St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by juno on 2015-06-18 13:54. 0 comments. 151 reads
 
I had a pacemaker installed in January, 2015, and after a month or so was pain-free. But beginning about six weeks ago I began to feel lumps forming on top of and around the device and the area has become sensitive. I am prone to keloids and the scar has a few small lumps, but these that I am concerned about are under the skin. Any thoughts?

Posted by mtg312 on 2015-06-18 09:20. 4 comments. 319 reads
 
hello, i had a pacemaker put in in January, this week, i had bleeding at the incision site, and the pacemaker has dropped around 3 inches, and is moving around during the day.
The doctor does not seem to be worried, but i sure am. Is this a common thing. SHOULD i insist on them checking again?
thank you/Mike

Posted by gordon on 2015-05-17 04:34. 1 comments. 218 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted five months ago no problem with the operation that was the easy bit l am eighty four and since then l feel tired all the time no energy and a problem with sleeping for more then a few hours l have been to the clinic three times for a checkup but still feel the same.l know it's not my age because a friend of mine who is a hundred copes better then me after having his pacemaker fitted at the same time has anyone else had this experience please let me know.all the best Gordon



Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-15 22:31. 1 comments. 257 reads
 
What are the symptoms of a lead being pulled out?

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-15 19:29. 0 comments. 179 reads
 
What are the symptoms if you pull a lead out?

Posted by NMWanderer on 2015-05-12 13:58. 3 comments. 374 reads
 
Hi all... I have not been in here in ages! All kinds of things keep happening, and I find myself worrying more about life in the real world, than about life in this strange cyber world.

So... Anyway... I have been offered 3 options by an electrophysiologist, after suffering with this horror story of a 3 lead, combination ICD/Defibrillator.

1. Leave the unit in - I was told it had never been implanted properly

2. Remove it and replace it. Why should I? So far I have yet to find a doctor I really trust, given 5 major surgeries since 2010 and all the problems that have come with them; or,

3. Have them remove it and take my chances.

There are definite pros and cons with each option, but ...


Posted by 1977Scout on 2015-05-12 01:40. 2 comments. 265 reads
 
my cardiologist recently informed me that I have a irregular heartbeat while at rest. I have a t. Jude 2210 two lead installed July 2011. He tells me that he would like me to try the drug route, then maybe ablation to cure the abnormal heartbeat. I only have the irregular beat at rest,when active, it goes away. Sometimes I have this "lumping" beat, or a flutter. Very scary sometimes. He wants me to wear a "holter" device to track the irregular beats.

I jog, bike, am very active. Don't know what to make if it.


What I'd like to know is: what are the negatives of ablation therapy? I will also go on the internet for discussion topics.

Any responses will help.

Posted by Sarahsverd on 2015-05-10 08:17. 4 comments. 307 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. 488 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. 338 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. 258 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. 383 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. 224 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. 339 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. 158 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. 248 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. 114 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. 199 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. 157 reads
 
How long did you have to wait to do physical therapy?

Posted by Littletree on 2015-05-05 13:46. 3 comments. 246 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 ...




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