St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by dlruddick on 2014-11-22 18:54. 6 comments. 44 reads
 
I am a 54 yr old female. I started having difficulty while teaching my spin class. My heart rate would be in the 140 range and suddenly drop to 50. I would feel faint and weak.

I thought it was low blood sugar. I ate before the next class and if happened again only sooner. This time when I hit 125 on HRM. Stress test results were the same. Transient heart block was the diagnosis. Since then a heart scan, sonogram , holter monitor several ekgs and an MRI of my heart ...I have been told no calcium deposits, NO heart damage, no anuresiums.

I am scheduled for an EP study and have been told that they are 90% sure I will need a pacemaker. I want to make the right decision...this is all a shock and moving very quickly...


Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-11-22 16:42. 3 comments. 41 reads
 
hello all hope everyone is doing good ,,,and HAPPY THANKSGIVING ,,, Just a quick question my insision is itcy like crazy can you put anything on it like anti itch cream...

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-11-22 15:04. 1 comments. 41 reads
 
2 days ago went for check up adjustment. As I posted than couple changes were made just not what I thought and that brings me to looking for opinions. For some reason my Pacemaker is set for 40. Is this to low? I am sitting doing nothing hr is 40 -45, prior to pm heart rate would probably not be much lower. The average would run about 42 prior to pm varring low 30's to mid 40's. My cardiologist is a wonderful but just thinking PM's not really her specialty. I am feeling a little tired and cold today just thinking 40 may be a bit low? She did say that she could refer my to a PM specialist in Boston or Ohio, just don't know if that is necessary. I could just go to a arrhythmia specialist in Hartford see what they have to say. I am/was pret...


Posted by Helmut on 2014-11-22 12:43. 5 comments. 77 reads
 
Hi all! I'm new here and just got a pacemaker implanted three days ago, seven years after my first diagnosis of intermittent third degree av-block. I guess what I'm doing here is just telling you my story because I feel a need to get it off my chest, and share it with people with similar experiences. I've actually never talked with anyone with similar experiences.
I've been living in three different countries since my first diagnosis, and I think about ten different cardiologist have been treating me (well actually only the last one actually treated me). It's been kind of a limbo. I'm this borderline patient. When first diagnosed I was 30, pauses were typically around 3 seconds, three to five times a day and with little symptoms. I wa...


Posted by Daisyinthesun on 2014-11-21 16:42. 6 comments. 183 reads
 
Do they mix?



Posted by Seabreeze on 2014-11-21 14:30. 3 comments. 72 reads
 
Hi! I'm new to the group and I'm really psyched that I found you all. I had a PM On Oct 9th of this year and it's slow getting back in to the exercising "thing" again. One day I walk 2 miles then another day it's 1 mile, which makes me feel wiped out. It's a little frustrating because I was a 6 day a week workout person but I'm pushing myself while listening to my body too (if that makes sense). Today my incision site hurts like wires are poking me. The nurse told me I had two layers of stitches so I'm assuming it's the healing process. I called and left a message with the nurse. Does anyone feel that poking pain?

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-11-21 14:03. 4 comments. 72 reads
 
Ok has anyone found that they still hold their arm next to their body sometimes even though they do not have to anymore? I find myself cradling my arm next to my body and resting it under my breast like at the beginning. It is too funny, I just start laughing at myself. It is like my arm wants to be there now.

Just thought I would share my funny moment with everyone.

Posted by vbilbrey on 2014-11-20 17:36. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
Any one else notice slight dizziness up to a few years before needing PM replaced? When I was at the grocery store today I noticed feeling a little dizzy after I looked up, then back down. I have about 3 more years of battery life left. But I've noticed this with prior pacemakers, too & wondered if others have noticed this as well.

Thanks
V

Posted by brian1951 on 2014-11-20 13:05. 12 comments. 141 reads
 
I received a PM 2 weeks ago. due to 2nd degree av block and heart rate of 30-40. When EP study was done there was nothing to ablate..I was even brought awake during procedure. I have been on heart meds for 28 years( digoxin and Toprol)..since have stopped then went to cardizeim. Heart rate everywhere with shortness of breath and dizziness. Changed back to Toprol..very low dose. Seems better. Still not as much energy as I would like. Also malnutrition and 25 lb weight loss. I mostly feel it kick in at night..a little thumping. Is this normal, and when can I drive?


Posted by clockman1 on 2014-11-20 12:44. 2 comments. 82 reads
 
OK, lets pick someones brains.Had my rate response turned on 6 months ago on my Sorin Reply DR and I was being paced then at 96% on my Atrial. Today on my latest check up I am only being paced at 40% on my Atrial with settings of 60/130. That seems like a drastic difference, does turning on the rate response normally have that effect. It has slightly increased the incidence of Angina attacks which they said it might, but generally I feel better and with more energy (not too much more, but some), so today they offered to tweak it some more so I said yes please, let's put the pedal to the metal and see what happens. Are there likely to be any serious effects, am I likely to be able to fly or leap over tall buildings! Any sensible comments w...


