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  • Lead replacement

    Hi everyone.

    Well, I go in this Thursday for a lead replacement.

    I'm glad to finally get it done, since I've been having lots of "episodes" with the malfunctioning lead on my ICD capturing other muscles in my body.

    I have had lots of "jumping' in my left arm, where I feel a shock go down it, and my whole arm jumps. I have felt lots of buzzing in my chest, along with breathlessness, when something seems to be happening. And just a lot of spasms in my left arm.

    Anyway, my question is... can you guys tell me what to expect from a lead replacement? My EP doctor said that she will cap off the old lead, and then put a new one in. I know I won't be able to lift or raise my left arm for 6 weeks, but what else can you tell me?

    Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!


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    Re: Lead replacement

    I don't know how they will do this. Sometimes they can put in a new lead without removing the old one. If that's the case, it's not too big a deal. Similar to when you had the ICD implanted the first time. Best of luck and here's hoping you feel great on Friday!


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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      Re: Lead replacement

      Hi Debbie,

      Good luck with your new lead placement. I understand that they just slide a new lead in right beside the old defective one .

      As the risk of a clot is a concern if the other lead is pulled they just leave it in place. I have heard others report that some institutions have the laser equipment to remove an old lead. However this is not yet a standard.

      The new lead will imbed into the tissue in the time you are told to keep your arm down. Take it easy and rest well.

      Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
      Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
      Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
      SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
      [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
      Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
      Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
      Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin