St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by tex on 2014-09-28 15:00. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
I'm into the 6th month after insertion and my scar is still tender and itchy...any suggestions?

Posted by Martha on 2014-09-25 22:10. 6 comments. 232 reads
 
I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor......I will be getting the first mammogram since having my pacemaker implanted in March this year....My question is whether I will have any problem with getting a mammogram since I have a pacemaker, since I believe the pacemaker is metal? I'd like to hear from someone who gets mammograms. Thanks!

Posted by njp on 2014-09-25 19:16. 9 comments. 251 reads
 
Hello,
I am a first-timer here. I hope that I'm posting my question within the right group.

Although I am new to Pacemakers and/or ICD's, I am not new to heart issues. I have undergone three (3) Open-Heart Surgeries and I have two mechanical heart valves.

My issues began at the age of 24; I am now 63 years old and very fortunate to be alive!

After my last OHS in 2006, I started having A-fib issues and they have progressively gotten worse. My cardiologist is now thinking of implanting a Pacemaker.

Trouble is, I live in New Mexico and my doctor is in Houston, TX (THI). I am scheduled to fly on the 26th of Oct, have the Holter-Monitor put on Monday, the 27th and then meet with the doc...


Posted by cabbie on 2014-09-24 12:34. 2 comments. 212 reads
 
So I am seven weeks post implantation with my first CRT-D. I've really had trouble sleeping since day one, as I can't get into a comfortable position with my CRT-D. I also notice that since about the first month I've been having episodes of shortness of breath, but not as bad as I used to have pre-implant. I also still get tired walking fairly short distances but not as much as I used to. I try to be reasonable and tell myself I am still adjusting to the CRT-D.

What worries me is that my EP found PVCs on interrogation last Monday. We hadn't noted any during the three previous interrogations we had done. He turned on the trigger mode and advised me to increase my carvedilol dose. I only recall one ECG pre-implant where I had ...


Posted by marypryce on 2014-09-23 08:56. 2 comments. 145 reads
 
Hello everybody
Im 65 with Id dilated cardiomyopath diagnosed in2010 on optimum meds. In last 6 months I have got to feel increasingly awful and I asked if a pacemaker would help anyway they did some more tests and my EF was low and last Friday the NHS gave me a Meditronic viva Quad. How soon will I start to feel any better as this is a last ditch stand,between me and having to give up work. I need to carry on but if this does not improve things i will not be able to.
Very bruised and sore but don't feel any different still v tired and lethargic able to walk a little further but no miraculous improvement. What can I expect???

Posted by maile.ogden on 2014-09-23 00:14. 1 comments. 167 reads
 
I just received an emergency pacemaker last month. I can tell when it takes control and paces It hurts and about 10 minutes later I feel light headed. Is this normal?

Posted by Colton on 2014-09-22 12:22. 4 comments. 213 reads
 
Hello all. Just had pacemaker installed one week ago and am finally back home. It all came as a shock to me as I was feeling fine with no obvious indicators leading up to my blacking out. Turns out I had a low heart rate. I am 69 years old and was an active person exercising regularly. My question is whether others have experienced discomfort after sneezing or coughing soon after implant?

Posted by scarheart on 2014-09-19 15:33. 10 comments. 211 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. 229 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. 11 comments. 263 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. 222 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. 236 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. 236 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. 186 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. 159 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. 222 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. 304 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. 196 reads
 
Have a pm -- 77 years old - considering total knee replacement. Comments?

Posted by Alamb2 on 2014-09-02 20:57. 0 comments. 186 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. 178 reads
 
Have any of you had to go back to the hospital and get opened up because a lead got disconnected????



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