St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by braveheart on 2016-02-07 13:46. 2 comments. 85 reads
 
I had pacemaker put in 11 months ago, overall, I have been feeling alright but occasionally I feel lightheaded, dizzy and when I exert, sometimes I feel woozy. Cardiologist suggested to put IDC. Right now, I am given beta blocker but i feel very tired and check pain.

Does anyone has similar experience? What the consequence if I put ICD?

Thanks so much for your comment.

Braveheart

Posted by anniesu on 2016-02-04 21:56. 4 comments. 166 reads
 
I have a comment I have had a ICD for about 3 years..im doing great..I had to change heart doctors as mine passed away..my question is about the fact I'm doing really well on taking troprol xl once a day...now the new dr decided to put me on spironolactone 1/2 tablet a day and also Lisinopril 2.5 once a day..I always have a very low blood pressure so if I take these other meds I'm sure it will drop way down..I don't understand when you are having no problems and feeling good why do drs decide you need more meds...if they lower my blood
pressure any lower than 118 over 62 I wont be able to get around...why do they do this and I'm thinking I'm not going to do anything any different..what is everyone opinion of this ?I just turned 76 la...


Posted by LleidaLiz on 2016-01-03 18:00. 1 comments. 260 reads
 
Hi, thanks for accepting me.

My dad had a Biotronik ICD fitted Oct '15 after VT was diagnosed. All has gone very well & the medical care he has received here in Spain has been superb.

After a post-op 'systems check' 3 small episodes were detected, so small he didn't notice them. AF was also detected so he is now being trialed for Sintrom - docs are still deciding on the best dose for him.

He doesn't want to know all the ins & outs of the device or the 9 meds he is on. But i need to. He tells the docs - you do you job & I'll do mine by doing exactly what you tell me to.

I hope this site will help me with the many questions I have.

Posted by Saugrenue on 2015-12-31 15:30. 5 comments. 487 reads
 
Hi, Wondering what is the abbreviation or name of the device I have. It's a St Jude. Here in France it's called a "stimulateur cardiaque". It has 3 wires going to my heart.

Is it an ICD or a Pacemaker? Or are they the same thing? I do not have bradycardia. But rather paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation - heart speeds up erratically. Not sure if what I have is a defibrillator or a pacemaker. Thanks for taking time to clarify for me.

Posted by Bodnik on 2015-12-30 01:41. 2 comments. 291 reads
 
Hi ya'll. I was supposed to get my ICD tomorrow, but got a call surgery canceled which creates one of my questions.

But first, about me-age 65M-semi-retired(work because enjoy it)-emergency triple bypass 5 years ago-current EF/20-multiple SCA family history-currently wearing Zoll Lifevest.
No events, but I do not have to be convinced an ICD is necessary.

Q1. The EP nurse said surgery canceled because Medtronic ICD wi MRI access(which I requested) had not yet been approved by hospital(St. Luke's-Houston) for purchase. whut??
I realize this particular device is new and the hospital only had two weeks notice ,but what has them approving anything? Any clues?

Q2. I read on this forum where somebody sa...


Posted by lizzymag58 on 2015-12-27 04:08. 2 comments. 223 reads
 
My little story . I died of SCD was dead for 6 minutes while Nurses at a Nursing home preformed cpr on me until the emts got there . Was shocked 2 times . I died again in ICU that night and had to be shocked. They kept a crash cart at the end of my bed until they could do surgery a few days later. 5 days in ICU and 4 more days in a regular room . I was grateful to be in the right place at the right time. A miracle I have very minimal brain damage. My medical condition is Long QT Syndrome possibly brought on by prescription medication. I would like to know if any of you feel a sharp pain . Like a large pin stick in the heart , arm and neck .

Posted by NPgolfer on 2015-12-21 00:07. 3 comments. 302 reads
 
Hi all,

I'm an extremely active 52 year old male with acute systolic heart failure (EF = >18%) so I ended up with an ICD implanted on my left shoulder 6 days ago.

Since night one I've experienced what feels like an intense electrically induced hiccup. The odd thing is, that it only happens when I am either laying on my left side or slouching to my left side. If it matters, per my Fitbit HR, my heart rate is always right around 60 bpm which is where the device tries to pace my heart. Is this normal or should I say something to my doctor?

I don't feel an intense shock/impact just an uncomfortable intense contraction that is reminiscent of a 110 volt shock (I was an electrician so I know how it feels : )

Posted by Carolynnm on 2015-12-11 22:34. 2 comments. 383 reads
 
This afternoon I leaned over to pick something up off of the floor and had a pain go right through my chest? I sat back down involuntarily and just sat there for a few seconds until it went away. I don't quite know what to expect from my crt-d. If it was a shock will it show up on my Merlin?

Posted by Charlilou on 2015-12-09 09:01. 5 comments. 441 reads
 
Hi there all, i've had a pacemaker for an intermittant but severe bradycardia for 6 years now though the cause of the bradycardias has never been found. I'm due for a battery replacement within a year.

Recently my boyfriend started having palpitations whilst excersising and has been found to have a ventricular tachycardia when doing so. He is currently in hospital under investigation started on beta blockers and they are trying determine if its geneticly caused. An ICD looks highly likely as the risk of missing a beta blocker dose is great.

We are both in our early 20s and are looking forward to spending our lives together, with this new health problem i am concerned that our devices may interact and interfere with e...


