St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by PaulnCat on 2016-05-05 11:27. 1 comments. 61 reads
 
My husband had two consecutive strokes end of November. On December 11, 2015 he was implanted with a St. Jude Medical pacemaker, PM2240. 3 Weeks later, I had to request someone from his Cardiac team come check out his unit and remove stitches. Since that time he has never had anyone check on it or left a hospital except to transfer to a different one.
I am worried about his pacemaker care, etc. He has not been able to go for an Arrythmia Check up (which is the only communication I have received from his team.
He will be going to a rehab facility in days and I will set up an appointment for him to be taken by their driver. Is there anything else I need to know. I am totally deficient on this subject. Any info will be greatly appre...


Posted by jayalaxmi on 2016-05-04 11:48. 6 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi,

Last saturday I was undergone surgery with implantation of dual chamber MR compatible pacemaker. While pacemaker is quite normal for age over 60s & 70s, quite unusual at my age 38. As I see success stories of many on 30s & 40s with pacemaker my confidence level boosted up. Thanks to pacemaker club help to connect similar people around.

Jaya

Posted by MikeMc on 2016-05-04 00:34. 5 comments. 80 reads
 
Wish me luck...

Posted by theverch on 2016-05-02 22:58. 1 comments. 146 reads
 
I had my medtronic pacemaker placed two weeks ago today. I am 48 years old and have autonomic dysfunction. Chest pain with pulse in high 30's to low 40's sent me to the ER. I was told that I would eventually need a pacemaker and really didn't have a chance to ask a lot of questions as they said I paced in the thirties all night and my EP cardio would be putting one in.

I wore a heart monitor at night and my heart rate rarely got over 50. He set mine at 70. I feel like I am running a marathon and feel as if my heart is beating out of my chest. It hasn't gone above 70 so we joke that at this rate the battery won't last a year.

Before I had very low blood pressure issues along with the low heart rate. Now it is running...


Posted by bambis11 on 2016-04-29 14:07. 3 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi. I got a pacemaker in January and I am not back to normal.
I have had a infection that finally went away after 6 weeks.
My question to anyone out there do you get electrical impulses and do you have pain in your arm the side the pacemaker was put in. Its not a frozen shoulder. My incision still hurts and burns after 3 months and the DRs. don't know why. I hope someone can give me advice .I can still feel my pacemaker like
its heavy in my chest. It feels like sometimes it moves under my arm pit but the Dr says no its in place. I am get tired easily and my pacemaker throbs. I am doing what they say and was told to go see a rheumatologist to see if they can help me.
HELP... Anyone else having problems after 3 months.

Posted by Splash on 2016-04-26 00:52. 1 comments. 145 reads
 
Still getting used to PM. Still get tired about 3pm. Went back to teaching 2 days after surgery... They told me light duty...thought they meant lifting. Even went on an overnight field trip 3 days after surgery with my 3rd graders...my wife wasn't happy. My kids are great though....they carried all my stuff. Still feels like a heavy like feeling in my chest. No issues...just a strange sensation. Is this normal? I am s 55 year old male...retired MSgt...teaching in my 12 year.

Posted by odonicola on 2016-04-25 14:46. 1 comments. 190 reads
 
Hi all, I'm 18 and had a pacemaker inserted on February 1st due to complete heart block. My symptoms were dizziness, weakness and being tired all the time. I'm nearly 3 months over the surgery now and it was going well but the past few days I've been having serious nerve and muscle pain in my shoulder. I only had a checkup last week and everything was good, they changed the settings up as per usual. I just bent down and the pain in my shoulder and its shooting down the inside of my arm. It's similar to the pain right after the surgery but not as severe. I am in a lot of pain and have difficulty lifting items, and even just moving my fingers. Even typing this is quite sore. I have to sit in certain positions to try and get the pain to ease....


Posted by amikag on 2016-04-22 09:20. 6 comments. 253 reads
 
Hello,

My dad 55, has recently got an pacemaker
the surgery went well and its been two weeks.

Well I was worried if he can use mobile and does it make any difference if he uses a SMART phone or non smart phone.

Is it advisable to use Bluetooth headphones, so he is far from the phone will talking.

Regards,
Garhwal Amika

Posted by Mrge on 2016-04-18 18:50. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Does anyone remember having some back pain from favoring one's left shoulder/arm after pacemaker installation? Just wondering.. Maybe I just ate something not good! :-)

Posted by Raphe on 2016-04-17 21:47. 2 comments. 227 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted four days ago and there is now swelling round the wound as well as significent bruising on my chest, brest, shoulders and arms but no pain.

Is this usual

Posted by mcallahan on 2016-04-15 14:23. 2 comments. 215 reads
 
Today is my 4th day after CRT-D surgery and each day is better that the one previous. I wasn't expecting a lot of pain post-surgery and for the most part I haven't had much. Nights are uncomfortable as expected but the pain is manageable(though it has it's moments). What I was not expecting was the extreme fatigue that I have experienced. By the time late afternoon rolls around I feel like I have hit a brick wall. I'm hoping that gets better. The baseball they inserted into my left shoulder(swelling) has shrunk to about the size of a golf ball now and the tightness in the area gets better every day.

