St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-12-24 03:18. 10 comments. 410 reads
 
Donr: Do you have your hoofs all shined up for your annual trip with Santa?

BTW, where are you in the line-up of reindeer?

Grateful Heart

Posted by Mattsgrama on 2015-12-22 19:24. 3 comments. 334 reads
 
Can someone please tell me the difference between the Implantable Defibrillator, and a Pacemaker? I have gotten mixed answeres in the past. Thank you

Posted by LJRytel on 2015-12-22 03:05. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
I've had a dual lead Medtronic pacemaker for AV block for approximately 4.5 years. My pacing percentages had been AS-VP 61 % and AP-VP 39 % for several years. The technician incorrectly turned on the rate response mode and it remained on for several months until I noticed at pacemaker check. The percentages had changed to AS-VP 30 % AP-VP 69 %. I returned the next day wanting the rate response turned off and the reading was AS-VP 97 % AP-VP 2.8 %. The rate response has been off for 9 months. Going in tomorrow for pacemaker check. My question is whether the rate response mode helped or hurt me given the above information?

Posted by WendyLaubach on 2015-12-21 00:59. 8 comments. 464 reads
 
've never had any symptoms or anything odd on an ECG. I had a normal ECG at an annual checkup in early November 2015. My regular doc wanted to put me, at age 59, on a weight loss and exercise program, but I guess he worried about my excess weight and insisted on a 24-hour Holter monitor before he'd let me really exert myself. I wore the monitor for 24 hours, mailed it in for analysis, and a few days later got a frantic call from the head of the cardiology practice saying come see me this instant and pack a bag. Your heart stops all the time. While you're asleep it stops for a few seconds at a time, but didn't you notice at 11:30 in the morning last week when it stopped for 10 seconds? Uh, no, I didn't even feel faint, yet I was wide awake ...


Posted by BillH on 2015-12-20 00:40. 1 comments. 239 reads
 
An 87-year-old man was referred to our institution after selfextraction of the atrial lead of a DDD-R cardiac pacemaker implanted for symptomatic total atrioventricular block 2 years previously. The patient claimed to have understood the lead to be a suture thread and thus had pulled the entire atrial lead out without realizing, probably after the lead eroded the pocket and became visible.

http://arsiv.tkd.org.tr/en/yayinlanmis-sayilar/2010-2019/2015/aralik/goruntulu-olgu-an-extraordinary-case-of-cardiac?active=fulltext

Posted by Elisa58 on 2015-12-19 23:09. 2 comments. 277 reads
 
Hi, I'm Elisa, I just had my 4th Pace Maker Installed 11/2015. Due to a cardiologist not listening to me about the type of PM was told I have to have the rest of my lifeI had to have a lot more advanced Pace Maker. In Oct 2002-Feb 2012, I had a BI Ventricular CRT Pace Maker, Medtronics. Then In Feb 2002, I started with a new Cardiologist and my Pace Maker was very low battery, so he changed it out to a Basic very basic Regular Pace Maker, after my CHF getting extremely worse and going from stage 2-4 I finally got a new Cardiologist and now that I have AFIB and severe Heart Failure the Cardiologist turn me over to a Specialist Cardiologist that deals in The Electric System of the Heart. The EP specialist works with ...


Posted by Heart1965 on 2015-12-19 15:58. 1 comments. 171 reads
 
I am 50 yrs old from NC. Healthy man with Afib. Had had it for 10 yrs. and am always in Afib . I am otherwise symptom free and my doctors , after reading my echocardiogram don't need to see me for a year because I am in seemingly great health. The doctors feel that I am a good candidate for a ICD and I am scheduled for it to be implanted in January. I am just trying to get as much feedback from folks with a similar situation and how there ICD is working for them. Thanks all!

Posted by Island Girl on 2015-12-19 11:47. 2 comments. 335 reads
 
What is your pacemaker set at for heart beats per minute and what is your age? I am getting a new pacemaker next week. I had the old one for 8 years. The old one is set at 70 BPM.. I am 75 years old and feel lightheaded at times. Would raising the BPM to 75 help with lightheadedness?

Posted by Brooklyn on 2015-12-19 03:24. 5 comments. 335 reads
 
After checking in with my Dr., ten days after surgery, I asked about seeing him again. No, he said, not necessary. This seems strange since I had no pulse in the ER. Prior to surgery. Is this normal not to have a cardiologist? I appreciate all the help from this site.

