Pacemaker battery failure

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Pacemaker batteries will not run out unexpectedly. When a battery is running low, the elective replacement indicator (ERI) is activated. Physicians can detect this activation during a routine office visit. In addition, the battery status and the general functioning of the pacemaker can be tested over the telephone. This is generally done every one to two months.
My Dad who is almost 80 (not much younger than your Mom-in-law) had his ICD changed to a pacemaker. The ICD battery was running down, he's in end stage heart failure and their options were to let it run out (he would probably die soon) or at least replace it with a pacer to keep him going till his heart gives out on its own. He's also on multiple meds. The procedure was very quick and simple.
My father aged 100 has decided not to replace his pacemaker battery and in September was told he had 3 months life left in it. To date is is almost 4 months - can anyone give me the symptoms he will experience when the battery starts to wind down - will death be immediate or slow? He has no underlying heart rythym - can the doctors be wrong when they give this diagnosis? Currently there are no obvious signs of failure.
Also remember that you need to have the pacemaker replaced when the battery runs out, but my first one lasted seven years before it needed replacing.
I sleep with oxygen at night and the o2 machine lets out a terrible screech with there's a power failure, nearly does my heart in every time, but then my pacemaker kicks in and I'm fine again - see, pacemakers are good things after all and they don't rely on Eskom to keep them powered!
My father who is 92 years old with chronic heart failure recently had his pacemaker replaced because it was 7 years old and needed new battery. Subsequent to this pacemaker replacement, he developed fluid in his lungs, which was removed by needle. A month later, he developed fluid in his stomach which was also removed and we are awaiting results of fluid analysis. Can this fluid build-up in lungs and stomach be related to the replacement of his pacemeker?
I've had two pacemakers to just up and quit on me. One for a mechanical failure and the other the battery went dead before it was replaced. Contact the manufuacturer and see what they can suggest. Then, consult another doctor for a second opinion. Preferably someone who you've never been to before.
This is problematic in somewhat reducing the battery life of the Pacemaker, but she said that the Pacemaker Technician (during the patient's visit to the Cardiologist, perhaps every six months, perhaps every year) will put it in a special mode at that time to conserve battery power. Being fitted with a Pacemaker does not produce the deterioration, but not having a Pacemaker in this eventuality may seriously impact your life.
We would like to know what kind of injury/discomfort can result from having a pacemaker attached but not working. Also, her original reason for having the pacemaker was to control rapid heartbeat. Can she expect any permanent injury/discomfort to result from her NOT having the pacemaker running for that time period? Thanks, Deb Dear Deb: Pacemakers are powered by generators that run out of energy over time. When this happens, the generator needs to be replaced.
Hi, I have sick sinus syndrome and I have had my pacemaker since 2003. It is very close to time to replace the battery but I am having serious issues with the Dr's in my area. During the summer I was told I needed a new battery within the year. My question is....What symptoms might I experience when my pm battery actually dies? I don't think I will be able to find a Dr in time and want to know what I might have to endure. I am only 48 but don't feel I will make it to 50 because of my issue.
When my Dad was on hospice care (dying from heart failure) his ICD battery was getting low. But with CHF no one is quite sure how long the heart can last. They actually took him off hospice care for a few days, replaced his ICD with a plain pacemaker and then put him back on hospice. He did quite well with just that and eventually died from cancer a year or so later. How long a battery lasts depends on how much it's used.
One year ago today (4/25/2009) I had a pacemaker implanted. The next morning (4/26/2008) my EP ablated my AV node and I have been essentially dependent upon the device for a normal heartrate. I am functioning well enough at 60 bpm. We have experimented with the devise set at 30 BPM and what is left of my AV runs at around 42 on its own. Feels distinctly odd but I do not loose consciousness. At the rate and excitation level (1.125V) my battery should easily last until 2018.
How do you know when your pacemaker is ready for a new battery? What are the signs?
In 2004 we were told her congestive heart failure was progressing and she had the pacemaker replace with an ICD. 2007, new battery in ICD. She was holding her own until recently. She got the shingles in her ear and face and ended up hospitalized for a few days. When she was discharged on 5-15-2009 and seemed to be doing better. ..but on Wed. 5-19 her feet started getting really big. The community nurse was there and said her lungs were clear.
It's been over 6 months and this Friday he's going in to trade in his ICD for a pacemaker (the ICD battery is almost out). He may get another 6 months. He's not giving in or giving up. I'm amazed.
