St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Spunky_1 on 2015-05-21 15:41. 7 comments. 125 reads
Good morning fellow pacers!

Quick question for my European friends - My EP has me on 4 drugs to slow my rhythms (Dixoxin, Cardizem, Pindolol and Flecainide). The only one I feel ever truly did anything for me was the flecainide.

Since Ivabradine was just approved here in the states last month my EP wants me to try it. I am game, but the issue is my EP has taken me off the flecainide - which has been working REALLY well for me - and left me on the other 3 drugs that I really dislike in order to try the Ivabradine.

I think I remember reading that some people take flecainide and Ivabradine together. Is this true?

I have a call into my EPs office begging him to put me back on Flecainide - just ne...

Posted by kennyg on 2015-05-21 12:39. 4 comments. 94 reads
Had the pacemaker replaced in December. The actual would, although it looks good, seems to be causing minor problems. Running my fingers over it is ok until I get to one point where it feels like a pin prick. Occasionally when I move I get a feeling like that of a scab not healing. Doctor is over 2000 miles away.
Except for that, all is well.

Posted by johnnyc on 2015-05-21 11:37. 2 comments. 116 reads
I have had a pacemaker for one year and 3 months. Recently I have experienced light headedness. In the last week, once on two days and three times on one day. My pacemaker setting is at 40 and only has to work only 2-3 % of the time. The pacemaker clinic want me to go to my family doctor and schedule an ECG. They will not check my pacemaker without an ECG since I just had the pacemaker checkup in January.
Does this sound logical?
Thank you

Posted by Chuyita on 2015-05-21 07:19. 3 comments. 103 reads
Hi, So im a Zumba Insctructor, im 25 and had the pacemaker surgery two weeks ago. I was wondering if anyone else has had way much more energy and more active in regards to cleaning, gettting things done etc...? Also if anyone has had any problems with going back to workingout afther their 6 week recovery, im so ready to get back to my Zumba Classes?

Posted by patrick_g on 2015-05-21 03:00. 1 comments. 72 reads
I am interested in being able to safely arc weld with no problems with my pacemaker/defibrillator. I have read the info put out by Medtronic but want more info, especially any info regarding commercial off the shelf protective clothing with shielding functionality.

I have read several posts in various locations regarding welding with a pacemaker ranging from DON"T DO IT!!! to I do it casually with no problems as verified by doctor downloading the pacemaker history file. I believe there is a truth somewhere in between these extremes.

I have read about people using lead vests ala the dental X-ray, people claiming copper is a good thing and on and on tantamount to garlic and holy water to deter vampires.


Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2015-05-21 01:32. 3 comments. 72 reads
For those with a Biotronics PM using CLS.
I had my 1 year check up yesterday. I told them that I couldn't get my heart rate over 130 even when running up hills. They had previously set my max heart rate to 160 so this was strange.

On examination they adjusted the max CLS rate to 155 (from 120) and I think the responsiveness? to high. I didn't understand there were 2 max setting.

Will see how it goes.
Still adjusting to the change (tired - felt deadful all yesterday) as the reprogramming loses the previous history / learnings. I hate how it does that.

Posted by rjsully on 2015-05-21 00:27. 2 comments. 101 reads
I haven't posted for quite a while. I have a dual chamber pacer now for aprox 6 months. I feel a lot better now that I have it. Way more energy, less dizziness, almost no "fluttering". My issue was bradycardia (rates in 30's/40's) with vasovagal episodes. I had SOB when I exerted myself (running) and would nearly pass out anytime I pushed myself or stood up "too fast". current issue is I have been trying for several months to "get back to my running" and I just can't get past 4 or 5 miles. I don't have the fluttering/dizziness anymore or even feel so much SOB. I just physically feel like I have to stop. I don't get this when I do other types of exercise (hot yoga/Vinyasa Flow/playing sports). I want to feel strong again ...

Posted by Wpw64 on 2015-05-20 21:09. 2 comments. 108 reads
Had pacemaker fitted two weeks ago and have been advised to notify the dvla and insurance company. What experiences and results has anyone in the UK had with doing this thanks

Posted by frankie61 on 2015-05-20 19:14. 1 comments. 74 reads
On Thursday, May 14 while driving to work I felt the vibration in my chest 10 hours later my ICD alerted again. I went to my cardiologist the next day and they checked my ICD and said everything seemed to be fine except for one lead which registered below 20 ohms. The text said the alert happens four times the doctor didn't think it was anything to worry about. Everything was fine until yesterday May 19 when my ICD alerted twice in the same day. Today on May 20 at 9:30 in the morning he just did it again and I called the doctor and they said nothing to worry about just come in at my convenience. I feel fine nothing seems to be wrong but it's a little unnerving to have it happen as this happened to anyone else? At my visit I had 11.5 months...

Posted by adkpops on 2015-05-20 17:50. 2 comments. 79 reads
Can I drive a small van or a 10.000 lbs stake bed with a ICD

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