St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by brey1234 on 2014-07-05 17:27. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
Looking for inpiu---Had a Boston Sciencetific pacemaker/defibulator installed on July3, 2014. That night it felt like my heart was going to pop through my chest! Tech came in that morning and saw a probelem and adjusted the device. All was well until I got home. Same problem, I could feel and my wife could see my rib cage rise and fall as I was feeling the effects. 24 hours later the feeling comes and goes and doesn't seem as bad.
Will call surgeon Monday but I am wondering, has anyone else experidenced the same.?

Posted by MaryKay on 2014-07-04 20:29. 4 comments. 325 reads
 
I have had a pacer for 9 years and now my dr wants to change it to a ICD. I have had a veinogram which indicated a blockage. Could the blockage have been caused from build up around the lead? I have been extremely short of breathe also - could the blockage be part of the reason for that.??? Thanks for any help I can get.

Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-07-03 22:42. 8 comments. 421 reads
 
My heart rate recently went to 145 A-fib ,went to my electrophysiologist so he could shock me back into rhythm .He wanted to put me the hospital to do it but I wanted to feel it so I'd know if my device was working .I have had my device for about 4 months now with no shocks .He asked if I was serious ,I said. Sure I am ,so he told me to lay down and he would get the programing device and shock me .Told him I didn't want any drug for the shock I wanted to feel how it . He told me I'd hear a buzzing then I'd get the shock .I said ok let's do it . I heard the buzz then I received my first shock . As soon as I felt it, it was over .Took a millisecond . Now I know what the shock feels like and I know my device works . Don't fear the shock it's...


Posted by jgfred41 on 2014-07-02 10:32. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
I am writing this in the hope that it may help those suffering from AFIB.

I'm 72 and and suffer from AFIB and hypertension. I had a pacemaker implanted some years ago but my AFIB condition never improved until some 6 months ago. Then, following a google search on magnesium, I decided to add magnesium to my diet. The result was simply stunning.

My AFIB has stopped and I even had to reduce my intake of medication for hypertension. What surprised me most was that I was not even taking the recommended dosage of magnesium. Instead of taking 2 pills a day, I was only taking one pill every other day.

The magnesium I'm taking can be obtained in pill form from any health shop. Best wishes

Joseph


Posted by billvan on 2014-07-01 18:04. 0 comments. 86 reads
 
I have a St Jude ICD set up for Resynch therapy. The base rate is 60 beats per min and the max rate is 120 beats per min. The rate sensor is on. Sometimes at rest, my heart rate will drop to the low 50's and upon exertion it will drop to the mid 40's. Shouldn't the device kick in to prevent these low readings? The report the tech gave me a copy of indicates that the device is functioning properly. The ICD was implanted in july of 2009 and has about 6 months of battery left. The rate sensor was turned on (on my request) in may of 2014. Any thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.
Billvan

Posted by billvan on 2014-07-01 18:04. 0 comments. 65 reads
 
I have a St Jude ICD set up for Resynch therapy. The base rate is 60 beats per min and the max rate is 120 beats per min. The rate sensor is on. Sometimes at rest, my heart rate will drop to the low 50's and upon exertion it will drop to the mid 40's. Shouldn't the device kick in to prevent these low readings? The report the tech gave me a copy of indicates that the device is functioning properly. The ICD was implanted in july of 2009 and has about 6 months of battery left. The rate sensor was turned on (on my request) in may of 2014. Any thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.
Billvan

Posted by dld95648 on 2014-06-27 19:53. 5 comments. 222 reads
 
Greetings to my fellow Pacemaker Club members. I just joined because my Cardiologist wants me to receive a CRT-D implant. I still have good energy, exercising daily and leading a fairly active life. However, my EF has gradually declined since my moderate heart attack almost 12-years ago. I'd be extremely grateful if any CRT-D recipients could address the following questions: (1) What is your inappropriate shock rate? (2) Has your EF improved? (3) Do you have less arrhythmia and generally feel better than before the implant? Thanks in advance for you kind consideration to my queries.

Posted by nivla50 on 2014-06-26 22:11. 5 comments. 189 reads
 
Please read the link: Low complication Rate in new Subcutaneous ICD.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/827234

Posted by 75ford on 2014-06-25 17:50. 0 comments. 113 reads
 
Is it or can it be made reasonably safe to use a plasma cutter.

Posted by relax221 on 2014-06-16 13:12. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
I'm 74 yrs old and this is my third pacemaker (ICD) I feel ok but sometimes I have to take a nap at 11am and 3pm..then go to bed at 9pm and up at 6am. I don't feel like doing anything and if I do it must be done before noon.I also have shortness of breath upon any work ?
Is this normal ? I'm due back for a pacer check next week ! could it be the ICD needs to be adjusted ?

