St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by azviking on 2014-07-13 15:13. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
79yrs, 175 lbs. PM implanted 9 weeks ago.

A stress test shows the left ventricle pumping at a level of 43 (milliliters?). The doc says my normal level should be about 60, so the heart is pumping blood to the body at 72% of its normal rate.

Metaprolol increased. No other action until it reaches 30ml (50%) or so.

Any comments? Any experience with these levels?

Start Cardio-Vascular training? I walk daily and do yoga and golf. Change my diet? (Currently eat lots of veggies and fruit. Fish twice weekly. No alcohol)

I understand that the heart does not pump out all the blood in the left ventricle - nor does the 60 ml represent the max volume of the heart.

The stre...


Posted by boochance on 2014-07-13 14:36. 2 comments. 161 reads
 
I recently heard about the leadless St. Jude PM that goes directly in the heart with no wires in veins. The rep from St. Jude was at my doctor's office when I was there in PM lab for a routine check up and she told me about it. I have about 8 years left on mine but an acquaintance, only 34, was told she needs a PM for SSS like I have. Does anybody out there know how safe the new ones are and when they will be available?

Posted by nivla50 on 2014-07-13 13:22. 4 comments. 149 reads
 
Hi everyone, and thank you all for your wonderful insight and support on this site. Truly a great group of members.
My confusion hopefully could be clarified. I was diagnosed at age 50 with LBB and HF with an EF of 20% on February 2014.
I have been also told three months later since the diagnosis that I had some blockage of my LDA(Left Descending Artery) but not requiring stents only OMT- Medications.

My most recent Echos placed my EF at 35% and 42% most recently. My EP feels we should do an MRI of the heart to see if there is tissue damage that can be reversed and possible placement of an ICD.

My confusion is knowing that their exists a Ventricular Dysynchrony( My QRS is 142ms) and LBB- why would he not op...


Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-12 22:34. 7 comments. 166 reads
 
Everything looks good at pacemaker site but I feel slight lightheaded at times. 3 weeks pot op

Posted by Island Girl on 2014-07-12 16:09. 1 comments. 148 reads
 
I have been to my heart doctor and eye doctor and they have different ideas as to what medications I should be taking.

I have a pacemaker for Sick Sinus Syndrome and have Atrial Fibrillation. Also have Glaucoma and blood pressure that is high at night and low during the day. High systolic in the 150's at night and low during day anywhere in the low 90's or less. The other day it was the lowest ever at 69/37. The lows are not good for Glaucoma.

I take Flecainide for A-Fib. Atenolol for A-Fib & blood pressure.
Plavix for TIA. Combigan for Glaucoma. Problem is Atenolol brings daytime blood pressure too low but needed at night.

Eye doctor doesn't like the Atenolol and heart doctor say I need it for A...


Posted by promomof8 on 2014-07-12 04:39. 4 comments. 134 reads
 
I guess I am feel anxious about my 14 yo having a replacement pacemaker surgery. This will be the least invasive surgery she has had but I am still so worried something will not go as smoothly as they plan.
I found this site and I guess I just needed to vent this anxiety.

Posted by heartforyou on 2014-07-11 23:13. 3 comments. 109 reads
 
Just want to add the heart dr . said I needed no stents and have no blocked arteries . heart cath showed to be ok . I have atril fib.and also I am an AKA amputee which makes all this much harder . I was at PT when this heart attack occurred . I am hoping that the jaw pain and chest pain is from angina and can be treated . any other advise would be helpful. Thx.


Posted by boysmom on 2014-07-11 21:32. 6 comments. 171 reads
 
I plan on taking my son to the amusement park tomorrow. I usually ride everything with him. Anything I should stay away from? Thanks for the advice. I am out living again - YEA

Posted by heartforyou on 2014-07-11 12:02. 4 comments. 154 reads
 
After a month of implant still having some jaw and chest pain lasting approx. 10 min . then goes away . Occasional . Is this normal . Should I be concerned. Thx.

Posted by jpotts on 2014-07-11 01:47. 12 comments. 336 reads
 
I did not even know there was a distinction. I had my pm put in a week ago. Had a problem with spasms at the hospital. St Judes guy says it is the pacemaker turn voltage down. I feel no better than before. I have like a 7th sense when things are not right. Everybody disappears and I am released from hospital. That was Wednesday last week.

Called on Monday and told them I wanted pacemaker interrogated. They did not call me Back . I called on Tuesday and said nobody had called me. Wednesday morning I receive a call and missed it. I call right back and told secretary she said she would leave a message. Well 5 hours go by and I call again this time I am pissed. Nurse calls back in 5 minutes. Told here what I wanted she sets appoi...


