St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by billvan on 2014-07-01 18:04. 0 comments. 153 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. 129 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. 369 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. 289 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. 275 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. 195 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. 181 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. 332 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. 399 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. 372 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. 215 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. 489 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 Cartman on 2014-05-26 19:40. 3 comments. 429 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. 259 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. 457 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. 336 reads
 
Can anyone advise I got my ICD fitted on 2/20/14 and I always have the above feelings.


Posted by pancres on 2014-05-18 13:27. 2 comments. 237 reads
 
Have had ICD St Jude in since 2011. Ablation six months ago. Felt great eventually.I am now getting Twitchin of my chest where device is.Almost like an explosion in my chest!!!. Has happened a couple of times at first I thought device had gone off. Has anyone else had this experience. I do have Honiton moniter by my bed . I presume nothing has shown up.
How does one know if battery is needing attention?
Hope to get a reply. Pancres.

Posted by Hugh228 on 2014-05-14 16:29. 7 comments. 719 reads
 
I have just finished reading "A nation forsaken" by Michael Maloof. The gist of the book is that its not if but when an EMP attack will come. On page 65, he states "While the actual pulse of electrons or microwaves has little or no effect on the human body, electronic circuitry installed inside the body does not fare well when subjected to high energy microwaves. The devices could heat up very quickly, turning surrounding tissue and blood into steam, searing the body at the site of the device and doing irreparable damage to the user." To his discredit, he cites no reference for the above statement. Still, I would like to hear what you think before I run out to have my ICD removed. Hugh228

Posted by rocko on 2014-05-14 14:25. 1 comments. 317 reads
 
I can not find much on this problem. I know you can now apply for a waiver but that is only half the problem. I now have a waiver for vision and can not find out if you are allowed two waivers at the same time. I know in the past it wasn't possible, but the FMCSA are changing regulations pertaining to this, and wondering if anybody has any answers.

Posted by martin1995 on 2014-05-14 14:18. 2 comments. 225 reads
 
I have not been able to use my Merlin transmitter from
Barbados and need to know how to use the internet to relay the readings. Anyone have any suggestions?

Zapper had a post on 2/21/14 with some ideas for an inexpensive hookup with a broadband kit using off the shelf router and a USB adapter. He was going to the EU for work and I wonder if the setup worked in Germany.

Any communication on this will be appreciated before I invest in a router and adapter.

Martin1995


Update 8/23/2014
Still looking for the success of using locally purchased electronic leads and router to send transmissions via Merlin. So far I have to return to Florida from the Caribbean to be able...




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