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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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Test

Testing to see if I have been accepted

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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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I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.