St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by bigheart17 on 2014-11-29 14:20. 4 comments. 149 reads
 
Hello Everyone
It's so hard to believe year ago today I was given a better life CRT
I have given it a name "Albert" after my grandfather who was given pacemaker in the early 1960's that time wires were outside the body I have seen pictures , how times have changed..
Has anyone else given there pacemaker a name😄.
Now that it's winter in Calgary Canada and - 30 with windchill as anyone experience any problems being outside...
Take care everyone

Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-11-29 09:46. 5 comments. 144 reads
 
Throwing this out there for anyone in the Indianapolis area. Saw a new EP, Dr. John Trey Moore III at St Francis. He is over the top fabulous, zeroed right in on issues needing immediate attention including noncardiac issues, ordered tests and referrals the hospitalists didn't consider. Two and a half hour appointment! That's even longer than I spend with my patients and I am OCD thorough.
His St Jude tech, who happens to be an ultra runner,was not there but he said she had expertise in programming settings for running. When I get cleared to run again, he said she can help me out.


Posted by troutbum21 on 2014-11-29 06:07. 4 comments. 288 reads
 
Hello all. I would like to share my tale of how I ended up with a pacemaker in the hope that it may help someone else.

I'm 40 years old, married, and have two daughters (2 and 7).

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea several years ago and slept with a CPAP machine almost religiously. Last May, I awoke one morning with shortness of breath. I was coughing up fluid and having an awful time breathing. I was certain I was having a heart attack, so I went to the hospital. At the hospital I was worked up for a heart attack and scheduled for an immediate heart cath the next morning. In the meantime, an echocardiogram revealed that I had dilated cardiomyopathy with an EF of 35%. I sat in my hospital bed scared to death an...


Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-11-28 22:40. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Okay, so I'll not go into huge details about how great I'm feeling. At one month I am still full of energy post PM and I am finally sleeping well. The dizzy spells have diminished greatly and I'm starting to feel a new "normal". My doc thinks I was dealing with the type 3 heart block (15 seconds a pop several times a day and night) for several years, so my definition of "normal" is probably twisted. I have a kidney thing going on, too and I've been complaining of near syncope for 8 years. So anyway, I'm feeling greatly improved and rather optimistic about the new me I'm getting to know. Aside from the initial healing time with the wound and just general yuckiness after the procedure, I really only have two slightly weird complaints th...


Posted by Dave H on 2014-11-28 22:00. 3 comments. 150 reads
 
New EP feels I'd do better with a PM/ICD device, rather than the 3-lead Medtronic device I currently own. I understand the ICD would come into play if a dangerous tachycardia set in. How does one define a "dangerous" tachycardia? (In early 2012, prior to my PM implant, the folks at TCAI were not concerned with my NSR pulse of 125 for 2+ months) I just went through a 118 pulse for 15 minutes before resuming my 100% paced 84 pulse. A couple EMS folks in the past have stated my PM will allow a short run of tachycardia, then increase the pulse to a number higher than the tachy event and eventually drive the pulse back down to the desired number (84 in my case). I'm not sure I believe that theory since I've found nothing on the Medtronic s...


Posted by Dave H on 2014-11-27 14:26. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
Couple days ago, my pulmonologist gave me a sample "Ventolin HFA" inhalation Aerosol to help my occasional allergy induced shortness of breath. I have yet to use it ---- due to the side effect warning of "may induce rapid heart rate." Am I being too gun-shy?
EP doc stated, "It is OK to use."

Posted by forsher43 on 2014-11-27 11:11. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
Does anybody know what causes a buzzing sensation

Posted by forsher43 on 2014-11-27 10:57. 0 comments. 71 reads
 
What causes a buzzing sensation where the pacemaker is located

Posted by Zebragal on 2014-11-27 06:08. 3 comments. 136 reads
 
Just thought I'd say hi, joined the site tonight after many months of being a visitor! Was surprised by needing a little buddy in my shoulder just over 6 months ago. Went into hospital to have the 'engine' rebuilt & 6 days later had my permanent buddy installed. It was a massive shock as it had never been discussed as a possible complication or outcome! It's has been very daunting to face the fact that I now need my little buddy to exist, but more & more I'm starting to trust my buddy. In the early days & weeks, in those moments of uncertainty (usually at ridiculous hours of the morning that normally only shift workers & sleep deprived parents see) this site gave me some sense of normality to this new way of life & hope that everything wo...


Posted by valmet on 2014-11-27 04:52. 3 comments. 183 reads
 
Does anyone know anyone who has received the new leadless pacemaker units by Nanostim.. This is a company that St Jude purchased .. The pacemaker itself is about the size of a coin. At the moment they are not available in the U.S. but are in use in Europe

Posted by robertleec2 on 2014-11-26 22:35. 3 comments. 91 reads
 
Well, the wait is over. I'm now the proud owner of a Metro pacemaker. So far so good.