Posted by khalidlarkana on 2014-06-15 13:23. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
i got pacemaker in 2009 and uptill now there is no problem felt but for the last few months while i am on sleep i feels pain below pacemaker , just to mention that i am patient of acidity in stomach problem, i assume that due to eating this probles occurs. friends view point point on their experiences is requested

Posted by daisy0388 on 2014-06-12 13:17. 5 comments. 264 reads
 
Hi everyone!

I just had a question in hopes to maybe someone having an answer. I just had a pocket revision for my pacemaker about 2 months ago and had been getting along fine until last night when out of no where had pain shooting through the left shoulder area where the pacemaker is. When I lay down on my back or left side the pain is absolutely horrible and I can't even touch the pacemaker itself. Also it feels like a fire is sitting behind it. I am scheduled in 4 weeks for another ablation (my 8th) but I'm worried about having this pain come out of no where. Does anyone know if this sounds like something is brewing or are things shifting? It does not feel like the pacer or wires have moved. Any thoughts would be appreciated!...


Posted by debj665 on 2014-06-08 01:42. 2 comments. 285 reads
 
Hi I had a biventricular defibrillator implanted on March 6, 2014. They removed the little pacemaker and replaced it with this lovely device to keep me going. All is going pretty well, my EF is up from 35 to 40. My question is this..I am pacing 100% for the bottom of the heart which is where I was told all the problems are due to a scar on the heart muscle most likely caused by my lovely disease called Sarcoidosis.
I also have complete cardiac bloc and left bundle branch. Had a crazy incident yesterday the alarm on the monitor went off, nothing wrong with me but they sent me to ER anyway...such fun! So the St. Jude tech says, nope all is good pacing at 100 % ventricularly and 31% up top....???? I was like what? NO one has ever to...


Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-05-31 19:05. 4 comments. 228 reads
 
If you have a bad heart only one thing to do, Is to get a pacemaker For the chosen few. Once you have it in Then your good to go, Until it goes off Then there's a really big show. The show of being scared Not knowing is the key, The key to save your life Is what your about to see. See a miracle happen So you can continue on, Make every moment count And let yout glory be shown. Written by Jackie H. Caylor Pacemaker receipent ICD went off May 11, 2014

Posted by rhymeandreason@knology.net on 2014-05-29 16:41. 0 comments. 147 reads
 
In order to your question no you will have no warning at all. Like I said I felt my heart flutter then I heard a loud pop then my left shoulder drew backwards for several seconds. My arm was very sore for two days. I am just glad I was close to the bed because the shock will being you to your knees. After it happens your really supposed to call 911 but I had home health coming in . Check with your Dr. after this happens. Contact me any time

Posted by rdhdiva2010 on 2014-05-29 02:44. 2 comments. 334 reads
 
SORRY IF THIS IS A DUPLICATE MESSAGE - JUST REALIZED DIFFERENT FORUMS AVAILABLE :)
Hi. I just found this site! Most of my support has come from Facebook cardiomyopathy and ICD groups and has been great. I'm always eager to learn more about what others are experiencing and to provide support to my "online friends" around the globe. A quick synopsis of my condition and treatment then a question about a procedure I had done today... I am 35 year old Caucasian female, 5'3", 128 pounds, with no coronary artery disease. DX July 2013 with cardiomyopathy, EF 30%, LBBB, and sinus tachycardia. For the past 10 or so years my resting heart rate has been about 104-110 bpm. We tried treatment with meds only and in Dec 2013 I had a Medtronic Viva X...


Posted by kirkmanmj on 2014-05-26 19:40. 3 comments. 308 reads
 
Hello All --

I had a Boston Scientific ICD (pace maker and defib combo) installed in February 2014.

Background: 61.......athletic.......ran 1/2 marathon January 2014....lift weight 3 times a week.....run 5k 3 times a week...

2 years ago started having strange heart palpitations but they always came and went quickly....did all the usual heart tests.... nothing abnormal....

October 2012 heart went into ventricular tachycardia....had to go to hospital and got shocked back into rhythm....doctor started me on verapamil

November 2012...verapamil didn't work....VT again....hospital....shock....doctor performed an ablation......on the table for 5 hours heart would not act up....beat as normal...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-05-24 10:09. 0 comments. 136 reads
 
I have only a pacemaker but noticed this ad in the red lined box at the middle top of the message pages about a new study by Boston Scientific. This is NOT a testimonial from me, only an interest because the doctor featured in the video when clicking on that site is the director of the heart rhythm dept. at the University of Chicago and my doctor for the last three years. He installed my pacemaker on Feb. 4, 2014 and I am part of the Boston Scientific Samurai study for MRI compatible pacemakers. I have already passed my MRI compatibility test and am now on their monitor box and checkups for the next 5 years. I find this all very interesting.

Posted by Lyn4477 on 2014-05-23 01:15. 2 comments. 351 reads
 
Does anyone know if having an ICD for low ejection fraction qualifies for Social Security Disability?

Posted by GRACE01 on 2014-05-19 23:25. 1 comments. 250 reads
 
Can anyone advise I got my ICD fitted on 2/20/14 and I always have the above feelings.




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