St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Oriana on 2015-02-25 03:39. 4 comments. 133 reads
 
Hey I just had my first pacemaker put in last year and it's above my stomach sometime it feels like it is popping or something is moving I don't know how to explain it. it feel very weird. Do any one know what this can be. Is everything ok with the device.

Posted by Travis on 2015-02-24 15:27. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
Thank you everyone. Reassuring and very helpful advice. The hospital had two ECG's recording me at 110 and 118 bpm.

This evening I had twenty second of very strong pulses in my left shoulder(Could feel them with my fingertips). Then everything returned to normal. Pulse 60 bpm. Clearer headed though still tired and weak. A good nights sleep should help that.

I do not have a clue what happened but relieved that I am feeling better.

Once again my very real gratitude and thanks to all of you for your kindness in replying in answer to my problem.

Trevor

Posted by Travis on 2015-02-24 09:49. 5 comments. 377 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for just under one year and so far my experience of it has been excellent. It was set at 70 beats per minute. Recently, however, at rest my heart started beating at 110 per minute.I notified the hospital and when the ambulance came to take me in the ECG confirmed that it was the pacemaker that was doing this.

At the hospital the nurse in charge of the pacing unit told the doctor in charge of my case that this was normal and would be up to 130 bpm. I returned home.

Two days later the beat is still 110 and I am feeling increasingly tired.

Brief research on internet has indicated that this is not perhaps as normal as stated and is, in any case correctable.

Does anyone else ha...


Posted by bartz7007 on 2015-02-22 09:29. 10 comments. 388 reads
 
Hi, has anyone every been socked by their ICD and never help to correct their heart rhythm. Three weeks ago I went out to snow blow my drive, (been doing for five years since implant no other shocks) and I started to feel funny, so I started going back to the garage and wham, I get hit three times in a row and on the ground each time. Made it to my garage and just told my self to clam down and bear down to stop VT. Got my son to come to garage and get my wife. Go to ER, they interrogate device the next day and tell me it did not save me, it really was a life ending arrhythmia. Now on new drug Amiodarone, see EPO for testing to find out why I did not do the job it was intend to do. I sure don't want to have this happen again. I thought I w...


Posted by MaxTheHun on 2015-02-21 03:53. 1 comments. 166 reads
 
I have had a Medtronic defibrillator installed in November 2014. On Monday Feb 16th, 2015, my left arm swelled up considerably from the shoulder all the way to the hand . The arm was a reddish colour, with the hand turning almost blue.
Saw my GP, who ran blood tests for infection, ultra sound for blood clots, CT scan for blood clots. All turning up negative. However, neither the ultrasound nor the CT scan could get a view behind the defibrillator.
Any advice on what to do next ?

Posted by dreams on 2015-02-20 21:30. 1 comments. 118 reads
 
I have a St Jude pacemaker inplanted 2013 and it seems to be at time noticeably jumping out of my chest.
You can actually see my chest moving... anyone have simiular It is a wireless one so its done remotely

Posted by robomom on 2015-02-20 09:41. 5 comments. 157 reads
 
I have a Boston Scientific pacemaker and at times have a warm sensation around the unit. Is this normal? I have had the unit since August, 2014.

Posted by matty on 2015-02-20 09:40. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
I had my PM replaced about a month ago. Had the old one 8 years and battery finally gave it up. I got the new medtronic surescan model. The first week after surgery i felt very good, but since then i have become tired, nauseated, and dizzy when i stand up. Has anyone had these problems after getting a new PM? I dont feel near as good as i did with the old one.

Thanks for any info.


Posted by lisa123 on 2015-02-19 22:50. 4 comments. 249 reads
 
I had a pacemaker checkup and the technician said the lead is working properly - impedence going up - but still stable, also battery is depleting pretty rapidly too as they had to up my juice to keep it going. Seeing my cardiologist in a couple of weeks and have to face the talk about battery and lead replacement/or to abandon the lead and put another one in. Have been looking up the replacement option online and it's pretty terrifying what can go wrong and it's a more serious procedure, then again, am 44 and also thinking if I go the abandonment route and have another stuck in, what if that goes wrong and then I've an extra lead to contend with and will likely be older when it happens. Anyone been through this and what are your thoughts o...


