Pacemaker battery replacement

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Avatar m tn It would be nice if your mom had a little plastic door that could be popped open and the old batteries taken out and a new set of double A's dropped in. Such is not the case though, obviously. In fact "battery replacement" is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire pacemaker is replaced. The leads from the heart are literally unplugged from the unit, the old unit is removed, and replaced by a completely new one loaded with a fresh battery.
Avatar n tn i had 3 open heart surgery and on my 2nd. pacemaker.. my first pacemaker last me for 18yrs. and just got my 2nd. pacemaker Dec.2006.. my pacemaker was implanted in my upper chest on the right side.. only thing i hate the surgery doctor told me he would use the same cut as the other pacemaker but when i woke up he cut me in another spot.. well i can say.. ask your doctor his he using the same cut as the first pacemaker was in..
Avatar m tn This is a program offered by all states (I believe) to help people who can not pay for needed medical aid. Clearly a battery replacement is needed work. Do a search on the web to learn more about Medicaid.
Avatar m tn is there a hospital stay to replace battery in a pacemaker, or same day procedure
Avatar n tn The lifetime of the battery is usually 4 to 8 years, but depends greatly on how often every hour and every day the heart uses it. Using noninvasive testing it is possible to determine how close a pacemaker battery is to its end of life, and the battery should be changed well before this.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar n tn I had my pacemaker implanted when I was 15, during an open heart surgery to perform a valve replacement, so in July it will be 9 years old. I know I will have to have the battery replaced anywhere between two months to 4 months from now. My pacemaker was implanted under my ribcage on my left side. I know the leads are still fine from my doctors okay but I do want to know what to expect and how invasive the battery replacement surgery will be?
Avatar n tn the docs checked his pacemaker a week ago and when they shut it off his heart would not beat, thus we are told when his battery runs out that will be the end, our choice. The question is: how long can we expect the battery to last and will it slowly go down. we want to keep him around but his and his wifes suffering is aggravated by not knowing.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn Okay, I've already posted a note about my pacemaker replacement but I wasn't educated enough to know that they don't just replace the battery but the whole pacemaker. My pacemaker is up under my ribcage. I'm having surgery to replace it in march, but I was wondering what the possible changes to the surgery is because I take coumadin/warfarin? what (if anything) would change with having a blood thinning medication?
Avatar f tn 3 weeks ago I had a Pacemaker replacement due to the fact my battery on my Pacemaker was running low. The new Pacemaker installed is a Medtronic Adapta. Since the new pacemaker my Heart beat has been all over the place. My 1st Enrhythym was paced at 80 bpm, and it pretty much stayed like that for 5.5 years until the battery started to go. The problem is is that the new Pacemaker is not like that at all! My heartbeat goes from 56 to 93, back to 71 then 86, and has gone a high as 100.
Avatar n tn 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?
Avatar n tn It would make sense to think that it's caused by the need for a battery replacement, since the pacemaker is just that, a pacemaker and if it's not working, then her HR will be affected. Hope this helps.
Avatar m tn At the moment some cardiologists might say that I don't need the pacemaker yet, but to avoid the chance of the thing getting worse and resulting in a stroke or worse I will be getting a pacemaker. I have been told that I can expect the battery to last for 6-7 years based on expected usage. I did learn that at one time there were batteries that lasted much longer and some for life. Are there any of these available, either in this country or elsewhere.
Avatar n tn My father has had a pacemaker / defibulator for about 7 years. He recently had a heart attack. if his defib was working properly, should he have had a heart attack? His doctor just replaced his defibulator with a new one because it wasn't working. What I wanted to know is if the defib is controlling the heart function, why did he have an attack?
Avatar n tn I am so worried about her she has a zest for life at 86 and is so worried now that the battery will stop working... and the fact that he said the pacemaker (with the low battery) is doing all the work has us all freaked out. This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/250460'>Pacemaker Routine Replacement</a>.
Avatar m tn So much depends on what percentage of the time you're being paced. If it's close to all the time, then you won't be feeling good without the pacer activated. My Dad had his done. They don't open it up and replace batteries like we do with a remote control. They make a small incision near the pacer, remove it, unhook the leads, clean out the "pocket" where it was, hook the leads onto a new pacer and pop it back in. Stitch it up and you're good to go.
Avatar f tn I apologize that I have no personal experience to share with you. I do know that replacement of the battery is a minor surgical procedure. I am familiar with pacemaker implantation. They are often or use to be placed just under the skin. I have never heard of them breaking through. But I understand your concern. Usually approval for Medicaid is not a lengthy progress once all the paperwork has been completed. Have you called to check on the time frame? If not I would.
Avatar n tn I'm 38 years old, with a nine year old pacemaker. I have known for about 2 years the battery was getting close to need replacing. I have always had pacers appointments about every three months. Since the start of this year I have been going every two months, when I reached one the the two marks for replacement. Well the September visit showed I was very close to the 2nd mark. (needs to be 2.71, my reading was 2.6?) So now I get to go back in two weeks.
Avatar m tn I understand the battery replacement is a rather minor surgery. Seems strange to me her doctor would say she is not a candidate "due to her other health problems". I would push for a reconsideration by the doctor as it reads like she may be stuck in bed without the help of the pacemaker. This is not a diagnosis or even a statement from experience, just and encouragement to be sure the doctor does his/her best to keep your mother's quality of life as high as possible.