Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

Displaced Pacemaker

I wrote previously about my pacemaker moving closer to my underarm.  Well this may seem like a silly question but at my age I think I'm due a silly question ever so often.  Are all leads the same length and would they stretch when pm moved to new location? Thanks.

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due for battery replacement

I am due for a battery replacement soon, I think.  My PM was implanted in February 2011 (St Jude).  Last June 2020, I had 4 years left.  My last PM check (March 26th) shows I have 2 years left.  Two years disappeared in 9 months.  My pacemaker nurse said I should keep an eye on how fatigued I get.  Just curious what you experience when your battery is running low.  I get dizzy too.  My legs get heavy but I can walk a mile still.  

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Abandoned Atrial lead tip

Hello all,

Happy Saturday, hope all are well. (During this weird and scary time...)

Last August (2020), I had my leads removed then replaced at time of pacemaker replacement, my atrial lead threshold was too high, it wasn't capturing, so needed to be replaced.  Surgeon opted to replace the ventrical lead at the same time. They couldn't get the atrial lead out completely so the tip of this lead was abandoned and remains lodged in my a...

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Pacemaker checks

I'm getting a new pacemaker. Does all new pacemakers have the option they can do via computer ? Not sure if I'm getting leads or what brand pacemaker but now phone checks. I'm tired of paying for a landline I don't use except that ! 

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Pacemaker and possible lead change

I some questions. I've had #1 pacemaker in 2002 and #2 pacemaker in 2011 with no lead change. How long do they last ? Also, if no change can I get MRI compatible pacemaker ? 

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Lead Testing

Just thought I would share this video in case y'all hadn't seen it. Interesting testing of leads

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WO8elbb5HsY&feature=youtu.be

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pacemaker fractured wires

I live in Tucson Arizona. My first pacemaker was placed in Oct. 2002. In Feb 2007 my atrial wire fractured. A new pacemaker and new wire were placed at that time. In August 2014 my battery ran out and a new pacemaker was inserted. Now in Feb 2021 my second atrial wire fractured. A doctor I was referred to said he wouldn't take out a fractured lead but rather would add a fourth wire to that vein and also he refused to put in a new pacemaker at that time so I will need to hav...

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pacemaker/defibrillator lead/coil questions

Hello everyone. My name is Cory and I just found and joined this group yesterday. I really don't voice much in the way of my health, outside of my sweetheart wife; but, I am taking a shot now feeling like there might be someone out there who can give me some perspective, information and maybe even prepare me.

I can handle most anything if I know what I'm dealing with.

So, my pacemaker/defibrillator was placed in 2013. I just turned 48. I am due for a battery/device ch...

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HIS bundle pacing lead

Morning!

Just a quicky for people's experiences.

If it was not possible first time around to fix a lead on HIS bundle pacing position is it possible it could be done in the future?

Or if it was difficult to impossible once that means it's the same in the future? 

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Battery life towards the end

Has anyone experienced the battery life in their pacemaker accelerate more rapidly with time?. Initially I was loosing a year in life at my 6 month check ups and now I am loosing 1/2 year. Can I expect an even quicker deterioration in my battery life?  My pacemaker is 6 years old

                           Rodger 

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Battery change

Hi Im having my battery changed next monday what will I expect?  how long will I have off work I know the hospital will tell me at pre assessment tomorrow but tbought Id ask you lot too

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Silly worries

I think I will be coming here every time a question or concern comes to mind, so sorry if you get sick of hearing from me! Just wondering: Has anyone here actually experienced PM leads coming loose? I am a little over a week out from surgery, and that has been stressed more than anything else...Don't raise your arm or they'll come loose...Don't carry heavy items or they'll come loose...I have forgetful moments when I do something I probably shouldn't, and then I panic...

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What to expect with battery and lead change

I am scheduled to have my pacemaker battery and RV lead replaced - it is 'crimpted' - I'm paced 100% with this lead.  Although I'm excited to get rid of the bad lead (extreme dizziness, passing out and lots of pain) I am nervous to have the procedure!  I'd love to hear from others who have gone through this!

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Pacemaker lead

Hi

How many of you can feel the leads to your PM bumpy under the skin? Had PM 24 years but could never feel them in the past, they are still very sore after 8 weeks, again this is unusual as I am normally back to normal by about 5 weeks. 

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Pacemaker battery very low and exercise

I have St. Judes and have been seeing battery detiorate steadly over last several readouts.  Today it showed 0 to 1 month remaining. Two months ago it was 1 to 3.

The St. Judes tech who knows me well said you could go another month, but then he told the cardiologist watching maybe we should go ahead for change. I agreed.

Cardio said I will start the ball rolling for change. Don't know how long that will be with VA and current Covid restrictions.

So my question relat...

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Lead voltage

I went to my ep yesterday and during the appt he discussed the RV lead in my icd/pm. The voltage was 1.4. He ran some tests using the device computer and my voltage jumped all over the place. He called the Medtronic rep and spoke to him, as he had already left fthe office for the day (I was the last person of the day with a device). We went on to other things. His office called me about 5 and said they need to Schedule a NIPS procedure. 
Has anybody had voltage issues...

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Fell on left side

So this past Saturday I went for a walk and ended up stepping wrong and fell. I landed on my left side and ever since I have been feeling a vibration inside my left breast area. I am worried that my battery or lead may have been damaged and am waiting to hear back from my doctor.  Has anyone experienced the vibration sensation? What were you told it was? 

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The Energizer Bunny just died

Hi Guys,

It's been a while since I posted anything.

Just wanted to let you know:

Last Tuesday, I had my regular quarterly checkup at the Montreal Heart Institute pacemaker clinic. My electrophysiologist told me that the Energizer Bunny was just about running out of juice. Packman had been with me since May 2010. Monday morning, I was on the table, getting a new little friend (name suggestions are welcome).

Because of my advanced years (...

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Battery depletion

Hi guys I'm having issues. In Sept I was having numerous palpitations and skipping beats. I went to the ER. They said seems fine. The pacemaker rep came to the hospital and interrogated thoroughly. At that time he said I had 5 years on my battery. 1 month later they said I had 2&1/2 years on my battery. Because of the ongoing heart rate issues I had to go back yesterday and they now tell me I have 6 mons and they want to replace the battery? How could I go from 5 yrs left to 6 mons in...

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Could lead get damaged during Echo?

Went to cardiology and pacemaker technician in august all was well and have stll 3 yrs battery life.

Went for Echo in september and the technician the last bit of it pressed very hard on middle ribcage under breastbone. Since think  october notice a little more in november and trying to think was it is I notice. I feel unwell more tired annd get dizzy in shower and even sitting down.

I also was low on potassium so got 2 x 600 mg call pharmacy after reading Rx med folder that...

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