St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by chip-almost-human on 2015-07-23 00:41. 1 comments. 366 reads
 
I have an ICD w/pace ...has anyone ever went back to work ... held the job for say 2 years and then thought maybe trying to go from a production floor position to a office job position within same company. what kind of resistant do you encounter and what did you say or do to help you gain the upper hand to help your advancement.

Posted by flutetooter on 2015-07-18 22:18. 6 comments. 270 reads
 
I have never successfully boarded an airplane since my pacemaker implant without a pat down plus. It is getting to be an adventure seeing what they will think of next. On the way to our vacation I had to hold out BARE arms to the sides while they frisked those arms on the top and bottom. Were they looking for guns, knives, or drugs UNDER the skin? On the way home, they fondled both knees, put their wand on my left shoe and tested my hands for gunpowder residue. I must be a famous terrorist and don't realize it. AT least I can laugh.

Posted by tlt_69 on 2015-06-29 12:55. 4 comments. 508 reads
 
I am a slot machine repair technician at a casino. These machine have power to them and some speakers have good sized magnets on them. I will be getting my ICD implanted soon. Can I still work as a repair technician on these machines with an ICD?

Posted by chan-chan on 2015-06-28 21:24. 1 comments. 262 reads
 
Recently I had CRT D. So far i have been an ultrasonologist and obstetrician. With the pace maker, Can I continue doing ultrasound. Wii there be any interference or is there any contraindication?

Posted by jawjabrewdawg on 2015-06-24 17:56. 15 comments. 578 reads
 
I was wondering if there is a list anywhere which advises on which developed countries to avoid if you have an ICD. I'd also like to hear about anyone's experiences abroad. I am more or less talking about countries where there is minimal ICD technology or where there are very few hospitals and cardiologists capable of treating me should my ICD kick in or fail.I am most interested in Great Britain and Europe as destinations.

Posted by 0300hours on 2015-04-26 18:27. 5 comments. 572 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted 2 1/2 weeks ago and am going back to a desk job tomorrow. I feel better than I have in ages.

I feel ready and am tired of being home but I have been taking a nap every day and still sleeping well at night. Is it typical to have an increased need for sleep? Has this been a problem for others?

Any comments would be appreciated.

Posted by passkev on 2015-04-20 09:12. 0 comments. 331 reads
 
Hi guy's, had a duel chamber pm fitted Oct '12 & now planning to tackle Kilimanjaro " Lemosho route" next September. Still a very active plumber & Morris dancer ( and no, not at the same time! ). Just wondering if anyone out there has or is thinking of making this journey and what complications have you experienced. Cheers, BB.

Posted by braveheart on 2015-04-08 15:52. 9 comments. 570 reads
 
Just had a pacemaker installed 3 weeks ago. I have my good and not so good days. Wondering how long some of you were off work after your procedure

Cheers
Braveheart

Posted by curtisd on 2015-03-31 07:10. 3 comments. 456 reads
 
I just received a ICD implant and hoping to go back to work sometime in May. I am a haul truck driver in a mine just wondering if I can still go back to the same job.

Posted by PJinSC on 2015-03-14 14:45. 4 comments. 594 reads
 
The subject of blood stop products for cuts came up in an earlier thread about blood thinners, and I thought it might have gotten lost in the long string of comments, so I am starting a new post on it. There are several I found, but the below site had one of the better lists and explanations of products. CVS and Walgreens carry WoundSeal on their sites, so it appears to be readily available. Woundseal even states it is recommended for people on blood thinners.

http://www.first-aid-product.com/industrial/blood-stopper.htm

Blood Stoppers - QuickClot, KytoStat, and WoundSeal (formerly QR Powder)

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Posted by PJinSC on 2015-03-08 14:43. 5 comments. 820 reads
 
After seeing several new posts from new members concerning Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI), I thought I would do an update of my experiences. Your mileage may vary depending on your device.

I have had my Boston Scientific CRT-P (three-leads) for two years. I used my gas chainsaw again recently and again did not feel a thing. My electric chainsaw, 12" miter saw, 3/8 & 1/2 inch drill, metal detectors (hobby and security), metal detecting pinpointer (I do not deliberately hold it near my PM), 3D scanners, microwaves, Prius hybrid, lawnmowers (riding and push), working in a nuclear power plant near the big generators and electrical rooms, computer screens, welders (I do not weld, but have been nearby), leaning into running car...


