St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by trish on 2014-09-21 09:42. 1 comments. 13 reads
walked right through scanners at JFK, Athens Greece, cruise ship, Istanbul and Rome Absolutely no problem. Returned last night through Atlanta, 1hr and 40 minutes in passport control , lost luggage and at security even with ID card in hand was searched like I was criminal . Still have no luggage, Used to like Atlanta airport but will avoid at all costs, People rude, have to scan passport and answer questions , have photo taken at kiosk( half of which are non functioning) then proceed to officer. TSA seems to be staffed by low functioning people. My advice is to avoid Atlanta and use JFK if possible. I live in Savannah Otherwise , trip was wonderful. Trish

Posted by Buckeye on 2014-09-20 22:50. 0 comments. 11 reads
Would appreciate if any members have had any experience with Cefaly which is a headband used for headaches. After ordering it, I started to wonder if it could hurt my pacemaker. Please respond if you have heard anything.

Posted by roballen46 on 2014-09-20 19:20. 1 comments. 39 reads
I exercised for the first time. My exercise was not the walk I take daily but one in which I decided to see what I can do. I played basketball. I ran for at least 2 minutes straight with the only side effect of weak legs. I was recently fitted with a biventricular pacemaker. That extra lead made all the difference in the world as far as having more air and less side effects of chf

Posted by SallyStar on 2014-09-20 19:05. 2 comments. 39 reads
Does anyone have a Merlin@home transmitter?
How do I know if it is working? I have heard nothing from my Dr. or St.Jude since I set it up.
Any suggestions.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-20 15:43. 2 comments. 36 reads
10K This morning pretty felt good, tough course.

You all are probably getting tired of my post, anyway.
2nd race in four days another 1st place in old men division : ).

And I think back last Nov 22 pasted out (6th time), went to DR two days later with a hr of 37. NO Running or biking 4 months (testing time). PM 2-24-14 couple minor adjustments, last adjustment about 2 months ago. I can say I am a runner & biker. 100 mile ride next weekend, 1/2 Marathon 3 weekends away.

Link to race

Posted by carolinagirl27 on 2014-09-20 15:00. 3 comments. 53 reads
I just had my first PM implanted on Tuesday and have had a lot of inflammation from the leads since surgery. I found out today I now have pericarditis and am in horrible pain. My physician has given me a new medicine to treat it and so I hope to have relief soon. He told me this was pretty rare to happen but was wondering if anyone else experienced this after implantation?

Thanks for any input....

Posted by Brightstar on 2014-09-20 14:35. 3 comments. 45 reads
I have a bifascicular block, and get many symptoms. I feel like I am going to pass out if I go up two flights of stairs, have chest, arm, neck and back pain with exertion, and get breathless.

I am going through tests right now, but my next appointment to see the Cardiologist in in January 2015!

I am currently off sick from work, and am desperate to get back, but everything is so dragged out, and in the meantime, I feel ill. I also have hypertension, high cholesterol (due to family trait, not diet).

The Cardiologist only mentioned a pacemaker as a last resort, but I am so unwell.

Have any of you any ideas on this please?

Posted by sstorck on 2014-09-20 12:00. 4 comments. 68 reads
I received my Medtronic Advisa Pacemaker in April of 2014. since then, there are times the pain is so intense in my left arm and chest rea right above the pacemaker and sharp I cant use my arm. trying to lift anything above my head produces a tugging feeling and feeling as if I am being shocked. we checked the pacemaker, it is working fine, my doc said its just part of the healing process that the lead may have moved and is sitting on a nerve. all I know is OW. it hurts like heck. I cnt take NSAIDS due to kidney disease. any ideas what this could be? or a cause?

Posted by EricWright on 2014-09-20 02:54. 3 comments. 122 reads
So after reading several postings, I have a question: Why do people take their units out after a few years, and also why consider taking out the leads? If you need it dont you always need it? or do you get better after a while? Just curious.

Posted by jschepp on 2014-09-20 02:22. 1 comments. 74 reads
Can i donate plasma since i have a pacemaker

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