St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by casmered on 2015-01-07 18:16. 8 comments. 342 reads
 
Went to the dentist recently and he said he wouldn't work on me unless I pre-medicated (there on the spot) with 4 pills of anti-biotics. Is this common?

Posted by cwalsh on 2015-01-07 17:09. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
Hi, I had dual Ensura pacemaker fitted 2nd October 2014 at my last check up with my cardiologist he told me I was super sensitive to the pacing of my pacemaker this was diagnosed after having a 48 hrs monitor on to try and find out what the "weird" feelings were that I was having. They had settled down a lot but the last week this "weird" feeling has really be bothering me, the day time is not to bad but night time is terrible it's there every night for hours, I'm not getting much sleep with it, I was wondering if anybody else has been told there are super sensitive to the pacing. Thank you.

Posted by arizlori on 2015-01-07 12:58. 11 comments. 316 reads
 
Greetings! I recently got a biventricular pacemaker with an implantable defibrillator. My first question is if I were to take the poll, would I say I had a dual lead pacer, a CRT-D or an ICD? I don't understand all the terminology yet.
My main question is this: How do I find out specifically what to avoid? I know that my cell phone shouldn't be within 6" of my heart and I shouldn't stand next to a cell tower but.... how do I know other stuff? I was getting ready for a fitness test and was getting ready to grab the handles of a body fat tester when the person casually mentioned that the only people who shouldn't use this tester are those with Pacemakers. She hadn't asked first if I had a PM. Also, my job has lots of high voltag...


Posted by donr on 2015-01-07 08:01. 3 comments. 144 reads
 
Someone sent me a Pvt Msg at 12:02 AM last night.

Nothing in my In Box, but my e-mail gave me warning that it had been received.

Donr

Posted by Bean19 on 2015-01-06 21:27. 8 comments. 234 reads
 
Hi all,
I went back to work and was talking with the school nurse who was concerned about the correct placement of the defibrillatort if she ever needed to use the AED on me. My Medtronic MRI safe pm is only a pm, would she use the "normal" position or would she need to use a sandwich method? I called medtronics and they could not give me a clear answer so I thought that I would ask the experts!

Thanks

Posted by Sue66 on 2015-01-06 18:13. 4 comments. 195 reads
 
I was told no MRI with a pacemaker. I am doing fine with the pacemaker, but I am in terrible pain with Arthritis of my leg and hip. I know they will want a MRI to see what is going on, and I was told no MRI. Does anyone know what type of test you get if you cannot get a MRI.

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-01-06 15:37. 4 comments. 195 reads
 
Question: If you have had a slow hear beat your whole life then get a pacemaker and that keeps it around 70 vs 50 could that wear your heart out over time ?

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-01-06 12:59. 6 comments. 168 reads
 
Has anyone ever felt "tingling" 2-3" under there pacer ? I started about a month ago feeling it and it comes and goes, no pain, just like a little electric tingle is the best way to explain it.

Posted by simplyliv on 2015-01-06 11:09. 4 comments. 141 reads
 
Good morning! I came across this group after a couple hour search of information regarding pacemakers. Long story short I have a dear friend of mine, Marine veteran, who is in need of having a pacemaker. Unfortunately he does not currently have health insurance. I am just looking for information regarding possible services/grants/coverage to pass along to him. Thank you all so much for your help!

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-04 23:00. 13 comments. 270 reads
 

So Donr..........just wonderin'.

Did Santa name one of his reindeer after you?

Grateful Heart

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2015-01-04 22:29. 3 comments. 265 reads
 
Can you guys help me? When I got my PM 12 months ago, I was Dx as 2nd degree Mobitz Type 2 heart block. During a recent check-up, my Dr turned off the PM for a moment and I nearly fell off the table I was so extremely dizzy. He said I have now developed complete heart block with no escape rhythms. I'm pacing 100% in the ventricle and around 10% in the atrium.

What I dont "get" is questions on this site from people wondering if they need or should get a PM because they have complete heart block. How can one live if the electrical impulse between the chambers is completely blocked? Is it because the electric impulses ARE getting through to one chamber? (In my case the atrium.) I thought I understood my doctor to say that I a...


Posted by Twin on 2015-01-04 13:56. 1 comments. 136 reads
 
In2004 I had pm out in In2010 found it never worked! Lead wire put on wrong side! A pacemaker, defibulator & Jump starter wire put in. 3-1-2012. One year later it started vibrating, then humming! Dr. tried diligently to find problem. Finally sent me to Cleveland Cliniic in Ohio who thought it was a pinched nerve behind the heart! SuggestedI see a medical masseuse. 4 th visit it started vibrating. Wouldn'see me anymore until they found out the problem! Nov 12 had new pm put in & day before Christmas it started at night feeling like a motor running! Not only in the chest but in my back & down my legs! I See Dr Jan 6. Has anyone ever had any of these situations?

