St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by chatterbox3110 on 2015-12-08 14:56. 3 comments. 660 reads
 
Hi, another pacemaker newbie. I was implanted on 26 November having been diagnosed with SSS (pulse rate in low 40s).

I had no symptoms pre-implantation, but since the procedure I've been feeling light-headed occasionally, which clears after about 20-30 seconds, and wondered if this is where my pulse has dropped and the pacemaker is kicking in (set to 60 currently) - I'm also suffering today with heartburn and lightheadedness which doesn't seem to be clearing very well.

I'm due to return to work in 2 days time, and feeling a little nervous, as I've virtually done nothing since the op apart from walking around the shops to pass time.

The scar is healing well, but I do have an issue where, if I lie on my right...


Posted by Lisalac on 2015-12-08 04:41. 8 comments. 565 reads
 
42 year old female running marathons up to October of this year when I all of a sudden couldn't walk the length of myself. Was diagnosed with sick sinus and had to get the pacemaker to be able to take drugs for the arrhythmia because my resting heart rate was already too low. I am one week post op and the Incinsion site and movement is going really well. I hate the look of the lump on my chest but I can hide that under clothes. My biggest concern is that I am still feeling so crappy energy wise. The beta blocker (metoprolol 25 mg) seems to make me so tired and have a weird sore throat. Plus I still get major palpatations especially after I eat. Is there a different drug I should take, is it too early to know? Any advise would be great. I ...


Posted by Carolynnm on 2015-12-05 21:34. 2 comments. 295 reads
 
Hi. I am a 75 year old woman. My crt-d was implanted November 17. I am wondering how much time it takes to start to feel normal. I was feeling pretty good the first week or so after my surgery. Then I started feeling not so good again. It is mostly getting tired and not being able to do all I want to do. Am I expecting too much too fast? How long did it take some of you to feel good?

Posted by xoxoashhh on 2015-12-05 01:12. 5 comments. 296 reads
 
Hi Guys. I'm Ashley. 23 and currently on post op day 2. I was fitted for the mri safe Medtronic pacemaker on Wednesday for inappropriate Sinus tach and bradycardia. I had an ablation last month for SVT. And in order to control the tachycardia with a beta blocker. I had the pacemaker implanted. So far so good. I feel like I'm hunched over and My shoulder feels like it's just stiff and same as my neck. I've only been wearing my sling at night trying to avoid the whole "frozen shoulder" thing. Anyone have any tips on anything I could be doing or would help with anything. I don't know anyone with a pacemaker so it will be nice to talk to others going through the the same thing as me.

Posted by Tinkerbell11 on 2015-12-01 20:53. 3 comments. 293 reads
 
Hi I am new to this group but looking for any advice I got a atrial pacemaker placed a month ago and after a week or so was feeling good dressing was removed and wound looked fine now w month on most of my wounds healed but I am left with two small open holes near the bottom of the wound , I don't think it's infected but the pain and things with my arm are back as anyone had this ? Should I be going back to the doctors or can it wait till my pacemaker check in a few weeks.

Posted by vegigran on 2015-12-01 20:09. 3 comments. 285 reads
 
My incision from the implant has completely healed and the steri strips have fell off. I have been putting essential oils on the incision to prevent bad scarring. I have used this on other incisions and it has worked great. I was concerned about the pacemaker being just beneath if the oils that are absorbed by the skin could damage the pacemaker. Does anyone know?

Posted by sunshine94 on 2015-11-26 10:00. 2 comments. 561 reads
 
hi
August 2015 I got the pacemaker (bradycardia, sinus arrest, pause, nodal rhythm) due to damage to the sinus node because I had five ablation. After the operation was complicated and I got pnevmatorax. I got a pacemaker under the skin. After one month, my wound is infected. They found the bacteria Streptococus aureus. Treatment was carried out in the hospital with antibiotics into a vein for 4 weeks and remove the infected pacemaker. Then the new pacemaker inserted on the other side. Again, inserted under the skin. Two weeks ago, I had a kind of epileptic attack. Then I obrrnil pacemaker. The electrodes are changed, and the position of one electrode is stuck in the shoulder. Even the battery is no longer fixed. Surgeons have decided...


Posted by Melanie_Kowalczyk@yahoo.ca on 2015-11-24 13:45. 3 comments. 301 reads
 
I am going in tomorrow to have my battery changed for the third time. My initial placement was in 1998 when I was only 46. I really notice the difference this time, no energy, very tired, legs feel very heavy and stairs or hills are almost impossible, out of breat easily. I am hoping all of these symptoms go away after I get my new battery in. I do not have a cadiologists. Would anyone on the forum suggest that I see one on a regular basis. My mother suffered from angina and my father died from a heart attack at 83 years of age.

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-11-22 13:14. 2 comments. 389 reads
 
today marks 11 days post op of implant of St Jude Fortify Assura ICD.

when I initially set up my short term paper work, I had set it up to return to work in 2 weeks.

Shoulder gets sore fairly quickly right now, (one I have arthritis in my left shoulder before the surgery but it never has hurt that bad. and since I can't lift my arm above my shoulder can't fully stretch.

never realized how much everything is connected, trip home from hospital went to point with my right arm, about fainted from the sudden intense pain in my shoulder. Oh well live and learn hoping doc will give me a note to allow another 2 weeks off of work, already talked to work and they said to take the time needed just need the note f...


