St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Gilbert1* on 2015-12-11 05:23. 10 comments. 449 reads
 
I'm 52 and used to be active, until the pacemaker. I blacked out and 7 days later had the pacer implanted. It's been 5 months and I'm miserable. Almost constant chest pressure and I can't do even half of what I use to be able to do. Tired all the time, run out of breath when I talk too much or walk too much. All test come back with nothing wrong and the pacer is working perfectly. I feel like no one believes me when I say something is not right!!
Anybody else have the feeling of living with a brick on their chest or having an apple stuck in their throat?

Posted by GregH on 2015-12-10 15:53. 4 comments. 337 reads
 
Hello this is my first post. I just had my pacemaker dual chamber installed just 26 days ago. I have been havening problems with my heart rate going up to the point of nearly passing out when driving over bouncy roads. Has anyone had problems like this, that can advise me?

Posted by Delray on 2015-12-09 15:40. 3 comments. 294 reads
 
I have got a really bad,cough at the moment does,anyone know if this,could cause the pacemaker to become,dislodged. I've,also had a pfo closure so have got two bits of hardware,in my heart. I would be,really grateful for info on the above.

Posted by abo on 2015-12-07 22:57. 2 comments. 289 reads
 
My Mom has a St. Jude's pacemaker (replaced in 2014). The new transmitter box is a pain. It was working fine until we updated our internet service (Comcast Xfinity). After spending countless hours on the telephone with technical support, it has been determined that it is not compatible with transmitter. Get with the times Merlin! I'd hate to have to "down grade" to my old internet service. Any suggestions?

Posted by AJ1332 on 2015-12-07 04:27. 2 comments. 352 reads
 
hi all:

I had my pacemaker implanted on Nov 13 2015, but, a week later, I needed follow up lead revision surgery and pericardio-centesis because the ventricle lead had micro-perforated the ventricle wall resulting in perdicardial effusion. (I had 700 ml instead of only 50 ml in the pericardium).

So here I am, a week post revision, and I'm still feeling short of breath and having chest pain on exertion. At about 10 mins slow easy walking, I'm out of breath, and my chest feels as if there's a band around it. I'm not worried that it's a heart attack, but I'm concerned that it's pacer-related complications.

I understand that the lead revision moves me back, pretty much, to square one in terms of recovery, and ...


Posted by Slparks551 on 2015-12-06 19:00. 2 comments. 261 reads
 
Ok I need help I have had two pacemaker/defibrillator put in this yr and taken out my leads keep moving and now they my put one in my rib cage or stomach I need help on where is a good place other then my chest idk what to do ugh

Posted by Musicheart on 2015-12-06 03:35. 2 comments. 256 reads
 
After 6 weeks, my heart rate is still speeding up (only in 80s) when I am sitting or resting without a good reason. If I am sitting, it will cause me to kind of cough - I say sounds like a cat with a hairball. It had not been speeding up when I did any activity though. I did 3 floors of stairs and it did not get above 65. They changed the setting to active and I am feeling better about moving and doing things (I am a band director) but still have hairball issues. I have found if I am sitting cross-legged it is worse. Anyone else have this issue?

Posted by Helotail on 2015-12-03 17:03. 2 comments. 299 reads
 
Hello-
I went to the Cardiologists office this mornning because St. Jude wanted to test my PM for an abnormality. What I learned today is that the issue is loss of lead impedance. After my surgery in August lead impedance was around 400. On Monday the 30th, I had a sharp drop to 70, and it has slowly climbed it way up to the 260-280 range. Anlso, on the 19th, the lead impedance had another drop, but climbed back up.

I just talked with the PM tech and not the Doctor, has anyone else had this issue? They did ask me if I had a bad fall or something, but nothing out of the ordinary occured on either of those days.

Right now I just have another appointment with the PM tech in the middle of January. Do cardiologist...


Posted by Grace on 2015-12-01 04:48. 3 comments. 353 reads
 
I just discovered this club. Wish I had found it sooner as I thought I was the only one fighting this battle. The same night I got the pacemaker my blood pressure soared to 225/125. I was not taking medicine and the nurses were frantic. I was put on five different kinds of medicine which nearly killed me. And no one was willing to help me discover what was wrong. I finally took myself slowly off all but one but there was still the highs and lows. I finally found a book called "Living Gluten Free for Dummies" and a chapter in there was "high glycemic foods" and that was what I needed. I no longer eat those foods and my pressure has become normal again (115/75) But it took over a year to find this solution. I even wrote a letter to...


Posted by bradycardiapacemaker on 2015-11-28 21:35. 3 comments. 219 reads
 
I accidently hit my pacemaker site and have had pain for 2 weeks now,I saw my cardiologist andhe took a one second look at it and said it looked fine.I know the decice is fine but I have a lump in the skin area of the pacemaker site that wadnt there before and it hurts now and didn't before.what can I do?they aren't going to take the device out since it doent look too bad.

