St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Lisalac on 2016-01-31 04:04. 0 comments. 109 reads
 
Just wanted to say that after 2 months with my Medtronic dual lead pacemaker I am really feeling close to normal. It took awhile to get the kinks out and there's still a minor one now and again. I am back to running; up to 15km at time and increasing. Weights at the gym are working great. Shoulder is being a little stubborn but all in all I feel 90% back to normal.
So those that are new to this forum there really are some good stories out here. I was starting to be so pessimistic I had to kick my butt and get moving to get better. My hope is hat everyone finds the peace I have found with my new "normal" which is pretty dare close to the old one.
Lisa

Posted by juju on 2016-01-30 23:45. 7 comments. 213 reads
 
Hi. I have had my pacemaker going on 3 years. It had to be adjusted several times by a Medtronic rep after initial install to where it worked properly for me. The ONLY problem I have had since then is vibration when traveling in my suv. The pacemaker rate response has been adjusted as much as it can be and I don't want any more trial adjustments since all has been good. With all that said...I'm trying to find some type of a seat cushion that could be used to absorb vibration. We are looking to buy a truck which is a slightly bumpy ride.
Any one out there able to find a cushion to achieve anti vibration? Which is best?
Thanks for your help!
Juju

Posted by Guy on 2016-01-30 19:55. 3 comments. 275 reads
 
Hi I am new here I have just had a 2 chamber Medtronic Ensura pacemaker fitted two weeks ago and every night at approximately 1.05am it activates 4 times, I can feel it quite strong it feels like cross between someone is flicking their finger directly at my heart quite hard and sort of butterfly type feeling not terrible but not something I look froward to either, I do not go back for a checkup for about another 4 weeks but wanted to know if this should be happening and if it is normal to feel it go off like this .

I was told when I asked that I would not feel it when it is working, I do feel it at other times but these are random times.

I was called in at the last minute for the operation the day before I was du...


Posted by TraceyE on 2016-01-29 22:54. 11 comments. 241 reads
 
I posted a few months ago, confused by something my rep said, that I would lose rate response when it switched to ERI. That didn't make a lot of sense to me and was not like my past experiences in ERI but sure enough, it switched modes and RR turned off. Some other things turned off also, but that's the only one I can feel, and then only at the gym. I found out I use rr a lot more than I thought! Working out has been quite the challenge because my rate doesn't get over 120 on my own, who knew. Getting my new one on Monday, my 5th. The new one will have a different kind of battery so should last closer to 10 years, yay!!!! I've never had one last more than 7, this one is 6 years, almost to the day.

Posted by AuntieM on 2016-01-29 19:33. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
Hello,
I am 76 years of age and had a PM implant March,2014. For almost a year I suffered with a constant ache and pain through my left breast and shoulder- no medical reason was determined. And then the AHA moment came while I was cleaning up a spill. While I was bent over I discovered it was the weight of my breast that was pulling on the muscles in my chest and what I needed was much better support when I was upright...
New bra's solved the problem! Well fitted and good support!
PS: make sure the strap adjustments do not press on the pacemaker.

Posted by AuntieM on 2016-01-29 19:12. 4 comments. 159 reads
 

My implant was a total surprise..I thought I had stumbled, fell and fractured my wrist but during surgery my heart rate fell and it was determined I had actually passed out. Three days after the plate was put into my wrist they implanted the pacemaker.

After my surgery I was desperately trying to find a support group or anyone that could help me process what happened, but, unfortunately I did not find this site until today-almost two years later! However, I am grateful I found it and will look for answers to my questions.

Thanks .


Posted by ffreed on 2016-01-29 15:55. 4 comments. 129 reads
 
Good Morning!
I am a 50 year old male and just got a pacemaker put in last November. I went in for an ablation and the SA node didn't kick in so two days later I received the PM.
Nice to find this forum.
Cheers from South Carolina!

Posted by Debs59 on 2016-01-29 13:25. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
Been six weeks since I had my CRT-d implanted...went back to work this week and feeling ok...still achy. Glad I called doc about restrictions...still cannot lift over five pounds and do not raise arm overhead for another 2 months. Has anyone else had that?

Posted by Mojo on 2016-01-28 01:55. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
I am a (still) 61 year old female. Had a dual chamber pacemaker put in on June 12, 2013. Today in getting out of my pickup which I do on a daily basis, I experienced severe sudden pain in the upper part of my right breast. It hasn't gone away now in 6 hours but is aggravated by movement. It almost feels muscular, but I didn't do anything different than normal. My question is, could it be a lead that is giving me this pain? Doesn't at least one of the leads go over the right breast area? I'm not short of breath, not sweaty or clammy, not dizzy, but it takes my breath away when I move or over-exhale. Just hoping it's muscular. I took Tylenol but it hasn't gone away at all.
Mojo

Posted by Grilor on 2016-01-28 01:45. 9 comments. 307 reads
 
I am a female. Age 44. I discovered and was later diagnosed with Complete Heart Block at 25 while in a nursing class at work. I was told that while I didn't need a pacemaker at that time, I might when I got older. I'm completely asymptomatic. Five years ago, I had an episode at work, ( I work in a hospital), where I had a panic attack. I was sent to a different Cardiologist at a bigger hospital. He said it was time to place a pacemaker. The procedure was scheduled. However I didn't feel that I needed this because I was asymptomatic so I went for a second opinion. This cardiologist said I didn't need PM so I didn't get it. Just changed primary care doctors and they want me to go for a second opinion. I am still asymptomatic. Has anyone had...


