St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Rena450 on 2015-01-18 12:04. 4 comments. 244 reads
 
My mom is 89 years old and 1 year ago had a brain bleed. She has since recovered 100%, which was amazing. 3 months ago she had an over night stay in the hospital because of bladder prolapse. Her pacemaker/defibrillator battery is depleting and it needs to be replaced, however, from what they can estimate - it's only kicking in for her 2% of the time. So, my questions is - could it just be left in the way it is? Why should she be put thru a 2 hour surgery under sedation, if, in reality, she apparently didn't really need this (a family member really stressed that she should have this device be put in). If left in, is there the possibility of the battery leaching toxins? problems with the leading down the line? complications? etc. If ...


Posted by gabscameronxo on 2015-01-18 10:46. 4 comments. 95 reads
 
I recently had an S-ICD fitted back in October, only being at the age of 18, soon to turn 19, has anyone ever beein in the same position as me? How did you find it coping going back to work, gym and college? and how did you cope having to loose your driving license for 6 months

Thanks

Posted by ashokreddy2 on 2015-01-16 04:38. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
Hi I'm 29 Years old male from India, have 1.8 year old first ICD. I undergone RFA (Ablation), and thereafter as per my health condition i don't need to carry ICD, it can be explainable. In India Doctor are not experienced in lead extraction and i can't travel other country due to financial reasons.

Currently my doctor suggested me that we can only remove ICD and keep the leads as it is as there is no harm.

Is this correct approach to keep the leads for my rest of life, if so what are the precautions do i need to follow?

Please suggest.



Posted by erginefe on 2015-01-11 05:32. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
Hello my mum has ELA ICD SN 050YG01C. Her heart was %50 damaged after a heart crisis.Moreover, she uses a lot of drugs and now she is getting weight day by day. I want to buy a magnetic exercise bike (voit X-bike delux). However, this exercise bike has magnetic system on its pedal place in order to get smooth and silience exercise quality. Does it cause a problem if i use this exercise bike. I want to add that i asked same question to my doctor in Turkey and your representatives in Turkey but nobody couldnt answer my question. Then, i sent a lot of mails to Sorin Ela Group but they also never replied me ..if you replied me message i will be really glad. My best regards...

Posted by DOUBLEK on 2015-01-10 21:42. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
Just about to go back to work after 2 years at home. I am looking for info on welding and reading posts on this site has helped a lot. KEN

Posted by Jj on 2015-01-06 03:47. 18 comments. 470 reads
 
Hi
Does anyone have an opinion why doctors don't want to give patients a copy of an interrogation? I live in New York (nassau county) and having a difficult time getting a copy of my interrogation. I'm told it is fine and why do I want a copy. I always feel I am not getting the full explanation. Aren't they like blood test results? Would your doctor tell you they are fine and not give you your numbers for cholesterol or A1c? Any suggestions on how to get all the information from these interrogations?

Posted by shine on 2014-12-31 07:31. 3 comments. 202 reads
 
Can anyone tell me if it is safe to receive electrical stimulation for back and neck pain during chiropractic therapy if you have a ICD/pacemaker?

Posted by rsingh on 2014-12-27 12:37. 9 comments. 247 reads
 
Hi guys,
My mom received an ICD unit about 8 days ago. About 3 days ago she started having chest pains and at time these pains get very severe. The pain starts from the location of the ICD unit but then travel towards the heart. My mom said the the pain is almost like a pinch.

Her pain was unbearable yesterday, so we took her to the ER. They did blood work, x-ray and scan. After several hours of waiting for the cardiologist, he came in for 10 seconds and said everything was normal and the pain is common.

My mom is still in unbearable pain this morning, even after taking the pain medication.

Is the pain really that severe after an ICD implant?

thank you,

Posted by alanb on 2014-12-21 03:38. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
My husband has had an icd for nearly 2 years. He has recently developed pain in his left arm which he thinks is muscle pain. This is worse when he bends his arm so he tries to keep it straight. Anyone know if this could be related to the icd?

Posted by dbaumlv on 2014-12-16 23:08. 0 comments. 139 reads
 
Hello to everyone,
Does anyone have a biottronik defibrillator model Lumax 540 VR-T? If so I would like to shear my story with you....


