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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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Retained Lead Fragments and MRI

Hi all,

I have a question on whether having a retained lead fragment from a prior lead extraction is a contraindication for MRI scans.  I had to get my left ventricular lead replaced two years ago but during the extraction process the lead broke twice.  They were able to get most of the lead out,  but ending up abandoning a ca. 5 mm long ring electrode on the wall of the vein going to my heart.  This electrode is made out of a Platinum/Iridium alloy. ...

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Pacemaker? Leads?

My experience(s): Nov '18 - Treadmill stress test, no big deal. Excercise for me at that time was 1-hr. on the treadmill at 3.5 mph & slight incline followed by 2 mile walking track thingy, 5-6 times per week. EP replaced my 3 lead PM - due to low batt - on Nov 30 '18 with a 3 lead PM defib. The following month, I had 3 periods of excitement - diverticulitis followed by a C-Diff infection followed by a pneumonia.  Mid Jan. '19 I was finally kinda normal except: exercise 4...

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Leads

Before I further quiz my EP.......................what is the typical setup of a three lead PM?  What is the third lead used for (mine has stopped working). PM - with the 3 leads was implanted in 2012.  It has since been replaced with a Medtronic PM/ICD.  Just trying to shore up my knowledge base.

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Battery life

I have a unique situation. Had an internal monitor put in in 2017, my heart stopped, so I was scheduled for a pacemaker at which time the monitor was supposed to be removed. I was half awake during procedure and cardiologist dropped the monitor and could not retrieve at that time it was in my chest after lots of denials and no mention on the surgery report, the monitor started moving (no pain and felt no movement) eventually monitor made its way to my breast, where it made a 180 degree turn l...

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What exactly is a tug test?

I'm in my 4th PM and while I've heard this term mentioned here, I'm not aware of ever having a tug test. What is it?

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Dinosaur leads need removed.

Original PM implant was 1989. Been limping along with bad lead for several years   I have lost a significant amount of weight and PM flops around in my chest.  I often feel like my pericardial region is irritated and inflamed.  Also feel like I have lots of past scar tissue.  Anyone want to chime in and give this newbie your experiences?

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Pacemaker Leads

I just have a quick question for those with a pacemaker.  I received my first pacemaker in 2002 after my heart transplant. I received my second in 2011. My last interrogation showed that I only have 15% battery left, about 9 months if I'm lucky.  (I'm paced 95% in my atria).  I have my original leads.  Has anyone ever had their leads changed?  I will have had these leads for 18 years in July.  I'm going to ask when I see them in March about it, b...

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Havent seen a cardiologist in 15 years

I had a syncopy issue which caused me to pass out on rare occasions when my vegas nerve was overstimulated.  Since I had great insurance I said yes to having a PM installed.  That was 2004 and almost as soon as I went back to work I got laid off.  I went back to the cardiologist so many times to have them turn it down - it would activate and drive me bonkers just getting up to get a drink.  Finally they told me it was at its lowest setting.

I moved across the country...

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Pacemaker replacement.

I am due to have my pacemaker      replaced in a few month's. Is there any advantage in having same ep do procedure. The original ep is 2 hours away, and new one is 15 minutes.

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Boston Scientific for 3 1/2 years

Had yearly interrogation with Boston rep and he told me I have only 2  years battery left.  He said very unusual.  I'm paced 1% in each chamber.   Got a call from cardiologist saying I had 60 days left and need to come in for replacement.   I told them what rep told me and they are consulting with him and getting back to me today.   Wondering if anyone with Boston has had this happen?

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new generator

Hello everyone,

I had a generator change this morning (my third pacemaker!) and this afternoon suddenly felt like the Energizer Bunny...I hadn't realized how much energy I had lost as the battery ran down. 

I am thrilled to be feeling better but wonder if this is something others have experienced? 

Thanks for any input

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25 year old leads breaking down

Hey all,  Ive had pacemakers forever and a day... that adds up to 45 years.  My atrial lead is playing up, has noise on it at my last pm check and I was asked to do a whole lot of movements.  Putting my hands in prayer position and pushing hard made my atrial tracking go haywire but I didnt really feel it  

We have scheduled a meeting with the surgeon and a replacement for the following day so its getting fixed. 

Today I thought I was going to die - I...

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Battery replacement

I am 100% pacemaker dependant and my battery is to be replaced in 26 days now, but the estimated remaining longevity of my battery is only 1 month as per the last check up. Therefore, I am little bit worry as nobody knows exactly when my battery will be down. I would like to have your advice on this matter because I would like to continue to exercise before my next operation.

Thank you in advance

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Replacement

what should I look out for knowing when I need to get my pm replaced??

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Why do I feel sick again if I was fine 2 weeks a go?

Ok my friends , the pass 2-3 weeks I was feeling so good I even forgot I had a pacemaker , till yesterday I was feeling light headed , palpitations but not as bad , weak , felt like I was also dizzy and almost pass out had to lay down  ... so I checked my heart rate was normal rage 80s what is extrange looking at my app looks like my fast heart rate most 144 for what the app saying my heart was working hard big time ? 
why will this happening ?

i have a pacemaker since Ju...

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