St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Dave H on 2015-02-01 15:45. 3 comments. 242 reads
 
Thanks, donr for you information.

Only other thing that has my attention: I walked the ICU's halls for about 45 min a few hours post procedure. I noticed my left hand turning blue, which kinda freaked the ICU nurse. This phenomenon has continued. I contacted the EP Friday---- he stated: "It is likely to be result of reduced blood flow due to the presence of a new lead in a very limited space. As time goes on, new blood vessels will form and there may be less symptoms". Anyone else experience a like phenomenon with a 4-lead device? EP also stated signs of a clot would be: swelling, pain, and redness in the left arm. Thoughts, anyone?

Posted by rick33949 on 2015-02-01 12:44. 4 comments. 214 reads
 
i am new here and 43 had my first st jude model 2240 just two weeks ago, I am 100% dependant since he did a av node ablation as well. surgery went well with only a couple complication during the av node ablation and bleeding. any how. since surgery i have had a heck of time breathing, hard to get a breath, when i yawn i feel like im suffocating there for a minute. I do have Copd and asthma but never like this, my inhalers are not helping. No fever, but there is alot of pressure in my chest. it does feel worse when i feel the pacemaker rate response increase my heart rate, it is averaging 126-130 I asked the suregon to lower it and he said that will be up to my regular cardiolist. there is some pain in my chest, around the insert...


Posted by SimplySuzi on 2015-02-01 09:12. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
Hello all,

My 7 year old daughter just had a pacemaker implanted a week ago. She has started complaining of "stabbing" pains in the tips of her index finger and thumbs on both hands. These pains do not happen at the same time and come and go through the day and night. Has any one else ever experienced this? Is this a common side effect or something I should be concerned about?
Thank you!

Posted by jkc on 2015-01-31 21:21. 2 comments. 181 reads
 
I am wondering if one of my wires has come loose or the device is shorting out. Approximately every minute and a half I get a sharp pain, for a second, in my heart. Then fine for another minute and a half, I have had the device since August of 2010 with no problems at all. I no other symptoms. Has anyone heard of this?

Posted by lucook54 on 2015-01-29 15:42. 2 comments. 160 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in dec 19 2014. However my insicison will not heal all the way. My heart doc put me on cephalexin 4 times a day at 500 mg each. I also have a dual pacemaker . Has anyone had any of these problams? Has anyone had a pacemaker removed? Other than this I've felt pretty good except I hav bronchitis an he thinks it may be related thought? Anyone? Pretty scared. Lu

Posted by porrige on 2015-01-29 06:50. 6 comments. 331 reads
 
Hello Guys,

Joined the site this morning as my husband of 54 had a pacemaker op a week ago today, he seemed to be recovery grand until last night when he could not get any sleep at all he could not lie down as he had initially pain in his back then his chest and now his throat and jaws, the poor fella is totally shattered this morning having not slept for over 24 hours, he's a bit stubborn about going back to the doctor, he thinks that its nothing to do with the implantation device but something else, is is normal to have these pains a week today after the operation, and he was doing so well its awful to see him in such pain.

Posted by mkyah09 on 2015-01-27 06:54. 1 comments. 178 reads
 
Hello Guys,

My dad had a CRT-D installed last year and for the past 1 month he is experiencing shortness of breath while lying down and also if he walks for more than 5-10mins.

is that sign of pacemaker not working??

Appreciate your perspective so when we see the doctor tomorrow we can check with him as well.

Appreciate your quick feedback.

Posted by August30 on 2015-01-26 21:46. 4 comments. 176 reads
 
Hello,
I had my dual pm implanted at the end of August 2014.. The incision seemed to heal o.k.. I went to the device clinic in October 2014 and the pm was working fine. My question is why I feel a kind of irritation and stinging at the site sometimes. Sometimes there is quite a sharp little bump that can be seen at the top of the pm. Other times there is no bump and I hardly notice the pm. Would the device clinic people advise on this, or would they refer me to the Doctor who did the surgery?
Thank you for your comments.
August30

Posted by Sparkie on 2015-01-26 16:52. 1 comments. 101 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

I found an article on a study that exercise light exercise for the shoulder after surgery is good and stops people from being in pain. I have no idea why do not implement it. Seems very easy to do. The reseach article is long but if you are in pain as I am will try the exercises.

://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/744957

Preventing Shoulder Pain After Cardiac Rhythm Management Device Implantation.

I hope this helps !!! I sure wish I knew!

