St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by freddyv on 2015-10-11 16:11. 3 comments. 266 reads
 
This may sound crazy but since they changed my battery I have had pain in my left shoulder joint when lifting or moving it at times not a constant pain but enough that it bothers me anyone ever hear of this?

Posted by Prash516 on 2015-10-10 21:00. 8 comments. 446 reads
 
Hi I am 39 years old. Got a PM in 21-7-15. 15 days later it was discovered that the Atrial lead had moved. Got repositioning done in 12-8-15. While in ICU after the repositioning, the doctors discover that now the ventrical lead (RV ) had moved. But the doc lied to me and told me that all is fine and discharged me the day after.

I was suspicious so I went to another doctor who saw my fluoroscopy report and confirmed that the RV lead was displaced. Since then i have taken opinions from various doctors. Following are their observations.
-The RV was displaced and now in the lower part of the atrium and is sensing the atrium.
- All docs say that I don't need the RV lead as my lower chamber is working perfectly. Actua...


Posted by emilpacemaker on 2015-10-09 00:18. 1 comments. 242 reads
 
hi good morning to all... im on 1 and half year now on my dualPM (bradycardia)
my question is.. i expirience always anxiety attack..my blood preasure is high when i feel exitement( ex. playing poker,chess,)
my drugs maintenance now is xarelto(blood thiner
many times i feel my baterry stop running i think im going to heart attack.. feeling crazy!

thanks and sorry for this.. i just try to show my feelings..
i tried many supplements( like intra,usana,barley, ect..)
but still im always scared to jogging alone to bike alone..to drive alone...when i felt diziness my mind speak to me oh my god its my time my heart will stop beating LOL.....

magandang umaga sa lahat(im from ph)

Posted by Lisamaruna on 2015-10-07 23:52. 3 comments. 222 reads
 
So I went to the Ep specialist to get checked out since I am in so much pain.
I am now in a-fibb and have been for 5 days. This is 5 weeks post pacemaker.
They started me on Metropolol and xarelto. They said if my heart doesn't go back into its own rhythm I will have to do cardio version. I am so scared.
I had stopped taking Xanax last Thursday and had to take one today I think it helped a little my heart feels calmer.
My Ep specialist thinks for some reason I have fibromyalgia and my regular doc prescribed cymbalta. Yikes I feel like a Guinea pig.
He said my pacemaker is working fine and he suspects I have been in afibb before.

Posted by Selwyn on 2015-10-03 23:14. 5 comments. 437 reads
 
I had an uncomfortable experience yesterday of receiving what should have been 8 Gy of radiotherapy ( DXT) for lymphoma, resulting in a tachycardia ( fast heart beat) of 120/min, paced, when my resting rate is 60 /min. My cancer is mid chest, at the back, and is cutaneous ( skin). The radiation ( X rays) directly affected my pacemaker causing me to paced at 120/min.

There is a study of 96 patients with a similar problem
(http://www.ro-journal.com/content/7/1/198)

I managed 60 seconds of a 5 minute planned therapy- the procedure as abandoned due to the increased heart rate. I plan to have a pacemaker check up in 49 hours, and otherwise feel well. Normally, I am very fit swimming 1 mile daily etc..

Doe...


Posted by jsne on 2015-10-03 10:55. 3 comments. 241 reads
 
After my last visit to the consultant we discussed my ongoing problem with AVNRT. Had an ablation 16 years ago for the original problem which left me with a modified fast pathway.
For a few years things were fine then slowly I became more and more in tolerant to exercise then started getting arrhythmias. 2008 got the first of many treadmill tests and monitors etc...etc...
Finally end of last year got diagnosed with2:1 HB PM implanted in Feb 2015. 6 months of adjustments then one visit in August turned everything around. Was difficult because of my arrhythmias and damaged pathway.
Feeling so much better but still having the arrhythmia issues so have started on Verapamil SR240mg/day.
It has made the palpitations less fre...


Posted by GoodDog on 2015-10-02 00:10. 2 comments. 374 reads
 
Well, I was at the hospital today and completed my pre-admission testing for my PM generator replacement scheduled for next Tuesday. I came home and ran to the corner store when my wife called and said; "your doctor just cancelled your surgery". I said; "why"? She said that he gave my situation more thought and decided he would refer me to the Cleveland Clinic for lead extraction.
I have one capped lead in the ventricle and another that is 19 years old. I have one 29 year old lead in the atrium. There are no problems with my leads, but because of their age and the fact that if he finds a problem when doing the change-out he wouldn't put a third through the tricuspid valve. So instead of taking a chance, he referred me to the CC. Just ...


Posted by nik276 on 2015-09-30 23:07. 1 comments. 254 reads
 
So I read alot of the messages in regard to elbow to shoulder pain. Has anyone figured out what this is? New to the site BTW...
Had a St Jude implanted 5 years ago.. it infected out of my chest 2 years ago. found out they failed to mention there was a recall on the leads. waited 2 years to get another out of fear of more side effects. when it came to the point I had to have one, I did. Now I have major left arm pain all the time. any ideas? answers? Thanks Nikki... wyohdh@gmail.com

Posted by hmbelcher13 on 2015-09-29 13:12. 3 comments. 393 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker for 4 years and within the past year it has started to move. When I sleep on my right side (pacemaker on the left) and move onto my back the pacemaker will shift so that it is sticking straight out; perpendicular instead of horizontal to my chest. I've also noticed that the leads (or some other part of the pacemaker) can be felt when I run my hand over the area - this wasn't the norm before. Along with this is general chest pain/discomfort whenever I wear my seatbelt or there is any pressure on my chest. I'm assuming that the general chest pain/irritation is partial to some weight loss but can't be positive.

I've spoken with my cardio about it and they've told me it's all in my head and to deal with it...


