St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Spunky_1 on 2014-08-30 00:05. 8 comments. 864 reads
 
Hi! I was implanted with a Boston Scientific Ingenio at the end of July. Prior to this my HR was usually in the low – mid 40s with occasional forays into the upper 30’s while waking. My heart would also pause then run tachy (150- 160 range). I also dealt with Chronotropic Incompetence and I fainted a lot. My official diagnosis is tachy-brady sss w/ sinus pauses and CI. I had hoped that all of this would be over once I got implanted, but I’m still having some problems.

Feel free to skip to the end – I’m probably going to ramble before I get to the actual questions and I apologize in advance! This is all new to me and I'm a bit overwhelmed trying to figure this all out.

My initial rate was set at the stand...


Posted by bobnor on 2014-08-29 21:39. 2 comments. 99 reads
 
Had pacemaker implant tues and have some swelling of the left
arm and hand and light redness is this normal?

Posted by LELAND on 2014-08-27 09:05. 6 comments. 255 reads
 
my wife had a pace maker five weeks ago about 2 weeks ago she began to have rash show up it seems to be getting worse,
any one ever heard of this type of reaction before?

Posted by Gadgetgirl on 2014-08-25 23:30. 5 comments. 201 reads
 
Hi... Just joined the site as I am sitting here in the ER waiting for a room. Had my PM implanted 7 weeks ago and it seems as though one of the "dissolvable" stitches did not dissolve and was sticking out at the end of one side if the surgery site. When I called my cardiac nurse last week she reassured me it would be fine and would dissolve on it's own overtime. Other then minor irrigation when something rubbed against it, no symptoms. Yesterday it started itching and turned red and today there is a small amount of pus forming. Now being told the PM may be infected, which will require another surgery! I'm so mad and trying not to freak out! Anyone have this happen?

Posted by billymac on 2014-08-25 20:24. 4 comments. 180 reads
 
I had a St. Jude pm2210 put in 12 weeks ago and have had a lot of issue that seem odd . it was set for 60 bpm low and 140 high the 2nd week there was 137 events were it took my heart rate to as high as 215bpm a 34 times to 175 63 times 150bpm they have re set it 5 times and it still goes way over the program rate . I feel dizzy most of the time and fatigued worse than befor getting the PM .and we now have unusualy high blood pressure 158 over 98 prior to the PM we were allways at 110 over -65 has any one else had any of these issues ? the Dr. tried to tell me this is normal I don't belive it . also my Pacemaker is set to 3 volts due to a lot of years under water welding and being electrocuted while doi...


Posted by Coppertop on 2014-08-25 18:39. 1 comments. 78 reads
 
When I posted earlier, the mini-shocks were intermittent. Now it is feeling weird with every beat. I had a generator replacement 6/9/2014 - so it is still not that old. Still roams around and has not scarred down. Any suggestions. ER visits are a joke. Thanks.

Posted by Happy@heart on 2014-08-24 20:49. 1 comments. 91 reads
 
Hi, wow it's cool to have a site to go to, I had pacemaker implant 4 wks this tues, 3rd 1. I started having burning, never had this b4.
Tday is sun, no fever, so I'm thinking waiting till tmrow, to talk to dr, any thoughts on this? Thx's again, happy@heart!!

Posted by Wally on 2014-08-23 08:19. 2 comments. 136 reads
 
I am 8 days post op pacer insertion, now moving my l arm around more, below my shoulder.
I have an occasional sharp twinge that runs from the top of my L wrist to the base of my thumb, with some associated numbness.
Am assuming it is some (?radial) nerve issue, and will see the surgeon next week.
Have other people had the same issue, and how long till it resolved.

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-23 08:00. 3 comments. 152 reads
 
Crt checked yesterday and top atrial of heart still trying beat 150 to 175 at times and Dr didn't suggest a fix. Anyone she'd some light on this problem.

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-23 07:49. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
2 weeks after crt device implanted and av node ablation. Told yesterday I have 2 blood clots. 1 where wires enter vein to heart and another in arm. Put on xarelto blood thinner and heat pad. Anyone else have problems should I be worried.

Posted by Wired1995 on 2014-08-22 09:15. 2 comments. 153 reads
 
Has anyone ever felt a thud like pacing coming from the lower left lead on a Biventricular PM. It feels like with each beat you are getting nudged in the diaphragm. I'm paced at a lower rate of 90 and my sensitivity is on max settings so it's pretty intense. It comes and goes and doesn't last but a few beats at a time. Any thoughts?

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-08-19 02:51. 13 comments. 293 reads
 
I get frozen to the bone even on warm days. Is this due to my heart failure ?


