St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by cb on 2014-10-13 20:55. 10 comments. 194 reads
 
Hello! I have a dual lead PM for 18 months.
After reading the posts today, I noticed that several people said that they had been "shocked". (some worry that it wore down their PM battery).
What are they talking about?
I have to adjust myself (posture, sitting or laying down position) frequently because I can FEEL the PM pulsing. This happens ALL the time. Is that the same thing as the shock you mention?
Should I now ask about the battery life too??
Thanks a lot!
cbf

Posted by Martha on 2014-10-13 20:48. 3 comments. 116 reads
 
Hi Everybody! How common is it to have AFib after receiving a pacemaker? Common? Rare? I got my St Jude pacemaker 6 months ago and have been doing great. Now, after 6 mos. I have had Afib with faster heart rate and irregular heartbeat off and on for the last 2 weeks. Do you guys still have bouts of Afib after this long? Each episode has lasted about 3 days. I was taking metoprolol twice a day (50mg each time) and now Dr increased it to 100mg 2x daily and I still have heart rate about 95. My heart rate was running in the low 60's until 2 weeks ago. WHY THE CHANGE? Any chancemy pacemaker is acting up? Or does that have nothing to do with the Afib? Any input will be appreciated. Thanks! (I do take XARELTO blood thinner)

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-10-13 15:01. 1 comments. 123 reads
 

.........cardiac news from the London Times, yesterday.

British doctors have conducted the world's first major heart operations on patients in a MRI scanner, using the machine to help them guide a probe to defective tissue and destroy it.....

Two men and a woman, all suffering from a dangerously erratic heartbeat, have been successfully treated at St Thomas' Hospital, London, in a procedure that saw catheters guided deep into their beating heart from an incision in the groin...

....Atrial Flutter....

Two of the patients treated, all within the past few months, appear to have been cured, while the third needed a second operation.

Professor Reza Razavi , head of imaging sciences a...


Posted by Olena on 2014-10-13 14:52. 6 comments. 108 reads
 
does anyone know how to translate Jolts into joules or volts?

Posted by JoMarie on 2014-10-13 14:15. 3 comments. 116 reads
 
I had an AV node ablation and a dual pacemaker implantation in late July this year, following two failed catheter ablations for treatment of paroxysmal AFib and then atrial flutter.

I need to understand how the pacemaker works and what to expect from it, in that now the ventricular rate is controlled 100%,by the pacemaker, will I ever experience arrhythmia again? I know that the atria will continue in AFib (I have to continue lifelong anticoagulation) but that the chaotic signals will not be transmitted to the lower heart. Therefore I should expect a lessening of awareness of what was for me, very symptomatic AFib.

I am puzzled as to why, a few weeks following the procedure and again one week later, I experienced al...


Posted by Marie12 on 2014-10-13 08:25. 4 comments. 180 reads
 
I understood that my pacemaker was set to pace if HR went below 60 bpm. Recently had dental surgery and was hooked up to a HR monitor and EKG machine. While waiting for the surgeon (about five minutes) and prior to sedation, my heart rate was 55-57. I had found the same readings with my home heart rate monitor and BP machine but thought maybe they were off. At last ICD check up was told I am paced less than 1%.

Question - is there a time lag from when the heart rate goes down and the pacemaker kicks in? Thank you for any responses.

Posted by my4turtles on 2014-10-12 15:33. 2 comments. 97 reads
 
I got my BIV pace maker 2 weeks ago this coming Thursday. It will be the 2nd pace maker on the right side since January this year. The last 4-5 days I have been getting pain in my shoulder that is getting worse, even hydrocodone with Aleve is not helping. Any advice

Posted by deeheart on 2014-10-12 14:14. 3 comments. 101 reads
 
Does anyone experience chest pains internally under the rib cage on the same side as the PM? I get other chest pains in the middle and right side of my chest too. Doctors thought it might be acid reflux but after being on pro tonics for a month there's been no real change in Sx. I've been having arrhythmia's and flutter sensations too. Just did a month lone event monitor and waiting for the results. Of course my Sx got more frequent after the monitoring ended......Not taking heart meds and got off of Metoprolol after having bad side effects.

Nor sure if the PM is having a problem or if it's another issue?

Just wanted to hear if others have had something similar.

Thanks!

Posted by SheilaBHudson on 2014-10-11 22:37. 7 comments. 201 reads
 
Hello all,
I am undergoing an electrical study next week with the idea that the results will show the need for a pacemaker. If you have been through this before, could you give me an idea of what to expect with regard to how the study feels and recovery time afterword.? Thank you in advance for the support.

