St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

Read Messages




Messages in Complications Forum



Posted by pacerdude06 on 2014-05-18 18:20. 0 comments. 191 reads
 
I had my most recent pacemaker (I have had 6) in March 2012, and in September 2013 I started having problems with my arm swelling and excruciating pain. I believe the pacemaker has moved but the doctor says it has not. This pacemaker is the first time I had a three lead system.

The doctors decided in September 2013 that the swelling might be blood clots and put me on Xarelto. I have seen a lot of doctors including the surgeon who put this in... everyone says that the pacemaker is working fine, but I am in so much pain that I can not work, sleep or function. Riding in a car especially on bumpy roads takes my pain level to a point that I almost feel like I will pass out. Has anyone else had a similar experience with their p...


Posted by HollyGuy on 2014-05-17 09:01. 3 comments. 131 reads
 
My device is just for if I enter VF, so I do not receive regular little shocks like pacemaker therapy. Lately I have noticed little blips in my chest that feel just like when my doc checks my device. I read something on here about someone feeling the same after working out. Do you think that is what is happening to me maybe? I work out usually every day for an hour however I JUST felt it and I just woke up! Any input would be so wonderful and I appreciate everyone on here <3

Posted by leigha04 on 2014-05-14 22:23. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
My baby girl had ohs at 7 months old. After surgery she was in complete heart block. 2 weeks later she got her pacemaker. She's now 11 months old. We've had several checkups everything is fine with that. However the last few months she wakes up from a dead sleep screaming bloody murder. Her belly seems to have a slight twitch. Does anyone know if her pacemaker could cause this??? She's not rolling onto her belly so I know she's not waking up because its uncomfortable to her. Thanks to anyone that can help!

Posted by threefingerlee on 2014-05-13 22:08. 4 comments. 338 reads
 
Cardiac patient with pacemaker. While wearing a set of wireless headphones today felt faint... Took pulse and it was 46 BPM.. Pacemaker is set for 60 BPM. Is it possible the blue tooth wireless head phones interfered with my pacemakers computer and cause it to stop firing... Has anyone else out there had problems with the pacemaker. Mine is st. Jude model 5156..

Posted by n2wretired on 2014-05-13 01:29. 2 comments. 209 reads
 
My pacemaker was installed on 4/18/14, about three weeks ago. There is still some warmth around the incision site. Is this normal for three weeks out?

Posted by Cappy on 2014-05-12 17:07. 3 comments. 227 reads
 
12/2009- first ICD all well till April 2013 when L lead failed to capture and had to be replaced. Lead replacement created huge hematoma, eventually inflammation and eruption of site lead to ICD removal and IV Vancomycin Infusions till healed. Installed new ICD Aug 30, 2013 on other side of the chest and healing began and looked good till end of 3rd week - then inflammation and eventual rupture at site. More Vanco infusions and antibiotics, refused to heal, finally removed second Pacemaker 12/16/13. After many weeks, when healing wouldn't happen, the open wound revealed large lengths of suture coming through the chest wall. Once removed, the chest finally healed. We opted to try to live without the ICD again unless heart failure sy...


Posted by garydiamond on 2014-05-12 01:20. 34 comments. 1165 reads
 
Well I had mine done 4 25 14, and I must have had a bind shaver,

who missed 5 spots one real big one right under the pacemaker,

than i get another blind nurse to put more very sticky bandages on

top of the missed thick hairs all around my new pacemaker.

Of course i could not sleep at Yale 20 York street New Haven

because of all the dam noise and alarms going off I leave with

almost no pain. then i go home, and go visit my poor wife who

because of all this crap ended up in a locked up mental ward,

everything was still fine at that point.

I go home and i'm all pumped up finally i start to fall asleep around

2 am, and i fee...


Posted by jagmach1 on 2014-05-11 21:50. 1 comments. 138 reads
 
I have pm/df since August 2013. I have a problem with bumping the side of implant every time I reach up or out quickly.
The pain is quick but bothersome. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I was told the unit would have to be moved to fix problem. Not sure I want to go through another surgery. Thanks for your help.

Posted by dreams on 2014-05-11 04:26. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
Had a new pacemaker almost one year ago, and yesterday and today pacemaker, is visible in my chest with beats, is that normal? thanks

Posted by cgomez on 2014-05-09 15:23. 9 comments. 215 reads
 
Here I am 6mos post surgery from my pacemaker and it hurts itches burns stabs n is so irratating to me. I feel like I cant take it anymore . So the pacemaker company rep says I cud be allergic to it . Now I have to wait for testing on it. And my doc said he might be able to put it behind my muscle. Does any one else have this problem ? Cuz I need some advice on how to deal with this.

Posted by ghw on 2014-05-09 12:26. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker since June 2008. For the last three weeks I have been having a lot of PVC. Went in this week and had pacemaker checked was told it was working alright. About three weeks ago I hear something come from my pacemaker, sounded like a spark. Now my pulse is set at 65 but I have 2 beats then a PVC then 2 beats. This is not comfortable. So in one minute I have 40 beats about 25 PVC. anyone have idea what is going on?


Posted by CCBlock on 2014-05-05 23:48. 4 comments. 127 reads
 
I'm wondering if anyone on here as a Connective Tissue Disorder and has a PM? I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrom and they have told me that my PM could wander because of the collegene deficiency in my connective tissue. They said that basically because I don't hold stitches well, the pacemaker could begin to wander. I know this could obviously happen to anyone but I'm wondering if others with CT disorders have experienced this?