Posted by clarencio on 2014-07-10 14:21. 4 comments. 120 reads
 
After reading a copy of my Pacemaker phone in report, I see that my Atrial Histogram chart shows my BPM is between 60-70 for 76% of the time. On either side of that Bar it is almost flat. I believe the chart should read more like a bell curve (Mountain shaped) instead of one Bar. What has to happen to achieve that Bell curve?? Or doesn't it really matter??
Clarencio

Posted by Rogue427 on 2014-07-10 09:03. 2 comments. 98 reads
 
Finally after many meetings, phone calls and lots of research I get my job back. I'm no longer a overpaid underworked stockboy! :) I had to tell them I was getting a lawer to get them to move. Of course they gave me four different jobs to do at the same time, going to ask if they will hire thre more Electricians to help me. :)

Posted by Nessa73 on 2014-07-10 03:00. 5 comments. 198 reads
 
My son had a pacemaker fitted nearly 2 years ago now and I just wanted to share our story.
My son was found to have 3rd degree heart block during a stay in hospital when he was 3 years of age. We were lucky as other than the heart bloke there were no further complications.
It was a bolt out of the blue for us and completely knocked me sideways as I had no idea there were any problems.
He was monitored then after a year it was decided a pacemaker would need to be fitted. This was done when he was aged 4.
I personally found it all very hard to deal with and really fell apart at that time and for a while after. I just had so many questions whirling around in my head. I have since been diagnosed
PTSD.
As ti...


Posted by ponca34 on 2014-07-10 02:26. 3 comments. 122 reads
 
I'll start off by giving some information. I'm a 34 year old female with a 4 year old, 3 year old, & 15 month old. I've always had a relatively low bp. 2 years ago when I was pregnant my blood pressure started bottoming out. It would go extremely low and my pulse got low too. My heart then started racing. My OBGYN sent me to a cardiologist where they has me to bump my water intake and salt intake. I was told to take Sudfed PE to help bump my bp and prescribed me Motoprol for tachycardia. After delivery the tachycardia left. My cardiologist continued me on the phenelefrin (sudafed PE) because I was breastfeeding. The sudafed did a fair job of keeping my pressure up. After I stopped breastfeeding my cardiologist put me on Midodrine 4 times a...


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-07-09 22:50. 0 comments. 57 reads
 

I sent you a private message in response, please let me know if it went through. I am not showing it did.

Grateful Heart

Posted by ACingire on 2014-07-09 21:34. 4 comments. 149 reads
 
Hi all,

I am 33 year old male in great physical health. At least according to all the tests run at the hospital.

This passed Saturday I experienced a vasovagel episode in which I passed out six times over a two or three hour period, some times from a lying down position. During the worst two episodes my heart paused for 12 seconds. The cardiologist and EP recommended that I have a PM implanted. I have a small history of other episodes spaced out over the last 15 years, but never has my heart paused.

I am attributing the above to having been dehydrated due to working in the front of my house, going for a run, and then consuming a couple of beers.

I have serious reservations about whether this ...


Posted by Pookie on 2014-07-09 18:08. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
From time to time I post articles that may be helpful to some of our members:

Found this at www.hrtcare.com

WARNING -----> VERY LONG POSTING

Neurocardiogenic Syncope

Syncope (fainting) is one of the most common medical ailments encountered in clinical practice. Although frequently thought of as a condition with a neurological origin, it’s actually a cardiovascular problem - as such, a neurologic work-up is seldom rewarding. The two main causes of syncope are cardiac arrhythmias and neurocardiogenic (vasovagal, vasodepressor) syndromes. In both of these conditions, blood circulation to the brain is reduced, resulting in temporary loss of consciousness.


Among the arrhythmias caus...


Posted by Pookie on 2014-07-09 17:48. 0 comments. 51 reads
 

Hi...me again...I looked at "Who’s In Chat Now?" and there were at least 50, if not more, names so I went in, but no one was there - I was SO disappointed....so just a kind reminder to log out when you are done :)  

I deleted all the names so now who is in there is really in there???  LOL

Take care,
Pookie



Posted by Pookie on 2014-07-09 17:25. 5 comments. 94 reads
 
Hi everyone!!!!!!!

I have been online from time to time but I haven't been commenting on many posts because they have already been answered quite adequately.

Just wanted to let you all know I am still here....however, I had my 2nd Sinus Surgery on July 3rd and am still recovering. The 1st one (2 years ago) was a breeze; this 2nd one has been very painful, but with each day passing it does get a bit better.

Take care,
Pookie



Posted by Steviec💔 on 2014-07-09 11:42. 3 comments. 100 reads
 
Hi everyone. Just looking to go on holiday abroad to Spain and need some advice about best places to get travel insure case as have icd and pacemaker.

Thanks Stevie c 💔



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