St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by fastbabe2 on 2014-06-21 10:36. 3 comments. 263 reads
 
Good morning to all- I had a St Jude dual PM inserted March 2012 due to 3rd degree heart block following Aortic Valve Replacement. For 2 yrs I was experiencing tachycardia's that would wipe me out and had a constant flicking/thumping in my heart. After an attempted ablation and being told I was just a small compact person and just sensitive to the pacing and possibly the lead in my lower chamber (that I am 100% dependent on) might be slightly hitting my diaphragm but wasn't going to hurt me. Went to U/M Cardiovascular Center and meet with a new EPA Dr Good that after spending several hours of running tests on my heart, advised that I have both leads extracted and 2 new ones put in and possibly new device replacement. I have great faith in ...


Posted by Errolyn@sbcglobal.net on 2014-06-18 18:51. 3 comments. 261 reads
 
Has anyone had experience with lead extraction? I am on my third pacemaker, soon to get my fourth. I am 53 years old. My atrial lead malfunctioned for about four months and then started functioning normally. I am told I will need extraction of the atrial lead as well as an old ventricular lead at next pacer change, probably next year. Have been researching lead extractions. Not an easy procedure. Wondering if anyone has experienced this?

Posted by tcm on 2014-06-18 01:18. 4 comments. 277 reads
 
Hi all,
Just wondering whether anyone has ever felt the leads within their veins.Ive had a few events at night when Ive woken with a "crushing type" chest pain, at the time Ive always been on my side. Once I roll on my back it subsides. Ive had a stress test and results are normal. My cardiologist seems to think people can't feel their leads.Im just wondering whether they move slightly when we're on our sides?? Curious. Thanks in anticipation.

Posted by liefe on 2014-06-16 15:05. 1 comments. 148 reads
 
Hi, I have a ICD with 2 leads for LQTS and bradycardia.
Recently they found out that my atrial lead is broken (noise + inappropriate mode switches etc.) they switched of the mode switch, so my pacemaker doesn't go haywire anymore. I was in the USA at that moment, and I'm from Europe. They wanted to change the lead in USA, however I would rather have that done at home.
Now I've noticed something strange and annoying when my rate response is working: my heart rate goes up to 130 bpm (normal), than two/ three beats at 40 bmp, and goes up to 130 bpm and then to 40 bpm again and back up to 130 bpm etc. (lower rate is 60 bpm). Could this be due to "oversensing noise" so it thinks that it don't need to pace anymore and stop pacing?

Posted by kn24 on 2014-06-12 23:14. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
Hi all I'm 23 and had my pm since October 2013...I had a constant kicking my Dr never seemed to concerned about it went sway for a bit but is back. The vein across my heart are backwards so I know it was hard to place my leads. I've been sick with a cold and my chest hurts And I feel very dizzy again.

Posted by Cavey on 2014-06-12 09:16. 2 comments. 270 reads
 
I recently had my pacemaker battery changed over a week ago, had the stitches out today and back driving, however I am feeling the whole procedure has knocked me for six, if I sit down longer for 10 mins I easily start dozing. I am very emotional and feel really down. Is this normal and if do when will I feel back to my bubbly self? It was only day surgery but just feel so low. Help!

Posted by tanapuff on 2014-06-07 11:05. 2 comments. 222 reads
 
Could anyone tell me how much battery is used to interrogate your CRT-D pacer each week. The EP wants to continue this weekly instead of every 3 months. I am feeling good and she says all is well. I don't want to be replacing pacer any sooner than necessary. What do you think. Thanks for your support. My device was implanted 2/19/14.

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-06-06 06:27. 1 comments. 118 reads
 
Hi everyone. My battery was replaced at Flora Life Clinic in Johannesburg on Tuesday. I had a local anaesthetic but was out shortly after entering the theatre. The incision is still sore but my best friend is really good at changing my plasters and treating the wound. Thank you all for your concern and advice. This is an amazing site for us bionic people

Posted by reshannon2000 on 2014-06-04 22:01. 3 comments. 330 reads
 
had a medtronic 3 lead installed in nov 2013. all perfect. felt great. 3 days ago lifting a table leg with left arm and in awkward position. heard a slight pop or noise from unit. everything felt ok. but 2 days later feeling a little light headed and slightly dizzy on standing. not bad, but different. took my BP with my home machine. used to be 125/70-75. pulse used to be around 72-78.

took last night, 102/51. hr later 107 /55 pulse 80. this morning took it. 127/68, pulse at 75. later at noon 121/61. pulse at 78.

i never took B/P before at home. does this sound normal or could i have pulled a lead out of unit??? what's that entail? could it of pulled loose from heart wall?

i'm asking beca...


Posted by WandaCO on 2014-06-04 00:59. 1 comments. 165 reads
 
Are others really uncomfortable with medtronic pm in ERI? Last check showed 5-6 months and 2 weeks later in ERI. Surgery set 3 weeks out, so soon now. I have been very uncomfortable during this time.

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-05-31 10:14. 7 comments. 274 reads
 
Hi all. The time has come to replace my battery. I use 69% and the cardiologist persuaded me and I go to hospital Tuesday 3 June. Many of you will recall that I didn't want a replacement. However the Dr, like yourselves, said that the pacemaker improves my quality of life and not having it will just make me feel as awful if not more awful than before. He also said that my gout isn't caused by the meds rather by the coke that I suddenly developed a craving for the last eight months. I hope you'll all wish me well for Tuesday.

