Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

ERI countdown

So I went to see my EP last week to check for a handful of things. They've scheduled an Echo and vascular Doppler to check for PAD. While there they said I've got about 6 months left on my device. I knew it was probably getting close. She said because I have been having a lot of symptoms lately my ERI could end up being scheduled sooner. I go back in 3 months to see where we are. I pace 37% as of now. 
 

I guess my question is what to expect? My first implant was...

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Lead Issue

I received a call from the Heart Center about 15 minutes after I completed my 3 month remote transmission this morning. The nurse said the Lead to the lower chamber of my heart is using more battery than it should. I was told in my last in-clinic device check there was an issue with that lead and some adjustments were made to hopefully help it. I'm scheduled to go in tomorrow for further adjustments to possibly help and therefore prolong the time that the lead will need to be replaced. Th...

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Pacemaker battery life

My grandson had a pacemaker check in mid-February and was told he had 9 months of battery life plus the 3 month ERI time (total 12 months). They were looking at a pacemaker replacement toward the end of the year. We were doing 3 month pacemaker checks, until August, then going to monthly until time for the replacement.  We did a remote check in mid-May and was told the pacer went into the ERI time on April 10th, therefore he was already almost 2 months into the ERI. ...

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lead dislodgement

Hi I got my first pacemaker last week. I was told not to lift anything heavier than 20 lbs or place my arm over my shoulder for a month. I am 42 and have a 5 week old baby. The baby weighs just over 10lbs and I have been mainly carrying him on my right arm and only using the left to make sure he doesn't fall.

When I sleep I often extend my arm over my head when I sleep on my side. Since I have had the pacemaker in I have involuntarily brought my arm up over my head twice w...

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any insights on why leads fail?

My husband just had his 3d pacemaker surgery plus ablation in a year. 2 lead biotronik was placed in July.  One lead failed in late July and was replaced.  Then he began having lightheadedness early this year.  We switched EPs.   Turns out he was having atrial flutter plus a failed lead.  So he had ablation and  now yesterday a lead revision.  Could it just be bad luck on the leads or what else could be going on?  Thanks for any insights!

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Bicuspid valve regurgitation

My mother had a pacemaker put in a few years back. She now has bicuspid valve regurgitation due to the pacemaker lead accidentally put into the bicuspid valve. Has this happened to anyone else?  And what did you do about it?  Thanks

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Medtronic Carelink App

Not exactly "Batteries and Leads" but it's hardware related...

I just tried to install the MyCareLink app on my phone.  I pointed the camera at the QR code and it immediately said that my phone wasn't compatible with MyCareLink, at this time.  Hmm, thought I.  My phone is a pretty common one (Samsung Note10+).  It's right there in the compatibility list, with the right OS version (Android 11) and everything. 

I sure hope Medtronic is...

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Replacing my PR

I have A3DR01 Medtronic pm. Now  after 9 years I need to replace. Any one know if Medtronic has similar device with smaller size or longer battery life¿

I am expecting newer model after almost 10 years

giora

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Jolt under right ribs

Hello all.

It's been a while since I posted on here. My issue isn't new either. I've had a PM for nearly 10 years. This issue has been happening randomly and sometimes quite intermittently however of late it's been more often. I have always forgotten to ask my cardiologist however I did yesterday. Does anyone experience a jolting sensation on their right side below the ribs. Sometimes it's quite intense and quite a shock.It's not a twitch I can actually see...

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Question on upcoming procedure

Hello again!

Two days ago I had my pacemaker switched to MVP mode. It may have helped, I feel tentatively better, nothing dramatic, perhaps too soon to tell. My EP went ahead and scheduled the following procedure- 

upgrade PM SING, DUAL, OR CRTP TO CRTD; 33233+33249

can anyone enlighten me as to what that means? I know it is basically inserting a possible third lead.

Also, in my darker moments I think perhaps this shortness of breath, exhaustion, post-exertional m...