Posted by Dave H on 2014-11-26 20:43. 2 comments. 136 reads
 
Interesting 1st meeting with my new EP today. This giant clinic was EMPTY! Usually there are dozens upon dozens of patients everywhere on the three floors of services. (They must have stayed home to prepare the turkey) -- In the past, my former EP gave me a cursory 5 min exam, and sent me on my way with the typical "You're fine!" New EP had me grilled and tested for 90 minutes! Included a PM download. He brought up ALL kinds of subjects ----- A-Flutter ----- Placement of the three PM leads 2 1/2 years ago by a previous EP. He will contact that EP (at TCAI) for a full report. He believes a PM/ICD device would be a better choice for me, since my ejection factor has remained steady in the mid- 30's the past 3 years. He doesn't fully...


Posted by phyllisilie on 2014-11-26 06:26. 2 comments. 110 reads
 
Recent EKG showed two skipped beats. Have Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker pacing 100 percent for past three years due to bradycardia.. Do not feel palpatations in chest or other symptoms of afib. Thought pacemakekr would control rhythm problem but now fear afib or other rhythm issues can develop. Cardiologist being cautious and will do another EKG in two months since I've never had symptoms of skipped beats before.
It is common to have more than one rhythm disturbance? Getting really stressed about this. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.

Posted by Runningmama on 2014-11-25 20:01. 1 comments. 125 reads
 
Hi there! just a quick question for the pros :) What would the pm's rate response function have to do with on demand pacing if anything? I had a weird almost episode a bit ago~When walking at 3.7 mph on my treadmill (one of the first times since pm 2 weeks ago) I had a pause that lasted a bit longer than I think it should have, kinda knocked me back a bit, rhythm came back SLOW and not steady, then got back on treadmill when the dust cleared, happened again, this time when the beat finally came back it was faster more like it should have been considering the exercise...I am paced at 50 for stage 2 heart block, type 2 ...any thoughts?

Thanks and hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving!!

Posted by robertleec2 on 2014-11-24 02:07. 4 comments. 132 reads
 
What symptoms have u had, other than the obvious , from slow heart.? I'm getting pm Wednesday the 26 nov . When I get real low , 30s , low 40s, I hurt all over. It's a numbing pain and it also go into my head. Has anyone had this kind of experience?

Posted by Busdriver on 2014-11-24 01:18. 3 comments. 179 reads
 
Two weeks after my 55th birthday, I decided enough was enough. I had fatigue to the point where I could not walk from my living room to my bedroom in a 1400 square foot home without nearly passing out. My blood pressure monitor said I had a heart rate of 35, so I went online to find out how to re-calibrate what I thought was a faulty reading. Finally went to my doctor. He did an EKG, and next thing I know, I am in an ambulance headed to a heart specialist 45 miles away. He kept me in the hospital for 24 hours and took me off my Atenolol meds, hoping that would bring my heart rate up. No such luck. My 55 year old record of having to do everything the hard way remains perfectly intact! So, now I have a pacemaker, and my heart rate is set to ...


Posted by Bean19 on 2014-11-23 21:48. 9 comments. 137 reads
 
Hi,
I just received a double lead medtronics pm two days ago at 39... Not quite how I was planning on rolling into my 40's! I had a 15 second pause because of a high Vegal tone. All of the doctors kept saying that going to the dentist is worse than the pm surgery so I feel that admitting that I'm sore is wrong. I'm a high school PE teacher so I know that I'm out of school for a few weeks. How were your recoveries and when does lying flat feel good again? Thank you for taking the time to welcome me to this club.

Posted by madscad on 2014-11-23 21:30. 3 comments. 142 reads
 
Well i got a pacemaker for my 51st birthday on Tuesday. Last Thurs early morning i passed out in the bathroom. I had banged my knee the day before and i guess the extreme pain triggered AFib that i did not know i had. I had been having fluttering for years off and on. Energy level has been decreasing. Stress level increasing. Coughing all the time. High blood pressure. Taking care of injured hubby x 5 years, keeping eye on 81 yr old mom after Dad died Aug 2013, put my dog down last week after stroke, and so much more. Banged my head bad enough to have a black eye. Chest felt strange so had hubby had call ambulance. Went to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple TX. They were all fantastic. I passed out 5 more times. Heart stopped twice ...


Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-11-23 20:28. 4 comments. 176 reads
 
There was a recent post concerning hacking of pacemakers. An article said it was possible to hack into a pacemaker. In this post I'll go further into detail about hacking of pacemakers and what it means to us with pacemakers.

Hacking - illegal or unauthorized access to a device or service.

Black Hat researcher Jerome Radcliffe hacked his own insulin pump. Radcliffe reverse-engineered the wireless commands sent from the small controller that ships with his pump. He was then able to use a small radio frequency (RF) transmitter to remotely control his insulin pump. Even then Radcliffe said Hacking the pump wasn't easy.

Notice that Jerome had access to his own pump, had the time to access the pump, had the...


Posted by IAN MC on 2014-11-23 12:48. 15 comments. 493 reads
 
I've just read this report in the news today :-

A 30-year-old woman has died in her husband's arms after her pacemaker was affected by an airport security scanner.

The tragic incident occurred in the southern Russian town of Ulan-Ude.

Diana Tolstova died in the airport just minutes after passing through the scanner. Her husband Maxim, 33, said the couple had provided the airport with papers detailing the pacemaker.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Maxim said: "I don't know what happened but she went through it anyway.

"When we got to the departure gate she began to feel dizzy and suddenly collapsed.

"I grabbed her in my arms and called for medical help.
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