St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by SMH on 2015-11-19 21:28. 14 comments. 596 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. 299 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. 418 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. 479 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. 469 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. 424 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. 625 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. 402 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.

Posted by jue on 2015-10-26 21:51. 2 comments. 314 reads
 
Hi all, hope everyone is ok!
Some of you will remember I had my pacemaker replaced last October in an emergency, as the battery had completed drained.
After further investigation, there is a possibility that one of my leads was damaged as a result of a car accident I had in the August, causing my battery to drain.
Someone hit me from behind on the motorway.

Has anyone else experienced similar trauma as a result of a car accident?

Thanks guys x

Posted by krico on 2015-10-26 21:26. 2 comments. 335 reads
 
Ive been going to the pacemaker clinic for the past 3 months because they say they cannot change my ICD until it reaches 2.63 on the battery. I am at 2.64. What will happen when it reaches 2.63? Will an alarm sound? or will it wait until I go get it checked again? It was originally place 3/16/2010 but in June of 2011 misread my pvc's for vf so I was given 14 shocks while I was fully awake. Traumatic to say the least. I had to be put into vf to resync it. Then I had a pocket revision July 2014. All of this has made my battery not last that long. Can someone give me insight on what happens when the battery reaches the limit?
Thank you!

Posted by Wpw64 on 2015-10-25 20:40. 3 comments. 274 reads
 
Almost six months since my new pacemaker and leads were implanted on the right side and the site has healed really well. Not much pain at all. However the old pacemaker leads on the left side which have been implanted for 25 years are causing severe sharp pains. I have good movement in my left arm and shoulder so can't understand why the pain. The pacemaker clinic say it must be muscular. What should I do about it? Thanks for any advice given.

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-10-11 10:59. 5 comments. 417 reads
 
Have recently posted re husband he has had ICD for just over 2 years and is currently in hospital awaiting total ICD replacement after 2 leads have apparently broken.He had a fall upon coming out of bath and his consultant has come to the conclusion that upon falling he has hit his collarbone which has apparently a sharp edge to it and this has sliced through like a machette(his words)and broke LV lead.His RV has fracture also and don't know whether this happened at same time?They took him off warfarin last Monday upon admittance and started fragmin on Wednesday till Fri.He has now been transferred to London Hospital to await op and Doctors said they are putting him back on warfarin as that is how they do it when they do op.Has anyone else...


Posted by Davish on 2015-10-07 14:54. 2 comments. 376 reads
 
Medtronic
Serial PVY281770H
Model A2DR01

Has non MRI LEAD
SERIAL LFF091995V
Model 383069

4 times in ER
HEART RATE KEEPS GOING IN 30's
Irregular heartrate.
Terrible EKG RESULTS
ECHO ORDERED NO RESULTS
HALTER HAS BEEN POST PONED FOR 1 1/2 weeks

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2015-10-05 20:24. 7 comments. 406 reads
 
I posted a couple of weeks ago-after a device check my husband found out one of the leads of his ICD had a total break in it.He has just gone back to hospital today and been told that the other lead has possible fracture report said RV lead impedance -200 any insight as to what this means please.The first lead that broke is the LV one and today report says RV lead showing problems.He has had his icd for just over two years and everyone at hospital is totally surprised at this.He has been admitted and they plan to extract the leads and put new ones in.Is he just unlucky re breaks in two leads or has anyone else had this happen?Tks

Posted by SFpace on 2015-09-29 14:30. 9 comments. 524 reads
 
Hi - I had my St Jude Medical device implanted around 6 months ago. In the last 3 months noise has appeared on the readouts that I'm being told could be attributable to a fractured lead or more likely a loose set screw (an X-ray didn't show any fracture on the visible part of the lead although there is a chance a fracture could be located in the lead close to the device at the point where it is sutured to the muscle). The proposal is to go in and take a look - if loose set screw, it can be tightened: if fractured lead it needs to be extracted and replaced. Has anyone else had this experience? Any other questions I should be asking? Thanks

Posted by Nobbie on 2015-09-29 01:37. 0 comments. 381 reads
 
Can anyone tell me about betters depletion

Posted by Tom77 on 2015-09-28 18:24. 14 comments. 622 reads
 
Can anyone provide the number of days after the day that their or a family member's pacer check indicated that their device batteries need to be replaced?

Thank you.

Posted by mchester on 2015-09-28 04:10. 4 comments. 408 reads
 
Aloha! I'm just became a member. I got my pacer (a.k.a little engine that could!) in 2009. Thought I was good for 10 yrs. now I've been told 6 mos to a yr! Is that because I'm paced 90% of the time? I have a nasty A-Fib. I love my pacer! Best surgery results ever! Take care fellow pacemaker clubbers! Mary Ann

Posted by Mrs.Ozzy on 2015-09-26 18:38. 1 comments. 306 reads
 
Hello, I had a pacemaker installed on Thursday and all is well. However, I tripped going up the stairs and caught myself on my hands... What are the chances that I dislodged something? I didn't land very hard but I don't know how much it takes.

Posted by Jane21 on 2015-09-18 20:15. 1 comments. 292 reads
 
I was hoping the link would just be click and go, but it might be click and paste.
Anyway, take the time to have a look. It's rather good. I think it explains a lot of our conditions very well. It certainly made me smile. Jx
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=913438042022798&pnref=story
Wish they were my doctors :-) Jx



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