St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by fox30 on 2016-02-07 14:23. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
I have a Medtronic CRT PM and apparently every night at 1:oo am the system get data from my Pm and send it I think to the local PM Center. Does anyone know exactly what type of info is sent and what red flags are there for some action level?

Posted by Jayp on 2016-01-31 18:26. 2 comments. 158 reads
 
Had a St Jude dual chamber 2240 PM implanted early Oct.2015 to help with AF and AV block. The procedure and 6 week recovery went smoothly as planned.No problems or complaints. Was put on Tikosyn in attempt to control the AF. One month after the implant I was in NSR 66% of time. I am trying to understand why I get an irregular heart beat about 5% of the time I take a BP reading(Microlife device confirmed by manual observation). Is that normal and simply a manifestation of the AF that the PM can't control? The one month diagnostic test measured VP at 99%. PM is set to DDDR mode. I think my problem is that I don't understand how the PM is working. Can anyone help me understand? Thanks in advance.

Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2016-01-28 06:06. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
Good news so far after recent tweak

After feeling rotten yesterday after the tweak (which seems to be quite normal as CLS in the pacemaker needs to re-learn your body - fast heart rate / palpatations), today was great. Walked up a number of steep hills / stairs without issue and just got back from a 30 minute run (even ran up a fairly steep hill) - best I have felt in months.

Really happy so far.

The new settings will use more battery (given more beats) but reasonable price to pay for feeling good

Paul

Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2016-01-27 01:35. 3 comments. 416 reads
 
Haven't posted in a while but thought would share a recent experience.

For months I had been struggling walking up stairs / hills - legs would go weak and would really blow hard. Yet when I ran / exercised it was mostly fine. It was if the oxygenated blood wasn't getting through at low levels of exercise. This was strange as one year before I was walking up steep hills in the Swiss alps without issue.

I went and did the Biotronic check and they were perplexed (they couldn't see a problem) suggesting it may not be the PM (just less fit than before). They made some tweak but the same problem existed.

Eventually (1-2 months later after trialling the change and rebooking an appointment) I went back again and...


Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-01-21 02:30. 5 comments. 229 reads
 
had pace maker interrogation today and my heart rate haven't been back down to 60bpm yet. Is this normal? even when I,m resting my heart rate is between 88 and 97 bpm.. my pacemaker tech said everything was fine when he did the interrogation but when I got home my heart rate never got back down to 60 bpm..

Posted by jsne on 2016-01-19 21:20. 2 comments. 206 reads
 
Have been back in touch with my Cardiologist re' more monitoring and/or another treadmill/settings visit.
Back in September after a very successful session I manage to do a huge amount more on my holidays and came back ready to get back to as near normal as possible.
Had 3months on meds for tachy (PMT)now off them but have gone back to feeling almost as bad as before the good visit.
Has anyone had similar ? did more tweaking help or any other procedures . At my lowest ebb as I do wonder if this is what it's going to be like, will be year in Feb since I got my PM and had hoped things were finally settling down.
Finding work hard as my concentration is poor through tiredness, and general frustration.
Try hard to keep...


Posted by mnoshea on 2016-01-19 20:18. 0 comments. 162 reads
 
Hi
I posted recently re some concerns I was having eg, breathless on exertion, light headed , tired and having hair loss. This has increased again since I have started back more active again. Now 6 weeks post implant. Was told I had SSS and have dual chamber pacemaker in plae.
Was told upper chamber pacing 99% of the time and lower very little.. Lower rate reduced down from 60 to 55 and more sensitive setting applied to response rate.
Spoke with Dr , He is unsure why I am now back with symptoms again. Going to have Stress Test tomorrow under his supervision to see if heart rate is increasing enough with exercise.
After that he is unclear what is causing me to be like this....Maybe more blood tests to see if other cause...


Posted by CindyHollyfen on 2016-01-19 12:13. 2 comments. 201 reads
 
Hi all I,m currently on my 2nd pacemaker I have 2nd degree heart block- weinkibac I really don't know much about my pacemaker or even my first one 😐 I,m due for check up in Aug, my current one has a battery life of 10yrs, so that makes my next replacement pacer is due by Feb 2017 which is ages away, going by my last one which had a battery life of 7yrs, I lasted 6 1/2yrs. So roughly going by that, it would make my new replacement will take place from Sept 2015. I,m starting to feel my pacemaker kick in (I pace on demand) its mainly at night when I resting, I,m starting to wake up at night baking hot but my is skin cold wet and clammy, I,m becoming more tied and to do things is more difficult and breathless (I know I ain't fi) so ...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2016-01-19 04:51. 0 comments. 95 reads
 
Check In with the cardio, and my pacer is still going strong with 8yrs left on the battery life. My cardio then asked if he could use me as a "poster child" for earlier implantation in cases like mine. The medical community has a very hmmm....let's wait and see approach when it comes pacers in the under 50 crowd, unless you are DOA I have noticed. My cardio is pushing for that to change, when appropriate, because I have no doubt that without the pacer, I wouldn't be able to live my life the way I do.

Anyway, I poke my head around here sometimes, to all the new ones, pacer life gets better, remember that it is technically heart surgery when you get implanted, it's going to suck for a bit, but the rewards are worth it!

Posted by KevMc on 2016-01-16 19:30. 6 comments. 232 reads
 
For how long after the procedure should ice packs be used, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off?

Is the purpose for doing so only to prevent swelling... or more likely for the pain? - Of course a painkiller was prescribed so that should deal with that not the ice per se.

