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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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Test

Testing to see if I have been accepted

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Old Pacemaker leads

Hi everyone! 
I would like to know if anyone has experienced what I am. I have old leads that were left in my abdominal area from when I was 10 years old. I am now 37. The pacemaker was moved from my abdominal to my left side by then shoulder when I was 12 years old. 
So I sometimes slouch or maybe I just twist my upper body... I am quite thin now than before and I feel this slight pinch or little pain around where the leads are. The thing if I slightly press down by...

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Loose lead?

Hello again. I got a CRT-P just over 2-1/2 weeks ago, on November 19th. I had to get it after they determined that the dual-chamber that I got 6 years ago was pacing my right ventricle 100 % and was out of sync with the right side. Initally I was startled several days later when I realized that my shortness of breath was gone. Then last week I went in for my post-op follow-up and the technician checking my device said one of my numbers had increased in just over a week and I might h...

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How do you know if your leads are failing?

Hello!

It's been some time since I last wrote this group.

I have had my pacemaker for idiopathic third degree heart block for a little more than four years now. I am in my late thirties, I jog three miles regularly, and apart from the heart block I otherwise have zero health issues.

Today, I had a concerning experience. After walking quickly up two flights of stairs to my apartment, I had a series of really strong heart palpitations. My underlying heart rate fe...

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Battery change

What can I expect to occur with battery change? Thanks, Novice

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Leads

Hi

I am going to have a replacement lead at 8am tomorrow and just want to thank everyone who put up with my question since June when I became unwell, a very special thank you Gemita who gave me the confidence and knowledge to converse with my EP to get the outcome I needed, so a big hug to you Gemita from me.

It 11am so I need to get some sleep god bless all zzzzzz

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CRT pacemaker leada

How easy is it to pull a lead out of position in your heart? I had my pacemaker surgery on Friday. Today I twisted my right arm around to put on a sweater (pacemaker is on left side) and felt a very hard, sharp pain in the middle of my chest. I'm wondering if I could have dislodged a lead?

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Broken Lead ??

 Several night's ago  I rolled from my left to the right side. Instantly I had a sharp stabbing pain from my pacemaker area in fact I thought something had penetrated the skin ( PM is on right side) . Right as that happened my heart rate slowed way down and I felt like passing out. It was not going away so I thought ok sit up and see how that is. Still the same thing. I laid back down and still I felt like passing out and my heart rate was slow.. Still everytime when I move my r...

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New lead

Hi All well not far off now it seems like a eternity since my lead went bad and developed pacemaker syndrome, it's been a tough ride.

Anyway booked in on 25th November for new lead, received a copy of a letter to my "GP" from my surgeon saying the lead will be capped and buried. I haven't seen my Dr to discuss this just a 2 min conversation over the phone that he need to replace the top lead, I am over the moon to get it done as I feel very ill but want to know where t...

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3rd lead added?

Hi all! 

I have had two leads for 13 years now, today for the first time a doctor mentioned possibly adding a third lead at some point. So, not replacing, but adding a lead "to the left side". Have many of you had this done, why and how did it go? The doctor seemed to think that three leads would have been better from the start since adding a lead afterwards carries a risk of infection. 

 

 

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Battery & leads

Had my zephyr St Jude put in i. 2009. Check this week stillanother year on the battery. Pretty good value! 

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New leads

When a lead is replaced without exstraction do they keep you in over night. 

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A Frayed Lead

So, I have a frayed lead. I'm barely paced, like way less than 1% of the time. I've had my pacer for 15 years. I also have a cow valve AVR. I am 52 years old. 

To leave the lead, or remove it? That is the question.

Any experience?

Thanks!

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New lead

Hi all

It's been a long haul since July to get anyone to listen to me, as lots of you know my top lead broke while having a box change in July, the Dr said I didn't need the top lead just the ventricle, I went on to develop such horrible beats that I feel in my chest and neck beats I have never experienced in 23years of having a PM got a second opinion from a technical team in another hospital who say I must have a new lead, it's taken 3 emails 2 voice mail to the Dr who did...

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Lead Extractions - New Leads

Hi all. I am heading to see a surgeon on Thursday to talk about the recommendation of lead extractions (4 leads, oldest implanted in 1994) and placement of two new leads. I am 42 years old, pacemaker since age 5 for congenital heart block. Heart function & strength looks great - no issues there. When I got my last device 4 years ago they considered extracting at that time, but decided against it since they were working fine. Now, lots of noise and heart beating super fast/super slow at ra...

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