St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Prash516 on 2015-11-01 11:45. 3 comments. 314 reads
 
Hi I am a little jittery so I am back with my query with a pic.I got my pacer in July but had to undergo another procedure due to dislodgement of leads on 12the August. Even after the second procedure my ventrical wire has moved again
but i have decided not to go in for any further procedures as I don't require that wire. Actually it's now believesd that I did not require the pacer in the first place . I am a little worried about the colour of my wound which has changed over the past one month. The picture is attached here.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0By0VVqnbrM3lSms1cEN0d2laOUE

It also itches more than before and pains a bit in the area. I also get needle pins kind of pain below my chest area and also a l...


Posted by cinspur1 on 2015-10-31 09:44. 2 comments. 191 reads
 
My 78 year old mother had pacemaker and ablation surgery on 10/28/15 after being in the hospital almost 6 weeks. Prior to the surgery she was able to walk around using her walking and was lively and spirited. Since the surgery she has been weak and sleeps alot. She is unable to get up to even use the bathroom without assistance. She does have other conditions which I understand can delay her recovery but is it normal? I am worried about her leaving the hospital before she is ready even though she will be moved to a skilled nursing facility for physical and occupational therapy prior to coming home. Thank you for any advice and comments.

Posted by Katyaval on 2015-10-29 10:32. 6 comments. 323 reads
 
My mother got her pacemaker on 10/10, and was not feeling well afterwards. We had hoped it was due to the surgery. However, as the days went by she felt worse. Dizzy, short of breath, and nauseous. This happened mostly when she stood up or walked.

Finally, we took her to the Emergency Department. After a full work up, they decided to adjust her pacemaker settings so that it would raise her heart rate when she stood or walked.

The difference was like night and day. She slept a full night, and was able to walk around the hospital unit without a problem.

We are back home now and hoping that she continues to feel well.

Posted by GoldenGirl on 2015-10-28 00:01. 7 comments. 396 reads
 
I had my pacemaker inserted one week ago.
Very painful when I woke up. Left arm, arm pit, back of left shoulder all hurt terribly. I was told most patients have just an ache, take tylenol and of course ice it. I have been taking some Lortabs (Vicodin) left over from my hip fracture. Actually, this hurts much worse than the hip fracture.
Ice hurts the back of my shoulder, neck has been hurting from the sling I think.
Had large bandage removed today. The pacemaker site is very swollen but no signs of infection.

Posted by athlete735516 on 2015-10-27 04:00. 2 comments. 244 reads
 
I had my pm implanted last Friday and since then I have felt a weird feeling. Like someone is flicking the inside of my ribs the same time as my heart beat whenever I my heart rate goes up like when I climb stairs or run. I can even see my chest jumping whenever this happens. I don't think that it can be from my pm firing because it is set to pace when I reach 40bpm and this happens when my heart rate accelerates. Has anyone else had this feeling?

Posted by GoodDog on 2015-10-26 11:19. 4 comments. 198 reads
 
I am not trying to give this company free advertising, but just read in a recent post about one of their products. The post indicated that they spray this product over the incision after the PM implant to waterproof and protect it. The poster said it lasted for two weeks.
Since I am getting a new generator next week, I am curious to hear from others that are familiar. It sounds great as it seems to give an added layer of protection against infection. Since infection is a huge concern relative to implants, so I am wondering if that is true.
Thanks,
Dave

Posted by kharper7 on 2015-10-24 23:55. 0 comments. 150 reads
 
Hi!

I'm new to the club. I had my pacemaker put in 2 days ago due to a heartbeat of 30, Mobitz 2 -

I also need my gallbladder removed. I have chest pains and am coughing a lot; gallbladder pain as well. Has anyone else experienced this?

Thank you.

Posted by mcarver2011 on 2015-10-24 20:49. 7 comments. 296 reads
 
hi i am new - just got my pacemaker 2 days ago - it is still very painful - i am on meds. how long does it take to stop feeling so paninful. any help is appreciated.

Posted by athlete735516 on 2015-10-23 00:32. 7 comments. 360 reads
 
Tomorrow I will be getting a pacemaker implanted. I have heard many different stories about what will happen after surgery but I would like to know if any other young people have had pacemakers implanted (late teens (17) to early twenties) and what their doctors told them about how long the stages of their recovery would last but most importantly, when will I be able to shower post op??

Posted by Prash516 on 2015-10-20 22:42. 3 comments. 374 reads
 
I had my PM implanted on 21-7-15 and underwent a second surgery 20 days later on 12-8-15 because of a lead dislodgement. My wound has healed perfectly but it has turned darkish pink over the last couple of weeks. The doc says it's fine as of now but I wanted to know if any one else had this color change ? I also have some weird pains all around the chests which the docs say have nothing to do with the pace maker and could be muscular pains.Although theses pains have reduced but they refuse to go away. Also the second time around I was obviously very cautious and did not move my arm much for 8 weeks. Now after 10 weeks I am feeling lot of pain In my shoulder. Could this cause of 2 surgeries and not using the hand much for 3 months or the...


