St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-11-21 19:52. 4 comments. 102 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. 2 comments. 77 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. 4 comments. 115 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. 135 reads
 
May need to get a pacemaker. Are they all pretty much the same?

Posted by ella on 2014-11-16 18:43. 3 comments. 107 reads
 
I just moved and just had a ck-up and tech turned off my top lead she said due to 100% a-vib I have the new vistia icd and was told that the 3 leads and this new unit can help control the avib and heart rate I am worried that the top of my heart is now with out control or and help by the icd I went through the side of my heart to get the 3rd lead in just for them to shout it off? and really worried that now 4 years later still in avib and no controlling it or even why I have it? I am in the Memphis area and thought I found a good dr. but now I am questioning this group? can and one help with same problems ella

Posted by MaryKay on 2014-11-13 03:32. 6 comments. 338 reads
 
I have had a device for 10 years but in August was implanted with an ICD. Now I have an infection, and will be admitted to the hospital tomorrow ... Has anyone been thru the treatment to clear it up? My doc is talking about removal, return to pacer til clear. I have had an AV node ablation so need some type of device. I am really scared HELP

Posted by Luehring17 on 2014-11-10 23:54. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
Hello my name is phil
Ive had an icd since i was 25 and i am 33 i get scared every time it goes off in the 8 yrs that i have had it it has gone off over 90 times and this past friday it went off again i just got out of the hospital but i still have a hard time with dealing with this im always afraid its gonna go off and i dont know how to deal with it anymore

Posted by daisy0388 on 2014-11-08 12:16. 2 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi all!

It has been awhile for me since I have posted. Back in the beginning of the year I had to have a couple pocket revisions for my PM due to it moving in my arm pit and then wires came uncoiled. After that was done I started having lots of palpatations/diaphragm pacing coming from my RV lead. After many setting adjustments that didn't work I was sent to the Mayo Clinic.

Let me just say that the drs there are amazing and I wish I would have went there long time ago. I went for my first official visit oct 1 and he said that the plan was to install a LV lead so they could turn down the voltage on the RV to almost nothing so I wouldn't have the diaphragm pacing, which required me to get a CRT-P device. Now the proble...


Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-11-07 14:39. 6 comments. 215 reads
 
Hello All, Been awhile since I last posted but here's the story as of an hour ago. NP for my EP Cardiologist called and said after having taken an echo and then an a nuclear stress test that I now need a CRT-D for various reasons ...AFIB, low EF, scar and dead tissue, enlargement; an apparent MI in the past. For 26 months I have had a dual lead Medtronic Pacemaker and am 100% dependent. She said the scheduler will be calling back to setup the upgrade. I also have angina and two minor blockages in the heart that have been treated with meds and no stents. Right Iliac is also partially blocked, Can somebody sort of guide me through this who procedure and what to expect? Where in the heck are all those leads going now? How do they swi...


Posted by farhan on 2014-11-05 05:57. 8 comments. 241 reads
 
Hi Fellows,

I will go through an ICD implant procedure in due course and most probably will have St. Jude's single chamber ICD (I think model is fortify and it lasts more then 10 years. Is this a wise choice? Is there anything coming new in short course that is drastically better in life and in avoiding unnecessary shock?)

My recent echo was 32% so still am evaluating the decision for transplant and most probably my doctor and I will conclude to go for the transplant. my age is 43.

One of the question that is keeping me awake now a days is about the procedure itself and that is why I am here.

Can you please share your experiences specifically around procedure itself. Will it heart spec...


Posted by ScaredOne on 2014-11-03 05:08. 3 comments. 160 reads
 
Has anyone experienced a shock from the ICD? What happens when you are brought back into the right rhythm? The reason I ask is because I have mechanical heart valves (sounds like a ticking clock in a quiet room), and I can hear my HB rapidly which freaks me out so I sit down and wait for the ICD to do its job, which it does (thankfully). The only downfall is that I let out a "cry of pain" sound, even though it doesn't hurt. I think it's because I am caught off guard from the shock that it makes me yell. How does one adapt?

