St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by luckylouise08 on 2016-05-27 22:11. 2 comments. 105 reads
 
Hi all, i'm going for a second opinion on some recent holter monitor results. I got told I had Wenckebach episodes at night and that shouldn't be an issue if I don't have symptoms. Well I do have dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, fatigue, chest pains, headaches and lots of unexplained medical issues. I go to the gym a lot but my heartrate has always been disturbingly high even after not going too mad...and I must stress that I am not overweight or unfit and I try to eat healthily. I am concerned as the person giving my results said he cannot explain why my heartrate was 'very high' during exercise on the results and he also mistakenly believed my day not exercising on the results was an exercise day as my heart was 'very high' heartrate,...


Posted by BreatheDucky on 2016-05-24 20:17. 2 comments. 146 reads
 
Hi all,
I don't really know how to start, so...here it goes.
I have severe chronic pain that refuses to let me live my life.
I've tried so many things, with little results.
Meds, physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, exercise, rest, spinal injections, braces, decompression, massage....you name it.
I desperately want to try Cryotherapy. Buuut... Pacemaker.
Has anyone ever managed to make it happen?

Posted by madison on 2016-05-21 17:17. 0 comments. 114 reads
 
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Posted by Vishnu on 2016-05-21 14:01. 2 comments. 172 reads
 
I have had a Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker for last 14 years which is due for a change. Never had any issues with it.

Due to rare arterial fibrillation my doc now wants to replace it with a St. Jude PM2240 Assurity.

I would appreciate feedback from those having experience with this device.

Thanks.

Posted by celine on 2016-05-20 20:16. 2 comments. 206 reads
 
I am an 18 year old with acquired heart block (specifically Lev's disease) that requires a pacemaker (I expect to be paced in a few months). The results from my heart monitor showed several lengthy pauses in my heart beat on one isolated occasion but the rest of the tape looked normal. I feel dizzy countless times per day and I often faint when I go from sitting to standing but my doctor said these symptoms were not related to my heart block based upon the tape alone. Given that my heart and body are otherwise completely healthy, I feel that this must be correlated somehow. Has anyone else had these symptoms along with heart block and if so, were they resolved after being paced?

Thank you!

Posted by lizs101 on 2016-05-20 03:00. 8 comments. 223 reads
 
On 2/24/2015 I had an AV Node Ablation with Pacemaker implant. My life over the past few months has been very stressful. With all the stress in my life I have found that there are times when I can actually feel my A-Fib again but it took me until this week to go in to see my Cardiologist and EP. Needless to say they would have preferred that I checked with them earlier but were glad that I came in to check with them even if it could have been sooner, but I just could not cope with anything else. The only reason I went in now is because my second complete knee replacement surgery is scheduled for June 1st and I had to be cleared by my EP and Cardiologist for the surgery. This was the first time I had seen an interpretation like the foll...


Posted by djohnston on 2016-05-15 21:17. 1 comments. 124 reads
 
http://misc.medscape.com/pi/android/medscapeapp/html/A151597-business.html

Good information on AV

Also, check out: HRS - Heart Rhythm Society

Posted by djohnston on 2016-05-15 20:59. 0 comments. 171 reads
 
Pacemaker Failure

Although pacemakers are reliable life-saving devices, problems do rarely occur. It is important to understand why you have a pacemaker. This can also help you understand why it might "fail." These are some reasons you may have a pacemaker:

•To help control your heart rate if it is too slow, too fast, or irregular


•Heart block


•Damage to the part of the heart controlling the heart rhythm due to a heart attack


•Fainting because of your heart's irregular rhythm


•A fast, irregular heart rate uncontrolled by medication


Signs and symptoms of pacemaker failure or malfunction include:

•Dizziness, light...


Posted by djohnston on 2016-05-15 20:34. 0 comments. 76 reads
 
http://www.stars.org.uk/files/file/Patient%20Day%20Presentations%202012/120923-Pacemakers%20&%20neurocardiogenic%20syncope,%20A%20Brandes.pdf

Above link is regarding research of SYNCOPE and PMs, why sometimes the PM works and sometimes the PM does not resolve the Syncope.

Posted by Raphe on 2016-05-13 08:31. 1 comments. 138 reads
 
It is now four weeks since my Pacemaker was inserted. i am still getting a fair amount of irritation around the wound and occasional slight pain in that area and at the top of my left arm. Will these disappear in time?

