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Defective battery leads!

Hi There,

My first Pacemaker implant was in 2003 and during interrogation; the doctors or the Tech would see some noise plotted for the upper chamber wire. In Feb of 2008, I started to feel palpitations and it sounded like (bum bum bum then Buuuuum). I told my Doctor the gave me beta blockers thinking I needed medicine to lower the pressure!!. I could not sleep at nights since the bang bangs would make me up at night.

In July08, the pacemaker report indicated &ldquo...

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Clavicle Crush

My pacemaker technician mentioned the possibility that I am experiencing a "clavicle crush."  Has anybody ever heard this term before?  I can’t find much research on this topic. Would appreciate some feedback.

She said that my clavicle is putting pressure on my top lead wire and causing the wire "insulation" to pull and weaken, effecting my pacer settings. She switched my settings from bipolar to unipolar and says she thinks this will make a differe...

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can any one help

my husband has a mitral valve replacemant and a pacemaker fitted the pm ws fitted 8 weeks ago since then he is convinced that the leads have moved or are moving he gets this pain were it feels like the lead is moving up and down has any one else felt this or how can you tell if the lead has moved thank you a very consernd wife of a pm member

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I keep getting 'kicked' by my pacemaker

I am just wondering if anyone else has had this happen

Every now and again 1 - 4 times a day I get a jolt in what I presume is my diaphragm - it jolts me about 3 times in a row. It has no correlation to exercise -
Has anyone else had this?
My nearest Cardiologist is 5 hours away and I don't feel like running to him if it is harmless

Nicky

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site around the pacemaker hurts

Hey there,
I have had my pacemaker for about 5 years now and recently have been feeling some dull pain/discomfert around the pace maker, sometimes i get pains in my left arm and some chest pain.. what could this mean? bad lead or need to change the pm? help please

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Battery not working correctly

Hello, I have had a guidant pacer since 2000. At the phone and dr appts the battery reading would at first show full. Then after about 5 years it started to go down and was about half. Then suddenly it showed full battery again. I was told that this was "natural" if a gas tank does that you know something is wrong. Any way I kept after everyone and they would say look at the printout it is full don't worry about it. To make a long story short. Eventually, a guidant tech actually saw tha...

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leads moving?

Hi All,
It has been many months since I have checked here. Life has been going so smothly concerning my pacemaker surgery last Nov and then my replacement lead surgery in May. Nothing like feeling really awful for a time to be able to realize when you feel great!
But last week I started to notice 2 things that I didn't notice before. The "extra" lead wire that is located above my pacemaker has become very prominant . Since I had 2 surgeries and therefore 2 scars the area above the p...

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I'm having problems with my pacemaker

I have been told that everything is o.k. But I am stil having pain in my chest. Sometimes if seem like someone is squeeking my heart. Other times it seems like someone stabing it. The heart montor says ok, chest x-rays say ok, blood test says ok, but ekg says ok, except it always reads abnormal. When I'm hook up to a heart montior is show my heart working,but when the pacer kicks off, my heart rate drops low. My blood pressure goes up and down all the time, but mostly up. I have no insura...

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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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A pacemaker completely solved my problem. In fact, it was implanted just 7 weeks ago and I ran a race today, placed first in my age group.