St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Texstr on 2014-06-30 15:57. 5 comments. 135 reads
 
I have a St. Jude pacemaker with 2 leads. It is about 4 months old. I could have sworn I just heard it screech sound from it. Not a beep and screech.

Do pacemakers make a noise for an alert? I may be crazy but just checking.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-06-29 08:59. 2 comments. 88 reads
 
Can I wear a Synergy Fit watch now that I have a PM?

Posted by candy9 on 2014-06-28 22:20. 0 comments. 49 reads
 
Thank you for your very informative reply. I am going to take you advice. Again thank you very much. Christine

Posted by candy9 on 2014-06-28 10:34. 1 comments. 124 reads
 
I have been having treatment, but on having compression traction and something I can only describe as horses homes going over my back my blood pressure shot up to over 200 and 111. On visiting him we managed to bring it down to a point that I came home rather than go to the ER. However not happy with results and my pacemaker is aching. Has anyone else experienced anything like this and advice please. My pressure is now 159/96. Thank you

Posted by fishfighter on 2014-06-28 07:05. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
Just checking in. Really no big changes with me other then dealing with the heat. I'm still hanging in there. Had another echo done. Good thing is my EF hasn't gone down any. The bad thing is that I look at things with not much future or plan anything more then a day or two in advance. That in itself is really pushing me deeper into depression. I been taking Zoloft for a few years, but it really not working anymore. I guess I need to call my doctors on this soon. The 4 walls are closing in on me very fast the last two weeks. I did tell my wife, but I guess that flew over her head.

Well, I hope everybody is doing good.
Take care and God Bless,
Paul

Posted by stormynw on 2014-06-28 01:51. 5 comments. 172 reads
 
Soooo six weeks out and the pacemaker is still painful not the incision but the actual pacemaker. :( Comments?

Posted by stormynw on 2014-06-28 01:28. 6 comments. 195 reads
 
Hello Again. I am six weeks to the day post-op and my pacemaker is pacing away. My atria is beating on it's own 100% and the ventricular lead is pacing 91% of the time. However the issue that started this whole journey has not been resolved at all! I am still short of breath every time I climb stairs or when I bend over and sometimes just reading a book out loud to my little granddaughter. I also have a heavy feeling in my chest pretty much all of the time and I am just really tired of it all. I saw my PCP Wed and he is sending me to a cardiologist. While at his office my BP was really high and I usually have pretty good BP so the nurse looked at my chart and said that it had never been that high before so she rechecked it and it was stil...


Posted by jillybird on 2014-06-27 17:38. 7 comments. 224 reads
 
It's been awhile since I posted but I am continuing the journey of trying to get help for my syncope. I had a horrible follow up appointment with an EP today. I won't go into a long rant, but he was so condescending and arrogant, I ended up sobbing right there in the exam room. Even then he didn't change his robotic demeanor. I having been looking forward to this appointment so I could discuss the possibility of having an implantable loop recorder, in order to try and catch a syncopal episode since they are so sporadic and unpredictable. He shut me down right away, and snidely said, (I'm summarizing):

"You have classic vasovagal syncope. I won't consider a loop recorder, it won't do any good. And I won't consider a pacem...


Posted by ltrivone on 2014-06-27 14:26. 5 comments. 165 reads
 
Hi guys,

It's been a long time since I have been on this website but I can really use your advice.

I was told a couple of days ago that I need a knee replacement on my left knee. I have a Medtronic Secura ICD. I plan on going to the Hospital for Special Surgery which is a specialty orthopedic hospital in New York.

I have so many questions. I know the doctor said they are going to use a ring to turn the ICD off during the surgery. Is that ok to do? What will keep my heart pacing? Without it, my pulse can drop to 39 or below.

I live in Staten Island, NY where my cardiologist and EP doctors. The orthopedic doctors in Staten Island are terrible which is why I want to go to the Hospital for Sp...


