Most Recent Messages in Batteries & Leads

Surgery to Remove leads/tomorrow


I have had my pacemaker since 2000 - my pacemaker dislodged in December - it is now infected and I am in so much discomfort. I am having sugery TOMORROW - my doctor (NYC) is removing the pacemaker and leads, I also have excessive scar tissue and he will use the laser to "clean it up" - He is putting in a new pacemaker on the right side. Does anyone know how long the surgery will take ? I found a site and read that to remove a lead takes 2-4 hours!!!!! the discomfort after the surgery cann...

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maybe not mad!

Hi Karen, Thanks for that. It's due for replacement later this week. Am having an dual chamber 'symphony' my ela.

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Am I going mad?

I've had my ela pacemaker for about six years. A few weeks ago I was told the battery was running down and that I need a replacement within 8 weeks. At that time i had absolutely no symptoms. About two weeks later I started getting lots of palpitations, felt absolutely exhausted all the time and began to get short of breath on minimal exertion. The pacing technician that these symptoms wouldn't be to do with the pm because the need to change is always spotted months in advance of becoming sy...

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Battery drain questions...

Hello everyone,

As a relative "newbie"... I have a question about the batteries and how the charge in them gets used... I am pretty much clueless about the science so technical answers are likely to go way over my head!

I am under the impression if we walk through a security system, etc. and it affects our pacemaker ~ our pacemakers are designed to re-set themselves and return to "normal". We also have periodic checkups and sometimes the settings are changed. So my quest...

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NEW BIO-THERMAL BATTERY

There is a new battery that is being developed for pacemakers which will enable pacemakers to last at least 30 years even in ICDs. Although there are a number of avenues being persued on the battery life front to replace the Lithium Iodine battery, I am convinced that this is the one that will win the day and give electrophysiologists a bit of an easier life. The new battery under developement is called a Bio-Thermal battery and works by taking advantage of the temperature differential/gradient...

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MVP info

Thanks to those who responded to my last message.
Can someone please either give me some info or a website to visit re-Adapta MVP program. Is this an all or nothing program?If you don't feel comfortable can MVP be tweaked or do you just have to have it turned off?
Would really appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

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twitch fixed for now

i had my icd implanted feb. 18. i returned to heart lab march 18 because 1 of 3 leads in heart had moved. the ep doc opened up the incision, removed one lead and replaced it with a lead from a different company. (i have a st. jude unit and now have a boston scientific lead).
i went back for a 2-week checkup and told the ep doc that i was experiencing a "twitch" on the left side of my stomach. he said i had a diaphram fibulation? the tech people worked on the settings for more than an hour....

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Lead to the atrium come adrift

Hi folks. Thanks for reading this. My name is Matt - I'm a professor in engineering at Stanford University. My dad is 78 years old and lives in South Africa. One month ago, he received a pacemaker called Zephyr, Model 5820 IS1, made by St Jude. He's been experiencing ongoing irregularities in his heart beat and it now seems that one lead to the atrium has come adrift. Apparently, this was more likely since he had bypass surgery ten years ago so his atrium is smaller than usual and has scar tissu...

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twitch

i was re-wired march 18. for the past couple of days, i have noticed a twitch just below my ribcage on the left side. could this be associated with new lead? i go back to ep lab april 3. i'm hoping the "redo" works, but now i'm wondering about this twitch. it doesn't hurt, but it's bothersome. any ideas about the cause?

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lead "redo"

i'm back from hospital after what the ep called a "redo" to re-position one of the 3 wires he placed in my heart last month with the ICD. one original lead had migrated and i was not getting the pacing feature. he said the "redo" took longer than the original.
it's too early for me to tell whether the "redo" worked. i'm still tired and groggy and a little sore. i go back to ep in 2 weeks for checkup. i'm hoping i have better news on this followup than after the first one.
has anyone el...

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Replacing my Pm/Icd this week

Hi, I have had my pm/icd for 6 yrs. batteries are low, went to the surgent and they are going to change it on thursday. telling me leads are ok, so they will take the old one out and put in a new metronic. they said i can go home the same day and back to work on monday. has anyone had this done, and how did you feel after it was changed. jbkeys

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lead replacement

i had bi-valve and defib device implanted feb. 18. before they sewed me up in the operating room, the pacing was working. i thought i felt perky when i came back to regular room. however, next morning test and x-ray showed one lead had shifted. a followup clinic visit showed the lead migrated ever more and was not "capturing," whatever that means.
i go back in march 18 for lead replacement. dr said the lead problem is not something he or i did. just happens. he's going to give it another sh...

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defib leads

I have a medtronic ICD inplanted that replaced a st judes model that failed when I coded. One claim is that the lead failed, another that the battery fialed but anyway they put another set of leads in that are now on recall be medtronic. Does anyone know how many sets of leads you can have inside you at one time. I would like to have the medtronic leds replaced but my doctor says it is not necessary??? What to do
Kirby Knight

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Change of leads

Hi, I went to the pacemaker clinic today for my yearly check-up, only to be told one of the lead has a problem and needs to be replaced. Has any one had leads replaced to tell me about it?

Thanks

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Does anyone else feel their right ventricle being paced?

I'm 28 year old male with a medtronic AICD, which I've had for almost two years. With the exception of a few body positions that eliminate the problem, I can almost always feel a sort of tick or twitch on what seems to be the left side of my heart anytime my right ventricle is paced by the device. When I exhale completely, the twitch turns into a more uncomfortable pain more like a shock.

I was wondering if anyone else has this same problem? There are times when I'm paced frequen...

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perforation

I received a St. Jude 5386 pm in December 2006. From the beginning I had something that felt like a "tic" at the pm site. The cardiologist and the tech told me it was just "settling in." It got worse over the year, and I learned to make it stop by holding my torso in a certain position. It got increasingly difficult to do that and a new sensation cropped up: it felt like a cell phone on "vibrate" only less intense, also at the pm site. 10 months after the implantation an impedance check was done...

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Smitty's Leads

From time to time we see questions about how pacemaker leads are held in place. I have seen answers that range from logical to "you have got to be kidding." In the Members Gallery have tried to post a picture of my leads that was made during the implant of a couple of stents. On what I think may be the ventricle lead you can plainly see a corkscrew like tip that I understand was literally screwed into the wall of my heart to keep the lead in place. If the picture is no posted, I'll try again...

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Changing Manufacturers

Hi Everyone!

I am 28 years old and have had my Guidant pacemaker since Jan 2002. At the time, I was so shocked to learn that I needed a pacemaker I did no research on what options I had and just took what the doctor offered. I found out on a Wednesday and had my surgery that Friday. After the recent negative news and recalls with Guidant (now Boston Scientific), I was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to change pacemaker types without changing the leads into the heart? I...

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the fisherman

on 1-25-08 I had a pacemaker replacement. My first one was in from 6/2000 and battery life was nearing end. Had job done at NY Methodist Hosp (in Brooklyn,N.Y.). Excellant teamwork. No need to replace wires...still good. Unit is a St.Jude as was first and (thank God) never have had a problem. A St. Jude tech was there with his little black box to hook up to me and keep me going (I'm 100% dependant) while the exchange was made. Anesthesia was great...don't even remember going out.Total tim...

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fractured or broken Leads

My Doctor just recently told me that I may have a broken lead, which causes a small palpitation (lose capture) when I make some sudden movements. He's going to check me out next week. Has Anyone had this problem? When leads fracture, at what section do they fracture? I hope it's not inside the heart. My HR is 30 bpm with out the pacemaker.

Thanks,
Pete

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You know you're wired when...

You have a $50,000 chest.

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So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.