Posted by alisterhill on 2015-11-19 00:54. 2 comments. 352 reads
 
Hi Pacemaker Peeps!

I was diagnosed with Viral Cardiomyopathy in 2001. Long story short I ended up with an EF of 15-20% in 2010, had a CRT-D implanted then a Ventricular Ablation (took care of the PVCs I was having - sometimes 2 or 3 in a row, which isn't particularly healthy). Since all that my EF has increased to around 40-45. A year ago I had another ablation due to SVTs, but this wasn't successful and recently due to stress (I'm a Foster Father to a 14 yr old girl :D ) I've had two inappropriate shocks from my defibrillator when my SVT took my heart +250bpm.

So the day after Thanksgiving I'm going back on the table for a new Pacemaker (battery <5 months) and an AV Node ablation as my EP does not want my weak heart...


Posted by TLRun on 2015-11-18 16:38. 2 comments. 562 reads
 
Hello:

I am on second dual chamber pacemaker. I am paced 95 percent of the time. The first pacemaker was implanted in August,2009. It was implanted under the skin between the muscle. It all went pretty smooth and healed well. I really did not have any complications and pain was minimal as it healed. And also no pain except for a little discomfront with the seatbelt, pretty typical.
In January, 2015 I had my second dual chamber pacemaker implanted. For some reason, it was larger (St. Jude's) and really stuck out under my skin. It started to move around and the EP decided to redo it. So on May 21, 2015, I had the second surgery. But this time, he made a pocket for it and cut muscle around the collar bone. He stated ...


Posted by tdhsr@att.net on 2015-11-17 17:56. 7 comments. 462 reads
 
Had Pacemaker procedure 1 week ago what is normal recovery time?

Posted by sunigirl on 2015-11-16 22:18. 6 comments. 353 reads
 
Hi. I have had a pacemaker since 2011 as I have atrial fibrillation.
5 weeks ago I had AV node ablated. I am still having occasional fast pulse and ectopics and feel really uncomfortable when I go into A.fib. I realise av node ablation doesn't stop A.fib but I was expecting to feel more comfortable as I was told I would have a new lease of life. My appointment is on 10th Dec to see cardiologist. How long does it take for the heart to settle? I had three unsuccessful ablations And know it was hell for weeks after each one. Pacemaker set at 60 to 130 bpm. I feel hopeless at the moment. I would appreciate replies please.
Susan.


Posted by mcarver2011 on 2015-11-16 03:50. 5 comments. 495 reads
 
can anyone tell me what it feels like when the pacemaker fires off - i have pains in my chest put think it may be the pacemaker working.

thanks for the help - i am 3 weeks now with it.

Posted by CJM on 2015-11-15 18:12. 1 comments. 447 reads
 
I had a bi-ventricular pacemaker implanted eight days ago. Four days after the procedure I was feeling great, probably the best in two years. It only lasted a couple of days, and am now feeling weak and tired, as before. Does this mean something has gone wrong or am I just being too impatient?

History:-

I am 71, live in UK, and I had a heart attack 3.5 years ago. I was diagnosed with moderate heart failure a couple of months ago, and eventually got to see a cardiologist ten days ago. She did an EGC and then seemed to forget the heart failure and said I needed a pacemaker, which was implanted two days later.

As well as the moderate heart failure I apparently have 2nd degree heart block type 1 and 3rd degree...


Posted by Sailfish#1 on 2015-11-13 17:02. 2 comments. 320 reads
 
It's Sailfish again, went to see cardiologist today, asked him about exercise. He stated "just don't overdue it", however he would give me a script for a few visits for the hospital fitness center. Then my wife voiced her concerns about the coiling of the leads. Thankfully he brought up the films and said "I have never seen that before". He is going to make a referral to a specialist for possible removal since my atrial is 2% paced and Vent. <1%. He mentioned long term complication of blood clots where it is coiled. I really value any advise and guidance. Thank you

Posted by micfullen1 on 2015-11-13 14:58. 5 comments. 317 reads
 
I truly am a newbie to the pacemaker club, 48 hours post op.; diagnosis: a fib. Although it's wonderful not to feel my heart pounding in my chest again I do need to inquire as to what I'm feeling is "norma"l... Rear shoulder pain on the left side, rubbery legs when I stand up and shakiness, I feel like I'm going to faint. Those last two symptoms remind me of what it feels like during the flu. I have a little bit of discomfort midchest when I take a deep breath. There was a scare from the surgeon he may have "nicked" my lung during the procedure but 2nd xray indicated inconclusive. I know I need to give myself permission and time to recover, I just want to make sure my new symptoms are "normal" at this very early stage.

Posted by srochon on 2015-11-12 23:34. 4 comments. 293 reads
 
This is one week now and those sticky tapes are not moving, had two showers so far, when can I expect them to fall off.

Posted by mcarver2011 on 2015-11-12 23:31. 1 comments. 223 reads
 
hi all - i hope you can help - i am almost 3 weeks since getting surgery and around the wound it still a little red and sore. should i be concerned?

thank you

Posted by pani on 2015-11-12 20:41. 1 comments. 200 reads
 
I just would say thank to all my friends who praid for my husband ,he changed the devise and he is in a recovery.



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