St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by EB on 2014-04-23 11:35. 8 comments. 379 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I am at safe mode now and going to get my PM replaced on May 1st.
I have been feeling a kind of shortness of breath as though I have to take a deep breath every few minutes. It is not like running out of breath but rather an uncomfortable feeling even when I am sitting down .Saw the cardiologist , he did not seem very concern.
I thought it was my allergies acting up but anti histamine or the albuterol inhaler is not helping. Have any of you had this kind of feeling at the end of your battery life?
thanks


Posted by Sunnydaze on 2014-04-22 03:21. 6 comments. 414 reads
 
I am reading a question by another member asking whether Medicare will replace the battery of her/his Pacemaker early. I'm pretty much in the same boat....my battery is at the end of it's life. I had my regular pacer check two weeks ago, I have 3-12 months left on the battery. We have a Summer home in Washington State that we go to starting in May, normally returning in late October. My Cardio is going to request Medicare to allow an exception, but I'm not holding my breath that this will happen. I don't expect "special" treatment by Medicare, they have a set of rules regarding this procedure, and I'm willing to stay at our Winter home, which is where my Cardio doctor is, until the battery trips. With the responses that I'm reading t...


Posted by linda19541971 on 2014-04-20 23:26. 2 comments. 200 reads
 
Hello I have a pacemaker implant which I have had for 18 months I have started to notice a feeling that my heart is in spasm is this normal

Posted by retailgirl on 2014-04-20 18:58. 5 comments. 349 reads
 
I had a my original (2003) Boston Scientific battery replaced this past July but no lead replacement. Starting about a year ago the techs started noticing what they call "noise" on my atrial lead. I was asymptomatic so they did not recommend any action. Recently however I am having episodes of feeling lightheaded and irregular beats that feel as if someone is running me through a prolonged pacer testing. during these episodes, I feel weak and nauseous and afterwards, wrung out. No pain, just irregular beats and some of the feelings I had when I had my original 3rd degree block, faint, dizzy, sick.
they recently adjusted my pacer so it would not be as "sensitive" and stop reading the noise as a need to pace, thus causing the increased ...


Posted by cherismoak on 2014-04-19 22:07. 1 comments. 268 reads
 
I am 57 and have a pacemaker for SVT. I have been having some issues for a few months and attributed it to pacemaker battery going down (will need to be replaced this year, in Jan. had 9-15 months left). Not so sure anymore and due to no insurance since 2009 have no regular cardiologist.

Symptoms – fullness in throat, headache, pain between shoulder blades, fluttering feeling maybe a pressure/tightness but hard to describe in my chest, sorta like I felt prior to PM.

I have been to ER just Thursday and they said no heart attack as blood tests were fine. Before that went to a family doctor and she sent me to the ER after listening and doing a ECG that stated abnormal.

I ask my PM doctor and was told it did ...


Posted by Stillrunning on 2014-04-18 00:37. 4 comments. 361 reads
 
A quick update for those who have not followed my postings.
I have had PM since is June 27 this past year. Fairly successful and returned to my running career (40 yrs of running) and had some success early, 24 min 5k after about 8 wks. This has been followed by a steady downward spiral and many clinic follow up visits with adjustments to tweak the settings on my Medtronic Adapta PM. I eventually got to a point where I was told they had done about all they could. I received a lot of support from many people on this site and continued to push with questions and research. Eventually at my suggestion I was sent to another dr a electrophysiologist yesterday. He and his nurses took one look at my device on their monitors and all started fro...


Posted by Tao on 2014-04-17 11:34. 9 comments. 328 reads
 
I was wondering if anyone has experienced having a lead yanked out. If so, what caused it, what were the symptoms, and what was done about it?

I love riding my horses, but have been told I cannot fall, becuase of the fact I could yank out a lead in the fall. Of course, I don't usually fall off the horse, but I am terrified I might!

Posted by Ally86 on 2014-04-17 10:36. 3 comments. 159 reads
 
Hi, Everyone!
I am scheduled to go into the cath lab tomorrow morning for a pacemaker revision- My surgeon is going to get rid of some scar tissue that is causing issues and move/repocket my pacemaker since it has moved a little and I can feel it "lift/pop" when I use my arm.
How long do you think the recovery will be? The Dr. says 2-3 days, but I am really nervous it will be longer. He is not doing anything to the leads.

Thanks!
ally

Posted by amhehl on 2014-04-15 16:17. 1 comments. 325 reads
 
Almost two years ago my husband's ICD/Pacemaker was reporting that the units battery was depleting and would need to be replaced within the year. A month or so after receiving this ICD report he was involved in an automobile accident which required him to be transported to the hospital. The bottom line was he had some back problems, neck problems, and whiplash to which he would need further treatment.