Posted by wkl4536 on 2015-09-28 20:25. 1 comments. 164 reads
 
I have found that after an ablation caused from sarcoidosis my heart rate which was paced at 70 with my pacemaker my heart rare fluctuates from 70 to 100 and then back again within a minute. It now happens all day long at rest. I'm wondering if my pacemaker can be adjusted for this.

Posted by roms on 2015-09-28 14:34. 6 comments. 425 reads
 
Hi everyone,

i got my pm on july 2015 and it did not change anything.I mean i still have the same symptomes as before such as weakness,feeling of passing out,dizziness and so on...so the hole month of july i went back to the doctor who did the operation ,and he said it s not from the Pm ,then i didn t go back there anymore.i am just staying home and doing nothing but thinking about it.is there anyone here ho was in the same situation and found solution.please ,i am really worried .
And I also want to mention that I had those symptomes 4 months before the pm implantation...which means I am like that for almost 7 months now..the doctortold me I wont feel those symptomes anymore after the surgery.but I still feel them... <...


Posted by Hudson09 on 2015-09-28 01:34. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
Hi guys, my 5 year old son had heart surgery a year ago at the Mayo. He had a airtic mechanical valve put in and a pace maker. His pace maker was put in his abdomen because he didn't have enough room in the chest area. Recently he's been complaining of pain inside and a burning sensation. Has any one heard of this or know if this is normal?

Posted by judyblue on 2015-09-27 22:49. 2 comments. 247 reads
 
I just passed the two year mark for my pm. My celebration? Something is now poking up under my skin. I am rather freaked out about it. Tuesday I see a new cardiologist. (my former one considered me a just a pacemaker patient, not a person.) My question is: have others had this happen, and what ended up being the solution? I cannot think I will get away without surgery. Thus the freaking out! Thank you all for all your support and answers for two years!
judyblue

Posted by statuesque on 2015-09-26 15:32. 5 comments. 504 reads
 
I am having my pacemaker removed on Oct 12. I did not need it. My pm was turn off for 2 months first and for the first time in a long time I felt energetic, I was basically sitting around the house all feeling drained of energy. When my Doctor saw me after those two months even she saw the difference in me. I feel alive again.
What I realized after it was turned off was that it was like having an internal tens machine and had blocked most of my severe arthritis pain. I can donate my pacemaker so people who really need one and can't afford one can have one. I will never implant anything in my chest again because I will never trust another doctor again who tries to implant a device in me again. At 66 I have no fears about dying. This ha...


Posted by rmills34 on 2015-09-26 05:03. 0 comments. 183 reads
 
I am occasionally awakened by minor shocks from my pacemaker and I am wondering if others have experienced this. These shocks are not severe and are not recorded within the defibrillator when read at the doctors office. I have contacted Boston Scientific regarding this and they deny this can happen. I have experienced a shock from the defibrillator while sleeping and most likely cardiac arrest had occurred rendering me unconscious so I never felt the shock.

Posted by rain5990 on 2015-09-23 19:52. 5 comments. 395 reads
 
hello everyone,

my friend has a pacemaker today she suddenly had a sharp pain in her left side of chest and was facing problems to breathe .
what is the reason for this?
does she need to take any precautions?
what can be the cause of this sudden pain?
thanks in advance.

Posted by dusty on 2015-09-23 18:09. 1 comments. 276 reads
 
went to heart doc he said no a fibs all yr but several epoisides of some big name I asked do you mean palpitations he said yes.ive had my pacemaker boston scientific for 3 years..i had a heart attack in 2000 and a stint put in. on arterty has a U and they couldn't fix it..in 2004 I started a fibs and had a ablation. then in 2006 a fibs again and another ablation. then 2012 a fibs again another ablation.. a month later I was back in a fib. the doc installed a pace maker single lead. it was set at 60 beats..I was gasping for air climbing the stairs at home. the next app I had him set it at 70 beats..I still have a lot of palpitations, heart will beat about 4 times then skip a beat, but o2 finger probe doesn't show any missing beats.i have di...


Posted by nathan.r on 2015-09-23 17:13. 3 comments. 396 reads
 
Hello: I am 67, in good shape except for postural hypo tension and brady cardia (resting heart rate down to below 40 and max rate about 105. Had a Biotronix pacemaker installed a month ago. Now I have chest pain while walking. The biotronix techs have tweaked on the software several times but the pain persists.

This week I had them pace me at 50, but no pacing acceleration. Climbing stairs with no pain, but max heart rate only 81.

Last week I went to the emergency room with chest pain, was admitted, and nuclear stress test and ultrasound were normal. Doctors have mostly ruled out clogged arteries as a possible cause.

Anybody have a similar experience? Any ideas?

1. Could the pacemaker ...


Posted by Macabr on 2015-09-23 13:49. 3 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi all,
I got a St Jude PM2240 implanted 7/7/15 and it's been a smooth ride until today. This morning getting on the train I started feeling shooting pain in the area, it died down but now in the office it's intermittently starting up again.

Is this something I should be contacting my EP about?

Posted by Moonstruck on 2015-09-21 14:57. 2 comments. 395 reads
 
I am a very active skinny 78 year old with no real med problems. Found out I needed a pacemaker when I almost passed out a few times. I was a willing subject. Not a bit nervous about the procedure. Everyone I know has one with no problems.

I went into surgery and awoke with a drain tube in my side because my lung had been punctured, oxygen on, terrible (8) pain in my upper arm and terrible abdominal pain if I coughed or laughed,

Dr told me he pierced my lung, I coughed during surgery and he also had to do a broncoscopy (I was throwing up blood) during procedure and continued throw up blood that night. I also was spitting up clots of blood Dr. Said i would be spitting up blood for a month but it was just a couple...




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