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Removal of Epicardial leads, dangerous or not?
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Removal of Epicardial leads, dangerous or not?

Hi,
I would like to ask, if you think there is any danger in removing epicardial leads completly?  I know,the V-lead is a  screw in one. The A-lead is sort of a "jab" in one.  Can they be removed without causing a hole in the heart.  What is the danger of leaving portions in the chambers?  Can the left over pieces cause interference with new leads, like sensing problems?  
I may need a new lead, and I have been told that this may or may not be done with open chest surgery.  The docs won't know til they go in.  Which means I won't know til I wake up! Why might that be? My doctors are located way out state, so any information you can give me would be nice. Thanks for taking the time to help.
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Dear Deb,

The way to remove epicardial leads is through surgery.  There are always risks to the procedure including puncturing the heart.
I am sure that these risks have been reviewed by your surgeon/cardiologist.  

In general, we leave these leads in unless there is infection caused by the leads.
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