St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Zareen on 2015-10-31 18:11. 3 comments. 578 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.

Posted by jsne on 2015-10-30 10:28. 2 comments. 361 reads
 
Anyone taking verapamil long term ??has it helped
I have been on it in the past with limited effect, trying it again for re-entry/junctional tachy. Not convinced it is helping and back to having poor sleep, legs ache/tingle from the knee down at night and still getting some palps during the night. The middle of the day is usually not to bad and I know that it may have altered my settings slightly.
Back at the consultant in December so I will have given it a fair trial but the next stage was av node ablation, big step but to free from drugs and poor sleep makes it very tempting. In between times still feel great.
Jx

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-10-29 04:56. 7 comments. 745 reads
 
jun 2012 after driving back and forth between tx and il
because my dad was having issues with cancer, I wasn't
taking care of myself. Blood pressure meds were slowing
me down (so I thought) was making me tired for sure so didn't
take them on the drives eventually stopped taking them.

short story, doctor visit, bp 280/220, ER visit, control bp
go to work, dragging seriously, go home early go to work
next night, still dragging work all night struggling,
go home, 2 hrs sleep wake up can't breath, lay back down
can't breath, another visit to ER. checked into cardiac
ward, wake up with pamphlet on table about heart failure.
EF less than 30%

2 months later make trip t...


Posted by Patches1977 on 2015-10-28 14:33. 5 comments. 420 reads
 
Hi, I'm new to this club. I had my pacemaker put in back in July 2015. Pacer shows that my heart rate ranges from 35-170bpm. My blood pressure and heart rate neither one will stay right. My blood pressure ranges from 80/50 at lowest and 160/95 at highest. I went to primary doctor and had blood work done. It showed my thyroid levels were very high. Dr put me on Synthroid .88mg once a day. Since then I have been feeling like I did before I had pacer! Tired, fatigue, weak and sleepy. I am 38 year old female and when I googled pacemaker and synthroid it scared me! Anyone else have this same medication and are having problems with it.


Posted by steveh on 2015-10-27 20:38. 3 comments. 331 reads
 
I have a St. Jude CRT_D, am taking 50mg of tropol, and 10mg novasc, 5mg altace. I stay tried almost all the time,could this be the medicine or the CRT.

Posted by fox30 on 2015-10-26 22:37. 0 comments. 253 reads
 
When I was being monitored with an event monitor I also purchased an app for IPhone and I Pads called "AliveCor Mobile ECG" It gives a lead 1 easily and with some effort a lead ii. After my CRT unit was implanted I have been doing lead I reading from time to time and have found that the QRS morphology varies from beat to beat and some day to day variation. I have a bundle of His pacing wire and one a a left left ventricular vein.
I wonder if others have used or are using this app and if they may have had a similar variation in QRS morphology and any clue as to the significance.
Would these variations likely to be of some value to my EP Dr. ?

Posted by Brit50 on 2015-10-19 19:25. 3 comments. 448 reads
 
No insurance so am getting treated at Harris health in Houston. 56 yr old male. First stents 1995. Double CABG 6 months later. No problems till 2003 when had check up and both grafts 100% blocked and nothing they could do. No sweat. Carried on playing rugby until 2010 when arrythmias started. ICD implanted. Still coached and ran alot. Naturally it fired. Carried on coaching with lite running and whilst on field ICD went off 39 times before I could be blasted at hospital. This really started all the problems. Massive PVC's that would drop me to floor. So many times to hospital. Some of time ICD went off and on others heart rate controlled by vagal maneuvers before ICD fired. Had stroke. Then a little while later the 1st ablation in late 201...


Posted by dhusemann on 2015-10-17 02:12. 2 comments. 366 reads
 
Well follow up echo shows my EF at 35-40%. So probably no ICD for now. Still some afib, follow up with EP in Jan.

BP was high again 163/102 so they upped the Hydralazine.

Feel like a walking zombie most days now. :(

Posted by Dan77 on 2015-10-15 00:13. 3 comments. 474 reads
 
I am 37 years old,in 2010 my heart was pausing and my ef was 40%, the left side of my heart was enlarge, so I had a heart Cath no blockages, the next day had a St.Jude pacemaker placed, after having this done all seem to be better, till after the summer of 2014 I got to having lot of pressure in my chest, was light headed short of breath, they did a tilt table test, and stress test, now ef 35%. Afterwards was told I needed an ablation, found 3 spots but only ablated 2 of them. I was told didn't want to do the 3rd because it would put me totally dependent on the pacemaker. I did fine till the summer of 2015 and had the same symptoms as before, had another heart Cath found ef was low, increased pressure in heart camber. They started treatme...


