Wednesday, May 07, 2008

P is for Pacemaker in ABC Wednesday

The contraption above is called a Pacemaker and can according to Wipkipedia be defined like this:

A pacemaker (or artificial pacemaker, so as not to be confused with the heart's natural pacemaker) is a medical device which uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contacting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The primary purpose of a pacemaker is to maintain an adequate heart rate, either because the heart's native pacemaker is not fast enough, or there is a block in the heart's electrical conduction system.
There are very many types of these. According to the manufacturer (Medtronic),
The Medtronic InSync® III device, implanted in the upper chest, is designed to resynchronize the failing heart’s lower chambers in an effort to improve its pumping action.
The casing is made in titanium and had three wires that connected to three of the four chambers of the heart in various ways. It was also contained a battery that was supposed to last for seven years. You may well ask how all that got room in the chest cavity. The copy of the x-ray to the left shows you how it looks (The picture is courtesy of Haukeland University Hospital).

Now you may ask: Why do I know so much about it? The answer is simple: It is mine. I wore it for more than three years. When I had just turned fifty I got a serious, degenerative disease of the heart muscle that fairly rapidly turned into a chronic heart failure. I got this in an attempt to help the heart's own timing system so that I could utilise the maximum of the power that was left in the heart muscle. It did for a while.

And why don't I have it inside any more?. I don't need it. I got a "new" heart.


PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

41 comments:

detroit dog said...

You are Iron Man? :-)

A new heart? Good for you; I hope you feel well. A friend of mine is due for a double-lung transplant; he is 52 and probably one of few oldest living people with cystic fibrosis. I'll have to blog about it.

I do love the x-ray -- I immediately thought it would be cool for an artwork. But YOU are the artwork!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ah, this is a fantastic post and very informative. I am glad life is going well for you as well.
Great story, great lesson, great photos!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Max-e said...

This medical technology is amazing Runee.
I still remember when Dr Chris Barnard did the first heart transplant on Louis Waskansky, we were all absolutely astounded. It has all come a long way since then.
Glad that you have been able to benefit from this.

Paulie said...

Now that's the best "P" ever! Wonderful news about your heart transplant and no need for pacemaker any longer. Isn't it marvelous what doctors can do now a days?

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Just a perfect P! I'm glad that we have that so people can use it. Very good P and very good post!

Have fun:)

photowannabe said...

I agree with Paulie, this is the best post of all. A new heart...how awesome. And now we benefit from your beautiful pictures.

naturglede said...

Very good for ABC.Fint det går bra med deg, og morsomt du informerer om det. Ha en strålende dag:)

evlahos said...

Very interesting post. lots of infos. I wish you the best.

Blue said...

A great personal post from you.
Thanks for sharing.

Ida said...

A very personal P. A P for life. I`m glad you`re doing well with your new heart. :)
Enjoy life!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am glad life has given you a second chance, so to speak, with the new heart. Amazing but I think you are the first person I know who got one.

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Så bra at det gikk bra med deg, og at du fikk nytt hjerte! Så rart det må være å tenke på at en annens hjerte banker inni deg!

Hyde DP said...

my sister had this and pulled through too - she is 76 now and I rarely see her.

Picturing of Life said...

wow...great post for P

My P post in here Thanks

Miss_Yves said...

Amazing post!
Your photo is so neat !
Miss Yves

Andrea said...

Thank you. I have never seen what a pacemaker looks like. My husbands grandmother had one. She let me rub my hand over it and I could feel it under her skin but I had no idea what one looked like. Nice and interesting post.

babooshka said...

Not at all what I had in mind for P.

Wonderful news for you on the health front. They are mavelous creations, I know someone who had one fitted, and talk about anew lease of life.

By the way Laxey, where the Blues Festival was on my island, is from the Norse Laxa. So you have left your mark here, and lots of other places.

quintarantino said...

Wow ... this is the first time I come to see a pacemaker!
Very informative post.

Katney said...

Wonderful that your P and your transplant have been life saving for you.

Petunia said...

