Pacemaker failure to capture

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Avatar n tn Depending on how often some one needs paced and the current required to capture the heart muscle, pacemaker batteries should last 6-10 years, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. An incision is made over the previous scar and the old pacemaker is removed from the pocket. A small screw driver is used to disconnect the leads from the pulse generator and the leads are tested to make sure they are working properly.
Avatar n tn Hello Rick, If the ventricular lead fell out or failed to capture, you would likely have a slow, underlying heart rhythm that we call an escape rhythm. It is possible that there would be no underlying rhythm, but very unlikely. If the lead falls, you will likely become lightheaded, dizzy, and unable to do you normal activity. If you experience these symptoms, you should either call 911, go to an emergency room or call your doctor, depending on how serious your symptoms are.
967168 tn?1477588089 He told me that I would probably have to have them repaired/replaced because of loss of capture and if I were to have any symptoms from lead fracture or a leak, it would be acute sharp pain in the upper middle abdomen, which I started getting in September 2010 but I lost my insurance; so no doctor visit. January 2011 with new insurance I went to a new cardiologist who said while the leads are high; I don't need the leads out because I'm not pacemaker dependent.
Avatar m tn Dear jkent208, Thank you for the query. I need to know some details of your mother’s medical history in order to give a better opinion regarding her current condition: 1) What type of pacemaker was put (single chamber/dual chamber/triple chamber/ICD/Combo device etc), when was the implant done and what was the indication for the pacemaker? 2) What brand/model of pacemaker was used (the programming parameters and facilities available depend on the model)?
Avatar n tn He was able to convert me to Sinus rhythm, rate of 40, and did get capture so he wants to revise the atrial lead (which has worked since surgery), and put in a left ventricular lead. I am also being evaluated for risks of sudden cardiac death and if that exists, he wants to put in the ICD integrated device. What I would like to know is what does the research show in terms of improving the heart failure situation, complications, and reliability of these devices.
967168 tn?1477588089 That with my lifelong history of syncope and VT they felt it a necessary preventative measure to implant a pacemaker/icd. I was also diagnosed with ANS (autonomic nervous system) dysfunction and have classic symptoms of neurocardiogenic syncope with cardioinhibitory and vasodepressor responses; when I faint I have no palpable pulse and my bp drops profoundly during a tilt table test.
Avatar m tn All of this leads to congestive heart failure and poor cardiac output to the body. There have been many approaches to this problem, including medications to try to decrease the left-sided volume loading, placing a band on the pulmonary artery to restrict flow the MPA (which increases right sided pressure, pushes back on the left-sided ventricle, and decreases the volume load), transplantation, and the “double-switch” operation (DSO).
Avatar f tn I was diagnosed with Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia today. I had a 30-day auto-capture event monitor, which recorded almost daily events where my heart rate would spike to 180+ with no exertion whatsoever. My resting heart rate is always 120-130. The odd thing is, I have NEVER been aware of my heart rate at all... Even when my heart is racing, I don't "feel" it beating in my chest or anything like that. No chest pain, dizziness, etc.
Avatar n tn They may be unpleasant, but not likely to cause a heart failure. I started having AFib at about age 58... and it has gotten worse over time. Aging takes its tolls. Sorry, back to my original: positive/optimistic..and I think I am.
Avatar m tn This invasive study, which involves us placing some diagnostic catheters inside your heart is really the only way to truly tell with 100% confidence what is going on. As stated though to get to that point you first have to go through the usual channels where the evaluation of your pcm and the testing conducted by the cardiologist gives us an idea that something is up that warrants referral.
1933038 tn?1382520685 Liver biochemical test abnormalities may be related to cardiac failure, due to intrinsic liver disease, secondary to palliative interventions, or drug-related. Complications of portal hypertension and rarely, hepatocellular carcinoma may also occur. Abnormalities such as hypervascular nodules are often seen; in the presence of cirrhosis surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma is necessary.
967168 tn?1477588089 my lead impedence was 809/840 L/R, but then 5 months after implant it went to 848/937 L/R and by April 2010 they were both almost 1100. I was told I had failure to capture problems, probably from lead or insulation fracture and to come back in 6 months...
Avatar m tn Our friend also said that sometimes they try medication to regulate the heartbeat before going strictly to a pacemaker considering my husband's age. I just have a few more questions. 1. Can LBBB be reversed or is it something you have forever? 2. They found no blockages in his heart with the heart cath and thought the muscle was in relatively good shape: what could still be causing the LBBB? Hypertension? 3. What is considered a low heart rate to be concerned about?
1271457 tn?1273701032 In your case, it seems your fairly low blood pressure can be caused by low heartrate (bradycardia). If it's not done, the first step is probably to capture your bradycardia episodes on ECG. The easiest way to do this is probably a Holter monitoring, preferrably combined with a 24-h blood pressure test to see if there is correlation between bradycardia and low blood pressure.
Avatar n tn Can it lead to heart failure? No. RBBB is the most common form of abberancy and just relates to the way the electrical impulse is conducted through the heart. 3. In what cases can an arrythmia (when it's happening) lead to heart failure? Most of us with irregular beats have that fear - that it will cause our hearts to stop. My cardio assures me this isn't mechanically possible, but I'd like an explanation as to why our "normal" hearts won't quit on us during an arrythmia.
Avatar f tn Even if the course of the phrenic nerve could be identified with imaging technique, the only easily feasible way to detect the presence of the nerve is the use of high intensity pacing that must be performed checking the presence of the diaphragmatic capture also with X-Ray [10]. Care must be taken to perform this test, in case of intubated patients, after antagonization of any muscle relaxants.
Avatar n tn Also - I am not on coumadin, just asprin but if I get the pacemaker I will have to be on coumadin. Is the risk of stroke just as great on the pacemaker as it is off. Anyone in a similar situation?
Avatar n tn I have posted here and just want to thank you guys for the great web site. I have been experiencing "skipped beats" since 18 years of age and I am now 23. I was wondering if this will lead to greater complications in the future for me. Also, I sometimes experience a sudden fast heart beat. It is very scary and alarming. When it happens, my heart feels like it is going to beat out of my chest.
Avatar m tn Maybe if i would have hit that patient with solumedrol and hydrocortisone i would have gotten more consistent pacemaker capture... Etc. etc. Will telling the family all of these things actually help them come to terms with their loss? Or will it just leave them with even more unanswered questions? I guess what I'm trying to get at is.. Theres absolutely no simple answer as to what happened to your mother that day...
Avatar f tn He is orthostatic on rising for this whole 3 months. He is too lightheaded to go to school, gets very fatigued with any activity. It is very hard to rouse him in the morning and he has some cognitive issues with this related to language and speaking. Could his murmur have "reopened" or something? Could the Axert have triggered something? We have another cardio appt with a new doc, in 3 weeks.
Avatar f tn I want to help but i need you to help me out a little here on this one. Why would you now be terrified to have the ablation when it sounds like you weren;t before. As far as after your ablation goes it you are just having a simple catheter ablation thru the groin area there really isn;'t any pain after the procedure ....the worst part is just a dull ache in the groin and usually we're told just to put ice on it for a couple of hours and it works. The anest.
Avatar m tn I felt as though I could not let myself fall asleep or I would never wake up again, and so I would jerk myself awake all the time (like trying to not to fall asleep in an early morning class in college). They took me to the Chinese hospital, which did an EKG and a blood test, and said I'm fine, though I don't know how far to trust them. (And of course my heart never skips while someone is watching it. Only when no one is around.
Avatar n tn The SVT ablation I had done was quite near my natural pacemaker too but they managed to do it successfully just by catheter ablation alone. My VT is even closer to the natural pacemaker and I am going to have that done in a couple of weeks. I've been a little worried sometimes but now seeing you all here makes me feel much better, you all got similar symptoms so i'm not alone. It's amazing what doctors can do nowadays, we must be all grateful for medical science.
Avatar f tn occasional flip-flopping feeling which knocked the wind out of me but only happened maybe a few times a year, and a sort of flip-flopping or difficulty beating when lying down on my left side (sometimes, not every time I lay this way - started around age 13).