St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Yellowbird on 2015-12-18 04:54. 3 comments. 307 reads
 
Hi had pacemaker since August 2015. Is it possible for one if leads (wire) to overlap pm. It feels like this to me. Worried about this

Posted by Bionic Beat on 2015-12-05 21:19. 6 comments. 545 reads
 
We, in Canada, have a two tier medical system. People come from all over the world to get surgery in the very hospital that has me on a waiting list for urgent replacement of Pacemaker due to recall.

After ten days of knowing that imminent death is a possibility for myself, my health is deteriorating from the related stress.

I would be more than happy to give them a 'donation' to move this to now! I do not have that option.

Does the name Eugene Melnyk ring a bell? To circumvent his demise and waiting lists for transplant at the very same hospital, he used social media. He has a ton of money, much much more than I will ever see but he also broke every rule in the Socialized Medicine handbook.


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-12-05 18:03. 1 comments. 406 reads
 
I have a St Jude quadra assura ICD and am totally dependant on it.Have just had 6 week post op check up and was surprised to overhear EP saying I had 4 and half years battery left.Previous ICD was Boston Incepta and that had longer battery life of about 8 years -am just surprised at such a difference.Thanks for any input.

Posted by hsanyal34 on 2015-12-05 09:39. 1 comments. 318 reads
 
I was impnated with Vitatron make PM in July-2005. I am being reviewed by Vitatron representative every 6 months since last 5 years.
On the last review they have remarked" Battery Ageing"
What does it mean? Should I go for immediate replacement or can wait till Feb 2016 which has been scheduled by the Vitatron team

Posted by jimkirschvink on 2015-12-05 03:24. 1 comments. 338 reads
 
I have an atrial lead that has the impedance going up. Won't know for a few months until my batterie dies if the lead is bad, or if it's just a loose connection. Sometimes, I get a radiating twitching sensation that goes down my left side, into my crotch area. Sometimes, I think my cell phone is in my left pocket, but it isn't there. It happens a lot while I'm driving as well. Can this be from a bad electrode? Where is it common for these sensations to radiate, or perhaps it's something else? Mucho Thanks! Jim Jim

Posted by Tom_00 on 2015-12-02 21:31. 6 comments. 354 reads
 
Two vibrations seconds apart about fifteen minutes ago with procedure to replace batteries on January 15.

Could the procedure possibly be sooner; or are the other two vibrations be between today and the next six weeks and the date remain the same?

Posted by alejo1alejo2@yahoo.com on 2015-12-02 11:19. 1 comments. 274 reads
 
I had icd implanted in 2003, then had a new one implanted 5 months later. My current icd implanted in 2010. In 2012 I talked to my rhythm doctor about feeling"mini shocks". He said everything was fine and it wasn't my icd. He did say, however, I had a fractured atrial lead. I had also felt like my icd was typing on its side. I was told that is impossible. Three years later I still feel like I am getting shocks. Could that be from the fractured lead? My doctor doesn't want to do anything until this battery goes. Which could be another 5 years. I don't feel confident that my icd will work if I need it.

Posted by neff on 2015-11-30 03:32. 4 comments. 315 reads
 
Hi all
I'm going to need a new battery soon . It will be my 3rd. in 11 years. One of my leads isn't working right so the battery fails sooner than most.
My question is , do you think a low battery also makes you feel run down too?
Diane

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Posted by suzie2127 on 2015-11-29 21:07. 6 comments. 419 reads
 
Can you describe the sound you hear when your ICD power is getting low and how often you hear it? Once before when my monitor had been connected improperly by a technician, I heard a strange beeping and thought it was coming from my telephone. But now I can't remember how often I heard it and exactly how it sounded. I know mine is nearing the end stage (last few months) but am not sure that's what I heard a few minutes ago. Obviously I shouldn't panic because I know it gives you ample time when it happens. However, I did read on this site that some of Medtronics ICD's have been shutting down rather abruptly. Since I've had an AV node ablation and know my heart can't beat without the pacemaker, I'm a little more anxious about it. Thanks for...


Posted by jimkirschvink on 2015-11-29 02:44. 5 comments. 335 reads
 
Howdy -

My batterie is getting low, and I'm having my PM replaced early next year. A complicating problem is my atrial lead seems to have too much resistance. My Doc thinks it could be a loose connection at the PM, or the lead has gone bad. I've had two ablations over the last three years. I'm curious if it could have been nicked. ALSO: if the lead is bad, but still working, would it be better to just keep using it and see what happens? It would be nice to have the old one removed, but the Doc thinks it should stay in. I don't like the idea of all of these wires flopping around if they aren't doing anything. Any thoughts? Have a great holiday season! Jim Jim

Posted by Vigjnani on 2015-11-24 22:08. 4 comments. 427 reads
 
During my recent pacemaker checkup, the technician observed that the impedence of the ventricular lead has increased from 1220 ohms (11-23-2014) to 1550 ohms (11-18-2015). The impedence was 730 ohms in 2013. The technician thinks that the increasing impedence means that lead may be going bad and wants to monitor it every 3 mos.

