St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by thrill2retire on 2014-10-20 11:08. 4 comments. 86 reads
 
Good Morning,

I am a newbie to a pacemaker. (4 days) Just looking for information and what to expect in these first weeks. So far, I have had waves of nausea, light headedness, metal taste in my mouth. Does the rate your pacemaker is set at cause any problems or adjustment. It feels fast (60) since I was used to about 45. I am here and listening to any information. Thanks so much and I look forward to your words of wisdom.


Posted by anewheart11 on 2014-10-19 20:36. 2 comments. 88 reads
 
Just need to know if its normal. I am only 5 days out and just showered for the first time. I was towel drying it off, patting it off and it was making squishy sounds. Need to know if i need to call medtronic or my surgeon. Please help.

Posted by cabinboy on 2014-10-19 16:48. 4 comments. 78 reads
 
Have funny bone tingling from arm down to hand and fingers. Had a Medtronic ICD implanted over a month ago and along with the above tingling, also have small amount of pain at incision and more pain around back of shoulder and vicinity. No more driving restrictions however have a few more weeks before I am allowed to raise hand/arm above head. Disturbing that I have this arm & hand feeling (kind of like arthritis in hand). Emailed it to my electrophysiologist but his return email didn't comment. Will see him this week (4 hour drive) for follow up appt. Finally stopped the Oxycodone and use Acetaminophen if the shoulder/arm pain gets worse. Am starting sleep apnea therapy at same time. Wonder if the one caused the other?

Posted by PirateFly on 2014-10-15 09:11. 2 comments. 105 reads
 
Hi, had my battery changed 30/09/14 (2weeks ago). I play violin and double bass, does anyone know how long till I will be able to play again?

My PM is on my left shoulder.

Thanks
Nia

Posted by HeartBroken on 2014-10-14 09:07. 10 comments. 237 reads
 
So its Oct 14, 2014.......I recently had a dual chamber pacer implanted on Sept 30, 2014. I really didn't have much pain at all with the implant, just sore which is normal with any surgery. But as of lately, the past 2-3 days its driving me crazy as , I am noticing the pacemaker more and more...not meaning like feeling it with my fingers, but just the odd foreign object that is there is really apparent to me. I think mostly due to the swelling going down now and incision trying to heal, and oh its healing lol cause I have had some deep unreachable itching :) I just feel really alone right now with this as I am only 41 and I really don't know anyone that has a pacemaker. I guess I just needed to vent a bit, sorry! I am very very thankful to...


Posted by Eni on 2014-10-14 02:25. 1 comments. 64 reads
 
Hi my Friends
Wish you all the best.
It has been almost 2 years since I have my PM.
So far so good except that my wound doesn't close as it should.
3 months ago i had an other surgery because my Doctor said my leads should go deeper.
But it still doesn't look good.

Is There Any Medicine that helps my skin to get normally???

( Because it looks more as an skin problem )

An other thing, God has blessed me with Twins (a boy and a girl)
they are two months old and loves to stay on my arms. is there any chance that holding them,
might make worse the place where my PM is inserted......

Thank you

Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-13 00:20. 1 comments. 110 reads
 
Hey guys I'm 4 days out from having my pm put in. Yesterday I noticed I was getting red around the incision. I'm a nurse so I know that's pretty common and to be expected after trauma... However today it's red in a much larger area n hot to the touch. I'm on antibiotics and I don't have a fever.... Should I be concerned?

Posted by wanderlost on 2014-10-11 08:01. 3 comments. 129 reads
 
Hello, Today is day one after having my 2nd PM replaced with a shiny new Medtronic. Since my husband is unable to drive, I insisted on having it done without any kind of pain medication or sedation. I was given .25 xanax during pre-op and was fully awake during the procedure. While I can't say this is the answer for everyone, it did work for us. PM replaced at 4pm and I was home eating a Cuban sandwich from my favorite restaurant (take out of course) at 730pm.


Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-10 20:16. 9 comments. 210 reads
 
Hey guys! I'm 1 day post op and doing really well. I of course have some pain and swelling but nothing as bad as I feared. My shortness or breath improved instantly so I'm feeling good about this so far!! :)

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-09 14:19. 5 comments. 211 reads
 
I had my PM put in on Monday. While in recovery I started having some intense spams until my whole body bucked upwards and I could not breath. I had all these nurses looking confused and lost and my husband was having a fit. Come to find out one of my leads fell and was touching a nerve attached to my diaphragm, so back to surgery I went. The next morning when the PM rep came to test my PM he noticed something was not right, so I went down to xray, the lead fell again so back into surgery. It seems to have held this time, but now I am paranoid to move my arm at all. Has anyone else had this problem? Also sometimes I feel a slight twinge behind my breast, is this from the leads activating?

Tinkergirl

Posted by alexisbagel on 2014-10-09 09:17. 0 comments. 99 reads
 
Hi all! I'm wondering if anybody could shine some light on how far in advance you were notified you'd be getting an ICD replacement.

