St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by heart925 on 2013-12-19 10:38. 3 comments. 195 reads
 
Hi! I had a pacemaker implanted just under three days ago. I'd been in the hospital 3 1/2 days, pulse running mostly 30 to 35. The surgeon implanted a pacer set at 50 minimum. While I certainly didn't expect to feel miraculously better the first couple days after surgery, especially having been pretty much confined to a hospital bed for 3 1/2 days immediately before receiving the device, I'm somewhat disappointed at just how weak and short of breath I am simply walking from room to room in the house. (A rather persistent postoperative cough probably doesn't help me gain strength.) I'm curious how other folks felt two and three days after their implant. Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions.

Posted by foureyes1941 on 2013-12-17 17:42. 7 comments. 359 reads
 
HI, I'm new here and just wondered if anyone could help me make a decision. I have been waiting for a pacemaker to be fitted and have been told that it would be done on Jan 22 but I am booked to go to Goa for a month on the 4th Feb and we have already paid and am unsure what to do. I have asked around and some people say that I'd be fine going on holiday just after the fitting but I asked at the cardio clinic of the local hospital and she told me to get in touch with the Surgeon's Secetary to ask his opinion. I feel that if she says it's a risk then I would cancel the op until I came back from Goa but am a bit concerned about my Insurance cover if something goes wrong while I'm out there. I'm having really fast palpatations but my natural ...


Posted by Kriskent on 2013-12-16 22:47. 8 comments. 384 reads
 
I'm a 33 year old female. They discovered that I had Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when I was 9 years old. Up until recently it was pretty manageable, I just took verapamil and didn't over exert myself too much. Recently I went in for a routine check up and they discovered that I had some kind of block. My heart rate was running low and my heart was having excessive pauses I guess, dropping beats. They took me off verapamil for a while and I was scheduled for a biventricular pacemaker on the 20th of December. However, Thursday night while visiting my father in the hospital I had a severe episode where I felt faint and very weak. I went into the ER and they all seemed very concerned that my heart rate was too low and I was dropping too many b...


Posted by cindyredd on 2013-12-15 09:55. 11 comments. 375 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I have been following the club for about a month. Reading the good and bad.. Well tomorrow is the day heading in for the removal of the loop monitor,My third ablation and Medronics PM MRI safe.
I have been pretty cool minded about it all until now . I am freeking out. The Dr said it will be a breeze.I have Afib, Vaso Vagle, Brady.
I am a huge gym rat, and have not been up to par for a very long time. HR goes to 35 , then to fast.
I am hoping this will make me feel 100% better and be able to live a good quality of life.
Questions for all of you :
1: How long before I can do normal house stuff?
2) When can I drive:
3) When can i go back to the gym lightly?
4) All I hear about is not...


Posted by amylh87 on 2013-12-13 04:37. 5 comments. 201 reads
 
Received my letter a couple of days ago, finally I'm in on the 2nd of January!
Life starts in 2014 :)

Posted by Joe167 on 2013-12-11 12:27. 3 comments. 159 reads
 
Hello, my name is Joseph and I just received a Medtronic Adapta PM. Surgery went well and I am in recovery room now. There is some pain that meds can help. I do not know what to expect in the coming weeks in reference to exercise but I am hopeful a will be close to normal.
I needed a PM due to a 2/1 HR during exercise. I waited before getting my PM. It progressed to 2/1 during resting state in a 6 month time period. Hoping to get back to normal life and exercise in the near future. Will keep posting on progress. Thanks

Posted by t.mundy on 2013-12-11 00:52. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
My 19yr. old cousin had open heart surgery when he was born back in 1995. He has been passing out lately and the doctors are telling him he needs a pacemaker. I am asking someone if they are in the same situation to please reply back to me and let me know if they feel a pacem,aker or heart surgery for the second time is needed? thank you, t.mundy

Posted by barbaramcintosh on 2013-12-10 21:06. 3 comments. 161 reads
 
Am seeking a surgeon in GA or anywhere not too horribly far from GA that does submammary implantation.

If no one has suggestions for such surgeons anywhere near GA, please let me know what surgeon you did use, where he is, and if you were happy with the implantation.

Thank you.

Posted by Dan1969 on 2013-12-10 20:08. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
It has been 4 weeks since I had my PM put in tomorrow! Everything has been great. Wound is healing nice, breathing is MUCH better. Went through my first security check this weekend with no problems and the Packers WON!!
Still have a slight pain at the site where it was put in. Only when I touch that area.... I know don't touch it!! Is this normal??

Dan

Posted by Granny7 on 2013-12-09 01:42. 1 comments. 258 reads
 
I got my 2 step, as I call in, PM around Oct. 23rd. 2013. It was due to Electrical issues and my heart beat was around 32 to 50 most of the time. I was exhausted, couldn't climb stairs or clean house. I just wanted to sleep. We did all the test, took the Rytonol, I think I've got it spelled wrong, but it took care of the high heart beat and my heart stoping for seconds, but it didn't correct the low heart rate after being on it for a month. Surgery went well, but was in a lot of pain afterwards. My issues now are, I'm still tired a lot. They did increase the HR from 70 to 80 BPM and increased the range to be higher. I'm still very tired and they increased it about 10 days ago. My other biggest problem is that every now and then, I can be s...