Posted by gapl1953 on 2015-12-05 17:40. 1 comments. 357 reads
 
Hi everyone,

I'm 62 years young and last winter I had a bad chest cold/virus that must have attacked my heart. In two months my heart was enlarged, EF was down to 24% and my Mitral valve was compromised. I couldn't have open heart to repair the valve due to the low EF. Mayo Clinic place a Mitra-Clip in the heart to somewhat repair the valve and reduce the regurgitation, that worked. With that they were hoping that my heart would bounce back close to normal. A year later my EF is at 34% and with Sick Sinus Syndrome. I have just returned from Mayo with a newly implanted ICD/Pacemaker. I am still apprehensive of what I will be able to do or not do.
Finding this site has helped me with most of my fears.

Thank You...


Posted by Carolynnm on 2015-12-04 20:23. 3 comments. 364 reads
 
Maybe I am on the wrong website. I have a CRT-D. Am I supposed to be here or not?

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-12-03 03:18. 1 comments. 255 reads
 
Ok first night back since the implant 3 weeks ago. wound is pretty much healed. although still a little tender. yesterday the device started rotating and that does get uncomfortable, not really painful.

have walked around about 1/3 of the tools with no interaction. 480/ 3 phase. 240 2 phase. haven't gone around the implanters yet. and the one tool with a big earth magnet with pacemaker warnings on it.

D

Posted by teresastoops@gmail.com on 2015-12-02 04:50. 4 comments. 417 reads
 
I had a cold a year ago that became a viral attack to my heart. An EKG found a bundle branch blockage that started me down this path. In a matter of a few weeks my massive fatigue resulted from an EF rate of 25. So I am now a cyborg with a bi-vent / CRT-D. 11 days ago I could barely walk the basement stairs and I was winded, sweating and ready to collapse. BP had shot sky high and I was miserable. The morning after implant I was up, BP down, feeling like a new person. I am shocked and amazed how much better I feel. Yes sore, still tire easy but not winded! My doctor was almost giddy when she told me how much better my heart was pumping on the echo... I hope it continues. Hope to take advantage of everyone's experiences. Oh yes I'm 60 with ...


Posted by NKramer2 on 2015-11-15 22:59. 5 comments. 446 reads
 
Hi,
It's just been over a week after my surgery. The healing is not going as fast as I expected. I am a 23 year old woman that just got diagnosed with brugada syndrome. I am feeling a little down because I can't do things that my husband and our friends are doing while I recover. I also am bummed I can't do some of my favorite things anymore - like go on rollercoasters! I went to church today for the first time in awhile (because I was so sick) and just being in the sanctuary during song service was irritating my ICD site.

Does it get any better?!

Thanks

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-11-14 14:01. 1 comments. 338 reads
 
Hi,Just reading report of ICD settings and not sure what exactly Fast VT Zone rate means and where report says Therapies what does CV mean.Could anyone enlighten me please?

Posted by MIngram on 2015-11-04 02:16. 10 comments. 510 reads
 
Hello everyone,

I am new to the forum (forums in general) and I need help. My Doctor has suggested the three companies below:

- St. Jude
- Medtronic
- Boston Scientific

I have been researching best I can, but I am unsure. From what I gather it seems that there is not a wrong choice. I have another appointment on Nov. 19th with a new Doctor and I am going to ask for models of each to research more in-depth. Would you suggest any websites, maybe the hospital, or another place/person to gather more information? Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Maryanne

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-10-23 10:21. 0 comments. 412 reads
 
been wearing the Zoll Lifevest for the past 2 months. and during the drive will feel it vibrate, had a couple of announcements after that the sensors were not in contact, well on a drive home I would get anywhere from 10 to 30 of those vibrations, and would make adjustment to the vest.

Tuesday Evening it told it to send an update. went to work Wed night. Had not heard from EP in two weeks after confirming ef was 35%-40%,

Thursday Morning get call from EP office with Urgent call back to schedule apt. Called and was advised EP had set apt for an ICD install for Oct 29, would I like morning or afternoon.

Had to change to Nov 11 because of paperwork I need to file with work. to get paid during the time of...


Posted by John@PC on 2015-10-22 23:10. 2 comments. 396 reads
 
My first post so greetings! I'm 64 with ICD implant in 2009 for sustained VT. A few shocks and "terminated episodes" post implant but thankfully the VT has subsided with amiodarone treatment. Earlier this year generator was replaced with Boston Scientific Enogen EL initially set to DDD mode.

Prior to the gen changeout I was having issues with occasional light-headedness. Turned out it was pacemaker syndrome. During these v-paced instances my systolic BP dropped from 110 avg. to 70 when standing. Went back to EP and underwent a series of adjustments that unfortunately resulted in PMT (probably caused by lengthening the AV delay) and landed me in the hospital with syncope. All pacing parameters on the ICD were "reset" wit...


Posted by rowes69 on 2015-10-21 15:50. 3 comments. 353 reads
 
HI all,
Did anyone of u experience a shock given by ICD device to control your tachycardia. If yes can u share the experience and the symptoms
Thanks.


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-10-20 20:43. 1 comments. 237 reads
 
Hi,Hubby has finally had operation to take out two broken leads and his ICD and a new ICD fitted in a 7 hour op.Didnt expect it to take that long after it has only been in for 2 years.He is recovering well apart from his INR which needs to get back on track as he has not been taking it before the op.Docs have increased bisoporol as he has been having ectopics since surgery-was on 10mg now on 12.5mg-lets hope they stop and life can go back to normal again and this ICD has a longer lifespan.



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