St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by J00ney on 2014-10-24 07:26. 0 comments. 7 reads
 
Hello all,
Just seeking some advice please.
Had a 2 lead PPM Implanted in January 2014.
Recovered well with a new lease of life with all the energy I have.
Last saw Cardiologist in Sept. He said the interrogation showed I was using the atrial lead 80% of the time.
Told him that every so often I get like a twitching sensation which at times is uncomfortable. It is sort of just to the left of the sternum half way down. I guess it is the ventricular lead which, although on is not firing at all.
I asked the Cardiologist if it was the lead sort of floating around but he said 'no' as the lead would be endotheliased which I take to mean that it is imbedded within the blood vessel wall. I did have this same sensati...


Posted by iforget1 on 2014-10-23 20:10. 4 comments. 60 reads
 
I had a Biotronik dual lead installed about 9-20-14 on my R side due to complications in getting leads in L arteries.

This was done because I had SOB,dizzyness,falling,and can't climb stars. Went to hospital and they found a heart beat of 40 and lower chambers only beating every other beat sometime and sometimes not at all!. Basically they found a A/V heart block and i think its called sinoscope.along with an abnormal thyroid. I did pass two lyme disease tests but think i should get checked again by some specialist for lyme again??

For today I'm just wondering does anybody have random dull/sharp pains in chest near heart? Its very random sometimes happens if I'm stressed but often times happens if I'm simple sittin...


Posted by my4turtles on 2014-10-23 13:29. 12 comments. 146 reads
 
I had my pacemaker replaced almost 3 weeks ago. Thinking back now while in the hospital I was asking for more pain Meds 1-2 hrs after I had got a dose. I have awful pain from the front to the back of my shoulder blade. On a 1-10 scale way over 10!! To the point I'm in tears. I have double my hydrocodone taken it with Aleve as well as ibuprofen 800mg and it does nothing for the pain. This is my 4th pace maker and I have never had pain like this. And I can take pain I had 3 kids all natural and would do it all over again , that was easy compared to this pain. I went in and they took X-rays as they were thinking my shoulder might have got separated in surgery as well as my pacemaker might be infected again. They said the X-rays look good. We ...


Posted by Vikisez on 2014-10-23 13:24. 0 comments. 15 reads
 
I'm so glad I found this site. I'm a 68 year old female and I had aortic valve replacement in 2006 and now am preparing for a pacemaker due to irregular heartbeat. I have a consultation appointment with a doctor my cardiologist referred me to next Tuesday.

After reading some of the posts here, I know I've come to the right place. I'm nervous about the procedure and would like any suggestions any of you may have.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-10-23 07:15. 0 comments. 16 reads
 
Any pacer ladies use microcurrent facial machine ? Is it safe ?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-10-22 16:40. 3 comments. 84 reads
 

Prayers for our friends in Canada.

Stay safe all: citizens, soldiers and law enforcement.

Grateful Heart

Posted by gleesue on 2014-10-22 14:22. 1 comments. 129 reads
 
Might want to search this:

US government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

The news media creating more hysteria.

I don't think we need to worry but here is just a bit of the article:

The DHS is also reviewing suspected vulnerabilities in implantable heart devices from Medtronic and St Jude Medical, according to two people familiar with the matter.

They said the probe was based in part on research by Barnaby Jack, a well-known hacker who died in July 2013. Jack had said he could hack into wireless communications systems that link implanted pacemakers and defibrillators with bedside monitors.

Medtronic spokeswoman Marie Yarroll said in an email that the company ...


Posted by bmom91 on 2014-10-22 13:07. 2 comments. 77 reads
 
Hi just wondering if any of you know what would cause multiple pvc's and my ventricle pacing percentage to over double. I have had a dual chamber pacemaker for 12 years and am having trouble with pvc's to the point of going to the ER while there pacer interrogation showed my ventricular pacing went from 22% to 50% in a 8 month period just wondering if any of you know what that means since er doc couldn't answer and neither could pacemaker tech.

Posted by LisB on 2014-10-22 11:33. 6 comments. 141 reads
 
My friend recently went in for a colonoscopy. While she was waiting for the procedure, her heart rate soared to 150 and she was admitted into the hospital for several days. Now it appears she has a-fib full time. She has been taking medication and blood thinners also. Previous to this, her heart was fine. I had a conversation with two of the nurses in the endoscopy unit. Both mentioned that it is not unusual for patients to get a-fib because of the colonoscopy prep. It is usually temporary, but not always. One has seen it happen what she called frequently. It has to do with the sudden loss of fluid and electrolytes. There are other factors, but I don't know them. I went online and did some research and found many mentioned of the prep caus...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-22 03:53. 2 comments. 64 reads
 
hello i am male/20 with IPG medtronic kappa 400 DDDR. my question is that sometimes i feel my heart beat is fluctuating. it is not in proper rhytm. the heart beating is in disorder i feel this every 3,5 days then after 30,50 minutes everything goes fine. i am patient if CHB. US THIS FLUTUATIONS ARE NORMAL ? or should i visit doctor ? i feel heart beats sometimes two beats together

