St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Ariela on 2016-01-12 21:09. 2 comments. 319 reads
 
Thank you so much for your comments! I do appreciate your help so much! I am not able to write often due to lupus lack of energy and overwhelming work keeping up with my responsibilities.
I received the results from my electrophysiologist and I can't understand anything! Here they go:

Since 9/14/15 I have had
1 AMS event
431 VHR events
133 PMT events
11,057 noise reversion events.
Does anyone know what all this means?

Thank you so much again!

Posted by KevMc on 2016-01-12 20:15. 3 comments. 292 reads
 
I understand the x-ray checks the leads... cannot see how it can mean anything with the battery which is already known to be replaced by next month. As Friday is a little over two months of the approximately three months left on the life of the battery.

The cardiologist only said that the battery is running low/battery leads to be changed in about three months in early November.. nothing about the leads possibly having problems.

What does anyone have to say about this issue?

Thank you.

Posted by suep on 2016-01-11 09:52. 0 comments. 319 reads
 
I had my second pacemaker implanted 4 months ago after having my previous pacemaker for 13 years! The person who 'sewed me up' was tugging and pulling at the stitches and banging and rubbing blood away whilst doing so. I was extremely bruised afterwards and the scar got infected and is still not right now. I am still experiencing discomfort. My cardiologist half heartedly offered to replace it....because he said it was loose. It sticks out sideways when I lay on my side and the scar looks dreadful. Nothing like my first one. Any suggestions please would be warmly welcomed, I am, apparently down on the waiting list to have it replaced, but how long is a piece of string? I really am not one to complain and was used to my first pace...


Posted by piglet22 on 2016-01-10 22:05. 7 comments. 617 reads
 
Hello,
Just thought I would pass on my experience of End Of Life (EOL) symptoms.
I had a dual chamber IPG for Mobitz type 2.
After nearly ten years it was close to replacement time and was being monitored at 12-week intervals which were to go to 8-week.
I had been starting to get tell-tale missing beats etc., but on 6th Jan 2016, sitting quietly at the computer, my pectoral muscle and left arm went into spasm, in synchronisation with the heartbeat. This was strong and did not stop after two minutes, so I called the emergency ambulance (I was on my own at the time and very nervous of what might happen next).
During the 8-hour wait in the UK A&E (ER) the IPG was diagnosed as having failed due to low battery voltage, ...


Posted by JudyRocks on 2016-01-04 04:31. 4 comments. 399 reads
 
Received my Medtronic bi- ventricular PM / Defibrillator on 12-16-15. Went back for programming check 2 weeks ago and 1 week ago as I was feeling "thumps" about 90% of the time in chest wall in left side. Medtronic rep explained that the tip of my left lead was not in a good spot and that each of my 3 leads can be programmed in 4 different places. He also told me that my left lead is in a vein near my diaphragm running above it. He attempted to reprogram the left lead in all 16 of the possible configurations - didn't work - still thumping me. It's not painful, more annoying than anything and sometimes I can lean to the right or lay on my right side & it stops. The 2 leads on the right are causing no sensations at all - as it should be...


Posted by ISDLB53 on 2015-12-29 13:53. 3 comments. 499 reads
 
I am new to this club!
I had Biotronik pacemaker installed in Jan of 2014. I feel much better with more energy. My wife even said she could not keep up with me. I am only 50 years old. How amazing the technology works with the monitor I have in my bedroom...I got a phone call from DR office telling me I needed to go for chest xray as they suspected the wires got loose from PM. Got the news from doctor yesterday that I need to have a surgery to replace the wires in few weeks. I have not felt lousy yet. How could that happen? I even asked DR if it could be from the Cat scan I had twice this year that they stretched my arms/shoulders way up to scan my kidney ( 1/4 of cancerous kidney was removed last summer & is now cancer free). DR ...


Posted by Ariela on 2015-12-28 18:29. 4 comments. 382 reads
 
Hi, everyone!
Life has not been easy since I take care of my beloved husband of 56 years: he is 84 and in poor health, and I'm 76! The leads in my pacemaker are cracked and my electro physiologist says he doesn't know where the crack is. He says there is lots of "noise" and they will have to be replaced. He is trying to stretch the time as long as possible to be covered by Medicare. My first lead placement 14 years ago led to my heart being pierced, code blue, ICU for one week, hospital stay for 3 more! I also have lupus SLE. My questions:
1. Is this "stretching" advisable?
2. When the leads break totally how does this shock feel like?
3. Does some kind of alarm goes off at home?
4. Do they put new leads on? What d...


Posted by CyborgGirl on 2015-12-25 18:06. 6 comments. 543 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 1 week. I was told not to lift my left arm above my head. Last night in my sleep I not only lifted my left arm above my but I stretched. That woke me up.My question is, How would I know if I dislodged a lead?

Posted by bseebert on 2015-12-21 17:54. 1 comments. 297 reads
 
Does anyone have this model that has a minute ventilation sensor? I was hoping this sensor would help with my breathing when I walk, go to the gym, etc. It did not and actually caused more complications.

i would be interested in others' experiences.

Posted by Yellowbird on 2015-12-18 04:54. 3 comments. 343 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. 594 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. 467 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. 353 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. 389 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. 396 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. 328 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. 385 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. 593 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. 396 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. 474 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



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