St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by bluebowtye on 2014-04-17 12:03. 0 comments. 13 reads
Hi Everyone,

Today is my 2 month PM implant anniversary. I am happy to say I am doing really well and almost back to 100% of where I was before my surgery. Since I had no symptoms prior (no shortness of breath, no extreme fatigue, no exhaustion while exercising - NOTHING) except 2 syncope episodes one evening, I really don't feel much different and since I just have 2nd degree heart block my Dr. told me it would be that way. He said since I was in good health to begin with my recovery should go fairly easy and it has. My scar is healing nicely and other than some occasional minor discomfort at times I hardly know it's there, although I do think about it all the time. I have been doing lots of hiking and walking and am slow...

Posted by Tao on 2014-04-17 11:34. 3 comments. 18 reads
I was wondering if anyone has experienced having a lead yanked out. If so, what caused it, what were the symptoms, and what was done about it?

I love riding my horses, but have been told I cannot fall, becuase of the fact I could yank out a lead in the fall. Of course, I don't usually fall off the horse, but I am terrified I might!

Posted by Ally86 on 2014-04-17 10:36. 3 comments. 20 reads
Hi, Everyone!
I am scheduled to go into the cath lab tomorrow morning for a pacemaker revision- My surgeon is going to get rid of some scar tissue that is causing issues and move/repocket my pacemaker since it has moved a little and I can feel it "lift/pop" when I use my arm.
How long do you think the recovery will be? The Dr. says 2-3 days, but I am really nervous it will be longer. He is not doing anything to the leads.


Posted by maureen.coxsey on 2014-04-17 09:14. 0 comments. 9 reads
Hi I have had a PM for 15 years, recently I get a ticking/jumping feeling over my Pm, it feels like a nerve jumping , no pain just annoying anyone else get this ? I don't want to run off to the hospital for some thing so small, just want reassurance .

Ta Moe

Posted by sheil60 on 2014-04-17 09:05. 5 comments. 46 reads
Anyone know if and when you can give blood after a pm implant? Just wondered if I can still donate. Cheers.

Posted by Tobster on 2014-04-17 08:30. 1 comments. 23 reads
had pacemaker fitted Nov 2012 turned over in bed from left to right oacemaker shifted up to collar bone I pushed it back into place No symptoms no pain pulse rate as set .Is this normal ??? has anyone experienced this ?

Posted by IAN MC on 2014-04-17 05:25. 2 comments. 80 reads
We all know the theory of altitude-training where top-level athletes train at high altitudes. They go off to somewhere like the Great Rift Valley in Kenya where their bodies become accustomed to low levels of oxygen. They then run like crazy when they return to lower altitudes for their athletic events.

My pacemaker gurus, in their infinite wisdom quickly identified that :-

i) I am not a top-level athlete and
ii) I cannot fly over to Kenya because my wife says the house needs decorating !

So, in a flash of sheer brilliance , they came up with a cunning plan :-

They deprived me of oxygen for over two years by not giving me the correct settings on my PM . This was their version of ...

Posted by Jay4 on 2014-04-16 21:28. 11 comments. 102 reads
Question to all of you experts out there: I am getting out of the Military and losing my life insurance policy. I went to USAA today and they won insure me due to my ICD, the military's version of our current life insurance policy balloons to 1800 a month at 75 for 400K of term. I was wondering, what options do we have in regards to life insurance for people with an ICD? A recommendations on companies?

Posted by adairwic on 2014-04-16 20:49. 7 comments. 109 reads
Hi again this is Carolann, been gone again for a while not feeling very good, one up date my low blood oxygen problem is all heart related, and I am still throwing pvc's all the time, also I will be put in the hostipal this next Wednsday, to have a medication change done, never had this done before, update also I had stress test, it was very abnormarl, had heart cath done, 3 weeks ago this Thursday, no blockages and no plague of any kind, Have any of you folks had a hositpal stay for what my heart dr. called medication change? I have be kept there for over 24 hrs. would anyone know what is involve in this.? again I have ICD/CRT-D, the last 15 months my heart has gotten very very weak, also I not sure I have share this, my heart doctor...

Posted by Helenbuble on 2014-04-16 14:50. 5 comments. 161 reads
Hey I'm Helen twenty nearly twenty one had my pacemaker fitted recently after passing out since the age of thirteen I never thought anything of it until October last year it caused me to crash my car since then I was under going investigations for epilepsy the tests came back negative this dis heartened me as I still didn't know the cause and I was passing out at least three times a month if not more which it was beginning to affect my life more and more neurology then passed me to cardiology who did a 24 hour tape this showed I had an irregular heart beat which because it stopped between 3.2 and 3.5 seconds at a time caused them to want to do more tests I then had three blackouts within a week and my gp admitted me to hospital over ten da...

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