St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by donr on 2016-03-08 14:16. 13 comments. 267 reads
 
Title says it all; Rec'd a Pvt Msg yesterday AM from a name I did not recognize - jsmithlome. Checked Member List & found that the member had ZERO posts/comments.

"She" wanted me to contact her off line via personal e-mail at her personal e-mail address because she "Needed my help..."

Sent her a return Pvt Msg, telling her that I did not do that, to tell me what she need help for via another Pvt Msg.

She returned my mail this AM - Wants to use my bank account to transfer $7 Million USD to help people w/ health problems yada, yada, yada.

Replied this AM, Telling her to go fish in a Kansas river - they are muddy & the suckers feed on the bottom.

Anyone else get one of these?



Posted by Meredith76 on 2016-03-08 04:08. 8 comments. 259 reads
 
Hi there,

I finally got my pacemaker inserted 4 weeks ago with a Medtronic Consulta with Minerva technology in a partial pacing mode. I still have some weeks before I get cardioverted and have the pacemaker fully functional. Im lucky to have such technology fitted and are looking forward to the results it will bring.

What I would like to know has anyone experienced a roller coaster of emotions towards their pacemaker, the whole process during their recovery phase? if so how did you have any negative feelings and how did you overcome these?

I have fantastic supports from family, friends, psychology and my cardiology team and are very appreciative of their support, however its those moments in the small hours...


Posted by voiceofangelz on 2016-03-07 21:24. 7 comments. 219 reads
 
Hi Everyone! I had a biventricular pacemaker implant on January 25, 2016. It is exactly 6 weeks ago today. I go back for an optimization appointment on the 17th. I've experienced zero improvement in my symptoms. Now I'm suffering from shoulder pain. I was instructed not to lift my arm above my shoulder for six weeks, no cleaning or doing anything with my left arm to prevent the leads from moving. I have been very careful washing my hair taking my shower and basic life functions. But let me tell you, the pain in my shoulder with the slightest of movements has been literally been bringing me to tears. It actually seems to be getting worse instead of better. I expect there to be weakness and stiffness from not having full use of my a...


Posted by stannita on 2016-03-07 00:42. 4 comments. 222 reads
 
Hello all, I am 2 1/2 years now with pacer and overall doing ok. But for about 6 months now I have been very tired throughout the day. I lie down several times, might take a short nap/day. At night I have deep yawnings, maybe 20 to 30 before I get to sleep. Haven't seen a cardiologist for over a year. So, am wondering if anyone else has these "things" or is this just an aging process with a pacer? I am a young 75....
Thanks for any thoughts, Nita

Posted by glennagain99 on 2016-03-06 15:13. 3 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi. I have 3rd degree total heartblock I was told. That is why my rate suddenly plunged to low 40s high 30s. Now with pace maker I often get into the 70s. The rate response thing is turned off so I was told anything over 60 is my heart doing the work. But if I have complete heart block and prior to pacemaker I was in the low 40s, how is it now my heart can be beating 70 on it's own?


Posted by nonischemic on 2016-03-05 23:16. 1 comments. 286 reads
 
Received a Wire X Cell converter today. It's hooked up and waiting for my next at home transmission via cell tower instead of land line. Easy to hook up. My Medtronic's Rep ordered for me through my Cardio Doc's office.
Now I can cut my land line...! Who knows, cable could be next.

Posted by manduf on 2016-03-05 07:24. 3 comments. 139 reads
 
Hi Grateful Heart, they did not tell me what make I got, but when I went to hospital for checks on my old pacemaker, I noticed boxs with St Jude on them, so maybe thats the model.I should be receiving my pacemaker ID card soon, so all the info should be on that.Thanks for your reply.

Posted by manduf on 2016-03-04 22:23. 1 comments. 146 reads
 
Hi grateful heart, they did say that they had not heard of one lasting that long.Maybe I might get a write up in the medical books.On my concern about coughing quite hard whem I got home from hospital, do you think o could have disloged the lead by coughing.

Posted by manduf on 2016-03-04 19:51. 2 comments. 132 reads
 
Hi everyone, I had my nearly 29 year old pacemaker replaced on tuesday the 1st of march.I had to have a new add on atrial lead.I did not have to have a temporary pacer wire, as they said I have my own heart rate of 50.The surgery was not bad, it took a bit of pulling out.I had it done tuesday lunch time, and was home for 8.30 in the evening.When I got home I had a tickly cough, I coughed quite hard, I am a bit concerned could the coughing have dislodged the lead . Hopefully everthing will be ok when I go for my check in a few weeks
Very relieved its over.

Posted by PatCan on 2016-03-04 19:24. 3 comments. 254 reads
 
Hello all-- I'm a newbie to this group and also a newbie with my pacemaker. I've had it for 2 weeks now and it is a dual chamber pm. We took a pet to the vet this morning and shortly after entering the exam room, I started having some pacing problems which continued until I left that exam room some 10 minutes later. We did much running around afterwards and it never happened again. I have been relatively free of problems since the placement. I decided to call the vet and she said they have a Wi-Fi system in place with computers in each exam room. Anybody else encounter this problem?? Thanks, and I've found this forum to be of immense help in answering a lot of my questions.

