St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by L2 on 2014-12-18 06:58. 6 comments. 99 reads
 
I have a pacer and have had nothing but issues. 5 surgeries-leads coming off and infections. Now I have changed Dr. for second time due to trouble breathing and no one would listen. I found out that they turned off the rate response at previous office visit interogating pacer. (previous Dr.) This new Dr. had them turn it back on however for 6 month I had trouble breathing. Now going to a lung Dr. also but during this 6 month breathing problems and fluid building up. Cannot seem to get the fluid to leave. Would like to no if it is possible that it may go away now taking 40 mg of to different fluid pills. This cannot be good. Has any one had this problem and is there hope that I might get better?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-12-16 12:56. 5 comments. 96 reads
 
Very interesting study, and it's great that they are going to develop it even further:

http://www.cxvascular.com/crn-highlights/cardiac-rhythm-news---highlights/patients-with-standard-cardiac-devices-can-undergo-non-thoracic-mri-scans-registry-finds-

Inga

Posted by garsnig on 2014-12-14 12:23. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
Is the PM2210 effective when the major problem is Tachycardia rather than Bradycardia? I had a PM2210 implanted in Nov 2012 but the shortness of breath problem I have was not improved and I still experience a pulse rate of over 200 during exercise.

Posted by grizzhew on 2014-12-14 08:34. 3 comments. 108 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker in for 10 years[1st and 2nd degree heart block, just lately I have been having bad bouts of irregular heart beats mainly after eating.i have been told not use beta blockers because they are not suitable .
does any body know a way round this problem of mine or is in the same predicament.
many thanks

Posted by rolson on 2014-12-11 19:21. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
My doctor had changed my needs from metoprolol to rythmol. Can I change all at once or should I do in stages?

Posted by virgilrizzo on 2014-12-11 11:25. 3 comments. 209 reads
 
At present MRIs are being conducted on patients with PM2210s outside the USA.
It is sold as MRI compatible in the USA but does not have FDA approval for that use.

Medtronic and other companies do.
St Jude has dropped the ball here.

Comments?


Posted by Lesmdjm on 2014-12-11 05:28. 7 comments. 258 reads
 
After 3 very scary days, my husband was given a pacemaker. He had sick sinus syndrome and went in to sinus node arrest 3 Seperate times. He had no symptoms prior to Monday am . my question is why? Everything you read seems to be more attributed to age. Some syndromes And medication I read too. Who ever is young and diagnosed with similar issue- did you find out the cause? That is what I want to know. Hopefully he is on the mend now.

Posted by annesou on 2014-12-10 16:21. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
Hi I am new to this forum, so hope I am in the right place.

I have today had my first check up for the pacemaker, I was told after the examination that I have a tired heart, and they are going to increase my tablets and this will be done on a gradual basis, each month.
I have no problem with the pacemaker if the increase in tablets does not work then the next thing, is a new pacemaker, that would be able to cope........ at the moment it does not seem to be doing what they expected.
Has anyone else been told something like this?

I have arrhythmia so wonder if this is causing my heart to slow,
I am not sure.. Very new to all this only had the pacemaker since Middle of September. No problem as f...


Posted by kirkmanmj on 2014-12-07 18:58. 3 comments. 164 reads
 
I have VT caused by an unknown reason. Never had a heart attack and I am in pretty good shape. (ran 1/2 marathon this year) All test have come back negative. I have had 4 ablations, but the focus keeps popping up somewhere else. I have a dual lead ICD that paces me a 70 beats per minute. (My normal heart rate is 55 bpm). I take 25 mg of metoprolol tartrate and 160 mg of sotalol twice a day. (no side effects) I still go into VT once or twice a day and I am paced back into rhythm. (ICD overpaces my heart and I have a big rush of adrenalin and shortness of breath for 30 - 60 seconds)

Question: Can going into VT once a day damage my heart in the long run? Cardiologist says the ICD is doing its job.

I want the c...


Posted by RenatoT on 2014-12-07 17:15. 1 comments. 118 reads
 
I am a 55 year old male, non-smoker. Very fit. I lift weights pretty seriously and have done for over 20 years and run 15 kms a week approx. Recently, I saw a cardiologist because of palpitations and the Holter came back normal: 150 PVC and 20 PAC, I also had a stress test, which the cardio said was "excellent" and an echocardiogram. The echo results were all normal except for trace regurgitation in the Mitral, Tricuspid and Aortic valve. As I understand it, slight leakage is common, except in the aortic valve, which should not leak at all. I am concerned. I specifically asked if the aorta, and the aortic root were enlarged and he said no. They are fine.

The questions are: is trace leakage from the aortic valve normal and does ...