Posted by azpacemakergirl on 2015-02-17 14:31. 1 comments. 98 reads
 
Hey guys. I am new here. I received my first pacemaker at 14 years and my second in 2010. So I have had this one for 4 years now. I havent had many complications with it and I hardly use it because it is set for when my heart rate is 30 bpm. The last two days I have felt super weak and some sort of strain (for lack of a better descriptive word) near where my implant is. However, I haven't done anyting to strain it. Any advice? I am sending in a phone check but I don't know the seriousness of the symptoms. Some times my heart rate feels super low but when I check it, it is normal. I have been eating and sleeping so It is nothing else going on. I have never felt this way except for when I had my first implant. help please :)

Posted by Inspector on 2015-02-17 11:48. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
I am paced 100% of the time at 70 bpm in lower chamber per an AV Node ablation and sometimes I have problems with PAC and PVC. Apparently the pacemaker I am using (pm 2210) is recognizing these as heart beats and is causing my pulse to drop down into the 30's. Anyone have these issues?

Posted by Inspector on 2015-02-17 11:40. 6 comments. 258 reads
 
Does anyone have problems with pacemaker when seatbelt is on. I have large padding on my seatbelt and I still have heart problems when my seatbelt is touching my pm 2210 pacemaker.

Posted by GJSmith on 2015-02-16 03:36. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted on the 3rd Feb. my left arm is slightly swollen redder then the left, tingly and aches all of the time. I understand that this is not uncommon but how long does it last please

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-02-12 20:04. 2 comments. 201 reads
 
I had my device installed Dec1st 2014. I recently bumped it against my granddaughters chest . It seems to have a little bump and is sore. It this anything to worry about?

Posted by sweeper on 2015-02-11 13:56. 2 comments. 208 reads
 
I'm 70, and just under four months with a Medtronic Pacemaker. I''m also into my second year with a Medtronic Mechanical Mitral Valve in my heart. Other than a racing heart and a lot of anxiety, I've been problem free until the wee hours of this morning--when I experienced several short, sharp "needle-like" stabbing pains in or near my heart. After several minutes, I had another such episode.

I also experienced a quick elevation in my anxiety level as a result. After 15 or 20 minutes, I was able to get back to sleep. So far (and it's now about twelve hours later) I've refrained from calling my doctors.

Anyone had any similar pains? Any advice?

Posted by annieoakley on 2015-02-09 01:18. 7 comments. 283 reads
 
I have a question I was wondering if someone could help me get it answered. I have a 90year old. the pacemaker battery is dying. The 90 year old is not a surgical candidate to replace. Current HR 30 and regular, B/P low. Anyone know what to expect? I have been expecting SOB as well as MI sx's, 90 year old is dizzy when sitting or standing. What do you think?

Posted by pace-man on 2015-02-08 18:03. 6 comments. 286 reads
 
G'day, everyone, I had a 2 lead Biotronic pacemaker with 2 leads implanted in Oct 2013, I had to have my yearly check up with my 2 cardiologist 2 weeks ago, the one who fitted my pacemaker and the other one who put a stent in. Part of the check up was a stress test, which showed up some problems in the heart and the pacemaker read out also showed that I have been having some Atrial Fibrillation events in the last 10 months. that cardiologist put me on Xarelto (a blood thinner) for that problem So I had to have an Angiogram a couple of days ago to see what is happening in the heart, end result was that I now have to have a triple bypass, I asked the cardiologist if that would fix the Fibrillation problem , however he said it will make it wo...


Posted by Mommymissy on 2015-02-08 10:59. 3 comments. 201 reads
 
Can someone explain what this means on a EKG monitor?

Posted by sheilabrown on 2015-02-08 07:01. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
I had annual pacemaker check the other day and asked could my pacemaker be checked out as there appeared to be swelling around it. I was concerned because we are booked on a long haul flight on 10 February to NZ. The doc we saw wanted the specialist who had done original pacemaker op to see it .we had to return to hosp the following day prepared for an op to resite the pacemaker. However the specialist decided not to operate he thinks it just a build up of fluid that is not at the moment infected. I am now on antibiotics four times a day and had compression dressing on for 5 days. I been given the green light to fly.
If you get anything unusual get it checked !!!!!,

Posted by davey on 2015-02-08 05:21. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
hi.
am new to this but here goes ,
I had a pacemaker first fitted in 1996 for eleven episodes of nocturnal ventricular standstill , as I had unconsciousness, however I had further unconscious episodes even though I had a pacemaker implanted ( was this justified giving me a pacemaker in the first place ).
Reason I ask is because pacemaker had to be changed in 2006 and now its for complete heart block narrow qrs, I was told by a technician that base rate was set higher than it should be and re adjusted it accordingly, it was set at 60bpm adjusted to 50 bpm, it was noted later that my heart was saying it did not need pacemaker assistance and wants to work on its own.
this no doubt was discussed with the consultant because...




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