St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Sandman on 2015-01-02 00:24. 1 comments. 380 reads
 
Hello all.
I am a 49 year old male with a very symptomatic LBBB. I have had many visits with doctors and stress tests. I was getting a very hard sinus rythem pounding in my chest and short of breath. I have one lesion in LAD 40% and good EF. The pounding in my chest is consistent and confirmed as LBBB. Episodes of LBBB last anywhere from 30 seconds to hours and happens multiple times during the day and night when sleeping waking me up. When they start, it feels like some thing is stabing my chest then a constant pounding in neck and upper chest cavity. The cardiologist stated that this is rare to be symptomatic. I have been on metoprolol 100 mg 2x daily. Finally cardiologist stated to me that the only way to eliminate this is to syn...


Posted by KeelyLatterner on 2014-12-31 15:17. 6 comments. 466 reads
 
Okay all - I am having some serious and painful acid reflux. It literally hurts to take a deep breath. I am about 5 months out from first pacemaker implant and taking metropolol beta blocker once a day. I have never experienced acid reflux in my life and really am not sure that's even what it is - but the symptoms seem to fit.
I swear its the meds and was wondering if anyone else has any experience with indigestion or acid reflux because of pacemaker or because of medicine??? I swear that if this is the cost of taking the betablocker - I honestly would rather not take it. I seem to constantly be eating antacids and taking ibprofen for the pain (and spending a fortune on them!) I have my next check-up in about a week but would love so...


Posted by gardener on 2014-12-31 09:43. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
Hello, I am having problems with side effects from Carvedilol that I have been taking for a few months now.
Main worry is my eyes, having migraine like flashing lights, tingling and slight numbness spreading down face, neck and left arm, lasting average of 40 minutes several times a week. Also indigestion, headaches, dry eyes & mouth. Frequent waking in night & other milder effects. Have you experienced this type of thing or other effects. This is the 4th Beta Blocker I have tried, all with problematic side effects.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Posted by whick on 2014-12-30 20:36. 7 comments. 267 reads
 
Hi, I have had a pacemaker for several years and have been doing well. However, I have recently been diagnosed with Intestinal Bowel Syndrome. My Gastroenterologist will not prescribe the medication that would help because he said it would interfere with my heart (the medications are muscle relaxers). It seems I'm going to have a difficult time getting my cardiologist and the gastro. doctor to coordinate with one another. Any suggestions on how to proceed will be appreciated--I'm miserable!! Jane

Posted by Teijee on 2014-12-28 12:18. 10 comments. 499 reads
 
Did you guys had any problems with your memory because of the slow heart rate??
Like short term memory?

Posted by Riderfan on 2014-12-23 20:07. 0 comments. 203 reads
 
Hello all,
Thank you for letting me join your forum. I am 34 yo make with paraxoimal a fib, 3rd degree heart block and myocardial bridge on my LAD. My question is I was started on norvasc after a ct angio showed my myocardial bridge. Since all of my exercise induced episodes of disappeared. I had a nuke scan 2 weeks ago that showed no cad and only marginal narrowing of my lad at the bridge. Was told I am in perfect health and to redo the scan in 5 years. My question is a natropath has till me l arginine will help keep my LAD open as it's a vasodilator and it also helps with hgh release with will help my heart in the long run. My issue is I can't get a medical doctor on my team to yeah or nay this.
If anyone has any experience wit...


Posted by L2 on 2014-12-18 06:58. 7 comments. 392 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. 377 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. 239 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. 4 comments. 360 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. 348 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. 628 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. 8 comments. 421 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. 253 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 Cartman on 2014-12-07 18:58. 3 comments. 281 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. 232 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. 159 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. 307 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. 238 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. 3 comments. 275 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.



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