Posted by Nursejane on 2014-06-27 13:58. 0 comments. 80 reads
 
I have had pacemaker for 30 years. I am new to site and think it is a good resource. I have had 2 bad out comes after the first battery replacement . I did change doctors. I have now had a recent battery replacement and a new lead 2days ago. I see there is better post op instructions and am confident this time I will avoid complications

Posted by Pastel on 2014-06-27 08:47. 3 comments. 198 reads
 
First, may I thank the club and their regular contributors for all the advice and encouragement they offer for people like myself who spend most evenings on the internet reading the latest comments.Thank you all most sincerely.
I had a St.Judes 5826 Zephyr XL DR PM,fitted in October 2010 and after numerous problems everything seems to be working fine.However, I am now consulting a Maxillofacial specialist regarding a restriction in my parotid gland and to my horror, he said he requires a MRI scan before undertaking further treatment. Having read your site so often and remembering that my PM is not a surescan, I said that I could not have one. He said he would make enquiries and that there would be specialists standing by who could tur...


Posted by joy.full.home on 2014-06-27 03:54. 2 comments. 112 reads
 
I know it doesn't really matter, but as I explained before... it does to me. Anyway, I got my diagnosis. SSS with Asystole. In the hospital my pacemaker was "pacing" between 75%-90% of the time. Today it was only 5%!!! He said that except for the fact that my last "pause" was 18 seconds, they may have waited a bit to implant. He also said that with my history I was probably born with it. I have had vasovagal syncope my whole life and he suspects that my body overreacted by adding pauses. So, for me it feels good to understand the details. I'm also thrilled that he gave me the go ahead to get back into Zumba and yoga (without my left arm for a few more weeks).

As far as I'm concerned... today couldn't have gone any better! Thanks...


Posted by nivla50 on 2014-06-26 22:03. 2 comments. 124 reads
 
Please read this IMPORTANT link. For all here: Pacemakers and ICD's and CRT-D's , CRT-P.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/824922?src=wnl_edit_specol


Posted by bmccasland on 2014-06-26 20:43. 3 comments. 131 reads
 
Got a question. I'm over 4 months post PM implantation 2 lead dual chamber for SSS/ Brady.... Here the last few days I've been getting what feels like bee stings in the upper right corner of the PM... My settings is at 50bpm. Every time I check my pulse it is right at 49/50.... I'm getting ready to make a road trip and wanted to kinda figure this out prior. Thanks for any input..

Posted by trish on 2014-06-26 17:04. 1 comments. 100 reads
 
Can skin lesion 2 inches from pacemaker be removed by electro cautery or must it be surgically removed? Trisha

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-06-26 14:59. 3 comments. 121 reads
 
Ok I know I am paranoid only having my PM for 2 days. It is a little warm at area. Normal?

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-06-26 10:47. 12 comments. 270 reads
 
Does anyone know how I get a connection for my IPhone for getting checkup by phone. My cell phone is also my home phone, no land line

Posted by melbee on 2014-06-26 08:37. 6 comments. 210 reads
 
6 weeks ago today received my PM, everything seems to be going good, and I feel a lot better. I go today for my first Interrogation. Kind of excited about it. Curious on what they say.
Purpose of my post though is, yesterday me and my husband were pulling our camper down a very bumpy road. My heart started to race. I told him that and he looked at me crazy. So I pulled out my monitor that I have on my phone and my HR was 98. I was just sitting in the passenger seat, bouncy with the road. Is that normal, am I crazy, or is that something I need to talk to them about today at my appointment?

Posted by abo on 2014-06-25 19:24. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
My Mom received a new St. Jude's pacemaker replacement in 5/14. We finally received the transmitter in the mail. Upon trying to set it up, we realized that it is not compatible with a digital telephone line (only landline), which she does not own.

When I called St. Jude's, I was informed that she would have (2) options: (1) either pay a monthly fee of $16.99 for a device that plugs into the transmitter, with a 3-year contract, or (2) pay a flat fee of $450 for an ethernet device that plugs into the router. Honestly, neither option is affordable.

We could always get landline, but that would be approximately $40 per month. Is the cost of servicing the transmitter worth it, meaning could the difference be life s...


Posted by Diamond Jules on 2014-06-24 17:50. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
I am thinking of taking something that might help with my tendonitis pain/discomfort in my wrist area and glucosamine comes to mind.
I have a pacemaker for heart block (no symptoms apart from heart going very slow when I was asleep) and I'm on no medication. Does anyone have any experience of taking glucosamine and is there any chance it could effect my heart, maybe cause palpitations or tachycardia?

Thanks



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