St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Mongee on 2015-04-06 11:27. 4 comments. 131 reads
 
I was thinking about getting an IFIT for my wrist and was wondering if anyone has heard if it can be used if I have an ICD Not sure if it would interfere with it. Any ideas?

Posted by trish on 2015-04-05 08:11. 0 comments. 65 reads
 
Amen , don'r! I am just off to sing two back to back services celebrating Our Risen Lord! Trish

Posted by heart3 on 2015-04-04 18:04. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi guys I posted a while ago about a procedure I was having. An Av node ablation. Well here's an update. I had my procedure done at the London heart hospital in January and I haven't looked back I've hardly had any episodes of AF and when I have they have been 5seconds or less. Being completely dependent on a battery to literally keep me alive is taking some getting used to I won't lie. On the plus side I feel as though my surgeon and his team have given me my life back. I'm back working full time I'm going out with friends I'm enjoying life again. I'm still having to take my medication but I'm hopping yo come of some of that soon. I'm at my 3month mark next Tuesday and I couldn't b happier. Thank you to everyone who offered me advice . I ...


Posted by wookalar on 2015-04-04 13:03. 2 comments. 119 reads
 
hi,
i just received my 3rd pacemaker 2 1/2 weeks ago. Since then I
have basically felt awful. I was used to working out 5-7 times a week and now not feeling good at all. I have had my setting adjusted at least 5 times to no avail. I have the new Boston Scientific device. My heart feels like it is beating in the center of my chest. No one can seem to figure out what is wrong if anything. I have complete heart block so I use my pacer all the time. Just can't figure out why Im feeling every little beat? Anyone have any suggestions????

Posted by orangebowls on 2015-04-03 20:14. 3 comments. 114 reads
 
Hi, I had a St Jude Allure Quadra CRT-T put in 8 days ago feeling ok, in about 4 weeks time I will be getting the AV node ablated, I have been so much out of breath , cant do much at all
counting the days until ablation , and hoping it will turn my life around? will let you all know how it turns out , I am 79 years young, and am looking forward to a few more

Posted by ReadingFC on 2015-04-03 18:13. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
16 months ago, i was rushed into hospital for as heart stopped for 45 seconds - with no real prior warning

After 24 hours they said pacemaker and it was major Afib

After another 24 hours had passed, Afib had stopped and the I was put on warfrine for the rest of my life with a pacemaker

The pacemaker has a high rate of 70bpm to try and stop the afib

As far as I know the Afib only ever lasted about 4 hours and that was 16 months ago, after a very stressy week - very stressy.


So now I am thinking, what I should be speaking to the doc about, as I have a routing apointment next week

Should I try and come off of the warfrine now as nothing happened for 16 months and the pace...


Posted by trish on 2015-04-03 15:04. 0 comments. 60 reads
 
Sang from different place in chancel last night and again this afternoon. Amazing! No interference with pacemaker causing it to pace without reason . Still have to ascertain why pm was behaving strangely when in former seat. Not sure if this lighting system was installed by licensed electrician or if was inspected by city. Trish.

Posted by jsne on 2015-04-03 05:52. 1 comments. 102 reads
 
Hi Folks,
Have updated my profile as I seemed to have missed the most important bit.(not a great computer user)Had chest x ray to check my pneumothorax has completely gone as we hope to go to Italy on the 25th. Get a 3day monitor on the 17th as I still feel rotten quite a bit of the time (I think I am still getting AF or I am out of sync.) but has anyone got any tips to stop getting pulsating noise in ears when lying down. Suffered with this when on denoderone drives you mad.6 weeks in went back to my yoga class - god my toes have moved miles away, good to stretch again even with a dickey rhythm.
Off for a wee walk in the lovely Scottish sunshine NOT!
Take care all
Jane

Posted by tracey68 on 2015-04-03 05:19. 7 comments. 351 reads
 
Hi all
I just thought I would share my story with you and hope it will help others and also help me to not feel so alone too.
I am a normal 40 something lady (or so I thought) and I take regular exercise. I was doing a Zumba class with my daughter when half way through I felt very strange, heart pounding and giddy and found myself holding onto the wall. I left the class and found a gym instructor to check my pulse but he couldn't get a proper reading, he thought it was the machine playing up as my heart rate was over 220! After an hour of resting and drinking it was still going crazy so my daughter rushed me to A&E as she is a nurse and she knew I had to get there asap. They tried to regulate my heartbeat with drugs but that di...


Posted by tk on 2015-04-02 23:26. 1 comments. 155 reads
 
I am anxious.. Waiting for tomorrow so I can see cardiologist after having a bad week with pains, low energy, little zaps, and now what feels like tingling in arms and head and fluttering in chest. Its really scary as I am almost 3 weeks out. I really am frightened by all the things I'm feeling, mostly the dizziness. I had some good days and thought wow I'm feeling almost back to normal and then boom, I feel like I did before surgery minus the electric feeling I had when I'd feel like I was going to pass out.

I feel terrible. Grateful for life, happy generally with my life, but super crappy physically. Any advice is welcome. I guess I just really am anxious and frustrated. Maybe need to vent, because my support system in real l...


