St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Pookie on 2015-03-26 02:13. 3 comments. 109 reads
 
Hi Don,

I just wanted to let you know that I sent you a regular email.

Pookie

Posted by Porkypig on 2015-03-25 16:46. 1 comments. 81 reads
 
At the moment I have a pacemaker in my tummy and its much more comfortable than when I had them in my chest although now it has flipped so its kind of standing up, so a bit uncomfortable now. It is possible that that I might have it upgraded to a three lead or one with a defib and was wondering in they have to go in your chest or can go in my tummy again??

Posted by VJSaraceno on 2015-03-25 15:27. 16 comments. 351 reads
 
Hello,
My name is Vinny and I am a 29 y/o male diagnosed with symptomatic bradycardia. I have always been very active throughout my entire life exercising 7 days a week, eating healthy, and living the healthiest lifestyle I could.
About 6 months ago I started to feel terrible after exercise. I started having bouts of lightheadedness that would last for hours, difficulty concentrating, chest palpitations, difficulty sleeping, severe fatigue, very little tolerance for exercise or stresses of everyday life.
I just had a visit with an electro physiologist at UPenn who recommended a pacemaker to resolve my symptoms. He said some people are predestined to have pacemakers and I somehow accelerated the process by pe...


Posted by klynnbrown88 on 2015-03-24 21:08. 9 comments. 287 reads
 
Hi there,

Here's a little bit about my situation...
I have a dual chamber on demand pacemaker implanted in August of last year. I have a plethora of rhythm issues, most prominent recently being IST that set in after getting my pacemaker put in and a sinus node modification in October. (I always think its so cruel and ironic that I got a pacemaker for a slow heart rate only to have an abnormally fast heart rate as a result.) Anyway, my electrophysiologist felt that Ivabradine was going to be my savior. I ordered it from Canada and just started taking it yesterday but I can't get past the fact that all of the contra indications I read say that you should NOT take Ivabradine if you have a pacemaker. I asked my doctor about ...


Posted by cindia on 2015-03-24 14:52. 7 comments. 289 reads
 
Leede Research is conducting interviews with pacemaker patients in the Toronto area on behalf of Medtronic, a major medical device manufacturer. This is a standard study for getting user feedback on a new product for pacemaker patients to ensure it can be used easily by intended users, and will pose absolutely no risk to participants. There is no audio or video recording involved in this research, and all feedback will be held strictly confidential. This research is required for product development to ensure quality of the system, and is not related to marketing or sales, either now or in the future.

We are scheduling in-home interviews with pacemaker patients on Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st at various times....


Posted by Elmo on 2015-03-24 04:29. 2 comments. 226 reads
 
Had PM fitted 24th Feb '15 ago due to collapses which were 2 years apart - complete heart block - had felt healthy in between collapses.

Been having what I expect to be usual soreness plus few white sutures coming through wound but, all in all in past week felt I was going in right direction. Being sensible with arm movement, lifting pushing etc but essentially am completely back to normal living.

Had a wound check last week and removed couple of sutures that had come through and first pacemaker check is not until June.

Suddenly yesterday morning felt very sore below wound, sharp jabbing pains in PM area which eventually subsided in the evening.

Woke up this morning to feeling slightly breathless...


Posted by ibhavn on 2015-03-23 21:18. 10 comments. 197 reads
 
Hi all. Im having my first pacemaker implanted this Wednesday. I had weight loss surgery last November and developed bradycardia around Christmas. Upside is I've lost over 100 pounds and came off meds for congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes. Although I'm naturally nervous, I'm looking at this as one more step forward health and being strong enough to get fit.

My 19 year old son and I had been planning a camping trip during the first week of April and I can't let him down. We have family members joining us as well so I think all will be good. I know I won't be able to do much with my arm, but I'm looking for input on activity level, driving and wound care.

Thank you for any feedback.
Kathie

Posted by Grainne on 2015-03-23 18:01. 6 comments. 198 reads
 
I am a 25 year old female and had my first pacemaker fitted almost 4 months ago. Recently the sight of my pacemaker has been really itchy under the skin and around the actual device. I sometimes get a sharp pain in the area which only lasts for about 10 to 20 seconds at at time . I also get a dull pain in my heart every so often. I was wondering if this is normal or if anyone else has had any of these symptoms?

Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-23 10:39. 7 comments. 190 reads
 
Did you? Openly or Privately? Will you share the name here?

Posted by jsne on 2015-03-23 07:35. 5 comments. 201 reads
 
Hi Jane here again.5 weeks post PM back to work 2days then 3 the following week this week 4 days . Doing a little more each day.People say I look better ie have some colour and I don't feel as though I will fall over if I stand too long . However I am still getting the same fast pulse (90/100) and that awful tight feeling in chest (sternum) and neck/throat area which makes me feel rotten and if it goes on long enough I get headaches and just need to sit down. Have got some hassle at work as they think I need more investigations, I am trying to explain that it will take time for the settings to be fine tuned and then see what is still happening. But I do think there is some arrhythmia going on so I am getting another monitor on. My question...