Posted by Raan on 2016-04-15 03:46. 3 comments. 218 reads
 
This is my first post. I am a 56 year old male. Had heart attack and heart block both. They put ICD about a month ago. I feel my heart beat a few times almost every night. In addition, I feel short of breath even after one or two minute walk. So I am not able to walk more than four or five minutes everyday. Is it normal to feel 1) heart beat and 2) short of breath even after one month? I was in the hospital for a month. I came home after surgery about two weeks ago. After ICD they readmitted me due to vtach that is why I came back home only two weeks ago even though I had ICD one month ago. Please help as I am very nervous about not being able to walk and feeling my heart beating at night.

Posted by Tonydavid on 2016-04-12 14:43. 8 comments. 349 reads
 
Hi folks….can you describe for me the restrictions I will have in the movement of my arm after pacemaker surgury? I am having implant on Monday! I am 57 year old active person. I am wondering if I will be able to do dishes, tie shoes, open mail, drive etc. How long will I be restricted? Thanks so much!

Posted by Tonydavid on 2016-04-12 03:21. 4 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi. Getting Pacemaker (one lead) implant on Monday. I am 57, active, with Afib and Tachy/Brady. I play basketball a couple times a week. Any guesses on how long I will be off the court and when I can resume playing?

Posted by Jemmima on 2016-04-10 22:35. 6 comments. 306 reads
 
While having pacmaker checked on Fri last, cardio not pleased with the readout of my PM which is spiking a lot and suggests Atrial fibrillation ablation which is fixing the electrics under general anaesthetic through my groin. Has anyone had this &what was recovery time. ? Thanks Jemmima


Posted by Pamasilu on 2016-04-05 04:15. 2 comments. 273 reads
 
It's taking a lot to post this but I feel like my "postpartum cardiomyopathy" was caused by me.. I dont believe my weakened heart muscle was caused by childbirth.. I suffered from extreme pica after I had my baby and I would be attracted to crazy smells like gasoline, markers, and what I think caused this spray paint enamel.. I hope I'm wrong about this.. Now I have an appt Friday to discuss having a pacemaker installed.. I'm so depressed..

Posted by Natalie36 on 2016-04-01 09:20. 2 comments. 212 reads
 
I had a box change last week. Yesterday my arm was very sore , sharp stabbing pain under my arm and there is a lump.
I think it might be sore as I have not used the arm much .
Also the wound is itchy and sore and the doctor used glue which is now coming off .
Has anyone else been through similar conditions .
Thanks Natalie

Posted by VtPacer on 2016-03-30 23:09. 3 comments. 338 reads
 
I had my dual lead pacemaker put in yesterday. I have a pain patch for inflammatory RA, and that is changed every 3 days. After the procedure, and the sedation wore off, I experienced, and am still experiencing, severe pain if my arm hangs down, or gets into a strange position. I have ice on the incision, and it is leaking a bit of blood constantly. Not much. My concern is that last night, the recisdent would not treat me for pain, not even with ibuprofen until I fought hard and explained my pain level. My bp was high, and I was in tears I was in so much pain. I finally got some Toradol IV, which is IV Ibuprofen. ( I am a nurse). I slept fitfully, and never did get on top of the pain, and it was at times a 9/10. Has anyone else had this ...


Posted by Pm on 2016-03-29 01:37. 4 comments. 676 reads
 
Hi all and happy Easter! Just had pacemaker (two leads) installed two weeks ago today and wondering why I'm having what I think are serious episodes of coughing when I stand up and move around a bit and sometimes it's coupled with extreme lightheadedness. It all comes and goes. Saturday was a very difficult day for me all day with the above symptoms, Sunday was a super great day. Didn't cough almost all day and felt normal. Then today I woke up feeling nauseous, lightheaded and back to the coughing as soon as I stand up and start to move around. It lasted till 2:30 and then the fainting feeling disappeared and I felt much better even though the cough was still present. Went to the doctor and after doing an EKG, said he pacemaker is...


Posted by jim47 on 2016-03-29 00:27. 0 comments. 252 reads
 
hi everybody this is my second attempt at a message i hope its okay .i'll tell it from the start.since my early 20's i suffered from palpatations never bothered me at all, then 1 day during my lads football match 4 years ago i was helping set up for the game i was moving a set of portable goals felt my chest tightening collapsed due to cardiac arrest was given defib shock . i was told then i had ( wolf,white,parkinson syndrome ).i've had 2 attempted ablasions 1 i think was successful,the second attempt was like its is exploritory if we find anything we will fix it, they actually set off my icd on the second attempt because the ablasion tool touched the wall of my heart.my icd was fitted shortly afterwards.2 years ago i stopped playing five...




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