St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by on 2014-10-22 22:21. 2 comments. 32 reads
I am 43 yr old female, had a pm after finding out that I had a low heart rate during another surgery 8 weeks ago. I had shortest of breath several months ago ( respiratory infections). Other than that no health issues , no meds. Yesterday and today, I feel shorter of breath after walking, light head ach. I have an appointment with my cardio and the pm rep. I am very active, wondering if anyone has figured this out? I have read so post and I have not read many positive post. I feel very overwhelmed.

Posted by limey42 on 2014-10-22 22:04. 0 comments. 8 reads
Hi gang,
Had my ICD implanted 8/8/14 felt great until last Saturday, Saturday could not breath worth a darn, spent Saturday & Sunday laying around the house.

Monday back to normal feeling great ever since, shortness of breath was one of my biggest problems prior to having my ICD.

Any body out there ever had the same experience? if so did you ever find out why this happened.

Limey 42

Posted by Chazz on 2014-10-22 20:29. 0 comments. 14 reads
My Cardiologist mentioned a sack would form around my recently implanted pacemaker and I regret not questioning him about the remark. I would be grateful if anyone can
explain what he was reffering to.


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-10-22 16:40. 1 comments. 39 reads

Prayers for our friends in Canada.

Stay safe all: citizens, soldiers and law enforcement.

Grateful Heart

Posted by gleesue on 2014-10-22 14:22. 1 comments. 92 reads
Might want to search this:

US government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

The news media creating more hysteria.

I don't think we need to worry but here is just a bit of the article:

The DHS is also reviewing suspected vulnerabilities in implantable heart devices from Medtronic and St Jude Medical, according to two people familiar with the matter.

They said the probe was based in part on research by Barnaby Jack, a well-known hacker who died in July 2013. Jack had said he could hack into wireless communications systems that link implanted pacemakers and defibrillators with bedside monitors.

Medtronic spokeswoman Marie Yarroll said in an email that the company ...

Posted by bmom91 on 2014-10-22 13:07. 1 comments. 57 reads
Hi just wondering if any of you know what would cause multiple pvc's and my ventricle pacing percentage to over double. I have had a dual chamber pacemaker for 12 years and am having trouble with pvc's to the point of going to the ER while there pacer interrogation showed my ventricular pacing went from 22% to 50% in a 8 month period just wondering if any of you know what that means since er doc couldn't answer and neither could pacemaker tech.

Posted by LisB on 2014-10-22 11:33. 4 comments. 101 reads
My friend recently went in for a colonoscopy. While she was waiting for the procedure, her heart rate soared to 150 and she was admitted into the hospital for several days. Now it appears she has a-fib full time. She has been taking medication and blood thinners also. Previous to this, her heart was fine. I had a conversation with two of the nurses in the endoscopy unit. Both mentioned that it is not unusual for patients to get a-fib because of the colonoscopy prep. It is usually temporary, but not always. One has seen it happen what she called frequently. It has to do with the sudden loss of fluid and electrolytes. There are other factors, but I don't know them. I went online and did some research and found many mentioned of the prep caus...

Posted by natlat on 2014-10-22 11:27. 3 comments. 68 reads
Anyone not on beta blockers and have a device (ICD) for tachycardia and are you active regularly and doing well?

I had a sustained vt in April 2014, which docs believe to have been caused by a bout of Myocarditis. I have an ICD and on Sotalol 80mg. I have been running regularly and monitoring my HR with a HRM. I no longer run intensly nor race, just go out for easy runs of 3-5 miles a pop. My pace is slow, endurance sapped and fatigued from the damn things. Regardless, my docs think I will do well in general. They want to wean me from the meds in a few months, and hopefully begin the process next month.

I would love to hear from others who are NOT on medication and doing well - no shocks, no events. Hope to h...

Posted by IAN MC on 2014-10-22 07:27. 1 comments. 20 reads
Good morning Doctor.

Ah, good morning. Are you a patient?


Oh good, I have to pay my golf subscriptions this month.


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-22 03:53. 2 comments. 49 reads
hello i am male/20 with IPG medtronic kappa 400 DDDR. my question is that sometimes i feel my heart beat is fluctuating. it is not in proper rhytm. the heart beating is in disorder i feel this every 3,5 days then after 30,50 minutes everything goes fine. i am patient if CHB. US THIS FLUTUATIONS ARE NORMAL ? or should i visit doctor ? i feel heart beats sometimes two beats together

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