St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Mywingman on 2015-03-21 09:43. 2 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the support over the first year of my Pace Maker. I had my 2 lead buddy now 1 year as of March. 19th. I was back flying professionally in only 6 weeks. I am grateful for this wonderful kit that keeps me alive and well!!!!

My Wingman.

Posted by DorrieBelle on 2015-03-20 22:37. 4 comments. 127 reads
 
Wish I'd found ya'll a couple weeks ago ! I just had my single-lead ICD installed by the VA Medical Center in OKC last Thursday (3/12/15), and so far, so good ! My follow-up was great, I'm healing well, and for the first time since my peripartum cardiomyopathy (i.e., pregnancy-related heart failure) in 2000, my heart rhythm looks like it was machine-stitched, it was so even.

Still, there are a few hitches so far in my recovery, so I look forward to learning the ropes from my seniors-in-heart. I also hope to help anyone else I can, but my experience has been little. But I can always encourage !

Thanks in advance for putting up with me !

TGIF - and happy weekend to you,
DorrieBelle

Posted by capecod on 2015-03-20 20:47. 7 comments. 250 reads
 
has anyone heard how her surgery went on tuesday?

Posted by orangebowls on 2015-03-20 17:53. 6 comments. 253 reads
 
I am getting a AV node ablation done for AFib , the cardiologist is going to put in the duel biventricular pacemaker first, then do the ablation about 5 weeks later, is this a good idea or would it be better to have it all done at once?

Posted by ajp on 2015-03-20 12:53. 4 comments. 290 reads
 
Another jumping pacemaker
Comment posted by ajp on 2015-03-20 12:46.
Two years ago, my St Jude pacemaker began literally jumping in my chest. You could actually see the pacemaker hopping up and down under the skin. This began this as I was getting up from a chair and turning off the TV. I had been watching televison (led 40 inch Samsung) from a distance of about 4 feet. There were no induction coils, magnetic devices or other tools or appliances operating nearby.
The homes exterior electrical panel was located on the wall about 10 feet from whre was sitting.
I went to the ER. The pacemaker was still jumping when I arrived.
My heart rate had risen rapidly from 60 BPM to about 85 BPM. The heart beat was fluctuating...


Posted by Artist on 2015-03-20 11:28. 10 comments. 247 reads
 
I just read an article about the development of stoves that use induction heat.
In an induction cooker, a coil of copper wire is placed under the cooking pot and an alternating electric current is passed through it. The resulting oscillating magnetic field induces a magnetic flux  which repeatedly magnetizes the pot, treating it like a lossy magnetic core of a transformer. This produces large eddy currents in the ferrous pot, which because of the resistance of the pot, heats it.

The general feeling seems to be that there are no home appliances that would cause problems with PMs, but this new technology makes me wonder if induction stoves pose a danger and if so will we see one of those little hazard symbols like the...


Posted by Runningmama on 2015-03-19 08:47. 16 comments. 373 reads
 
Hey Guys, so I thought I'd ask the pros on this one....anyone have heart block / bradycardia and still have their morning coffee since getting a pacemaker? I really, REALLY miss mine :)

Posted by jumpercablelady on 2015-03-18 02:38. 6 comments. 183 reads
 
Hello Everyone, This is my first time here. I do not have a pacemaker yet but I am waiting for my surgery date any day now. I have to admit I am very scared. I am 59 and have had a 3 1/2 hour failed ablation a couple of years ago I have psvt that over the years has turned in to other complications with psvt attacks lasting 1-4 hours I had the surgery all set 3 weeks ago and they cancelled it the night before stating they wanted me to go see another ablation doctor. That doctor stated that I have a very rare case where the trigger point is under my top av node and he wanted to try what he called an aggressive ablation.. my cardiologist and I decided that didn't sound very safe and 3 surgeons have already said it can't be reached and medica...


Posted by Cspot on 2015-03-17 21:55. 6 comments. 157 reads
 
How does the doc decide which brand, make and model of pm to use? I received a Tesla instead of a Prius. Is it determined by the age of the Glenlivet the rep sends over for St. Paddy's Day?
Inquiring minds want to know and I do have cookies this time. Thin mints.

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-03-16 22:15. 2 comments. 115 reads
 

I just wanted to send good thoughts and prayers your way for your OHS tomorrow.

