St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by johnnyc on 2015-11-01 22:52. 13 comments. 1569 reads
 
Because of my pacemaker I was allowed to not pass through the metal detector and was given the option of a pat down or a hand held wand. I selected the pat down. During the pat down I was told that the attendant would have to feel the pacemaker which he did. This was very uncomfortable. Has anyone had a similar experience? Has anyone had the hand held wand search?



Posted by Traveling gal on 2015-10-15 20:06. 1 comments. 1220 reads
 
Just received my St Jude's Merlin model E1150 monitor
yesterday after receiving my CRT Pacemaker.
Des anyone know where I can purchase a travel
caring case for the monitor?
Thanks

Posted by Brittini07 on 2015-10-13 17:53. 10 comments. 927 reads
 
Hi my name is Brittini and I recently had my second device implanted as well as an additional lead. I originally had a single lead ventricular pacer, after an underlying heart condition was found after a venomous snake bite when I was 17, due to a 22 second asystole.

My pacer generator was at the end of life so my new cardiologist decided to do a tilt table test before changing my device. My tilt was positive so he decided to implant an atrial lead as well.

My question is: Are there any nurses or other people that do strenuous lifting at work and work very long hours? If so, when did you return to work with no restrictions?

I am 3 1/2 weeks out and my doctor says that I can go back to work, I'm concerned a...


Posted by Zetha on 2015-09-26 21:08. 10 comments. 1025 reads
 
I would like to know when can I start driving myself...... my doctor said I must be careful with my left arm for 6 weeks, especially not to lift above my shoulder/my head.

It is now 3 weeks since PM, and I'm feeling fine, I would love to drive myself, will have more freedom, but wondering IF because I have to change gears with my left hand.... if anyone has an answer for me please?

I have my cardiologists mobile nr, but don't want to bother him with trivialities..... I am not stranded at home, I don't have to go out to work and my husband takes me anywhere I want to go and he helps with the grocery shopping. Anyway, I like doing my own thing sometimes.

Posted by michigandrs on 2015-09-21 14:36. 6 comments. 915 reads
 
Hello. I am very happy to join this club. My St. Jude pacemaker was implanted just six days ago. Does anyone know where I can obtain an international travel ID card for my devise written in several languages? Medtronic has one but it can be found nowhere on line. Thank you. DRS

Posted by chip-almost-human on 2015-07-23 00:41. 2 comments. 1300 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. 1065 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. 1328 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. 888 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. 1211 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. 1247 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. 842 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. 10 comments. 1171 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. 898 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. 1209 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)

Quik Clot® - Quikclot is a chemically inert material in a mesh bag that speeds coagulation of blood, resulting in...


Posted by PJinSC on 2015-03-08 14:43. 5 comments. 1487 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. 991 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. 1153 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. 909 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. 902 reads
 
how long after surgery before you return to work



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