Posted by HeartOfBrick on 2015-12-17 17:22. 1 comments. 463 reads
 
Hi All,

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Posted by hopefulheart on 2015-12-17 15:48. 4 comments. 255 reads
 
Have done exceptionally well with now my second ICD, compliments of a 2004 heart virus. Last month, one day while sitting, I suddenly felt my surroundings fading as in nearly passing out. This happened again 3 times yesterday within a several hour time frame. I am always sitting when this happens, usually for about 15 minutes. My heart will jump/pound around at the time but with no pain though. After I lie down, the symptoms gradually subside. I am documenting the events for my next appointment with my cardiologist. Any thoughts or experience will be greatly appreciated.
hopefulheart

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-12-15 22:55. 4 comments. 236 reads
 
Have had my 2nd ICD for 2 months now but last few days have been experiencing burning type of pain at top of device by incision site-area is not infected and otherwise no other problems.Anyone else had this type of pain?

Posted by GiniJ on 2015-12-15 20:57. 4 comments. 247 reads
 
Hello: I am a 60 year old female who was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) several years ago. I have been on a regimen of medications since then but over the course of years, my infraction rate has dropped to only 27% (normal appears to be 60-65%). I have a teleconference set up with the heart surgeon on December 21 and I wonder if this group could give me some ideas about the kinds of questions I should be asking. I am trying to read up as much as I can and have started a list but am sure I'm missing what could potentially be some important questions. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by Grizley on 2015-12-15 19:36. 0 comments. 197 reads
 
Howdy, well here I am, turning 34 and pursuing my dream of working in Africa doing what I do best! I got the OK go-ahead from my cardiologist with the promise not to get cut on here in Nairobi and to return to my home base for a can replacement. I've had my St. Jude PM for five and a half years now with absolutely no problems. until now...weeks after arriving I have been feeling a very distinct pain, closer to an ache in my chest that i can feel down my left arm and up my neck some times. I got checked out and everything is good from the perspective of my vitals and the machine working and EKG. I read from another post about nerve pain from the scar and am wondering if I should chock the pain up to having slept funky and pinched someth...


Posted by porcel2015 on 2015-12-15 00:17. 18 comments. 472 reads
 
I don't have a pm...yet but its bound to come up. I've had about 10 fainting spells since September. I have PVC current cardiologist says he doesn't think that's causing it and kinda brushed me off. I know my body well enough to know something isn't right. I'm lightheaded all the time along with fatigue and recently short of breath just by standing. My question is if anyone had fainting spells before did the pm stop them after?

Posted by Michele1962 on 2015-12-14 15:44. 5 comments. 389 reads
 
Hello, new to the sight. I had my pacemaker surgery on Nov, 17th and then went back to doctor on Dec 2nd and my lower lead came out. Was told I was doing to much.Not sure about that. Lead was reconnected on Dec 3rd.
Feel good, pulling were the strips are. Sleeping good and my question is the last 2 days I feel Iike I have indigestion, sharp pain every so often in upper chest and burping a lot . No pain or by the pacemaker. Any one else experience this. Never had this before the surgery.
No medications, go back to the doctor on Wednesday.


Posted by bmom91 on 2015-12-14 05:34. 2 comments. 247 reads
 
Hi just wondering if anyone has had the same experience as me. I just had pm replacement in November steri strips just now starting to fall off and to my surprise I have two incisions about 1/2 inch apart. Drs never said anything about two incisions.left message for dr but no call back yet. Still having pulling feeling soreness and swelling when using my left arm. Anyone have this happen to them and what was reasoning behind it.


Posted by purdue1177 on 2015-12-12 17:28. 6 comments. 384 reads
 
Going to get PM in a couple of week, I'm not sure I get a choice of PM but interested in getting feedback on issues with either. Heart issue is Bradycardia, Thanks.

Posted by jsne on 2015-12-12 11:12. 1 comments. 157 reads
 
Hi All,
Have recently read an article by a guy called Luke Robertson
in my mountaineering mag. He had a rare cyst removed from his brain and had a PM fitted for complete heart block, so how do you bounce back ? you aim to trek across the south pole on his own!!!!!
Guess he has no trouble with his device getting in the way (he is carrying a pack and pulling a sledge),or with repetitive arm movement (using walking poles).
While he may not have other heart issues it is still encourages you to get out and live the best you can.
Think the alps are enough of a challenge for me lol.
Jx

Posted by Carolynnm on 2015-12-11 04:30. 3 comments. 183 reads
 
Hi. I just have a quick question. Do I have to be facing my merlin@home for it to read my device?



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