St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by wired&blessed on 2015-07-09 12:19. 10 comments. 175 reads
 
Good day to everyone! I need youlls help please im a lityle worried. Tomorrow ill be going to my cardiologists/arrythmia specialist for the first visit after my procedure. Today itll be 9 days since my St Jude Dual Chamber Pacemaker procedure aland everyrhing had been going fine and was looking forward for tomorrows apointment to get my stitches removed. However this morning i woke and saw my body full with red bumps, i called cardiologists and i was told to go to my primary dr, so i did only to find out he'll be out until Monday. Now im worried has this happened to any of you after your procedure? Please any answers will help me a lot, thanks & blessings.

Posted by BetsyQ on 2015-07-07 17:50. 5 comments. 168 reads
 
Well tomorrow is the "big day". I'm scheduled to get my pacemaker bright and early in the morning. I am SO grateful for this site. I have spent hours on here reading past posts. Because of you I was encouraged to call the cardiologist this morning and get some questions answered. I now know that I have neurocardiogenic syncope. I probably spelled that wrong! My heart has been stopping when I pass out and last week it stopped for 31 seconds. I didn't even know my diagnoses until the call today and I wouldn't have wanted to "bother" the doctor without your encouragement.

Although I am not looking forward to the procedure, reading your posts has given me hope that my life will have a new "normal" of hopefully not passing ou...


Posted by Ronaldo on 2015-07-07 14:38. 1 comments. 101 reads
 
Hi, has anyone neen issued these for use at home. I am in uk, just been given one.

Posted by Dave H on 2015-07-07 14:30. 3 comments. 152 reads
 
RE: A-V Node ablations ----- Is the heart able to "undo" an ablation and "heal" itself?"

BTW: From my favorite story in the Dec 2014 Men's Journal entitled "Heal Thyself" by Charles Siebert: "I read once that the heart has a sort of brain too Or at least a deep muscle memory. Transplant recipients, it is said, regularly adopt the personality traits of their donors. My cardiologist thought it quaint."

--Dave--

Posted by Runningmama on 2015-07-07 12:16. 3 comments. 151 reads
 
Inga has a wonderful arrhythmia blog going for people like us! Go check out my Micra story and all of the other great, fantastic stuff she has posted for us! Such a wonderful site and so well put together! Thank you Inga!!!

Posted by Macabr on 2015-07-07 07:01. 1 comments. 98 reads
 
Registering at the hospital.

Posted by FlyGirl on 2015-07-06 23:45. 10 comments. 224 reads
 
How did you get diagnosed as needing a Pacemaker? My Dr. is flirting with signing me up for a pacemaker but I'm not fully convinced since my symptoms are only low heart rate (rhr in the 40's when awake) and fatigue. I am not an athlete.

Fatigue seems like way too general of a symptom but I went to my GP when I had an episode of light headedness, mental fog, lack of coordination and discovered that at the time my heart rate was 40 bpm--I was up and walking around at the time.

Now I've gone through a bunch of tests, none showing any abnormalities and no evidence of heart disease. Sometimes I feel fine, other times I have fatigue but after a bunch of monitoring there is no strong correlation to low heart rate = fatigue....


Posted by chowder on 2015-07-06 09:45. 6 comments. 240 reads
 
Hi there I am a 34 year old woman who has recently been diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. The condition first presented 8 years ago after a virus condition when I was doing a lot of fitness training, although I was never correctly diagnosed - I had the full heart tests including a holter but they could never "catch" the arrhythmia. Symptoms were feeling dizzy, faint, and pre-syncope every 2 weeks or so. After about a year my symptoms drastically reduced and I have just lived with it happening once every few months. In the last 3 months however the problem has come back and I now have symptoms every week or so. My husband called an ambulance one time and they caught on ecg a very low and irregular heart beat. The doctor said it looks very...


Posted by felix on 2015-07-06 06:06. 3 comments. 155 reads
 
I am looking for good data on the quality of various brands especially Medtronic,biotronik and St. Jude.
Have found almost nothing on the internet.

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-07-05 17:18. 5 comments. 142 reads
 
General information

Listening today to XM Radio. Electrophysiologist from NYU Langone medical center said that medical center has the protocol to perform MRI's on non MRI-approved pace makers and leads and is in the process of being FDA approved.. They also perform laser assisted lead extractions!!
Rodger



Posted by trish on 2015-07-05 14:50. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
have dual chamber pacemaker for about 18 months. No cardiac disease of abnormalities except longstanding LBBB. Am scheduled for stress echo tomorrow and not sure why. Have not had this test since pacemaker implant. Low rate was changed from 60 to 70 a month ago and I feel much better. Any ideas why this test not? Trish

Posted by Chillbilly on 2015-07-05 09:02. 1 comments. 124 reads
 
A year after implant I get aches around the pacemaker and also behind my left shoulder - uncomfortable rather than painful. Also very sharp stinging pain - like a sharp needle behind my left shoulder. Should I be concerned?