Posted by Traveling gal on 2015-10-18 22:45. 9 comments. 385 reads
 
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Posted by slarnerd on 2015-10-16 20:30. 4 comments. 251 reads
 
My son Max (age 9) just had his 3rd pacemaker implanted 6 weeks ago. He wanted to make a video to tell other kids, in his own words, what it is like to go in for the surgery.

https://youtu.be/dGegZMDv-NQ

For other parents - Max is a typical 4th grader. He swims on a summer cabana team, plays baseball, loves science, video games and roller coasters, and has almost no restrictions (no tackle football or karate sparring). He was born at 33 weeks and had his first pacemaker implanted almost immediately (4 lbs), replacement at 23 months for a broken lead.

Posted by Jayp on 2015-10-16 19:56. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
Had a dual chamber St Jude implanted 10 days ago at C.C. Weston, Fl. Wound has healed nicely and the staples were removed today. Is there a problem with using an elliptical trainer? EP merely said don't raise left arm above a horizontal and don't lift anything heavier than 5lb with left arm. Is there a problem with combing hair with elbow bent? Tks.

Posted by JenSF on 2015-10-15 03:00. 4 comments. 475 reads
 
Hi all,

I've been on this site a lot the past few weeks, and thought it was about time I join and actually participate in some of the discussions, as I think this is such an amazing forum for people looking for information and support.

I 42 years old and am 8 days out from having pacemaker #5 implanted for congenital heart block. I got my first pacemaker at age 11. It seems like every time I have a procedure, they act like it's so simple and I'll be back on my feet in a few days, but it never quite works that way. Still tired and sore and ready to feel like myself again.

That said, I know this too shall pass. I will eventually feel better and be able to get back to being active again. In my adult...


Posted by beemoor2 on 2015-10-10 18:31. 6 comments. 272 reads
 
I had my pacemaker implanted Wednesday Oct 7 2015. Only having one problem where my pacemaker is swallow hard and very painful. It looks like I have a baseball and is hard and very sore. Is that normal and any tips to help relieve it. I call my doctors office but they said he was out until next week.

Posted by vegigran on 2015-10-06 21:00. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
When I came out of surgery, my left arm and shoulder was hurting so bad, my upper left thigh was sore, I was black and blue from under my arm pit all the way to my waist including my rib cage. My throat feels like they had a tube down it as it feels bruised too. My pacer site was quiet swollen but remains sore and the swelling goes down a little each day. I have been icing it regularly. I am 78 and realize you don't recover as fast. It just seems that others have gone thru this with little difficulty.

Posted by angelmandie on 2015-10-05 22:16. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
Hi. My name is Patti. I'm 55 years old and just had my pacemaker (not the leads) replaced on Friday. My surgeon told me no restrictions because I wasn't having the leads replaced. But I've had a lot of pain over the surgical area and occasional arm numbness. The pacer is on my right side. The dr acted as if it's the equivalent to having a splinter removed. My common sense says to go easy on my arm for a couple of weeks and pain is normal. Has anyone else had these issues with the pain and/or numbness?

Posted by donsabi on 2015-10-04 12:51. 10 comments. 569 reads
 
About ten days ago I went for my first post PM checkup. I told the nurse practitioner I was more tired than before. She told me this was typical and it would take time to heal.
The following week I became more tired upon walking to the point I could not complete a grocery shopping trip. A week after this first checkup I was back but had a different nurse practitioner. This time she said I am having PCV's and PAVs and that was causing the tiredness. She prescribed 12.5mg Metoprolol. (I haven't try it yet). I also take Sotalol.
In January this year I was dx'ed with afib and put on Sotalol. In July I had a PM implant because of low heart rate. Two months later I have an irregular heart beat which I never had before. I see...


Posted by gralady on 2015-10-01 03:18. 6 comments. 510 reads
 
I'm a brand new member of the Pacemaker Club. Not sure just what to post or ask.

As of 9/25/15 I became the proud owner of my very own handy dandy dual chamber Biotronik pacemaker. I have SSS and was hoping this would regulate things. Before implantation my normal resting heartrate was around 40 or so. Now, with the device, it is at least 60 BUT I notice that if I move around even a little...like to lay down in bed, my heart pounds very hard and from the meter on my pulse oximeter, very irregularly. My upper extremeties feel weak when I try to do anything like folding laundry. It was like that before the implantation. My angiogram showed no blockages needing surgery or stents. Am I expecting too much of this expensive pi...


Posted by tonyfreddy on 2015-09-30 00:36. 6 comments. 380 reads
 
I got my PM one week ago today and had my first visit with the 'device nurse'. The device seems to be functioning properly. I had an ablation in April of this year, but the real issue was the bradycardia. I'm 64 and in generally very good health. I had episodes where I was only beating at 38 - 42 BPM. I also had pauses in excess of 3 seconds. (This was learned after wearing a monitor for 2 weeks). I have a Medtronic, dual lead (model A2DR01). I'm writing to see what others' experiences have been in the early going. The lead up to the surgery and the first day or two after were the worst. I was highly anxious (even after the implantation). Just looking for people in a similar situation or those who are several weeks/months ahead...




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