St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by vgivens62@gmail.com on 2016-05-09 14:46. 6 comments. 251 reads
 
My husband had his second pacemaker replaced December 2015. He is 100% p/m dependent. His p/m has 3 leads and must work all the time. Both of his bundle branches are dead. He has changed job professions several times. He get extremely tired after just an hour or so of physical labor. He was in construction and was a welder. Next job was working on heavy equipment. When he could no longer do that job, he was fortunate to be able to take a job as an inspector with an oil company. He had to do no physical labor, but still suffered from extreme fatigued. His heart doctor told him in January to let him know when he finished this job so he could go on disability. He has no other job options left. My question is, should he be able to qualify for ...


Posted by lizzieuk on 2016-05-08 17:53. 3 comments. 191 reads
 
Hi all. New to the group. 1st implant in 1994 due to total heart block. 3 days ago I had my 4th box implanted, still with original leads. Traumatic removal due to tissue being 'rock'like after 9 years. 2 incisions needed, 1 for removal and 1 for insertion. Pain today is heavy, headache and some neuralgia. However, I have now had 24 years more life than I would have had if these devices were not around. So, if you ever need one look on it as a necessary evil with a gift of life. Not a nice experience for anyone but I have a life. Good luck everyone waiting and well done to those who braved it. I only ever have local anaesthetic as pulse is 13bpm when disconnected. Feeling sore and tired now and a bit annoyed with myself for moaning but the ...


Posted by KoTzev18 on 2016-05-08 03:11. 3 comments. 172 reads
 
In a few months I need to replace the generator/battery on my St. Jude Medical bi-ventricular CRT device, which was implanted almost 5 years ago.

Should I and can I ask that I get new MRI-compatible hardware?

Is it available for a bi-V from St. Jude Medical (Endurity model, I think). Does anyone know?

More info available here:

http://investors.sjm.com/investors/financial-news/news-release-details/2015/St-Jude-Medical-Expands-Portfolio-of-MRI-Compatible-Devices-to-High-Voltage-in-Europe/default.aspx

Posted by Mongee on 2016-05-05 14:58. 5 comments. 187 reads
 
Have a question....I have had my ICD for 12 years (changed 3 times) never a problem, never any setting changes. Last week I was at my Internist and he thought my heart was skipping a beat, so went to heart dr. and have been wearing a heart monitor since Monday. Dr called today and said he wants me to come in to have my setting set higher. I did not ask any question on the phone with him, because I will see him at the time the ICD is set (in about 3 hours) ....I was wondering other than asking why and what are you setting it to, what should I ask. As I said, never had a problem, the ICD has never gone off (thank G-D) and I more or less forget that it is there. Now I am wondering...should I be worried?

Posted by Babsy on 2016-05-05 12:00. 5 comments. 178 reads
 
Had Medtronic pacemaker installed this past Tues. it is quite swollen & itches like crazy now. Is the itching normal?

Posted by adempsey on 2016-05-03 14:59. 1 comments. 164 reads
 
I got my St. Jude's defibrillator in October 2015. The Dr. Was only able to put in 2 leads. He told me that I may have to have a second surgery in which they would go in my side through my ribs to attach another lead directly on my heart so that they can resynchronize my heartbeat. Has anyone ever had this surgery?

Posted by marmoore@q.com on 2016-05-01 23:46. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
Just had new pacemaker put in 4 weeks ago. 3 lead BS still having rapid heart rate, wears me out, ast for over 20 mins & not doing anything when it starts. Any idea?

Posted by marylandpm on 2016-04-30 14:02. 4 comments. 217 reads
 
Since I don't know when I go into AFib I am thinking of getting a EKG machine and learning how to test myself. I want to go on a month long trip out west with some younger people but if I go into AFib I need to know.
I recently had a cardioversion that took me out of AFib that I had for 45 days. So far I don't think the AFib has started again.
Does anybody have any suggestions?
Thank,
Jack

Posted by KenE on 2016-04-29 01:21. 2 comments. 157 reads
 
A month ago I had a St Jude PM2212 installed and I am still getting used to it. Can anyone tell be what it measures in order to adjust the heart rate and how I can control it. For example if it monitors acceleration can I carry out a sudden movement to trigger a higher heart rate. Also, what information does the Merlin transmit.

Posted by ac204 on 2016-04-28 19:24. 5 comments. 234 reads
 
Hi, I was told I have 3rd degree heart block @ age 33 male. While in hospital I went into complete block at 18bpm, I was standing up when this happened. I have a MedtronicA2DR01, i feel pretty good most of the time i am just tired of being sore, i am sure it is due to not having full range of motion.
I have issues getting down on the floor or squatting for more than a few min then my bpm starts to drop and i get a little light headed, is this normal or is my body still trying to get used to the pacemaker? Doc told me i am paced at 70bpm and it will not fall below that but it has dropped to around 52? should i be concerned? i have a doc appt in 2 weeks and i have lots of questions, but i feel as i would get a more experienced answ...


