St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by bexy on 2014-08-22 10:37. 0 comments. 0 reads
I've just had my 6 week check after having my first pacemaker and everything is as it should be, but they've found another arithmya due to palpitations I've been having.
I have my print out but don't know what it means.
AT/AF 350ms (171bpm)
VT Detection 400ms (150bpm)

Can anyone tell me what this means? I presume it's the arithmya?

Posted by Wired1995 on 2014-08-22 09:15. 0 comments. 1 reads
Has anyone ever felt a thud like pacing coming from the lower left lead on a Biventricular PM. It feels like with each beat you are getting nudged in the diaphragm. I'm paced at a lower rate of 90 and my sensitivity is on max settings so it's pretty intense. It comes and goes and doesn't last but a few beats at a time. Any thoughts?

Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-08-22 00:41. 2 comments. 40 reads
Hello All,

I am having a Nuclear Stress Test and I wonder if anyone else has had this procedure. I have Congestive Heart Failure and COPD. I also have an ICD (St. Judes). I wonder what the procedure would be for a person with an ICD and just how "Stressful" this test is on your heart. I have not spoken to the Cardiologist as of yet. I am really trying to get some information from people who had this done. I know the procedure pretty much, but I want to know the effects and affects. Thanks all.

Posted by Caity858613 on 2014-08-21 21:00. 2 comments. 36 reads
Hi Guys,
I have a question, I had my pacemaker place on Monday August 18th, I have had some shortness of Air but my oxygen level is good, and chest xray on Tuesday showed no pneumothorax, I am wondering if anyone else has had this, I thinking it might be just my body trying to adjust to having a normal heart rate after it being so low. Thank you all in advance.

Posted by AnaLena on 2014-08-21 18:48. 1 comments. 63 reads
This is to thank everyone who has encouraged contacting your physicians and insisting on what you need. Especially noting that the EP may be more attentive to your pacemaker than to you and your pacemaker.
I'm 73, had sudden onset of intermittent 2 degree and complete ventricular block last fall. No other cardiac issues (or other health issues). My pacemaker was implanted at the end of January without any problems. It took about 4 1/2 months for all the little twitches and tingles, etc. to disappear. I tried to increase my exercise level and kept running into SOB with my heart rate staying at maybe 70-80. Not increasing to match my exertion. So, hearing your encouragement in my ears, I moved my pacemaker checkup earlier than schedule...

Posted by gbell on 2014-08-21 18:32. 3 comments. 55 reads
Just turned 80 with 2 heart attacks, 2 double bypasses 1983 and 2007. Am scheduled for a 3rd pacemaker (6/04, 9/09) since my EF has gone from .38 to .27. Drs are recommending the more complex ICD versus a simpler pacemaker and additional lead that would stimulate both sides of heart to get bi-ventricular pacing. The 6/04 installation was non trivial and I'm not anxious for complications coming from a more complex operation.

Does anyone know what likelihood of the defibrillator being activated i.e. being used? Versus likelihood of complications in the installation procedure?

If feels like the safe thing is to give everyone an ICD versus a pacemaker that will give me bi-ventricular pacing versus one-sided pacing I d...

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-08-21 18:02. 1 comments. 70 reads
During my Cardiologist visit this morning, we were discussing shutting off my defibrillator, which by the way he was quite enthusiastic about and said he'd be happy to. But that's not the point of this post.

Anyway he said he could shut off the defibrillator function as well as ATP but legally cannot shut off the pacemaker. He said he just found out that it is considered a form of euthanasia because it can accelerate death.

He just had a 90 year old patient who was on her death bed in hospice, and wanted the pacer shut off but he was prevented from doing so.

Might want to have this discussion with your Dr if that's something you are concerned with.

Posted by Molllenora on 2014-08-21 16:04. 7 comments. 108 reads
I'm a 28 year old mother of one. I'm in the works of being diagnosed with symptomatic bradycardia and have been hearing a lot about pacers.

My problems really presented themselves a year ago after my child. Chronic fatigue, zero energy. Tunnel vision, spots, dizzy, lightheaded, confusion. Most recently I passed out. I had a visit with a cardiologist about 5 months ago and he cleared me saying for a tall, thin, athlete my 60-45 HR was fine and he wasn't sure why I was having symptoms.
After having a holter my HR was avg 53 and lows of 37 with symptoms. ST depressions 54 times at -3.5. So I'm heading back to the cardiologist. I haven't worked out in 3 months.

My questions are at what point did they decide to...

Posted by annieanne26 on 2014-08-21 15:47. 0 comments. 24 reads
Hi - On another forum, have been discussing the AliveCor ECG for use with iphone. However, some folks with PMs are using it and others say it isn't any use for anyone with a PM. My PM is St Jude and is set to keep my rate at 60 and above. That's all it does. So I wonder if I can get any use from the AliveCor? I have having a bit of an up and down time with ectopics following ablations for atrial fibrillation and I've had 3 monitors, one I just had for a week, where unfortunately, my heart wasn't dancing around as much as it usually does. So I want to see if I can capture something for my cardiologist. It's quite expensive - £167 so before going ahead, I'd appreciate any info, thanks. Great to find this site - I can't find an e...

Posted by TickTock-UK on 2014-08-21 13:38. 1 comments. 47 reads

Well what do you all think????

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