Ganske fasinerende å tenke på at du har hatt en sånn duppedings inne i kroppen, hva? Men det er enda mer utrolig å tenke på at du har et nytt hjerte.
Jeg er faktisk donor. Tror jeg har nevnt det før. Men jeg har sagt fra til familien og venner og har kort i lommeboken. Jeg klarte ikke være blodgiver, blir så dårlig når de tapper blod. Ikke av synet, det gjør meg ingenting, men jeg sliter med å for lite blod i perioder, så jeg kuttet det ut.
Er det ikke en hvis fare for at kroppen ikke godtar det nye organet etter at det er operert inn? Tar det langt tid etter på før du kan leve et normal liv igjen?
Dette er jo nesten det nærmeste man kan komme av "å bli født på ny". Jeg er glad du ble frisk igjen. Det må ha vært en tøff tid for dere alle sammen.
Klem!

Helena said...

What a great "p" post. It makes me cringe but it was very interesting.

Texas Travelers said...

This was an important post. I hope the new heart is doing well.

Thanks for sharing this personal information.

Troy

leslie said...

What an excellent choice for today - and so very educational, too. My mother had a pacemaker and I think that was the only reason she lived as long as she did, considering the Alzheimers.

Thx also for your kind comments on my post. :D

Neva said...

Congratulations on your "new" heart.You look so healthy in your photo so it must be doing the trick! As an x-ray tech from way back(retired)...love the x-ray...you can use that for the letter "X"!!!
This is my ABC.
as well as this.

Nyperosa said...

Hei,
eg må smile,
spennende og stort
dette her.
At du i tillegg
legger det ut på
nettet gjør det
fasinerende og flott.
Ønsker deg virkelig
lykke til videre : )

Au revoir.

mylittlephotonook said...

Grattis Rune!
Är det därför allt det du skriver verkar komme direkt från hjärtat! Tack för att du finns och har hälsan. *Gunilla*

Liz said...

Gosh, I've never seen a pacemaker before. That and the x-ray are very interesting. And you have a new heart! Wow.

John said...

Meget personlig og informasjonsrik P post Rune. Det er faktisk første gangen jeg ser en pacemaker.
As usual well done.

imac said...

Clever post Rune, very interesting.

Please visit and see my P.
Also -We were at Belvoir castle on tues,pop over to my blog and see.

AVCR8TEUR said...

So that is what a pacemaker looks like. Congratulations on getting a new heart instead of using this device.

raf said...

Wonderful story, Rune and a very informative post! Thank you.

mrsnesbitt said...

What a profound, honest and "real" post Rune.
Thanks so much for sharing this.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

wow!!!!!!! Runee, what an impressive look at your inside body! and I am happy for you that you were able to get a NEW Heart, and get rid of the pacemaker....wow man! thats a great thing to have. My congrats (for your heart) and thanks for sharing such a personal thing!

Please feel welcome and visit my ABC P from....

JoAnn's D Eyes

Suzi-k said...

fascinating post Rune, I have sometimes wondered how it looked and worked, but never looked it up. How did the degenerative heart disease work, was it restricted to your heart, or something that was in your body to damage the heart? Will the new heart be safe from it? I hope so!!! I imagine, like Max, you are making the most of your second chance, eating carefully and doing things you always wanted to do but never took time for before?

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great post Rune... as I write this I am an a few hours away from an appointment at the Manchest Royal. I am having a second Nuclear Heart Scan.. I've had a triple by-pass 6 years ago, but complication meant the electrics of my heart are now firing all over the place..
I found this post very interesting.

Nydia said...

Wow, Runee... I was astonished! Medicine is something we must respect, and thankfully you were born to see it develop this little "machine" that would help you wait for a new heart. I'm really happy for you. It must be moving to receive a heart. Use it well! :) Beautiful post.
Kisses from Nydia.

Dina said...

What a revelation--both actually seeing a Pacemaker and learning that you have a new heart! How wonderful! All the very best to you.

Alan said...

We are all very happy you got the new heart. :)

ArneA said...

I got a new heart too, more than ten years ago.
However with a total AV-block in the new heart the pacemaker keeps me alive. the new one for six more years to go.

Carolyn said...

Wow! How amazing. My grandfather had a pacemaker for many years, but until now I never knew much about it. Thank you!

ruhul_ameen said...

im a biomedical student and used your blog as my review about the pacemaker.
thank you so much,have a nice day!