St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by jue on 2014-10-18 03:29. 14 comments. 322 reads
 
Hi All,
Had PM replacement on Thursday, all went well and was told in theatre my leads were ok.
On post op pacemaker check, they found abnormal readings.
Consultant came back and checked, told me that atrial lead is fractured and making a noise the pacemaker doesn't like.
I have been sent home with a 48 hour monitor on and then they will make some decisions.
I am so fed up it wasn't found in theatre.
So does anyone know, will I have to go back in immediately now to have the lead sorted?
Thanks guys

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-10-17 10:03. 1 comments. 107 reads
 

I just read your shout in the Shoutbox.

Good for you, you're going back to Cardiac Rehab. We both know the wonderful benefits of that program.

Have fun with it and keep laughing.

Grateful Heart

Posted by jack4000 on 2014-10-17 04:41. 1 comments. 123 reads
 
I had a St Jude accent ssir mri fitted two weeks ago, I now heard that I should not weld, which is a huge problem for me as I enjoy tig, mig and inverter arc welding. Is there any way I can protect the pacemaker while welding, I restore classic cars as a hobby (retired) and often need to weld parts etc, I do not do large fabrication welds normally short runs.

Posted by Olena on 2014-10-15 19:53. 5 comments. 344 reads
 
Hi! Does anyone has been shocked while driving?
I'm driving a lot with my child and afraid that I'll be shocked while driving and get into the accident. How people drive with ICDs?

Posted by abqeric on 2014-10-15 18:51. 7 comments. 229 reads
 
I'm getting an ICD with bi-ventricular pacing Oct 21st. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy that has affected the heart muscle. I suffer from CHF. Hoping this will make me feel a little better and some of my energy back. Am a little nervous but trying to stay positive.😕

Posted by LauraClayton on 2014-10-15 09:35. 6 comments. 190 reads
 
I have been having many palpitations since my implant on October 2nd. They began about a week after surgery. I had them before surgery but have many more now. It seems just walking to the restroom causes them. Is this part of the getting used to the pacemaker stage?

Posted by LuCas on 2014-10-15 08:47. 9 comments. 212 reads
 
Hello everyone!
I was surfing this nice page, when I suddenly saw in the "Gallery Image" someone nicknamed "brokenheart". I don't know her, never talked to her, but why "brokenheart"?
Well, I think that we should all campaign for nicknames and usernames as "HAPPYHEARTS", "STRONGHEART", "BRAVEHEARTS", :-) this site does not have place for broken things LOL :-)
Please girl, put a big smile on your face and let's all enjoy life.

Lucio
Happy with my St. Jude Medical
"In my life, I have only two choices: be strong or be strong.
Well, of course that I chose to be strong."


Posted by Tania SA on 2014-10-15 07:36. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
I need to go for a hystroscopy and d&c in two weeks time. Anything I should know to tell the anesthesiologist and gynecologist regarding my pacemaker?

I have been seriously shocked by (a few) healthcare professionals in the past, regarding their perception and knowledge of pacemakers. One even asked me once if I can hear it ticking! I thought he was joking, but he was dead serious! :o!

What's the story with general anesthesia and pacemakers?

Posted by saslas on 2014-10-15 01:07. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Thanks to all for your comments, they are so very helpful!! To Angrysparrow, I am not really in a deep depression or anything near that, was just feeling a little down from time to time and just wanted to know if others had gone through that too!! As I have said during these posts, I had not known anyone that had had a PM, so was just wondering
l if feeling a little down was at least near normal, hehe!!'
Like I mentioned before, I am so glad to have found this site, because it really has been helpful!!! I appreciate so very much the responses to my questions. You guys are great and so many of you have a great personality and can make someone like me feel a whole lot better!!

Brenda Davis

Posted by cb on 2014-10-14 18:35. 5 comments. 230 reads
 
Tracy...on another post you just wrote that you have had a PM for 10 years but are on your FOURTH device?
What happened?
I thought we got a new PM about 8-10 years???
Thanks for sharing.....cb


Posted by alexisbagel on 2014-10-14 15:39. 5 comments. 241 reads
 
Hi all! Quick question: how soon before your ICD/PM replacement surgery (due to battery getting low) did you receive notification you'd be getting the surgery? Two weeks? Two months? Thanks!

