St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by denise on 2014-02-27 18:29. 3 comments. 309 reads
 
My Medtronic device delivered a shock recently. Ambulance came, went to ER, following up with dr, but so far no one has told me why it delivered the shock. How do they determine whether it was a false shock or not? I am very anxious about this.

Posted by Tcoombs81 on 2014-02-25 02:43. 1 comments. 161 reads
 
Does anyone know of any department or agency who has hired anyone with an ICD?

Posted by 1960gbarnes on 2014-02-19 14:11. 3 comments. 257 reads
 
I just had a bad experience. Felt like I was beening shocked everytime my heart beat... Accross my chest, stomach and neck area... Could this be possible? Dr said the readings show the de-fib did not go off. Hell I know a shock when I feel it... It lasted for 1 1/2 to 2 hours... Before ending up back in the ER...

Glen

Posted by Wimpie on 2014-02-19 06:47. 5 comments. 224 reads
 
Hi all
When lying down i can feel every pulse of the unit.
It is as if the lead touches my stomach.The only way to get to sleep is on my left side. Is this normal and has anyone else experienced the same?

Posted by fjj17332 on 2014-02-15 17:14. 8 comments. 469 reads
 
I understand that a defib/pacemaker is no help to a cardiomyopathy individual. I been a patient for 22 years. my EF is 27%. I avoid the extremes and doing pretty good. cardiologist recommends defib/pace. any help would be appreciated. Thanks early. Frank

Posted by guitarman on 2014-02-14 22:54. 5 comments. 442 reads
 
Last Wednesday, I started having cold symptoms, coughing and sniffles but the cough was magnified tenfold by Ramipril and an underlying chronic cough (not yet diagnosed). The coughing fits were so intense that I got dizzy and almost vomited when I had a coughing fit. I attributed the dizzyness and nausea to the cold but last Friday on February 7th, I got my first shock 6 weeks after my ICD was installed. I went to the emergency room and had another coughing fit and I went into a very brief v tach.

I was admitted for observation and the icd interogation revealed that the shock was appropriate and that I was 'paced' during my brief ER v tach. They replaced Ramipril with Losartan and started me on Sotolol. My cold is winding down ...


Posted by Music on 2014-02-13 11:59. 2 comments. 196 reads
 
Well, hubby had his 6 mo. checkup yesterday & the docs are so pleased....they said he's got the "Ferrari" of all defibrillators (it's a St. Jude thing), and with any luck (i.e. no shocks) the batter should last 5 years. We go to the cardiologist/electrophysiologist/internist every three months, and so far he's doing ok. Still needs to get down another 35 lbs, though. I think he's doing great for a guy (a musician, yet) who will not eat a veggie, and only does his walking in the evening, and is a basic couch potato. 53 lbs down so far. Nothing can be done about the neuropathy he's got due to the diabetes 2 he caused himself,, but he's off insulin now due to the weight loss, and the balance issues he'll just havve to learn to live with....


Posted by pippt36 on 2014-02-12 10:57. 6 comments. 554 reads
 
I bought some new bathroom scales and noticed on the instructions that they are not to be used if you have a pacemaker. I asked why this is and was told that bathroom scales can only be used if you have pacemaker that measures weight only - - not body fat etc.

Posted by Music on 2014-02-09 12:03. 7 comments. 315 reads
 
Hi people! My husband had a cardiac arrest in July, flatlined by the time he got to hospital, but they worked on him for 17 minutes & got him back. That was the longest flatline the hospital had to that point, with no brain damage. Then 17 days in ICU and a week in rehab to learn how to walk again, etc. His systems had begun to shut down. Prior, I had noticed his legs were a bit swollen, but I just assumed since he was a big guy, and had diabetes II, that it was just due to his weight. He's 66. He'd even had his heart checkup (from prior 1991 heart attack) three days before & was prescribed a diuretic. He never paid much attention to the "lose weight, exercise, eat right" advice. Turns out heart failure let to a flash pulmonary edem...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-02-04 19:15. 7 comments. 394 reads
 
I have read somewhere and wondered if it was really true that in UK if you die they want your ICD back-surely not?