Five days after the accident, he transmitted his devise on his normal schedule. Within a couple of hours, he received calls from the pacemaker clinic and his heart doctor's office saying that the devise's battery was in end of life and he needed to schedule to have the unit replace right away. He had the unit replaced 9 day...


Posted by Gina2 on 2014-04-13 19:42. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
For medical reasons my pacemaker was removed and the lead left in my chest wall. This was in 2009 and have had no need for replacement.

My question is - Has anyone had an MRI done with the PM/and or leads in? Any problems with procedure?

I am needing a neck MRI. Other xrays do not visualize effectively.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Posted by Viking28 on 2014-04-05 13:19. 2 comments. 169 reads
 
Going from a two lead PM too a three lead PM what should I expect


Posted by aortic on 2014-04-03 13:13. 1 comments. 254 reads
 
Hi all. just got told I need a lead replacing. as this is my 3rd pacemaker & I already have 2 working leads plus 1 left in from a previous op, how many leads can you have before they have to remove the ones not in use.

Posted by pbal on 2014-03-31 08:37. 7 comments. 341 reads
 
Does anyone here ever feel very tired or short of breath when their pacemaker battery is almost finished ?

Posted by Royale on 2014-03-30 17:34. 7 comments. 280 reads
 
I've had my pm for intermittent complete heart block since May 2013 and have posted before with a few issues one of which being high voltage (2.5) on my ventricular lead since the 4 week check. I had issues with the cardiologist who did the surgery and switched to another for management. Don't like him much either but running out of options.
Anyway on my second visit to him there was a new tech who was concerned about the voltage and hooked me up to an ECG while he fiddled with the settings before concluding that it did in fact need to be 2.5. I asked if that was rather high and the cardio replied that when he implants a pm he likes the voltage to be less than .5, any higher he checks if the leads have moved and goes in to reposition...


Posted by book61 on 2014-03-25 13:59. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
Thank you to everyone for your support. Just wanted to quickly bring you up to date. Hope my experience helps someone else!!

I went to the ER with continued jaw pain and heart bouncing all over the place. Long story short. the 2 leads in my pacemaker were dangling unattached to my heart and thus the jaw pain and heart beats all over the place. The EP specialist said whoever inplanted the original pm did not have experience!!!! They inplanted new leads and after 2 day stay in hospital I am home. In severe pain, but this will subside in several days. I am very fortunate and so lucky that the specialist were in town. Best regards to everyone. Pay attention to your body and when you know something is not right do not let up until th...


Posted by Carmine on 2014-03-23 14:59. 5 comments. 244 reads
 
I had an St. Jude ICD installed 3 weeks ago and am trying to mentally cope with my new situation. I have been extremely active my whole life and get depress at the thought of my new limitations. I'm actually very uncertain of my limitations!

In my 2 week post surgery visit, my doctor gave me a Merlin monitor to use at my bedside.
Are these monitors necessary? Are they just an monthly annuity stream for the doctors? Does the daily monitoring consume the battery, and if so is it significant?

Posted by BillRussell on 2014-03-20 16:34. 7 comments. 352 reads
 
Just want to post an update on my dear husband's condition. Had Medtronic PM implanted on January 3, 2014, for sick sinus syndrome. After problems with DVT in arm (placed on Xarelto), emergency trip to ER with severe chest pains 2 weeks after implant, and 6 weeks ago at first interrogation was suspected to have problems with proper placement of leads which could lead to subsequent problems with battery life. The EP explained that in all probability they would have to open incision site and adjust the leads or insert new ones. After six weeks of worry and concern on the part of my husband, my children and me, we found out today that the leads apparently are working correctly and gave out a good report that indicates the leads are indeed...


Posted by sdutta on 2014-03-20 12:23. 2 comments. 197 reads
 
I had an implanted dual chamber pacemaker model 2364L of st judes in 1999 dec. What is battery life for this model. I don't have syncope but wants to know, when i should visit doctor for replacement of battery? Also, please suggests me few very good doctor who can implants pacemaker at Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Regards,
Subhendu Dutta

Posted by Bionictuck on 2014-03-14 20:19. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
Has anybody ever gone past the date they give you for the battery to be replaced by. I'm not pacer dependent, doc said I need it replaced by April 7th, but I want it done on the 11th. Thanks

Posted by Poppet on 2014-03-11 16:39. 2 comments. 365 reads
 
Hi there,
It's been a long while since I've used the site for support and encouragement but, when in need, here I am again hoping that someone may help me better understand my situation.
I had a St Jude's pacemaker implanted in 2007. In December 2013 I was told the battery life was 9-15 months and that it would need checking again in three months time. I've been again today and it's down to 6-12 months battery life - as expected. I'm to go back again in three months. The staff are great and I have no complaints. I do wonder though at what point they may decide the next pacemaker is needed. How close to the wire re battery life do they go is what I am wondering? I'm pacing at 65-68% of the time for a heart block and the pacemaker...




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