St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by mlanphere on 2016-01-19 03:30. 2 comments. 299 reads
 
I went to my cardiologist early Nov. 2015 because I was having chest pains. I had previously had stents because of clogged arteries in my heart so the chest pains were familiar to me. After a heart cath and because of a ulcer on the main artery entering my heart he scheduled a double by-pass. After the double by pass my heart rhythm was off and after six weeks he suggested a pacemaker. I've given a little history to see if anyone else has experienced this. For the six week after the by-pass I was progressively feeling better, after the pacemaker I'm having chest pains like I did before I went through all of this. I have to take nitro to get relief 1 to 3 times a day. My cardiologist says it must be indigestion and suggest I see a gastro Dr...


Posted by KevMc on 2016-01-18 05:49. 2 comments. 336 reads
 
Has anyone gotten or know someone who has gotten an urinary tract infections after having their pacemaker replaced?

My father had his procedure Friday afternoon and seemed to be groggy on the next day. Then on Sunday was very weak and unresponsive for a minute or two. I was thinking perhaps the anesthesia had not completely worn off.

He was admitted into the hospital and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection.

Perhaps it was the combination of the two issues?

He was prescribed Keflex (Cephalexin) to be taken three times for ten days. He took the fourth one shortly before leaving for the hospital. Apparently the antibiotic is not able to treat the infection he possibly contracted after the s...


Posted by stoneygreek on 2016-01-16 15:11. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
received pcmkr/defib two days ago. Have some pain in incision area and arm. very hard to sleep as I can hear my heartbeat in my lower right side. I also feel jittery and a lot of anxiety. weirdest thing is I feel emotional! I laugh very easily and feel like crying for virtually no reason. did they make me into a woman in menopause? ( no offense to women in menopause) Just wondering if that is normal. my Heart was around 30 to 35 went i went to doctor. Now when I lay down to sleep I feel like I just drank a pot of coffee. Long post I know but I'm kinda new here.

Posted by philfut on 2016-01-14 18:37. 2 comments. 353 reads
 
What am I doing wrong, is it me. I was diagnosed with a 2:1 heart block in the AV node. I have always been an athlete Soccer since 5 (travel, CSL, OFSAA) took up weight training in high school, lamented not playing football, and then took up crossfit a while ago and have since ceased as my affiliate is a poor environment. So to my question, i went for a check up on nov 22, they noticed my sensing lead was damaged(the outer portion i believe something about a coil) the technician consulted a doctor who consulted the surgeon who implanted the last two who said since he is asymptomatic we shall send him home for 10 weeks with the orders to not lift heavy not to press outwardly rotate my arm do handstands or things that will crush the lead. It...


Posted by kghazari on 2016-01-13 06:01. 4 comments. 420 reads
 
Hi everyone, I've had pain in my pec, collar bone area and down my left shoulder and arm since my ICD device was implanted in Feb. 2015. I am fairly fit and tried to go back to yoga and weightlifting but the nerve pain keeps stopping me. Does anyone have any suggestions about what could be going on?

The only suggestion my EP specialist (who implanted my device) said was to see a neurologist or just learn to deal with it. Unfortunately it is affecting my workouts, daily work (since I work on a computer more often than not) and my sleep (it's hard to sleep on my sides). I thought it would eventually go away but there has been no change nearly a year later.

Thanks for any ideas or recommendations for how I can improve/...


Posted by jcoledds on 2016-01-09 05:08. 3 comments. 297 reads
 
I just had a single lead pacemaker placed for bradycardia. My preop pulse was consistently in the mid to low 30's. I am 68 yrs of age and have exercised heavily all of my life (running, triathlons etc.) . I noticed immediately after it was placed a dramatic spike in my BP. I have never taken any BP meds in my life. I asked the cardiologist about it prior to being discharged and he said he had placed over 2500 of them and never seen it alter BP.He said not to worry about and he would check it at my post op visit next week. My BP after my first post-op walk was 163/103!! I went into the ER and they started me on Norvasc 10 mg which has brought it back to normal. Has anyone else out there in pacemaker land had this experience???

Posted by Ivor on 2016-01-08 14:12. 2 comments. 296 reads
 
Hi all. Recently had pacemaker fitted due to atrial flutters.

Been back to hospital once as had an electric shock. They changed the settings.
I am still getting the flutters though but nothing severe as before. Is this normal? Is it that the pacemaker kicks in once the flutters begin.

Ivor

Posted by ODIN on 2016-01-05 20:30. 2 comments. 267 reads
 
about 2 weeks ago did 80 lbs flat flies first time I did the 80s since getting a PM about a yr ago . Next day my left arm shoulder and peck were swollen and hurt . Turns out I have clot in my left Arm . They say it could be from working out and the thick wire in the vein . Anyone ever heard of such a thing ? Thanks

Posted by ariashabb on 2016-01-05 18:25. 2 comments. 400 reads
 
A friend of mine has a dual lead pacemaker and she found out she may have chlamydia and is freaking out. How worried should she be? I know its a bacterial infection and she was told it could be bad.

Posted by Kaleigh96 on 2016-01-05 04:42. 3 comments. 292 reads
 
Hi, my name is Kaleigh. I have had my pacemaker since I was a week old. Last year I had my pacemaker replaced. Since I changed hospitals this time and having a whole new dr. This year I've noticed I've had some complications. Like right now if I lay a certain way I feel like my pacemaker is hurting. I am very young and I've had one for years so I know a lot about having a pacemaker but lately I feel stinging and pain. Does anyone else experience this?

