St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

Read Messages




Messages in Surgery & Recovery Forum



Posted by fjj17332 on 2016-01-16 10:11. 5 comments. 230 reads
 
coming week getting my pace/difib installed. very anxious here. scared also. any help will be appreciated. thanks

Posted by nannyg08 on 2016-01-10 20:24. 1 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi have only just been given a pacemaker, was given a diagnosis of left bundle branch block, almost 3 yr ago.
Taken into hospital on monday 4th january with pulse of 30 and tachycardio, had my pacemaker fitted the following day. Since returning home i am so tired can i ask if this is normal for recovery

Posted by vics57 on 2016-01-10 12:37. 7 comments. 341 reads
 
I'm due to have my third pacemaker on Tuesday. Doc's secretary told me on Friday that I should eat a good breakfast before 7am and then go to the hospital at 10am. Due to be a day patient, all being well, and have it done under a local rather than a general. Told a friend who was horrified, and said that, as I'll have a mild sedation I shouldn't eat after midnight. WHo's right? What should I do?

Posted by dwbenner on 2016-01-08 20:41. 4 comments. 249 reads
 
Since going into the '3 months' phase in which the pacemaker conserves the battery by only pacing 1 chamber, I've a lot less 'zip' than before.

I get a new pacemaker next week -- will I recover my previous energy level immediately or will it take a while?
thanks
D

Posted by BRIAN032352 on 2016-01-07 17:22. 9 comments. 535 reads
 
Yesterday (January 6.2016), I received a dual chamber pacemaker surgery while I was fully awake and it was very painful for me during surgery. I was already in pain from some kind of quite severe inflammation in my left shoulder,left arm and left shoulder blade since Christmas eve but I was coping quite well until yesterday morning before the implant without seeing a doctor. Why did I experience so much pain during surgery? I had developed a very bad infection in my left elbow back at the end of March 2015 caused from an infected callous. I was given a two courses of different antibiotics. I was daily agonizing pain for about 1 1/2 months before the pain subsided. Now this surgery might be aggravating the inflammation pain that surfaced ...


Posted by mnoshea on 2015-12-28 22:36. 1 comments. 553 reads
 
Hi
I am a 44 year old female.I had a st Jude's dual chamber pacemaker fitted on Dec 7th.Reason for pacemaker was SSS...Recovery is going well...wound has healed nicely. I am being very careful with not moving my arm too much....bending forward when I forget is uncomfortable...my queries are...I have started back going for walks at a nice pace but not too fast....I am finding that I am get quite sharp/ uncomfortable palpitations which nearly take my breath and I have to stop....also I am getting breathless with exertion...finally I find that come evening time I am so tired I am fit for nothing...from reading previous posts here I the the rate response is on ....I am due back for review January 19 th...do I leave things until then ir ma...


Posted by jhanke on 2015-12-27 06:09. 10 comments. 433 reads
 
Hi, I'm schedule to have pacemaker surgery on January 7; and I have to say, I'm getting pretty nervous. I have sinus bradycardia and my HR has been getting down into the 30's and 40's. The question I have initially is how long does it take before I will feel well enough to go back to work. My cardiologist's nurse says that I should be able to go back to work within a few days. Does that sound correct? My surgery is on Thursday, and they say I'll be able to go back to work on Monday. How long will I be sore? I really appreciate any answers you may have for me. Thanks very much.

Posted by judycoder1938@gmail.com on 2015-12-22 23:11. 3 comments. 737 reads
 
HI everyone, I just joined this forum. I was in the hospital for chf when the hospitalist , heart doc and heart surgeon came in to my room and said I needed a pacemaker. WHAT!!!!!!. This was last wednesday and they wanted me to stay in hospital and they would do it Friday morn. I said no , I wanted to go home and either do it after Christmas or on Friday if they insisted. They did not like it, and it took a while for them to agree to me going home and back in Friday 8 a.m. for surgery.They finally had to use general antisetic and I went straight to icu, they discharged the next evening from icu to home, seemed strange to me, but, oh well.Felt fairly well the first day home.It has gone down hill from then to now. My back hurts, can't ...


Posted by KevMc on 2015-12-22 15:56. 6 comments. 334 reads
 
They say to not take aspirin for three days before having the replacement battery procedure... three days as in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a Friday appointment?

