St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by scarheart on 2014-09-19 15:33. 2 comments. 43 reads
 
Hello,

Was wondering who has had a 2nd Ablation? I had my 1st surgery
about a year and a couple of months ago. We have been trying to get me on Medications that will keep me from going into Atrial Fib. Seems like all we have tried have failed to keep me from Fib events and the side effects are hard for me to tolerate. Am currently on Sotalol 120 mgs in am and pm. Feel like the walking dead and have back and shoulder pain. I have a Pacemaker put in around the same time and have finally got that regulated. Paced at 60 beats per minute and had the test turned off. My Dr. has been willing to work with me on medications but it seems all he wanted to do is give me more medications on top of what I am currently taking.

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Posted by lauram65 on 2014-09-16 23:20. 5 comments. 138 reads
 

Weight gain..... I have gained 7 lbs in a month after getting my implant. I walk 7 MILES A DAY. I have been eating a lot of comfort food, but it's what I am craving. I thought the walking would balance that out. Has anyone else had problems with weight gain post-surgery?



Posted by mike77 on 2014-09-16 21:13. 10 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I'm new here, and recently have been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope. I'm in my mid-30's and had a tilt table test done recently. I passed out around 13 minutes and flatlined for 10 seconds. My cardiologist is recommending I get a pacemaker very soon.

I have no history of fainting. I have been getting a slight dizzy feeling the past month or so, but never have come close to passing out. I'm going to see an EP soon, and just want to get a second opinion.

I'd rather not get a pacemaker, but I understand the reasoning and insurance it provides me. I'm a bit concerned about the recovery time and the aggravation it might cause. I'm a big stomach and slide sleeper as well.


Posted by djw378 on 2014-09-13 20:57. 5 comments. 169 reads
 
In the next two weeks, I am having a St. Jude Lead extracted. I am also going to Disney World in 8 weeks. I wanted to check to see how everyone felt after a lead extraction. My doctor gave me the green light, but I'm nervous about such a demanding trip so soon.

I had a lead capped and another lead inserted about two years ago . (Yes, second St. Jude lead to fail). I was back to work in about a week. Just wanted to get some other people's thoughts.

Posted by pace88 on 2014-09-11 13:42. 3 comments. 146 reads
 
Hello.

I am a 26-year old man from Norway. I currently have my pacemaker placed under the skin. Today i was going to get an operation, to place my pacemaker under the chest-muscle, and i have been looking forward to this moment for two long years. In the last minutes though, my doctors and surgeons refused to do it, because it is too dangerous and so on. As i understood them, i was not going to get this operation anywhere in Norway, but they said that if i was still sure of doing this, there were places abroad that did it. So i then wondered if anyone have any suggestions for good and safe places for doing this operation. Primarily in the Nordic countries, then rest of Europe, and also America is a possibility. Would really app...


Posted by yukon on 2014-09-10 01:36. 2 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I am so grateful this site exists and that people have shared some of their experiences. How valuable and deeply touching. I have a family history of cardiomyopathy and have felt quite lucky to have cruised through life asymptomatic with no restrictions to exercise and lifestyle compared to others in my family who have had significant challenges throughout. I recently turned 40 and spent much of my 30's pregnant/breastfeeding/in chronic back and hip pain. The kids are older - ha! - 3, 5, and 7 and I feel like a new person. I have been biking, yogaing and crossfitting like crazy and loving it. Sleep and time took care of all the ailments associated with having kids.

My cardiologist recently referred me ...


Posted by Holladay Pacer on 2014-09-09 23:05. 3 comments. 119 reads
 
Hi All,

I'm just 5.5 weeks post op and I had some purulent drainage from the top of my incision (it's sub pectoral, so the incision runs along my axilla). I think it was just a stitch abscess, but my EP admitted me to the hospital and now has me on 6 weeks of Vanco through a PICC line with NO positive cultures of the drainage or the blood. Lab work is 100% fine. The echo was find and he even did an ultrasound over the incision line to see if there was anything there, and there wasn't. He's one of the best, and said he wants to treat this aggressively, but is this right?

6 weeks of antibiotics when it was likely just a stitch abscess? I went through a pocket infection and lead extraction 16 years ago. My Kidney...


Posted by Pandabear on 2014-09-09 04:36. 5 comments. 117 reads
 
I'm still healing and I'm worried about everything healing well. I enitialy felt a bump where the pacemaker was placed above the incision line. Now it's almost gone and the little I can feel is directly on the incision or below it. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

Posted by Pandabear on 2014-09-08 06:24. 6 comments. 169 reads
 
I has surgery 8 days ago. Just took a real shower today. I live in a rural part of Alaska and was given a st Jude model because of its remote ability to transmit info to my doctors office. So far I've seen some good signs and bad. I'm able to walk and do more without being totally out of breath and exhausted. Mst of the swelling has gone down. I have had some continued arrhythmia's and one panic attack. I'm also still waiting for Cell phone adapter that should have been given to me before I left the hospital. Is it normal for the manufacturer to act like it's not a big deal that you still haven't been able to allow your device to be monitored because you need them to send the right equipment? My doctors office seemed mildly surprised and s...