Posted by Eggnation on 2015-03-22 22:09. 4 comments. 242 reads
 
40 yo guy here....history of vaso vagal syncope (19 episodes in 30 years, many of which were traumatic- burns, broken jaw, CPR done once) and finally saw an EP guy who recommended a pacemaker. I am two days post pacemaker and feel ok, got a sub pec, seem to have a contact dermatitis or rash but feeling optimistic this will let me live for the next 40 years without a traumatic fall.

I would love to hear from any other "young" people with "normal" hearts but bad syncope and has the pacemaker prevented or lessoned your episodes.....I understand that it will not prevent BP drops but my MD has had 5 cases in his career and all have done well with a PM.

Posted by capecod on 2015-03-22 15:01. 4 comments. 142 reads
 
a few weeks ago, someone posted about having an echo at the same time as an interrogation. i cannot find the comment/post and would like to read it again. if anyone knows where it is embedded, please let me know. thanks.

Posted by IAN MC on 2015-03-22 08:46. 21 comments. 519 reads
 
I have just returned from my regular Sunday morning run in the woods . The sun was shining , the skies are blue , trees and flowers are in bud, the pacemaker is working well and I wasn't bitten by any dogs .

Life doesn't get much better than this ,especially when I settle down with a pot of coffee afterwards and read the Sunday newspaper.

and then what do I read :-

ONE IN FOUR WOMEN IN AMERICA ARE PRESCRIBED ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Apparently being female in America is almost viewed as a medical condition

Please tell me this is not true , tell me that the journalist has it wrong . I know that in America , you are different to us Brits,

You talk differently , you all o...


Posted by Mywingman on 2015-03-21 09:43. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the support over the first year of my Pace Maker. I had my 2 lead buddy now 1 year as of March. 19th. I was back flying professionally in only 6 weeks. I am grateful for this wonderful kit that keeps me alive and well!!!!

My Wingman.

Posted by DorrieBelle on 2015-03-20 22:37. 4 comments. 146 reads
 
Wish I'd found ya'll a couple weeks ago ! I just had my single-lead ICD installed by the VA Medical Center in OKC last Thursday (3/12/15), and so far, so good ! My follow-up was great, I'm healing well, and for the first time since my peripartum cardiomyopathy (i.e., pregnancy-related heart failure) in 2000, my heart rhythm looks like it was machine-stitched, it was so even.

Still, there are a few hitches so far in my recovery, so I look forward to learning the ropes from my seniors-in-heart. I also hope to help anyone else I can, but my experience has been little. But I can always encourage !

Thanks in advance for putting up with me !

TGIF - and happy weekend to you,
DorrieBelle

Posted by capecod on 2015-03-20 20:47. 7 comments. 271 reads
 
has anyone heard how her surgery went on tuesday?

Posted by orangebowls on 2015-03-20 17:53. 6 comments. 284 reads
 
I am getting a AV node ablation done for AFib , the cardiologist is going to put in the duel biventricular pacemaker first, then do the ablation about 5 weeks later, is this a good idea or would it be better to have it all done at once?

Posted by ajp on 2015-03-20 12:53. 4 comments. 312 reads
 
Another jumping pacemaker
Comment posted by ajp on 2015-03-20 12:46.
Two years ago, my St Jude pacemaker began literally jumping in my chest. You could actually see the pacemaker hopping up and down under the skin. This began this as I was getting up from a chair and turning off the TV. I had been watching televison (led 40 inch Samsung) from a distance of about 4 feet. There were no induction coils, magnetic devices or other tools or appliances operating nearby.
The homes exterior electrical panel was located on the wall about 10 feet from whre was sitting.
I went to the ER. The pacemaker was still jumping when I arrived.
My heart rate had risen rapidly from 60 BPM to about 85 BPM. The heart beat was fluctuating...


Posted by Artist on 2015-03-20 11:28. 10 comments. 277 reads
 
I just read an article about the development of stoves that use induction heat.
In an induction cooker, a coil of copper wire is placed under the cooking pot and an alternating electric current is passed through it. The resulting oscillating magnetic field induces a magnetic flux  which repeatedly magnetizes the pot, treating it like a lossy magnetic core of a transformer. This produces large eddy currents in the ferrous pot, which because of the resistance of the pot, heats it.

The general feeling seems to be that there are no home appliances that would cause problems with PMs, but this new technology makes me wonder if induction stoves pose a danger and if so will we see one of those little hazard symbols like the...


Posted by Runningmama on 2015-03-19 08:47. 16 comments. 398 reads
 
Hey Guys, so I thought I'd ask the pros on this one....anyone have heart block / bradycardia and still have their morning coffee since getting a pacemaker? I really, REALLY miss mine :)



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