St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Marty on 2014-03-26 15:04. 8 comments. 186 reads
 
Hi everyone,

Tomorrow I will have my 6th surgery in the past 12 years to implant the Medtronic Viva XT in my chest. My question to you is about the scars. I have three of them under my left clavicle now, and I'm interested in whether to have one of the existing scars opened or a completely "new" incision, which would make 4 scars. It would make me a SSgt in the USAF... Weird, I know. But 28 years in that uniform has left it's mark. I look at my scars as little victories in overcoming the heart failure that took my brother, my sister and my father from this earth long before their time.

Does anyone have a clinically based reason why it would be better to not add a new scar, or a reason why it would? Thanks in advance...


Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-03-26 13:45. 9 comments. 175 reads
 
I have had shoulder/neck issues after having my pacemaker put in this past October.

My question is this: Do I stay with my chiropractor or quit him? I have been with him since December and hardly any results have happened but I am still in constant aching pain. I went to my family doctor yesterday and he is finally putting me in physical therapy which I have been asking for since November (these doctors, just don't have a clue!).

I start physical therapy tomorrow and I will ask him what he thinks.

Any other ideas for me on this subject?

Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-03-25 19:32. 2 comments. 107 reads
 
Just to update and vent....

I am still struggling with my shoulder
--my history--
PM procedure in Oct of 2013 for 3rd degree heart block, frozen shoulder issue by early Nov.
Seeing a chiropractor and its helped a little, also did acupuncture--but way to expensive.
Now I am going to see a special physical therapist who deals in the shoulder--GEE ITS ABOUT TIME THE DOCTOR SCHEDULED THIS FOR ME! I cannot believe its been this long trying to get some results from the doctors!

Any other shoulder sufferers out there with any advice and how much longer this will take to heal up?


Posted by cruiser on 2014-03-23 17:08. 2 comments. 99 reads
 
I had my surgery Dec. 9. I still notice the pacemaker implant.
Sometimes I feel a sensation of stress from the area when I sleep. It has taken all this time for the swelling to go down from the incision. It is still slightly tender to the touch. I am on a boat in Mexico and would love to hear from some folks about the recovery issues they have had. Thanks.

Posted by kmom on 2014-03-22 15:34. 8 comments. 270 reads
 
Because of the issues i'm experiencing, my husband refuses to let me have "fun" anymore. It's really frustration when I want to go to a "funpark" (that has bowling, inside games, outside games like bumper cars and gocarts etc. min golf etc.) we're taking my son to celebrate his 13th birthday but he doesn't want me to do some of the stuff fearing i'll get dizzy and pass out etc. I know he's right because sometimes it's difficult enough just to walk across a parking lot-- but still it's so frustrating when you can't do the fun stuff anymore. Hopefully i'll hear Monday or Tuesday the results of my month long monitor and we can proceed. I'm still going and going to have fun--just not do the bowling etc.

Posted by vdominato on 2014-03-22 08:59. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
Just got my PM March 19th, 2014. Was flying a Citation X. Need support and hope that I can get back to flying. Anyone out there been down the road of getting their Class 1 Medical back? I need hope that it is possible.

Posted by bmccasland on 2014-03-21 01:56. 6 comments. 136 reads
 
today marks my 6 weeks post PM implantation. Ready to get out and start running and exercising again but still a little hesitant and nervous about the bouncing around everything in my chest but I know I can get past this.

Posted by knoxvicki@yahoo.com on 2014-03-17 22:37. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
I'm 11 month post op from ICD implant. 2 years s/p from onset (hospital stay) of CHF. Now I'm in jeapody of losing my job because of a total of 8 tardies with total of 90 minutes and 2 unexcused days off (doctor's excuse). I failed to schedule my sick day 24 hours in advance.

Why should we try to return to work? I should have just filed for disability after my onset?

I need encouragement not punishment.....Anyone agree

Posted by sharkr on 2014-03-17 14:35. 8 comments. 285 reads
 
Hi everyone,

I'm a first time poster after a pacemaker implant last Tuesday. Went to the ER Monday evening with shortness of breath and lightheadedness, EKG showed 3rd degree heart block. I'm 56, male, relatively good health. Docs were scratching their heads about why I needed one -- no smoking, good BP, good cholesterol, etc.

Now that the initial shock has worn off, I'm wondering what I should be looking at next and what questions I should be asking. Should I be looking for clogged arteries? Stress test? Cath? Also, my stress level has been off the charts for a few months now, which could be a culprit, and I'm looking at ways to decrease that, or at least its impact. Catch-22 here as I'm now stressing about m...


Posted by Kaitland on 2014-03-16 23:30. 11 comments. 299 reads
 
I am scheduled for a pacemaker in April and am nervous about the recovery. This site looks like an awesome place to get good advice.
How long did it take before you could get back to the gym with cardio? I currently do a spin class 3 times a week and elliptical a couple of days per week for 45 minutes to an hour.
Weight training- is it 3 weeks or 6 weeks that you can't lift anything on the pacemaker side?
I am so concerned about gaining weight. I have been on a good roll with everything and just want to know what i can and can't do- not too overdo but I surely don't want to take it too easy and sit home.
Is there any problem with wearing a Polartec heart rate monitor with a pacemaker?
I am probably asking crazy ...


Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-03-16 11:22. 7 comments. 290 reads
 
Hello all. My ICD fired 6 times on Thursday and needless to say, it was an experience like no other. I wish I could honestly describe it but, wow, I can't really.

I had to stay in the hospital for a day They say it was a supra ventricular tachy something or other.

I had my ICD for two years with no shocks. It does pace me, but not shock me. Now I am so very scared and worried and I don't know what to do. I just feel like I cannot go through that again, even though I realize it is life saving and worth it.

