St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Dawnie on 2014-05-23 20:40. 8 comments. 294 reads
 
Just looking for some advice.....again!! I'm 5 weeks post op with 1st pacemaker and I'm feeling really good. Everything seems to be going really well except a tiny little bit of my wound has become very red and uncomfortable. It's only the very tail end of the wound so I don't want to run to my GP but I'm a little anxious as I've taken a couple of sweats today. Any one else had experience of this... Feels a little hot and itchy but just a tiny part of the wound. Just started exercising again and have been putting it down to that...think I mite have irritated it. Any thoughts? All help gratefully received :) thanks in advance

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-05-23 20:34. 3 comments. 258 reads
 
It is now 14 weeks since my pacemaker operation. It is on demand for when beats go below 40 per minute. The pacemeker usage will be very limited.
I have now resumed normal activities, golfing (walk 2 nine hole rounds per week), light hand weights, home repairs, gardening etc. As a senior I do not usually lift anything over 50-60 pounds.
In the pacemaker area I have a tightness/uncomfortable feeling but was told this is from having " a piece of metal in your chest" In other words it is normal and acceptable.
What are the symptons if things went bad and the doctor should be contacted? I know one would be if I felt I was about to faint or did faint. Please advise on some others.
Thank you,
John

Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-05-23 10:57. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
yes I mis-spoke when I said harness,meant sling. My cardio. is pretty old school from what I can tell...he wanted me in sling x 7 days until wound exam. having medical background and info. resources (and a bit of common sense) i'm not buying into it. started "appropriate exercises". Shoulder is most definitely impinged and will now have to work at getting r.o.m. Wish more attention paid to post. pm. issues.brent

Posted by pp on 2014-05-23 09:30. 1 comments. 184 reads
 
My cardiologist removed pacemaker and leads on 5 9 2014 due to infection. I was in the hospital for five days with antibiotics. The Jackson Pratt drain was removed, later same day a hematoma developed. I went to ER where surgery was performed opening pacemaker pocket open, staples removed incision made to drain everything. I was treated in the hospital for another five days and sent home with wound vac and infusion of antibiotics. Have others had similar complications?

Posted by islandboy on 2014-05-21 23:26. 1 comments. 199 reads
 
I think my pacemaker(implanted last June), works likes gangbusters! After it was installed I began to get ectopics and at one point it seemed like my old enemy,a fib, was visiting again. Now the nurse in telemetry, took me and showed me the monitor she was watching.It showed irratic beats alright but she pointed out a solid sinus wave that was going on behind the forest of crazy lines that afib produces. I took a few deep breaths and my a fib (if that's what it was) subsided;leaving my heart purring like a well-tuned Maserati. I continue to get ectopics,but I can go for days without any. They seem to come back unannounced; then I'm clean again. Breathing right seems to help; avoiding alcohol and panic situations helps too. I am told...


Posted by heart33 on 2014-05-21 21:17. 5 comments. 363 reads
 
HI I have a Medtronic Pacemaker. Paced on the low end for sick sinus syndrome, bracacardia, near snyoscope. Had surgery recently and Heart Dr said , I am not dependent so no problem. Told they put a magnet over the pacer, and it is not turned off. (was confused as to how this worked and concerned that it would not be turned off) well anyways, I do not know much about the pace maker and not told much. After the surgery when the magnet was taken off, The medtronic rep left. The Nurse had trouble getting my pulse and my HR was at 35-56? She hooked up a second BP HR machine, and seemed worried. Had my daughter taking my pulse. Well by looking at records, seems My HR came back up, When she sat me up. I need some help here, with anyone who has...


Posted by pacerdude06 on 2014-05-18 18:20. 0 comments. 202 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. 141 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. 208 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. 363 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. 230 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. 238 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. 1198 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. 144 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. 246 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. 223 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. 195 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. 136 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. 339 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. 270 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 ...




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