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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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A cancelled pacemaker check

My upcoming pacemaker check has been cancelled. Should I be concerned about the remaining battery life as it paces around 80% of the time and it was fitted nearly 7 years ago.

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Shape of pacemaker

What does my St Lukes pacemaker look like? Where can I see a photo?

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Popping my neck with newly implanted pacemaker

I just had my Pacemaker placed last Thursday. I've been very careful about not raising or stretching my arm. However, I just popped my neck and instantly panicked. I never asked the Dr. or nurses if I could do that. I'm worried I may have compromised a lead. I can't find anything written about this. Has anyone been told not to do that while they're still under restrictions. I feel so silly asking this but I'm so nervous about breaking or dislodging a lead. 

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St. Jude Defibrillator and pacemaker

Hello everyone, I had a St Jude Defibrillator and pace maker installed in Nov 2014. Never had a issue until yesterday. I was just at the cardiologist last week and checked my Defibrillator and stated I have a year/year and a half of battery power left. Yesterday I had a vibration when I sat down and thought it was the phone I sat on. Today it went off twice. Lasted 6 seconds and then after 2 seconds it vibrated again for 6 seconds. Called my cardiologist and he just told me to come into his o...

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It really is failing

Well, I had a remote test last Sunday. I knew something was wrong.  BP went out of control on Saturday. No matter what I did pulse rate was 65. I forgot how tired I was pre PM. Monday morning call to the Dr that is replacing my PM.  Before Dr office called me back the device center that I sent my test to on Sunday called me.  She said my pm was at end of life. I said that was not news to me. Dr office called back have my appt to replace on 9/3 .  I was really dreading this...

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Boston scientific Accolade 301 pacemaker

My PM is 4 years 6monrhs old, and I'm being told that I only have 6 months more of battery life? Anyone else have similar experience. I've read that some  BS have accelwratwd depletion because of a "hydrogen" leak or something? I've never had any problem with it, have a few recorded episodes each 6 months but I feel nothing? I exercise moderate to vigorously. 

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Repair/Replace Leads

Got my PM in March 2019. Tech detected problem with top lead signal in June 2020. Surgery in August found one lead dangling (disconnected) and second lead almost disconnected. Generator was O.K. Surgeon replaced one lead and reconnected both leads in new locations. My energy level has improved noticeably. Surgeon claimed two attach screws may not have been torqued adequately/correctly on original procedure. Seems to be some 'trick' to correctly attach these leads.

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Battery life?

I got my first CRT pacemaker in august 2008. I got my second CRT pacemaker in october 2014.

Yesterday I went for pacemaker check up which is 1x a year and the pm tech says I have 3 yrs 7 months left. So maybe I get to 10 yrs on it. Says I am a frugal user.

I got flu virus early 2008 damage loss of 33% function of heart. I had robotic mitral repair 2001. I had flu shot but it did not work. Now with Corona I am supposed to avoid hospital but my cardiologist still wants an Echo done,...

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second lead ?

HI all, 

I had my first pacemaker implanted in 2007 and had ithe battery exchanged in 2017. Unfornately my cardiologist was not able  to remove the lead to the atrium from the old pacemaker. All types of people helped with different tools, but they gave up after 2.5 hours, cut the lead off the old pacemaker and capped it. So now I only have a lead in my ventricle. Since that time I have recurrent VT of a few seconds each. I'm wondering if is related to only havin...

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