Posted by philco on 2015-11-28 12:30. 3 comments. 323 reads
 
have pacer one year...for bradycardia... no problems, but last night had a afib 3o minutes... heart rate and bp out of site.. should I be worried ?

Posted by migaines on 2015-11-28 02:16. 0 comments. 551 reads
 
Hello,

I'm a 37 y/o female, pacemaker implanted in April 2015 for 3rd degree AV block. I have had a strange issue recently in which moving my left arm across my chest would reliably result in pacing (I have always been able to feel the pacing when it occurs). In addition, whenever I bent over, I would feel fluttering in my heart that would subside about 30 seconds later. After these issues had been occurring for about two weeks, I sent in a download and was told there was "a lot of interference" that had been occurring for the past 3 months. I immediately wondered why the beside monitor (St. Jude Merlin) did not alert the doctor's office that something was awry sooner.

I went in for a device check, and was easily ab...


Posted by Bionic Beat on 2015-11-25 18:22. 6 comments. 383 reads
 
Seems I haven't posted since 2010!

My concern is that my doctor called to say he has had 'an alert' from Medtronic and they are going to remove the whole she-bang
in January.

He told me to not stress over this, okayyyy. Why do they not just call the week or two days before??

I have tiny veins and it took forever for them to get an IV to put the pacemaker in so I am dreading the very idea of surgery.

Has anyone else had their Medtronic InSync 3 removed?

Posted by TiffG on 2015-11-25 02:16. 1 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi everyone! I just became a member about 5 minutes ago and I already have a question! My pacemaker was put in almost 4 months ago which means I am still get used to it. This evening after lifting plates for our dinner I started to feel a burning feeling in my chest. It is still there and gets worse when I move my arms. I could not lift my 5 year old son tonight. Is this normal? If so, I can tolerate the pain, but I just need to know. Thank you for time and reading this.

Posted by Yone99 on 2015-11-24 02:44. 5 comments. 357 reads
 
It all started in one peaceful day , when i was happy and enjoying my life , i blocked out , and went to check a doctor , she said that i should implant my pacemaker as fast as i could , the second day i made my surgery it was my first time to go to hospital , i said it's okay nithing to worry about ,,, i was fat at that time , then after that time ,, i started to lose weight day after day my pacemaker appered under my skin bec i have lost a huge ammount of my weight ,, and the battry appered so the doc said i can't stay up with the apperance of the battry and they decided to get me into an emergancy surgery for the second time ,, then i went to the hospital and made my second surgery this time my doctor put inside my muscles ,, the i have...


Posted by lcw306 on 2015-11-20 17:54. 4 comments. 354 reads
 
Hello!

I had a dual-lead pacemaker implanted this past August. I went to my check ups and everything is looking good! I had the pacemaker implanted for Heart block! I am only 25 years old a do not know a lot about pacemakers and was quite a shock to get one!

I have recently been experiencing a random, shooting/sharp pain that will last for a couple minutes at a time for maybe once or twice a day. I am not sure if this is normal or if there could be a reason why this happens. Also, would be nice to know if anyone else has experienced this! :)


Posted by tuts on 2015-11-19 18:55. 2 comments. 282 reads
 
Hi,
I just had my pacemaker put in 2 days ago. When I was looking through my discharge papers, I saw a note that the radiologist wanted to do another x-ray to rule out prominent pulmonary artery. This was never mentioned to me and when I called the Dr, she said not to worry, it's probably nothing. I'm starting to panic now because all I've seen on the internet about it sounds like it could be serious.
Also, I've been feeling and audibly hearing my heartbeat down low under mt left breast. Mostly when I lay flat on my back. When I called the pacemaker clinic, the technician said she has never heard of this and I am just nervous.

Thanks for any input,
Jacklyn


Posted by Lisamaruna on 2015-11-19 00:18. 2 comments. 235 reads
 
Help I have been in the hospital for over a week. Got the pacemaker 3 months ago had an ventricular tach ablation very complicated on Friday and now they are switching out my pacemaker for an icd tomorrow morning. I'm scared.


Posted by wired&blessed on 2015-11-16 03:04. 2 comments. 248 reads
 
Hello, I have 5 months with my pacemaker. Everything was going well however today I felt like an electric shock sensation. It was a weird, different feeling. It kind of left me shaky. Has anyone experience this? If yes, why does one get that feeling? Thanks in advance

Posted by bradycardiapacemaker on 2015-11-15 22:21. 2 comments. 254 reads
 
I accidently hit the pacmekaer on the side of a closet door when bending down to reach something off the closet floor.I felt a tearing sensation in the skin area around the pacemaker and now it has been sore since I di it aprox 4 days ago.There is small lumps in my pacemaker skin site where I hurt it.Has anyone done this and is it anything to worry about.Isnt it just possibly nothing to worry about?



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