Pacemaker failure rate

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my attacks last up to an hour and a half each and i have had recordings on the ecg of having a heart rate of up to 420bpm. not normal?? i have been told that i am heart failure waiting to happen as apparenty my heart cannot cope with the strain of it any more. is this true?? i have aso been told that the only cure now is a pacemaker. i visit papworth hospital reguarly. please help!
Hi Rachel, I don't understand when you say the meds don't seem to help - but they talk about a pacemaker. I always thought that they slow your heart rate down with 'meds' and then they use the pacemaker to speed it up. I don't have a-fib - but I do have a pacemaker and of course I'd rather not have it - I mean its a great device - but they are only capable of doing so much and at 21 - I'm not sure its what you want. Technology is great and I know they are doing alot of research on a-fib.
Do you also have a very slow/low heart rate? This is something that can be treated with a pacemaker. I know a couple of people who have pacemakers and they do not have any problems with the implanted device. Both are larger people than you, but I think the size of pacemakers continues to shrink. I would suppose that some of the device could be carried outside of the body with a tube/wires going inside to make connection with the heart...
Hi there, My hubby had a pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome as he had big pauses in his heart rate it has helped. The pacemaker has not altered his life any. He is still working as an electrician, etc.
The generator is hooked up to the old leads if they are working appropriately, the incision is irrigated with antibiotic solution and the new pacemaker is put back into the same place (pacemaker pocket) and the incision is closed. The biggest risk is the risk of infection -- about 2%. If the pacemaker or leads become infected, the pacemaker and leads need to be removed. Removing a pacemaker is a complicated procedure.
His heart rate was in the low thirties. Three days later he had a pacemaker implanted, his heart rate the day of the surgery was 27. His EF was normal and he had clear cardio arteries. His blood pressure was around 145/85-90. He was walking about 3 miles up and down hill 3 to 4 times a week. He has never had a heart attack. He is a type two diabetic with an A1C of 5.5 and is overweight. On new meds his BP dropped to 117/70.
//www.mayoclinic.com/health/biventricular-pacemaker/HB00084. Hope this help.
How do you find out you were in heart failure? Wasn't your pacemaker kept pacing? Heart rate should be normal? How do I know my heart is working or not if the pacemaker keep constantly pacing at 70? I already had my His bundle ablation. Pulse dropped to 40 when I woke up from ablation. Dr said, the AV node was damaged a little bit. How come I still have A-Fib? How come I am still so unwell and unwell and unwell..........? I'm very upset..... Pika.
I have a question regarding pacemaker syndrome. I have a pacemaker for sinus node dysfunction. I also have different atrial arrythmias, including atrial fibrillation. I take amiodarone, cartia, coumadin, proamatine, lasix for heart. My symptoms have been edema, difficulty lying down with breathing, but also when I lay down my head gets very full like I am standing on my head and my veins pop out. I often can only sleep sitting up.
Pacemaker also can control the fast rate at ventricle by setting the pacemaker mode to VVIR. The A-Fib remain in Fib at Atrial. Just you don't feel it. All you feel is ventricle pacing rate. It also required medication to control the A-Fib otherwise it'll fib to dead. If it is the long term permanent pacing in right ventricle also can cause heart failure in the future. The best check with your doctor and double confirm it. I get those info from the various forums and my cardiologist.
My mother-in-law will be 90 in April. Her doctor wants to put in a pacemaker to stabilize her heart. She has lung cancer, quite a large mass but apparently not very fast-growing. She has diabetes, which might mean amputation in her future, and she has Alzheimers that is no long mild but not very advanced. She often recognizes my husband. Some days she seems to really enjoy life. I cannot understand the doctor's recommendation.
He also insisted that I immediately be transported to the hospital for a pacemaker, that day - before the evening. Once or twice a month, I do feel a bit lightheaded but usually after just standing up quickly, No other symptoms than that. here is what the Dr. noted on my chart "1st deg Blk w/episodes of 2nd deg and 5 Multifocal VE beats & SV beats. Included in the SV Beats were 8 couplets. There were 64 episodes of Bradycardia & 1,763 pauses. Longest pause @ 6.3 secs.
If her heartbeats are 15 and should be 60, she may benefit from a pacemaker which will regulate the rate of her heart to a preset rate and hopefully help her - also if it is heart failure she may need meds to help with that. Here's the forum on MH that deals with heart failure a bit more: http://www.medhelp.
