St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Sunshine123 on 2016-05-15 23:53. 0 comments. 83 reads
 
Hi. I got my pacemaker a little over a month ago. It was inserted on a Tuesday. 1 week later, I was diagnosed with pneumonia and put into an induced coma for 16 days, so I am not sure if this has been going on all along, or just started.
I have been feeling a strange bubbling, or fizzy feeling where the pacemaker is, followed by a couple of minutes of rapid, pounding heartbeat. Is this normal?

Posted by Heartfelt on 2016-05-15 10:56. 6 comments. 237 reads
 
Hello. I am a 58 year old female who had always been physically active and was always told I had an Athlete's Heart with a RP of 30-40. In the last two years I became symptomatic (dizziness, shortness of breath) and was just told by 2 cardiologists that I need a pm. Does it matter that neither of these cardiologists checked on the sinus function? Or, are all pms the same for treating all causes of extreme bradycardia? Thank you very much.

Posted by Wisegal on 2016-05-14 17:09. 3 comments. 208 reads
 
My pacemaker is set for 60 bpm. I have noticed this past week (on my heart rate monitor) its a lot lower - in the 50's. This morning I was getting in the 30's and 40's (after laying in bed all morning). Its where it should be now, but it worries me. I don't know whether I need to make the hour drive to the ER or not. Anyone else seen this before?

Posted by Cans624 on 2016-05-13 19:07. 1 comments. 134 reads
 
I forgot to ask did any one have an issue with your heart after you got the pacemaker like an fast heart rate or other issues after getting one

Posted by Cans624 on 2016-05-13 19:03. 1 comments. 98 reads
 
I wanted to get a tattoo I just want to know if anyone in this group has a tattoo and if so was it really painful I want to get it on my upper arm any info would be helpful thank you

Posted by Mycroft on 2016-05-13 08:28. 1 comments. 91 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I am just home from my pacemaker fitting. I'm very pleased to see that there's a helpful community of people going through the same issues, happy and willing to give advice and to support each other. Looking forward to a trouble free and productive future.
Best wishes to all ...

Posted by tigerlily on 2016-05-13 02:05. 0 comments. 102 reads
 
I've had my PM 3 yrs. (see my profile for the weirdness). I began to feel a bit toward "normal" last fall, but this spring, not so much. The past month I've been more tired than usual and last night, after a day of extreme fatigue and then chest pain, I went to the ER. My PM was doing ALL the work - every beat. Can't see the EP for 3 weeks.
Has anyone had this sort of thing? What is it? And what do I do for 3 weeks when all I feel up to is SLEEPING?

Posted by Irishlady on 2016-05-12 18:39. 3 comments. 126 reads
 
Hi there
Just thought I'd introduce myself.Im 46 mum of 5 kids living in Ireland and waiting for my PM. I have always been fit having done numerous marathons and half marathons but I'm now at a stage where I struggle to walk the kids to school so anything that helps me get back to normal and I'll be delighted.
It has been a shock finding out I need a PM as I only went to the doctor last week thinking it was my thyroid I was so tired.
I know I will have lots of questions so I joined here in the hope I could get some help!
Thanks for having me.

Posted by jessie on 2016-05-11 14:27. 5 comments. 230 reads
 
in a sort time now my brother will have passed from this life. we both have pacemakers. we both had rheumatic fever as small children. me being a girl i may have been stronger. we both had heart murmurs but his was a bit more than that. he was born with birth defects and it was during the second world war. he is 72 me i am 74. he had a second pacemaker during christmas but had difficulty and he is in end stage heart disease. he can only whisper and is only eating a bit. i will miss him. even tho we did not see each other a lot we were very close growing up. i am having more trouble with this than i thought. he had open heart at 15. all his organs are on the opposite side. he wasnt supposed to live long but did and finished university bec...


Posted by jammer001 on 2016-05-11 06:46. 2 comments. 153 reads
 
Cell phones are everywhere these days. According to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, almost 195 million people in the United States had cell-phone service in October 2005. And cell phones are even more ubiquitous in Europe.
It's great to be able to call anyone at anytime. Unfortunately, restaurants, movie theaters, concerts, shopping malls and churches all suffer from the spread of cell phones because not all cell-phone users know when to stop talking. Who hasn't seethed through one side of a conversation about an incredibly personal situation as the talker shares intimate details with his friend as well as everyone else in the area?


Posted by Dmb4500 on 2016-05-11 03:44. 4 comments. 203 reads
 
May 2016: female aged 46. Persistent and complicated a-fib/flutter for past 2 years. Various meds tried including Tikosyn, metoprolol, Flecainide, digoxin, cardizem etc etc etc. Have had Mini-maze procedure, ablation, and 17 electrical cardioversions. Most recent 12/8/15, 3/9/16, 5/8/16 and out of rhythm again. EP wants to implant PM and do AV Node Ablation. Very concerned. This doesn't "cure" a-fib and it sounds like people don't "always" feel better afterwards. I am torn and seeking advice. This has impacted every facet of my life in a negative way and I experience huge bouts of depression and withdrawal every time I have an episode or hospitalization. I see some who regret the implant and some who say their lives are better than ever. I...


