St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by MRVista on 2014-02-22 14:11. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Not much, but some. It is close to a year since it has been implanted. At check ups i am told" it is doing it's job. The battery is good for 8.5 more years!"

Posted by PAULIGIRL7 on 2014-02-21 19:24. 1 comments. 291 reads
 
I just had pacemaker surgery on February 20th 2014. When my doctor who did the surgery came into my hospital room, she said that I must have been moving my left arm because the lead that was placed in the upper heart chamber, lost it's slack and their is just a short lead. Although, she said it is working properly and that I cannot move my arm hardly at all and to be very careful so the lead does not come out from me moving too much. I am vey worried about this cause I do not want to go through that surgery again. When I was in the OR just before my surgery, my blood pressure was 167 over 110 and I was literally shaking and the anesthesiologist said well we will take care of that. I told them that I did not what to be put totally aslee...


Posted by AnnieRHolland on 2014-02-20 18:38. 3 comments. 429 reads
 
On New Years Eve 2011, very unexpectedly and quite out of the blue, I went into complete heart block at the age of 52. En route to hospital (in the ambulance) they started externally pacing me. I arrived at the hospital at 12 midnight and was externally paced for the next 4 hours until stable enough to have temporary PM placed. Then on Jan 2, 2012 had a Medtronic Revo MRI compatible PM inserted.

On Dec 6, 2013, I awoke during the night feeling absolutely dreadful. After many tests, CAT scans and echos etc. it came back to the PM - it had gone into a safe mode to save battery power. On New Years Eve 2013 (just under 2 years) I had the next and newer version of this PM placed.

Has anyone else experienced such a sho...


Posted by Mandi on 2014-02-14 19:09. 4 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi, I have a boston scientific pacer for bradycardia, got it in Sept. 2013. Things have been fine till lately. My arm has been hurting me quite a bit, now I know that it may have nothing to do with the pacer but another strange thing is going on. I shop a lot, but one as I go thru the doors of the stores the security alarm goes off. Could this be a loose lead? What is going on?thanks for Any input you may have.

Posted by IronMike on 2014-02-12 18:48. 7 comments. 243 reads
 
Hey guys, just wondering if anybody has had to have a lead revision before, and what recovery is like. I have micro fractures in the lead to my atrium, and ventricle, so the doc said she will try to fix them, but if she can't, I may need new leads. I'm kind of scared for surgery again, I don't want them to have to unscrew my old leads as I've heard its kind of dangerous in young people because the scar tissue heals well. I'm only 25. Anyways, thanks for taking a read, and I appreciate any replies!

Posted by Viking on 2014-02-10 10:10. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
Has anyone here had a Pacemaker that is compatible with MRI examinations installed with only ONE lead? My cardiologist attached only one of the two leads and as a result the Pacemaker Manufacturer said that my Pacemaker is not compatible for MRI exams.

Posted by mysteriousmarvel on 2014-02-07 13:13. 1 comments. 224 reads
 
I have a St Jude model V-265. I've been told the battery is getting low. (implanted,7/17/08).
In the last few days, I have had 3 incidents where the pacemaker makes a loud whirring noise, accompanied by a tingling & nausea. Upon contacting the hospital, they checked with St. Jude & have no indication of low battery warning. Has anyone else experienced this?
I also have A-Fib & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Thanks!

Posted by Sanjiv on 2014-02-06 00:28. 3 comments. 206 reads
 
Hi all,
St Jude pace maker was planted in my body in 2000 in Escorts hospital Delhi India, it worked fantastically. In last quarter of 2012 it's battery was replaced. Routine check ups were done.
After battery replacement itching started & same thing was discusses with doctor in every routine checkup. In man 2014 it's stitches get opened & finally doctor told that it's infected & need relocated. I want to know from you guys that who is at fault for this infection & what are the risks involved in this procedure

Posted by lightning on 2014-02-03 16:31. 3 comments. 130 reads
 
just had my top lead (one of two) replaced because became detached from the heart wall . This was done back in November and since removing the dressing have noticed that the PM is not back in the same position as before, It sticks out more and the site is still sore - it's as though the skin is really stretched over the PM . I have not been able to go back as i am abroad at the moment and not due back in the UK 'til March - does anyone know if this is normal?

Posted by Vicens on 2014-02-01 06:16. 1 comments. 146 reads
 
Please have a look at this address:
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-team-implantable-piezoelectric-nanoribbon-devices.html


Any comments ?

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-01-30 13:32. 7 comments. 441 reads
 
Got a call from my son yesterday. Daaaad. The long emphasis on the "A" in Dad means he's got a problem. Would you help my wife. Sure, I'll always help our favorite daughter-in-law. Her car won't start.

Thanks to the people on this site. I've been reading all the good stuff so have a tendency to forget I've got the PM. Grab the jumper cables, make a call and I'm on my way.

