St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Runningmama on 2014-11-20 11:47. 4 comments. 115 reads
 
Hey Guys! Hope everyone is a having a super day...I have a quick question that I'm sure the pros have the answer to. What happens if you accidentally forget and get close to the oven part of a conduction stove? My pacemaker is set to demand at 50, would there be any interference?

Posted by banshee on 2014-11-20 06:17. 4 comments. 108 reads
 
Hello, I stumbled across this website searching for information. I have bradycardia, have had most of my life, am 58 years young, diabetic, high blood pressure - controlled with medication finally. I am physically active, do karate at least three times per week, walk my dog, and ride push bike. Have lost over 50kgs in past three years trying to get fitter and healthier.
Recently had an echo/ECG, was told that all was good though left ventricle was slightly dilated, ? due to high blood pressure and/or exercise. I have been told that at some stage I will need to get a pacemaker, this is where I need your input. At this stage I am not getting dizzy, passing out, or shortness of breath. I know that if my pulse rate was raised it i...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-11-19 10:38. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
Age 75, covered by Medicare A & B and pharmacy part D. Looking for info on obtaining supplementary insurance to Parts A & B , rather that an "Advantage" type plan which replaces A & B. (Not looking for an agent, but for general member experience.)

All agents have been super friendly at first, and then get nasty when I want exact answers as to whether or not I am actually insurable at all, other than Medicare, with a pacemaker. Most answer "No" with a supplementary policy, but possibly with an "advantage" type plan. One agent whispered aside to somebody as she was explaining her policy to me "Oh God, this is going to take forever". I thanked her kindly and hung up.

Does anyone have personal information on this. ...


Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-11-18 18:35. 6 comments. 173 reads
 
It is over, was a piece of cake. I had it done at St Vincent's Heart Hospital in Indianapolis. The radiologist, nurses, St. Jude's tech, and everyone else there was just wonderful. I had continuous EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen monitoring, everything was fine. In fact I dozed through most of it.

Posted by everald on 2014-11-18 03:24. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi everyone, Does anyone know of an insurance company that will cover my pacemaker for holiday insurance? My yearly holiday insurance expired 2013 but as my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer early 2013 so we didn't renew. When I enquired I could get a good yearly insurance but excluded the pacemaker. I have never had any blackouts etc, just breathlessness and don't take any medication for my heart condition. I can't understand it. I need to be insured from the UK. Can anyone help. My previous holiday insurance was very cheap considering it was for a year.
Thanks
Chris

Posted by adg on 2014-11-17 21:28. 0 comments. 54 reads
 
Thanks to the replies to my question about different pacemakers.
I have added information that is relevant to why I have
joined this board.

Thanks, ADG


Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-11-17 20:48. 4 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi got my replacement pacemaker 1 week ago today the Dr also did a wound revision from the first one that got infected,Went to Dr today for wound check and already assumed it was a bit infected but when they took the steri strips off the wound it self was quite red as well as around the edge of where the steri strips were it also had a blister under the steri strips that was also infected any way the PA i saw said she would talk to Dr about what antibiotic to give me since i am allergic to penicillan and a couple others but it seems they forgot to call anything in should i just wait til tom am or should i go to er Its not a massive infection only had a low grade fever ,I have some doxcycycline but not sure if that will work for this kind o...


Posted by Runningmama on 2014-11-16 19:53. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
Good Evening!! I was wondering if anyone may have first hand experience with how having our pacemakers affects our health insurance rates? I can't find any info on line really.??? thanks!!

Posted by KelliF on 2014-11-16 19:52. 4 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi all. Having my first PM implant on Tuesday. I'm actually looking forward to having it done as I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired ;). My question is cellphone related. I use my cell for work and am on it 6 hours a day. I hold it to my left ear and from what I've read, my implant will be on my left side since I'm right handed. That said, I've read conflicting news regarding cellphone use. Does a cell interfere with your pacemaker? If so, changing the ear I use to talk will definitely take getting used to.

Thanks!
Kelli

Posted by jtickle on 2014-11-16 11:08. 7 comments. 197 reads
 
Hello! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jennifer, I am 34 years old, and getting a PM this Wednesday. My bradycardia problems started back in June when I had a gastric bypass. The night of my surgery my HR kept dropping down into the 20s. Everyone blew it off and blamed it on the morphine pump I was on. I told the surgeon about it and he kinda laughed it off and told me I had a runner's heart, keep in mind I weighed 325 pounds. Runner's heart, yeah right. Fast forward, a few months later and 100 pounds lighter. I had an overnight pulse ox study to see if I still had sleep apnea. I didn't thank goodness, but my PCP noticed that my HR never got out of the 40s. I started having blackouts and I even had a few episodes of syncope. I...


