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Brownie
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacemaker implanted - Heart punctured Reply with quote

Yes, very rare. I am still not convienced that I needed the pacemaker
in the first place.
I was in recovery after carotid endarterectomy when it was noted that
my heart rate dropped. The doctor that did the surgery said that this
was not uncommon following that type of surgery. Then my PCP sends in a
cardiologist a few hours later for a consult. The cardiologist tells me
that I have a heart block and need a pacemaker implanted right away,
and scheduled it for the next morning.
I had MRI, echocardiogram, dopler sonagram, and nuclear stress test
done before the carotid surgery was done, and was told all tests were
good. I just can't understand how I could have gone from "all tests are
good" to Bradycardia in less than 24 hours.
Any ideas?
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Andrew B. Chung, MD/PhD
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 4:03 am    Post subject: Re: Pacemaker implanted - Heart punctured Reply with quote

Brownie wrote:
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Has anyone else had their heart punctured during this "simple
out-patient proceedure"?
I was told this was extreemly rare. I spent 5 days in intensive care
with more tubes in me than an old radio. A pericardial centesis was
done to drain 480 ml of blood out of the paracardial sac.

This would be an extremely rare complication of permanent pacemaker
implantation.

In Christ's love and service,

Andrew

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Brownie
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 5:16 pm    Post subject: Pacemaker implanted - Heart punctured Reply with quote

Has anyone else had their heart punctured during this "simple
out-patient proceedure"?
I was told this was extreemly rare. I spent 5 days in intensive care
with more tubes in me than an old radio. A pericardial centesis was
done to drain 480 ml of blood out of the paracardial sac.
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