St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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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 !

Posted by kmom on 2015-03-12 20:54. 5 comments. 137 reads
 
Well actually I've been thru it before and I guess that's the reason i'm so terrified again! I am having Open heart surgery on Tuesday for my afib! They have to do the maze procedure because they can't do the minimally invasive procedure because of the prior open heart surgery I had for my ASD repair. the good news is that they think they'll be able to get all the afib that's causing my problems and i'll be back better than new. Can I sing ....."rain drops" roses and crisp apple struddles---------- I guess that really won't help lol!

Posted by mara on 2015-03-12 15:30. 0 comments. 86 reads
 
1/2014 dual lead PM inserted due to total AV block. Initial 12 months without any issues. Today while undergoing echocardiogram of Aorta, pulse jumped from 70bpm, to 130bpm, temporarily. Others that have encountered this issue"?

Posted by Suz on 2015-03-11 23:06. 2 comments. 112 reads
 
I was supposed to have a root canal today. I made sure my endodontist knew I had a pacer implanted less than three months ago and he appropriately contacted my EP for any restrictions. No epinephrine for me, which means the novicaine won't last near as long. Make a long story short, he numbed me, started drilling, and I came off the table in excruciating pain. He slapped a temp filling over the drill hole and rescheduled me for a time he can put me to sleep. Moral of the story? Always make sure a treating practitioner knows you have a pacer. EP's can be variable in their restrictions and you'll want to be sure to follow them! Safety first, however I have to admit I'm bummed that this thing isn't over with!

Posted by Jewels on 2015-03-10 23:56. 5 comments. 236 reads
 
Hi,
Newbie Aussie Julie back - 42 years old and had my pacemaker inserted 11 days ago (amazing Australia health care system - heart stopped at lunchtime Saturday and pacemaker was in Sunday 11am).

Anyway, my wonderful friend, who has been through a terrible medical experience (much much worse than me) and I are of to the US in 4 weeks time for a holiday that we have had planned for over 12 months.

The 1st part to USVI and BVI (sailing and then a condo on St John) - then we go to Atlanta and drive to Dollywood. I love roller coaters and had seen the Wild Eagle on TV, plus a few other rides there and really wanted to go. So we decided to included that in our little road trip (then on to Nashville and Memphis).


Posted by Sarah3 on 2015-03-09 21:43. 7 comments. 192 reads
 
Hi Guys! I simply want to let you know how grateful I am for this site. For all of you who consistently sign on and reach out a helping hand. I had my Biotronix implanted August 2014. Was shocked, confused, had no energy to breathe much less live. You were there for me. You kept answering others questions and yes, some of my own. I have finally started to truly understand what you are talking about. LIVE! I, like others, have been given another chance at life. An opportunity to do things differently. I am taking it! I just bought a small RV, and am sitting beside the ocean. Gratitude and a glass of wine. It is just important to me that you know how important you have been in my healing. So thank you Grateful Heart, Theknotguy, ...


Posted by kdb on 2015-03-09 17:10. 5 comments. 253 reads
 
Hi all,

I have been on this forum on and off (mostly off) for about 3 years following a sudden diagnosis of complete heart block. I am a 25 year old female. I actually didn't receive a pacemaker upon diagnosis, because I did not have many symptoms. Incidentally, I came out of complete block and am currently in first degree with periods of second degree. Over the years I have posted about once a year worrying about some new symptom that has come up, haha, and it looks like it's time for one of those again...

I have been having much more lightheadedness lately, and am trying to determine if it could be arrhythmia related. About 3 hours after a meal I begin feeling very weak, which progresses to feeling very flushed, lig...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2015-03-08 23:05. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
For me at least has been much more positive rather than negative. I did not truly realize how bad I felt for probably a good 3-4 years before I crashed and ended up with my St. Jude buddy.

Before PM- I had problems even getting out of bed in the morning, I was late to school twice. I passed out in front of kids twice. I was too exhausted by HR that would float in the 30's to 50's to keep up with the demands of my daily teaching schedule. I looked grey and ashen all the time. The school nurse (God bless her) made me come in every morning and afternoon for a check. The students could see it in my eyes that there wasn't enough oxygen getting to the brain.

By this time I had been in regular contact with my cardio, ...


Posted by capecod on 2015-03-08 19:09. 3 comments. 90 reads
 
to tracey and donr for their wonderful explanations to ttdavis regarding arrhythmias. it was helpful to me also! you guys are great.

Posted by sagehen on 2015-03-08 15:52. 17 comments. 314 reads
 
I've read a few posts concerning afib. About a year ago, I was told that I had afib. I had a Medtronic dual lead PM. I just had it replaced on March 3, with a single lead Boston Scientific PM. When I met with my cardiologist, I asked him about the afib, he said that I am in afib all the time. Here's my question, I take Xarelto. It is very expensive, I just paid well over $400 for a 90 day supply. That covered my deductible, but both my husband and I are on it. I've been thinking about taking coumadin instead. Is it an equal to the other blood thinners, except for blood tests, or is there another med that would not be as costly? I am 73, I do get tired easily, but feel a lot better after the new PM implant. I've accepted that I won't be ab...


Posted by bhaynor on 2015-03-06 23:21. 8 comments. 276 reads
 
I have traveled twice since getting my pacemaker three weeks ago. The first time they patted me down coming and going. This time they said I could go through the non x-ray machine where one stands on the footprints, puts ones/s arms over your head and waits a few seconds while the scanner takes an image. The one that you walk through is an x-ray machine. In neither case did they do a wand scan. Is it OK to go through the non x-ray body scanner?

