St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by C130 on 2015-03-07 18:30. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
I had a Bos. Sci. PM installed 1/14/15. I had a-fib while still at hosp. They ran an ekg imm. after. the nurse said that I had had an a-fib event. Went home next day and recovered well. have felt great since. But last thursday afternoon while sitting i had another "event" that came on suddenly and lasted at least a minute with hard pumping and quivering pain and breathlessness. Took a nitro and it went away. felt weak for a while after that. Next day called Device lab and informed them but it didn't show up on my monitor, she said that that type of "event" would not show up on my monitor. She wanted me in next day as having the pain "go away" from taking the nitro concerned her but couldn't make it that day so will go in on Monday for sur...


Posted by lauram65 on 2015-03-06 08:07. 7 comments. 225 reads
 
Hi everyone. Lately when I turn on my left side in bed, it feels like something is pulling. I actually went to the cardiologist a couple months ago feeling like it had moved and they said that was normal and told me to wear two sports bras when I walked!!!
This is something new. Of course, I am going to call the cardiologist, but since I have had the PM they are not all that responsive. They put me to a nurse to allay my fears and save their appointment schedule. I'm going to insist I get in there.
Also, how often do you have the manufacturer's rep check your monitor? I got mine last August, have only had it checked once and they say I shouldn't come back until this DECEMBER. Is that right? Any responses would be very...


Posted by fwerny1 on 2015-03-05 20:13. 7 comments. 231 reads
 
My resting heart rate was very low (32) and my BP was 120/72.After first pacemaker implant BP went up and I was put on 5 mg of Lisinopril. When battery needed replacing the next pacemaker raised my BP even higher 200/100. 40 mg of Lisinopril and 10 mg of amlopidine it is now under control.
What is going on here? My cardiologist says there is no connection between my BP and the pacemaker.
Otherwise the pacemaker has been great.

Posted by steeneyre on 2015-03-05 16:30. 4 comments. 172 reads
 
Good afternoon,

I had my Metrinc Dual Chamber PM installed on November 10th and a lead reposition on November 21, where at this time a lead punctures my heart and I had a pericardal effusion. Now I have had swelling in my PM site for over a month, went to the Dr. and they thought perhaps I was over doing it. I took it easy and a week later I ended up with what I could best describe as a blister on my already healed incision. I went back to the Dr and they put me on Bactrim DS twice a day thinking maybe it is an infection. I was wondering if anyone else has had something like this and what the outcome was. I will try to upload a picture so you can see what I am talking about.

Posted by rick33949 on 2015-03-05 10:34. 3 comments. 165 reads
 
So ever since my ablation and pacemaker on 1/21 when I a yawn I cant breath at all, I feel like I am suffocating I asked my Family Doc and his response was "thats weird" and he moved on. The other problem that has shown up since then is Now keep in mind I have had great blood pressure even before surgery now my blood pressure goes from normal to extremely low like 72/50 and it happens often so of course I asked about it and the response was "eat more salt" So I have done some research and talk to my eye surgeon he said It sounds like they caused some damage to my vagus nerve during surgery any input from anyone I would appreciate any input at all.

Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-05 09:56. 6 comments. 190 reads
 
It seems when I exercise or over excert myself I get light headed, dizzy and nausea. I have had two times this last week which resulted in me feeling pain in my chest and throwing up. I'm due to see my doctor next month, I have been waiting for my medical to start so I can get a echo etc. Has anyone else gotten so sick from exercise or doing too much like snow shoveling? I do have a ICD so I figure it would shock me if I was really having a attack.

Posted by johnnyc on 2015-03-04 17:58. 4 comments. 197 reads
 
My wife wants to put up a magnet strip on a kitchen wall to hang knifes on. Should I be concerned about the affects on my pacemaker. How far away from it should I stay?
Thank you,
John

Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-03-01 20:35. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since Dec
30 th. (Almost 2 months).... I am constantly tired and feel like I am going to pss out and out of breath, and it feels like I got this big lump in my throat.
Also get this feeling like what it feels like when you are on a roller coaster and you come down that first big hill and it just takes your breath away and that is when i feel my PM go off.for 5 to 10 paces. Is this normal? It is the wierdest feeling. Have been back 3 times to my Dr. For a device check and they say everything is good.

Posted by Amlanda78 on 2015-02-28 23:56. 3 comments. 146 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 8 years. For the past month I have had pain in my neck and left arm/shoulder. My pacemaker seems to have moved into the left side of my chest where my collar bone meets my shoulder. When I am laying down the pacemaker seems to be hitting my collar bone. Is it possible the pacemaker has moved? Also, last time I had my pacemaker checked it said the battery had about 8 months left. Is the 8 month estimate accurate? I have heard that the battery can go from 8 months battery life to 1 month battery life in a short period of time. I have a Medtronic duel lead adapta pacemaker. I am 100% paced.