Posted by stricsm on 2015-04-02 19:27. 4 comments. 138 reads
 
I was fitted with a dual lead PM in Aug 2014 for a 2nd degree block type II (2:1). I have hypothyroidism and my thyroid hormone was very low at the time of the PM surgery. Went to the device clinic today for a 6 month follow-up and my heart is pacing normally without assistance. The tech said it could change tomorrow. I was so excited I forgot to ask her how long the data showed this had been going on, but I'm going back next week to pick up my interrogation report.

Is it common for the conductive paths of the heart to be intermittent or could my problem have been caused by the hypothyroidism?

Posted by fishfighter on 2015-04-02 07:24. 6 comments. 181 reads
 
Been a long time from my last post here. Sorry about that, but been going thru some rough times.

Hope all are doing good.

Anyway, I been going thru other treatments and new meds. Rejected all. Still doing the weekly infusion of dubutamine, but I will be going back on it 24/7 again next week. Last EF was up to 15%, but heart beating is dropping way to low and my BP is all over the place. Fighting fluid weight gains too! Been swinging anywhere from 178 down to 165 every week. There is not much they can do at this point. I still get out on my good days. Still fighting which my wife stays on my case. LOL Got to love her.

Well take care and God bless all, Paul

Posted by jane32 on 2015-04-01 23:39. 6 comments. 197 reads
 
I have a date for my replacement pm, it is 9th April, I will have an overnight stay in hospital, they are also going to review my leads while I am there, I know one lead is using extra power to work and I am being checked every 6 months. I am anxious as I didn't have a good experience last time, also it is the first time since my husband died that I have been in hospital, it is very hard adjusting to losing that one special person in your life, who was there to look after me as well. I have forgotten how long is it before I can drive after procedure. I am lucky I have family close by and a lovely cousin who is going to look after my crazy 4 month old puppy Meg. She has been my life saver but is a very busy little girl, keeping me fit. ...


Posted by trish on 2015-04-01 15:14. 0 comments. 64 reads
 
For those of you celebrating Holy Week, I am providing link to St Johns Church choir in which I sing soprano doing Louis Vierne Kyre eleison https://youtu.be/tecjjwC2jfg

D
Trish

Posted by tk on 2015-04-01 00:51. 7 comments. 262 reads
 
It has been just under three weeks since I've had a pacer put in. I'm still adjusting. It's frustrating because I feel all these things that my regular Dr brushes off, and my cardiologist doesn't explain. I'm not sure if they are serious, or just part of the healing process. Maybe someone could help me understand if what I'm going through is "normal" like for instance - I am feeling light-headed and dizzy pretty often but I check heart rate with at home blood pressure heart rate detector and heart rate seems fine. My blood pressure is on the low but normal side. I have been diagnosed complete heart block and bradycardia. Idk much about all of this except that I am feeling pretty good some days and then totally exhausted others. The last fe...


Posted by Peppo on 2015-03-31 18:32. 3 comments. 150 reads
 
I currently have two questions regarding 14 year old pacemaker. Shortly will require Atrial lead and Generator replacing and a lumber spine MRI, The pacemaker is not MRI compliant.
Since fitted in 2001, I have not had any problems, .Any advice / experience please. In UK found only one Heart Hospital who says can do.?

Posted by rusty on 2015-03-31 14:53. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
OK, just got my dual chamber Boston Scientific K173 installed yesterday afternoon. Procedure took 1.5 hours with no problems.Home from hospital with a sore shoulder and neck. I have a sling to wear, but doc told me to not use it all the time. Could cause additional stiffness issues. Was amazed to see my pulse at 60 BPM vs my old 36 BPM.
I've always been a runner, so there will no doubt be some future adjustments in line for me. Hoping to walk on a treadmill in two weeks, after I see my heart doc. I work in the electrical industry and find myself in HV switchyards at least once a month. Had a good conversation with the BS tech rep after the surgery, and he assured me there would be no issue unless I arc weld or start hanging around arc...


Posted by beverly on 2015-03-31 14:18. 9 comments. 191 reads
 
I just now joined. My doctor told me a couple of months ago that sometime in my life I will need a pacemaker. Im 55 years old. My heart rate stays between mid 50's to mid 60's when im not walking or exercising. I was wondering what rate were some of the members of this forum at when they had to get a pacemaker. Im really wanting to put it off as long as I can but dont want to chance anything bad happening by waiting.

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-03-31 11:18. 5 comments. 159 reads
 
Ever since I had my surgery (4 months) I have these vivid dreams pretty much the whole night. My rate is set at 60 BPM. My natural rate before PM was low 30's. Did anyone experience this?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-03-31 10:52. 0 comments. 68 reads
 

Thought this may be of interest to some. The Cleveland Clinic has live chats....this one is on Cardiomyopathy. If interested, you can register for a chat....you do not have to participate with questions if you choose not to....they can be very informative.

There are other subjects as well. Here is a link:

http://chat.clevelandclinic.org/chatpage.aspx?chatid=1737

Grateful Heart



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