It is the feeling of being so out of control and not really knowing what the heck is going on. Now every little beat or breath I'm just plain scared something is going to happen.

I k...


Posted by Dee224 on 2014-03-15 04:06. 6 comments. 307 reads
 
I turned 59 years old Feb. 2nd. On Monday, Feb. 17th I swam my usual 60 laps in the pool, which is part of a rehab routine I have been following since foot surgery last year due to arthritis. The next day I went in for what was to be routine endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. The only problem was that my resting heart rate, normally in the 70s, was suddenly only 38. Since I was otherwise asymptomatic, they did the procedures anyway. My heart rate dropped into the mid 20s afterwards. Blood pressure and blood work were both normal. They ordered an EKG and discovered I had a 3rd degree AV Block, also known as a Complete Heart Block. Instead of sending me to the emergency room (I was already at a hospital), they told me to go immediately to...


Posted by mommmaj on 2014-03-14 16:15. 5 comments. 239 reads
 
I Am 40 Yr Old Female. I Have Had 4 Failed Spinal Surgeries. I Have Had Multiple Instances Of Passing Out Along With Many Other Symptoms. I Was Hospitalized In April For 5 days In ICU. I've Have Undergone Multiple Tests. Including Wearing 30 Day Event Monitor. All That Was Figured Out Was During The Night My Heart Rate Would Drop Into The 30\40'S & During The Day I Would Average 40/60 But Could Jump To 160. I Was Told To Drink Plenty Of Fluids & Eat More Salt. I Passed Out At Work Again On 2/26. My Boss Freaked Out & Called 911. Of Course My Symptoms Other Than Low Heart Rate Were Better By The Time I Arrived At ER. I Ended Up Staying 4 Nights Again. During My Stay My Heart Rate Averaged 36 Bpm. My Cardiologist Wanted A Pacemaker Right ...


Posted by BanjoPacer on 2014-03-14 13:07. 3 comments. 177 reads
 
I got my Pacemaker back on Feb. 14th and it seems to be working great, I had a very low heart rate and I wias having weak spells with shaking, sweating and headaches, so I went to the doctor and he did a battery of test and told me I needed a pacemaker, my heart rate got down into the 20's when I was sleeping. The doctor set my PM for the min to be on 60 BPM and the high end to be 120 BPM. I have had some discomfort in my chest sense having the PM put in, there have been times that I feel like I need to burp, and of course the place where I was cut I get scar tissue pulls that cause some sharp pains at times. I know the stiches are not totally gone yet so this might be part of the pulling pain. I feel 100% better from the installation of t...


Posted by kelsey1 on 2014-03-13 15:33. 26 comments. 368 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago because of low heart rate. My rate was around 32 now it's 65. Physically and mentally how long will it take to get use to the pacemaker. I have no pain or discomfort but some times I get little strange feelings in my chest not painful, feels like I have to burp but I don't. Has anyone gotten little strange feelings in their chest since they have received their pacemaker. My Doctor says it's nothing it's part of the process.

Posted by benji on 2014-03-12 18:27. 0 comments. 52 reads
 
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Posted by Emmaline33 on 2014-03-11 09:50. 1 comments. 88 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted on 10th February this year and for the last 2 weeks have been getting some very sharp jabbing pains in my chest at the pm site which are gradually getting much worse and more frequent.
I have been back to the hospital at least three times but have been told that this is normal and just given stronger painkillers.
I do wonder whether this is perhaps because one of the bottom leads has not been positioned correctly which was discovered when it was tested immediately after the operation and at the time I was told that they would consider redoing the procedure.
I would appreciate any comments on the matter as I am extremely worried about it.

Posted by JD50 on 2014-03-10 22:40. 6 comments. 257 reads
 
Hi. In oct. Of 2011 I thought I had the flu. Body aches, no energy, dizziness, etc. for the whole weekend. By Monday, I finally went in to the dr and by then , my heart rate was down to 30. I passed out and woke up in an ambulance, passed out again, woke in the ER. The next morning they put in a pacemaker. The bad part is they could find NO reason for my heart problem. I don't do drugs, nor do I drink alcohol. I do smoke cigarettes. My thing, is even after all this time, I find myself afraid I won't wake up in the morning. I have sick sinus rhythm . What ever that means . Sometimes I obsess about not living long enough to see my grandkids grow. I'm only 49. Sometimes I worry I may die on the way to the store. My pacemaker will n...


Posted by Sethun on 2014-03-09 23:23. 15 comments. 370 reads
 
I have just been told by my doctor that he recommends a pacemaker for my low heart rate, 38 to 43 average, and then occasional spikes. I am 55, exercise daily, am not overweight and have not had any symptoms (no fainting, light headedness, etc). I saw a cardiologist due to other seemingly unrelated temporary issues, suspected virus, and was stunned to get this diagnosis. I am just miserable even thinking about the prospect of having a pacemaker implanted at such an early age. I am getting a second opinion and have started researching options as they pertain to devices and follow up. It's a bit daunting right now. Your comments and shared information is very helpful. Thank you.

Posted by lisa123 on 2014-03-09 01:40. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
I guess this is both about coping and getting checked out. I have a pacemaker check up this week and it's the 10 year mark bar a few months after I had it put in. I am scared for a couple of reasons. I only got it checked last year and there was still plenty of battery life there but now I've been feeling increasingly tired and my heart rate is lower than the set rate (about 40 rather than 50) which is way better than before I ever got the pacemaker. The thoughts of getting the battery replaced fills me with dread. People say it's a minor procedure and I'm aware that it's less than the first as presumably I won't need the leads replaced but honestly I am only recently recovering from the first implant, I found it traumatising, painful, an...




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