Pacemaker Lead Replacement
I am a basically healthy 73 year old and have a dual chamber pacemaker on my right side since I was 35, for sick sinus syndrome.
My pacemaker batteries last about 8 years and I have had 4 replacements and I still have the original wires.
I feel fine and my cardiologist had me wear a 30 day event monitor on suspicions that my leads were not working effectively. There were no critical events except there was a 3 second pause in my heart that shouldn't be since I have a pacemaker.
The artierial lead is not functioning, however the good news is I don't require that much pacing in the upper chamber. They recommend I see a specialist for a lead extraction, I am very leary of doing this on 38 year old wires. I have about 2 years of battery on the current pacemaker and I don't want to make any rush decisions. I'm thinking of leaving the leads and having them put a new pacer & leads on the left side. I feel fine so this is a very hard decision to make with such a big procedure on old wires.
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