St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Suz2015 on 2016-01-18 20:17. 1 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi , Suz here,
Had my ICD...CRT-D implanted 11/19/15. Didn't know I had a heart problem until diagnosed June 25,2015 !!! When I met the Carsiologist the first time he was like " WHY DID YOU WAIT SO LONG TO TAKE CARE OF THIS ?!!!!!
I guess not having any family history of heart problems, and (sic) only being 57, I had no idea...
Did have other health issues, Hypothyroid, and was sent for scans on the thyroid and abdomen. While there, the Tech asked "How come not your HEART too ?" What do you say to that ?
As it turns out, that TECH probably saved my life ! I was diagnosed with CHF and cardiomyopathy on both sides! My heart was only working at 15%..
I knew I would need my pacer since June, but the insurance company...


Posted by wja7843 on 2016-01-18 15:51. 5 comments. 213 reads
 
My dermatologist has deserted me. He can't do surgery because of my pacemaker ( new as of dec 10) He uses electrocautery to stop bleeding. He hasn't offered any advice as to where to go. Anyone had a similar problem. Would appreciate any advice . I live in the Philadelphia area.

Posted by Daisho on 2016-01-17 18:16. 2 comments. 127 reads
 
Well went in on the 14th for my generator exchange went smoothly they thankfully gave me a fairly good sedative although I did have to ask them for a booster when I felt them suturing the battery into place. Healing well no new leads woohoo. In at 11:0am out at 12:00pm and eating at longhorn steakhouse at 3:30 pm lol.

Posted by CW-S on 2016-01-17 18:08. 5 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi everyone!

I came across this website a few weeks back whilst frantically "googling" before my procedure. Anyway, now it's all done and dusted, i decided to come back and sign up 😀

A little about me...My name is Charlie and I'm 29 from the UK. After recently undergoing LOTS of tests following what the docs are calling a "Vacant episode" in July, they ruled out a stroke, epilepsy etc. One of the tests was a 7 day ECG and during my follow up with the consultant my husband and I were shocked to find out that there was a problem with my heart. After joking in the waiting room 5 minutes earlier that it's the only good thing on me!

I have intermittent AV block and had to have a pacemaker as a back up and to ...


Posted by cerrap on 2016-01-17 12:52. 1 comments. 153 reads
 
I'm new to all this as I just had a St. Jude pm installed in 11 Dec. It was set on 50 bpm as I've had a very slow rate for a long time. The pm worked as expected (base rate always 50) until 11 January when after exercising the base rate seemed to adjust to 60 bpm. The on 13 Jan. after exercise it went to 80 bpm where I am now. I've called my doctor and will have an interrogation on Tuesday. Has anyone ever heard of such an increase done automatically by the pm??

Thanks,
-Pat

Posted by Debs59 on 2016-01-17 04:47. 1 comments. 105 reads
 
Doing a little bit more and definitely feeling it! Good to be able to sleep on either side again! feeling pretty good...

Posted by Artist on 2016-01-14 19:00. 5 comments. 332 reads
 
I'm disappointed that after months of having a well behaved heart, AFIB tap danced all over my heart on and off starting at 8 p.m. last night and continued as of 8 a.m.. It was very obvious, pounding in my chest. My BP and heart rate were all over the place--79/55 HR 106, 93/64 HR 111 then 79/55 HR 69. One reading of 75/59 really concerned me. Those readings were taken while I was very sedentary, sitting or lying in bed. My cardiologist took me as a walk in appointment this morning. Now, the interesting/good news. My cardiologist's office also received a report that was transmitted last night by the St. Jude Merlin heart monitor in my bedroom. I had been wondering if it actually was doing anything while it sat near my bed. The Merlin ...


Posted by neff on 2016-01-14 16:22. 1 comments. 133 reads
 
Mornin
This IS a good day. I received my new battery . my second ,It was easy & I feel fine . The new Dr. did fine .No new lead this time . He did say that if I need one , at hospital, they not remove that what is attached to the heart. Just add a new lead. That makes me feel better about getting one, Good luck to all,

Posted by Busdriver on 2016-01-14 05:57. 7 comments. 220 reads
 
I've read several comments on here from people who have mentioned their Pacemaker Representative, and how that rep was available to answer any question they might have. My question is, are these representatives exclusive to certain types or brands of PM's? I have a SJM pm, and I have never been contacted by any SJM representative. Was I supposed to get this info from the doctor before I left the hospital with the device, or was the hospital supposed to contact SJM and give them my contact info? Thanks in advance for your help!

