St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by chazzf on 2014-08-06 18:24. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
All,

I'm on my 3rd bi-V pacer with ICD. Recently had a blood clot due to too many wires in my SVC (3 active with the current pacer, one inactive from the first pacer). Recommendation was to remove the "dead" wire and reposition one of the others to the outside of my heart. However, my doc is wanting to avoid risk of removing dead wire (scarred into heart wall) and using blood thinner. I'm in favor of moving the wires. Thoughts?

Posted by Dazzler on 2014-08-01 06:43. 2 comments. 195 reads
 
Hi, just had my 2nd pacemaker changed yesterday. Went in at 11am, taken to theatre at 3.45 out at 4.15 and sent home at 5. All went well, usual soreness but not enough to take pain meds. Although it was quicker than the last change this one was more unpleasant. Turned old one Down and heart rate went to 30bpm, once he unplugged the old one was when it got horrible and felt as if I was at about 10bpm, everything went uncomfortable till I got meds to speed up my heart. Went the opposite then and heart was pounding, new box was in and gradually meds wore off. All in al must off been about 5 mins but felt like ages. Just now need to see about getting off beta blockers as I was put on them while old pacemaker was under review for renewal

Posted by Alamb2 on 2014-07-22 02:16. 1 comments. 327 reads
 
I have had a St Jude Accent 2210 PM since 2009 for sinus bradycardia. About two years ago the Ventricle Lead was determined to be faulty (exposed sheath) and causing a number of problems so it was turned off since the Atrial lead was keeping my heart rate up just fine. Since then I have had other problems with sensitivity sensors making my heart race when I just bend over to pick something up, positional stabbing/burning pain (pain goes away after slow, careful repositioning of my sleeping position, and HR going lower than the set rate of 65 BPM. The sensor was turned off, so it only kept the HR from dropping below 65 BPM but does nothing when I need it to beat faster (running). Exhausting. Now I noticed the HR occasionally going bel...


Posted by harlemflash on 2014-07-20 13:46. 3 comments. 257 reads
 
I am having my pm switched out next Tuesday due to the battery expiring (not me) The Dr. said he is going to be putting an additional lead which dictates that I stay in the hospital overnight. Dr. says additional lead will increase my energy level. Any Thoughts on this?

Posted by BIG on 2014-07-20 12:21. 1 comments. 222 reads
 
I got may PM changed out how long before i can run and start lifting weights again?

Posted by barnet38 on 2014-07-17 00:25. 7 comments. 271 reads
 
Hello,

I am 32 and have congenital complete heart block. My first PM was implanted in 1998 and it was replaced in 2007. After my last telephonic transmission, I was told that I have 9-35 months battery life remaining and that replacement will likely occur closer to 9 months than 35.

Can anyone tell me how much notice you had before your replacement surgery? Neither my husband or I can remember how much notice I received last time, and I have been thinking about it a lot lately.

Thanks for your help! Let me know if you need more info.

barnet38





Posted by Paulinejg on 2014-07-11 18:06. 6 comments. 373 reads
 
Hi everyone

Just wondering if anyone has have a complete removal of a pacemaker and leads, I am in the process of a test of my pacemaker being set at 30 with the objective of accessing whether I need a pacemaker. if it turns out ok then the complete removal of pacemaker and both leads. The pacemaker is currently 11 years and 7 months which is nearing the end of battery life. I have had a successful ablation 6 years ago - however I now need a MRI scan as it is possible that I have MS, I have not known of anyone have a removal for this reason - My doc seams happy to do this procedure, the plan is to complete in the next few months. Would like to hear from anyone that has had this done.

Posted by Philman on 2014-07-10 18:05. 5 comments. 330 reads
 
Hello everyone,
Just seem to be running into some kind of block when exercising. This has happened when I swim, run, walk uphill., and on a stress test. Feelings of skipped beats, pauses, and what appears to be the heart working much "harder" Doctor. At Cleveland Clinic had my Ventricular Lead turned off before the stress test and I was successful with 135+ bpm....but high blood pressure 230/130 at the end.. Two days later on a treadmill felt the Pauses and skips all over again. Resting Heart Rate calm with few PVC'S. And b/p back to normal...

