St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by SnailScout on 2015-12-17 11:41. 3 comments. 347 reads
 
Since my last pacemaker check in September 2015 the doctors say that it looks like my pacemaker is working faster than it should be or my body is making it faster. Though it's not clear what is happening, I had an ECG a few weeks ago, I am having a pacemaker check on the 29th of this month and will be having an echo sometime soon to ensure 1 the tumour isn't growing back and 2 to see the blood pumping through the chambers.

Warfarin has been talked about so has pacemaker lead change or adding a 3rd lead. I told them that I am breathless and rather tired but they seem to think I am going steady. However I suffer with anxiety and from the start of this week I have been sick, mega heart flutters and palpitations, headache, very tir...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-12-16 16:16. 1 comments. 302 reads
 
Kinda curious:
When one's ECG results are as such:
Ventricular rate: 76 Atrial rate: 76
QRS Duration 176 ms
QT Interval: 464 ms
QTCINT: 518 ms
P axis: ----- R axis: 14 degrees T axis: 107 degrees
How do these #'s compare with someone who is not PM dependent and has "normal" values?

Thanks for any input!
--Dave--

Posted by monkeyman on 2015-12-16 12:21. 2 comments. 334 reads
 
Had my PM implanted Sept 3rd. Prior to surgery, I had worked primarily at night, sleeping during the day. I find myself waking up at around 4am almost every night. Although I sometimes do return to sleep about an hour later, I find this pattern unusual. I have my 3 month follow up on Jan 5th. Has anyone ever experienced odd sleeping patterns following implantation?

Posted by Hartje5 on 2015-12-07 09:52. 6 comments. 425 reads
 
Hi,

About four weeks ago I was put on Flecainide 50 mg, 2 times a day and Verapamil 80 mg 2 times a day. I also take Apixaban, twice 5mg. At first I was a quite dizzy from the new meds, then a bit nauseous, had light head aces and was constipated. That all went away after the first few weeks.

Since last week though I've been having this loud ringing in my ears that drives me pretty crazy. I checked for side effects and found that Flecainide could be the cause. I really don't want to stop my meds as I seem to be doing quite well on them, apart from the ear ringing.

Has anybody had this side effect and did it go away after a while?

Posted by xoxoashhh on 2015-12-06 03:59. 5 comments. 445 reads
 
Anyone take Metoprolol tartrate and feel like crap? My EP put me on it for tachycardia a few days ago and I'm instantly feeling different.. I.e.... Malaise, drowsiness (feel like a zombie) lol.

Posted by lcw306 on 2015-12-06 03:17. 7 comments. 431 reads
 
Hi!

I was diagnosed with Congenital Complete Heart Block this past summer! I am 25 years old and had no idea I had this condition! I got a pacemaker put in right away! Everything happened really fast and I never really learned much about Congenital Heart Block! I cannot seem to find much literature about it either but it's been on my mind here lately!

Just wondering if anyone else has this condition on here! Also, wondering if anyone has an information they could share or some articles/websites! I think I would feel better about having this and having my pacemaker if I could understand it better! :)

Thanks :)

Posted by Bebie on 2015-12-04 17:59. 3 comments. 331 reads
 
Hi everyone. I have not visited this page for a while. However, I am much assured that if I have concern about my PM I can be always helped here. Now again I would like to inquire if there is one who is taking Pradaxa before and have successfully do away with it? Any advise so I can follow suit? I am tired of taking this medicine coz I always feel hungry.


Posted by Narda on 2015-12-04 15:58. 2 comments. 385 reads
 
I have become very anemic and will be needing an endoscope and colonoscopy soon. How can the doctor use cauterization when there is a pacemaker. I am 100% dependent upon mine with no natural heartbeat at all. I am worried.

Posted by Helotail on 2015-12-01 23:03. 5 comments. 469 reads
 
Hello-
I had a St. Jude dual chamber pacemaker implanted in August of this year. About a month after the surger, I had the typical pacemaker interrogation and was told that that I did not need to come back for a year. But, today my cardiologists office called and said that I needed to come into the office within the next few days (around my schedule) for St. Jude to test the PM.

Has anyone else had this happen? Any idea what they are testing for?

Thank you in advance,

Posted by jsne on 2015-11-30 20:23. 2 comments. 387 reads
 
Still doing well after my treadmill and settings adjustments back in August. Saw the consultant in September and he put me on verapamil SR 240 to try and stop my arrhythmias.
It does seem to have cured the faster HR that I would get doing not a lot but has not had a significant effect on the palpitation's ,I still get several episodes a day and feel more out of sync. Tight/achy in neck/chest again and have regularly disturbed sleeps.
I had hoped that the meds would limit the arrhythmias down to once or twice a week. I 'm expecting too much???
AV node ablation was mentioned and in lots of ways I am tempted to just say get on with it as to get some long term stability would be wonderful .But it's a big step and you want to...


