St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-12-12 18:56. 2 comments. 68 reads
 
Went back to St Francis today for pacer adjustment. Wonderful St Jude rep and an exercise physiologist spent an hour and half helping get those settings right for running. Even got me on the treadmill while interrogating the pm. Now I have no excuse to not run....
Also found out today answers to some recent med issues that several hospitalists and specialists could not figure out. My new EP requested another specialist to do a very specific set of tests and bingo, I have answers. He went way above and beyond to help me find answers, and I am most grateful.
I think I am finally-at last- comfortable with my titanium buddy and feel like I have expert, caring professionals in this with me. It makes a huge difference.

Posted by aldeer on 2014-12-12 10:00. 5 comments. 167 reads
 
Just had my pacemaker replaced. It was 7 years old in Aug and did it's job well! For anyone worrying about a replacement, it was a "piece of cake"! I had a great time fully awake (but numbed) and had a chance to ask the doctor questions that were answered. "When can I drive?"..Tomorrow..."Any restrictions?" ...only one and that is to keep area dry. If taking a shower to cover it with plastic.. The Medtronic rep was there. I went into surgery at 9:30 and out at 10 with a wonderful breakfast waiting for me. The entire staff (doctor, nurses, etc.) has an A+...efficient, caring, and absolutely wonderful!!! It was done at Dignity Health in Stockton by Dr. Ramanakumar...he is really excellent and also answered all my questions.
I was releas...


Posted by oldsparky on 2014-12-12 04:15. 0 comments. 100 reads
 
Hello everyone,

My doc seems to think i might have cardiac sarcoidosis..i have done a few tests with limited results..next would be a heart biopsy.. which i'm not to happy to get unless its really needed try and talking my way outa that one soon.. have a pm already installed and they want to refit a different one in me soon..

They want to replace old sparky with a dual chamber pm and defib combo..my question is does anyone here been diagnoised with this sarcadosis thing..i read its a rare symptom with not to good of a outcome on it..the so called cure is prednisone which i hear is a
kinda nasty steroid.. and i thought after the pm was installed i wood sail thru life with it looks like some waves be a comin..


Posted by GrandmaD on 2014-12-11 23:19. 3 comments. 88 reads
 
This is for my husband who suffers from afib and since I have the opposite problem I can't help. He has siad that he feels a shooting pain and then it's almost as though his heart stops. He is currently on Metoprolol and flecainide. His normal symptoms are a heart rate that gets high and needs intervention to lower it. This is a new sympton and it has him concerned. Any wisdom out there? He doesn't have a PM he is just controlled.


Posted by brian1951 on 2014-12-11 16:11. 5 comments. 97 reads
 
Hi All, Still new at this!! Had 1st Post-op visit. I informed MD that when i first stood up from a chair and walked a short distance I was tachy but it would settle down. He said the tech could tweek the PM to accomidate. I was at 60/130..now 60/120..I was tested in the office and it started pacing at 109 till we got to 80. Tried to walk today and HR got up to about 160 with shortness of breath. Anyone have any ideas? I have always walked, dont smoke, not overweight. What does it mean when they "set the PM down"? I think I want old settings back!!! MD said I had 10 different settings to play with....Thanks

Posted by purdychiro on 2014-12-11 10:50. 0 comments. 93 reads
 
Hello...I had a cardiac ablation done two months ago and a pacemaker put in four weeks ago. My diagnosis was AFib and tacky Brady syndrome. Can anyone tell me how long it takes for the shortness of breath to go away after these two procedures?

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-12-11 09:20. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Yesterday made 3 years that I went into the hospital with a heart rate of 240-260 after refereeing basketball games. I had open heart surgery when I was 2 months old at Duke. Pacemaker implanted 12/16/2011. I take Pradaxa, Sotalol, Enalapril 2 times a day. I can tell I have gained some weight over the past 3 years due to the meds and lack of energy. I now weigh a whopping 180 and I normally weighed around 170. I know that is only 10 pounds. I am 6'0 tall. I still referee basketball to this day. My energy level comes and goes. I try to drink water all day but it gets hard sometimes. I still get depressed. Life is totally different with a pacemaker. I can tell my energy level with the PM and meds has decreased so much. Before all of this I f...


Posted by Lloyd on 2014-12-11 01:06. 1 comments. 63 reads
 
Signed in today 10 Dec. '14. PM3242 installed 20 Dec. '14 and doing well. So liked the St. Jude Medical, the Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital took care of me. Best care I have ever received pertaining to the heart and vascular system. Lloyd

Posted by KBear on 2014-12-10 12:22. 1 comments. 132 reads
 
I have Sinus Node Dysfunction and am scheduled for pacemaker surgery soon. I'd like advice on the make and model that is best for this condition and is most trustworthy not to fail. I have an active lifestyle-strenuous 4 mile walk every day with max pulse rate of 157 when I run up stairs and lots of gardrning with heavy lifting. Thanks.