Posted by Runningmama on 2014-11-20 11:47. 4 comments. 102 reads
 
Hey Guys! Hope everyone is a having a super day...I have a quick question that I'm sure the pros have the answer to. What happens if you accidentally forget and get close to the oven part of a conduction stove? My pacemaker is set to demand at 50, would there be any interference?

Posted by banshee on 2014-11-20 06:17. 4 comments. 96 reads
 
Hello, I stumbled across this website searching for information. I have bradycardia, have had most of my life, am 58 years young, diabetic, high blood pressure - controlled with medication finally. I am physically active, do karate at least three times per week, walk my dog, and ride push bike. Have lost over 50kgs in past three years trying to get fitter and healthier.
Recently had an echo/ECG, was told that all was good though left ventricle was slightly dilated, ? due to high blood pressure and/or exercise. I have been told that at some stage I will need to get a pacemaker, this is where I need your input. At this stage I am not getting dizzy, passing out, or shortness of breath. I know that if my pulse rate was raised it i...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-11-19 10:38. 2 comments. 99 reads
 
Age 75, covered by Medicare A & B and pharmacy part D. Looking for info on obtaining supplementary insurance to Parts A & B , rather that an "Advantage" type plan which replaces A & B. (Not looking for an agent, but for general member experience.)

All agents have been super friendly at first, and then get nasty when I want exact answers as to whether or not I am actually insurable at all, other than Medicare, with a pacemaker. Most answer "No" with a supplementary policy, but possibly with an "advantage" type plan. One agent whispered aside to somebody as she was explaining her policy to me "Oh God, this is going to take forever". I thanked her kindly and hung up.

Does anyone have personal information on this. ...


Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-11-18 18:35. 6 comments. 161 reads
 
It is over, was a piece of cake. I had it done at St Vincent's Heart Hospital in Indianapolis. The radiologist, nurses, St. Jude's tech, and everyone else there was just wonderful. I had continuous EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen monitoring, everything was fine. In fact I dozed through most of it.

Posted by everald on 2014-11-18 03:24. 3 comments. 125 reads
 
Hi everyone, Does anyone know of an insurance company that will cover my pacemaker for holiday insurance? My yearly holiday insurance expired 2013 but as my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer early 2013 so we didn't renew. When I enquired I could get a good yearly insurance but excluded the pacemaker. I have never had any blackouts etc, just breathlessness and don't take any medication for my heart condition. I can't understand it. I need to be insured from the UK. Can anyone help. My previous holiday insurance was very cheap considering it was for a year.
Thanks
Chris

Posted by adg on 2014-11-17 21:28. 0 comments. 44 reads
 
Thanks to the replies to my question about different pacemakers.
I have added information that is relevant to why I have
joined this board.

Thanks, ADG


Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-11-17 20:48. 4 comments. 133 reads
 
Hi got my replacement pacemaker 1 week ago today the Dr also did a wound revision from the first one that got infected,Went to Dr today for wound check and already assumed it was a bit infected but when they took the steri strips off the wound it self was quite red as well as around the edge of where the steri strips were it also had a blister under the steri strips that was also infected any way the PA i saw said she would talk to Dr about what antibiotic to give me since i am allergic to penicillan and a couple others but it seems they forgot to call anything in should i just wait til tom am or should i go to er Its not a massive infection only had a low grade fever ,I have some doxcycycline but not sure if that will work for this kind o...


Posted by Runningmama on 2014-11-16 19:53. 6 comments. 202 reads
 
Good Evening!! I was wondering if anyone may have first hand experience with how having our pacemakers affects our health insurance rates? I can't find any info on line really.??? thanks!!

Posted by KelliF on 2014-11-16 19:52. 4 comments. 152 reads
 
Hi all. Having my first PM implant on Tuesday. I'm actually looking forward to having it done as I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired ;). My question is cellphone related. I use my cell for work and am on it 6 hours a day. I hold it to my left ear and from what I've read, my implant will be on my left side since I'm right handed. That said, I've read conflicting news regarding cellphone use. Does a cell interfere with your pacemaker? If so, changing the ear I use to talk will definitely take getting used to.

Thanks!
Kelli

Posted by jtickle on 2014-11-16 11:08. 7 comments. 186 reads
 
Hello! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jennifer, I am 34 years old, and getting a PM this Wednesday. My bradycardia problems started back in June when I had a gastric bypass. The night of my surgery my HR kept dropping down into the 20s. Everyone blew it off and blamed it on the morphine pump I was on. I told the surgeon about it and he kinda laughed it off and told me I had a runner's heart, keep in mind I weighed 325 pounds. Runner's heart, yeah right. Fast forward, a few months later and 100 pounds lighter. I had an overnight pulse ox study to see if I still had sleep apnea. I didn't thank goodness, but my PCP noticed that my HR never got out of the 40s. I started having blackouts and I even had a few episodes of syncope. I...




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