St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by HeartBroken on 2014-10-14 09:07. 14 comments. 412 reads
 
So its Oct 14, 2014.......I recently had a dual chamber pacer implanted on Sept 30, 2014. I really didn't have much pain at all with the implant, just sore which is normal with any surgery. But as of lately, the past 2-3 days its driving me crazy as , I am noticing the pacemaker more and more...not meaning like feeling it with my fingers, but just the odd foreign object that is there is really apparent to me. I think mostly due to the swelling going down now and incision trying to heal, and oh its healing lol cause I have had some deep unreachable itching :) I just feel really alone right now with this as I am only 41 and I really don't know anyone that has a pacemaker. I guess I just needed to vent a bit, sorry! I am very very thankful to...


Posted by Eni on 2014-10-14 02:25. 1 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi my Friends
Wish you all the best.
It has been almost 2 years since I have my PM.
So far so good except that my wound doesn't close as it should.
3 months ago i had an other surgery because my Doctor said my leads should go deeper.
But it still doesn't look good.

Is There Any Medicine that helps my skin to get normally???

( Because it looks more as an skin problem )

An other thing, God has blessed me with Twins (a boy and a girl)
they are two months old and loves to stay on my arms. is there any chance that holding them,
might make worse the place where my PM is inserted......

Thank you

Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-13 00:20. 1 comments. 197 reads
 
Hey guys I'm 4 days out from having my pm put in. Yesterday I noticed I was getting red around the incision. I'm a nurse so I know that's pretty common and to be expected after trauma... However today it's red in a much larger area n hot to the touch. I'm on antibiotics and I don't have a fever.... Should I be concerned?

Posted by wanderlost on 2014-10-11 08:01. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
Hello, Today is day one after having my 2nd PM replaced with a shiny new Medtronic. Since my husband is unable to drive, I insisted on having it done without any kind of pain medication or sedation. I was given .25 xanax during pre-op and was fully awake during the procedure. While I can't say this is the answer for everyone, it did work for us. PM replaced at 4pm and I was home eating a Cuban sandwich from my favorite restaurant (take out of course) at 730pm.


Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-10 20:16. 9 comments. 307 reads
 
Hey guys! I'm 1 day post op and doing really well. I of course have some pain and swelling but nothing as bad as I feared. My shortness or breath improved instantly so I'm feeling good about this so far!! :)

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-09 14:19. 5 comments. 292 reads
 
I had my PM put in on Monday. While in recovery I started having some intense spams until my whole body bucked upwards and I could not breath. I had all these nurses looking confused and lost and my husband was having a fit. Come to find out one of my leads fell and was touching a nerve attached to my diaphragm, so back to surgery I went. The next morning when the PM rep came to test my PM he noticed something was not right, so I went down to xray, the lead fell again so back into surgery. It seems to have held this time, but now I am paranoid to move my arm at all. Has anyone else had this problem? Also sometimes I feel a slight twinge behind my breast, is this from the leads activating?

Tinkergirl

Posted by alexisbagel on 2014-10-09 09:17. 0 comments. 162 reads
 
Hi all! I'm wondering if anybody could shine some light on how far in advance you were notified you'd be getting an ICD replacement.

Some info:

After a cardiac arrest event, the Cleveland Clinic discovered I had long q t syndrome. I got a St. Jude defib implanted August 2008. I go for check ups annually. I'm about to need a new defib. I usually send a remote transmission annually (and visit the CC once a year) but I'm now sending transmissions about every 4 weeks. I was told by the CC that next I'll be sending them a transmission every 2 weeks, then I'll get the surgery. But the CC hasn't given me much of a time frame for the surgery. So I'm wondering if anybody has experience with how quickly you go from sending biw...


Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-08 00:15. 9 comments. 263 reads
 
I am having a pm put in Thursday. I have Atrial Flutter and tacky/Brady syndrome. although probably medicine induced. I have to be on channel blockers because of my rhythm and they tank my hr down In the 40's. So that's a terrible time and dr says this is the only thing to fix it. Alabation for the fluter is not a option as I have to many areas.
Anyways I somewhat nervous about this and looking for recovery time frames.
Thanks :)

Posted by broomfieldbill on 2014-10-05 19:35. 10 comments. 412 reads
 
I received my first pm a couple of months ago. Probably the biggest bother to me at this point has been the discomfort that I feel from having that thing inserted in my shoulder! Many times I don't notice it but other times it feels like a big bruise or maybe like having a cell phone taped REALLY tightly to the front of my left shoulder!

I'm just wondering if EVENTUALLY I body might "loosen up" a little around this foreign object and learn to live with it?...i.e. without (light) pain and discomfort....

Posted by Jess88 on 2014-10-05 01:57. 5 comments. 417 reads
 
I'm just a bit over a week recovering from getting my pacemaker implanted. Most of the last few days I'm only aware of the pacemaker because it was fairly traumatic of the realization that I needed one at the age of 26, but that's not my question.

