St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by APgirl on 2014-10-25 14:35. 0 comments. 3 reads
So- having had a fabulous new lease of life with my pacer in the last 4 years, I have been feeling tired, breathless and puffy recently. I ignored it, as most of us do. You would think I would have learned to listen to my body by now!

On Monday, feeling awful, I managed to get past the pesky receptionist and see a doctor. For those of us in the UK, it appears that the receptionist's primary purpose is to prevent you seeing a doctor. So I get in and see a locum, who transfers me straight into the hospital with my Bp dangerously high and Afib.

The wonderful NHS staff checked me from head to toe and the reason becomes apparent, Having had perfect plumbing, just dodgy electrics up to now, I now have an enlar...

Posted by jkdutta on 2014-10-25 12:23. 1 comments. 6 reads
I am having Pacemaker , Biotronik make Evia DR T since 6th June 2011. On 26th October 2014 Doctor has put " Rate Drop Response " ON. Will it have any effect on balance battery life ?
What will be expected balance battery life of the Pacemaker ? What is normal battery life of a Biotronik make Evia DR T pacemaker ? If it is required to change battery then only battery will be changed or the existing one has to be replaced with new pacemaker ?

Posted by danfss03 on 2014-10-25 11:32. 0 comments. 16 reads
Had my first pacemaker implanted in 2009, and I thought everything was going great. This was a two lead device, and the lower lead went bad a couple of years ago. We continued to monitor the device, both at home and physical visits at the doctor's office. Two months ago I did my home device check, and two weeks later I got a call from the doctor for an appointment, and since I didn't have one scheduled, I almost refused. Well went in, and the Medtronic Specialist did her thing, and the doctor came in for a chat. Well it appears my device was not pacing as required Not only was the lower lead not working, but the upper lead was pacing on a part time basis, and I didn't feel a thing. The doctor showed me the EKG and the heart had been skip...

Posted by kittykat48 on 2014-10-25 09:02. 5 comments. 50 reads
Hi, I'm having my PM fitted on 27/10/14 and as I was only told I needed one yesterday I'm still reeling.

Ive found this site very helpful in answering some of my questions but I still have one or two.

Does the PM device protrude from shoulder?
Is it uncomfortable and how long does it take, on average to get used to it.

When its healed is it possible to wear suntops in summer or is it too noticeable?

I'm used to sleeping on my tummy, I guess that won't be possible at first, but how long before I can sleep normally?

I know some of these questions seem insignificant but its what is going round in my mind at the moment.

I would welcome your advice as you have already g...

Posted by bstrong on 2014-10-25 08:44. 3 comments. 59 reads
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I am 38 and have had a pacemaker since I was 16. I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and was told I needed this pacemaker because my heart rate got into the low forty beats per min when I sleep. I started to try to understand my situation more and some things didn't add up. My pacer was set at 75 beats per min and when he checked it one day I asked what my natural heart rate was. He said 65 and we found out that the sinus node in my heart is working. After doing some research it appears that sick sinus syndrome is not reversible. The dr said that my heart was healthy and I didn't need a pacer anymore. He wouldn't answer any questions and would not discuss whether he thought I ever needed it or not...

Posted by Enrique on 2014-10-24 20:58. 4 comments. 47 reads
I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted 10 years ago. This was due to A/V block and sick sinus syndrome. I have had no problems with it, I am physically active. I am 66 years old.
During the last check-up they told me that I had a minimum of 4 months of battery life left. This is in addition to the 3 months of “reserve mode” that kicks in when the main battery is too low.
I am quite dependent on the pacemaker. When I first had it implanted my natural heart rate was in the 40’s. Now it is below 30’s, but it is not clear how much lower. At the clinic they didn’t want to test to find out.
The hospital folks told me that there are two ways to handle this:
1) Aggressive: wait until the last moment before replacin...

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-10-24 20:27. 4 comments. 40 reads
I had a pacemeker installed on February 18, 2014, approximately 8 months ago. Pacemaker is working fine, on demand setting and activates only 2% of the time when my heartbeat goes below 40 per minute.

I am still uncomfortable/tight in the pacemaker site but that will probably be something that I willl have to live with.
Prior to the pacemaker (I am age 67) I did 20 pushups a day and used my rowing machine twice a week for 15/20 minutes a session.
Rowing and pushups will put considerable pressure on the pacemaker site.
Does anyone have experience with these two excercises and how they might affect the scar tissue and 2 lead wires?
Thank you,

Posted by jue on 2014-10-24 16:43. 5 comments. 74 reads
Hi All,
I will be 9 days post pacemaker replacement surgery tomorrow.
As I have been good and not lifting my arm, my hair is a total mess.
I am planning to have a wash and blow at the hairdressers tomorrow to make myself feel better.
Is anyone aware of any issue with using a hair dryer straight after replacement?
Thanks peeps x

Posted by Eliprz52 on 2014-10-24 15:36. 3 comments. 36 reads
well after waiting many weeks i got the pacemaker.its one made by biotronik in lake oswego was done very fast.i remember talking the the people then woke up after they were was crazy cause i could feel some pain but i somewhat out.thestaff at kadlac were very i just have to adjust to living with the pacemaker.from reading the posts here it should go wife and family have been very supportive and can feel luck about that.

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-24 14:03. 7 comments. 106 reads
This has been a difficult year for me. My mother, who I was very close to passed away on November 8, 2013. I live clear across the USA from her so getting there was a challenge and I barely go there in time to say good bye to her. I have been plagued with stress ever since. I thought it was due to that loss. I have gained fear of driving and what I thought was panic attacks and any given moment. I fainted at work on September 3 2014 and thought it was due to stress as my job was going through LOTS of changes and I guess I do not handle change well. After 2 months of tests and trips to the emergency room for neck pain, back pain, chest pain Thyroid nodules, biopsies of said nodules and heart monitors, it seems I have both a very low (35) be...

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