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Fluoroscopy

Is fluoroscopy used to replace a pacemaker battery (new pacemaker) when you already have a pacemaker?  Is the operation very similar to when your original pacemaker was placed ?  Just curious...

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Lead extraction

Hello all,

I have been referred to have a lead extracted at the same time I get my battery/unit replaced.  I've been told this is a riskier surgery than initial pacemaker placement. Any thoughts? 
thanks for your replies,

take care,

Lisa

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Box change and new lead

Hi - I'm 44 & had my first PM put in 10 years ago. I'm due a box change this year and possibly a third lead to improve things.  I just wonder if anyone else gets the ' clicking' sensation, where you can feel the impulses on the leads? It doesn't happen often but is unnerving when it does. I've mentioned it at check ups but I get told I shouldn't feel anything, it happens when they run the tests on the device too. Anyone else have this? Wondering if the 3rd...

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Lead close to my collarbone

I am on my second CRTD. The battery change was done 2 years ago

Experienced pm users all know the reasons why sometimes PMs shift. My second one did, and I will not get into the details as it has somewhat settled and my doctors do not want to do a repositioning surgery due to infection risk.  I accepted it, and still trying to cope and not think about it

But my biggest concern is one of the leads. It has moved close to my collarbone, and especially when I am lying down o...

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Battery change

I am due to have my battery replaced around June will this still be done due to covid 19.

They told me on my last 2 pm checks that I needed this replacement but each time I went to my appointment they said they could squeeze another 3 months out of it as I was just at the point of needing it done my last appointment was on 2nd March and the virus was just starting so it seemed a good idea to put it off for a few months, I am now terrified it not going ahead or having it done and catchin...

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Generator Change

Hi All,

My last 3 interrogations noted the battery longevety 2 months (<1-4 months).  My cardiologist office alerted me mid February that I  had 2 months to go.  The report then said the same 2 months....etc.  

I was heading in for a generator change when COVID-19 hit.  At this point things have been postponed indefinitely.  I was wondering for my own peace of mind what are the numbers to be looking on the report to get a clearer picture of ti...

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Scared to have 11 YO Lead Removed

Was diagnosed with VT in 2005 SCD in the family brother had an MCI at 37 and Uncle at 44 both DOA. So, doctors decided to install a Guidant ICD device. A month later it was recalled. Four years later I had the Guidant device removed along with a bad lead in 2009 and then a new Medtronic device installed at Yale New Haven. Then Medtronic recalled the Sprint Fidelis 6949 which I have. Also a tech inadvertently programmed my device in early 2010 to not let my heart go below 100 BPM and it was al...

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Pacemaker lead Extraction

Hi, my name is Sandy. I'm 22 I was born with tof/w pulmonary Artesia. My lead is malfunctioning and needs to come out along with another lead as well. I was wondering does anyone have experience in an epicardial: lead out side of the heart. It's being removed and I'm trying to figure out if the removal of this kind of lead placement is different than the lead coming from out of my vien or vessel.   I just don't want to be cut open.

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Leads

Will improper leads cause pain in shoulder and arm?
 

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upcoming 2nd opinion - questions to ask?

Upcoming 2nd opinion from an EP and I'm looking for help on figuring out what questions to ask and the best approach to take with the new EP.

Background: I am 5 months post-op, dual chamber "on demand" pacemaker implanted for 3rd degree AV block caused by swallow syncope. Complications caused by small, inaccessible veins resulted in a micro dislodgement of the right ventricular lead that is currently only sensing an average of 2 mV instead of a desired minimum of 5 mV...

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Upcoming battery replacement

Hello all, 

Wow! Has time flown by... I first joined this club when I got my pacemaker implant in 2011.

I am due for battery/pacemaker replacement in May, and have recently been experiencing unusual flutter/wheezy/mild SOB. Could this be a result of my battery power decreasing? Of note, my atrial lead is a bit wonky and is requiring increased voltage, also... I have recently been tested for covid 19, and am negative, so it's not that.

thank you so much for any insig...

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New Boston Scientific pacemaker

Hi

i just got a new Boston Scientific pacemaker implanted today. Once I got home and started walking around I got a strong burning sensation in the middle of my chest. I think it is coming from the wires. Does anyone know what this means or have you experienced this?

jfbuffy

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New pacemaker

Hi 

  New Boston Scientific pacemaker placed today burning in center of chest, think it's a wire issue have ice on it now quite a bit of pain suggestions ? Anyone else experience this ?

jfbuffy 

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Coronavirus

Just a thought   Nhs have tonight said they are cancelling non urgent ops. Surely a battery change isn't classed as an no urgent op?

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Thresholds and battery life

I've had my dual chamber pacemaker for 18 months. When I first got it I had 8.5 years. I now have 4 years left 18 months later. Is this normal? I will explain. I have a pacemaker for 2:1 AV block. My condition progressed to intermittent complete in July but doctors didn't know until January. We did many adjustments to help with pacing. I could all of sudden feel pacing but it was because my block worsened. So with setting changes it got better. I went from pacing 3...

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Bundle block, 3 rd wire “moved”

Just had a 3 wire pacemaker 2 weeks ago

i thought the 3rd wire was to help my left bundle branch 

now it has moved and I have to have an electrocardiograph. I guess to see if I still have the bundle

has anyone else experienced this?

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Lead replacement

Tomorrows the day!  The third lead of my Medtronic device has gone dead and my EP will open me up tomorrow to see what he can do. This third lead has not been in an optimal position ever since an EP at TCAI installed it back in 2012. It's been eating up battery life and has gone "dead."

EP hasn't made any promises, since it's a tricky procedure. Replace the lead and leave the old in place or not? Or do nothing?  We'll see!!

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CRT -P

Want to know the average battery life of a CRT - P device of Medtronik/St Jude/Biotronik as doctor recommended it for my father. Please answer ...

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Lifting Weights

HI

hope this is the right place to post this message.

how strong are the wires and thier connections?

i was thinking of starting to lift weights and get more active?

should i or NOT.

 

thank you in-advance

mike

 

 

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Can coughing dislodge leads

I have developed a cough and cold over the last two days.  Makes me cough so that chest hurts. Presumably thus can't dislodge the leads. Am about 12 weeks post insertion 

 

thank you for all your replies this site has keep me going 

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I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for pacemakers. I've had mine for 35+ years. I was fainting all of the time and had flat-lined also. I feel very blessed to live in this time of technology.