I assume they would say to stop other medications, such as Imdur if there were others that would be an issue if not temporarily ceased.....

Posted by tommiker70 on 2015-12-21 17:34. 5 comments. 349 reads
 
I had my pace maker put in two weeks 3 days ago.I woke up twice the last few nights with discomfort slight pain and a slight headache, from rolling on my left side. It was not intentionally. I must be healing up.I am trying to come up with a way to stop this from happening for a few more weeks. Any suggestions?

Posted by JudyRocks on 2015-12-21 00:57. 3 comments. 476 reads
 
Well - I survived the 3 month waiting period imposed by Anthem and received my shiny new Medtronic bi-ventricular ICD Defibrillator/Pacemaker (not sure exactly what to call it - Lol) this past Wednesday 12-16-15. The Medtronic rep assures me it is their newest "Cadillac" device. I'm an "Acura" girl so not sure the Cadillac reference added to my piece of mind.... Very pleased with how my surgery went - virtually no pain from start to finish and done in less than an hour not including recovery. I'm now in the healing stage and 4 days post-op can say the only pain I have is at the surgery site directly over my device. My ice pack is my new best friend & helps almost as much as the Norco the doc sent me home with - started cutting the pain ...


Posted by techiej on 2015-12-20 19:40. 1 comments. 208 reads
 
Well on Friday I finally joined the club with a Boston Scientific 2-lead pacemaker.

Went easier than I expected and other than not being able to sleep well in the hospital feel better than I have in a long time.

Pain's not too bad - took the Vicodin the first 24 hrs and am now easing off to just at bedtime starting tonight with just Tylenol during the day.

Posted by siggy on 2015-12-18 03:49. 3 comments. 363 reads
 
Guys I went in to the hospital yesterday for a stint and came home today 12/17/15 with a pacemaker the doc said I came to see a plumber and needed an electrican. my question is when will I be back to normal and not have to worry about bleeding to death?

Posted by AmandaCan on 2015-12-17 01:11. 9 comments. 577 reads
 
Wow. Ten days ago I had never really heard of ICD's or pacemakers and now I feel like I'm my way to becoming somewhat of a newbie expert. I am 43 - was born with a congenital heart defect (transposition of the great vessels) and had the Mustard procedure for it as a baby. Since then I have done well and then in late October I felt like I was getting a bad cold. Took myself to emergency and they did chest x-ray and ECG and then told me I was likely just had a virus and sent me home. A day later a cardiologist has looked at my ECG and wanted me to come back. Turned out I had a total block and was in heart failure. After a lot of waiting around and cancelled pacemaker surgery (due to what they called scheduling problems and budget cuts (Canad...


Posted by xoxoashhh on 2015-12-11 05:25. 1 comments. 301 reads
 
Well guys it's been a week since my new friend was implanted. I feel almost back to normal. I'm finally able to sleep on my sides as long as I hug a pillow lol. Some days I have a little pain but I'm not really taking anything as its not too bad! I had my follow up appt. everything is going great! It's soooooo weird when they test your leads in the office and when they make your heart rate go up. So different haha! Just waiting for that day when I can finally lift that arm over my head! Haha hope all is well with everyone!

Posted by chatterbox3110 on 2015-12-08 14:56. 3 comments. 667 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. 572 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. 307 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. 304 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. 308 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.



Member Login
email:

password:



Who's Online?
We have 7802 visitors online.

Members online:
  phyllandrew
  Eddiethedog
  larry
  donr
  Gerrygee
  DampDog
  barnet38
  Artist
  billyxoc1@gmail.com
  Lurch
  PatCan
  GoodDog
  Sunnystives
  Grilor
  webdragon
  gp.19
  paulc1950
  Xjx
  Bionicwoman
  vgivens62@gmail.com
  BrynaR
  gojack
  becky1958
  TraceyE
  Cally90
  Barnes42
  MattJ
  Harleygirl
  rghair@gmail.com
  Megan
  jpope5
  Lucinda1406
  Tattoo Man
  techiej
  Woodsey

You're Wired When...
Microwave ovens make you spark.

Member Quotes
We are very lucky to have these devices.

Bra Strap Comfort for Pacemaker Patients



Site content and design © 2000-2016 Pacemaker Club Inc.
All rights reserved.