Posted by natlat on 2015-10-12 15:03. 1 comments. 397 reads
 
So I have a idiopathic sustained VT. I got my ICD in April 2013 after several fainting incidents while running. I was also put on Sotalol. I am back running with the ok from my docs. The meds take everything down a notch, but I am still out there keeping fit. I have an abnormal EKG and normal ECHO and MRI. I see one of the best arrhythmia specialists in the states. He has never seen an EKG like mine and is still investigating what is going on. I tested positive for an auto-immune disease and I am not going to see a Rheumatologist to find out more answers and if the VT is connected to some autoimmune disease.

Anyone else have an auto-immune disease that resolved the VT once the disease was found and is being taken care...


Posted by trose on 2015-10-12 03:20. 1 comments. 306 reads
 
Doc put me on a week's worth of steroid for allergy. Now my pacing seems off. Seems to skip a beat. Anyone else have this problem?

Posted by Lee24 on 2015-10-09 09:50. 5 comments. 429 reads
 
Hi guys has anyone ever had what Im currently experiencing. 3weeks ago I I woke up feeling stiff and my body has been sore till today. My joints and muscles are sore. I went to the doctor he Sai should go do a stomach sonar etc from the other symptoms I told him. Which came back clear. My neck feels stiff and shoulders. My heart feels like its heavy. What's going on.

Posted by vegigran on 2015-10-08 02:32. 5 comments. 538 reads
 
Why is it after having a pacemaker implant, the doctor continues having you take arythmia medication? I thought the pacemaker was suppose to keep the heart in rhythm.

Posted by LitLady on 2015-10-06 11:33. 4 comments. 419 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker for 1.5 years and since the beginning my sleep has been interrupted. I awake every 2 hours every night. My pacemaker has been adjusted several times and it working well otherwise. Have others had problems with sleep since pacemaker installation?

Also did a sleep study. One very brief episode of SA but dozens of leg movements throughout the night due to RLS and sciatica. I can't see that a CPap will help RLS and sciatica and thus improve my sleep. I now get very brief REM sleep. I don't know what to do. My husband of 49 years says I do not snore or gasp; I never wake up from same. Yes, there is a sleep problem but I don't think it is SA.

Any similar experiences or thoughts? Thanks to you all for y...


Posted by Lisamaruna on 2015-10-04 23:24. 4 comments. 372 reads
 
I am 5 weeks post op and they are saying Pacemaker is working great but I am having 47 extra beats an hour in the lower chamber. So they want me to take 25mg of metropolol twice a day. I dont want to be on meds. What should I do. Yes my heart bugs me and I can feel the palpitations. Hoping this will go away. I am still in pain .
Lisa

Posted by Cynthiaian on 2015-10-03 09:46. 0 comments. 237 reads
 
Has anyone been told that they have a neurological/autoimmune condition or disease (MS, etc) that has led to a slow heart rate? I am going to a Neurologist next week and I am not sure what types of questions to ask. Thank you so much

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-10-01 04:56. 2 comments. 343 reads
 
do have a concern with the number responses with people saying their blood pressure elevates after a device install.

I take 40mg Benicar (an arb) daily
10 mg amlodipine calcium channel blocker Daily
25 mg CARVEDILOL beta blocker twice daily
100 mg HYDRALAZINE vaso diolater 3x daily
.3 mg clonidine patch central agonists
20 mg FUROSEMIDE diuretic every monday wed friday

this just to lower by blood pressure into the 130/80 to 150/95 range. stays closer to the high end, but there are times it just bottoms out. been as low as 70/40.

The high blood pressure is what caused my heart failure and kidney failure. so hoping a device doesn't the blood pressure more.

d


Posted by my4turtles on 2015-09-30 20:17. 0 comments. 239 reads
 
I have had to wear an advent monitor for almost 2 weeks now.. Im Allergic to the electrodes and have broken out Bad.. In fact I'm worried I might have cellulitis again. .. I previous had cellulitis when my last pacemaker had got Infected and had to be removed .. My question is can this spread to my pace maker ? I tried talking with my heart Dr today and I felt like it went in 1 ear and right out the other .. I left a message for my family Dr but she is out of town until the 2nd

Posted by bgc65 on 2015-09-30 02:22. 4 comments. 448 reads
 
I was prescribed Metoprolol Tartate 25 mg a half a tablet twice a day since i got my pacemaker, on Aug18, 2015. Is anyone else on this and do you get tired really easy from this?

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-09-29 23:00. 13 comments. 479 reads
 
Saw my Dr. today. I have had my PM since april...still having PVC's but minor. Dr. wants to put me on beta blockers. I'm reluctant to go on more meds, because I got the PM to get off of them. He says the side effects are that the may make me fatigued at first, but that should go away...

I'd love some input from someone who is on them, or not on them and the effects of both, long term.



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