St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-08-23 11:28. 2 comments. 96 reads
 
My doc gave me a script for CT Arthrogram of knee because of pain. BCBS requires a pre-cert, its going to Physicians Review, has anyone dealt with this ? I understand the pre-cert, usually a nurse reviews within 24 hours, but with Physicians Review ?? Guess what people cannot do MRI's !!!!!

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-08-21 18:02. 10 comments. 255 reads
 
During my Cardiologist visit this morning, we were discussing shutting off my defibrillator, which by the way he was quite enthusiastic about and said he'd be happy to. But that's not the point of this post.

Anyway he said he could shut off the defibrillator function as well as ATP but legally cannot shut off the pacemaker. He said he just found out that it is considered a form of euthanasia because it can accelerate death.

He just had a 90 year old patient who was on her death bed in hospice, and wanted the pacer shut off but he was prevented from doing so.

Might want to have this discussion with your Dr if that's something you are concerned with.

Posted by Molllenora on 2014-08-21 16:04. 12 comments. 247 reads
 
I'm a 28 year old mother of one. I'm in the works of being diagnosed with symptomatic bradycardia and have been hearing a lot about pacers.

My problems really presented themselves a year ago after my child. Chronic fatigue, zero energy. Tunnel vision, spots, dizzy, lightheaded, confusion. Most recently I passed out. I had a visit with a cardiologist about 5 months ago and he cleared me saying for a tall, thin, athlete my 60-45 HR was fine and he wasn't sure why I was having symptoms.
After having a holter my HR was avg 53 and lows of 37 with symptoms. ST depressions 54 times at -3.5. So I'm heading back to the cardiologist. I haven't worked out in 3 months.

My questions are at what point did they decide to...


Posted by annieanne26 on 2014-08-21 15:47. 2 comments. 94 reads
 
Hi - On another forum, have been discussing the AliveCor ECG for use with iphone. However, some folks with PMs are using it and others say it isn't any use for anyone with a PM. My PM is St Jude and is set to keep my rate at 60 and above. That's all it does. So I wonder if I can get any use from the AliveCor? I have having a bit of an up and down time with ectopics following ablations for atrial fibrillation and I've had 3 monitors, one I just had for a week, where unfortunately, my heart wasn't dancing around as much as it usually does. So I want to see if I can capture something for my cardiologist. It's quite expensive - £167 so before going ahead, I'd appreciate any info, thanks. Great to find this site - I can't find an e...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2014-08-21 13:38. 2 comments. 116 reads
 


Well what do you all think????

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2730160/Listen-heart-Tiny-electric-shocks-EAR-boost-cardiac-health-treat-heart-failure.html

Posted by azkaren on 2014-08-20 01:59. 3 comments. 174 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in June 14. I have atrial fibrillation and very low heart rate. I'm healing well and adjusting to the new life. My heart rate can't be below 60 and reading other posts I understand that's just about standard. 135 is my maximum. I'm 68, a widow and I live alone.

Pretty much unexpectedly I find myself in a position where I need to know about having sex. My owner's manual suggests it is something to bring up with the dr., I don't see the dr for another 4 weeks or so and sure don't want to give a cold call to the staff. Are there specific guidelines I need to be aware of? Thank you for any help, truly. Karen in Az

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-08-20 00:37. 3 comments. 184 reads
 

You have been missed. When is the big event? We look forward to having you back full time.

Hope all is well with you.

Grateful Heart

Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-08-19 22:32. 1 comments. 98 reads
 
I just got my PM back in November and they are doing the MEB thing and I was wandering what I get for a rating through the va

Posted by phillyd on 2014-08-19 19:58. 2 comments. 158 reads
 

I developed palpitations & I have a pacemaker now They want to change it to anouther type >>>Because of the palpitation..Does anyone know what type they may put in...

Did anyone have the palpitation problem
Thanks in advance
MaryAnn 



Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-08-19 04:45. 0 comments. 61 reads
 

....................Hi Pooks..I have tried to PM you and you don't seem to have picked it up.

I had an attachment on my computer that I cannot open. Try me here on PMC.

I hope you are ok.

TM x

Posted by tennis4some on 2014-08-18 10:45. 3 comments. 177 reads
 
Last Monday I went in for an ablation. Then Tuesday a pacemaker was put in also, surprise!!! Then home on Wednesday and lots of pain and wondering what the ????
Finding your club is giving me some hope. I cannot go braless and I don't want to stop my tennis & active life. The comments by members concerning the bra strap and what to do is very helpful. So as I am recovering from all the soreness & just having this foreign thing in my body, I hope to discover what is best for me so that I can be back on the courts in 8-10 weeks.
I am sure the location of the pacemaker is necessary, but a man definitely cannot appreciate what women have to put up with to hang properly or maybe they do understand!

