[Trilogy Pacemaker]

Author: Judy (---.proxy.aol.com)

Date: 11-20-02 10:11

Hi Everyone,

I am looking for information concerning the Trilogy pacemaker. My local cardiologist just informed me that this model is having failures during routine checks/battery checks. Does anyone have any knowledge about this? The local guy recommended replacement of the unit. He also recommended an ICD for me about a year ago (when the pacemaker gets replaced), but that involves lead extraction and replacement, which I will (hopefully) have done at CCF. Anyway, I was mostly curious if anyone else has had any experience with this pacemaker model.

Thanks,

Judy

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[Re: Trilogy Pacemaker]

Author: Reenie Smith (---.snbrca.adelphia.net)

Date: 11-20-02 14:45

Judy,

I don't know anything about the Trilogy pacemakers, but wanted to share something my husband's EP doctor told him when he got his ICD... He said that they rarely extract the leads, they just add new ones. He said the extraction is more serious than implanting them. I don't know how any of this works since my husband has only had his ICD for about 2 years now. Just thought I would let you know.

Reenie

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[Re: Trilogy Pacemaker]

Author: Lisa Salberg (167.165.39.---)

Date: 11-20-02 17:55

Judy,

They can often reuse the leads or leave them in and cap off the ends. I have 3 leads at this point and I am only using 2 and they are from different manufactures (2 medtronic 1 guidant) and the guidant lead is attached to my medtronic device and works fine. one of my leads is now 10 years old and is fine. Ask the docs about replacement..RE the device I do not know anything but when I get home I will look it up. ALSO I need to talk to you when I get home... IT IS chapter time

Lisa

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[Re: Trilogy Pacemaker]

Author: Judy (---.proxy.aol.com)

Date: 11-21-02 16:42

Reenie,

Thanks for writing. I was told by my local cardiologist that I should have my pacemaker leads extracted if I decide to replace the pacemaker with an ICD. I didn't like the sound of that, so I went to see an EP at Cleveland Clinic. He told me that he wasn't convinced that I really should get an ICD, but if I decided to do that, then I should definately have my ventricular leads removed before they put in new (heavier) ones for the ICD. I was told that because of my age (36) and needing to have these devices for the rest of my life, we should go ahead and remove the ones in there so that a) there is not so much crowding (greater chance of blood clots, etc) and b) the sooner they come out the better, the longer they remain in, the harder they are to remove. CCF has pioneered the laser lead extraction method, which has become the safest way to remove these leads (this information was correct last year when I investigated it - if anyone knows any different, please chime in). I still haven't decided what to do. I am having another holter monitor next week and going to Cleveland to see the EP the first week of December. Hopefully, I'll get something figured out then.

Lisa,

Any info. would be appreciated. I have been wanting to talk to you too. I have that newspaper article to send you. I am feeling great and ready to take on the world - well, maybe just a chapter. lol I'll email and get an appmt. time to talk soon - I'll let you catch your breath for a minute first.

Take care,

Judy