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Re: pacemaker lead extraction

Re: pacemaker lead extraction

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Posted by kinab on August 05, 2000 at 03:47:12:

In Reply to: pacemaker lead extraction posted by Chris on August 05, 2000 at 01:21:56:

: I had my 4th pacemaker battery change on March 12th. I
: have a dual chamber and now my atrial lead stopped working. I have complete heart block due to two previous ablations.They tell me that changeing out the lead is high-risk. I could get a tear in an artery or they could dislodge the other lead[which would leave me with no heartbeat]. Has anyone else had an extraction lately. I'd like to know how theres went. For some reason this isn't outpatient like a battery change, Why?

I get a newsletter called "Mayo Clinic Health Leter". There was a small article in the December 1999 issue which said removal of pacemaker leads now safer. It says thanks to lasers, this procedure is now much safer. It says in the past, removing the leads could be tricky as over time the wires tend to become enmeshed in heart tissue. Laser technology has made it possible to more easily free the leads with substantially less risk of serious complications and damage to the heart. You could go to the Mayoclinic. com online and email them or they have 3 locations--I don't know where you are located. Rochester, Minn. (507)284-2511, Jacksonville, Fl. (904)953-2000, Scottsdale, Arizona, (480)301-8000. Hope this helps.

Liz


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