Posted by danilou02@gmail.com on 2016-01-03 21:58. 1 comments. 366 reads
 
I'm a 32 year old female and had an ICD implanted 8/3/15. I have takosubo cardiomyopathy with prolonged QT syndrome. It reared ito ugly head in my sleep and thankfully woke my husband who saved my life until emt arrived! After 4 days in a medically induced coma and a 9 day total stay they fitted me with an ICD. Ihave to say I'm extremely skinny and the thing popped out of my chest to start! I was getting discharged when they found a pneumothorax to keep me another day! A week after being home I still felt awful and they kept telling me it was impossible to be in so much pain. I went to a different er and they did a CT scan to find a small hole in my heart! Transferred back to my cardiologists hospital another six days and thankfully it h...


Posted by luckie59 on 2016-01-03 05:08. 4 comments. 395 reads
 
Do anyone have problems with stringing and burning in pacemaker site.

Posted by alankahn on 2016-01-01 14:29. 2 comments. 279 reads
 
Happy New Year Everyone!
Just a note I have had my pacer implant for almost 25 years. I have had heart "troubles" as well especially with arrhythmia. I go to the Dr regularly( VA Hospital) I believe I get good care but my heart still gives me fits!! I take metropolol 3x a day. Last night was a terrible night for me. I thought I was going to die!! I am looking help!! Not to be so "dramatic" I just found you guys so any advice will helpful

sincerely

alan

Posted by Dan77 on 2015-12-30 13:20. 2 comments. 273 reads
 
For last 3 days I have been having. Tightness in chest,short breath when talk or when working..I have fealt my pacemaker speeding up my heart more,than my heart will go to beat fast and feels at times like fish flopping around..my chest gets so sore during The few breaks between episodes,and at night as lay down feels like pacemaker stays on.they have checked settings and says all ls like it should be.I got in from work yesterday weighed 215 when went to bed weighed 221..ready to pull my hair out,has any one else been tru any of this or got any in put thank you

Posted by enajeod on 2015-12-30 13:03. 3 comments. 477 reads
 
Hi all,

Long time lurker - first time poster! I'll try to make this post as succinct as possible, but if you need any more info please ask!

I'm a 67 year old lady who had an ICD/PM implanted in December 2013. I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy of uncertain aetiology and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. If it's of any relevance my ejection fraction has now normalised. For info, I'm taking the following medication: Amiodarone 200mg; Atorvastatin 10mg; Bisoprolol 5mg; Furosemide 40mg; Irbesartan 75mg; Warfarin.

The two issues I have are a hacking dry cough which started in mid-2014. Switching from Ramipril to Irbesartan improved things significantly, but the cough never disappeared completely and it’s got wo...


Posted by laiken123 on 2015-12-30 01:57. 0 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi my name is Cheryl I am 57 years old. I had a defibrillator-pacemaker implanted on Aug 26, 2015. Dx. enlarge heart with ejection fracture of 30 % and dropping.. I have a long history of hypertension and high pulse rate since I was 19. I recently have been feeling clicks in my left chest area from one of the devices. I have chest pain at times but not like before. Also I think the device has dropped down lower in my chest. This has me worried. What could be going on . I have a pacemaker check on Dec. 31

Posted by Poppi on 2015-12-29 22:24. 4 comments. 472 reads
 
Hi, I'm new to this site and have not been feeling100% since having my pacemaker procedure on 31/8/2015. Before procedure my heart rate was very low now with pacemaker surgeon set at 60 BPM. I had very high BP before procedure which never came down to a safe level even with meds. Now, and for some weeks I have muscle weakness, feeling faint and lightheaded, dizziness and no energy.
I have an appointment to see my Dr. on the 6/1/2016 and due to the Christmas break can't get in sooner.
Can anyone tell me if they have had similar symptoms or could it be my pacemaker is not working properly.
Thank you.

Posted by Hartje5 on 2015-12-28 07:04. 10 comments. 499 reads
 
Hi,

To my great horror I've been experiencing extreme tinnitus since 4 december last. I was put on Verapamil, Flecainide and Apixaban on the 27th of oktober because of recurrent SVT of 120 bpm, retrograde conduction a lot of PAC's. My pacemaker would fall back to 70 bpm (base rate) whenever I was exercising and my doctor told me that the meds would make that go away. My pacemaker settings were changed at the end of my hospital stay.

The meds made me feel horrible (no jet tinnitus jet) but the doctor told me on my visit to her on the 28 of november to continue taking them as she was expecting it to become better over time.

On the 4th of december my ears started ringing really loudly, it was driving me crazy...


Posted by splishh on 2015-12-26 14:58. 3 comments. 312 reads
 
I have had a Medtronic PM since 2005. I started feeling dizzy on occasions about 2 weeks ago. I had a PM telephone test done last week. They told me is was time for the PM to be replaced...battery was low.
I don't have a appointment for almost 2 weeks to be checked by the doctor.
Been feeling dizzy on occasions.....pulse drops to approx. 42 BPM. Feeling tired at times. At night sometimes feels like my heart is beating very hard in my stomach.
Am I OK waiting 2 weeks to go to Doctor?? Just don't want anything to happen!!! :)

Posted by tdm5032c on 2015-12-20 04:00. 3 comments. 450 reads
 
Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I have a question about my pacemaker. I have had my St. Jude pacemaker since December of 2012 and have done great considering the alternative, lol. I have a very strenuous job and have had no issues with it. I am a wind turbine mechanic and routinely climb 200-300 ft towers sometimes multiple times a day. Anyway, my heart rate has been approximately 80-90 when resting and doesn't usually go below that.
After doing some especially strenuos work this week, I have been noticabley more tired all day and have seen my resting heart rate go down to 60. It pretty much stays right there all the time now when I am not moving. It's a noticeable change from 80-90. Is this something I shoul...




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