Posted by irish_jessi on 2014-09-03 17:20. 11 comments. 264 reads
 
I am having my first battery replacement done this month. I am 30yrs old and 6 months pregnant.

Can anybody tell me what I should expect from the procedure and recovery? (i.e. hospital stay time, restrictions afterward, etc....)

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Natsam on 2014-09-02 23:24. 4 comments. 170 reads
 
Have a pm -- 77 years old - considering total knee replacement. Comments?

Posted by Alamb2 on 2014-09-02 20:57. 0 comments. 130 reads
 
I knew I had at least a faulty ventricular wire going into surgery, but for about 2 months was experiencing increased, daily stabbing pain to boot.

Last Wednesday I had a dual lead extraction and PM replacement. What they found was a exposed and fractured ventricular wire and the Pacemaker unit coiled up in the wires. The atrial wire was also exposed and, according to my surgeon, both connections to the PM looked like a rat had chewed it up. No wonder I was having so much pain.

I got to go home by the afternoon the next day. I noticed i can only walk a slow pace or my chest will hurt like I am cramping up.. Also it hurts when I need to bend over to pick something off the floor. Can anyone tell me if this is ...


Posted by rsalmpor22 on 2014-09-01 22:48. 4 comments. 136 reads
 
Have any of you had to go back to the hospital and get opened up because a lead got disconnected????

Posted by GingerVa on 2014-08-27 11:33. 17 comments. 307 reads
 
In July a cardiologist told me pacemaker was in my future but now that it is in my imminent future I'm pretty edgy and second guessing. Ablation is not an option because I have miss fires in about 8 locations all over my heart . I have bradycardia resting sometimes as low as 32 but mostly 40s. I have a little enlargement of rt vent. A very slight, not a problem leaky valve. So dual lead pacemakers to treat slower heart rate and beta blockers for rhythm. Now I wonder if it is really wise to go ahead. Yes all those things happen but maybe it's not my heart. I don't know what to do.

Posted by murphy50 on 2014-08-25 11:40. 5 comments. 279 reads
 
I had my PM implant 18 days ago. I had a slow heart beat but really had no side effects. I reported the slow beat to my cardiologist and after wearing a monitor for 24 hours I was sent to a electrophsiologist who recommended the pacemaker. One day after surgery I developed a DVT (blood clot) in my elbow and was re-admitted to hospital. Now I am on a blood thinner Xalerta that seem to be a great medication (if there is such a thing). How long on the B .thinner is anybody guess. As for the PM I feel no positive change. I suffered from slight fatigue before the implant and I now feel more fatigue. I am 6' 1" tall and weigh 183 lbs. The PM feels bulky - no there no swelling. It's a St. Jude latest mode. Again, I'm not sure if I made the right...


Posted by jclong41 on 2014-08-24 22:29. 1 comments. 147 reads
 
Just recently had a Boston Scientific K174 implanted. I love to run and I have total av block and SSS. The last 5 years have been frustrating to endure a minimum of a 5k.
1. I am not sure what your experience was with your operation, but I experienced some anxiety due to the surgery teams not applying any anesthesia or meds. while waiting in covered status with a restrained feeling. this went on for what seemed 15 to 20 minutes until the doctor was ready. Is this normal? I almost had to have them stop the procedure until drugs were administered.
2. With the new PM, I am optimistic the new features with pacing therapies and will provide increased stamina and increase my running pace. Anyone else have goo reports with settin...


Posted by garydiamond on 2014-08-24 20:53. 3 comments. 153 reads
 
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Posted by wolffie on 2014-08-23 13:22. 14 comments. 293 reads
 
I'm having my surgery this Friday at Virginia Mason in Seattle, Wa. and I don't know what to expect. I have really bad anxiety and a low tolerance to pain.

Posted by Caity858613 on 2014-08-21 21:00. 4 comments. 172 reads
 
Hi Guys,
I have a question, I had my pacemaker place on Monday August 18th, I have had some shortness of Air but my oxygen level is good, and chest xray on Tuesday showed no pneumothorax, I am wondering if anyone else has had this, I thinking it might be just my body trying to adjust to having a normal heart rate after it being so low. Thank you all in advance.

Posted by shine on 2014-08-20 20:13. 11 comments. 337 reads
 
Can anyone offer any words of encouragement? This is my first posting but I have been reading the post for a few months now. This site has been very confronting but now that my procedure is in the morning I am on edge. I am a 39 year old female with cardiomyopathy and my EF has been between 17-25% for the last year or so and I have a bundle block. I am looking forward to my new life after the ICD is implanted but I have to admit I am scared of the pain because the device will be placed under my muscle which tends to be painful from what I am told. I just want to get the procedure over with so I can start healing and get on with my life. My husband and I have been married for 4 years and dream of having a child/kids and I hope that th...




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