Posted by sassylatin on 2014-11-02 17:33. 4 comments. 226 reads
 
Does anyone know what it means when the Merlin@Home monitor beeps once and an orange light flashes across it for a couple of seconds. I have a St. Jude Medical 3 leads difibrillator since April 3rd, 2013 and this never happened before. It happened last night and now I am worried as I just had a check up at the end of June and my heart went from 19% capability to 56% since the difibrillator implant.

Posted by drenje75 on 2014-10-26 17:34. 12 comments. 282 reads
 
Hi,my name is Predrag (Brugada syndrome) reason for installing ICD.
At first ,sorry if my English is a little bit rusty...In my country is possible to avoid to wear--use seat belt if you have an ICD patient card. But because here traffic is so awful ,i am in big dilemma what to do? I am frightened about wire damage (Europian driver side in car). Any personal experiences in car collisions???

And small reminder for moderator or similar: in list of countries there is no "Serbia" which exists as a European country since the tenth century,because I was forced to choose Slovenia.
Thank in advance for answers

Posted by limey42 on 2014-10-22 22:04. 2 comments. 162 reads
 
Hi gang,
Had my ICD implanted 8/8/14 felt great until last Saturday, Saturday could not breath worth a darn, spent Saturday & Sunday laying around the house.

Monday back to normal feeling great ever since, shortness of breath was one of my biggest problems prior to having my ICD.

Any body out there ever had the same experience? if so did you ever find out why this happened.

Thanks,
Limey 42

Posted by Olena on 2014-10-13 20:42. 3 comments. 191 reads
 
Does anyone heard anything about wearable ICD by ZOLL? You don't have to do a surgery and it works like an emergency. But this will not pace you or anything like that. Does anyone knows anyone who has it?

Posted by Olena on 2014-10-13 20:08. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
Does anyone knows if there is a different on how ICD shocks feel in 16 jolts vs. 60 jolts? If jolt is higher than it more painful? If you stand, will it knock you out of your feet?

Posted by Olena on 2014-10-13 14:43. 1 comments. 151 reads
 
Hello, I just was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and possible future VF. Doctor told me that I need an ICD. He also told me that I have two choices: traditional ICD and new S-ICD. It seems that both have cons and pros. The new S-ICD has 80 jolts and it can't be adjust to lower jolts, like traditional ICDs. But doctor said that if I will be hit with 30 or 80 jolts the painful experience will be the same. Does anyone knows if it is true? 30 vs 80 is a big difference.
Does anyone has S-ICD device on this forum? Does regular ICD cause many issues? I am 40 years old and that is why doctor said that S-ICD might be better for me, so I don't have to change leads all the time. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by roballen46 on 2014-10-11 04:14. 3 comments. 278 reads
 
I have a biventricular device. I had my first shock. Actually this is my second shock. My first came with a Boston Scientific device. My Second was with Medtronics Device. The shocks usally come when I am in bed. This shock woke me out of a sound sleep. It felt like a death angel reached inside my body and pulled my soul out and said mid way...sorry, wrong person! That is a scary feeling. I do have a side effect of the shocks... I am scared to sleep due to the fact the shocks come when I am at rest. I only had two...but man, they scare the heck out of you.

Posted by relax221 on 2014-10-01 20:45. 4 comments. 381 reads
 
WHAT DO THEY DO WHEN THEY REPLACE THE ICD WITH THE NEW MRI PROOF TYPE PACEMAKER ICD ? DO THEY REPLACE THE LEADS OR WIRES OR JUST OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW ?

Posted by campusstar on 2014-09-30 15:52. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
thanks for the advice. Am here because in Jan 03/14 I went to hospital with a EF of 11 went up to 23 then 31 up to 35 right on the line for icd had mugga went down to 31 now told need CRT-D at the time in Jan my partner decided to leave me and I been dealing with this cardiomyopathy alone



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