Posted by dbaumlv on 2014-12-16 23:08. 0 comments. 80 reads
 
Hello to everyone,
Does anyone have a biottronik defibrillator model Lumax 540 VR-T? If so I would like to shear my story with you....


Posted by dbaumlv on 2014-12-16 21:18. 1 comments. 208 reads
 
Hello everyone, I am a 59 year old man and in march, 2011 I had a massaive heart attack. They said...They inplanted a Biotronik defib Lumax 540 vt-t and put me on meds and when I took my meds it would lower my blood pressure below 100/60 so we cut the meds back to nothing. 10 mounths later. I am in great shape work out everyday, eat healthy no stress and feeling good about life. Meet someone very toxic, (not blaming anyone) starting changing thing that I knew had to end. in two months of this energy I had a very crazy thing happen my fib went off and she said it look like I got struck by lighting. The doctor said thank God I had the fib or I wouldn't be here. My guestion is it possable that the fib could have went off by defaulf. blood pre...


Posted by beekeper on 2014-12-16 01:23. 1 comments. 231 reads
 
well,
i just got my St. Jude ICD put in, been fighting it for a couple of months. they wanted to put it in back in Oct., but they couldn't schedule it so I've been wearing an external one (a life vest from Zoll)
I've been a welder most of my life and weld for a living now, so I've been burning up the internet. after talking to the medtronic customer service i was pretty much quoted what was on the internet pamplet, and it seemed to reference stick welding. almost all of my welding at work is T.I.G welding with the high frequency start. the high frequency is about 4 MHZ, (T.I.G. welders used to come with FCC certs in the old days) and i can shoot a 1" spark off my finger tips.
the most knowledgeable person that i talk...


Posted by Cartman on 2014-12-14 11:58. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
What does it feel like when the ICD uses anti tachycardia pacing (ATP) to break arrhythmia or tachycardia?????

Posted by TB on 2014-12-10 05:30. 3 comments. 216 reads
 
Hi,

My brother has had an ICD in 2006. In 2011 the Cardiologist he's seeing said that the ICD capacity is over and that it has to be replaced by a new one. He got a new ICD in 2011. He has had many shocks, sometimes about 10 a day. Now the Cardiologist again says the ICD is nearing it's capacity. Has anyone else had ICD's replaced so often? Is there any other treatment other than ICD for Brugada Syndrome?

Posted by 79bronco on 2014-11-30 21:02. 3 comments. 195 reads
 
Hi I have a St Jude's ICD. It has been good for first 21/2-3yrs. They had to turn off 1 lead do to noise sensitivity. Now I am getting tingling sensation over site area. Doctor says it is just nerves over the device.

Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-11-21 19:52. 4 comments. 383 reads
 
Hello All: Received the upgrade in the tile line yesterday. I was well under all of the indications for insertion of this device under American FDA standards for over a year. However, I've noted that this exact device was not really approved in the US until August 2014. I have not had any angina for the past 24 hours and with the exception of minor pain from the wound I slept like a baby last night. No shortness of breath or sudden gasping or forced concentrated counting and breathing. Don't want to get my hopes up but it sure seemed like a Spring day in Atlanta today. Any comments from Europe or a location where this type of device has been in use for a year or two?

Posted by marcr69 on 2014-11-19 22:20. 3 comments. 191 reads
 
Hi all,

Has anyone got any first hand knowledge about the S-ICD's? Have heard some pros and cons so hoping to get some feedback prior to my implantation (still trying to decide on the type to go with).

Thanks,
Marc

Posted by marcr69 on 2014-11-19 13:00. 5 comments. 262 reads
 
Hi All,

I'm about to go in for an ICD and my doc has said that I can chose the device I'd like. Having done a lot of reading, I'm reluctant to go with St. Jude's due to the poor response to their recall. I'm deciding between Medtronic and Boston Sc, but I can't tell if Boston Sc is just good marketing or do they really have a better device (battery life, smaller etc). There are a lot of posts on this forum board, but they are mainly from 2012, so curious if there is some updated thinking on the devices. Thanks in advance!!

Marc

Posted by adg on 2014-11-17 07:20. 2 comments. 233 reads
 
May need to get a pacemaker. Are they all pretty much the same?



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