St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Sarahsverd on 2015-05-10 08:17. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
Could anyone help I had a duel chamber PM fitted in January 2015. I've been in pain ever since. My scare is burning and stinging all the time the area round my PM is painful to touch. I can't lay on my left side. Or lay flat on my stomach. The pain and burning is to be getting worse. The area around my PM is swollen in the mornings. Is this normal. 😔

Posted by statuesque on 2015-05-09 16:28. 5 comments. 413 reads
 
I know that many people feel that their PM's really helped them, unfortunately that is not the case with me. I was never able to return to the level of activity I had before it was implanted..before implant I reached a personal goal of 50 flights of stairs in one day after pacemaker 0. If I try to be active I get extremely tired very quickly and break out in a cold drenching sweat......I have been home bound since my surgery, no more pool or walking my usual 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day and 10 flights of stairs daily logged by my Fitbit.My new Doctors ran new cardiac test which all came back NORMAL and after lowing the settings to 40 bpm's my last check came back I was using it 1%, my cardiologist said it is just sitting in my chest........


Posted by Hays1946 on 2015-05-09 12:28. 4 comments. 285 reads
 
I had Biotronik will be 2 weeks Tuesday, I was just sitting in chair watching TV, and such a syncope feeling came over me like none before, I thought my head was going to explode, then it just eased off. Anyone have this happen, I thought this would keep me from having syncope?

Posted by IdkAname on 2015-05-08 18:05. 3 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi so I've had a dual chambered pacemaker since the age of 15. I had a ross/konno procedure done and they were too aggressive and caused me to get the pacer. My question is, My battery has finally ran out. And I can not afford a new device change. So what is going to happen? They are trying to rush me into getting a new device but I cant put myself in debt for it. I would just like to know if I can get by for now?

Posted by japandata on 2015-05-08 13:29. 2 comments. 317 reads
 
Just wondering if anyone has had this.

I'm about 9 months with my second pacer (Boston Scientific) and I'm experiencing an increased amount of pain around my heart and armpit, with associated dizziness and nausea. With my old pacer, I had maybe 2 afib events recorded every 6 month visit. My last visit showed 14 and it's pretty much jumping or falling out of sync about every 5 minutes now. Can't sleep as I go into afib lying on my back and experiencing a lot of numbness in my hands and legs when I wake up. Also have this odd fullness in my head, like a balloon, that comes and goes.

I saw my pacer doctor in March and he didn't think this was an issue, even with the higher number of episodes. I'm going to see another do...


Posted by Skashish on 2015-05-07 15:38. 4 comments. 203 reads
 
Hello Iam 23 of age from India implanted a Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker on 2july 2013 I feel the the device is a little disturbed from its place from earlier it was, I do gym but Neva felt like before i do regular exercise
Should I take pacemaker out or what should I do
Experienced people please help me to think

Posted by wmcc on 2015-05-07 12:32. 2 comments. 287 reads
 
Hi,
I had my St. Jude pacemaker replaced December 2014, my old one lasted 10 years and it was put in deep you could only feel it if you poked real hard and it was protected, problem is I had a shands cardiologist this time around, and he couldn't even knock me out and when he opened my chest I had to grip the table and say ouch! he was arrogant and rude used staples insted of stitches, gave me paperwork and I was supposed to have a check up by St. Jude rep in 2 weeks he told me he would set it the same as last one, he didnt set heart rate 10 beats to high i went home and as i healed I noticed pain and when I went to go get staples out there was no St. jude rep notified he just took staples out grabbed a machine set my heart rate back ...


Posted by Gatsey on 2015-05-07 06:03. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi

I had a pacemaker fitted in 2 years ago , I currently have a tattoo I am looking to get lasered off is this a no go or can this be done?

Thanks

Adam

Posted by Wolf on 2015-05-07 00:24. 2 comments. 223 reads
 
I really miss my old device. I've had my replacement for a little over 2 months and I'm still having issues. I posted a while ago about issues with low heart rate below the threshold that the pm was set to. Still having 2-3 days a week that my heart rate drops down to 30bpm, but never did it when I was around the EP and the PM wasn't registering any issues. Thankfully after the last visit my EP ordered an event monitor to get some stats. So now that they see some of the issues I have to go back to meet with the EP and a tech from Medtronic tomorrow. EP seems to think my device is "over-sensing" or a potential issue with the ventricle lead. Anyone have issues with "over-sensing" and/or what it means.
Didn't have issues like this with...


