Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

New biventricular lead misplaced

I just got a new St. Jude biventricular pacemaker to replace the dual lead Medtronic due to worsening ejection fraction(40%).   The doctor told me he was able to place the new LV lead in the perfect place.  After the implant, while I was in recovery, the new LV lead became displaced.  Two hours later I was back in surgery.  The doctor tried to reinstall the lead in the same(best) location but was unable to due to clotting in that area so he placed in in another locati...

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HEART BEAT WHEN SLEEPING

I have a pacesetter, St Judes, implanted in 1999, 

According to my cardio, I very seldom use the pacemaker.

My last check up was in May 2019.  According to my cardiologist, all working fine.

My concern is that a few nights now, my heart rate drops to 40bpm, my pacemaker is set at 45 bpm.  I cannot feel it when it kicks in..should I feel it.   At times when it does kick in I cough and I can feel it, but this usually happens during the day, for a secon...

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Pacemaker replacement possible electrode replacement

On the 28th of this month new pacemaker, incision and new pocket on the menu. But a little worried about electrode replacement? Any info?

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Possibly a lead problem

Just wondering if anyone has had a constant vibration in the left breast? It's approximately 20 seconds at 1 minute intervals. The vibration is faint and no pain or discomfort. I've made an appointment for a pacemaker check for Tuesday (soonest available). I've had no trauma at the pacemaker area. I have Afib and have had the floppy fish thumping last week. I have good days and some thumping days.

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Changing battery

Hello, anyone knows if the ICD lead will be change when you changing battery? 

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Bi-V/AICD change out

So quick question about a generator change out. So I went to the dr back the 1st week of August and they said I had 3 months left on my battery and it will be singing either any day now or months from now. Here we are over a month later and I'm still waiting. I'm just confused because I thought your device gets changed out at 3 months. My last one went unexpect. into EOL after 2.5 years due to a defective battery so this is very much new to me. Any advice would be appreciate...

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Biotronik pm

I'm extremely petrified. I have a dual lead pm for a third degree cardiac av block, after an overnight, get the hell out cuz you don't have insurance, hospital stay, I was told that I have a displaced lead. My cardiologist office set an appointment for post release, but it was one day outside of the grace period. I can't get insurance, or any other kind of help to get it fixed. Has any one had this issue!? Is it dangerous!?  Thanks in advance for anyone who has any info

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BLOATING SENDSTION

Hi,

I have a question if anyone could help?.

Does anyone have or hsve had a bloating sensation in the diaphram or solar.plexis area and if so is this likely to be a PM.lead.that has moved.

I keep getting this.feeling / sensation.which doesn't give me.shortness of breath, pain or enhanced heart rate but is a worry.

I have discussed this with my doctor.and.there isn't a concern; the PM is working fine.

Any experiences.or advice.would be welco...

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Pacemaker

Had pacemaker fitted November 2017 due to slow heartbeat 38 BPM, instant sucess, went for 8 week checkup told i had used up 7 years battery life in this short time, was devastated. each time i visit for a check up yhe device is turned down to preserve battery life. Now experience chest pain and miss beats at the same time. Doctor at hospital suggested I have a lead replacment, Head Cardiologist refused to carry out replacment .Now at same position before pacemaker was fitted, Dizzy Spell...

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Lead Extraction days out question

I am 31 and I've had a pacemaker that long.  I'm about to have my 6th pacemaker and and need new leads as well.  My newest lead is 16 years old my oldest is 31.   Due to lack of space to place new leads they are doing a lead extraction.  I've been throughoughly briefed on all the risks invovled.  But what I'm wanting to know is how long were you guys off before going back to work.  I teach elemetary music and am trying to figure out how many days...

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Faulty pacemaker Lead

I have had my pacemaker since 28 January 2008.  I have been told one of my leads is faulty.  Five weeks ago My bp was put down to 40.  My appointment this week. when testing my pacemaker they gave me  two shocks ie they paced my heart which gave me chest pain.  I was told to come back in three months unless I get this pain again.  They don’t want to do anything yet as up to two years of battery Left.  They told me they would le...

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voltage

Hi All,

Re:  Pacemaker.

Can i have answers to the following questions please.

What voltage would the heart suffer if the two bare leads, or loose bolts touched and shorted out?  The battery being one year old. The device having two leads.  Also, Would this event register on the device memory?

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Lead Extraction and Replacement

Biventriclar Defibrillator since 2004, lifetime of heart issues, too many to list - my 5th generator replacement will be in two weeks in addition to a lead extraction and replacement- any recommendations for after care for myself, dos and don’ts or other suggestions or recommendations and what to expect. They will try laser extraction first but this lead has been in 13 years. 

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Magnetic leads

I'm new here so please forgive me if this subject has already been blogged.

My pacemaker / de-fib wes implanted in Nov 2017.  The leads are magnetic.  Since that procedure, I have had the need for an MRI on two occasions (prostate and R knee).  Unfortunately due to the magnetic leads, the MRI procedure could not be done thus the diagnosis and need for surgery has been impaire / comprimised.  I know that non-magnetic lead pacemakers of the same make and model...

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PM Replacement

Recent check up to assess PM (Medtronics) battery life, gave it 0.5 months to 21 months.

My question why is the range so great and is the battery life based on voltge drop?

What is the basis for raplacement and at what point do they decisde it should be replaced.

This will be first PM replacemnt, since implanted 10.5 years ago.

Apprecaite any comments.

Bob

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pacemaker dependancy

I was born with a defect that resulted in me having a pacemaker at 18mo. Now that I am 29 years old, my original leads are struggling to perform adequately, resulting in me "using up" the battery life of most devices in five years. I have had about five pacemaker replacements and now I am having issues with scar tissue and my chest cavity being concaved where they have removed tissue. During my last operation, doctors wanted to move my pacemaker to my abdomen, but I was very sc...

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20% COPAY with medicare advantage plan- HELP

Furious and worried. I'm not sure which of these is worse for me right now.

 

After 4 years, both of my leads have failed. 

I'm on medicare advantage with no other insurance. 

it will be a complicated surgery to remove and replace both leads, and the doc wants to also replace the PM.

I have not been able to get a cost estimate of the surgery and equipment from anyone. Not Humana, not the hospital, not the doctors.

I live in Nevada. Ca...

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boston scientific crt-d device

my boston scientific crt-d device sometimes feels like it is turning in the pocket  - it moves a lot  anyone else have this happen

 

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One month post surgery isuue

AFter two years had to have lead replaced.  Battery replaced at same time.  One month after surgery area around battery-pacemaker still sore, including periodic aches in upper chest and arm. Battery seems to be protruding.

 

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Lead shorted out

Hi everyone hope all is doing well. My electrophysiologist’s nurse called me to make an appt. seems my transmitter has been showing somethings wrong with one of my leads, apparently one has shorted out. Has anyone experienced this? What happens now? I have tried to find out about this online but there’s really no real info out there that I am finding. Can anyone help a girl out here? Thank you

Bennie

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