Posted by boysmom on 2014-11-16 07:34. 4 comments. 174 reads
 
My 6 month anniversary, hard to believe it's been 6 months already. Life is great! I fell so much better. I think back to how much I complained and cried over getting a pm. Well, I hardly think about it anymore. I have done 2 5k races, something I had never done before!
Today, I am thankful to my doctor, who,has been amazing through this journey, my family, who put up with my depression, and to the pacemaker club for all the support and encouragement I received.

Never give up....pain does to away and life gets back to normal. My graditiute to all.

Posted by heli190 on 2014-11-15 13:39. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
Hi, I'm a new member and found this site while looking on the net to see if welding and my pacemaker was compatible I restore old Beetles and they are held together with spot welds. It looks like the safest way to handle it is find a friend that can weld.

Posted by Runningmama on 2014-11-13 20:29. 5 comments. 341 reads
 
If their pm will just stop working or if it has stopped working if it seemingly does not respond right away? Does anyone else have overwhelming anxiety and does it go away? I've only had my Micra TPS since Monday, maybe that has something to do with it? Thanks!

Posted by Lindaharvey on 2014-11-13 13:00. 7 comments. 387 reads
 
I am due for dental cleaning and cavity filled.
I'm wondering about an antibiotic before the work.

Posted by fishfighter on 2014-11-13 06:38. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
Been some time and just checking in. Hope everybody has been doing good.

Really nothing new for me. Just some more adjustments of meds and on the ticker box. The later of the two has been working overtime. Guess that is a good thing. LOL

It's still a battle from day to day, but over all, I just push thru. Hunting season now and I have yet to go. Guess my will is just not there anymore. Of course my family has tried to push me to go, but I just don't feel up to it.

Well, take care and God Bless all.
Paul

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-11-12 21:42. 3 comments. 152 reads
 
Life before my Advisa PM: dizzy a lot. Near faints...a lot. Working out was a real. big. chore. Short of breath through the night. Wake up not really energized--on the mornings I was energized it was zapped pretty quickly. Climb those stairs and get winded/dizzy. Lot's of denial that something was really wrong. Caused by heart block, type 3, pretty severe at 15 seconds a pop multiple times a day. Life after the PM (at 2 weeks): no pain at incision site. I am adjusting to the wires and I can barely feel them and they are not a consuming thought anymore. I stopped taking Tylenol every 6 hours after 2 days and now as I need them, which so far is rare. Wound check yesterday and I'm picture perfect at 2 weeks. Overall I can't fault...


Posted by Ronniecolorado on 2014-11-12 21:17. 4 comments. 136 reads
 
Good evening,

Anyone have experience or currently taking Amiodarone?

How long?

Is there a long term maintenance dose???

Thanks!

Ron

Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-11-12 19:47. 7 comments. 287 reads
 
I will be getting one next week. My leads are NOT MRI compatible, it took a lot of effort and coordination, and needs to be done in the heart hospital but it is finally scheduled. Next hurdle is getting prior auth from my insurance company. Should be a breeze after the effort involved in getting a neurologist to finally understand that yes, this is possible. Sometimes being hard core pays off.


Posted by ron1234 on 2014-11-12 18:18. 11 comments. 209 reads
 
I am scheduled to have a pacemaker installed 12/3 and in doing research came across this site. An acquaintance of mine who had a St Jude pacemaker installed 6 years ago, had the wires melt and short out. This was installed 6 years ago and I have read many reports of problems with St Jude, but do not know if they have been corrected. I am pretty certain that I do not want a St Jude model, but do not know much about the other brands and would appreciate any recommendations or feedback. I realize that this maybe subjective as there might be some people that have had good luck with St Jude. I am just beginning my research so any information would be helpful.

Posted by Tink89 on 2014-11-12 15:23. 4 comments. 117 reads
 
Hi Pacemaker club!

I am feeling a bit better today I had another doctors appointment this morning. I am officially 4 weeks away from the surgery day.I have been educating myself on pacemakers all day and night!!! My little sister( shes 8 years old) made me laugh today she asked since I'm going to have my pacemaker forever is it OK that she gives it a name! She feels that's the right thing to do....How cute was that!



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