Posted by Andreas on 2014-02-04 13:01. 4 comments. 654 reads
 
I am new to this forum and I got an ICD implanted last October 2013 after a cardiac arrest.

I was working on an offshore drilling rig. I had done a new medical and that was all ok. The doctor wrote on that same certificate that "working in a surrounding with very weak electromagnetic field". When my company received this certificate they gave me my notice and told me that they couldn't guaranty my safety on board the rig. I had asked prior to get a test done but they didn't.

I have tried to get information about the electromagnetic interference from certain equipment onboard but no success.

I just wonder if there is anybody or knows somebody who is working on a drilling rig with an ICD???????

And...


Posted by MICHAELECKER on 2014-01-31 11:16. 4 comments. 444 reads
 
How does one choose an ICD manufacturer? Pros and Cons etc.
Thank you
Mike

Posted by guitarman on 2014-01-22 22:14. 4 comments. 591 reads
 
My name is Don and I had a St Jude ICD fitted on December 31,2013. I'm 49 years old and on December 23, I thought I had a bad case of heartburn but after taking some antacids, I was feeling worse so I had my son drive me to the ER (should've called 911 . that's another story) and I was admitted to the hospital for 9 days after they did a cardioversion to get me back on rhythm. The next day, my doctor told me I was lucky to be alive since my heart rate was at 250 bpm because I was suffering a Vtach. During my stay, I got the million dollar workup , echo, angio, MRI, ep study. All of the results were indicative of a healthy heart with 65% ejection fraction. They were stumped as to what caused my episode so they installed an ICD.

I...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-01-18 14:03. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
My husband has icd.he has chf and LBBB.when he next has his device check his cardiologist is going to see how many vt episodes he has since having device fitted and he will refer him for vt abalation.is this procedure always successful and do you have to keep having it.does it improve sob?

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-01-17 19:05. 3 comments. 280 reads
 
My husband had icd fitted last July 2013 and received his first shock four and a half months after device fitted.On day of shock he had 14 episodes of vt throughout the day and it wasn't until the fourth time his defib activated with absolutely no warning.He was just lying still in bed.Has anyone else experienced a shock without warning?tks

Posted by mattsond34 on 2014-01-17 03:29. 1 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi everyone im a 28 year old male that up until recently I have always had a healthy heart with no issues with high blood pressure or anxiety. I have had chronic back pain for about 5 years now cause my a work related injury so had been prescribed gabapentin for the nerve pain. Over the past 2 years I had gradually increased my doses to compensate for the increasing back pain. Eventually I got to the point I was taking way too much I decided to take myself off of it. That week is when my heart issues started. The week after I got off of my medication is the worst week I've ever had in my life. The whole week I had no energy, no balance, blurried vision, severe depression because I couldn't do anything but lie in bed. Mid way through the w...


Posted by Badge65 on 2014-01-13 19:23. 3 comments. 238 reads
 
I am having ICD Surgery next week, I live 8hrs away from the hospital, just wondering if one can fly after surgery or do I have to Greyhound it? Oh by the way I just love this site, so much info.

Posted by armlor on 2014-01-12 21:39. 3 comments. 196 reads
 
I would like to know if the ICD can perform an EKG?
Thank You, Armlor

Posted by relax221 on 2014-01-04 17:13. 6 comments. 467 reads
 
JUST BOUGHT A NEW LEXUS RX350 AND THEY ARE WARNING EVERYONE WITH PACEMAKERS TO BE CAREFUL ?
HAS ANYONE EVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH A CAR REMOTE JUST TO OPEN THE CAR ?

MIKE

Posted by cjdrish on 2013-12-29 22:41. 1 comments. 220 reads
 
Hello! I have had a pm for since 12/1/12. At a normal check up my EP found that I had had a 63 sec episode of V-tach. He put in a icd 3 days later. The night before last I was laying down and I felt 3 distinct pluses or beats or something. I also felt my incision site and it was warmer. I didn't think anything of it, then an hour later it happened again. This time it woke me up. I am going to call my dr tomorrow, but I'm just worried. Any ideas?



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