St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by aicha on 2014-12-12 07:01. 3 comments. 290 reads
 
Hi all,

I posted last week because I had chest pain and breathing problems - the PM clinic had refused to see me to check my settings as they said they were OK and I needed to see my GP.

In my primary care trust in the UK you are discharged by cardiology as soon as your settings seem OK - in my case, 6 months and one appointment after insertion.

Well, I've localised the pain to the area where the leads are attached to the heart - and the vein where the leads are is very tender and irritated (no infection though).

I saw my GP yesterday and insisted on a referral back to cardiology for further investigation, he absolutely agreed.

Woe betide the first doctor who even suggests anxiety as a...


Posted by davstecut on 2014-12-11 11:27. 5 comments. 388 reads
 
My pacemaker is supposed to keep my heart from beating at less than 60 bmp. But I have atrial fibrillation and if I check my pulse I get pauses in my heartbeats. Does that mean my heart is not responding to the electric pulses it is getting from my pacemaker. I have asked this question when my pacemaker was checked, but found the answer too vague and unconvincing--basically, don't worry about it.

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-10 21:46. 6 comments. 259 reads
 
I have a new pacemaker (three weeks) and it is set to go no lower than 60 beats per minute. In the last two days it has dropped to 47 but quickly goes back to 60 and higher. Is this normal? Thanks!

Posted by Mojo on 2014-12-10 20:31. 1 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi Y'all,
I've been having a pounding, irregular heartbeat on and off for 25 hours now. I am dizzy, a little nauseous, at times. At times my heart pounds so hard my body moves with it. But it skips beats, and races up to 130 BPM. I'm paced up to 130. I called my cardiologist this morning after a restless night. He asked me to do my CareLink over the phone and called me back to say I've been fluttering and with periods of a-fib since yesterday afternoon. He told me I could wait it out and it would probably stop on its own or I could come in to the office this afternoon, which I did, but when I got there, I had gone back to normal rhythm. So he decided not to temporarily change any settings on the pacemaker. A year ago I had t...


Posted by L2 on 2014-12-10 10:03. 2 comments. 179 reads
 
I have a pacer-sinus node problem. I have been having issues with breathing for about 6 months. Went to doctor five different times. Interrogated my pacer and tech found that something was turned off. She turned it back on and now seems my oxygen level is back but not up to par.

Could someone tell me what they did turn back on. I no that she said my level was staying at 60 and we went for little walk after ward and it went from 60 to 87. Think it had to do with blood and oxygen but don't understand. Would appreciate any help explaining this to me.

Posted by Sybil on 2014-12-09 21:52. 3 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi. I had a pacemaker installed three years ago because every two or three months my heart rate would slow down to the point I would faint. This would happen every couple of hours for two days and then everything would be normal for a couple of months and then it would happen again.
Since I have had my pacemaker installed I am basically on the same schedule. Every 8 to 10 weeks my heart rate slows down
to 60 bpm and the pacemaker kicks in and I do not faint. This happens every two hours or so for two days.
My problem is that when this happens I feel that I am about to faint and feel very sick in my stomach. This sick feeling in my stomach last for the two days my heart rate slows down and persists for another two or three da...


Posted by Bigheart1 on 2014-12-09 00:35. 7 comments. 159 reads
 
After implantation of BiV/ICD for LBBB and EF of 30 for Idiopathic cardiomyopathy, I developed twitching just under my left breast on day 5 after surgery. Its worse when I lay on my left side, cough or belch, or get a rise in heart rate suddenly. I went to device clinic and out of 17 possible setting on my third lead, none keot the twitching away. I know the lead was very close to the phrenic nerve but there was no abnormal stim during surgery or right after.Has anyone had this and what options do you have? I see the surgeon in 8 days . My surgery was last Monday. For now they turned down the current to lowest level that still paced me. Thank you!!




Posted by tandpman on 2014-12-07 20:38. 2 comments. 202 reads
 
Got my St. Jude dual lead in June, but even now if I do any work at all, I am totally winded and have to rest. Is this normal? Any suggestions or thoughts? Thanks for input.

Posted by Grete on 2014-12-07 16:57. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
Hello, I am a new member. I am 60 years old, female and until recently active and healthy. I was born with a heart defect (ASD) and successfully operated 56 years ago in Düsseldorf. I work internationally and live in Italy. In late July, on a flight from Ghana I fainted for the first time. I had several fainting spells in September and finally saw my cardiologist in October, who diagnosed an AV Block II grade (Wenckebach) with 3 minute pause at night. This came as a real shock especially because I had had a thorough check up in May this year, at the same cardiologists’ - when I had been a given a clean bill of health. I am still dumbstruck and simply cannot explain how this could happen.
Following the implant of a Biotronik ...