Posted by annie49 on 2014-05-04 17:36. 5 comments. 310 reads
 
I posted a week ago about my symptoms when exercising: SoB, irregular pulse, feeling unwell. I've had my PM 7 weeks now (for AV heart block II at>140 bpm), and reported these symptoms and have just been told, after exercise with a holter monitor was analysed, that the symptoms are due to Pacemaker Wenckebach Phenomenon over 140bpm. I've been advised to avoid exercise over this threshold until they can get me in for an appt, and that altho they'll look for a reprogramming solution, they don't sound very hopeful. I feel very shaken and disappointed, as if i'm back to square one. If I'm dropping beats and feeling unwell with gentle jogging, it seems no better than the heartblock! When i looked up Wenckebach PM, it said 'adverse prognosis' whi...


Posted by Traciek on 2014-05-04 10:17. 5 comments. 263 reads
 
Good morning,

Had pacemaker fitted 3/24, everything seemed good, but last week just one little part of the incision hadn't healed a little bit of puss an blood came out, nurse called antibiotics called in and drs apt tomorrow, BuT every time I move I find the whole pacemaker site sore, it feels like the device has moved and is hitting. Something it shouldn't. Rather than being slightly lower than the collar bone it feels like like its hitting it, I can't get comfy or lie on my side, I don't think it should still be bothering me after all this time should it? I'm also having weird pains almost underneath the breast deep in side and on the left hand side. Not sure if I'm just being anxious or this is "normal" any one had similar ...


Posted by ph1l on 2014-05-04 07:49. 4 comments. 238 reads
 
Hi I am new here so hello to all. I have had a DDDR pacemaker fitted two days ago and I have started experiencing some pain in my solarplex area. It sort feels like indigestion, is this a normal feeling?

Posted by awcraig37 on 2014-05-03 11:46. 2 comments. 563 reads
 
I am on my 3rd day post pm implant and I have encountered an unexpected complication. I had the pm installed because I have had sinus bradycardia (37-47 bpm) over the past 4 years after I was put on a low dose Sotalol regimen a few months after a failed PVI ablation. The Sotalol had stopped my afib/aflutter, but with the side affect of getting easily fatigued and feeling tired all of the time. My EP suggested that I could either try another ablation or have a pm installed, so I decided to go the pm route. So, anyhow I had the pm implanted on 4/30/2014 and the procedure seemed to go without complication, and my post-op x-ray showed the pm and leads were OK and my at rest heart rate has been at a steady 70-72 bpm. The problem that...


Posted by Angelcat on 2014-05-02 15:06. 28 comments. 603 reads
 
Good evening, I had my pacemaker fitted on Wednesday morning, by the afternoon I was back having a lead redone as it had moved. Not a very nice experience. However I asked the cardiac technician whether it is safe to use my induction hob which is 7 years old and he said no. So I have done research and get conflicting results.
Has anyone come across this problem, if so your advice would be appreciated.

Posted by JBM on 2014-05-02 09:23. 7 comments. 243 reads
 
Everything seem to be going along very well and then I went in for 10 day check up and found out I have some AFib.So this has not shown up until now. At one time,20 years ago,I had a slight flutter and took a beta blocker which seemed to take care of it. However,when my heart rate became so slow they took me off the beta blocker. Anyone with that experience ? Also my blood pressure has gone up since PM installed,now have to go to PC Dr.to rework that - good news I have more energy ,so it is not all bad. Also I was and am dieting before and now PM implant - not anything radical just a pound or two per week - could thatkpme have triggered any of this ---

Posted by Daicompacifica on 2014-05-02 01:57. 2 comments. 146 reads
 
2 months ago I had a single lead pacemaker implanted, today I went into the hospital for the A/V node ablation, I explained that over the last few days the pacer site was turning red and was starting to hurt, they put off the ablation and are doing a blood culture to see what's going on. Any insight on what could possibly happen now? I was told it possibly might need to be removed and re implanted.

Posted by Mojo on 2014-05-01 18:13. 2 comments. 262 reads
 
I am a newly 60 year old female with Medtronic Dual Chamber Pacemaker inserted in June, 2013. I have had months of feeling good heart-wise. I've been down for a month with a nasty asthma attack and was on heavy oral steroids for weeks an weaned down as usual. I just saw my great cardiologist 2 days ago and all was fine. This morning I woke up feeling out of sorts, a little dizzy, nauseous at times, my chest is tight and for hours my heart rate was 125-155, and now is beating, hard, very slowly, between 51 and 59. My normal rate has been 78-80. I just don't feel well at all. Why would it change so drastically in a matter of hours? I haven't done anything different. Any suggestions? Have had call in to the doc but no call back ye...




Member Login
email:

password:



Who's Online?
We have 933 visitors online.

Members online:
  jimb
  Lurch
  AngrySparrow1
  JuneBug
  Tattoo Man
  ryanmatthewcox
  Mommymissy

You're Wired When...
Your heart beats like a teenager in love.

Member Quotes
I can honestly say that I am feeling absolutely amazing!

Seatbelt Comfort for Pacemaker Patients



Site content and design © 2000-2014 Pacemaker Club Inc.
All rights reserved.