This is a common reason referring doctors ask for a pacemaker to be checked. Next time the heart rate is counted low, have them check an EKG. That is my best guess as to what is happening.
I have congestive heart failure and had an infarction rate of 24. Have a valve that leaks. I have a pacemaker/defib mechanism (2nd one) and I think I do great. I am still working (sedentary job), am an active grandmother, lovely life. I am getting tired again... feel like I have to stop and catch my breath (NOT during exercise)... dizzy. After the device, cardiologist says I just need to come in once a year... I should be fine. I am going to another doctor..
I had this experience when heart rate was lowered from70 to 60.
I have minimal symptoms- occasional palpitations. It is untreated as I was advised that an ablation would likely lead to me requiring a pacemaker due to the location of the secondary pacemaker. During my second pregnancy I had an echocardiogram and was told that it showed low wjection fraction of 44% is this the same as heart failure and if my arrythymia is treated would this fix the heart failure?
Low energy. Should I undergoe a full maze procedure (little confidence) or a pacemaker. My heart rate is usually low 40's when not in tachycardia. Would my ventrical beat keep me alive if pacemaker failed. Is this risky?
What experience does the surgeon have with patients this age? Does the manufacturer recommend this interval? (8 years) What's the actual failure rate of these pacers at 9,10,11,12 years...? I think the two biggest risks are the sedation and lead placement if those have to be replaced (more than likely, yes). I'm a bit leery of giving any advise without more info, but based on what I know and on the outside looking in, I'd say replace it based on options.
I wish I had something for you, I did some research but didn't find anything. Originally I thought a pacemaker may be of some benefit, but the article I saw said that with Atrial Fibrillation, it only works for people that are Tachy-Brady (and some limited circumstances) Please see the following link (copy and paste if it's not clickable). Hope this is of some help, you've been through so much. http://www.webmd.
My question is, is there a link bewteen imuran and heart failure? I have found that imuran can cause a increased heart rate, but could it be responsible for these episodes? Thank you for any help you may be able to give in this matter.
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.
It makes no sence that they would have given him a beta blocker with a heart rate in the 30-40s. The standard for that is to put a pacemaker in and then give the drugs to control any faster heart rates. It is very difficult for a parent, especially a mother, to watch anything happen to their child; it's scary especially when it concerns the heart. You did what you felt you had to do to help your son, to some degree it may have backfired.
Tricuspid regurgitation may cause right ventricular dysfunction and right heart failure but it isn't usually operated on because the success rate is very low, probably in the 10-20% range. And that operation has a significant morbidity for not much benefit. Extraction of the RV lead, which may be worsening the TR is also not the answer as this can also disrupt the tricuspid apparatus and worsen the TR.
My BP standing is 52/25 today- and some days even worse. Lying down it is 85/62. My HR was 25 until I got a pacemaker. Last February I went into the hospital as I could not sit, stand, eat, had sweats, pelvic pain & low BP/HR. I was there for 4 months. I am back in the hospital and they are planning to send me home this week. I still can't sit for more than 2 minutes without fainting. MY BP is still severely low.
Rate control with medication is the best option. If there are contra indications to the medications and her rate is not controlled, a pacemaker is an option. It would be a rare day that I put a pacemaker in someone that age, but there are situations were it is appropriate. If you don't think a pacemaker is necessary, get a second opinion. I hope this helps.
Hi Sam, Sorry to hear about your recent health problems. People with heart failure benefit from having blood pressure as low as they can tolerate--often in 85-90 systolic (top number) range. Your heart is weaker than it should be--that is why you are short of breath and have the swelling. Your systolic blood pressure is the resistance against your heart each time it pumps.
Your medication helps control high blood pressure and probably would be prescribed without a pacemaker. Also, the med helps stable the heart rate, but if the sinus node pacemaker output is abnormal, the heart rate could be slow enough to cause formation of blood clots and a heart attack or too fast causing the heart to be unable to pump enough blood into circulation with each heartbeat and cause heart failure.
If it happens during the day, pacemaker is often needed because one of the medications used to treat heart failure also slows the heart rate (beta blockers) 3. if you have worsening symptoms with the atrial fibrillation, medications may sometimes help in maintaining a normal rhythm -- like flecainide, sotalol, tikosyn, and amiodarone. 4. If after several months of good medications, your heart function does not improve, you can discuss the need for a defibrillator (ICD).
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