St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by oli on 2016-02-21 17:53. 2 comments. 384 reads
 
Hi

I had my ATP, MRI compatible pacemaker fitted eight days ago. Since having it implanted my blood pressure has suddenly shot up. Has this been caused by the pacemaker and if so what can I do about it.
Any information would be helpful.

Many thanks



Posted by annie21 on 2016-02-18 12:16. 2 comments. 372 reads
 
Have been beta blockers for 4 weeks due to heart problems, i have constant discomfort, feels like a tight band round my bra line. My heart feels heavy.

Posted by ashaark on 2016-02-18 03:34. 0 comments. 266 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted three weeks ago. Yesterday I started experiencing arrhytmia. My EP told me to come in to check my heart rate. Since my pacemaker is only three weeks old, he cannot make adjustments until the third month of implantation.

He prescribed Rythmol for the arrhytmia, but after checking all the side effects of this drug, I am hesitant to start taking it. Does anyone have any experience with this drug?

One of the side effects state this drug could make arrhytmia worse.

Posted by Jonnyhall32@gmail.com on 2016-02-17 19:44. 4 comments. 412 reads
 
Hey everyone, I am a little freaked out about my current situation. I am 32 and was in the ER last Monday and Tuesday for my heart. Since returning from Italy two weeks ago, I have had a really slow heartbeat and some chest pains associated with palpitations and just being plain tired. I had tests for my cardio system all last week and this week, pretty much everything showed up normal with the exceptions of bradychardia and some abnormal heart beats. I had a heart murmur as a child, and the doctor said that I have an AV blockage known as a bundle branch block. I am going to a electrophysiologist soon to see about a heart monitor, and it looks like I need a pacemaker. Did anyone here have a similar thing happen to them? Just out of t...


Posted by roro on 2016-02-17 02:11. 5 comments. 435 reads
 
Is it necessary to take a bloodthinner after you have a pm put in. Dr has tried me on 3 and they all give, me a problem with my stomach is there anything else to try.

Posted by wantok on 2016-02-17 00:25. 6 comments. 261 reads
 
I have a 4+ year old EnRhythm pacemaker which I got for sick sinus syndrome and absolute bradycardia (also had a cardiac ablation for a-fib). I was told that my accelerated junctional rhythm problem is caused by a non-functional p wave due to my sick sinus syndrome. This arrythmia plagues me when I exercise strenuously (15 minutes on an elliptical, if that is strenuous, for example) and as I am a 68 year old female, I don't see giving up exercise as an option. I have appointments with both my cardiologist and EP in a month, but you all are so helpful I thought I would get some feedback. The cardiologist wants me on a beta blocker. I am very sensitive to drugs and have side effects. I took atenenol once and didn't sleep that night, an...


Posted by manasi on 2016-02-01 16:44. 2 comments. 317 reads
 
Hello ,

I am from India , Pune. I have congenital complete heart block.
I am under treatment of Dr.Anil Katdare. Currently , I am not under any medication. Doctor is advising to prolong PM as much as possible which is good.
My question is how to live normal life with CHB. I get little bit of chest pain or fatigue when I try to do something more.
My daily activities are just 20% of normal human being. I want to improve my stamina. Currently , I take 1 mile beginners walk by Lesile as exercise. I am vegetarian.
Please advise.

Posted by braveheart on 2016-02-01 16:17. 1 comments. 422 reads
 
Hi friends,

Hope you are all well!

I have PM put in Mar. 2015 and have gone thru some ups and downs, overall, I had been feeling pretty well until last week when I swept curling, I all of sudden felt lightheaded and very dizzy. I went to Hospital A where the PM was installed to have it adjusted. However, the following week that I have been feeling weak, dizzy sometimes and went Hospital B and being kept there for further assessments. Here are some of the possibilities:

1.) suspect there is inflammation in surrounding areas of the heart, been given anti-inflammation drug in an attempt to resolve the soreness
2.) Been put on beta blocker in hope to control heart rate that went too high when I was ex...


Posted by mchokozi on 2016-01-30 21:05. 7 comments. 568 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Let me state a quick disclaimer here.
I am a bit cynical about HMO's continual emphasis on saving money.
Sometimes it seems they cut corners at patients expense.
(My insurance provides this coverage.)

Having shared that with you, here is my question:

Yesterday I had my battery replacement.

At the pre-op appointment, the surgeon said that the ECHO from 2 years ago displayed my heart looking "small and healthy."

I noticed that she did not order any preoperative labs nor an ECG.

I know that a pacemaker battery replacement is a minimal procedure, but I had still expected rudimentary preoperative labs and an ECG.

When ...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2016-01-27 14:53. 1 comments. 352 reads
 
I have a St Jude ICD which was implanted in Oct 2015(2nd device) and was on 10 mg of bisoporol daily but before being discharged from hospital I was having ectopic heartbeats they upped dose to 12.5 mg daily.Today had cardiac assessment before starting cardiac rehab and nurse commented she never known anyone havingore than 10mg.

