Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

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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New leads

When a lead is replaced without exstraction do they keep you in over night. 

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A Frayed Lead

So, I have a frayed lead. I'm barely paced, like way less than 1% of the time. I've had my pacer for 15 years. I also have a cow valve AVR. I am 52 years old. 

To leave the lead, or remove it? That is the question.

Any experience?

Thanks!

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New lead

Hi all

It's been a long haul since July to get anyone to listen to me, as lots of you know my top lead broke while having a box change in July, the Dr said I didn't need the top lead just the ventricle, I went on to develop such horrible beats that I feel in my chest and neck beats I have never experienced in 23years of having a PM got a second opinion from a technical team in another hospital who say I must have a new lead, it's taken 3 emails 2 voice mail to the Dr who did...

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Lead Extractions - New Leads

Hi all. I am heading to see a surgeon on Thursday to talk about the recommendation of lead extractions (4 leads, oldest implanted in 1994) and placement of two new leads. I am 42 years old, pacemaker since age 5 for congenital heart block. Heart function & strength looks great - no issues there. When I got my last device 4 years ago they considered extracting at that time, but decided against it since they were working fine. Now, lots of noise and heart beating super fast/super slow at ra...

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lead voltage.

I have previously been told I have 1.7 difference in the leads,  can someone please explain what 1.7 represents please?

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Arm lift

Hi all

 

I am 4.5 weeks post surgery for new leads and a new pacemaker unit.  Today, without thinking, I lifted my arm above my head.  Now I am worried that I might have pulled a lead out and am wondering how I would know if i have?!?!

Am a little paranoid as I have had heaps of issues in the past with infection etc with pervious pacemakers so might be overly worried.

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Can a pacemaker conk out?

Hi all,

I am a 56 y.o male cyclist and runner.  On Feb. 25 of this year i had a Medtronic Azure dual lead PM implanted for 'weak electrical signal'.  Resting HR was set at 60 BPM. (on my own I would drop into the mid 30s).  At my six month checkup, the nurse/technician dropped the sleeping HR to 50 and raised my upper limit.  All was well.  No more lightheadedness, more energy.  Last week I noticed a couple of 'small pings', not painful, but...

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Sleep number bed

I have my sleep number bed for two months and for a while I feel restless and some times have to sit up in bed I have the sleep number base also vi didn't know there were leads attached to the mattress four of them and what there purpose is to hold the mattress in place. I call them and was explained that they will come and take the leads off and add brackets to do the same work. They also said to make sure I am not in the room when they take the magnets off I so far am very pleased with...

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Thumping from diaphragm on right side of body

I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what you did to relieve it?

 

I have had my Pacemaker since May, 2019. The past 6 months I have experienced 'thumping' from

my right side from diaphragm. Saw my cardiologist and he said that a lead was placed to close

to the diaphragm area and that causes that 'thumping' when pace maker is correcting itself. It is

not a life or death matter but just very annoying, so much that I can not...

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You know you're wired when...

Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

Member Quotes

I finished 29th in London in 2 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds which is my fastest with or without a device so clearly it didn’t slow me down ! I had no problems apart from some slight chaffing on my scar - more Vaseline next time.