St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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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 ?


Posted by Brianabindel on 2014-12-30 18:11. 3 comments. 183 reads
 
Hey, I need some help or advice. I'm only 21 and had a dual chambered pacemaker inserted in February 2014 due to multiple pass out spells and going asystole. However, about a month ago, I've been having swollen neck veins that bulge very noticeably. I recently had a Doppler of my left arm done, which came back clean. Then I had an echo done, which is showing regurgitation of my mitral and tricuspid valves. Today when I was working out, I had my jugular veins in my neck swell again, but this time it caused my face to swell to the point where I looked like a chipmunk and became completely pale. Has anyone had any of this happen to them? What were your symptoms and what was the treatment? Any thing helps. Thank you!

Posted by pezzypooh on 2014-12-29 14:54. 3 comments. 216 reads
 
Hi, everyone...I haven't posted in a long time, but I do read messages from time to time just to see new information. I recently (maybe a few days ago) starting having occasional feelings like I am going to black out. It's almost like I felt years ago before my pacemaker, but I can catch myself. I feel like I am going to blank out, then I catch it. I was put on Coumadin in May for a blood clot in my leg, and I have developed terrible knee pain over the summer that I have been taking Tylenol extra strength for almost daily for the past week. Any thoughts? I just don't feel right, and every time I see my EP, he doesn't seem to think it's my heart/pacer...Thanks all!

Posted by Shoulderp on 2014-12-27 00:43. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
Hurts worse than my open heart surgery when I first get up, during the day the pain lessens. Taking Advil now Tylenol did not help at all. Pain is especially worse on the top of the shoulder and incision. The Drs said I could travel by air to my new home miles away. Since I have the pain is worse. Any thought. I will need to get new doctors since I am too far from where they put it in.

Posted by lillykaiser on 2014-12-26 15:23. 6 comments. 309 reads
 
Because of insurance changes I am beginning a relationship with a new cardiologist and electrophysiologist. Went to see the new cardiologist for a check up/consultation and found out I have a condition called chronotropic incompetence. I have been experiencing a great deal of exercise intolerance, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc for about a year and a half and my other cardiologist mentioned nothing of this condition. I see the new electrophysiologist next week and I am to go in fasting in case he decides to replace my pacemaker. I currently have a Medtronic ADDR01 dual chamber. From what I have been reading, this pacemaker is not sufficient for CI. Anyone have any advice or ideas of questions I need to ask the electrophysiologist....


Posted by Jules88 on 2014-12-25 08:29. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
Hi, I'm new here but I've had my defibrillator for going on five years now. No complications, no shocks, no issues at all really. I had a friend's dog knock my defib further down.

Went to the ER and they did all the stardard tests. Other than the device having been moved, no leads were bothered or knocked loose. The cardiologist gave me the a-okay to be discharged.

But I'm having trouble sleeping. Each time I come close to dozing off, my muscles twitch and scare me awake. I'm assuming this is from my heartrate dropping to 60, then being kicked back up. I'd even said as much at the er but that didn't seem to be a concern?

Has anyone else had a similar problem? This has never happened before and I'm a state ...


Posted by kjake on 2014-12-24 12:04. 1 comments. 119 reads
 
After having a heartbeat of over 200 and a chord breaking on my mitral valve I had a mitral valve repair and a maze to stop the one time afib when the chord broke on the valve. Before the operation my sa node worked after it did not. They put in a saint jude pacemaker to only fire the top chambers. Well now when I work out the adrenaline comes in the av node makes the lower chambers faster then the uppers being paced at 75. This is making the pumping of blood out of sync, how is this fixed? Even if the speedup mode the acellerator is on the adrenaline is still going to make a un safe not synchronization upper and lower chambers miss match.

Posted by MaryJaneSparks on 2014-12-24 02:29. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
Has anyone else had sustained Brady with a single chamber PM? I'm set at 50 bpm, I sustained at 42 bpm while resting in the ER. I would also have fast heart rate too while resting. I see the heart doctor on the 30th.
My device was implanted this July, it's a leadless Nanostim.

Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-12-23 18:04. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
Hello all,

I recently had an ablation done and it was somewhat unsuccessful. It has made my heart go into a stable sinus rhythm but I still am having SVT's. In fact I had about 62 episodes in about 9 weeks. Now my cardiologist suggests another attempt but warns me that it may cut off all natural impulses to my heart and I would then need to be 100% paced. I am wondering if anyone else has been faced with this and what your opinions might be. I have CHF and COPD. This is a vicious combination because one affects the other at times. Right now the doctor suggested I double my dose of Lopressor which, he thinks, may help with the SVT's. I don't know what would be best to do. I already have an ICD in place, which fired 7 tim...


