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Pacemaker with high threshold

My son got his pacemaker replaced last year but need to replaced again this year, the new PM will only last less than a year because the threshold is needed to be on set as high as 6, 2 months after the operation, the doctor said that reason can be a wrong location of lead in the heart when the replacement was made last year. This is very disappointing situation and thinking to sue the doctors. Doctors even said that replacing the lead and batteries will not make sure that a low threshold can be...

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Hi

Hi my name is Paul and ive had my pacemaker since i was about 15-16 and iam now 30yrs old kinda gettin worried these days iam putting on weight and i have to get my battery changed pretty soon ..........

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the whole lot...

got infection on one of the leads. was in hospital for 7 days receiving flucloaxcillan through a drip, and now i've to attend hospital on Wednesday 17th June for the entire device and leads to get removed.
not looking forward to this at all.
anyone any similar experiences ?

ive to get a new one put in the right side, however as i'm not 100% dependent on it, they might leave me without one until the infection has cleared.
any advice would be gratefully accepted!!!!
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Lead replacement

Anyone in the Northern New Jersey area and familliar with Dr. Zimmerman and his staff at Hackensack University Medical Center. I will be having my PM replaced in two weeks by him and will likely need lead(s) replaced. I would like to hear from anyone who mihj have experience with this.

Thanks
Hank

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lead sensitivity

Does anybody know anything about lead sensitivity? The EP said something about lead sensitivity changing from time to time , I don’t understand what they mean if the leads are firmly attached to the heart wall how can the way the PM senses the leads change? Has anyone noticed a change on there print outs from interrogration to interrogation...

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Are Leads "Model Device Specific"

I will discuss the below with my doctor at my next visit, however, I wanted to get some feedback from the site prior thereto.

I have a dual lead Medtronic pacemaker that will be "up for replacement" in the next couple of years. In researching other manufacturer's models and what they have to offer, a thought occurred to me regarding leads.

Generally, when pacers are replaced it is my understanding that (if the leads are still good), they unplug the old from the leads and...

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anybody know?

Went to go see my EP today because i've been getting out of breath feeling for no apparent reason. Its like my breath is taken away then it comes right back.Thay said there's been a change since my last visit in my lead it must have shifted a little.Before it was sensed at 1.6 and now its at .8 or something. Thay said my pm is still working fine and doing its job, but the only way for me not to feel that feeling which they said is my diaphram being simulated also, is to go in a reposition my lea...

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Finally ERI

Well I had my pacer check today and I was in ERI mode, after having frequent pacer checks for over a year! Now I have another question. I have a Guidant pacemaker now. The surgeon who will do my generator change prefers a Medtronic pacer. He would probably put in another Guidant (Boston Scientific now) if I ask him to, but he seems to think the Medtronic is better and has a longer battery life. My Guidant lasted 7 years almost to the day. So what are your opinions about which pacemake...

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Sorin

Does anyone else have a Sorin PM? I looked at people's profiles and they all seem to be either Medtronic or St Jude's. I've got a Sorin Reply DR, is there any real difference? Just a random question, not at all important, but just wondered.

Thanks,
Emma

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Elective replacement

Hello I have just joined this group. Does anyone have a DDDR Guidant pacemaker that has needed the generator change? Mine was placed in June 2002 and I am almost ready for a generator change according to my MD and pacemaker battery checks. A few days ago I was mowing my lawn and was short of breath the whole time, I took my pulse and it was 70, which is the low limit on my pacer. I have not had this problem before when I exercise, but now when I do I can't seem to get my pulse over 70 no ma...

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Loose lead

I had a St Jude pacemaker fitted 8 weeks ago, one lead to top chamber other to ventrical, it was set at 60 beats and I was fine for 2 weeks then a few days before Easter the tiredness and feeling like something heavy sitting on my chest returned, at the clinic when the fitting is done they hand out leaflets saying any problem call this number, (surgeon who did the job) and talk to nurse, also same type of leaflet saying call hospital pacemaker clinic (where job was done ) and talk to nurse, so...

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Looking for informaiton on leads

If their is a problem with the leads on the pacer has it become a routine procedure to remove them. At one time it was a real risk. Are their some Dr.s that just specalize in the removal. My leads have been in for over eleven years.

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lead out of place...and didn't know it

hello! i've had my pm for 3 wks now. last sat. night i had a sudden sharp pain in the pocket where the pacer is. the pain didn't subside so sun am i went to the local er. they did a chest xray and said they thought the leads looked fine. now it's FRIDAY and i got a letter from them telling me that a lead is out of place and to call my dr. asap. i worked this week! i work in a group home, and i followed my lifting restrictions, but i did push myself all week. i knew something was not right, as my...

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Replacement

I know I've only just had my pacemaker fitted, but a friend of mine asked me recently if I'd have to stay overnight in hospital every time I have the battery/leads replaced? I've tried searching but can't find the answer.

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hmmmm....

hi all! i went to my doctor yesterday and they found i had some noise or static on one of my leads last month. what does that mean exactly?

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New leads

Hi
I had my pacemaker put in 5 weeks ago. There is a problem with one of the leads and I have to have it replaced. I've no idea what to expect. Will it be exactly the same as when I had my pace maker fitted or should it be a bit easier and take a bit less time. Also will the recovery be quicker. Anyone out there who's had this done can you let me know what to expect. It is a dual chamber pacemaker. Thanks Ali

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Replace or Reposition lead?

Hi Fellow Pacers,
I received my PM a wk ago and was told the next day that the bottom lead had moved. I know that this really isn't that rare after reading the posts here. My question is can the lead be repositioned or must it be replaced? I am sure the Dr will explain it to me on Monday but it has been a long week I can't seem to quit thinking about it.
I will let you know how my first visit goes. What questions should I ask other than the obvious lead question?
I hope you have...

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Should I be afraid to sleep?

I have had PM for about 7 years now and I think that my batterie is dead or is dieing. I am going to the Cardi tomorrow but I have not had a check up in over a year due to the lack of insurance. My heart rate is still at about 65 but I dont feel right....light headed and dizzy sometimes. Should I be afraid to go to sleep. I feel fine right now but I dont want to die in my sleep?? I am 23 and this will be my 3rd pacemaker. If the batt dies my heart should continue to beat right?? As of 2 years a...

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pacemaker taken out with leads

I have had my pacemaker taken out after 9 years due to endocarditis, they never put in a replacement because now they say i dont need it anymore has anyone heard of anything like this I am 37 year old male

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Not replacing the battery

My father is 85 years old, has a slight case of diabeties, can barely walk and has problems with circulation in his feet. He has decided not to have his pacemaker battery changed. At this date he has "10" days left on his battery. This number is based on our last visit (May 2, 2009) to the cardio doctor and the tech said he had 89 days of battery life. His cardio dr was very supportive of his decision, however his primary dr tried to get him to talk to more people including his priest. As a fami...

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