Posted by ROBO Pop on 2016-04-26 21:25. 11 comments. 452 reads
 
Loss of faith in God

With my medical travails that I have enjoyed over the past year, I find myself struggling of late with a life altering loss of faith. To be more specific, I have lost confidence in God, and am not sure I can overcome these feelings that maybe I have been deluding myself all along, and quite frankly suspect that, had I looked more closely instead of blindly following on faith alone, I may well have recognized the warning signs far sooner and perhaps even taken another path.

My parents taught me much while I was young, and I'm sure that much of my belief system was formed while under their purview, still, I am my own person and draw my own conclusions based on my own research and experience, so ...


Posted by wjd129 on 2016-04-26 18:56. 0 comments. 148 reads
 
HI! I had a PM put in in 2005 due to AF. I just had a replacement I thought of the unit due to exhausted battery. This was done in hospital in the Kansas City area. I just received the bill. The total for all medical services was $17274.39.

After seeing what others have paid I feel lucky!!!!!!!

I am still unable to do much physical labor without wearing out rather quickly. However at 87 it seems reasonable

Posted by beaddot on 2016-04-25 01:20. 8 comments. 235 reads
 
I'm not sure where my post would go so I'll just post it here in the general postings. I got my pacemaker last month so I'm probably still recovering but I seem to be short of breath alot. Just doing the littlest of things wipes me out. I monitor my rate multiple times of days and it seems to be in the 80's and 90's. Loading the washing machine this morning it raised to 117, I have an appointment with my primary dr tomorrow and my pacemaker rep/cardiologist next month. Is this something that is normal? I do plan to bring it up tomorrow but should I call my cardiologist and get in sooner? By the way, I am a 55 yr old female who is somewhat out of shape but never this bad.

Thanks
Dot

Posted by Bec on 2016-04-24 12:11. 1 comments. 228 reads
 
Hi

I am waiting on feedback from Medtronic in relation to a proposed 135MV Solar Farm to be built across the road. My Specialist or his Australian Rep don't know of anyone with a pacemaker living near a solar farm and my Specialist replied that my concerns of EMF & RF are reasonable but is waiting on the Medtronics Techs what they think.

I have worked in the electricity industry and have experienced RF and EMF from electricity infrastructure all built to Australian Standards so I am quite concerned at the proposed site being built opposite us.
Does anyone here live next to one and if so have you had any problems?
We live in the bush and never would have thought in a million years we could end up with 480 00...


Posted by Walnut on 2016-04-23 01:59. 3 comments. 303 reads
 
Should I be telling my auto insurer (Wisconsin) I have a pacemaker?

Posted by mosmedicalreview on 2016-04-21 03:49. 0 comments. 172 reads
 
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Posted by Alex1 on 2016-04-20 23:14. 3 comments. 229 reads
 
I've been doing well with my new pacemaker but tonight my heart feels like it's beating fast. Daughter checked my pulse and it feels normal but I don't feel right. Feels like it's speed up and slowing down. Dual chamber, pacemaker dependent. Anyone have any thoughts? Scared. Just saw the doctor today and he said I look good.

Posted by raja0799 on 2016-04-20 20:39. 1 comments. 205 reads
 
Being a new recipient of the PM, I struggled with the lead decision. I finally settled on one simply because I did not know enough. The Dr. Said he,would choose two, but only when the heart was in rhythm
And mine was not therefore the one lead and also I did not agree to shocking paddles.

Posted by Pm on 2016-04-18 17:13. 7 comments. 429 reads
 
Hi all. Hope everone is doing okay. Quick question. I think I was told when I got my pm 5 weeks ago that I'm not to have caffeine. But maybe I was dreaming. Ha, ha. I'm really not a coffee drinker, but I miss drinking Coke. Yes, I know it's not healthy, but once in a while? Any feedback would be so appreciated. Thanks. (I was dx with mobitz type 2 block.)

Posted by Pacman62 on 2016-04-18 09:07. 3 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi,

I have a dual chamber PM and I'm positive I'm in AF at the moment. I went to my GP about an hour ago and had an ECG and he claimed im not in AF, but I know the feeling well.

My cardiologist says a PM can make it hard for an ECG to detect AF because it takes over the paving of the verticals which gives a normal readout and s normal pulse rate.

Does anyone have any feed back on this?

I hope I can see my EP tomorrow to find out for sure otherwise it's a trip to the ED tonight.

Thanks



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