St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by abbygirl on 2015-05-09 07:29. 0 comments. 183 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since 2003 (not the same one) and have recently been having runs of v-tach. I have shortness of breath and light headedness with them. My blood pressue also started to rise. My EP was concerned because of a history of Torsades. He put me on Metoprolol. My heart rate is running between 55-60 but now I have bouts of rapid heartbeat again. This time the heart rate is 85-90 with the same symptoms. It leaves me short of breath and feeling light headed. Also my PVC's have increased tremendously. I was having about 7000/month, now they have doubled with the lower heart rate. I have been on the Metoprolol about 2 months. I emailed my EP and he emailed back to stop the Met. Nothing else, no recommendations for any other drug...


Posted by Gatsey on 2015-05-08 10:27. 2 comments. 259 reads
 

Hi to all my pacemaker friends , I had a pacemaker fitted in 2013 due to having heart block from Myocarditis since having this I have started having panic attacks and I cannot tell you why as I am a confident person and I am not a worrier , has anyone else experienced this before ?

Thanks




Posted by Hidayah on 2015-05-08 09:39. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
Hi everyone!! I'm 25 years old, lady who was diagnosed cardioinhibitory syncope on 2005, Feb. I had a few episode of syncope for almost every year, and when it happened my systolic pressure went own until 30. Doctor told that there are two things that they can help me which are by implant the pacemaker and medication but both of the treatment was not advisable for me since they told that I still young for those things and they advised me to continue with healthy life style and avoid the trigger sources that can cause episode of syncope. currently in this 3 month after they diagnosed me, I had no episode of syncope but I had few episode of nearly syncope. I had make some research regarding my condition but I can't find any info regarding it...


Posted by casmered on 2015-05-07 16:40. 3 comments. 255 reads
 
I'm supposed to have an MRI for my knee tomorrow, but am a little hesitant because of the PM. I have a Boston Scientific K173 (Ingenio) pacemaker. Most of the searching on here shows older posts on the matter unless I'm just overlooking them.

This model is not listed as tested or mri friendly. I have some approvals from my pm doctor, but still a little hesitant. Why are the current thinkings of the community?

Posted by 2for1 on 2015-05-06 16:29. 1 comments. 266 reads
 
Dear All,

I am seeking advice about "upgrading" my 2-lead pacemaker to a 3-lead pacer to improve the function of my left ventricle.

Has anyone else had such an "upgrade"? I am trying to get a read on the likelihood that this is necessary or helpful.

I had a 2-lead pacer implanted in 2013 for 2-1 AV heart block, at age 55. I felt completely health prior to the implant and only stumbled on the irregular EKG due to a minor doctor's visit. Since then I have had *decrease* LVEF, it is now around 35% (pre-pacer more like 60%) according to 2 echos, 8 months apart. For 9 months after the implant I had a lot of fatigue, shortness of breath etc. but now I'm feeling fine again.

I have spoken to 2 ca...


Posted by Alastair on 2015-05-06 04:22. 0 comments. 128 reads
 
I'm a Brit guy in London. 45, previously very fit swimmer and triathlete. I had an episode of VT, non sustained, over a year ago. I had a Medtronic icd fitted, 4 months ago, it's been dormant. I take 1.25mg of Bisoprolol every day. I was originally taking 40mg of Nadolol / Corgard. I found the Nadolol made me feel like a zombie, the bisop less so. I just wondered if anyone has come off meds entirely and how you they are finding it? The docs here seem fairly adamant that meds will be required for ever, but in general they take the most conservative approach. Any views out there? Many thanks. Alastair

Posted by libbyg on 2015-05-05 15:24. 1 comments. 193 reads
 
Does anyone here know of alternatives to local anesthetics?

I'm in the middle of some dental procedures, and have experienced that my body can't handle lidocaine. I have bradycardia and an arrhythmia. Has else had similar experiences?

Posted by libbyg on 2015-05-05 15:24. 0 comments. 123 reads
 
Does anyone here know of alternatives to local anesthetics?

I'm in the middle of some dental procedures, and have experienced that my body can't handle lidocaine. I have bradycardia and an arrhythmia. Has else had similar experiences?

Posted by 20yrsoldx on 2015-05-05 14:28. 6 comments. 305 reads
 
Hi all, bit of a long story sorry! Just looking for advice really as I'm very confused. I'm a 20 year old female and since I was 3 years old I've had episodes of fainting/seizures. I've seen numerous cardiologists and neurologists to no avail - until now. I recently had a 5 day heart monitor fitted (I've had them before) but this time it picked up a second degree type 1 heart block. Reading the letter I was quite confused and worried, I'm only 20 and after googling what it actually means - was slightly concerned. They now think this could be causing the faints/seizures. It picked up that my heart stopped for 2.38 seconds (I don't actually know how bad this is). I'm to have a heart monitor fitted for a year.

I sometimes wake up ...


Posted by Narda on 2015-05-03 17:17. 6 comments. 356 reads
 
I have recently been diagnosed with heart failure. I am also totally dependent on the pacemaker. I am wondering if the pacemaker will help my ailing heart to pump more efficiently. And does anyone else have this same condition. Thanks.