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Replacement due sooner than expected

Hi everyone! I got my first PM implant Nov 2010 when I was 16 years old. I just went to visit my electrophysiologst at the end of April and was told I have about 2 months left until the battery goes into the "reserve mode". (I forget the actual term for it)

Well, 2 months turned into 8 days. My pacemaker went into the reserve mode 8 days after seeing my doctor. I had no idea but I just knew I felt horrible. Heart palpitations, hiccups, dizziness, shortness of breath....

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Battery Draining

Hi, my partner had a pacemaker and defibrillator fitted in December 2020. He went for his second check up today and was told that his heart is working harder, so much so, its draining the battery. Where a normal battery would last around 10 years, his is showing that it only has 5-6 years left. They made some adjustments and want to see him again in a month but said it is likely that they will have to operate again. I can't find anything on line about these symptoms an...

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MICRA AV LEADLESS PM

Hey new member here! I'm 27 years of age and currently running on St Jude 2162 (DDDR) AV block 3rd degree. 

Had my 1st PM-lead at the age of 7. Second lead sometime after that. 
Had my 2nd lead broken within 6 months. 
Now running on 3rd lead. 

I'm looking into Micra AV and other options on the market, any information and experiences would be beneficial!

Personal experience living with PM - 
Had a first surgery in 200...

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Displaced lead immediately after implant

Recently got an Abbott 2 wire PM implanted. The wound was closed and it was immediately discovered that the atrial wire was dislodged. The beat was reset to 40 using tne lower wire. The surgeon refused to fix the lead and told us we had to wait 6 weeks for healing. The surgery report does not mention this situation.  Later the recheck visit notes added that a lead revision surgery was necessary because "unfortunately the lead is now disconnected". My research never mentions a w...

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1 lead not working, doctor suggesting adding a 4th lead (patient already has 3 leads)

Hi, My father has had his pacemaker for over 10 years now, he is 66 now. We just learned that 1 of the leads that goes in the right heart chamber is not working properly and has to be replaced. The doctor is suggesting not to remove the lead but rather add a new one. My biggest concern is that he already has 3 leads passing through the vane (1 lead to the right, one to the left chamber, and a defibrillator), and adding a 4th one might cause issues with the circulation in that vane if it...

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BREAKING LEADS SO EASILY

I'm 44 years old. I got my 1st pacemaker when I was 24 years old. Since then, I habe broken my leads 3 times and no doctor know why. 

I got my last pair almost 3 years ago, they are still holding but I can feel them pushing my skin above by scar. I just hope they will last a little bit more as this surgeries are so painful due to the pushing and probing trying to get the old leads out.

No surgeon has being able to take 3 of my old broken leads. They are impossible to take...

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broken lead

I am an extremly active 72 year old.  I do a variety of exercise, with swimming being a prominent one. I have had a PM for about 2 1/2 years to address SSS, bradycardia etc.  Before the initial surgery I was told the the device would sense my motion and respiration.  Then they gave me a Medtronic with just the motion chip.  I was told later by one of the device techs that it was because of the hospital's "business plan".  This device does not work w...

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how often the Pacemaker works

Went to the doctor today for my 9 month check up. i have a 2 leed Pacemaker for Syncope. i found out that the upper leed works 8 percent of the time and the lower part of the heart 1 percent. can someone in simple terms explain this to me.

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Device beeping

I got a call from my cardiologist office on yesterday that my device was beeping. I heard a beep but I thought it was coming from something in my house. I did not realize  it was me. I got my device in 3/2009 and this is my first battery change. I went in today and they turned the beeping off and I will schedule a precedure to change the battery. I was just wondering is their anyone besides myself that did not realize the beep was them.

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Hello! I am rather new here, thanks for being here!

I had a PM inserted last August. It appears I am having Pacemaker syndrome issues. My electrophsiologist wants to put a third lead in and says there is a 40% chance of improvement. Since the implantaion I have had post-exertional malaise, edema and fatigue. Has anyone gone back for a third lead?  Did it help?  Any information is greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!!

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