Posted by Locobill on 2014-05-30 20:40. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
Its been 5 years and the doc says my battery is going to be changed this year on my ICD. It has never gone off, thank goodness!
Do they typically replace it with the same kind, or has there been upgrades in the past 5 years so a different one will be put in?
Bill

Posted by pauloncall on 2014-05-29 11:06. 2 comments. 275 reads
 
I've had my PM since Oct. 2012. St. Judes, SR RF 1210.
I've recently transferred my care to my local area, it was with a group 40 miles away where I was previously employed. Had my device checked and the tech reset the voltage from the previously set 1.5 volts to a new setting of 2.5 volts.
The new setting made sleeping on my left side untenable. I couldn't handle the very noticeable annoying thumping in my chest. I shift from my right to left during the night as a matter of personal comfort. You might say that's the way I roll.
I'm not overweight nor do I have high clorestoral (sorry about spelling), I'm not diabetic. I was given an atrial oblation at the time of my implant. So, I'm apparently totally dependent on the PM...


Posted by RamonaFriesen on 2014-05-24 21:40. 4 comments. 310 reads
 
I was hoping that someone has some advice for me. I had my pacemaker inserted just over 1 year ago, and I still do not feel much better than before the insertion. The pacemaker Clinic is telling me that my right ventricular lead is performing at the lower limits of normal. Not sure what this means as they didn't give me much of an explanation. I still am very fatigued and have shortness of breath on occasion. My pacemaker was inserted for sick sinus syndrome. My pulse is regulated now but I still don't feel like I should. Is there any one that is experiencing the same symptoms that I am?

Posted by louisejfarrar on 2014-05-23 09:16. 2 comments. 304 reads
 
Hey I am almost 22 had a pacemaker put in at 12
And now I dont need it anymore as I have grown out of my problem (vasovagol syncope episodes)
I am now left with the option to either leave it In for the rest of my life (risk of infection, and the longer its left in harder to extract) or take it out now but there are risks involved with lead extractions.
Im so scared and confused, has anyone had lead extractions that went well

Posted by Dave H on 2014-05-20 21:51. 1 comments. 280 reads
 
My message is 40% inquiry/60% rant. I've had a Medtronic 3-lead Consulta implanted 2years ago so I've got some time (4 -6 yrs - I'm being 100% paced) before the battery runs low. Checking the posts here, and my personal experience suggests that we all have about a 50% chance of choosing the correct Doc for any procedure. My history: An EP ignored my 125 pulse for 2 months (post atrial ablations) before he agreed to see me in clinic. A couple years earlier, his non-EP buddy gave me bacterial pneumonia during a TEE/cardioversion procedure. I replaced that cardiologist with one who decided to put me on Aspirin as an anticoagulant when a blood draw revealed my low platelet issue. Even I knew Aspirin is not the correct treatment as an ant...


Posted by Jim1958 on 2014-05-20 04:03. 4 comments. 334 reads
 
I've only had pacemaker 6 weeks as of this Thursday.

First Surgery Pacemaker had moved within 1/2 hr of surgery, taking the slack out. This was shown on x-ray, VA never told me and upper lead came out on day 5. The Electro Dr. was on vacation so Heart Surgeon did surgery. He never sutured the suture sleeves. So thought it was all him.

But now 2nd Surgery by Electro Dr. all went great he also Sutured around pacemaker, got lead into roof which 1st Dr. didn't. I go to 7 day follow up. X-Ray shows upper lead is out once again.

Has anyone heard of this? I was Extremely Careful 2nd time.

I do remember coughing 1st time right after surgery. I do have chest muscles, not large but do workout everyday and ...


Posted by aki1990 on 2014-05-20 02:28. 5 comments. 369 reads
 
Hi everyone,
need your guidance.
I had sigma DDR pacemaker implanted in sept-2004.

I just got checkup last month and it shows battery life min-6 months estimated 22 months & max 38 months.
Since am planning fr higher education and will be going abroad, it wont be possible to come back for surgery her.

Now the ques is i ll be going for operation in a week or 2, will i be getting pacemaker replaced free of cost, or any partial payment?
What does there medtronic policy says?

Pl help

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-05-18 14:57. 5 comments. 299 reads
 
I just completed my 12 week checkup. All is ok. My pacemaker is set on demand for skipped heartbeats (sometimes 2-3 at a time) at a minimum of 40 beats per minute. The pacemeker worked 2 per cent of the time in the first three months and the remainder was my normal heart.
Please estimate/guesstimate how long it might be before I need a new battery or a replacement pacemeker. I am 67 years old.
Thank you,
John


Posted by doublehorn48 on 2014-05-15 04:52. 2 comments. 274 reads
 
I have a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker.I am on my second set of leads. These leads were put in 10 years ago. The old ones were just left in and not taken out. I'm told that my current leads are becoming frayed and will have to be replaced in a few weeks or months, whenever they hit end of life. There are too many leads and some or all will have to be taken out. The Dr. said they will use laser surgery. Has anyone ever had this procedure? I've had numerous pacemakers. I've always been concerned about getting old leads removed.



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