Posted by scard2774 on 2015-02-19 12:14. 9 comments. 593 reads
 
I had a st jude pacemaker implanted on 1/29/15 and now it's time for me to go back to work. I'm a little nervous because I'm an EMT and in order to be cleared to full duty by my company I have to pass a physical agility test... Which I'm doing tomorrow. But for the past 3 weeks I haven't done anything physical as far as lifting and all that. I'm just nervous because my incision site hasn't fully healed and I'm also nervous about how it's going to feel while lifting, doing chest compressions, etc. Does anyone else have a physically demanding job that they went back to in the 3-4 week time frame?

Thanks!
Sara

Posted by scooter11 on 2015-02-09 21:29. 5 comments. 728 reads
 
can anyone shed some light on disability how hard is it to get disability when you have a three led pacemaker defibrillator I have had mine for 3 months now ,I can't seem to work like I used to i get tired quickly and plus I've been under the doctor's care for over 1 year and a half,do anyone out there know anything about this please help ,thanks

Posted by thewos on 2015-02-09 18:15. 8 comments. 515 reads
 
Can anyone help me to give my bosses a list of work related items that I should be aware of. I am an oilfield maintenance electrician and up until I received my pacemaker I had an apprentice to work with me. Now because of the risk of getting to close to a magnetic field (like the inside of an energized panel), the boss wants me to work with a journeyman instead. Any ideas on how to change his mind and get things back the way they were.

Posted by bluesman on 2015-02-08 15:17. 6 comments. 481 reads
 
how long after surgery before you return to work

Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-02-06 21:09. 7 comments. 563 reads
 
Hi there, I've read through some of the insurance posts and I've googled insurance, travel, and pacemaker, but still am not completely clear. So I'm hoping that maybe somebody has some further info for me so I know the right questions to ask before I call the insurance agencies to make sure I get the info from the horse's mouth - so to speak.

I am Canadian, I know that other countries will be able to take care of me if I need care while on a trip. My concern is not wanting to mortgage my house if I were to need a trip to the ER. Somebody told me that I would not be covered unless it was at least 3 months from the last "episode" - not sure what an episode means. Another person told me that they were told that it was at least a...


Posted by sinha3936 on 2015-01-28 17:12. 3 comments. 486 reads
 
Warm regards to all respective members.

I got implanted PM on 1/12015 and was discharged after 48 hours of observation. the wound is healed, have no pain, no oozing or no pain in movement. I guess my pulse rate 72 as I feel myself.
Can I be able to lift my left arm towards head and would be free to discharge any work including gardening and bike driving? I love bike driving ...its a small 100cc bike.
Should I be able to enjoy normal life?
Warm regards to all respective members.
Birendra Sinha
Motihari
India

Posted by davidcm on 2015-01-12 02:51. 3 comments. 653 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put in early Dec. of 2014. Doctor released me back to work on Dec.29th. My release was with no restrictions as to employment. My Superintendent at Union Pacific and the Health & Wellness Dept., seem to disagree that I can go back to my job as a conductor. Superintendent (who has no medical training) says I can't return to conductor job. The Health & Wellness people say that Union Pacific has allowed employees back on trains in regions other than mine. My question is this, are there any Class I railroad conductors or engineers out there with PM, either working at their pre-PM job or were not allowed to return to those two occupations? Union Pacific employees or ex-employees would be exceptionally helpful.

Posted by David_Valenzuela on 2014-11-16 21:27. 5 comments. 968 reads
 
I have a question I want to join the Navy to become a Navy diver but I don't think with my pacemaker they will let me join, and if not what jobs can I get?


Posted by Jacatak on 2014-11-15 08:49. 5 comments. 840 reads
 
Hello All

Its been two months since I've been "wired". My concern was how would I react when I return to work and other activities. Let me just say you guys were correct. I have had no issues with my pacemaker at work. My concern was would the stress and electronic devices interfere with my pacemaker. Thankfully I have had no issues or setbacks at work or elsewhere. I have not been thru airport security yet but now I am not afraid at all. I don't remember if it was someone on the blog or a medical person who said sometimes I would forget I have the pacemaker. I thought yea right. But now after the initial pain/discomfort from the procedure sometimes as I go throughout my day I do forget it. I am so comfortable with it now I am a...




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