Posted by linda19541971 on 2014-12-05 16:45. 7 comments. 375 reads
 
What do you feel when pacemaker kicks in


Posted by shine on 2014-12-05 15:34. 6 comments. 240 reads
 
Should I be concerned because I just recently got over food poisoning which caused a lot of vomiting and after that episode when I lay on the same side the pacemaker is on I feel some intense pounding. It sort of feels like a muscle spasm but it feels very close to my heart. Has anyone had similar symptoms? Can vomiting cause a problem with my leads?

Posted by Cherylhrh on 2014-12-02 16:16. 1 comments. 144 reads
 
My mom had this device implanted 1-2011. Only to have it go bad 11-2014 !!!!!!!
This was her 2nd Pacemaker, the 1st one lasted 11 Years.

There was a Medtronic's representative there to check the device and he said, "It was Bad"

They should be haven a re-call on the device Soon

Posted by nutshell on 2014-11-29 18:19. 4 comments. 281 reads
 
I had ICD implanted on 9/2/14. Prior to I was extremely athletic and I'm in cardiac rehab now and I'm recovering very slowly. This morning around 10 am I did about ten push ups. I felt fine doing them. About five minutes later I could feel sharp pain in my chest. It was very strange like I could feel the pain traveling within my chest. It hurts constantly and the most when I inhale, especially when I take a deep breath. It's 5 pm now and I feel no relief. My guess is I pulled a muscle in my chest. It's Saturday and I'm out of town for Thanksgiving so I'm feeling very far from home and my doctors. Maybe I'm worrying for nothing. Has anyone else ever experienced this pain after physical activity?

Posted by bhyde1454 on 2014-11-27 22:42. 6 comments. 234 reads
 
My Husband is 71 years old. Just got a Pacemaker this past July. He has had issues w/ A fib since. After the PM placement...In August due to the A-Fib..he went to an EP Dr. & had a Heart Ablation...Still in Sept ...still in A-fib so on Set. 22 , he had Cardio version. He stayed in Regular Rhythm until Nov. 14. A few weeks before Nov. 14, He developed Acute Bronchitis and cough so very deep & hard to get mucus up...I think it may have cause him to go back into A-Fib? Now his EP want to go in surgically and disconnect the lead to the upper chambers so he will not feel the A-Fib but will still have it ...But leaving him w/ just One Lead ...his Heart will be totally dependent on the pacemaker. This scares me to death. Has anyone ever had this ...


Posted by eva_rb on 2014-11-26 13:51. 3 comments. 193 reads
 
i have a pm for complete heart block set at 55 bpm at rest. what i am wondering is that because my pm is used to stop my heart being too slow, will it not keep my heart from beating too fast due to a chemical or hormonal problem... e.g. if amphetamines or antidepressants are taken and this causes an increase in rate or blood pressure?

Posted by Hetty on 2014-11-26 04:04. 6 comments. 270 reads
 
I've had my pm since November 2013 and have felt fine no syncope episodes but have had cold this week and yesterday felt unwell after having a shower I blacked out I went to pacemaker unit at hospital had pm checked they said pm working fine any suggestions!

Posted by Vsohegian on 2014-11-25 22:29. 4 comments. 189 reads
 
I don't have a phone jack in my bedroom . What do you suggest I do?

Posted by vattens1 on 2014-11-22 21:59. 1 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi All,
has anyone had their pacemaker moved, I need to get mine moved, had it implanted in June this year, and it sticks out, Dr said it could cut thru skin and that would be a problem as its hard to clear up infections from that, it also flips over, well almost aobut 90% when Im asleep or lie on my side, its like flipping a box of matches on its side, dont think it ever embedded properly. Also it aches most of the time.
One more thing, sorry for burning your ears off, I had a mammogram the other day, bit tricky moving around for it and my pacemaker is aching more than usual since then, odd little shocks sometimes, is the only way I can describe it also getting light headed, thought I would pass out a few times, just dont feel r...


Posted by vbpoppy18 on 2014-11-22 10:27. 13 comments. 389 reads
 
When I went in for my last check up, my doctor scheduled me some tests because I had not been in for over 2 years. He said that these tests are to see if my pacemaker helped my heart go back to a normal size. I had an echocardiogram. I know the operator can't really tell me anything but I asked if it was better or worse anyway. Sure enough she told me from what she had seen it got worse. I have to call my cardiologist Monday and I am freaking out because I don't want it to be chf, like I am almost sure it is. I am 21 years old. All the information I have found online says that within in 5 years half of the people diagnosed with chf will die. I don't want to die this early!

Posted by lauram65 on 2014-11-22 06:54. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
Good morning. I got my PM in August of this year. I have felt GREAT!!! The past couple days, I have been sore at the site. Any feedback?

Also, with winter coming, does static electricity affect the PM?

Thank you!



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