 100% dependent following a surgical complication when my aortic valve was replaced at that time.
The doctor at Barts hospital said that they are considering changing the type of device to a three lead version, as this is more suitable for someone being paced long term (I am now 56yo), and can also help with heart failure. However, he said it comes with some risks, mostly due to the fact that they have to puncture a lung to route the new lead into the heart.
Does anyone have any thoughts as to the risk level? I will be guided by the doctors of course, and do want to have it 'upgraded', so am doing some research into it.
(I am on Warfarin as it is a mechanical valve, but that is not a primary concern as I am sure they will deal with that).
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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.