St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by LitLady on 2015-01-12 10:16. 3 comments. 226 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker since April 2014. Three Issues:

From that day forward I have had difficulty sleeping at night--I wake up ever 2 to 2-1/2 hours throughout the night. I go back to sleep but it does interfere with a good night's rest. I do not have sleep apnea.

Also, my blood pressure is higher now than before the pacemaker was installed.

Finally, my problem was sick sinus syndrome and the pacemaker has kept my heart at or above 60bpm which is great. BUT, 10 months later, my heart is beginning to beat too rapidly now--over 100 bpm when sitting still! A little arrythymia as well.

Anyone else experience these things? Obviously I shall discuss with my doctor but am interested to know if these...


Posted by tarsha on 2015-01-11 09:37. 1 comments. 166 reads
 
my 2 wire pacemaker is causing arrithmias so they say I need a 3 wire one soon plus a defibulator. I will have a catherezation then a venagrath first. Has anyone had this problem

Posted by shoe933 on 2015-01-10 20:49. 9 comments. 260 reads
 
I am 11 days past my first PM implant--double leads. My arm has been sore since day 4. The soreness is midway between the elbow and shoulder. I was just putting lotion on my arms under the bright bathroom lights and noticed the sore arm has a red/purple coloring from the sore spot to my hand. Is this something I need to contact the EP about? It's 8 p.m on a Sat. night.

Thanks

Posted by fantastic on 2015-01-10 00:24. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
Saw the cardiologist about my low pulse problem and have arranged a nuclear stress test for next week. Will also have a heart ultrasound before seeing pacemaker specialist. Did not realise I had a dual lead system and should therefore be able to increase the upper pulse levels.
Regards,
John.

Posted by sparkles on 2015-01-09 11:18. 3 comments. 205 reads
 
Hello,

I just got my pacemaker at the end of June. Ever since then my lead has moved some. There also has been a problem since the movement of the lead the pacemaker is picking up a different wave now. They said if the lead moved anymore they would need to do surgery and move it back. Since my last appointment they have picked up the different wave even more, so I think it has moved a lot more now.

Has anybody had this kind of problem? How bad is reconstructive surgery, if needed?

Posted by Chasewolf on 2015-01-08 23:51. 4 comments. 268 reads
 
I've had a pacemaker for about 3 months and everything seems fine. I woke up this morning to it itching a bit and noticed it felt much different than normally. At first it felt like the edges were sharper than I have ever noticed. Later in the day it was itching again and started to feel a little discomfort. Not bad but different. I now have noticed that it has some bruising around the area that now feels a bit sharper. I also now feel a lump on top by that same edge. Maybe it in my head but it feels like a wire laying across it. near the edge that feels different. Something has changed in the last 24 hours and its a different shape. It is not comfortable anymore. It itches and is tender with some kind of hard lump that feels like a wire. ...


Posted by Kelly on 2015-01-08 22:08. 3 comments. 150 reads
 
Has anyone ever had an echo that showed severe hypokinesis of the apical wall? My EP said it's b/c of my lead. My EF is 50% so he's not too concerned. I'm just worried about it causing permanent damage to the heart wall down the road.



Posted by Ladyfish on 2015-01-08 21:59. 2 comments. 127 reads
 
Hi,

Anyone have experience with a device that has moved 4 months after implantation?

This is my second CRT-D and it has now rotated more than 45 degrees from an upwards position on my left chest to a armpit facing position. The leads connecters that were on the top are now on my left and pointing slightly down.

EP does not seem particularly concerned; but, new placement is causing soreness.

thanks,

Dianne


Posted by matkim6 on 2015-01-08 17:29. 1 comments. 195 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 2 years, unfortunately they are still tweaking it these past 2 years. I goto Mayo clinic and they say I am unique...never seen a patient have my heart issues. I am 100% pacemaker dependent, was in a car accident that started the electrical problems. Had AV Node reentry, flutter, atrial tachycardia among other electrical problems. My PVARP is at 175 and my AV Delay set at 100, the delay has to be this low as my PVARP can not go any lower as my pacemaker can not do that. My concern is this past month my home monitoring was not transmitting. They didn't realize this till 23 days after it quit as that is when they get an alert...don't understand why it's so long before Biotronik sends an alert. Anyway, I go into my ...


Posted by krislea on 2015-01-06 02:51. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
hello,

Wondering if someone has experienced a similar thing -- I currently have my second Pacemaker/ICD, I've never had complications before with either device but tonight I'm having trouble with pain in the area of the ICD. It's been implanted since 2011. I've also noticed that I'm being shocked by touching metal objects (not an ICD shock, but static ) a lot more frequently the last two days -- any ideas what could be wrong? Thanks.

Posted by Andid on 2015-01-05 20:54. 9 comments. 209 reads
 
My daughter is 27 and just had a pacemaker put in 3 months ago. She woke up today with her arm swollen. We went to her primary physician and she ordered a vascular study and they did an ultrasound on her arm and said it was negative. She did not have any blood clots in her arm. Any ideas what the next step we should take? There has to be a reason her arm is swollen.