Posted by ShaD. on 2014-10-22 00:46. 2 comments. 54 reads
 
Thought I joined this group; several weeks back.
Paid by Paypal for a pacemaker keychain. Their adress shown as Pacemakerclub; later as, Pacemakerlab.com
Today, I could not connect---my first try, here ; so I "Re joined".
I have rec'd keychain, shipped from Canada.
Could someone give me any info?
ShaD

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-10-21 19:43. 7 comments. 154 reads
 
I had a Doctors appointment today because my "good hip" and opposite knee have suddenly become worse. I usually just push through it but this past week the pain has been off the charts for some reason.

The official diagnosis: I want to quote the Doctor so I get it right..... I have "crappy arthritis genes". That's the medical term.

He has a crystal ball too. He said there is more metal in my future. (Trying to hold off on that prediction).

According to the X-rays, I have bone spurs in both knees that look like a snaggletooth. When he rotated my leg, my knee sounded like sand rolling around inside. He made an awful face.....as if he was in pain??

Oh yeah, I also have a lateral m...


Posted by neff on 2014-10-20 17:09. 6 comments. 174 reads
 
Morning I was wondering if there is a way a pm act at the end of it's life. Maybe sometimes just stops? Or maybe shocks ? oh ,I have sss.
Thanks for any help.
Diane

Posted by www.thepad.pm on 2014-10-20 10:05. 3 comments. 132 reads
 
PART 2! Your Help Is Needed

The first questionnaire suggests that many pacemaker and ICD patients may have liked more support and information at implant. As a result I have some more questions (I am really sorry) but if you do have the time to fill this in it may lead to more consistency in the information and support offered to people with ICD's and Pacemakers in the future! Thank You in advance
Carl

Link to take survey below :)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pacemaker-ICD

N.B. It is an independent survey that if results show discrepancies in information and support provided by healthcare centres and manufacturers this will be fed back to them. I do not work for any pacemaker or ICD company. I do...


Posted by Cynthia56 on 2014-10-20 08:51. 6 comments. 182 reads
 
I've had a pacemaker since March, I'd like to ask all of more experienced pacers if soaking in a heart tub is harmful?
Thanks in advance for info.
Cynthia

Posted by TalkinCardio on 2014-10-18 15:39. 4 comments. 162 reads
 
Hello everyone! I just thought I would check in with this wonderful group that gave me such needed support over the years. I am still doing good, some bumps in the recovery road but nothing I cant handle. I went through a pulmonary rehab class and I am now in Cardiac rehab. It's taking a long time to get my muscle and strength back but it is coming along. It will be a year on December 5th, since I got my new heart.

Does anyone know how Paul (fishfighter) is doing?

Take care, Cathy

Posted by wbarellano on 2014-10-18 14:23. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
Hello All!
My name's Wendy and i'm 20 years young and a college student living with roommates in an apartment for school.
I've had my pacemaker for about 5 years now. I got it implanted on June 19, 2009, due to cardiac arrest.
So i got my health insurance taken away from me, and i've applied and applied and for some reason i get denied and can't get covered.
I havent gotten my heart checked for almost a year already because i have no health insurance.
Does anyone have information on how to get insured or something?
Thanks in Advance!


Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-10-18 09:33. 7 comments. 197 reads
 
Just in case there is anyone here, who used to be a member of the forum at implantable.com: I have set up a Facebook group with the same title to bring together the "old gang" as the forum software for implantable quit its job a while ago. Of course, other patients are welcome to join, too :-) It's by request/invitation only, not an open group, but I'll add you, if you apply.

This is not to lure anyone away, and I'll definitely continue to post/comment here, too. It's just that some of the implantable-folks were missing each other - we used to be a rather small, but great community there -, and so the FB group is an attempt to bring people back together.

Inga

Posted by jue on 2014-10-18 03:29. 14 comments. 257 reads
 
Hi All,
Had PM replacement on Thursday, all went well and was told in theatre my leads were ok.
On post op pacemaker check, they found abnormal readings.
Consultant came back and checked, told me that atrial lead is fractured and making a noise the pacemaker doesn't like.
I have been sent home with a 48 hour monitor on and then they will make some decisions.
I am so fed up it wasn't found in theatre.
So does anyone know, will I have to go back in immediately now to have the lead sorted?
Thanks guys

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-10-17 10:03. 1 comments. 99 reads
 

I just read your shout in the Shoutbox.

Good for you, you're going back to Cardiac Rehab. We both know the wonderful benefits of that program.

Have fun with it and keep laughing.

Grateful Heart



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