Posted by mbisoux on 2016-05-11 01:52. 7 comments. 211 reads
 
I got PM three weeks ago and have been following doctor's orders faithfully, doing well. Tonight I was laying on the couch and didn't pay attention to my 17-pound cat. (He has been fascinated by the incision for some reason.). Anyway all of a sudden he jumped on my chest smack dab on the pacemaker. It hurt like heck when he did it but it calmed down quickly and I feel okay now, just a little sore. But should I be worried? Should I call doctor? Has anyone had a cat jump on their PM?

Posted by jhanke on 2016-05-10 04:31. 2 comments. 152 reads
 
Hi, I've only had my PM since January, but quite often I feel like I feel a little shock. It even makes me jump on occasion. Is this normal?? It's also pretty tender still, and I'm not sure if that's OK either. It's not like I can't stand the pain. I'd call it more "uncomfortable". Thank you for any input you can give me.


Posted by res519 on 2016-05-09 21:03. 2 comments. 181 reads
 
I developed complete heart block with no family history of any heart conditions. Nobody seems to be able to tell me where it came from...good news is my pacemaker is working wonderfully and I feel great.

We were just informed at work that there are toxins in our building - bad ones - lead, asbestos, benzene, and numerous others. I have read that toxins can cause heart block. Do any of you all know anything about this or have any of you heard about this?

Thanks.

Posted by Harleygirl on 2016-05-09 19:03. 4 comments. 163 reads
 
Hi all I have just been advised I need a pacemaker in the next few weeks and forgive me for my ignorance but apart from reading the booklet they gave me a few days ago I don't really know what to expect and how this will effect me , thanks for reading I appreciate any advise !

Posted by vgivens62@gmail.com on 2016-05-09 14:46. 6 comments. 248 reads
 
My husband had his second pacemaker replaced December 2015. He is 100% p/m dependent. His p/m has 3 leads and must work all the time. Both of his bundle branches are dead. He has changed job professions several times. He get extremely tired after just an hour or so of physical labor. He was in construction and was a welder. Next job was working on heavy equipment. When he could no longer do that job, he was fortunate to be able to take a job as an inspector with an oil company. He had to do no physical labor, but still suffered from extreme fatigued. His heart doctor told him in January to let him know when he finished this job so he could go on disability. He has no other job options left. My question is, should he be able to qualify for ...


Posted by lizzieuk on 2016-05-08 17:53. 3 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi all. New to the group. 1st implant in 1994 due to total heart block. 3 days ago I had my 4th box implanted, still with original leads. Traumatic removal due to tissue being 'rock'like after 9 years. 2 incisions needed, 1 for removal and 1 for insertion. Pain today is heavy, headache and some neuralgia. However, I have now had 24 years more life than I would have had if these devices were not around. So, if you ever need one look on it as a necessary evil with a gift of life. Not a nice experience for anyone but I have a life. Good luck everyone waiting and well done to those who braved it. I only ever have local anaesthetic as pulse is 13bpm when disconnected. Feeling sore and tired now and a bit annoyed with myself for moaning but the ...


Posted by KoTzev18 on 2016-05-08 03:11. 3 comments. 168 reads
 
In a few months I need to replace the generator/battery on my St. Jude Medical bi-ventricular CRT device, which was implanted almost 5 years ago.

Should I and can I ask that I get new MRI-compatible hardware?

Is it available for a bi-V from St. Jude Medical (Endurity model, I think). Does anyone know?

More info available here:

http://investors.sjm.com/investors/financial-news/news-release-details/2015/St-Jude-Medical-Expands-Portfolio-of-MRI-Compatible-Devices-to-High-Voltage-in-Europe/default.aspx

Posted by Mongee on 2016-05-05 14:58. 5 comments. 184 reads
 
Have a question....I have had my ICD for 12 years (changed 3 times) never a problem, never any setting changes. Last week I was at my Internist and he thought my heart was skipping a beat, so went to heart dr. and have been wearing a heart monitor since Monday. Dr called today and said he wants me to come in to have my setting set higher. I did not ask any question on the phone with him, because I will see him at the time the ICD is set (in about 3 hours) ....I was wondering other than asking why and what are you setting it to, what should I ask. As I said, never had a problem, the ICD has never gone off (thank G-D) and I more or less forget that it is there. Now I am wondering...should I be worried?

Posted by Babsy on 2016-05-05 12:00. 5 comments. 176 reads
 
Had Medtronic pacemaker installed this past Tues. it is quite swollen & itches like crazy now. Is the itching normal?



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