Car in garage. Temperature is 6 degrees Fahrenheit which is -14 C. Cold for the central Ohio region of the USA. Pull in my vehicle, jump out, start attaching jumper cables, battery to battery. Start my car, jump out, lean over engine and help her start hers. No joy on the first four attempts. Leaning over engine compartment. Grabbing wire...


Posted by AZpacemaker on 2014-01-30 11:18. 6 comments. 150 reads
 
My pacemaker went into power saving mode on December 24. I was immediately aware of what I thought was atrial fibrillation but when I transmitted data to my pacemaker clinic on Jan. 7, the PM nurse informed me that the pacemaker was pacing only in the lower chambers and was not recording data. The cardiac clinic gave me an appt for Feb. 17. I feel punk, but my question is: Am I at greater risk of a stroke while waiting for my appt than I would be if the PM was working properly? I am watching my INR carefully and taking Verapamil, but I am worried. I have taken two long airplane trips since the thing quit working because of family emergencies with no ill effects.

Posted by Bryony on 2014-01-29 07:15. 0 comments. 100 reads
 
Hi Betts,
As other posts have said it very much depends on whether your pacemaker is an MRI conditional type. You should have been given a card with all the information on it re the pacemaker. If you ring up the MRI unit where you normally have them and ask to speak to the Superintendent/Lead MRI Radiographer. Tell her/him the name, type, model number - as much information as posible about it. Also tell them the name of the Cardiologist, hospital where it was done , the date, contact phone number of the Cardiologist secretary as well if possible.
In the UK the patient needs to write and sign a letter of consent allowing the Radiographers to obtain your implantation notes. Without this the secretary will not be able to releae an...


Posted by Bemarie53 on 2014-01-29 02:21. 1 comments. 148 reads
 
I have an epicardial pacemaker and have worn out a few and have had it replaced. My leads r on the outside of the heart. I was wondering what signs do u have when leads go bad. My leads r about 18 years old. I just had a implant of a new pacemaker a year and a half ago. This is my 4th epicardial pacemaker and have been extremely happy where it is.

Posted by marilyn1957 on 2014-01-28 18:12. 5 comments. 226 reads
 
Thank you all for your support. I really feel relieved and when I go for my pacemaker pre-op and registration on Monday, I'll ask about the sedative they will use. I would like to be out. I'm on Coumadin and my cardiologist likes my INR between 2.5-3.5. It was 2.7 yesterday so they're keeping me on the same regimen of 7.5 mg 4 days and 5 mg on 3 days. . I won't take the percocet the night before. I usually have been taking it only at bedtime because of the 4 broken ribs which are healing. My physical issues at this time (aside from this pacemaker thing) are due to the terrible car accident. Lousy and bruised knees, chest, hip, legs and ankles. The ribs were very bad but it's 28 days now and they definitely are feeling better. I'...


Posted by marilyn1957 on 2014-01-28 15:10. 3 comments. 207 reads
 
I'm going for pre-op and register on Monday and I'm due for the replacement on Wednesday 2/3. I had open heart surgery in 2005 giving me a new aortic, mitral, (Porcine) repaired tri-cusped and a double by-pass. ... I don't know what to expect as my leads are metronic (so I just found out), but my battery is BIOTRONIC and is only done at the Delray Hospital (in Delray Beach, Florida). I am nervous as I don't know what to expect. I have a radio frequency, dual channel pacemaker, paced at 80 and they weren't clear as to the procedure, length of time of the surgery as I have to be at hospital at 11:00am, scheduled for noon. I'm left handed, recovering from an auto accident and am not in the best of shape as I'm still getting physical thera...


Posted by Chick on 2014-01-28 01:49. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
Does anyone know the battery life for medtronic rvdr01 pacemaker. I have complete heart block and fully dependent.

Posted by ibebkm15 on 2014-01-26 09:38. 5 comments. 305 reads
 
Does anyone know how big the battery in a one lone pacemaker is and how long it takes to inplant? I was told it was no big deal that I would go home the same day. It is a big deal to me just to be cut on again. Thanks for your help. Bonnie K. Murphy

Posted by Tallgirl on 2014-01-23 19:21. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
I had an emergency pacemaker fitted in October 2013 after having my first A fib attack in September. Apparently I had syncope which caused my heart to 'pause' for 13 seconds five times in one day. I have since gone on to have an ablation in December and my PM shows no incidence of A fib which is great. I am also off all the heart drugs to. So all should be well, but it's not. I have been feeling nauseous since I had my PM in October but put it down to the heart meds, flecanide and bisoprolol, but I came off the drugs at the beginning of January. So why do I still feel so ill? Could it be my PM. I have been told that the lower lead is misplaced but I do not use it much so not to worry they will keep an eye on it at my PM checks.
Has an...


Posted by redskinfan1888 on 2014-01-22 21:55. 1 comments. 126 reads
 
.my dad has a pacemaker they want to check the leads for an infection they don't see any though/ hes 79 is this operation necessary and is it dangerous



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