Posted by PM43 on 2016-05-12 18:30. 0 comments. 151 reads
 
Hey all! I got my PM 6 days ago b/c of AF episodes I've been dealing with since my 20's (43) now. I had a cardio conversion the day b4 & hr went so low that they had to give me an emergency PM. I had an ablation 6 yrs ago that took for about 1&1/2 yrs then the episodes started again more frequently. I knew that a pacemaker was the inevitable outcome. They put it under the muscle for aesthetic purposes & the first few days I had frozen shoulder & severe pain, now just pain still & such an odd feeling of tightness still even though a lot of swelling has subsided. Also when I first get up It hurts so badly that I have to stay seated for 2 minutes b4 I get up. Also I can only sleep 4hrs at a time & only in my back. Also I am on rythymal and di...


Posted by Sheppey on 2016-05-12 15:19. 3 comments. 115 reads
 
Can Flacainide influence a DDDR Pacemaker?

Posted by rjd1218 on 2016-05-11 02:10. 3 comments. 110 reads
 
I am 38 years old. I was 37 when I had my pacemaker implanted in December of last year. I I found out that I had a 2nd atrioventricular heartblock, but I also found out I have an aneurysm on my atrial valve, this past September. My cardiologist said I was born with the heartblock, but wasn't sure about the aneurysm. I know this is a pacemaker site- but is there anyone else that has this same problem?

Posted by redbug15@verizon.net on 2016-05-07 19:26. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
As a caregiver I pick up my patient's meds all the time. She has been on Xeralto for about 1 1/2 years. She has been paying right around $95.00 after insurance pays. This months it was $185.00. Her tramadol had gone up a little and the pharmacist said there had been an increase in meds. What could warrant a doubling in price? She is fortunate that she can afford these meds. What do other people do I wonder?

Posted by Gina0101 on 2016-05-01 20:33. 4 comments. 249 reads
 
Had more of what I thought was excessive pacing and finally were able to catch it happening...new diagnosis---afib. Events documented over 7hrs with rates over 460bpm. My EP was in office and was able to see me for a few minutes. He added metoprolol and flecainide to my meds, gave me some afib brochures and told me to read about the condition along with catheter ablation, bring husband back with me to appt on May 25th. Afib events are still happening but not as intense as they were. Any advice to a newbie, on this condition and the ablation procedure???

Thanks!
Gina

Posted by popolop06 on 2016-04-26 19:20. 1 comments. 233 reads
 
Don't know if my clinic is always telling me the truth about my pacemaker check ups. After 2 bypass surgeries and stent, I landed on my feet with sinus Brady/tachy cardiac. I have palpitations that mysteriously doesn't show up on my checkups, am I crazy or what?

Posted by arbnor85 on 2016-04-24 21:02. 2 comments. 189 reads
 
Hi,

It has been 3 months since I had a surgery - Dual chamber ICD implant. I've been diagnosed several months ago with ARVD, haven't had any serious issue so far but almost every 10th of heartbeat there is one palpitation (sometimes, they are up to fourth in a row) and sometimes every third or fourth heart beat.

I am taking sotalol for a few months now, in dosage up to 240 mg per day. Is there any other remedy that I can use or is there anything I can do to reduce these palpitations, since they are affecting the quality of my life ? What food should I eat more or what should I avoid, is there anybody that can help ?

Thanks,

Posted by Raphe on 2016-04-20 12:40. 2 comments. 272 reads
 
Is there any connection between height blood pressure and the need to have a pacemaker. My BP fell after my Pacemaker was fitted

Posted by trapper99 on 2016-04-19 19:03. 4 comments. 292 reads
 
Hi
I have settled into my PM pretty well. I have a Medtronic MRI safe model. I am scheduled for a pelvic area MRI in a few days and asked the doctor what I can expect, but did not get much of an answer.
Is there a certain procedure that they follow? Is there supposed to be a PM Tech there? Will they change the settings prior and post test? Will I feel anything regarding the PM, or how I feel, during the test?
I thank you for any help you can provide. I saw the NP this morning and could barely get a grunt out of her. Quite frustrating.

Lou

Posted by Megan on 2016-04-15 17:47. 10 comments. 520 reads
 
I have recently had a pacemaker implanted and have been told that I need to take medication to thin my blood ie. Warfarin, Is this correct. Advice is appreciated.



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