Sometimes after light activity I feel an intense pressure on my upper chest. No arm, jaw, or back pain. It fades over the next ten minuets decreasing in severity. No big deal? I've been feeling it for the last few days and just figured it was adjusting to leads in my heart and I'd mention it to the doc on my appointment this Thursday for my two week check up.

But the last few nights have been hellish. Laying down to go to sleep I feel like a large elephant is sitting on my ...


Posted by campusstar on 2014-10-04 12:35. 3 comments. 259 reads
 
CRT-D installed on Oct.02/14 First night no problems. Second night when I lay down on my back I could feel a fluttering under my rib cage. I could actually see my stomach moving. Boom,Boom When I turned to my side it would stop. When I stood up it stopped. Any thoughts to what is causing this. Kinda freaking me out.

Posted by NannyG on 2014-10-03 12:16. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
I had my loop recorder inplanted yesterday. I was told I need to wait to shower for up to 10 days or until I go back for my wound check. Is this the norm?

Posted by Chelley on 2014-10-02 00:36. 4 comments. 235 reads
 
Six weeks ago I had a Hystrectomy, when I woke up the cardio doctors were trying to decide if a PC was needed. It was decided that maybe it was temporary. It was not. Yesterday I got a PC, I am 43 on no meds other that the pain meds and antibotics for PC. Today, the St. Jude rep came in to review and said my PC was pacing 30% over night. While reading, I started sweating a lot . I got calming and had to lay back down. He then put the devise again to make sure my HR was still normal. It was 72. He said his reader would not cause sweating. Anyone have that issue? I am new to all this and thank you for any answers in advance. Chelley

Posted by njp on 2014-10-01 01:13. 7 comments. 439 reads
 
I have a terrible time undergoing certain procedures and go into panic mode!

Twice I have had MRI procedures halted or stopped before the imaging was complete because I started going into a panic attack and felt like I was going to have cardiac failure!

For those of you that have had the implant done, do they administer sedatives prior and during the procedure? Is it similar to the sedatives you get when you undergo a colonoscopy or heart cath? I can handle that!

I'm just terrified of confined, enclosed spaces or having to lay completely flat on a table if I am awake.

Appreciate your input.

Posted by Pacey_23 on 2014-09-29 22:28. 14 comments. 519 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in today, and did not expect it to hurt THIS MUCH!! I can't sleep, or find any comfortable position - my whole left arm and shoulder feels completely frozen up and any movement is agony. It's less than 24 hours since they've done the procedure, so obviously it's really recent, and I am taking the recommended painkillers but it's just not achieving anything. Is this sort of pain normal? How long can I expect it to last? And does anyone have any tips for dealing with the pain/ getting comfortable?

Cheers :-)

Posted by mehr on 2014-09-29 03:45. 4 comments. 248 reads
 
Hi I have a dual chamber metronics pacemaker since 2005 . now my doc is recommending biotroniks. I have has a very good experience with metronics device no issues whatsoever. please give me you feedback on which company pacemakers are better, should i switch to biotroniks.

Posted by tex on 2014-09-28 15:00. 7 comments. 336 reads
 
I'm into the 6th month after insertion and my scar is still tender and itchy...any suggestions?

Posted by Martha on 2014-09-25 22:10. 6 comments. 298 reads
 
I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor......I will be getting the first mammogram since having my pacemaker implanted in March this year....My question is whether I will have any problem with getting a mammogram since I have a pacemaker, since I believe the pacemaker is metal? I'd like to hear from someone who gets mammograms. Thanks!

Posted by njp on 2014-09-25 19:16. 9 comments. 306 reads
 
Hello,
I am a first-timer here. I hope that I'm posting my question within the right group.

Although I am new to Pacemakers and/or ICD's, I am not new to heart issues. I have undergone three (3) Open-Heart Surgeries and I have two mechanical heart valves.

My issues began at the age of 24; I am now 63 years old and very fortunate to be alive!

After my last OHS in 2006, I started having A-fib issues and they have progressively gotten worse. My cardiologist is now thinking of implanting a Pacemaker.

Trouble is, I live in New Mexico and my doctor is in Houston, TX (THI). I am scheduled to fly on the 26th of Oct, have the Holter-Monitor put on Monday, the 27th and then meet with the doc...


Posted by cabbie on 2014-09-24 12:34. 2 comments. 298 reads
 
So I am seven weeks post implantation with my first CRT-D. I've really had trouble sleeping since day one, as I can't get into a comfortable position with my CRT-D. I also notice that since about the first month I've been having episodes of shortness of breath, but not as bad as I used to have pre-implant. I also still get tired walking fairly short distances but not as much as I used to. I try to be reasonable and tell myself I am still adjusting to the CRT-D.

What worries me is that my EP found PVCs on interrogation last Monday. We hadn't noted any during the three previous interrogations we had done. He turned on the trigger mode and advised me to increase my carvedilol dose. I only recall one ECG pre-implant where I had ...




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