Posted by KLarison on 2016-01-27 07:23. 2 comments. 202 reads
 
In October 2015 I was implanted with a pacemaker to treat Complete Heart Block. I recently received genetic testing results and the the findings suggest a type of cardiomyopothy that has a high occurrence of SCD - so, I may need my pacemaker removed and an ICD put in. A couple of questions:

1. Has anyone else had this done - what was your experience?
2. Are there additional leads with an ICD or different leads, or is it just the device that is different and will need to be changed

Thanks

Posted by Michele196206 on 2016-01-26 18:04. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
A couple of questions. I had my pacemaker implanted 11-19-15. Had some ups and downs. Started with a sinus infection before Xmas and a cough. Treated with antibiotics infection went away. Cough still hanging on. Started to think I was turning the corner and then my daughters wedding. May have over done it. With 3 days of going now stop. Last Monday I was back to square one sore throat, cough, chills wiped out. Went back to the doctor said I now have a upper respiratory infections. Steroids, antibiotics and cough med. Finally starting to feel like everything is clearing up except the cough. The cough seems to only happen when I try to talk. Any help or suggestions would be great.

Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-01-26 16:53. 5 comments. 192 reads
 
good morning.. lately my blood pressure have been up and my heart rate went up to 155 today.. is this normal.. its been a month since I had my pacemaker. my blood pressure normally be 112/80 or 115/70.. I been having headaches and I'm still sore and this morning where my pacemaker at is swollen

Posted by arenestor on 2016-01-26 00:34. 3 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi there,

Can the pacers move? I've been noticing pain in the mornings for about 3 weeks and the other morning I noticed it was more "out" or recognisable and felafel than normal and then this morning it was more out towards my armpit. I simply pushed it back towards where it normally sits and all seems fine. Except, it almost feels like the area is bruised. Is this normal? Can it move? I've had it for about 4 years now, so it should be fine, but just wanted to check on what others have experienced.

Thanks!


Posted by Clem81 on 2016-01-25 20:27. 0 comments. 101 reads
 
I received a Pacemaker last October 2015...
They gave me a St Jude monitor to put by my bedside...They said the monitor will check my pacemaker between 2AM & 4AM...
They originally said that the pacemaker battery would last 5.5 yrs..
This morning I had an appt at Virginia Mason for my pacemaker tweeking...My specialist said that all was excellent & she was going to adjust it to match what my heart required..
After some monitoring remotely & tweeking, she said all was very good & now the battery will last 10.5 yrs...The next appt is scheduled for Feb 2017...So I am a very happy camper..
Since I just turned 81, perhaps my pacemaker will outlast me...Ha Ha Ha...I wish you all good health & a long life..

Posted by rulecml on 2016-01-25 02:15. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
Implanted device 11-12-15. Within 2-3 weeks experienced chemical odor. Now it's even worse. I can't connect it to anything such as time of day or activity. Anyone else out there?

Posted by ppjohny57 on 2016-01-24 20:26. 1 comments. 141 reads
 
i pleased a order for a Identification Card Holder: in december should it be here by now thanks

Posted by Pucs on 2016-01-24 18:04. 5 comments. 204 reads
 
Hi,

I am 42 and am new to this having just had a pacemaker fitted just over a week ago. Previously I used to do a bit of DJing on vinyl decks/turntables (Technics 1200's) which on the underside of each platter have a large magnet which, once placed over the spindle, surrounds the coils and forms the motor drive.
In order to 'mix' I have to stand very close to the decks, in fact almost right up against them (I'm a woman and not being a very tall one I don't have the longest of arms, nor do I have the height to take my pacemaker location far from them!). Does anyone know if the decks are likely to affect my pacemaker? I understand that if there is any effect from machinery that this would be temporary but I am wondering i...


Posted by azviking on 2016-01-23 19:43. 8 comments. 282 reads
 
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2015/11/fda-nominee-robert-califf-led-faulted-fda-trial.html?referrer=http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/6-prescription-drugs-arent-safe-government-claims

Here is an article discussing faulty testing of Xarelto during its FDA trials. If I read it correctly, with proper testing Xarelto would have failed the guidelines. The guy who oversaw the tests is now up for Commissioner of the FDA

It troubles me if correct. I will contact my doctor to raise this issue....

Anyone out there get off Xarelto for this or any reason?

azviking









Posted by Suz2015 on 2016-01-23 15:35. 4 comments. 138 reads
 
Wondering how "common" having skipped beats are after having PM implanted ? Went to tech about 2 weeks ago, said the "pain" I was experiencing was from a skipped beat. He did a "test run" to see how things are going, the device said that I had in fact skipped beats , but they didn't happen continuously....ok...now what? He said that the monitor said to change the setting ,but very slightly....
It seems to happen more often since then, but apparently not when sleeping,(I have NOT been awoken by any).
My problem with it is it HURTS, when it happens ? Any ideas?



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