Posted by ksybr10 on 2014-08-19 00:13. 2 comments. 241 reads
 
Hi everyone.

I'm 21 and had a pacemaker put in about a year and a half ago due to extreme complications with SVT. Basically, my heart rate would go up in the 200 beats and then I would pass out. Several ablation done thinking that would cure it, but unfortunately it did not. Several trial runs with medications, also did not work. So he thought it would just be best to go ahead and put a pacer in. Which it has done wonders! I haven't passed out! Although, my rate still gets a bit high.

Last few months we've had to change the settings a bit to find what would be best for me rate wise. Last go around really helped but now I'm still winded very easily. He said there's a possibility that the heart tissue grew up back and w...


Posted by Goo5e on 2014-08-17 19:34. 2 comments. 353 reads
 
Hi Everyone

I didn't expect to be joining the pacemaker club but here I am. I'm looking for some advice as am having a few problems. To give a bit of background...

I'm 41 years old and have suffered with ectopic beats for about 15 years which were managed with beta blockers until about 2 years ago when they improved to the point I was able to come off the meds.

2 months ago I had an episode with an erratic heart beat with pauses lasting up to 6 seconds and low heart rate - about 38 BPM. These symptoms were completely new to me and I was feeling very unwell. After putting up with them for a few days I went to A&E as was getting quite anxious.

After ECGs, bloods and x-rays I was told I probably ne...


Posted by webguy on 2014-08-16 19:16. 3 comments. 330 reads
 
My wife has had a pacemaker installed. Several months ago, because of her lifting, gardening, etc she called in for a checkup when feeling weird. The doc said rather than just re- calibrating the device (normal), he recommended a new lead wire be inserted. He told us he would simply wrap the old lead wire around the pacemaker to prevent infection potential. Sounded kind of weird to me, but we went with this. He said if a new lead was put in, the potential of infection would be greatly increased. My wife did experience healing and the device is working great, however the complication is the swelling around the surgery cut site. About the size of an earthworm, and it gets irritated at times. What should I do at this point. Not ready to sue a...


Posted by shirley d on 2014-08-14 15:01. 1 comments. 183 reads
 
I had my PM removed in Jan of this year due to staff infection. It left a mass of 4cm by 2 cm which has now disappeared after intravenous cloxicillan and oral rifampicin and levofloxin. My r atrium is now 3cm in diameter.
Just wondering: What is the normal size of a R atrium?
Resting pulse hovers around 46 bpm but could not lift it beyond 111 bpm, This isn't the end of the world, though I won't be running any marathons soon, so holding off on reimplanting.

Posted by Alamb2 on 2014-08-13 21:32. 0 comments. 162 reads
 
It will be 5 years since my PM was put in. It was installed under the muscle. While I am tentatively scheduled for lead extraction/replacement on Aug 27, I have been experiencing increased pain under my left shoulder/under arm area. Especially when I lay down. It is kind of a burning, boaring, intense pain that goes away temporarily when I shift positions

It used to only happen when on my right side, but now also on my back,... In the last week, when laying down on my left side too. It is very painful. Anyone have had a similar experience?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-08-13 11:34. 0 comments. 188 reads
 


Hello, thanks for the feedback. The Doctor removed my pacemaker and leads after 4 months. When he opened it up there was clear liquid and a little white puss. He said the tissue behind the pacemaker looked rotten. I had to ask to get my culture results back and they were negative. I guess it was a judgement call. My wife has been taking care of the wound daily. It has healed up after 4-5 weeks. I have a small pit
in the chest, where the pocket was. I went to a new EP and I am getting it replaced at the end of this month at a different hospital. It will be on the other side of my chest. I thought I could do without for a while but I was using it 38% of the time for chronotropic incompetence. I am getting a medtronic dual ...


Posted by Porkypig on 2014-08-12 06:25. 6 comments. 174 reads
 
I had my second pm removed on Friday as I had am major infection, I was in the same situation back I jan this year!! I am in hospital stuck in bed as my heart rate in 30s and having pauses, they are giving me iv antibotics . I am told its the same bug as the first infection. they are talking about putting a new pm in my tummy.

Posted by pcscience on 2014-08-12 06:09. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
Hi there,
Hope someone can help me with my query.
I had my 3rd pacemaker fitted in March 2013. I am experiencing some pain in the shoulder just an inch or two left of the pacemaker site. I am an active golfer and put this down to a strained muscle. I have no other symptoms. My GP thinks the pacemaker may have become infected and sent me for some blood tests. Obviously I am worried that it may be infected and the whole system might need to be removed. What are the characteristic symptoms of pace maker infection as experienced by you members out there? Thank you for your help. Paul



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