Posted by Bettrunnergirl on 2015-07-05 00:16. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
I had my PM implanted 3 weeks ago today, and am feeling great..until the last 2 days. Now that things have settled down, the bruising is almost gone, the swelling is down and the incision looks great. I thought I was feeling great but started having in the past two days some of the feelings I had previously with head rushes when I stand up and some diziness. I am a very active persons who has run many marathons, lifts weights and bikes. Just curious if I should call my doctor to discuss, could be it just needs to get reset.?

Posted by BetsyQ on 2015-07-04 17:42. 5 comments. 204 reads
 
Hello and Happy 4th of July to my fellow USA citizens.

I am going to be the lucky recipient of a pacemaker next Wednesday, July 8. After passing out several times in the grocery store and at home, I have had the nuclear treadmill, echocardiogram, wore the monitor for 4 weeks and nothing showed until the tilt table on Thursday. In less than 10 minutes I passed out and my heart stopped for 29 seconds. They scheduled me for the pacemaker next week but have told me absolutely nothing else. I have no idea why I passed out or what is happening with my heart or what type of PM I'm getting. I'm assuming that I will be told that when I have surgery. Is this normal to know nothing going into surgery?

I am 55 and have had...


Posted by Kate3 on 2015-07-04 09:15. 4 comments. 146 reads
 
Hi everyone I received my Medtronic pacemaker 2 months ago.I was ready for a colonoscopy but my pulse was too low at 42.So after all that prep they couldn't do the colonoscopy. My diagnosis was complete heart block. I was very surprised as I thought I was healthy.I was experiencing a little dizziness sometimes and shortness of breath when walking up big hills or stairs. I couldn't believe I needed a pacemaker! But after the cardiologist put in my pacemaker I felt so much better. I am 97% dependant.Now I walk or bike every day and feel great. It all just happened so fast! What I want to know is, are there any of you out there like me? I enjoy reading the posts on this site!Thank you. Kate 3

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-07-04 08:21. 3 comments. 101 reads
 

Happy 4th of July, America's Independence Day, to all who celebrate. A heartfelt thank you to all who have served. Stay safe. And once again, Happy Canada Day July 1st to jessie and all our friends to the north.

Grateful Heart



Posted by Jkm736 on 2015-07-04 01:17. 6 comments. 180 reads
 
Hi everyone! I have a few questions..... 1st, I was a member on this site and for some reason had to re-register. Has anyone else had that issue? I also noticed my previous postings were gone as if they were erased (I only posted a couple of times with questions, some nervousness, and relief at how well the surgery and recovery was going, nothing scandalous lol).

The original reason I was going to post a message was to ask if others were being awakened by their pacemakers during sleep? I recently returned to work on light duty (3rd shift patrol) and used to sleep well during the day; however, the past week I've noticed I'm awakened almost hourly. I'm wondering if my heart rate is getting below 50 and my pacemaker is kickin...


Posted by Music on 2015-07-03 20:09. 1 comments. 103 reads
 
Hubby still doing ok after almost 2 yrs now. Meds taken include 12 per day, although some are more than once a day. Amiodarone twice a day. Guess he needs it along with the cdr-t to prevent another cardiac arrest. He's 68 now. Tires easlly, had to give up work as a musician - nerve damage to hands prevents him playing piano. He 's lost 40 lbs & needs to lose more, but insulin no longer needed as he keeps his sugar under 100. A bit wobbly on the feet, but all in all, good. Has a bit of edema in legs & feet, but no fluid in lungs. I know CDRT's don't prevent heart attacks or keep lungs from having fluid, but we seem to be getting along ok with his fairly good attempts at being healthy! How is everyone else doing?

Posted by jane32 on 2015-07-03 19:18. 3 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi all,
I have not been feeling 100% since I had my pm untangled and a new lead put in, the procedure itself was no problem in fact I had a bit of a snooze during it. I have been feeling tired and short of breath at times. At my pm check last week they said I had been in afib for the last 6 weeks, at times I knew I was and at others I didn't. I know there are a lot of you out there who live with afib constantly so looking for some advice as to how I manage my life. I still go walking and out and about, but some days I have to have a day doing little. Best wishes to you all.

Posted by human-chip on 2015-07-03 18:33. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
hi, i am new to this site and i have had a ICD since 2013.
i got zapped august 2014 wow what a experience.

i am glad i found this site, i just google my question using keyword pacemakerclub.com also and your guys seems to have the answer. so i thought give you guys a shout out.

i know this is NOT a Dating site ! ! ! But i seem to get a cold shoulder from some people or at least i think.

So i ask does anyone know of any dating / just hangout people sites are. I appreciate your feed back.



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