Posted by Harm on 2013-12-07 19:39. 6 comments. 276 reads
 
I had a stent put in Nov 29 and a pacemaker Nov 30. I think I feel okay but I an extremely tired all the time. Very little energy. I thought I would feel great- not yet. Any ideas?

Posted by JasonHusband84 on 2013-12-05 04:16. 11 comments. 385 reads
 
I'm so new to this whole thing. I've had a pacemaker/defibulator put in about 5 days ago and can't sleep at all. All I know is it's currently set to 80bpm. This is all brand new for me and such a big change in life. Especially for my age(29). Thanks to whoever responds to this.

Posted by annj on 2013-12-03 17:38. 3 comments. 248 reads
 
I had a pacemaker placed under my breast on Nov. 26th This is my third pacemaker and the pain from this surgery is a lot more intense than the others. The incision its self is not to bad, just tender, but there is an area an inch away from the incision that hurts so much! I don't know if its nerve damage or what, but I can't seem to get anyone to take it seriously. All the des and nurses just say I should not be feeling much pain anymore and that I should be able to resume normal activity after a week. However its been a week and I can barely even sit up. Has anyone else had their pm placed under the breast? If so, did you have intense pain? I can't seem to find anyone else that has their pacemaker placed under the breast like I do every...


Posted by Bas on 2013-11-30 20:04. 2 comments. 187 reads
 
Well everything went really well.......heart mapping on the Wednesday, then procedure on Thursday. The Ablation took 4 hours which seemed really quick as I had a general anaesthetic. The St Jude pacemaker technician was there to adjust the pm heart rate whilst the procedure was happening. No pain from the procedure itself however recovery from the anaesthetic took a while. The professor said the op was successful however now have to wait to see if AF returns. I was discharged on the Friday however had to hang close by in a motel which was opposite the emergency department lol until Monday just in case there were any complications.
Feeling really good though so will sit back take it easy for a few weeks then might return to work depend...


Posted by Beckes76 on 2013-11-27 21:07. 3 comments. 346 reads
 
My mom called it a band-aide surgery and it sure is some of the time. It takes a lot out of you though. Got to the hospital at 6AM like they asked. I was the 1st one of the list so it shouldn't get delayed at all. Got wheeled into the operation room around 7:50. Cardiologist came in around 8:05 and the procedure went underway. About 40 minutes later I was out of the surgery and into the recovery room. My husband came in soon after. Once I was awake enough I ate my lunch that they had given me. At 11AM I was discharged from the hospital. We were on our way home. Once home I took some ibuprofen and took a 4 hour nap. It has been a long day. I am glad I did it....of course I have no other choice because I am 100% dependant on thi...


Posted by amylh87 on 2013-11-27 11:31. 11 comments. 344 reads
 
Hi,
I found out a week ago that I am getting a pacemaker, my cardiologist has put me on the urgent list and told me I should be in before Christmas. Just wondered if anybody else has been in a similar situation, and how long did it take for them to contact you?

Also what tends to be the recovery time? Christmas is my busiest time of year at work, and am often required to be rushing around...I would like to give my managers a rough time scale of my return!

Thanks :)

Posted by Beckes76 on 2013-11-26 21:36. 1 comments. 92 reads
 
Tomorrow is the day that I get my 5th PM in almost 30 years. My 1st one was when I was only 7 years old (turned 8, 2 months later). I am excited and a little nervous. I will be awake for the whole thing and I get to go home to recover in peace. I have been wanting this change for a few months now and it finally got to the ERI mode on November 15. They are squeezing me in to have this surgery. I don't know if they say that to all the patients but it works for me. Haven't had any problems with any of my surgeries. I should be doing a lot better this time tomorrow night. Will keep everybody up to date on my progress. I still need all the prayers that I can get. I think my husband is more nervous then I am.

Becky

Posted by cindyredd on 2013-11-23 09:27. 0 comments. 238 reads
 
Hello all, I have been reading here for a while and finally decided to post as I am a nervouse deck
History, vaso vagle 20 years ,two ablations one for svt bundle, second afib was cardioverted ,bradycardia, yes my spelljng is awful and I am typing on tiny pad... The last ablation lasted about a year.. The Dr was like well let's just go in again. I refused. Went in the hunt for another Dr how would listen has a loop monitor implant put in two years ago. Heart rate goes to 35: 40izsh avg . wake up short of breath or heart racing, other issue is th LOVE working out. Gym cross training yoga etc, I am 57 .. But 25 in my head.. Loop recorder finally showed a aflutter 180 sleeping and low heart 35, with vasovagle pos test. Sooooo I am no...


Posted by turboz24 on 2013-11-22 23:34. 2 comments. 114 reads
 
I just got my ICD swapped out today. I also got it relocated at the same time.
very happy with the results. No more visible wire, except for the swelling can't tell I have an ICD anymore.

I do admit there is more pain, but worth it.

Posted by WillieJ on 2013-11-22 21:08. 6 comments. 264 reads
 
Hi,

I'm new to all of this. Just got an ICD implanted a week ago. PLUS this is my first time in an online support/chat group.

I wore my sling, keeping my upper arm "glued" to my body from shoulder to elbow for the recommended 3 days. Am now without it in the daytime but still wearing it at night for a few more weeks.

What I'm wondering, is aside from not raising it above my shoulder or putting it behind my back (fastening bra, etc.) how much freedom of movement do I have with that arm?



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