St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Jacqueline1985 on 2014-09-07 17:47. 2 comments. 315 reads
 
Hi I was wondering if anyone could help? My mum had 2 stents fitted 4years ago and was fine until April this year when for 3 days she was going into cardiac arrest. She had an implantable defibrillator fitted which thank god hasn't had to do anything yet it was fitted below the collar bone but seems to have slipped down to her breast. Is this normal? Has this happened to anyone else? The wires still seem to be in place We are still learning any help would be much appreciated.

Posted by marjolein on 2014-09-05 09:44. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
Hello everyone

My name is Marjolein and I live in the Netherlands with my husband and my 2 girls. My youngest one is 5 months old and was born with a congenital heart block. When she was 1 week old, she gets a pacemaker.
She is doing better now.
I can't find much parents of children with pacemakers in Holland so i'm glad to find this website.

I would like to have contact with other parents who have a little child with a pacemaker. So I can ask their experience and so I don't feel like i'm the only mama in the world with a child with a pacemaker.

Thanks!

Posted by nato on 2014-08-03 16:27. 2 comments. 356 reads
 
Hi All,

Hope all is good and your PM is giving you the best out of it.

May god be with you all and continue to give you support each day.

Question,

Mom with kids in the USA, can you give an average cost to change the battery on a kid age,8 yrs old.

Appreciate your response...

Posted by sbutleremmett on 2014-07-15 07:27. 5 comments. 338 reads
 
Hi all,

our baby has been diagnosed with a 2-to-1 block and we have subsequently been informed it was caused by Anti-RO antibodies that my Mom has. The baby is currently at 30 weeks and is doing fine - we are expecting delivery at 35 weeks if all goes well. We realise we have a real journey ahead of us, but great to stumble across a group that has been through this.

Steve

Posted by tammythomas on 2014-07-10 19:36. 5 comments. 342 reads
 
Hi i need a little advice, me and my husband want to try for a baby. I have a pacemaker since i was a baby. The reason for that was fellows.. I spoke to my doctor at my last appointment and he said i should arrange to seek advice else where.He is unsure if there will be any issues. I am looking for some advice, please.

Posted by Dolphinsapphire on 2014-06-27 19:54. 4 comments. 395 reads
 
Hi everybody, I'm new to this website/club, I'm 16 and I have had a pacemaker all my life, but i have never met that many people my age with pacemakers, is there any other teenagers on here?

Posted by Bily11am on 2014-06-16 14:08. 3 comments. 281 reads
 
Hi,
I am new to this website and 'club' in general. I am getting a pacemaker this Friday, and am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old son.

I am under the impression from the doctor that I will be 'in and out'- unless there are complications, it doesn't sound like I will be staying the night. He also didn't express any concerns about me breastfeeding. Depending on what anesthetic they give me, I will be not feeding for a certain amount of time, but what I am worried about is feeding during recovery. I have no idea what to expect regarding pain, etc. It seems that everyone has very different experiences but I have yet to hear of anyone in my situation. I am also concerned about managing my son. I will have a lot of help, ...


Posted by vbilbrey on 2014-04-27 12:41. 4 comments. 406 reads
 
Hi there. I am about five months pregnant and am starting to think about how I'd want to deliver. I feel that God intended us to deliver naturally and that by doing so we can become closer to Him in that we will really recognize how sinful we truly are and have no hope but in Him. (It all goes back to Genesis where because Eve deceived Adam and went against God's command of eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that God said women will now have painful labor.) I've just started thinking lately that the medication given at hospitals and things really are a way of taking away what God intended us to experience and thus distancing ourselves further from Him. Anyway you don't have to agree with me but with that being said, ...


Posted by nato on 2014-04-26 21:43. 0 comments. 189 reads
 
Hi All,

Does anyone had a child who suffers with febrile seizures and has a PM.

Question;

How long after did your child took to grow it out without having any more seizures.

Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-04-09 12:36. 4 comments. 510 reads
 
To all parents of kids with ICDs and pacemakers:

Thanks for your love and support of your child.

I am a 22 years old with Long QT and an ICD. I was diagnosed when I was 13 or 14 and got my ICD when I was 15. It was hell. I was very active. Before all this happened, I kayaked, biked, ran, snowboarded, and was generally energetic (hyper) and active like any young male. It killed me when I was first diagnosed. Initially, because of my diagnosis, doctors basically told me I couldn't do anything. I couldn't swim, I couldn't bike, couldn't run. Nothing physical. That summer was miserable. My parents had to deal with a pubescent male that wasn't allowed to do any of the things that made him happy...