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-10-11 14:19. 9 comments. 339 reads
 
Hi guys I'm worried, its been 4 months post pacemaker implant. Today was awful. I don't know whats happening I get pale then I passout. My mom says it looks like I'm having a sizure, then afterwards I feel nauseas and throw up. Why is ths happening to me.

Posted by Gotrhythm on 2014-10-11 12:10. 2 comments. 145 reads
 
Before I got my PM, I had chest pain associated with PVCs. It felt like a hammer blow on my chest from the inside.

After the PM, I had gradually worsening chest pain associated with episodes of PVC mediated tachycardia. It felt like severe squeezing terminating in the hammer blow and I would nearly pass out. Turning off the ventricular lead stopped the episodes of severe pain.

I still had/have PVCs and I still occasionally have mild chest pain associated with them. I can ignore the pain, but the feelings of weakness and spaciness caused by the PVCs--I call them sinking spells--greatly reduce my quality of life.

On Thursday my EP prescribed flecainide, an antiarhythmic a (dangerous drug, I know, but my heart...


Posted by www.thepad.pm on 2014-10-10 08:58. 5 comments. 187 reads
 
Still need a few more responses :) So pretty please if you have not filled in the questionnaire yet...
It will be really appreciated!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJ8TCN8

Posted by Brasusa2010@yahoo.com on 2014-10-09 22:45. 11 comments. 282 reads
 
When do most people get the pacemaker ID card and Home Monitor from St. Judes? I am 43 year old women, after another surgery I was told I needed a pacemaker for low heart rate. Everything was done so fast and because we were in such disbelief we did not retain all the information that was given. My hudband is not the detail guy. He was just told the ID card would be mailed. He can't remember what was said about the home device except for how it would work. I am 8 days out. Thank you in advance for your answers.

Posted by www.thepad.pm on 2014-10-09 10:51. 8 comments. 219 reads
 
Hi everyone...

10 questions for people with pacemakers would really appreciate 5 minutes of your time to complete this and it will be fed back to pacemaker manufacturers.
I will post results when I have a good number of respondents

Carl Robinson

The link for the questionnaire is here..

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJ8TCN8

Thanks again




Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-10-08 21:07. 8 comments. 180 reads
 
8-Oct - My one year anniversary with the PM. Unfortunately I was unconscious when I got the PM so I'm taking my wife's word about it.

So for the newbies, things do get better. There were times in this past year that I thought things would never get better. But they did.

There were times when I would ask myself if I would ever get back to some level of normal. But I did.

Hang in there. Life does get better.

My best wishes to all.

Posted by annie21 on 2014-10-08 13:37. 0 comments. 92 reads
 
Hi, anyone want to be a penpal? live in uk

Posted by rjsully on 2014-10-07 19:02. 11 comments. 230 reads
 
OK, I'm new to this. I've been following the site for a while and find that many of the posts sound like me. I am 42 years old and have had significant bradycardia for the past 3 years (probably longer than that but have been diagnosed now). I also have PVC's. My heart rate is usually in the low 40's but it has gone down to 37 one time when I went to ER. I am an active person, when I have the energy, but my endurance has been pretty poor for quite some time now. I have had every test under the sun, they put me on a a beta blocker (metoprolol) to see about regulating my rhythm but a very low dose as before I was on 25 mg and my HR went down to 30. I could not function that way. So now they want to try half that dose and if not effec...


Posted by RK on 2014-10-07 16:12. 7 comments. 205 reads
 
I'm new and looking for guidance. I have sinus bradycardia (upper 30s at night, mid 40s day) with no other major heart problems, plus I have obstructive sleep apnea treated by CPAP. I often have severe fatigue which seems to be worsening in conjunction with my heart rate gradually slowing over the last few years. My cardiologists have said it is my option to get a pacemaker. (I'm considering a Medtronic Advisa if I do.) However, they will give me no assurance or even a meaningful probability estimate that a pacemaker may provide relief. I've scoured the internet and found some who say it helps, and others who say it makes no difference or worsens their fatigue.

Posted by pcrews on 2014-10-07 10:59. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
Hi. I went with my daughter to a doctor she sees for weight management. Just trying to maintain my weight because before the pacemaker I lost a good 50lbs. I'm guessing cause I felt so bad. Have gained about 20 back. I have been taking B-12 for a while. My pacemaker surgery was in May 2014. After a long list of questions by this doctor, he gave me the B-12 shot. I thought it would help bring my energy level up but all I get is sweating. Anybody else get B-12 shot after pacemaker?

Posted by gch12345 on 2014-10-07 04:53. 7 comments. 264 reads
 
My pacemakers minimum bpm is set at 70. In the last couple hours it has dropped to 45 bpm. And has stayed there for several hours. Other than feeling like crap. Should I be concerned?

Thanks



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