Posted by Waitress on 2016-01-13 15:38. 2 comments. 217 reads
 
On Monday I had my pacemaker adjusted up 10 BPM due to rapid heart beat episodes, now my head hurts/ feels funny, anybody else have this?

Posted by SBB96 on 2016-01-12 20:45. 3 comments. 262 reads
 
Good Day Pacemaker club members
I am a Product Design student at University and for my current project I am designing a communication device, and I have chosen to make something for people that have had a pacemaker or internal defibrillator fitted. A little background info, I have a family member that has a Defib fitted so I have been able to find out quite a lot of information from them about living with one. What I have taken an interest in to is how Doctors are able to collect information from them when the person goes in for a checkup. I would really appreciate if anyone would be able to tell me if they know how the doctor is able to connect/receive the data from the device. I know my family member used to have a machine that had...


Posted by Lisalac on 2016-01-12 20:43. 1 comments. 234 reads
 
I'm going in for my 6 week checkup tomorrow and to adjust some of the settings of my Medtronic MRI dual lead pacemaker. I have been searching through previous posts and the internet for some answers on the rate response and whether or not I need it on and if so what are some recommendations for the settings. I was diagnosed with SSS and bradycardia; 44 year old female runner. I am on no medications. right now my rate response is on ADL/Exertion responses are both at 3; medium Low activity threshold; 30 sec acceleration; 2.5 min deceleration; ADL setpoint is 18 and UR setpoint is 40. my lower rate is 50bpm and upper is 145bpm. I am having some issues with always feeling like there is something in my throat (almost like mild choking) t...


Posted by mnoshea on 2016-01-12 18:57. 1 comments. 220 reads
 
Hi
just a few queries....posted a while ago about breathlessness on exertion whether tweaking was required on settings and getting my head around how this works.
My post implant check up is next week and I have more queries....I have upped my walking this week both in pace and distance. I was a bit disappointed to begin to get light headed again while exercising....Is this linked to settings and breathlessness. or can anyone shed some light on their own experiences....
Also, I am experiencing a huge amount of hair loss... This started approx. 2 months prior to pacemaker implant and is continuing to the point of my clothes are covered in hair ongoing...not a good look for a woman....
Thanks again for responses . Trying t...


Posted by PacedProfessor on 2016-01-11 03:24. 3 comments. 227 reads
 
I don't mean to beat this horse any more than it has been. I am confused a bit.

My atrium is pacing 60% of the time and my right ventricle is pacing at 1%. If I were to be asked how much I'm being paced, would it be 60? 1? Something in between?

Again, sorry for the silly question.

Posted by Gus on 2016-01-09 19:01. 4 comments. 274 reads
 
In monitoring my heart rate (Fit Bit HR) since the installation of my pacemaker on October 12th which I understand would not allow my rate to drop below 60 according to my Fit Bit HR. It had not gone below 60 however today (Jan 9th) for the first time I am getting readings at times between 50-60. Is the Fitbit inaccurate? Is the pacemaker not working? Are there other explanations? Should my pacemaker be checked?
Gus

Posted by Msat on 2016-01-06 18:22. 4 comments. 307 reads
 
I just had my Biotronik Eluna interrogated. My atrial pacing had gone from 71% to 93% in a month even though we had decreased basic rate from 60 to 55 and CLS from medium to low. I would have thought I would have paced less. The technician says the increase is because I have been more active. Does that make sense? Is the increase significant or anything I should be concerned about?

He has now increased basic rate up to 60 and CLS to medium (60/130). He also increased sensor/ rate fade from 2 to 4 which I think makes my heart rate go both up and down quicker. My Mode is DDD-CLS whatever that means.

Any idea what I can expect to experience as a result of all these changes?

Thanks to Inga, I know to ...


Posted by emabo on 2016-01-05 01:09. 6 comments. 397 reads
 
My heart pacemaker is nine years old. I am 73 years old. I have Bradycardia. Cardiologist, seems to think I still have time for a new pacemaker to be put in. That is ok with me,LOL My pacemaker is set, to not kick in all the time. just as needed..I am just so tired all the time, I need a nap everyday. I feel exhausted. After doing a few easy chores. Washing dishes,making my bed, I need to sit down from feeing tired. I have to nap every day.Then, after nap I cannot sleep til the wee hours of the morning .Could it be my old pacemaker is giving out. Is this tiredness,a sign of needing a new pacemaker, since I moved, the interrogation tests are every six to nine months,they were monthly before I moved. I am not happy with the new changes ...


Posted by mnoshea on 2016-01-04 17:37. 11 comments. 308 reads
 
Hi
Just wondering if anyone could explain why I might be still getting breathless on exertion i.e while out walking or going up a stairs...I had pacemaker inserted in Dec 2105 for SSS....I know lower rate is set at 60 but don't know upper rate...I know from card that rate response is on....I am due back to pacing clinic and doctor in 2 weeks time....Just trying to figure it out for myself...
Thanks in advance

Posted by Msat on 2016-01-04 15:46. 0 comments. 253 reads
 
I am 68 year old, previously healthy and active female. I had a Biotronic Eluna 8 DR-T implanted the day before Thanksgiving this year. I had been suddenly diagnosed with SSS Brady/tachy, proximal aFib, and SVT. Symptoms prior to PM were vague fatigue, dizziness, sob, and chest tightness. I continue to have same symptoms, only worse, post PM....hence my frustration.

I take Propafenone ER 225 and metoprolol ER 25 twice daily, and aspirin 325. My BP is well within normal range most days. I am aware of occasional palpitations, but do not know if they are simple pvc's, aFib, or what. Interrogation this week should reveal what has been going on more specifically.

Biotronik tech interrogated PM a few days after impl...




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