Posted by Poodlemom1213 on 2016-01-13 14:57. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
Hello ! I am preimptevly joining. I am going to get a pacemaker because of a junctional rhythm . I am not informed about all of this and have gotten a lot of info in two days. Do y'all have any advice on things I should consider or tell my Cardiologist ? Ant websites you suggest on info to educate me. Thank you so much !

Posted by IAN MC on 2016-01-13 09:45. 7 comments. 264 reads
 
i) I have just had a pacemaker check. and the estimated remaining battery life has increased from 5 to 8 yrs

ii) I got home and found out that I had won 10 pounds on the lottery

iii) I went for a run to celebrate. I run past a farm where the farmer's dog normally bares its teeth and attempts to jump over a fence to kill me. This morning it just growled and glared at me. Have I found a new friend ?

iv) I switched on the news and Obama says he is going to eradicate the ISIS terrorist problem as well as finding a cure for cancer , that 's fewer things to worry about then !

If only every day was this good

Ian

Posted by bowlrbob on 2016-01-13 05:25. 2 comments. 118 reads
 
just had my first replacement done yesterday. Very easy. No Pain during the procedure. Went to the hospital at 5:30 am was home by 9:30 am. I was apprehensive also but it was really nothing. I am sore at the incision site and I expect it will take a few days for that to clear up. But even that is not horrible. My other one was in limp mode and I feel so much better with the new one it is a blessing to put up with a little pain. PS Because it was my first replacement and the old one kept me alive for 10 years
I asked if I could have it. They cleaned it up and gave it to me in a plastic bag. I am going to put it in a shadow box.


Posted by bgc65 on 2016-01-13 04:10. 4 comments. 156 reads
 
After 5 months i am still tired and have no energy.I am on metoprolol tartate- a half a pill twice a day. I mentioned it to my cardiologist and he just shrugged his shoulders. Any suggestions?

Posted by momhead on 2016-01-12 15:30. 1 comments. 152 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker for a year and a half--no problems and I feel great....I do work out faithfully, including strength training and weights....the last week or so I have been feeling some discomfort around the incision sight...wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if so, did you go in to have it checked out??
Thanks!!

Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-01-12 15:05. 4 comments. 130 reads
 
Good Morning Everyone!!! hope everyone is having a blessed day.. I'm doing 100% better.. I'm back at work everything is great.. I just wanna say when you think about giving up DON'T... We all on here have a second chance at life.. I would like to thank everyone that's on here for the updates and feedback..it really helped me out a lot!!!!

Posted by AnneD on 2016-01-12 05:28. 4 comments. 252 reads
 
I have bradycardia and several other conditions. No PM yet, but may get one in early 2016. Other conditions will require surgery under general anesthesia. I'm assuming I will get a PM before undergoing any other surgery.

What I want to know is: what happens when a PM wearer undergoes general anesthesia? Does the heart continue to pump at a rate set by the PM? Or does the anesthesia make the heart rate slow down despite the PM? Is a larger dose of anesthesia required to when the patient wears a PM?

Thanks in advance!



Posted by TRW on 2016-01-11 21:18. 6 comments. 234 reads
 
I am a 59 year old male in pretty good physical condition. Resting heart rate in the low 30s that responds to exercise. diagnosed with sinus bradycardia and /or complete heart block at rest. No symptoms. Scheduled to get a dual chamber pacemaker in a couple days. Still not convinced I need one but more than one electro physiologist has recommended it for safety sake. concerned about quality of life after. looking for responses from those who had a similar situation. Also having it placed sub pec. and would like to hear from folks who have had that done also. wondering if my golf game or exercise tolerance will suffer.

Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-01-11 16:06. 4 comments. 144 reads
 
hi!!!!!!!!!! I had my pacemaker ging on 3 weeks now.. I'm starting to feel a whole lot better.. sometimes I feel a lil tired but I guess my body has to adjust to me having a pacemaker.. I'm dealing with and I have also accepted the fact that I have a pacemaker.. its nice to meet all you guys..thanks for the advice

Posted by searchingwoman on 2016-01-11 01:49. 2 comments. 208 reads
 
It has been a long time since I was active on this site. I just logged in and feel like I am back home among friends. My 4th pacemaker will be implanted in about a month and a half. The last procedure was over 8 years ago. Is there anyone on here that has gone through this 3 or more times? I can't remember how long your are in the hospital and how long the procedure takes. Can they use the same pocket for several repeat implants?

Posted by locksmith335 on 2016-01-10 00:14. 2 comments. 231 reads
 
I was told certain electrical things and interfere with ICD's. I have a pacer & defib in me. is it safe to use a electric blanket at night.



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