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A cancelled pacemaker check

My upcoming pacemaker check has been cancelled. Should I be concerned about the remaining battery life as it paces around 80% of the time and it was fitted nearly 7 years ago.

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Shape of pacemaker

What does my St Lukes pacemaker look like? Where can I see a photo?

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Popping my neck with newly implanted pacemaker

I just had my Pacemaker placed last Thursday. I've been very careful about not raising or stretching my arm. However, I just popped my neck and instantly panicked. I never asked the Dr. or nurses if I could do that. I'm worried I may have compromised a lead. I can't find anything written about this. Has anyone been told not to do that while they're still under restrictions. I feel so silly asking this but I'm so nervous about breaking or dislodging a lead. 

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St. Jude Defibrillator and pacemaker

Hello everyone, I had a St Jude Defibrillator and pace maker installed in Nov 2014. Never had a issue until yesterday. I was just at the cardiologist last week and checked my Defibrillator and stated I have a year/year and a half of battery power left. Yesterday I had a vibration when I sat down and thought it was the phone I sat on. Today it went off twice. Lasted 6 seconds and then after 2 seconds it vibrated again for 6 seconds. Called my cardiologist and he just told me to come into his o...

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It really is failing

Well, I had a remote test last Sunday. I knew something was wrong.  BP went out of control on Saturday. No matter what I did pulse rate was 65. I forgot how tired I was pre PM. Monday morning call to the Dr that is replacing my PM.  Before Dr office called me back the device center that I sent my test to on Sunday called me.  She said my pm was at end of life. I said that was not news to me. Dr office called back have my appt to replace on 9/3 .  I was really dreading this...

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Boston scientific Accolade 301 pacemaker

My PM is 4 years 6monrhs old, and I'm being told that I only have 6 months more of battery life? Anyone else have similar experience. I've read that some  BS have accelwratwd depletion because of a "hydrogen" leak or something? I've never had any problem with it, have a few recorded episodes each 6 months but I feel nothing? I exercise moderate to vigorously. 

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Repair/Replace Leads

Got my PM in March 2019. Tech detected problem with top lead signal in June 2020. Surgery in August found one lead dangling (disconnected) and second lead almost disconnected. Generator was O.K. Surgeon replaced one lead and reconnected both leads in new locations. My energy level has improved noticeably. Surgeon claimed two attach screws may not have been torqued adequately/correctly on original procedure. Seems to be some 'trick' to correctly attach these leads.

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Battery life?

I got my first CRT pacemaker in august 2008. I got my second CRT pacemaker in october 2014.

Yesterday I went for pacemaker check up which is 1x a year and the pm tech says I have 3 yrs 7 months left. So maybe I get to 10 yrs on it. Says I am a frugal user.

I got flu virus early 2008 damage loss of 33% function of heart. I had robotic mitral repair 2001. I had flu shot but it did not work. Now with Corona I am supposed to avoid hospital but my cardiologist still wants an Echo done,...

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second lead ?

HI all, 

I had my first pacemaker implanted in 2007 and had ithe battery exchanged in 2017. Unfornately my cardiologist was not able  to remove the lead to the atrium from the old pacemaker. All types of people helped with different tools, but they gave up after 2.5 hours, cut the lead off the old pacemaker and capped it. So now I only have a lead in my ventricle. Since that time I have recurrent VT of a few seconds each. I'm wondering if is related to only havin...

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Leaving detached lead in?

Hi. I Have had my pacemaker for three years now. I have two leads, one has detached and the doctor has determined that it is too risky to remove it. But what are the risks to leaving it inside and unattached to anything? I'm a little nervous about this. He has not talked about replacing it although my pulse has lowered again. Because that would be too much hardware inside. Can leaving it cause any problems?

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Leads

Hello everyone, i had my pacemaker implemented around 10 months ago, i was doing fine until a week ago, and then i suddenly started feeling changes in my body, i feel discomfort  around my pacemaker and feel something is pinching from inside hardly that creates pain for several minutes, this pinching happens 3 4 time in 24 hours, plz guide me if you also had have the problem or should i be concerned about.

Thnk you

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Lead Extraction Completed

Hello all

I wanted to report that I had a successful Ventricle lead extraction yesterday. Done by the famous Bruce Wilkoff at Cleveland Clinic. He said it was pretty straightforward and there were no problems. The pain after is a little more than what I felt during intitial implant. I am 51 years old and didn't want to Jam a additional lead in my vein. While there is risk with this procedure, there is also risk with leaving broken leads in place for life. Thankfully my atr...

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Leads

Hi

I have two heavy bulldogs that I would normally walk, they often pull me in two directions when they see other dogs or people they want to greet.

I recently had my top lead turned off due to lots of noise issues, don't really know what this means yet but will find out on 30th, my leads are 23years old. 

I am now afraid that I won't feel confidant enough to ever walk them again, I worry the remaining lead could be damaged what's your opinion? 

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lead into av node instead of left ventricle?

had a visit with device specialist for 3 month check up after Mobitz 2 heart block and implantation of metronic  CRT-P.  she explained that my first lead goes to the R ventricle and the second goes either just above or into av node (where problem was producing heart failure) rather than into left ventricle which was the norm before 3 years ago.  it is not, then, a biventricular pacemaker as the web describes it.  there is a third lead for back up.  

the bat...

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Tendril leads

I've had a lead replacement after less than 8 years, Tendril 1888 TC. St Jude /Abbott pm. There are a few others named as well, I had the 1888 Tc

i found several studies that conclude they problems early, after 5 years .

ill try and attach them. 
it's a very difficult procedure to have the leads removed and replaced, Abbott is not being helpful or forthcoming on this subject.

Fyi
 

 

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Leads

Who has the oldest leads?

My top lead has been turned off as it had lots of noise on it, apparently I never really needed it,  I have been told it was normally practice to put two leads in 23 years ago.

Just wondering if my pacing ventricle lead will last let's say another 20 years?

Just want to know who has the oldest

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Lead Removal

I am scheduled for a lead removal due to malfunction.

headed to the Cleveland Clinic and have Dr Wilkoff perform the procedure. I have anxiety associated with this and looking for anyone who has been through this to provide some advice.

 

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Leads

I am two and a half weeks post op and, after being really careful, absentmindedly got up off my chair and stretched both arms over my head. Should I be worried about detaching a lead? Would I feel it?

Thanks in advance,

Jerry

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Lead defective after 9 years - Dr. wants to replace and leave old one in ?

I am now 81.  Had original pacemaker for 8 years and it was replaced in January, 2020.  Started having lightheadedness and "pocket stimulation", i.e., intermittent visible throbbing of the pacemaker site a few days ago and ended up in ER.  Lead x-ray shows kink in one of the 2 dual chamber leads, which was also there on previous x-rays.  For various reasons Dr. believes solution is to replace the kinked lead (which pacemaker tests show is the problem) and leave t...

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Following on from atrium lead

Has anyone else had there atrium lead turned off and only paced in the ventricule 

May I ask how they felt afterwards did they have any adverse symptoms. 

My PM was put in for low heart rate 23 years ago and top lead has given up the gost.

Would like to hear from you if this has happened to u

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