St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by GinaR on 2014-12-19 05:45. 2 comments. 55 reads
 
Yesterday I twisted to put my seatbelt on and got a sharp stabbing pain in my chest and arm. Hurt for about 2 minutes and then subsided for a couple minutes and then kept coming back. Over the next hour I had periodic pain and then pain and tingling down my arm and then numbness followed. During the next few hours was having very frequent palpitations and so when I got home I put my sling on and went to bed to try and not move it too much. Just woke up and have a lot of soreness in neck , sholder, arm, back shoulder blade and chest. If I move too much I have sharp pain. Is this just pulled muscles or did I do damage and should I get checked out?

Posted by JoFosqk226 on 2014-12-17 21:06. 2 comments. 114 reads
 
Hey everyone! I am 26 years old with long q-t syndrome and have an ICD. Since I gave birth to my daughter 3 months ago, I have been having awful flutters and palpitations. So much so, that my defibrillator has fired on me a few times. I have been put on verapamil and will be getting an ablation in February. My questions to you all are:
1) Have you had an ablation? Can you tell me about your experiences? What the procedure was like, how long, pain level and recovery time?
2) Has anyone taken Verapamil before? Has it successfully lowered your heart rate and made you feel better? Can you exercise? I tend to have low blood pressure normally, so this medicine is making me dizzy and hard to perform my job on a daily basis. I just start...


Posted by susanny on 2014-12-17 13:57. 3 comments. 74 reads
 
I'm at 4 weeks with new PM after aortic valve surgery and still am experiencing some discomfort where the PM was implanted. Feels generally uncomfortable but not really painful. I thought I'd feel better by now. I did have an initial checkup about a week after but won't see him again until the end of Jan. Is this normal?

Posted by Debbiebarker on 2014-12-13 01:33. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
bfohj I had my pm removed after 9 yrs. leaving the wires in. Has anyone else here had the removal surgery? I'm having more pain a tugging and burning pain a month after! More pain then when it was put in? Incision is fine?

Posted by wcarroll on 2014-12-12 04:35. 4 comments. 147 reads
 
Hi,
I'm 49 years old and recently had a duel lead pacemaker fitted for atrial fibrillation.
Have previously had three ablations with little response so am now into my second week with a pm! very scary and my left arm is still really painful? is this normal?

Posted by Tink89 on 2014-12-11 12:39. 8 comments. 176 reads
 
So in a few hour I will have a pacemaker...I'm keeping my faith and I'm ready you guys! Wish me luck I just hope when the surgery is over I won't be in a lot of pain!

Posted by Ksteele on 2014-12-10 10:34. 7 comments. 205 reads
 
Hey guys,
I am 25 and I got my dual chamber pacemaker on the forth of December. I felt absolutely amazing after I got it. My color returned, everything was clearer, I just felt all around awesome. However, I got a cold a couple days ago, and I am having a very hard time shaking it. I'm allergic to Tylenol, and can't take ibuprofen because of surgery, so I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions on what to take. Anything that could reduce fever, or any type of herbal supplement to boost my immune system. I am open to all suggestions. Thank you so much.

Posted by lucook54 on 2014-12-09 10:17. 5 comments. 202 reads
 
Was wondering how the recovery was after its done and can I go back to excersing right away? And how many people are there about my age have one and why? My doc sayes I have a slow heart rate . I also have sleep apnea, high blood pressure controlled with meds an I do use my Cpap an borderline diabetes. They always blame your weight tho.

Posted by lucook54 on 2014-12-09 00:20. 12 comments. 238 reads
 
I am 54 an was told today by my cardiologist I have to have a pacemaker. Would like to know how the surgery was with anyone. They tell me I will be somewhat awake. Did anyone feel anything during this surgery? I am a big baby am quite nervous. Thanks lu

Posted by kawasherpa on 2014-12-08 14:32. 4 comments. 239 reads
 
Thanks to all of you. I've learned more from this site than the DR. When I left the hospital October 15th I had to ware a sling on my left arm. About 2 weeks later they removed the staples and sling and said not to raise my elbow above shoulder height or lift anything with my left arm. I don't see the DR. till the end of January. Tomorrow it will 8 weeks with the PM and am considering going on the roof to cover vents, etc.. My weight lifting bench is dusty and I would like to start lifting light weights. The DR has never returned a phone call.

Posted by robertleec2 on 2014-12-08 04:10. 3 comments. 144 reads
 
Well, I did it. 26 Nov got my 1st pm. A bit rough the first week.i was having a lot of pinching in my heat. About every 5 minutes accompanied with some angina in left arm. I should back up a bit a fill in some blanks I'm 62 yr old male in poor health.i got 5 Stent and some smaller blockages had 2 episode of ventricular tach which was helped by 2 chemical conversions. I Also had ablation in atrium where they did 5 burns.for A fib. I've had 2 spine surgery on my lower back ., 3 knee surgery 1 stomach surgery, suffer from neuropathy on my legs..back pain from hell.For the last 15 years I've been living on morphine and hydrocodone .. stomach surgery broke open , lost 6 units of blood.. As u can email me lots of meds. OK back to pm.i can d...


Posted by tlcarroll on 2014-12-07 18:54. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
Got a pacemaker 4 days ago because of a Type 3 block. Had bunch of tests three months ago and cardiologist said I had Right Bundle Branch Block, but should be fine indefinitely. This was after the heart cath showed nothing but 8% block of one artery. Had low pulse then, but it was dismissed.