Posted by Godfrey on 2014-12-23 13:31. 0 comments. 106 reads
 
According to Which magazine this week there is a problem with pacemakers an keyless entry Hospital have no knowledge of this I am off to have my yearly pacemaker check in Jan so will take it up then

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-22 17:33. 2 comments. 199 reads
 
Hi, My pacemaker (one month old lies fairly flat except at the top it i protruding more than the rest. I only bring it up because I feel like ---- a lot of the time. Any experience with this?

Posted by MaryJane on 2014-12-21 17:52. 1 comments. 178 reads
 
I received a pacemaker July of this year, all has been well until I became sustained bradycardic a few days ago, very symptomatic while at the ER.
My pacemaker should correct the bradycardia, right?
Anyone else experience this?

Posted by pancres on 2014-12-21 11:00. 3 comments. 193 reads
 
Have been having one little problem. I felt off last week ? why.
Phone call from hosp to get there straight away.Apparently monitor had picked up low pulse rate and instead of rectifying it
nothing.had been changed.
Easily adjusted but I but wondered what would happen if I was away from home and this happened again.
I am paced from 60 upto 180.
I have now become a bit nervous about going away over Christmass.
Could it affect my driving?
Thanks to all .

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-20 21:17. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
I had my two way pacemaker put in one month ago today. I have had very sharp pains in the last two weeks directly over and or in the pacemaker area. The pace guy did the over the shoulder test and said all was O.K. except three nights ago at 10:15 pm my pulse went to 162 just before the ambulance came to take me to ER.
The cardiologist who put the pacemaker in said the pains are normal in the beginning but my regular cardiologist disagrees.
I feel like hell most of the day and the pacemaker feels like it weighs 100 lbs. Any one have any experience with the sharp pains and other things I just mentioned? Thanks!

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-12-19 16:46. 6 comments. 257 reads
 
Seems the site is offline more often than not of late, what gives? Need a new pacer to keep the pulse going, or perhaps an ICD to bring it back to life?

Posted by Littletree on 2014-12-19 06:11. 3 comments. 222 reads
 
I have a Sinus Node problem place in 2013. At first I was told I had a sinus node problem which I was doing fine walked couple miles a day and worked everything seemed great. However this happened and I have had 5 surgeries during this time (infection, lead problems.) Bycardia-now I am told I have complete heart block. No one in my family has ever had a heart problem. Drs keep saying I have a heart of a teenager but why did this happen?
On advice of nurse she said that I should go to another doctor closer to home and scheduled me appointment. Went to see him. Took 3 months to get in- Told him I have been having an issue of breathing. He sent me to lung doctor took 3 months to get in. Which told me I had to have a chest xray (fluid) ...


Posted by gordy on 2014-12-18 08:43. 4 comments. 188 reads
 
hi all I had my pm interrogated yesterday and las night my pulse suddenly shot up to 179 was very scared as this has never happened before x

Posted by chanellasvegas on 2014-12-17 14:36. 1 comments. 116 reads
 
Hi All,

My pacemaker was inserted on my right side instead of left, as I have persistent left superior vena cava, in June of 2013. Within the last 6 months or so, my right arm has been swelling and achy. Initially I had an ultrasound that was negative, however, I was put on blood thinners for 3 months anyway. This has recently occurred again. Again, I had a negative ultrasound and negative CT angiogram, so I've been told blood clots are officially ruled out, although I had d-dimer test results that were close to 1400. (apparently normal is in the 300 range?) No one seems to have any idea what is causing the swelling. There is really no pain, aside from just achiness that feels like a massage is needed, and no numbness or t...


Posted by 2bouvmom on 2014-12-16 13:05. 0 comments. 191 reads
 
Hello. I am a new member and my husband is the one with the pacemaker. Very brief history: Husband is 62 - works ft fairly good health aside from health issues. Heart issues in family. he has non ischemic cardiomyopathy. small anuerym being monitored. . history of PVC's appx 30%. had ablation in 2009 but PVCs returned. Ablation suggested as ejection fraction is around 33-35% and thought was this could improve it. Went to Cleveland clinic in September for another one. at some point conductivity compromised during procedure and ICD implanted with 2 leads. while in recovery - conductivity returned. while in hospital it seemed ablation had worked. But at f/up last month, dr said that pvcs came back again at 30% and he says now he "knows where...




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