St Jude/Abbott leads with Medtronic Pacemaker??
I am due shortly to have my 10 year old St Jude dual chambered pacemaker replaced (being in ERI) and have had the bedside Merlin unit connected to our home landline doing the monitoring (cellular became at option at one point but required a monthly subscription and AT&T signals are poor in our area so I've kept with landline). This has worked well, except that we travel internationally to see friends/family for over two weeks at a time several times per year--during which there is no monitoring. St Jude/Abbott seems to be focusing on their leadless line whereas Medtronic has a dual chambered pacemaker with Bluetooth already available. With Bluetooth, I could have the monitoring done, uploaded to my cellphone and using a hotel Wifi or foreign cellular network (our Iphones work well in every country we've been in and all the hotels have WiFi) the monitoring data can be sent from the iPhone app to the monitoring agency. Given the change in diet, alcohol, sleep, exercise when away this would give me more peace of mind. The rub is that the FDA has approved the current crop of Abbott pacemakers and Abbott leads for MRIs, and has approved the current crop of Medtronic pacemakers and Medtronic leads for MRIs--each company submitted their equipment as a package to be approved. There is no FDA approval to mix and match---and my current leads are MRI approved St Jude/Abbott ones. I am told these leads will technically work with a Medtronic pacemaker bit mixing these leads with a Medtronic unit would, in theory, mean no MRI (or at least no radiologist willing to do an MRI).
Anyone have any experience with mix/match? With CT or PET/CT do I even care I couldn't have an MRI? (the current pacemaker I've had for 10 years was not MRI approved, so I've done without already). Abbott is not forthcoming and, as I wrote, analysts write their niche is going to be leadless pacemakers ongoing...seems Medtronic is the way to go as long as I have good working wire leads. But really would like to have monitoring when away on long duration trips.
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