Peace and healing,

Sparkie

Posted by cjmccu2640 on 2015-01-26 11:33. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Hello, I have a pacemaker in bother m chest and stomach. The pacer in my stomach is inactive and has been for about ten years. When I sneeze sitting down, or stretch the wrong way the stomach pacer moves. It isn't unbearably painful, but today I stretched in class and the pacer moved, and I could feel pulsating for a time. I am having flutters in my chest, but I can't be sure if I am just anxious or if it is the pm. I don't feel nervous, but it could be that I just don't realize it???? I don't know, is it normal for a pacer to move this often--about once a fortnight? Also, is what I am feeling a normal reaction to that? I would prefer not to do a pm check.

Posted by dbaileyway7b on 2015-01-26 08:23. 6 comments. 206 reads
 
Is it possible to pick up audio through a pacemaker from some other device? Radio, TV, or Ham radios, cell phones. Thank You for any help.

Posted by philco on 2015-01-25 13:59. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
have had pacer since 12/9/2014 for sinus bradycardia and irreg. heart beats.. now have irregular heart beats today. didn't think I would have them after pacer >?


Posted by Kg on 2015-01-24 15:44. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
I am thankful to have a forum that might help answer some concerns. I was put on Xarelto for three clots that developed after my surgery in October, 2014. That is a three month treatment for me. My left arm still remains about 1 inch larger than the right. My hematologist said I have a chronic clot. She is referring me to another cardiovascular surgeon. Has anyone been diagnosed with a chronic clot? I would appreciate knowing some options and their outcome. At this point I am really questioning the need to go to another surgeon and the expense just to be told my veins are coping around it.


Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-23 23:54. 5 comments. 135 reads
 
My recent pacemaker replacement surgery incurred the difficulty of tissue growing around my lead and pacemaker connection. Being that the surgery was being done in the cath lab (don't get me started!), they didn't have the needed instruments to separate them. After running to surgery and locating the needed instruments, they accomplished their goal. My tenderness seems to be more and lasting longer than my previous replacements (I've had a pacemaker for 40 years), so I am assuming the internal cutting added to the discomfort. Anyone else experience this?

Posted by murphyda on 2015-01-22 08:03. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
Hello all
it's nearly 6 weeks since i had my pacemaker fitted. I still get numbness and loss of colour in my left hand when any pressure is put on the PM site. I am also still getting some pain from where the incision was made. there appears to be 2 lumps, one either end of the incision which are still very tender
has anyone had similar experiences

Posted by Mandi on 2015-01-21 20:49. 5 comments. 278 reads
 
I have a 2 lead pacemaker for bradycardia. I use an iPad whith a magnetic closer, my question is would this cause me any problems and if so at what distants will the problem be noticed? Lately I have been having some dull pain around my left breast. It is not always there, but often enough I have to wonder about it.
Any advise is appreciated. Thanks

Posted by MaryJaneSparks on 2015-01-20 20:04. 8 comments. 315 reads
 
I moved to MI Oct5, 2013 for safe access to Medical Marijuana. While in MI I required a 4th ablation to treat SVT, that left me Brady, requiring a PM. Dr. Ip approved me as a Nanostim recipient, knowing that I'm a MMJ pt (documented by him), which I received 7-10-14. I've relocated back to KY two moths ago. Two st jude medical sites have refused to assume my care under the trial. No reasons given. I've been told to return to ?MI to be interrogated every 6 months.
Last month I had sustained Brady with Nanostim, still no answers, no willing doctor in the state.
What to do? I need to be interrogated by feb. 6th for the study, but I have 36 bucks for the gas tank.
So frustrated by my zip code. Has anyone else particip...


Posted by philco on 2015-01-20 17:16. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
my last post was not clear, my heart rate NOW is in the 60s, not 40s as it was before the pacemaker, current blood pressure 97/55 heart rate 61 is my pressure still too low to feel good, and should I have a pacer check before 2 months ? thanks,

Posted by philco on 2015-01-20 13:11. 1 comments. 158 reads
 
hi, have had a 2 lead pacer for 6 weeks. have sick sinus with very low heart rate in the 40's. now very weak legs and shakey. don't go back to Dr. for 2 months.

Posted by Lkrager on 2015-01-19 23:20. 5 comments. 271 reads
 
I'm 23. I got my pacemaker when I was 21 because my heart randomly stopped for 16 seconds. I'm otherwise healthy. I have a dual chamber pacemaker, not a defibrillator. And everything has been relatively fine except for the new-to-pacemaker-jitters I had the first few months.

Lately I've been getting little shocks. They don't hurt at all. They kind of feel like rhythmic little pricks right around where my pacemaker sits in my chest. I don't know what they are. But when I get them I think my anxiety kicks in because I get really nauseous. It's just worrying me. Has anyone else ever had this?



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