My question: 1) Is this something I need to be concerned about? 2) How common is this problem? 3) Is this a problem with the particular brand of pacemaker (Boston Scientific Insignia 1 Ultra 2 leads)?

I got the pacemaker in 2008. The remaining battey life is 2.5 years.

Thanks

Posted by dmil7777 on 2015-11-21 12:51. 3 comments. 420 reads
 
I notice that I was easily getting winded with moderate physical activity, walking up a 10% hill at 6000 ft elevation, I felt hard heart beats, so I check my pulse, it was 65 BPM. It was very low for my activity, I would expect something in the 90 to 120 BPM range. I confirmed it later that day when roller skating, by increasing my speed to increase my heart rate, 65 BPM three test in a row of rest and speed. I am two weeks from a battery/generator change out. I was having increasing resistance in the upper chamber over two years. I think the Sinus Node lead may have failed leaving me in a Pacemaker alarm state of 65 BPM. This happened on a Friday night no Medtronic phone support, and I could not get thought the doctor after hour’s phone...


Posted by SMH on 2015-11-19 21:28. 14 comments. 531 reads
 
I have a question. In the next couple of weeks I'm having a new pacemaker implanted. I am totally dependent on my pacemaker. My question is when they disconnect the old one to put in the new one, for a while I will have no help to keep my heart beating. Even the fastest hands can't be that fast.

Anyone else ever have this procedure, please advise.

Thanks

Posted by Kuricat on 2015-11-18 18:20. 4 comments. 266 reads
 
Hi all, I had a heart block and on September 17th had. Pacemaker put in. Since than I have had shock like feeling in my side where the leads are and they happen often. Just wondering if anyone else experience this?

Posted by tjarcelin on 2015-11-16 02:06. 4 comments. 363 reads
 
Has anyone ever heard of a misplaced lead? I had my leads and unit changed about 2 months ago and I've had problems ever since. My EP doc says that the lead is too close to the chest wall muscles and is stimulating those as well as pacing my heart. It's not painful but I definitely can't continue to live with it. Essentially, I can feel every single beat of my heart because my muscles are twitching. It's starting to make me crazy.

I have surgery scheduled again for December which is not what I want but the only way it can be fixed is if they move the leads. Just wondering if anyone has experienced something similar before or not. I can't find much information on the internet.

Thanks,
Jacki

Posted by jbatt on 2015-11-12 18:31. 2 comments. 421 reads
 
I am 79 years old. I have had a pacemaker for almost 20 years. In my younger days, I had two replacements without difficulty. On Sept 17th, I visited my cardiologist. He said that I had two years on my pacemaker. I am 100 dependent. In less that a month, I was in backup mode and didn't know it, In all my visits I was never told about backup mode. I wasted three weeks before finally realizing it was my pacemaker. I was told that you have 3 months on on backup. It will be two more weeks before I get a replacement. I feel like due to my age, I am expendable. I have a medtronic dual chamber. Although in backup the top is not working. My concern is AF, which I have shown sign of having.

Posted by Mia929 on 2015-11-08 03:17. 4 comments. 418 reads
 
I have a Medtronic pacemaker implanted January 2015. Fell backwards Wednesday afternoon at home. I called my cardiologist to make sure I didn't dislodge the leads and they said no over the phone.

Can leads be dislodged>

Posted by Coomer2492 on 2015-11-05 12:34. 2 comments. 382 reads
 
My PM felt almost like it popped it was kind of painful, Does anyone know what this is?

Posted by JamesMcEntee on 2015-10-31 12:36. 5 comments. 568 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I am a Product Design Engineer student studying for my final year at Loughborough University. Currently my work is focused on the effect that car seat belts have on pacemakers. From my understanding the problem seems to lie mostly in discomfort whilst wearing a seat belt and the potential danger of the pacemaker being damaged in a collision.

I am in the early stages of the project, currently conducting my initial research. I have constructed a questionnaire to try gain some further insight into the problem from people who experience it themselves.

The questionnaire will be completely anonymous and should take around 5 minutes to complete. All information collected will be used to aid th...


Posted by flagbeat on 2015-10-28 20:48. 5 comments. 373 reads
 
I have heard a lot of conflicting information with this question. I was once told that it is considered HASMAT material and not allowed. Once removed and sent back for cleaning will I be allowed to keep my old pacer batteries? Getting a pacemaker was a huge thing for me in my life with a congenital heart defect and as weird as some may find it to be I'd like to be able to keep my "old hearts" in a shadow box.



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