But ...


Posted by bharath on 2014-03-15 07:38. 6 comments. 355 reads
 
Hi friends, I am blessed with baby girl on 27-feb-14, with brady cardia, very low heart rate at Doha,Qatar. She under went surgery and implanted a permanent Pacemaker. Now slowly she is recovering and still in incubator, hope by gods grace she may discharge from hospital by next month but only i am worried about her future....but i am supported with my wonderful doctors and also you all..........

Posted by kitkatrussell on 2014-03-10 01:49. 2 comments. 328 reads
 
To parents of kids with abdominal placement - for those of you who allow your kids to play sports, which protective gear do you use...padded undershirts? My 7 yo is starting baseball & has abdominal placement. We found what looks like a really good padded undershirt with pads covering the abdomen...now I'm thinking ideally we'd have one that covers his chest too. Our son's frame is so skinny, his heart is just as close to his back, and what I'm envisioning to help him would be like a vest to cover front & back! Would be pretty bulky.
Any suggestions from seasoned moms & dad's? Our son's PM was implanted 4 months ago & he has been doing much better with it!

Posted by kitkatrussell on 2014-03-06 03:34. 0 comments. 258 reads
 
UCSF just gave me this info. for padded undershirts with pads for either chest & abdominal pacemaker placement:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cielo-MarKae/168978419161

Our son had his pacemaker implanted in Oct. & was just cleared for baseball!

Posted by eagles78 on 2014-02-15 14:19. 6 comments. 459 reads
 
hi

my son had a pacemaker fitted at 7 weeks old.
just thinking future wise and wondering if anyone had any advice! as we really weren't given much information(he is 6 months now)
anything useful really-what they can can't do-i have a feeling he will be a boisterous little fella and am fully expecting trips to hospital from tumbles etc!

thank you

Posted by Pacemum on 2014-02-13 18:25. 0 comments. 203 reads
 
Look what is happening tomorrow

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/leeds-hospital-in-uk-first-heart-op-1-6438807

Posted by chdmomto1 on 2014-02-10 01:15. 4 comments. 438 reads
 
My almost 6 year old son has had his epicardial pacemaker for six months. We are still trying to get used to the do's and dont's. Initially we were told he couldn't play dodge ball or basketball during recess, so all he did was swing on the swings every day. Then they studied magnets, in class, so we had him stay away from the magnet table. Now the school is having weekly skating lessons. Not sure how safe that is. Does this ever get easier? Guess I am still mourning his lack of normalcy.

Posted by pearleamy on 2014-01-24 15:00. 7 comments. 530 reads
 
Hi my name is mark and iam new to the pclub.I have a little girl who has pacemaker due to hearblock she is 1 and half we would like to take her on holiday abroad to menorca (spanish island) We are from the uk.We are a bit worried in case she had any problems
what would we do ?? are the hospitals able to help with pacemakers for child of 1 and half years.We would not take her if there was a problem as she is our pride and joy.The consultant said it wouldnt be a problem but we just feel a little uncomfortable with this.Any help would be much appreciated thanks


Posted by nato on 2014-01-22 10:58. 2 comments. 706 reads
 
Hi Moms,

My son is 21mths and has a pacemaker with a natural heart beat of 33-44 Bpm.He is paced 100% of the time.

The normal heart pulse rate for a child depends on the child's age. For an infant child who is less than one year old the normal heart rate is 100 and 160 beats per minute. For kids aged between one year and ten years the normal heart rate is between 70 and 120 beats per minute. Teenagers usually have a normal heart rate of between 60 to 100 beats per minute

Question;

As my son gets older,will his normal heart beat drop below 30-44 Bpm or will it remain the same as he gets older?

Appreciate your response...




Posted by annaslucas on 2014-01-13 16:40. 3 comments. 350 reads
 
Hi! I'm new here. I am 32 weeks pregnant and the baby has complete heart block, which will require a pacemaker at birth. Anyone have experiences with implantation at or soon after birth? Thank you!



Posted by nato on 2014-01-12 22:27. 4 comments. 437 reads
 
Hi Moms,

How was your child appetite after a year following his/her implant date.My son who has a pacemaker,he is putting on weight very slowly and my husband and I are quite concern.

Doctors said with the aid of his pacemaker now,that should not affect his appetite as compared to being without it.

Appreciate your response....



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