Posted by Hairy on 2015-05-02 05:49. 0 comments. 165 reads
 
I have had Reiter's since the mid-70s. Two of my heart valves have been replaced. I had a pacemaker put in last year.

I take the blood thinner Warfarin to avoid clots.

I recently saw a new rheumatologist. She has prescribed sulfasalazine. However, doing some reading reveals that sulfasalazine decreases the effectiveness of Warfarin. This leads to significantly increasing the warfarin along with a lot of testing to determine if a theraputic level has been reached.

Does anyone have any experience with taking both sulfasalazine and Warfarin?

Posted by Mona on 2015-04-30 13:13. 12 comments. 405 reads
 
Does anyone else hava a problem with "white coat hypertension"? I have have had some anxiety and depression since I got my CRT-D device in February. I understand this is not unusual and have been trying to overcome it with deep breathing and relaxation I have always had a problem with elevated bp in the doctors office. Now doing cardio pulmonary rehab and got sent home yesterday because my bp was too high to exercise. Seems like when I walk in the rehab facility I began to have an anxiety attack. The nurse in the rehab facility said she had never heard of "white coat hypertension" and that I probably needed anti anxiety meds to use before my exercise session. I don't really want any more meds - I'm on Beta blocker and several other b...


Posted by strong on 2015-04-29 22:55. 1 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

My dad was recently diagnosed with heart failure. I'm trying to convince him to get an ICD implant. Presently, he is asymptomatic (i.e. Stage B, HF). I'm wondering how long do most ppl stay in the asymptomatic stage? Would anyone w/ HF be able to shed some light on this?

*I know that the ICD doesn't help his condition just mitigates sudden cardiac arrest.

Posted by Nikki-porter on 2015-04-28 18:19. 2 comments. 317 reads
 
Quick history....I am 30 years old. Starting in Jan 2014 my heart rate became constantly high. In April I was diagnosed with inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST). June 5, 2014 I had an ablation. Dr said that she had to perform very extensive ablations to my heart. On June 10, my heart rate dropped and I was taken to the emergency room. Heart rate was 26. The next morning I had a pacemaker put in. It has taken until a month ago to get my pacemaker settings correctly configured for me. A few months ago I had an episode of ventricular tachycardia while having the pacemaker interrogated. I was put on metoprolol. When I went for my checkup 2 weeks ago, I was told that i am now having runs of Atrial flutter. My list of diagnosis keeps getting l...


Posted by csvh on 2015-04-26 14:36. 1 comments. 178 reads
 
I was wondering if any women out there have a combined defibrilator and pacemaker and if you ever had a biopsy done near the implant.
I recently had a 3d mammorgram done in which they see architectural distortion but no mass. The ultrsound didn't show anything. Since i had radiation treatments in the eighties, they consider me to be high risk and want to do a biopsy on my left breast very close to where my pacemaker/defibrilator is.
I haven't scheduled it yet because they are waiting for insurance approval. I practically had to beg them to consult with my cardiologist. They said they would.
Anyway, if anyone has had a similar experience and went through with the biopsy I would like to know how it went.
Thank you!

Posted by trishas on 2015-04-26 08:53. 1 comments. 260 reads
 
I came across this blog while searching for information about
Betapace. My step children's mother who was just 68 years old died suddenly as a result of this drug. She never smoked, never drank, went to the gym weekly, ate all vegetarian and healthy foods. She had a bout of AFIB once a year that they got back into rhythm using meds or shock. For some reason this year the doctors at the hospital decided to put her on Betapace. She stayed in hospital for several days while they monitored the affects of the drug. They said it was ok and released her. She did not have a pacemaker just once a year AFIB. She was home for 2 days when she collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Emergency people came intubated her and she was put on life supp...


Posted by Sandune on 2015-04-25 08:39. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
Hello everyone,

I'm new and searching for some feedback from those who are willing to share their experiences about what's really happened to them or what to expect in the future.

Two years ago my 48- monitor was 80,000 and as of 4/24/15 I find out my 2 days found 68,000 (pvc). I'm 42 F and I feel left in the dark because, I've had the echo stress test with injections and echo cardio and more blood work ups.

Nobody wants to answer my questions until they get this test back or that test back. It's driving me crazy! I feel them all the time. I can't even sleep on my left side due to the pounding and does anyone have sharp "electrical pains" that spread like lighting and take your breath away? and then its ...


Posted by momhead on 2015-04-24 09:18. 2 comments. 187 reads
 
I am 9 months out from having my pacemaker implanted and have had no big problems so far....but the last few months I have had a lot of neck/shoulder/ear/jaw pain on the side of the pacemaker. Am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this??

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-21 19:50. 5 comments. 358 reads
 
Is it recommended to take a dose of antibiotics an hour or so before dental cleaning or other dental procedures if you have a single or dual lead pacemaker? I've heard some Dr's recommend it to protect against possible lead or pocket infection but not sure it's an issue.

Posted by raiderralph on 2015-04-20 19:00. 11 comments. 247 reads
 
Does anyone with CHF have low blood pressure 89/60 without any symptoms?
. The doctor didn't seemed concerned thoughts please



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