Posted by TraceyE on 2016-03-02 14:24. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
I'm 4 1/2 weeks post replacement. The tape finally came off last weekend but there was enough sticky residue around the incision from the tape that it still looks all bruised and ugly. I didn't want to scrub at it but soap and rubbing alcohol didn't touch it. I ran into a nurse friend this morning at the gym who saw it and asked why it's still so bruised, I said it's sticky gunk, she said try olive oil. Two quick swipes and it came right off!

Don't try this at home if your incision is still new and the glue is supposed to be there! And I didn't do it right on the incision, only the area around. It's probably ok at this point but better safe than sorry.

Posted by Pacman62 on 2016-03-02 07:13. 2 comments. 174 reads
 
Today the new EP I went to for a second opinion told me that AF and AT weren't such a problem for me with a pacemaker fitted as it controlled the pumping of my ventricles and as such the blood was still flowing through my heart efficiently even though I would still be feeling unpleasant sensations in my chest.

Is this true?

I've had AF and AT in the past and they both frighten me.

Regards Daryl

Posted by catthree on 2016-03-01 20:32. 0 comments. 171 reads
 
Had my ICD/PM check today, and asked two questions the EP tech didn't answer to my satisfaction, my EP doc is on vacation.

(1) Non-sustained VT. I had just over 400 incidents of "VT-NS", all one second or less. We think most of them occurred when I was exercising. The tech said that my ventricular ablation this summer, and the beta blockers are working, since I always returned to normal rhythm without the ICD doing anything. She said it was really up to me whether I should even make an appt. with the doctor, he would tell me to stop bicycling (my more strenuous exercise), and continue walking, we would see in 3 months whether the frequency dropped with the less strenuous exercise. Does anyone else have experience with non-sustai...


Posted by frozenrope on 2016-03-01 14:52. 6 comments. 230 reads
 
Howdy, I posted here before about my diagnosed sinus bradycarida/sinus node dysfunction(RHR 36-42bpm). My doctor doesn't think I need a pacemaker at this point, or is unwilling to proceed in that direction possibly due to my age(based on comments of his about my being too young for a pacer).

I'd really like to get back into cycling, it's been many years since I hit the bike hard. I've been getting out of shape, and part of the reason I went to get checked out in the first place is due to my low heart rate even before I ever started cycling and my wanting an all-clear to proceed. It does wonders for me and I'd really love to get back into it. I'm concerned because my heart rate before I ever started was as it is now. Cycling didn...


Posted by Pacman62 on 2016-03-01 00:24. 2 comments. 195 reads
 
Hi,

I got my PM in August 2012 after the EP fried my AV node during an ablation. To say I was not a happy camper was understatement.

Between then and now has not been a good time for me and slowly but surely I have been sinking psychologically. I've had some rough times and visits to the ED.

I've had ectopics for sometime and they had been reasonably quiet until November last year. I was put on Verapamil which I guess over time quieten things down again. I went back to exercising, but found I couldnt do more than 110bpm without getting ectopics. This had never happened before. My last treadmill stress test May 2015 I ran for over 13 minutes to 150bpm, the limit of my PM, and never missed a beat.

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Posted by searchingwoman on 2016-02-29 20:07. 4 comments. 158 reads
 
Hi Friends,
I had my 4th pacemaker implanted at 6:am this morning. We were on the road home my 10:30. I want to say thank you for all of your thoughts, good wishes and wonderful advice. I need to give myself sometime to heal...sleep and rest, take my antibotics and deal with the soreness. Life is good! Having friends like you is good!
Donna

Posted by steveh on 2016-02-29 14:15. 2 comments. 126 reads
 
Does anyone know what the setting on a St. Jude CRT-D should be that causes it to go into shock mode? Would there be different setting for different people?

Posted by sporto on 2016-02-28 17:03. 1 comments. 185 reads
 
My Medtronic pacer was placed in 2011. I had a routine interrogation and the NP stated to extend my battery life she was lowering my voltage setting. She stated I would not feel a difference. Since this was done 5 days ago and now I have been nauseous and now feel my pacing to a point of discomfort. Can this happen? I have noticed that I don't feel the weird thumping sensation when I would lay on my right side. But would rather have that then this nausea and discomfort. Any advice? My plan was to get back to MD or NP and have my original settings programmed back. Thoughts?

Posted by searchingwoman on 2016-02-27 20:05. 4 comments. 192 reads
 
I want to thank everyone who answered by recent posts as I prepare for pacer #4! I am scheduled to arrive at the hospital at 6am Monday morning. My current pacer has served me well for 9 years. Needless to say, I am a little anxious for the surgery. God willing, I will be home Monday afternoon with my new friend...pacer #4!
Thanks again friends,
Searching woman (Donna)

Posted by apjfk on 2016-02-27 16:17. 2 comments. 219 reads
 
I got a muscle ache flu while away from home. No stomach issues. Passed out in restaurant awaiting table. Bradycardia. EMT took me to local hospital. Admitted, pain meds, EKG's, carotid scans, echo cardio. Was told I needed a pacemaker - 2008. Called home doc on the weekend back East (I was in Southern Calif). Advice: make sure the doc has done it before. OK, he's done many over the years, I found out. So now I have a pacemaker. I've never had any issues before or since, although I've been successfully treated for hypertension since age 40. I'm 69. I asked my regular cardiologist what he would have done had it happened at home. Probably would have been admitted and treated for suspected pericarditis with steroids, etc. I was never...




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