Some info:

After a cardiac arrest event, the Cleveland Clinic discovered I had long q t syndrome. I got a St. Jude defib implanted August 2008. I go for check ups annually. I'm about to need a new defib. I usually send a remote transmission annually (and visit the CC once a year) but I'm now sending transmissions about every 4 weeks. I was told by the CC that next I'll be sending them a transmission every 2 weeks, then I'll get the surgery. But the CC hasn't given me much of a time frame for the surgery. So I'm wondering if anybody has experience with how quickly you go from sending biw...


Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-08 00:15. 9 comments. 186 reads
 
I am having a pm put in Thursday. I have Atrial Flutter and tacky/Brady syndrome. although probably medicine induced. I have to be on channel blockers because of my rhythm and they tank my hr down In the 40's. So that's a terrible time and dr says this is the only thing to fix it. Alabation for the fluter is not a option as I have to many areas.
Anyways I somewhat nervous about this and looking for recovery time frames.
Thanks :)

Posted by broomfieldbill on 2014-10-05 19:35. 10 comments. 325 reads
 
I received my first pm a couple of months ago. Probably the biggest bother to me at this point has been the discomfort that I feel from having that thing inserted in my shoulder! Many times I don't notice it but other times it feels like a big bruise or maybe like having a cell phone taped REALLY tightly to the front of my left shoulder!

I'm just wondering if EVENTUALLY I body might "loosen up" a little around this foreign object and learn to live with it?...i.e. without (light) pain and discomfort....

Posted by Jess88 on 2014-10-05 01:57. 5 comments. 307 reads
 
I'm just a bit over a week recovering from getting my pacemaker implanted. Most of the last few days I'm only aware of the pacemaker because it was fairly traumatic of the realization that I needed one at the age of 26, but that's not my question.

Sometimes after light activity I feel an intense pressure on my upper chest. No arm, jaw, or back pain. It fades over the next ten minuets decreasing in severity. No big deal? I've been feeling it for the last few days and just figured it was adjusting to leads in my heart and I'd mention it to the doc on my appointment this Thursday for my two week check up.

But the last few nights have been hellish. Laying down to go to sleep I feel like a large elephant is sitting on my ...


Posted by campusstar on 2014-10-04 12:35. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
CRT-D installed on Oct.02/14 First night no problems. Second night when I lay down on my back I could feel a fluttering under my rib cage. I could actually see my stomach moving. Boom,Boom When I turned to my side it would stop. When I stood up it stopped. Any thoughts to what is causing this. Kinda freaking me out.

Posted by NannyG on 2014-10-03 12:16. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
I had my loop recorder inplanted yesterday. I was told I need to wait to shower for up to 10 days or until I go back for my wound check. Is this the norm?

Posted by Brasusa2010@yahoo.com on 2014-10-02 00:36. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
Six weeks ago I had a Hystrectomy, when I woke up the cardio doctors were trying to decide if a PC was needed. It was decided that maybe it was temporary. It was not. Yesterday I got a PC, I am 43 on no meds other that the pain meds and antibotics for PC. Today, the St. Jude rep came in to review and said my PC was pacing 30% over night. While reading, I started sweating a lot . I got calming and had to lay back down. He then put the devise again to make sure my HR was still normal. It was 72. He said his reader would not cause sweating. Anyone have that issue? I am new to all this and thank you for any answers in advance. Chelley

Posted by njp on 2014-10-01 01:13. 6 comments. 261 reads
 
I have a terrible time undergoing certain procedures and go into panic mode!

Twice I have had MRI procedures halted or stopped before the imaging was complete because I started going into a panic attack and felt like I was going to have cardiac failure!

For those of you that have had the implant done, do they administer sedatives prior and during the procedure? Is it similar to the sedatives you get when you undergo a colonoscopy or heart cath? I can handle that!

I'm just terrified of confined, enclosed spaces or having to lay completely flat on a table if I am awake.

Appreciate your input.

Posted by Pacey_23 on 2014-09-29 22:28. 14 comments. 381 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in today, and did not expect it to hurt THIS MUCH!! I can't sleep, or find any comfortable position - my whole left arm and shoulder feels completely frozen up and any movement is agony. It's less than 24 hours since they've done the procedure, so obviously it's really recent, and I am taking the recommended painkillers but it's just not achieving anything. Is this sort of pain normal? How long can I expect it to last? And does anyone have any tips for dealing with the pain/ getting comfortable?

Cheers :-)

Posted by mehr on 2014-09-29 03:45. 4 comments. 179 reads
 
Hi I have a dual chamber metronics pacemaker since 2005 . now my doc is recommending biotroniks. I have has a very good experience with metronics device no issues whatsoever. please give me you feedback on which company pacemakers are better, should i switch to biotroniks.



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