Posted by saslas on 2014-10-14 15:20. 3 comments. 215 reads
 
Thanks Sheila, I appreciate your responding to my question! and it helps to just know somebody understood what I was talking about. I am not a depressed person by nature at all, but have felt that way some since the surgery!! I go back for my checkup this Thursday, my first since my surgery. I also have felt my heart feel like it "skips," don't know if that is the right word for it or not, that is just the way it feels, but I suppose that is why I have a PM!! Before I received it, my heart would race like it was pounding really hard. It had just begun to do that a few weeks before I got the PM. At that time it felt as if it was going to jump out of my body. I had NEVER ever had that happen. So it was a real shock to me to find out ...


Posted by saslas on 2014-10-14 12:37. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
Hi All,

Was wondering if anyone has had some depression since having PM surgery? I am not a depressive person at all, but have found myself being a little depressed for a couple of weeks now, off and on. Just wondering if anyone else has been affected like this? I do not like this at all!!

Posted by Jax on 2014-10-13 23:35. 1 comments. 96 reads
 
Anyone have a mophie for iphone. Ok to use with pm.

Posted by cb on 2014-10-13 20:55. 10 comments. 211 reads
 
Hello! I have a dual lead PM for 18 months.
After reading the posts today, I noticed that several people said that they had been "shocked". (some worry that it wore down their PM battery).
What are they talking about?
I have to adjust myself (posture, sitting or laying down position) frequently because I can FEEL the PM pulsing. This happens ALL the time. Is that the same thing as the shock you mention?
Should I now ask about the battery life too??
Thanks a lot!
cbf

Posted by Martha on 2014-10-13 20:48. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi Everybody! How common is it to have AFib after receiving a pacemaker? Common? Rare? I got my St Jude pacemaker 6 months ago and have been doing great. Now, after 6 mos. I have had Afib with faster heart rate and irregular heartbeat off and on for the last 2 weeks. Do you guys still have bouts of Afib after this long? Each episode has lasted about 3 days. I was taking metoprolol twice a day (50mg each time) and now Dr increased it to 100mg 2x daily and I still have heart rate about 95. My heart rate was running in the low 60's until 2 weeks ago. WHY THE CHANGE? Any chancemy pacemaker is acting up? Or does that have nothing to do with the Afib? Any input will be appreciated. Thanks! (I do take XARELTO blood thinner)

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-10-13 15:01. 1 comments. 131 reads
 

.........cardiac news from the London Times, yesterday.

British doctors have conducted the world's first major heart operations on patients in a MRI scanner, using the machine to help them guide a probe to defective tissue and destroy it.....

Two men and a woman, all suffering from a dangerously erratic heartbeat, have been successfully treated at St Thomas' Hospital, London, in a procedure that saw catheters guided deep into their beating heart from an incision in the groin...

....Atrial Flutter....

Two of the patients treated, all within the past few months, appear to have been cured, while the third needed a second operation.

Professor Reza Razavi , head of imaging sciences a...


Posted by Olena on 2014-10-13 14:52. 6 comments. 120 reads
 
does anyone know how to translate Jolts into joules or volts?

Posted by JoMarie on 2014-10-13 14:15. 3 comments. 121 reads
 
I had an AV node ablation and a dual pacemaker implantation in late July this year, following two failed catheter ablations for treatment of paroxysmal AFib and then atrial flutter.

I need to understand how the pacemaker works and what to expect from it, in that now the ventricular rate is controlled 100%,by the pacemaker, will I ever experience arrhythmia again? I know that the atria will continue in AFib (I have to continue lifelong anticoagulation) but that the chaotic signals will not be transmitted to the lower heart. Therefore I should expect a lessening of awareness of what was for me, very symptomatic AFib.

I am puzzled as to why, a few weeks following the procedure and again one week later, I experienced al...


Posted by Marie12 on 2014-10-13 08:25. 4 comments. 189 reads
 
I understood that my pacemaker was set to pace if HR went below 60 bpm. Recently had dental surgery and was hooked up to a HR monitor and EKG machine. While waiting for the surgeon (about five minutes) and prior to sedation, my heart rate was 55-57. I had found the same readings with my home heart rate monitor and BP machine but thought maybe they were off. At last ICD check up was told I am paced less than 1%.

Question - is there a time lag from when the heart rate goes down and the pacemaker kicks in? Thank you for any responses.



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