Posted by Carlee on 2015-11-26 02:33. 2 comments. 466 reads
 
Hi Everyone
I take care of my mother. She has a pacemaker with a defibrillator. It was this year, in March that it was implanted.. recently she has been getting more dizzy (she always has had dizziness because she had a stroke several years back) and her stomach hurts/sick to her stomach. I was thinking it was her medications but now I see there are others that have this problem and it's related to her pacemaker! It seems to be getting worse.. what could the dr. do/ give to alleviate these symptoms? This is very worrisome. Thanks for your advise and help!

Posted by MarkLeaG on 2015-11-23 22:48. 4 comments. 520 reads
 
My daughter had a dual chamber pacemaker inserted two years ago for complete heart block. She is pacer dependent and paces 100% of the time in her lower chamber. She now has developed a systolic murmur from mitral regurgitation. She does not have a lot of energy and gets very easily tired from physical exertion. When she is really active, she has left side numbness/tingling in her hands/arm and leg as well as dizziness and a feeling of breathlessness and like she's going to pass out. She also has been having a lot of high rate episodes and chest pain.

Has anyone developed mitral regurgitation from being paced? If so, what are the treatment options? We have an appointment with a new cardiologist in a few weeks, but I am feeling...


Posted by Johnn on 2015-11-18 18:28. 2 comments. 333 reads
 
I am recommending not to take Multaq. I was on it for over three years with permanent AFIB. I have had two ablations and a min-Cox maize completed. In Nov of 2014 had to do an AV node ablation and implanted a biventricular pacemaker as the afib just would not abate and I was unable to exit afib.
My liver and kidney readings have been funky for two years but not far enough for my EP or GP to want me off Multaq. With the fatigue factor increasing as well we went with the pacemaker/AV node ablation. The fatigue factor is still there and liver/kidney functions have not improved. I had 'normal' lab readings prior to Multaq usage. I think some permanent damage has been done as a result of this drug. Can anyone else advise me on this?


Posted by ettmayr on 2015-11-15 09:10. 7 comments. 488 reads
 
A few years after my pm insertion I developed CHF. I was put on a diuretic and ARB. I stopped the diuretic in June last year as I'd read it can screw up your potassium levels. I only see my cardiologist once a year and I have to travel four hours to see him. I told him I felt the diuretic was useless and he agreed that I could go off it. Why don't cardiologists adjust their patient's chronic meds? Why do we have to do internet research about our chronic meds, then tell our cardiologists what to do. I do not want my pacemaker replaced. How does the cardiologist really know what'll happen if I don't?

Posted by cadaverock on 2015-11-13 07:28. 1 comments. 319 reads
 
i have a pacemaker since 07. and i starter to drink medicines like 2 years ago i starter with metropolol and my doctor change it to a generic is call CARTIA, is a calcium beta blocker,. long story short i drink it once per day lowest doxe according to DR, well i feel that my life has change cause of CARTIA, i always feel dizzy when i look down or bend over and get up. i feel tired the whole time no energy, and get dizzy very easy and i get sad cause am only 35 and have 2 kids very young kids , i feel that is the medicine but DR told me , there is nothing else i can do. has anyone experience something similar . thank you.

Posted by Beats on 2015-11-08 15:16. 1 comments. 560 reads
 
I have a dual lead Medtronic pacemaker fitted 5 years ago for sick sinus syndrome
No complications . Get yearly check up all ok .
However I have had 3 episodes in the last 3-4 months of erratic heart beat and fluttering lasting longer each time .
From 10mins to 55mins . Today's was the longest 55mins.
I have never been on meds and cardiologist said in 2012 that I was a fit and healthy . I am male 52 years old in good shape .
Is this normal,

Posted by Patches1977 on 2015-11-03 15:01. 7 comments. 470 reads
 
Has anyone got their pacemaker placed in the pectorial muscle? My pm is flush with my skin and does not stick up. I have been having problems with it slipping out of the pocket! I talked to the pacer clinic when I had it re-calibrated. His response is that the pm is sewn in and only could be corrected if I had surgery again! I'm not doing that! Does anyone else have this problem? When it slips out of pocket it hurts, turns sideways and rubs against my collar bone. It goes back into place sometimes within the same day the longest it was out was 3 days.


Posted by Firefoy on 2015-11-03 00:09. 2 comments. 399 reads
 
Quick history: Afib 2002 with spontaneous conversion, 2007 with cardioversion, highly symptomatic in 2009, Ablation 2010, diagnosed with SSS in 2011 and PM implanted 2/2011. Had 14hr episode of AFib 10 days ago. Having periods of SOB and chest pain, palpitations, fatigue, etc. Feel like I am back to 2002. Doctor is talking about a 2nd ablation. Has anyone had an ablation with a PM already implanted? Are there more risks with the leads in the right chambers?

Posted by steveh on 2015-11-01 15:06. 7 comments. 500 reads
 
Has anyone convinced their doctor to take them off of metorpolol, if so what medicine did he replace you with, and how long did it take to remove you from this beta blocker. I have taken the side effects from this drug as long as I can.

Posted by Zareen on 2015-10-31 18:11. 3 comments. 576 reads
 
Hi Everyone.
I just got my pacemaker implanted 6 days back. I am having a sudden high blood pressure at times and also feel some sudden twitches of pain in my right side of head or ear. Has any one experienced this? Is it very abnormal ? I am a 63 years old female.



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