Posted by Fran on 2015-01-03 18:51. 2 comments. 158 reads
 
Hi, I'm new to the list. I've had my PM for a week, and am very frustrated by my shortness of breath. Reading through various posts, it seems I'm not alone in this. PM was originally set for 50 night, 60 day. Nurse changed it to 60 continuous. I think it's too high (I was quite comfortable when my bpm was in the low 40s) but it seemed that my heart wanted to take some short vacations. (Hence the PM) But as someone who has had to cope with asthma, I'm finding my current SOB very frustrating. Is this something that gets better with time?

Posted by sltullis25 on 2015-01-03 17:00. 2 comments. 148 reads
 
about two years ago I had a pace maker fitted, before I had a fall in the shower and mum sent me to hospital. when they told me that I need a pacemaker I was devastated, and still to this day I am not constable having it as I feel that it is not a part of my body and shouldn't be there. Also when I was just five mounts old I had whole in the hart surgery so I'm full of scars. I can feel were the pace maker is and it ices sometimes. I want to know is how would you know if a wire came loose and could you die from it if it suddenly came loose. I have so many questions, I know it is there to help me but still feel that something is going to go wrong with it. just need some reassurance..

Posted by bpotter4u on 2015-01-02 12:52. 1 comments. 134 reads
 
I have a Medtronic pacemaker (for bradycardia) and use Garmin's Forerunner 110 watch. I often run with a partner who also has a 110 and even though we run side by side, her pace is always 10-15 seconds faster than mine and her distance is .1-.2 miles farther on a 5-8 mile run. I assumed it was the variability of the watches.

Since I have a couple of 110's, I started wearing them both on runs and learned that the one on my right wrist always showed a faster pace (by about 10 seconds) and a longer distance by 1 - 2 tenths of a mile.

Has anyone else had this experience?

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-12-31 22:49. 5 comments. 196 reads
 
hello all i am 21 years old male. i have pacemaker dual chamber IPG type DDDR mode replaced 4 month before. everything was fine until 20 novemember. i start feeling heart beat suddenly after having fever. i thought it was temperary due to fever. but palpitation goes wrosen. i visited my cardiologist several times everytime he interogate my PM and say everything is fine with pm. he suggest me to take METOLAR XR 50 medicines.checked my thyriod report was normal. after taking medicines palpitation gone for two week. now again i start feeling palpitation from yesterday. when i put my. hand on chest i feel that 3,4 heart beat comes at normal rhytm after 4,5 beat 1beat of different amplitude and sound i can feel with my hand. dont know whts goin...


Posted by Dave H on 2014-12-31 22:22. 0 comments. 105 reads
 
Since the Medtronic 3-lead Consulta I have "worn" since May, 2012 isn't synchronizing my ventricles as advertised, my EP is making plans for me to "trade it in" for a PM/ICD device. I understand it shouldn't be as complex a move compared to my initial placement. I've also read about "Absorbable Antibiotic Envelopes." Anyone here have experience with these "envelopes?"

Thanks,
--Dave H--

Posted by lisabfit on 2014-12-31 19:18. 5 comments. 250 reads
 
I know that the Dr. I choose will help me with this decison -but I would like to hear some feedback from those of you that already have your PM's...I think I remember that there are 3-4 major brands - St Jude's, Medtronic, & Boston Scientific...maybe another? I know St Jude's -in general - has an outstanding reputation - but I'm not familiar with the others.
And do they all have the ability to download information remotely back to the PM clinic?
Thank you for taking time to share...

Posted by Yakkwak on 2014-12-31 13:29. 1 comments. 104 reads
 
Happy (and safe) New Year's, all!!!
Had a routine annual yesterday with my internist. An ECG showed a "strain pattern" that was explained as consistent with left ventricular hypertrophy, which is associated with stiffening, etc. She advised I watch my BP (it goes up and down right now) and I may end up back on meds for htn.
Am normally not preoccupied with info that did not lead to an immediate referral to an ER or call for paramedics (good sign, right? (smile)). However, this year I lost my younger brother to a sudden heart attack and he was thought to have been in good health.

Question: can an ECG with a nine-lead give a misleading or incomplete pattern and can it just be picking up some conduction issues that ca...


Posted by Ronniecolorado on 2014-12-31 10:33. 4 comments. 132 reads
 
I'm re-posting this message for any current feedback...thanks!
Good morning,

Anyone with an ICD/CRT-D have experience with hernia surgeries?

I've been stalling for quite awhile because of my CRT-D; my EP doesn't see a problem…other than the CRT-D will be turned off during surgery…with paddles on standby…and of course turned on by a Boston Scientific technician who would be present.

Thanks!

Ron



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