Pacemaker surgery implantation

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My mother had her pacemaker replaced in March 09 She went for a pacemaker check today. She has had arrhytmias the past several months so she has an appt next week to see her doc. What causes arrhytmias even when you have a pacemaker. Is this normal? Pacemakers are supposed to treat this, right?
I was having severe headaches after an ablation and found out I was having junctional rhythms and had to have a pacemaker. I had them even after the pacemaker but the doctor reprogrammed my pacemaker and that helped. Maybe some adjustments just need to be made.They told me it would take a few times before they got it right.
Just sometimes I feel like I might faint and sometimes I get really pale. Before the pacemaker surgery, I has a bluish purplish coloring on the outside edges of my lower lip. This odd coloring went to the center and sometimes I would get a purplish oval in the center of the lower lip. I always felt really bad at those times.
Patients who undergo heart surgery and/or have cardiac health problems have higher levels of depression than the general population that seem to last longer. First, any experience like you describe during your pacemaker implantation can have long lasting effects if you don't have an opportunity to process the event and the emotions connected with it, so I believe it is possible that you have had a PTS type reaction.
I have heard that if you are allergic to the metal of the pacemaker, they can coat it with something, so the pacemaker is not in contact with your body directly. I am not sure how accurate this is, maybe do some research on the net?
After the third slipped back into AFib the doctor said my atrial was getting too large due to a leaky Mitral valve, which was repaired with open heart surgery last November. The follow up to the surgery included an echocardio which measures my Atrial Diameter as 5.11 close but not as large as your 5.7 cm, Bionic Bill. The range for normal is 1.5 to 4.0, which makes mine about 30% over the maximum.
Isn't the doctor written down PPM (permanent pacemaker)? What is the different with just pacemaker and permanent pacemaker then? I think now a day some types of pacemaker also can pace out the abnormal rhythm before it reaches to the ventricle. Like my A-Fib and A-Tachy, it will reach directly to my ventricle without passing a traffic light.
After implantation of my pacemaker about five months ago,for atrial fibrillation, I have experienced frequent chest pains near the heart (on the left side of my heart, about 3 inches above the left nipple) similar to those felt from drinking something cold too quickly, accompanied by pressure, and an occasional miner "zap" like an electrical charge. I also seem to feel more fatigued with this experience.
He told me that part of this procedure involved implantation of a permanent pacemaker, which surprised me - first time I ever heard of that. He was given a booklet that stated the follwing NEED FOR A PERMANENT CARDIAC PACEMAKER After a successful AV node ablation the ventricles will no longer respond to the electrical signals from the atria. In other words, although the atria may continue to fibrillate at up to 800 beats per minute, the ventricles will be "doing their own thing".
My mother is 83. She has had irregular heartbeat for nearly 20 years and had a pacemaker implanted 3 years ago. Her last echogram showed her EF to be 20% and she has had several episodes of congestive heart failure. She is physically run down.....weight loss, loss of muscle, not to mention depression. Her cardiologist wants to implant a biventricular pacemaker. I am wondering if the benefits will out weigh the risks at this point.
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.
Few years later, it came up that I need another type of pacemaker. The doctor offer a general anesthetic for the rest of life whenever it needs a pacemaker change. Last few years, I went through a lot of sedations when I have gastroscopy and colonoscopy. I didn't feel a thing, I slept through the whole procedure. I wish to ask, if anyone has a pacemaker implanted under the sedation? Did you wake up in the middle of the procedure? Did you feel pain or uncomfort during the procedure?
Proper investigations necessitates an Electrophysiological study and pacemaker implantation. Strange but true !misdiagnosis does happen.
Hello, My father is 51 has had a pacemaker for about a year. Since the surgery he has been taking Nebilet, which is a drug, containing Nebivolol (beta receptor blocker). He has been having a normal blood pressure and hasn’t had any complications or problems after the surgery until now. Lately he has been occasionally feeling dizzy, which is a symptom that my father feels similar to the one he had before implanting the PM.
I'm age 50 and had always been in very good health and physical condition, until I got a third-degree heart block, requiring a pacemaker implantation on 9/11. Happily my heart now seems to be ticking away just fine; however, shortly after surgery I developed a left side ache, not in the heart region, but way over to the mid-side, that generally comes on very intense at about 5 a.m., less intense or gone during the day.
I'm age 50 and had always been in very good health and physical condition, until I got a third-degree heart block, requiring a pacemaker implantation on 9/11. Happily my heart now seems to be ticking away just fine; however, shortly after surgery I developed a left side ache, not in the heart region, but way over to the mid-side, that generally comes on very intense at about 5 a.m., less intense or gone during the day.
htm The most important factor is the presence of symptoms (class 1), beyond that there are some loose guidelines for those that might benefit (class II), and some where there are no benefit (class 3). Hope this helps. Good luck Indications for Permanent Pacemaker Implantation in Sick Sinus Syndrome Class I* 1.SSS with documented symptomatic bradycardia, including frequent sinus pauses that produce symptoms.
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 .
I am 43 with a 20+ year history of A-fib and on my 4th pacemaker due to a very slow heart rate (documented pause of 9 seconds slow). More recently and no doubt related in some way, shape or form, I have cardiomyopathy with a recent ejection fraction of 25%. I have been very physically active throughout my life, eat good, have no blockage of any sort as proven by recent cath. I am symptomatic with more issues that I care to elaborate on. Wall thickening, enlarged chambers etc.
I want to know about the success rate of CRT Implantation & Life of the device (machine or pacemaker whatever) is used in it.
4skippy, why was this question even raised? When euthanasia is obviously NOT an option and DNR is NOT applicable here at all!!! (the sisters are right), why would anyone question the replacement of a pacemaker, a rather simple procedure involving a minimally invasive surgery? It is implanted under the skin, it takes less than an hour and only requires a local anaesthetic. All she needs is clearance from the cardiologist.
My pacemaker (Boston Sci, w/2 leads) was installed Oct, 2012 for AV Heart Block, 2nd degree, with 35 HR & upon stress test, HR wouldn't go over 50 (no symptoms other than HR). For months I had steady 75-80 HR, followed by few months of approx. 65 HR. Now suddenly HR is 58-62. Should I be concerned?
Should the pacemaker implantation or repair be done first? Can I have the mitral repair first without the pacemaker or would this cause the above findings to get worse? My cardiologist says you do not worry about a pause until it gets to 5 secs. Do you agree? I do not like the fact that my heart is stopping. What are the chances that the pauses amd bradycardia will get worse without treatment? Could the MVP and pauses be related in any way? Anything else I should be aware of? Thank you.
There are also certain rhythms that warrant pacemaker implantation, such as sick sinus or heart block. Pacemakers are very reliable. I would not be concerned about the reliability of any pacers put out by any of the 4 major companies out there.
I had a halter monitor test done by my PCP and they said they recorded several pauses. One that was 9.5 seconds, one 6 seconds and two 3 seconds. I was referred to a cardiologist who recommended a pacemaker. What are the odds that in that 24 hour halter test there are 4 pauses but now my pacemaker has not recorded any in an 8 month period? I also did not have tachycardia until after the pacemaker implantation.
I just found out thaqt I am now considered pace maker dependent and that I need my pace maker replaces sometime soon. What happens during surgery? Does my heart stop or at risk or stopping when the doctor is transitioning from my old pace maker to my new one. i am 70 years old and scared of the relacement process.
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