Posted by Jackw on 2014-08-17 23:41. 4 comments. 234 reads
 
If I have a slow rate, say 40 and I have a PM set with a 60 minimum, what happens when the PM fires because I'm running slow? My heart is still running at 40 so it will fire again soon after. Why don 't I wind up with an irregular cadence and a rate closer to 100? (40 plus 60?)
Maybe a dumb question.

Posted by gdb on 2014-08-17 01:22. 0 comments. 120 reads
 
Hi, I'm new to the club and have a few questions. Here is my situation. Seventeen years ago at age 54 I had five bypasses. Fortunately I did not have a heart attach. I regularly have both radiation or treadmill stress tests.
I have had PVCs for years and they don't really bother me, but now they have increased to 38% of my heart beats. Sometimes three in a row. The doctors are concerned. This week they attempted to ablate them and were unsuccessful. When mapping the ventricle they found a number of small site but the main number of PVCs appeared to be coming from an area where the a valve muscle attached and didn't want to disturb the valve. While they were in there my heart rate dropped to 30bpm. Normally my rate is in the 50s and ...


Posted by cabbie on 2014-08-16 13:18. 3 comments. 132 reads
 
Hi I just got a crt-d two weeks ago and joined this club a few days ago. I would like to order a few items from the store. It says that worldwide shipping is available. I just wanted to confirm this because the USD8 shipping charge for manila seems a bit low. On paypal there was no button for international shipping though my address was clearly indicated. Thank you.

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-08-15 23:08. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
After a winter season of unexplained lightheadedness and feeling occasionally out of it, I embarked on 6 months of doctor visits and a PM for bradycardia in Feb.; 6 "rec room" procedures [hysterectomy, hernia, & various prolapses] done in one surgery in July, and am now flying high and happy - having passed all my post-op checkups with flying colors.

I am now walking up the road hills in the dunes every day, starting core exercises, and going back to hydro strength classes at the gym. I fit in all my slacks, can reach down and paint my toenails, can go out for a walk without having a"babysitter" go with me, and am at my college weight. Modern medicine is wonderful!

I celebrated also by buying a Polar simple FT1 he...


Posted by Jackw on 2014-08-15 22:48. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
First post.
68 years old in good shape. Run, ski, hike. Still working.
Have 2x aflutter and also slow rate sometimes in the 40s.
Aflutter is generally under control with beta blocker but also take Xeralto blood thinner. Doc says I am stable so no rush but my HR will probably slow to an unacceptable rate in a few years.
So what do I do?
Doc recommends ablation and PM when I am ready.
The upside is I get off the drugs, esp the blood thinner.
He makes no promises that I will have more energy but I would hope so. I get a bit tired in the afternoon but seem to get over that later.

Anybody have experience with this situation?

Posted by Oldbrit on 2014-08-14 16:51. 0 comments. 78 reads
 
My son sent me this last week and it was an amazing piece of info

Sound only-no video

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/sciencefriday/scifri201407182.mp3

I just got another pacemaker last year so maybe by the time it needs replacing this type will be available. Still lots of testing left but the Doctor at Cedars Sinai said maybe it will be available in 3-4 years.

Posted by joni1046 on 2014-08-13 22:30. 1 comments. 149 reads
 
My husband had pm implanted 3/2013, he recently had spell similar to original but did not faint as before. What could cause this?

Posted by MonicaNYC on 2014-08-13 17:32. 5 comments. 148 reads
 
I was at an event that had live music the other weekend. At the time I had only had my PM for just over 2 weeks. While I was there, watching, I felt a pinching feeling in the area of my pacemaker. It seemed to happen along with the bass. I only stayed for the one song, and as soon as the song was over, it stopped. I wasn't any where near the front, or close to a speaker. I asked my Dr about it, and he just said as long as I am not near a magnet, it's not a problem. I love to go see live music, but this was not a pleasant sensation. I was wondering if anyone else had ever experience anything like this. Would hate to spend money on tickets to a concert, only to have to leave because I couldn't take the pinching feeling.

Posted by reshannon2000 on 2014-08-13 12:05. 1 comments. 122 reads
 
1 year with my PM and doing fine. just got back from a trip from mexico to usa and forgot to mention pacemaker to airport security. no problems but got me thinking. any problems with the scanners? what about handheld??



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