St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by aussieray on 2014-07-05 21:38. 6 comments. 335 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. 162 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. 120 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. 281 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. 231 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. 181 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. 280 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. 276 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. 293 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. 155 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. 184 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. 283 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. 234 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. 128 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. 349 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. 176 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. 286 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. 228 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. 297 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. 324 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?



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