Posted by BrynaR on 2015-05-06 18:59. 0 comments. 102 reads
 
Hello! It's been a while since I've posted :) Hi again, friends! I had a stress test today and was wondering if anyone has had similar results. My base rate is a junctional tachycardia to begin with. And the test showed that once I started exerting myself, the pacemaker started to kick in, a/v pacing. I went in and out of a/v pacing while the heart rate was between 130-120. Once it was down to 100 it didn't show any pacer spikes. Any ideas? Could it be settings? Let me know if you need more details:)

Posted by Cprice on 2015-05-06 07:58. 6 comments. 182 reads
 
Ever since i had my pacemaker fitted in june 2010, i have problems with pain in my left shoulder. Had to have a emergency op in 2012 to reimplant my pacemaker due to a severe infection. Recently i've been having stabing pains in my left shoulder like a red hot poker and my left hand goes numb and i can't pick things up!!!. Am very worried should i contact my cardiologist??!!

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-05 21:02. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
How long did you have to wait to do physical therapy?

Posted by Littletree on 2015-05-05 13:46. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
I have been having some breathing issues. Saw lung Dr. nothing wrong. Pacer not showing alerts. I can only walk a few feet and feel like I am out of breath. Must stop seems like my pacer needs to catch up with me been going on for 5 months or longer. I had to get another Dr. due to reason my cardiologist went to surgery only. Now for the past 5 months or longer I have been having issues. I have been checked for everything. Now I am having difficulty with my stomach. Go tomorrow for gasterologist for scope. If you have hand any of the same problem or got an idea would greatly appreciate any advice. Not over weight and I was eating a Heart Healthy diet. Now loosing weight and cannot eat anything. Everything taste terrible. Even water makes ...


Posted by staleebabbit on 2015-05-05 12:35. 4 comments. 267 reads
 
Hi fellow pacers...

I had a pacemaker installed on 3/31/15 due to bradycardia with a HR in the 30's and several episodes of near-syncope. I woke up in recovery and was told I needed to be taken back to surgery due to lead wire displacement. That same day, they opened me back up, repositioned the wires and sutured them back in place. A day later, I began experiencing diaphramic "hiccups" and a chest x-ray showed the atrial lead had moved. They operated the next day and repositioned the wire yet again.

About a week ago, I began feeling sporadic "hiccups" again and when I went for my pacemaker check today, I was told the atrial lead wasn't capturing, so they shut that lead off and right now, I am receiving ventricular p...


Posted by KJ on 2015-05-04 21:33. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
I had pm fitted last Wednesday. Have felt very tired. But main problem is sleeping. I get lightheaded from time to time during the night and also sometimes develop a mild wheezy type breathing which disappears if I sit up again. Will this ease as time goes on?

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-04 17:18. 3 comments. 153 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker/defib 5 months and still have considerable soreness in my arm. Feels like somthing rubbing or pinched. Gives me limitations and is uncomfortable


Posted by johnnyc on 2015-04-29 07:10. 3 comments. 234 reads
 
The guide for my new cellphone states that it should be kept 6 inches from my pacemaker. Has anyone had any complications from cellphone use?


Posted by becky1958 on 2015-04-28 20:57. 3 comments. 164 reads
 
anyone get a staff infection after device implanted?

Posted by trose54 on 2015-04-28 16:20. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
I am interested in hearing if anyone has had a problem related to smart phones, have my Pm for the last 14 months, no major issues just this and that. just saw an earlier post....

Posted by Sharynday on 2015-04-26 05:01. 2 comments. 248 reads
 
I would dearly love to use an i pad or i phone but they do make me feel unwell. I thought maybe it was my imagination, but it has happened when my son has left his i pad on the kitchen bench and I was unaware it was there. I became breathless and felt awful.



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