Posted by pacergirl on 2015-03-06 21:32. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
Hello everyone. Just a quick check-in to let you all know that I'm still around, doing well and growing old. I still run my own business, I have a new office and doing well with that.

I've taken on a new attitude of late and it has really change my life. What was that you might ask? Thank you for asking... :) I decided that I need to be the best I can be for me. I try hard to be nice, but at the end of the day it is up to me what I do or don't do. It is a very freeing way to live. I no longer give other people the ability to make me feel awful for whatever reason they may have. If they don't like me, it is none of my business because I no longer care. I laugh a lot more now!!! :-)

Been having some problems wit...


Posted by WillieG on 2015-03-06 12:42. 3 comments. 190 reads
 
With the ablation that did not go well and resulted in a PM. I sympathize with you as I am stuck with a 3 inch piece of metal in my chest that is sitting idle but for a different reason. I had exercise induced heart block while biking up steep hills last Spring. During the EP study with "physiological atrial pacing", they determined that my block was located in the Bundle of His, thus Mobitz II requiring a PM. Two weeks later, while biking uphill, I continued to have the same block. By then I had a monitor and could watch my HR cut in half from say 150 down to 75 for about 30 seconds. I still felt fine and was able to continue up the hill without any ill effects. After 2 PM adjustments when I went for the 6 wk voltage turn down, my ...


Posted by Theknotguy on 2015-03-06 11:16. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
Went down to the charity yesterday to work in the woodshop. The cut crew had left over 300 aprons for the tables. We're using Kreg Pocket Screws to attach the aprons to the table tops. So that meant someone would have to use the Kreg jigs and drill 600 pocket screw holes. Drilling the pocket screw holes is a lot easier if you have someone help put parts in and run the clamps. I had a student volunteer from one of the local schools to do that. The aprons run about two pounds apiece so that means you're throwing two pound pieces of wood around as well as a drill weighing about three pounds.

For drilling we use a DeWalt (Dw223G), 3/8" chuck drill drawing 7 amps with a 560 watt output, VSR drill running on 110 volts, AC. ...


Posted by Suz on 2015-03-06 09:09. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
I've been counting the days since my new little friend, "Sparky" was introduced under my left clavicle. Just within the past week, my muscles around the pocket are no longer sore when I wake in the morning, the scar is no longer so sensitive and is starting to fade, and I forget about it more and more. I'm starting to feel like my old self, unless I look in the mirror. I also have a nasty scar around the area of my sternum when they retrieved my Medtronic Reveal monitor at the same time as "Sparky's" insertion. Yes my heart rate was higher after my PPM insertion, but I think it's because I was freaked out about the whole idea of it all. Now my heart rate has normalized and I'm considering going to the gym again. I guess this is for a...


Posted by Tattoo Man on 2015-03-05 05:19. 3 comments. 181 reads
 

...........Hi to all..

Last night I attended a meeting of Beat It Grantham at Grantham Hospital. The event was hosted by Mr Andrew Houghton and the topic for the evening was Syncope and Arrhythmia.

About 24 people attended and we were presented with a highly informative talk on how there are so many reasons why people can 'faint' and how there is no simple way to connect 'fainting' with the need for a device of any sort.

We were given, in understandable terms, a run down of how cardiac specialists follow a schedule as recommended by N.I.C.E so as to establish how to identify and treat syncope tailored to the individual patient.

WE were given so much information that I cannot even begin to ...


Posted by sagehen on 2015-03-04 22:12. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
I received my new pacemaker today. I checked into the hospital at 8:30 am, went to surgery at eleven and was on my way home at two. I feel so much better than I did before the replacement. I talked with my doctor yesterday about some concerns and had him explain about my AFib. Because I read what some of you have written, I knew what to ask. My upper heart does not beat at all, is in total afib. The lower part is 80% dependant on the pacemaker. I feel like I have a new lease on life. I had a wonderful Dr that took the time to answer.

Posted by Jewels on 2015-03-04 16:46. 14 comments. 269 reads
 
Hi, my name is Julie from Sydney Australia and I'm 42 years old.

I thought I was a pretty normal healthy person, going to the gym 4 times a week and walking my dogs everyday, although I have been having fainting attacks for about 4 years. On Saturday I was on the bus, going to meet 5 girlfriends for lunch, when I fainted on the bus, they called an ambulance and in the ambulance I flat lined for 10 seconds. On Saturday afternoon they inserted a wire temporary pacemaker and did emergency surgery on Sunday to insert a permanent Pacemaker.

My husband is currrently overseas skiing in Japan. My mum has come down to look after me but it's all a bit of a shock, to go from what I thought was a 'normal' person to this.


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-04 14:25. 1 comments. 75 reads
 
I'm new to this forum and not shy making friends. I've been blessed with 9 lives or 7 or 8 (lost count) and need folks like me who are ---battery operated to discuss and share support.
I'm you all have fantastic stories of hope and heartache.

God speed,
Motown61

Posted by karsch on 2015-03-04 06:27. 1 comments. 105 reads
 
I'd just like to thank everyone who responded to my question regarding how often a pacemaker works. The last time I went to the pacemaker clinic, I asked the technician the same question. He told me it works all the time. English is his second language and I think we misunderstood one another.



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