When I went to the hospital Wednesday and told them I felt intoxicated and had a slow pulse, it was like magic. Five minutes and I was undressed and hooked up to tons of stuff. The next day they put in the PM.

I am a 50yo woman and have been tired for forever, but now I feel energized. What can I realistically expect with regard to quality of life and lifestyle changes.

I keep finding myself using my blood pressure mach...


Posted by kawasherpa on 2014-12-07 15:05. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
October 14 had a St. Jude PM2240 installed in Las Vegas, NV. I was very active, walking and bicycling 5 or 6 days a week. Now I'm tired every afternoon. Occasional chest discomfort. I'm 71 years young. I want to get back on my Polaris rzr atv but not sure how soon I can go bouncing around out in the desert with wires in my hart. I get 0 returned calls from the Dr. They can't send a prescription to the pharmacy correctly. If I walk over 1/2 mile I get chest discomfort so I holding it down to 1/4 mile. Tuesday it will be 8 weeks since the install so I think the wires should be OK. Since my Dr. won't get back to me do you thing 8 weeks is enough heeling time?

Posted by Dollybird on 2014-12-05 08:26. 3 comments. 119 reads
 
Hi I joined the site tonight! Exciting forum! had a St Jude Biventricular with a defibrillator implanted 3 weeks ago. I am quite a slight woman, but I broke my left shoulder 8 months ago and obviously they must have had to pull and push around my collarbone and shoulder to get it in. The actual scar looks like a little cat scratch and doesn't hurt but the shoulder is very sore. Any advice?

Posted by pwilke on 2014-12-04 04:18. 2 comments. 276 reads
 
Hello

Towards the last part of September I had got up out of bed to use the restroom and could have sworn my left knee gave out as my Knee joints are bone to bone. Well I woke up three hours later on the the floor with a dent in my head and Carpet Rash. Dent in my head was from the chair leg I struck on the way down. Well after that I threwup and went back to bed. I was pretty sure I had a concussion. Well got up went to church, run sound board, folks in booth said I was acting weird and not myself so (Being a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT, I called our station told them what was going on they sent Ambulance to my church (free for me) and took me to Emergency. Told them what happened they think I fainted. Anyway put me on hear...


Posted by GinaR on 2014-12-01 14:17. 11 comments. 331 reads
 
Ok here I am a 39 yr old woman who went for a tilt table test just to rule it out. Dr said he expected nothing from the test. after 20 minutes I passed out and when I came to the Dr told me that my blood pressure never dropped but my heart just stopped several times and the one where I passed out I had stopped for 7 seconds and because of lack of oxygen I went into a seizure. Now in two days I am scheduled to go in and get a pacemaker. I am terrified. I don't know a lot about all of this and found this site and have learned a little bit but feel like I am going into this completely dumb and uneducated. Sorry for babbling here is my question, How do I calm down and accept this? I am having SO MUCH anxiety I am just so scared. Has anyo...


Posted by judebee on 2014-11-30 21:39. 3 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi group,

3 weeks before the insertion of my pacemaker my cardiologist has decided to become a private doctor and no longer accept health insurance. He was my 5th electro cardiologist.

I am at my whits end, we finally found a doctor who didn't write of a 25 year old with hypoxic seizures, syncope, extreme fatigue and lethargy and then we hit another barrier. We tried medication, stockings, salts, and have had every test in the book. Alas, still symptomatic on pretty much a daily basis.

Can anyone recommend an electro cardiologist with experience of symptomatic bradycardia/sick sinus anywhere on the eastern seaboard? We live in the Carribean but we have united insurance, it's pretty much universally accep...


Posted by Bootneck on 2014-11-29 00:22. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
Hi, I am actually in the Royal Brompton Hospital at the moment, been here for nearly 8 weeks. I have blocked subclavian veins , and a clot in the svc.
Two attempts to clear the clot via groin, have been unsuccessful so far. It has been suggested now to place a femoral ICD, remove old ICD (top right hand chest) and try to stent blocked vein.
Could anyone tell me please what having a femoral pacemaker is like. Will I be able to run and exercise ok,is it uncomfortable?Any information would be welcome. Thankyou.

Posted by dm8446 on 2014-11-28 23:04. 2 comments. 107 reads
 
Ok I'm 37 years old and have just had a ICD put in two wks ago. I am experiencing severe burning pain coming from the site. Is that normal? It travels from the incision down my arm and feels like a burned myself. It's a really sharp burning pain that takes ur breath away. Is this normal? Compared to all my surgeries, this is a minor one for me. Any assistance is appreciated. Besides the burning pain, the pain is minimal. I figure if I can deal with cancer as a kid and then being pregnant and getting my leg cut off, this is a walk in the park just don't want to ignore this if its not suppose to happen.

Posted by charga on 2014-11-26 09:57. 3 comments. 160 reads
 
I just had a replacement of my pacemaker a week ago after 7 years. Now I am told I am completely pacemaker dependent. I had to have a temporary pacemaker inserted from the femoral vein during the surgery. Since the surgery I have been having many episodes each day of 4 to 8 hard pounding heart beats in a row, then 2 normal, and then 2 more hard ones. I have more of these episodes soon after going to bed continuing for at least an hour. I don't have any SOB with them but they are not comfortable. I wonder if they are a result of the temporary pacemaker. I went in and saw the NP 2 days after surgery with BP of 188/98, Haven't been able to see the doctor yet. The NP ran a pacer check but she isn't a technition so didn't do everythi...




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