Posted by fantastic on 2015-01-05 02:06. 3 comments. 310 reads
 
Hi, I've just joined from Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia because I'm interested in members comments about my problem. I had a single lead pacemaker fitted three years for bradycardia - sick sinus syndrome. I've noticed increasing tiredness and need to regularly take an afternoon nap; I've also had more minor ailments and consider my resistance is not as good as it was.
My family has an Altzheimer's history and I thought my deterioration - I sometimes get befuddled was the cause but I had a CT scan and passed all the tests. My doctor suggested more exercise (I haven't had the energy) but now realise I can't get my pulse higher than 95.
I'm 69 and reasonably fit because of good nutrition and moderate habits but I think I've got pac...


Posted by luciam on 2015-01-04 18:10. 2 comments. 278 reads
 
I forgot to mention that I have A-Fib and I still feel it, especially after I try to walk. My pulse will be 80 (which is the last adjustment without rate response) but my heart is chaotic. At times I will feel myself getting short of breath without exertion. I never had these problems with the A-Fib before the pacemaker, which was supposed to give me a better quality of life after 3 ablations and 5 cardioversions. My AV node is now ablated so I don't think there's any turning back from a pacemaker.

The other night I was trying to get myself out of bed by pushing myself up on my left arm and was making heavy weather of it as I was gasping for air when I saw a flash of light at the pacemaker site (left-side). It was the only time....


Posted by luciam on 2015-01-04 17:34. 3 comments. 270 reads
 
I had my St. Jude pacemaker installed on 10/9/14. Since then I've had a horrible time. Despite 4 adjustments and my cardiologist deciding to turn off the rate response, I cannot walk more than a few feet without losing my breath and wanting to pass out. My legs feel like lead and it feels as if I can't catch a complete deep breath. It's been getting steadily worse and now I cannot go outside and walk for more than a few feet without this sensation.

I have a mild heart murmur and an ejection fraction of 77%. My lungs are clear with no wheezing but my legs are now swelling and I can't sleep at night because I have to be at 45 degree angle or I feel like I'm suffocating. The pulmonologist is stumped and so is my cardiologist. Two o...


Posted by jan003 on 2015-01-04 14:11. 5 comments. 188 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted about 5 months back. Some of the stitches didn't dissolve until recently so the area was quite sore but in the last couple of days the whole are has become painful. I cant lie on my side in bed its as if the pacemaker sticks out quite a way (top corner). Today if I move my left arm its painful.



Posted by Namatovu on 2015-01-04 01:29. 1 comments. 167 reads
 
Hi everyone,

Thanks for sharing you experiences. My mum 65 year got a CRT inplant in June 2014 but up to now she is in a lot of pain especially with the left arm and its also swollen.Is anyone having the same pain?



Posted by ybliku2 on 2015-01-03 20:05. 6 comments. 289 reads
 
My mother had a pm put in 1990, at a hospital that was not heart accredited. She passed the next day. Since this hospital was not accredited, is this considered murder?

Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-01-03 16:00. 5 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi all, my HR is extremely irregular today. Fees horrible. I got a pacemaker 3 weeks ago and had to have a lead reseated about 1.5 weeks ago. How normal is an irregular HR at this stage of recovery? Is it something to go to ER for (as it's the weekend)?

I so hope that the lead has not come loose again. My HR is not dropping under 85 so hopefully that's a good sign ...?

I'm trying so hard to remain positive, but damn, it's a struggle.

Posted by JohnVin on 2015-01-02 05:23. 4 comments. 240 reads
 
Since I had my dual-chamber pacemaker fitted in the UK on December 8, 2014 I get a sharp, unnerving and worrying ectopic beat at precisely 22.58 hrs. each day. This is followed by further ectopic beats and a fiercely beating heart until approximately 01.00-02.00 hrs. Neither my surgeon nor the pacemaker technician I have seen since the procedure can offer a satisfactory explanation. This reaction at the same time every night - regular as clockwork - is both worrying and debilitating as it means I cannot get to sleep before about 01.30 hrs. at the earliest. Has anyone else suffered anything similar? Can anyone offer an explanation? John V

Posted by dickg on 2015-01-01 18:47. 1 comments. 164 reads
 
Hi My Name Is DICKG. and I had a ST. JUDE Medical Pacemaker Model PM3242 Serial # 2949922 Implant Date 30/May/2014 .
Starting around the third week of June I started with a horrible RED - extremely Itchy Rash Starting on my arms , then on my back , now on my stomach now on my legs.
I also have heart rate control problems I believe but the Doctors claim I am getting false readings on my oximeter and blood pressure cuff. I get readings from 23 to 245 for a heart rate. I have severe COPD and really feel bad when I am lower than 70 and above 110 heart rate . Am I THE ONLY ONE WITH THESE PROBLEMS ?




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