Posted by Sara82415 on 2016-01-25 02:02. 2 comments. 365 reads
 
I'm a 46 yr old woman who was diagnosed with CPVT in Aug 2015 after failing a stress test. Got a Medtronic defibrillator 3 days later. I have no family history (that I know of), no previous heart issues, perfect BP, active (cross fit etc), until after a horrible virus in June. Had several episodes over the summer that I chalked up to my "lungs". I'm looking for a 2nd opinion on my condition/treatment. Wondering if anyone has a doc recommendation in California. I'm wondering about genetic testing for my 2 kids (18 and 13) and can't get any traction with my current doc.
Thanks for any help/advice as I navigate this "new normal".

Posted by Willsr61 on 2016-01-24 19:36. 4 comments. 414 reads
 
I just had my dual chamber Medtronic put in two weeks ago. I had bradycardia that caused junctional accelerated rhythm. My Bpm was 44. My EP set it at 70. But now my resting bpm bounces between 77 and 89. I don't understand why.


Posted by Tash123 on 2016-01-24 16:26. 5 comments. 582 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had my new Boston Scientific pacemaker implanted July 2015 (device #5, old leads replaced) and has been taking longer to heal since he removed a lot of old scar tissue. I am still set at default and my next check up is in March.
The past few days my jaw has been hurting and I realized I have a wisdom tooth coming in that somehow cracked and is very painful. I am aware that I do not need any type of oral bacterial infection but I recently moved and do not have a regular dentist and have never had a problem like this before. I have insurance but I know it could take a few days to get in with new drs. I already took an antibiotic (Bactrim) but I only had two left.
Does anyone know how to prevent infection ...


Posted by Klstephens on 2016-01-22 20:12. 4 comments. 473 reads
 
I'm so thankful to find this group! I'm feeling a lot better about my life expectancy! I am 34 very active, 4 little children, runner, love to stay as healthy as possible while still enjoying life to the fullest.

My chest has had an ache to it (for three months now) and I've noticed skipped beats and slow heart rate. Do you have a heart ache with av block? I had the holster monitor, and my cardi doc also noticed a murmur. I'm scheduled for a echo on Monday. Is this truly important? I'm a little worried that av block could be caused by something else more serious, is this common? Does anyone else have a murmur along with it?

Is there anyone who can explain why this happens? I get how, but what causes it? Is there...


Posted by Msat on 2016-01-22 18:37. 4 comments. 402 reads
 
Have SSS. Biotronik PM implanted Thanksgiving. Difficulty tolerating rhythmol and beta blocker, so started Multaq 2 weeks ago. FELT AWESOME until started having sustained atrial flutter episodes a few days ago. Flutter over 300bpm and ventricular rate at around 150. Anyone else experience this? Could it be Multaq side effect or is it just not working? Is ablation next?

Posted by SLy on 2016-01-22 15:01. 3 comments. 303 reads
 
I had a Biotronik Entovis SR-T implanted on 5/21/2015 for my bradycadia (40 to 50 bpm during resting). It helps to maintain my heart rate above 60 now. But off and on I feel palputation when I am driving or just slow walking. This PM has CLS (closed loop stimulus algorithm) feature that suppose to help me during exercise. But I don't like it when I have palputation, with heart rate go over 100 bpm (lasting from 30 seconds to 5 minutes), during resting or driving sometime. Does anyone have simular symptom? Thanks in advance for any feed back.

Posted by VickiB on 2016-01-22 13:52. 3 comments. 349 reads
 
I had my pacer implanted about 5 years ago. I have a bruise over my pacer that has been there for several days. I didn't hit it or bump it. Could the leads be leaking? Anybody else have this happen?


Posted by Sheppey on 2016-01-17 21:10. 3 comments. 329 reads
 
Just recently had persistent Fast A/F. Pacemaker implant for SSS ..Tachy/Brady:
Kept increasing Bisoprolol to 10mg daily..to no effect.
500mcg Digoxin (single dose) followed by 250mcg daily.
This dosage is keeping my Rate down below 100HR -and the Pacemaker is keeping me above 60HR .
Having blood tests.
This seems like a very high dosage to me?
Has anyone had a similar experience?

Hoping they will cut these levels down?

Best regards to all.

Posted by Bebie on 2016-01-15 18:43. 2 comments. 393 reads
 
Hi everyone. I am now in my third year of my PM. I thank God that with my PM I am free from the fatigue, tired and even dizzy most of the time. May I inquire if taking blood thinner because of my Afib is the reason why I am gaining more weight from time to time. with in the period I gain more or less 15 lbs already. Is it because I have to eat more so prevent some stomach discomfort because of the meds I am taking? Thank you for your insights.

Posted by Bebie on 2016-01-15 18:43. 0 comments. 258 reads
 
Hi everyone. I am now in my third year of my PM. I thank God that with my PM I am free from the fatigue, tired and even dizzy most of the time. May I inquire if taking blood thinner because of my Afib is the reason why I am gaining more weight from time to time. with in the period I gain more or less 15 lbs already. Is it because I have to eat more so prevent some stomach discomfort because of the meds I am taking? Thank you for your insights.



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