St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-04-25 23:15. 2 comments. 32 reads
Hi there, I am wondering if anyone has any input/experience with a decision that I have to make:

I received my PM in Dec when my ablation for SVT caused a heart block. For awhile I was going in to see the EP every few weeks to have him tweak the PM as my heart still felt funny. It got to the point where he said I was doing so well that he believed I probably wouldn't even need the PM in a year. The last time I went in as I was feeling funny again - and yes, funny doesn't describe anything, but it is always different, and basically it feels like when they lay the magnet on the PM, but all the time, and there's some jumping around of HR and a I feel a little gaspy, the EP said that it looks like I have arrhythmia and that my op...

Posted by AFJONES on 2015-04-25 21:56. 0 comments. 6 reads
Received 3rd pacemaker (2006/2013/2015) to add another lead. Felt good for couple of days and then "toothache" like pain in area of pacemaker and in my back. No redness or infection. Continuous pain. CDU pacemaker check in 3 days. What could be the problem.

Posted by Juliajambutty on 2015-04-25 12:01. 5 comments. 121 reads
Hello ,
I am a 45 yr old woman who had a monitor on due to extra beats , turns out - the extra beats are not the problem heart keeps stopping for 4/5 seconds and re starting . I was told on Thursday I need a pacemaker .. I don't know what type or why my heart is stopping ? The Dr didn't say if I had heart disease or if it is congenital , just I need a pacemaker .
I suppose I just would like to know if anyone else has had this experience .. I realise I am lucky to have discovered this problem instead of just not waking up !! However I do feel conscious of every heart beat now and feel relieved to wake up in the morning ! Anyone have any info ?

Posted by SUPERSALE on 2015-04-25 09:00. 2 comments. 78 reads
sometime my pacemaker is not on or pacing what it should anybody has that before??

Posted by Sanune on 2015-04-25 08:39. 2 comments. 90 reads
Hello everyone,

I'm new and searching for some feedback from those who are willing to share their experiences about what's really happened to them or what to expect in the future.

Two years ago my 48- monitor was 80,000 and as of 4/24/15 I find out my 2 days found 68,000 (pvc). I'm 42 F and I feel left in the dark because, I've had the echo stress test with injections and echo cardio and more blood work ups.

Nobody wants to answer my questions until they get this test back or that test back. It's driving me crazy! I feel them all the time. I can't even sleep on my left side due to the pounding and does anyone have sharp "electrical pains" that spread like lighting and take your breath away? and then its ...

Posted by lisa123 on 2015-04-25 01:27. 1 comments. 99 reads
I'm waiting on a battery and lead change and have had a very stressful week as was supposed to be getting it done next week but they've decided to wait another two months until the battery goes down further. Yes, I probably should want to get it over with but I also wanted to run out the door and not come back. My underlying ventricular rhythm was 49 the other day when they checked which is good for me because apparently sometimes I'm pacemaker dependent. I wasn't sane enough I think to ask enough questions of the cardiologist who came in while I was getting the pre-admission stuff done but looking back he horrified me by saying if he couldn't get a new lead in one side they would do it on the other. I'm a woman and already feel like the b...

Posted by daisy0388 on 2015-04-24 23:48. 3 comments. 85 reads
It has been awhile since I have posted and quite a bit has happened. Long story short got diagnosed with IST about 3-4 yrs ago, I have had 8 ablation for the IST, junctional tachycardia and svt the came back after ablations. I have had also 2 pocket revisions due to pm's moving. I started out with just single lead pm, then biventricular and now since I have diaphragm still from the right ventricle lead my dr at mayo clinic (which is amazing) added a 3rd lead in the left ventricle so after its stable they hope to turn off the right lead which leads me to the CRT-P that I have now. Now for my questions...Even though I'm pacer dependent, as I do not have anything left of my sinus or av node at this time, my heart rate stays right about 70 whi...

Posted by TJ319 on 2015-04-24 19:52. 4 comments. 75 reads
Hi I've had my PM since November 2013. The primary reasons were Bradycardia and AV block. I'm paced about 90% of the time in both chambers. I've had Atrial Tachycardia frequently during the past few months and now am scheduled for an ablation next week. The doctor put me on Cardizem for a month but, as he predicted, I don't want to live on it. It does not completely control the Tachycardia and makes me very sluggish. Does anyone have experience with the Ablation procedure?


Posted by ww4321 on 2015-04-24 19:12. 4 comments. 143 reads
went for a checkup and was told I had had an incident on 2/25/2015.

What does that mean?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-04-24 14:44. 9 comments. 146 reads
Something interesting for my "CLS buddies":

Spoke to a Biotronik technician today, because I keep getting rate drops while exercising. They either happen in the beginning, or after 20-25 minutes of running. When they happen in the end, the rate will not go up again, no matter what I do. It drops from 160 to around 120, and there simply is no way to increase the rate again.

So, now the tech explained to me that the CLS sensor has a kind of safety feature: If the rate stays at the upper sensor rate limit for some time, the sensor "thinks" that this just cannot be right, and therefore reduces the heart rate. This is based on the presumption that pacemakers are for the elderly people, who are not that active, and who do ...

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