Posted by jsne on 2015-02-28 10:09. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
Have just got home from another stay in hospital as my heart rate kept going up and getting arrhythmias. It is early days (done 16/2) but it was agreed that things were not right. Lots of tweaking but still not right, back in on Monday when head technician is in. Another ablation was mentioned and I was interested if anyone has had to have the same thing done and what their out come was. So desperate to feel better.
Totally agree with comments in recent messages re. standardisation of follow up. I had to back in via A+E as I had been 'discharged' form where I had had the op.
Jane


Posted by polopirate on 2015-02-26 17:16. 1 comments. 263 reads
 
My wife has a pacemaker, which is in theory is due to complete av node block

I say in theory as nearly a year later and another emergency room visit, we were told, something different, maybe not complete block, just weak signal. And sometimes pacemaker picks up a signal and says it does not need to pace. They reset pacemaker to beat faster, 70 bps vs 60 pbs

we are told complete block, How would pacemaker get an override? And then let the pace drop?

Now to our new situation 9 months later. The doctor is now saying they need to add a beta blocker, and do an echocardiogram. (which I am glad they are doing echocardiogram.)


Starting in october, my wife is still experiencing momen...


Posted by Oriana on 2015-02-25 03:39. 4 comments. 118 reads
 
Hey I just had my first pacemaker put in last year and it's above my stomach sometime it feels like it is popping or something is moving I don't know how to explain it. it feel very weird. Do any one know what this can be. Is everything ok with the device.

Posted by Travis on 2015-02-24 15:27. 2 comments. 132 reads
 
Thank you everyone. Reassuring and very helpful advice. The hospital had two ECG's recording me at 110 and 118 bpm.

This evening I had twenty second of very strong pulses in my left shoulder(Could feel them with my fingertips). Then everything returned to normal. Pulse 60 bpm. Clearer headed though still tired and weak. A good nights sleep should help that.

I do not have a clue what happened but relieved that I am feeling better.

Once again my very real gratitude and thanks to all of you for your kindness in replying in answer to my problem.

Trevor

Posted by Travis on 2015-02-24 09:49. 5 comments. 333 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for just under one year and so far my experience of it has been excellent. It was set at 70 beats per minute. Recently, however, at rest my heart started beating at 110 per minute.I notified the hospital and when the ambulance came to take me in the ECG confirmed that it was the pacemaker that was doing this.

At the hospital the nurse in charge of the pacing unit told the doctor in charge of my case that this was normal and would be up to 130 bpm. I returned home.

Two days later the beat is still 110 and I am feeling increasingly tired.

Brief research on internet has indicated that this is not perhaps as normal as stated and is, in any case correctable.

Does anyone else ha...


Posted by bartz7007 on 2015-02-22 09:29. 10 comments. 368 reads
 
Hi, has anyone every been socked by their ICD and never help to correct their heart rhythm. Three weeks ago I went out to snow blow my drive, (been doing for five years since implant no other shocks) and I started to feel funny, so I started going back to the garage and wham, I get hit three times in a row and on the ground each time. Made it to my garage and just told my self to clam down and bear down to stop VT. Got my son to come to garage and get my wife. Go to ER, they interrogate device the next day and tell me it did not save me, it really was a life ending arrhythmia. Now on new drug Amiodarone, see EPO for testing to find out why I did not do the job it was intend to do. I sure don't want to have this happen again. I thought I w...


Posted by MaxTheHun on 2015-02-21 03:53. 1 comments. 150 reads
 
I have had a Medtronic defibrillator installed in November 2014. On Monday Feb 16th, 2015, my left arm swelled up considerably from the shoulder all the way to the hand . The arm was a reddish colour, with the hand turning almost blue.
Saw my GP, who ran blood tests for infection, ultra sound for blood clots, CT scan for blood clots. All turning up negative. However, neither the ultrasound nor the CT scan could get a view behind the defibrillator.
Any advice on what to do next ?

Posted by dreams on 2015-02-20 21:30. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
I have a St Jude pacemaker inplanted 2013 and it seems to be at time noticeably jumping out of my chest.
You can actually see my chest moving... anyone have simiular It is a wireless one so its done remotely

Posted by robomom on 2015-02-20 09:41. 5 comments. 133 reads
 
I have a Boston Scientific pacemaker and at times have a warm sensation around the unit. Is this normal? I have had the unit since August, 2014.

Posted by matty on 2015-02-20 09:40. 2 comments. 155 reads
 
I had my PM replaced about a month ago. Had the old one 8 years and battery finally gave it up. I got the new medtronic surescan model. The first week after surgery i felt very good, but since then i have become tired, nauseated, and dizzy when i stand up. Has anyone had these problems after getting a new PM? I dont feel near as good as i did with the old one.

Thanks for any info.


Posted by lisa123 on 2015-02-19 22:50. 4 comments. 210 reads
 
I had a pacemaker checkup and the technician said the lead is working properly - impedence going up - but still stable, also battery is depleting pretty rapidly too as they had to up my juice to keep it going. Seeing my cardiologist in a couple of weeks and have to face the talk about battery and lead replacement/or to abandon the lead and put another one in. Have been looking up the replacement option online and it's pretty terrifying what can go wrong and it's a more serious procedure, then again, am 44 and also thinking if I go the abandonment route and have another stuck in, what if that goes wrong and then I've an extra lead to contend with and will likely be older when it happens. Anyone been through this and what are your thoughts o...




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