Posted by manaman on 2014-12-07 12:29. 1 comments. 98 reads
 
just had heart cath done to determine chest pressures. Had PM for 20 years with no issues, now this.Cecil
No major artery blockages BUT found multiple 60% blockages in small vessels. ( tree comment mid body ectasia inleft main).
Only relief I could get in hospital was with nitro cream patch (lasted about 5 hours). Anyone familiar with this and how was/is it treated?
Cecil

Posted by KarenLF on 2014-12-06 16:31. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Hi!

Where to start without boring you!?! Just confused about a thing or 2 . . . .

Recently had my PM renewed after 6 years because the sheath had worn away and so the PM paced randomly when it wasn't needed. I have a two lead PM. Instead of replacing the lead, they gave me an extra lead. I now have 3 leads going through my SVC. I was told before surgery they were going to replace the full PM. I felt fine after surgery, but just 2 weeks ago my RP was 100-130 measured over a few days. Last week my left hand and arm started to swell and became dusky. I took test e.g. bloods, X-ray and a C.T scan which showed there was a narrowing due to the 3 leads. I have since spent a week in hospital fighting an infection due to the ...


Posted by jenny97 on 2014-12-05 10:44. 0 comments. 105 reads
 
A recent CT scan with angiography for a GI bleed revealed enlarged right heart with dilated IVC and hepatic veins. According to the radiology report, this is indicative of increased right heart pressure. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is this associated with pacemaker syndrome? I am dual paced with POTS, vasovagal syncope, and intermittent complete heart block. I've had a PM since my early 20s, about 13 years or so. I am also treated for an autoimmune blood clotting disorder and lupus, so I'm already a little medically complex.

PS I was 5 weeks away from my first marathon when I had a serious GI bleed that landed me in ICU for a week; I'm pretty active and relatively physically fit.

PS2 Sorry for the shout...


Posted by pattysue on 2014-12-03 18:55. 2 comments. 160 reads
 
I have a dull pain around my pacemaker frequently. It's not debilitating but it does irritate me enough to notice it. Mostly it's above the pacemaker not below it. Anyone else have this issue? I have brought it up several times but each time the dr. wants to send me to the hospital where they check the pacemaker and do an ekg and I'm just fine, or so they say.

I have started a log for the days I have it but nothing jumps out at me.

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-29 13:09. 7 comments. 227 reads
 
I had my pm last August. After that I feel great. At times I even forget that I have it. what bothers me is the heartburn that I feel every evening or even at dawn that always awaken me and even disturb my sleep. I feel it is due to the medicines ( pradaxa- for my afib and simvastatin) I am taking. Does anybody has been taking pradaxa for more or less a year already? What is your experiences about it? May I take this opportunity of getting very comforting infer from this club. It helps a lot.

Posted by mojo on 2014-11-24 05:29. 3 comments. 174 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted January this year. Have been on warfarin for 12 months during which I am in and out of range which for me is 2 to 2.5 Due to an unrelated illness in September I was put on 60mg steroids daily. Although I am now off them they really screwed up my INR readings which one week was 4.9 then dropped to 1.2 in 2 weeks. I am having to inject myself daily with Dalteparin even though my INR is steadily climbing and is now 1.5. Is this a new thing in the UK because I have been this low before without treatment other than increasing my warfarin. My maintenance dose seems to be 6/7 mg daily. I ask because after 3 weeks my belly is lumpy, swollen and horrendously bruised. My INR nurse doesn't seem concerned, but I dread the aft...


Posted by vraghup on 2014-11-20 09:56. 2 comments. 127 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had a head injury and my pulse went down , got a pacemaker as part of treatment . Is there anybody in this forum who needed a pacemaker because of head injury ? My current utilization shows 93% . I want to know if the head injury is completely healed will there be any need for pacemaker

Thanks,
Venkat

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-17 03:14. 6 comments. 216 reads
 
I had my pm inserted 3 months ago. I was diagnosed with Afib so I am having pradaxa as my maintenance although I can not even feel when I have Afib. My problem is If i will take pradaxa I am not really comfortable. Has anybody experienced having afib with out having to take blood thinning. Another one is , is there a possibility that my afib will be gone? I practice life style change and have regular exercise and some health practices followed.
By the way, I suffered a mild stroke that is caused by blood cuagulation(not sure of the spelling) because of afib.and drs. said they would not want to let it happen again. Please advise me oon these issues.

Posted by Riahamilton101 on 2014-11-16 23:14. 3 comments. 143 reads
 
Has anyone else taken a bunch of different meds I also have ADHD so I take meds for that

Posted by cans624 on 2014-11-16 12:22. 6 comments. 246 reads
 
I have not been on here for a long time so many things going on in my life this year has not been a good one but my parents were both ill but slowly getting better my mom had to get a pacemaker this past February my question is I recently had an echo done and was told my ejection fraction is 50-55 percent low normal is that something I should be concerned about cause last year my ejection fraction was 55/60



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