St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by pace88 on 2014-09-11 13:42. 3 comments. 270 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. 265 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. 243 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. 190 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. 249 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. 337 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. 217 reads
 
Have a pm -- 77 years old - considering total knee replacement. Comments?

Posted by rsalmpor22 on 2014-09-01 22:48. 4 comments. 205 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. 381 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. 6 comments. 363 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. 213 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. 208 reads
 
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Posted by wolffie on 2014-08-23 13:22. 14 comments. 352 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. 219 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. 395 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...


Posted by studamir on 2014-08-20 16:37. 0 comments. 221 reads
 
hello
i just get my PM implant quite two months. after this i was an active sport practizer in many sport diciplines track and fields ( 400m) karting , basketball taekwondo martial art ...then due to my job i stopped doing anything for about 7 years even jogging i was so busy working.
so four months ago i was diagnose low heart beat 27per mn and the doctor said pacemaker implant, the placed my pm quite 2 months now , thank God thing happened well.i stay 2weeks in hospital just lie down , since i had to check with the dentist for extractions which i defenitely didn't do.now after my implant surgery i can feel some palpitation when i am walking and when sleeping and i have very strong stomach ache.
can someone help me with ...


Posted by Caity858613 on 2014-08-20 14:26. 5 comments. 275 reads
 
Hi,
This is my first time posting or ever joining a group. I am 28 yo female who had to get my first pacemaker this week after being diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and my heart rate staying in the 20's.My question is what will I feel the first week after having a pacemaker? is it normal to be more tired? This is all so new to me and with my age don't know anyone my age with a pacemaker and I am the first in my family, thank you guys!

Posted by pete on 2014-08-12 16:00. 3 comments. 306 reads
 
I was quite worried about having my pacemaker replaced as I have no AV node and no residual pacing. However the whole experience was fantastic. I thought of a way of putting the hospital under pressure indirectly which worked a treat. There was a bed waiting for me at 8 in the morning. I hardly had time to lay in it when I was whisked off down to surgery.My blood pressure soared but whan I got back to the ward it wnet down and I was allowed home and told to rest. I was up with a lark the next day and back to work the next day !!
I made one mistake and that was to ask for the rate response to be left off for 1 week until the stiches were removed. I realised that I needed the faster rated during that week so I was very pleased when they...


Posted by momhead4 on 2014-08-12 11:39. 6 comments. 324 reads
 
Well, I am now 1 month out from PM implant. It has been a month of ups and downs and learning. But, I am happy to say that I started feeling like my old self at 3 weeks...I have more energy and was able to start working out with my trainer again yesterday...that felt great!!!...the cardiologist cleared me of restrictions at 4 weeks...for a couple of weeks after implant I didn't know if my life would ever feel "normal" again...but, thanks to this site and people like KAG, ChrisD, Lurch and GratefulHeart I learned a lot, knew what to expect...this site has been so helpful!!....so to all who are new or facing a PM in the future be hopeful and hang in there....this all happened very fast for me; after diagnosis had implant less than a week l...


Posted by cobyliz@suddenlink.net on 2014-08-12 03:09. 4 comments. 206 reads
 
I am about to go in for my 35th heart procedure since 1993.. .has anyone else has this many problems? I have had numerous PM recalled along with the wires. MRSA in heart heart valves. PM moved from right collarbone to Left side and now in my abdomen which is causing major problems. I have WPW. I have also had a thoricotomy, lung collapsed twice. Feeling very tired and depressed



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