Grateful Heart

Posted by Hayleyjane20 on 2015-03-14 15:07. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi can anyone tell me if its ok to use electric body fat calipers?
Indeed to check my body fat percentage and it's hard to do without the electric ones!

Posted by natandhop on 2015-03-14 09:52. 3 comments. 148 reads
 
Hi all! I've been away for awhile - beating away, he, he,he....

Today is my PM's 3rd birthday and wanted to share with all you newbies that you will heal and your heart will not beat less than 60 beats any longer. I did get overzealous 4 months after surgery and caused an impingement on my left shoulder during a workout so be careful a little bit longer.

In these last three years, life has happened. There have been happy times, stressful/panicky times and sad times - but all through it my heart still beats! I will likely have to go back on Pradaxa as I'm having too many episodes of tachi - but that's ok as I like being alive.

Each of our experiences are individual and this site is the BEST place t...


Posted by donr on 2015-03-14 01:30. 11 comments. 210 reads
 
Posted a couple days ago about B-i-L getting surprissed by a PM implant immediately after having a fistula prepared for potential kidney dialysis.

Sister called me tonight. Suddenly suffering severe chest pains in center of chest. Echo sched for AM. feeling generally crappy & lost appetite.after feeling good yesterday.

Sounds like potential Pericarditis. Whether or not that's it, he's still in bad shape - bad diabetes, kidney failure verging on needing dialysis, overweight, hypertension; retains water badly, one bad knee & cannot walk w/o walker, both arms useless right now due to the two surgeries.

Those of you who are of the persuasion to do so, Dave in the Titusville, FLA, ICU needs a praye...


Posted by revelation on 2015-03-13 23:39. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
Does anyone ever feel like a cool breeze blowing down your leg. This happens on the leg that I had a vessel taken out when I had by-pass surgery. Sometimes it is right at the top of the leg and sometimes it's at the front of the calf---but it's always on the left leg---the leg they took the vessel out of for the by-pass.This has been going on for about a month--I guess. I had by-pass about 8 years ago, so I don't think it has anything to do with the surgery. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks and God Bless!

Posted by Roys on 2015-03-13 19:22. 1 comments. 116 reads
 
Hi
Why would my EP suggest the ablation of both the S.A Node and the A.V Node for occasional AF. Would the ablation of the S.A Node stop AF in the Atrial? I thought that ablation in the ventricle was all that was required.

Cheers Roy

Posted by jtonette on 2015-03-13 16:20. 0 comments. 74 reads
 
thanks everyone for the post my grandmother just received a temp pacemaker today and i just wanted and needed to have a ideal what she was going threw and try and understand if we could have done something earlier . But they did the procedure this morning around 7 or 8 and I spoke to her soon after and she was out and around 1:00 pm she was up and talking so thanks everyone your post helped me so much. I really do understand .

Posted by kmom on 2015-03-13 14:57. 2 comments. 138 reads
 
as mentioned in prior post but the thing I forgot to ask was is there anything that anyone needs to be aware of regarding my PM. it's going to be an Open Proceedure--Heart Lung machine and all. Dr. knows I already have a PM but is there anything that needs to take place or settings etc. or will they take care of all that (I know they should)

Posted by Cspot on 2015-03-13 13:16. 4 comments. 242 reads
 
Brand new (3/9/15) pacer here! This has happened so fast that I am still trying to process it all. Woke up Sunday morning from a dream that I had been shot in the chest and boy, that just didnt feel right at all. I think my description is what prompted the admitting Dr (The Contractor) to call a cardiologist (the Plumber), who wanted to keep me overnight to take one more enzyme test. 4:30 am, the nurse comes flying in, calling my name, checking my leads, and doing her best to not alarm me. By noon, the plumber had sent over the electrician, who snatched my yummy cardio friendly lunch off my tray and said, here we go, sister. By two, my work had sent a freaking funeral spray over to the hospital. The Contractor admitted that I might ha...


Posted by Mia929 on 2015-03-13 00:25. 5 comments. 135 reads
 
Greetings, I am new to the Club, had my pacemaker implanted January 2015. February 5th, has staples removed and tech from company checked device with a wand. Received monitor from company recently do I wait for doctor to give me days to use it?

Thank you!

Posted by anandraj on 2015-03-12 23:14. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
Hi
I am from Nagaland in India. My Dad who is 74 needs a PPI immediately. Could any one tell me the cost estimate for Metronics single lead PM in India ? Thank You !



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