Posted by Lils on 2014-12-10 11:39. 2 comments. 116 reads
 
Last week I had my PM adjusted from 60 to 70, I felt good for the rest of the day, after which when I ran or even when it felt like it it gave me small shocks just like when they test it on the pace maker check, I then got flu and for the last 4 days have been in bed and not felt my heart at all, today I got up to try and get back to normal, but I am getting the painful shocks.
Is this due to the flu or maybe 70 is to high for me??

So glad I have found this sight.

Posted by Runningmama on 2014-12-10 10:24. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
Does anyone else suffer from breathing issues? Like the constant need to lightly breathe and feel like you're holding your breath if you don't? I have no previous breathing issues, these started about 2.5 weeks after my pacemaker was put in?

Posted by jane32 on 2014-12-10 05:02. 4 comments. 165 reads
 

There are so many new members since I joined 3 years ago, I only have a read now and again and don't recognise a lot of members, but its good to see the support that is being given.

My lovely husband John died peacefully at home on the 17th of November after a long battle with COPD. We were married not quite 50 years, I was only 17 when we married so at the moment I am missing him dreadfully. I have got family living close so that is a blessing, and I have wonderful friends, but not quite the same as having my darling with me.

My 19 year old granddaughter is singing at Christmas in the park, this weekend so I am looking forward to going to that.
She has also just got the part of Sandy in Grease to be perf...


Posted by Enrique on 2014-12-09 21:32. 7 comments. 162 reads
 
After 10 years I am going for my second PM. I fainted once before my first PM was implanted. I have never had any issues afterwards, but I know that after these years I have become more dependent on my PM.
I know that this depends on one's condition, and that the rules will vary from one country (or state) to another, but I wonder if any of you has had any issues renewing the driver's license, and/or if they request a letter from a doctor.
Any comments?


Posted by Hopper on 2014-12-09 21:09. 2 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi, very new here. Had a bi vent blah blah blah with defib installed recently. Very sleepy a lot of the time. I'm 46 and EF around 30… None of the doctors seemed too concerned immediately that I am so sleepy. Very hard to stay productive when I need several naps a day. I know many of you feel the same way I do and could you please be so kind as to tell me what it took for this drowsiness to subside. For example, was there an adjustment that was made for you, or perhaps a medicine that improved these symptoms. Thank you for being here for a guy like me. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one with these symptoms after talking to my doctors….

Posted by Rivithead on 2014-12-09 03:34. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
I have type 2 diabetes and a pacemaker. Anyone else have the same problem?

Thanks,

Rivithead

Posted by Bean19 on 2014-12-08 13:01. 5 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi friends!

I was wondering if getting electrical stim after the chiropractor adjustment was still okay with a pm?

Thanks

Posted by Tink89 on 2014-12-07 16:58. 7 comments. 244 reads
 
Hi Pacemaker Club sorry i have not been on in a while its been super busy! Its almost time and I have to really thank my husband he has been very sweet through this roller coaster emotional thing that I have been going through. He has been educating himself about my conduction. Also he wants to get a pacemaker tattoo on his chest in the same spot as mine(talk about dedicated) lbvs. 2 weeks ago I was like I'm so ready! Last week I was a mess....I was like Noooo I'm not ready!
This week I'm so nervous....but I know its a blessing to be able to get a pacemaker and I know I can't be selfish. Also my little sister came up with a name for my pacemaker! Drum roll please!.....She wants to call it THUMPER! Lol (what do you guys think?) Also d...


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-12-05 16:36. 7 comments. 204 reads
 
My CRT-D is 6 years old today. Time sure does fly. I think most of us get reflective when this date comes around each year, I know I do.

So many reasons to be thankful: family, friends, a good team of Doctors and of course, the PMC.

So Newbies, when you think it is never going to get better, it is very important to.....give it time, BUT educate yourself and help yourself too. Take an active role in your health care and take care of yourself.

Knowledge is power!

Grateful Heart

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-12-05 08:19. 6 comments. 158 reads
 
hello friends i am male/20 my pm was replaced 3 month before. everything was good unitl two weeks before i had fever 102F for two days. after recovering i start feeling something is going inside my heart i have very bad feelings i feel my heart beat in chest. i visited my cardiologist two times he did ECG and pm interogation and said my pm is fine. now i am worried about any other heart disease what you think guys what is causes of my problem? is this normal will goes with time? it doesn't let me sleep

Posted by madscad on 2014-12-05 08:05. 3 comments. 147 reads
 
I had my St Jude single lead pacemaker put in 2 weeks ago tomorrow. From the beginning I have been able to feel when it goes off or it is manipulated. I could feel two taps. Now I only feel one. Actually woke me up this morning. The cardiologist wanted the minimum at 50 but think the pacemaker Dr put it at 60. I'll admit I've not been the best not lifting less than 5 lbs. My hubby is disabled with back injury and I have no help. Today I go for 2 week check and I'm hoping he does not say I have a detached lead. Does anyone else feel when your device goes off? Will that ever stop being noticeable? Pretty sure they will adjust minimum today too. Thanks!



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