-) I have used the battery toothbrush at home to clean my teeth and it actually cleans better than brushing with a regular tooth brush. The battery toothbrush didn't effect my pacemaker/defibrilator - but it wouldn't hurt to ask the manufacturer of your device. I think its very important to keep your teeth in good shape. I also recommend brushing your tongue. SO much bacteria is in this area and people don't think to brush that as well. My hygenist is very nice and I go every 6 mos..
He is 100% dependent on the pacemaker. What should I expect when the battery runs out? His doctor told me that it won't just quit at that time. They really don't know how long the pacemaker could last. I'm worried about pain. I will be discussing this with his PCP and his cardiologist. I would just like some answers before then. Dad's health is not in crisis right now.
This seems like a very difficult situation for you and your family. The best way to begin addressing this question is to ask your cardiologist whether your mother is "pacemaker dependent" or not. Pacemaker dependent means that the heart is reliant on the pacemaker, and without it, the heart cannot pump fast enough to meet the demands of the body. (There are others who need the pacemaker infrequently as a "back-up", for the rare times when the heart rate slows down).
Wires that connect the electronic circuit to other components in the pacemaker, such as the battery or connector, could separate resulting in potential loss of rate response, premature battery failure, loss of telemetry or no output. This could cause return of bradycardia symptoms or potentially result in death or serious injury. Medtronic has notified doctors that there is no testing that can predict whether one of their pacemakers may fail and no device re-programming can reduce the risk.
mmm, yeah that might too high and we want to save battery. I am going to setup your pacemaker at 46 which is your average when you sleep. Pacemaker technician : "I can't setup your pacemaker to fire lower than 46. You choose...45 or 50? Me: ???? ok....45 6 weeks later... Pacemaker Technician : "It looks like that the second lead is not in use at all. The 2 parts of your heart synchronise well together .
Now I have a 2 leads St Jude pacemaker. I also got 3 leads in my heart. The current pacemaker is number 4. It implanted in 2002. Not the new model require 2 leads. It depends how many leads that your husband needs. Oh, I rather say it depends your husband's EP choose how many leads for him! They're one lead, two leads. three leads and even four leads pacemaker in the market. Does your husband still has wpw? Was he had the open heart surgery for wpw?
My Dad is in end stage heart failure, has an ICD/pacemaker that's been keeping him going for awhile now. At his last doctor visit there was some talk about turning it off. My Mom wasn't in the room and didn't hear the reasons for that. She asked me if I knew why they would consider it. I haven't a clue. He's got hospice care and is DNR now. If his ICD fires off, well, that's good if it helps.
One of the problems I have experienced is premature battery failure. A specialist that completed the surgury is suggesting that we drop the rithym from 80 p/m to 60 p/m to try to enhance battery life. He is also suggesting that we turn off one of the leads, also for battery life enhancement. I was diagnosed with heart failure in 2002. So far my Echo cardiograms have shown no decline or increase since the original diagnosis.
One of the problems I have experienced is premature battery failure. A specialist that completed the surgury is suggesting that we drop the rithym from 80 p/m to 60 p/m to try to enhance battery life. He is also suggesting that we turn off one of the leads, also for battery life enhancement. I was diagnosed with heart failure in 2002. So far my Echo cardiograms have shown no decline or increase since the original diagnosis.
But as he grew older and sicker from developing cancer, they switched him to a pacemaker when his ICD battery was low. Similar to your Dad, mine was basically a DNR as well. The ICD would have shocked his heart if it went into v-tach. The pacer just kept his heart beating at at fairly normal rate and kept him comfortable. So getting a pacemaker probably won't extend his life that much but he will feel a bit better. Unless he's on hospice, they can still insert a pacemaker.
Permanent pacing right ventricle long term can cause heart failure. The heart is getting lazy and rely on the pacemaker. Mine one like that too. My cardio now programs to sense the Atrial and pace the ventricle when necessary. It reduces the pacing in ventricle. Before he set to 70's. Most of the time is pacing. Now I ask him to set it to 60. My heart is paced 20% less than before. Hope it helps.
The 35% LVEF echo was performed just prior to commencement of diuretic treatments. His pacemaker battery is just about to expire, and in order to determine whether to replace with a new pacemaker or with an ICD, his cardiologist ordered a Nuclear Stress Test (non-exercise) and a Doppler Echo. The Stress Test (this week) showed a LVEF of 58%. When the doctor saw these results, he immediately ordered a replacement of the pacemaker as opposed to ICD implantation. So here's my question.
If your intervals were too long, you might need a pacemaker. What I don't know is if you can pilot with a pacemaker. Do you know the answer to that one? I think you need further testing, but i do not think there is a consensus on how to treat an individual like yourself. Was an EP study discussed? I hope this helps.
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