The Tech seemed confused about turning off the lead, and looking at the report it appears almost all settings are Off, with the mode set at AAI......the other settings include...


Posted by adairwic on 2014-07-09 19:53. 4 comments. 244 reads
 
Has any one had trouble with their leads from their ICD/CRT-D?
this will be a two part question
I know I haven't been on for while again, been seem on going problems, today my heart dr. told me that my lead is rubbing on my heart, which in turn I have been having really low blood pressure last 3 to 4 weeks, last Thursday my bp was 88/54, today at the heart drs. office, it was 83/24; and like this last Thursday unable to read blood pressure on my left side or my left arm. How much damage can be done to my heart from the rubbing, and my dr had to change my meds again, yet he doesn't want to change to much, or my life spam will be a lot shorter, my heart dr. is going to do a echo on my heart this next Thursday.

Love C...


Posted by cindim56 on 2014-07-08 18:43. 2 comments. 205 reads
 
My battery on my St. Jude pacemaker is in EOL and has been since May 13th. Just wanted to know if anyone has had the same issue. I have felt terrible since it went into EOL, very fatigue, can't walk any distance without getting very short of breath, and when I stand sometimes feel like I'm going to pass out. Hot feelings, nauseated, light headed. Has anybody experienced the same thing.

I was suppose to have it replaced today but my PT was 3.3 so I am rescheduled for Thur.

Thanks for the info.

Cindi

Posted by aussieray on 2014-07-05 21:38. 6 comments. 353 reads
 
Hi to All,

This is my first post although I have been scouring this site for ages both before and after my PM implant 4 weeks ago.

One question that I am a bit confused about is there seems to be a length of time difference for not lifting your arm above your head after fitment between what U.S. recipients are told and what I was told over here in Australia.

Over here the time for not lifting your arm on the operative side is 4 weeks. In the U.S. it seems to be 6-8 weeks. Does anyone know what the correct time span is after fitment and is it unusual to get some pain over the sternum where the leads enter the vein/artery 4 weeks after fitment?

Is 4 weeks enough to not cause future possible probl...


Posted by Royale on 2014-07-03 18:45. 4 comments. 169 reads
 
Hi
Just wondering for those who've had a lead repositioned how long post- implant it was done? My cardio says longer than 3 months is unsafe but I seem to recall reading on this site that up to 12 months was possible?
Thanks in advance.
Royale

Posted by Texstr on 2014-06-30 15:31. 0 comments. 131 reads
 
I have a Saint Jude 2 lead pacemaker it is about 4 months old. I just heard a screech sound and I believe it came from the pacemaker. Has anyone experienced this?

Posted by DMJ on 2014-06-26 17:47. 4 comments. 297 reads
 
Have been reading about possible electromagnetic (EMP) attack against the US could destroy all power grids sending us into the dark. No more surgeries to replace our batteries on our pacemakers. Wonder how long we could go without replacement if we had to.

Posted by JaneJ on 2014-06-23 00:19. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
My pacemaker lead has always kind of "stuck out" and been visible through the skin on my upper chest. It seems to be even more prominent now than it was before. I am a fairly thin person and have recently lost about 5 pounds and am down to about 115 lbs. Anyway, this past Friday I noticed a small blister/ pimple form directly over a knotted area where the lead is. It is not really hurting much at this point, but I was questioning if it is the lead rubbing and irritating the skin. I have an ep appt. next month but wasn't sure if I should bug them about this now. Any thin framed individuals have experience with this?

Posted by ianhorsfall1 on 2014-06-21 11:15. 3 comments. 186 reads
 
Hi all
i down loaded my ICD and sent it to the ward the other day and today i received a letter from my icd clinic saying my lead measurements are still on the low side ... this is the first i have heard of this does anyone know what this means ? is it anything to worry about ? any input would be gratefully received
many thanks x
ian

Posted by fastbabe2 on 2014-06-21 10:36. 3 comments. 292 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. 290 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. 5 comments. 301 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. 161 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?



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