Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

Cracked lead wire

Hi All,

First time I'm writing.

I went for a regular pacemaker (Medtronic, ~ six years old) check and was told that there was a break in the lead to the ventrical.
Anybody have a problem was broken leads? Thanks.
Jackie

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Pacemakers life

I have been told by three different people how long my pacer will last. I have been from 2 too 3 too 5 more years. I'm confused I have had it since 2003.At one time they said it worked half the time and now one third of the time. Bruce53

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Heartbeats may be used to power PMs?

Has anyone seen this?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081110/sc_nm/us_heart_pacemaker_4

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having pm/coil repositioned

HI,
I will need to go in and have my PM and the coiled leads from my dual PM re-positioned because they were badly placed basically in my armpit so are interfering and causing pain. The coiled wire stretches across to my arm and it's creepy to extend. I wish he'd just put the thing more forward in my chest. I don't cae about how it looks anymore.
I cannot have it moved till my old dog is put to sleep as he is handicapped and house bound but I'd like to ask a question to anyone who has...

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Replacement Battery Worries

I have had my current PM for 8 and a half years. I have my annual check up coming up this week, and I'm starting to get a little worried about them talking about a replacement. I have gone through the last 8 or so years without any worries or cares about it, but now it has hit me like a runaway train!

I'm starting to find that maybe the anxiety about it is making me feel unwell, and I'm feeling tired and short of breath. Short of energy and generally irritable. I'm usually full of bou...

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Lead preservaion

Good morning and thank you for this great web site. This is my first post and would I certainly appreciate any feedback.

I have 3rd degree AV block, pacemaker first installed in 2001, a replacement implanted in September of this year. The incision opened within 2 or 3 days and will not heal (no infection, evidently poor skin quality). The device is exposed and I am scheduled for a device and lead removal to be followed by a new implantation on the right side of my chest.

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Is it in ERI mode yet?

I have been having my PM checked monthly for a couple months now. I am due to go again on the 23rd. I have been feeling more tired and yesterday I was bending over at the knees and suddenly I toppled over and lost my balance for no apparent reason. I didn't feel light headed, but then why did I lose my balance so suddenly? I have been reading posts and it seems like when your PM goes in ERI mode, most of you say you could feel it? What are some of the symptoms you feel? Can it affect you...

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Anesthesia for generator change

What kind of anesthesia have you had for a generator change? I was told I would just get local anesthesia around the pacemaker site. I am a very nervous person and I don't think I can do it that way. I think I will need some IV sedation, just to make me not so aware. I don't want to be "knocked out" but I don't want to be fully awake either. I have a choice of two doctors, one who only uses local and one who gives IV sedation.

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placement of PM and coiled leads

My pacemaker is placed in the usual position on the left side under the clavicle but quite low and partially under the armpit in that I can see the round bulge of it and feel it. The coiled wire from the chest area is tight like a piano wire to the arm side. I am two months after implantation and it is always sore and the wire seems to pull if I cross my arm in front of myself. When I saw the surgeon by chance at a re-hospitalization a few weeks ago I mentioned it and he said to contact him in a...

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lead

i, was wondering if any body out there had a recall from medtronic,if you did did you sue or call the commeriacl up,just courious

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Medical Tourism

Has anyone had thier pacer changed by this method? If so, where, cost, and opinion on quality of care, please?

I know that my health and logevity come before costs, but we are in jeapordy of losing our home and having to make big, stressful decisions ($50K) about our future...being an honest, tax-paying member of the "middle class" sucks sometimes.

Cheers,
Mike

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What does this mean?

I got 2 of my old pacer check reports and would like to know if anyone knows what it means. My pacer is in the ERI mode right now and I need to know if I am indeed need the replacement based on the percentage of how much I am pacing.


On the 2003 report:

Mode: DDDR
Mode Switch: On 175bpm
Minimum rate: 60 BPM
Maximum rate: 140 BPM
P-Wave Amplitude: 2.0-2.8 mV Impedence: 580
Atrial Pacing Threshold: 1.5 V @ 0.06 ms
R-Wave Amplitude: 11.2 – 1...

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Thumping heart beat

My pacer is in the ERI mode now and I have been having this thumping heart beats when I go to bed. Is this something caused by the pacer firing or is it my own heart doing it?
Anyone ever had those experience? Will it go away on it's own and why is it happening as I never felt it before?
Since the pacer is in the ERI mode now, won't it use more energy by doing this?

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New pacers on the market

I am just looking for information in case I needed the replacement in the future.
My pacer went into ERI mode on 8/30, there is no plan for a replacement yet. While sitting here waiting for an answer from the doctor, I want to know if there are any pacer that is smaller than what I have now (Medtronic Thera i DR). I am not a big person and consider slim, I just don't want another BIG scar on my chest, I show the doctor my scar and he said it is big indeed.

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Let the battery run it's course

Hi,
Does anyone ever just let the battery dies on it's own?
I am having those extreme tiredness and the doctor told me that it might be caused by the fact the pacer is in the "Reserve mode" so if the battery is completely dead, i wouldn't feel the tiredness anymore?
I am trying to find out if I need a replacement since the doctors that I saw aren't sure I have heart block to begin with and unsure about whether the pacer is helping me at all as my symptoms never improved since the...

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a crack in a lead

Hi I just had my 2nd pm put in last Friday. the doctor said one lead had a crack and he fixed it with silicone. Did anyone else have this occur. If so , did the lead have to be replaced before the pm. How lone before you needed it to be replaced. I was upset the doctor did just replace it. any info will help
thanks
patty

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Removal of old leads

Hello everyone

Long time no talk to. I've been reading quietly for quite a long time and have been impressed with the support and experience associated with this group, good job.

PM number 27 is nearing the end of its life after 3 years. The new unit will have a defib in it and therefore will require an additional lead. Along with that, a biventricular device is being considered requiring an additional lead for the other ventricle. My long history with PM's through th...

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$$$$$$$ Update and Question

I contacted the hospital that did the original surgeries and implants (London Health Sciences Center in Ontario, Canada) to get an idea of costs.

The lady in Billing didn't know if the procedure is done on an in-patient or out-patient basis.

As an outside the system patient, if I had to stay in the hospital, it would cost $3750.00/day ($4350.00 for ICU). The pacer would cost ¡Ö $5000.00. Then there are the charges for the doctor(s)...yikes!!!

Now for my question....

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$$$$$$$

My battery is low in my pacer (St.Jude, model 5342), and will need replacement surgery in 4-5 months. I am a Canadian, living in Savannah, Georgia, and no longer have free medical care...I moved here permanently. I have private insurance that will cover some of the costs of hospital, surgery, and meds, but not the device (can't get one on eBay...lol).

I am looking for the best place to have it done (costwise). I have a medical tourism company looking at options, but wondered where I c...

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low battery

Hello,
I am due for a pacemaker replacement in the next 1 to 5 months. For the past week, i have been having this "heartbeat in my throat" feeling. I am wondering is anyone else feels this or is it just a sign of low battery?
I am not a pacer dependent and I need to make a decision as to whether I want a replacement or not since the doctor who doesn't' think I need it and leaves the decision to me.

On those who had a recent pacer replacement, how do you feel when your batte...

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