St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-02-05 08:47. 2 comments. 181 reads
 
Is it possible that the lead could hit something that could cause a "tingle" or have a sensitive feeling ? I have been feeling some on and off again light "electric tingling" under my bottom rib cage on the left side. Went to the pacemaker doc and he said the lead looks fine, xrays look fine, pacer is working fine. So what could this be. I see no bruising or swelling. Had my PM 3 years now. I have a tender spot now in that small area from where I have either kept touching it and pressing on it of the electric tingle. Any thoughts ? Thanks

Posted by chancyboo on 2015-02-03 21:34. 12 comments. 366 reads
 
Hi I am a 37 and a proud owner of a Pacemaker, I have complete heart block and I have had my leads for over 21 years. I was told that I need to get surgery to have them changed. I am scared and wanted to know if anyone has any advice or information on the outcome.


Posted by scorpfan on 2015-02-03 17:25. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi - I wrote a week ago about shortness of breath that came on all of a sudden. I also tried to update my profile but it will not keep all the information after I submit it, so a little of my background: 60 years old, female, 3rd degree heart block diagnosed at 42 years old, 100% paced, I am on my 2nd pm (Medtronic Adapta) which is just over 8 years old. I was told 2 1/2 weeks ago that I had 1 - 10 months left before going into ERI, then 10 days later I started feeling weird and out of breath. It turned out that in those 2 weeks the pm went into ERI, went through ERI and into EOL. I am scheduled to have the new pm fitted on Thursday, and can't wait since being in EOL is not fun.
Has anyone else's pm gone down that fast?

Posted by Dave H on 2015-01-31 18:44. 3 comments. 246 reads
 
At my procedure 4 days ago, (Medtronic Consulta replaced by a Medtronic Viva XT CRT-D) the EP spoke of it was a tight fit into one of my veins. Evidently, he doubled up one lead to create a 4-lead device. I won't see him for a couple weeks or so to get a complete rundown of what he did -------- anyone here have a similar 4-lead PM/CRT-D? An aftereffect: I walked the ICU's halls for about 45 min a few hours post procedure. I noticed my left hand turning blue, which kinda freaked the ICU nurse. This phenomenon has continued, but less noticeable, each day. I contacted the EP yesterday---- he stated the leads take up a large amount of space in my veins, but new veins will "grow" and the blue tinge should abate slowly. Anyone else experience...


Posted by beachbabe on 2015-01-31 13:49. 3 comments. 222 reads
 
Hey all!!
How are you?
I've not posted on here in what seems like an age! Just thought I'd tell you all that in going in next Wednesday 4th of feb for my 2nd Pacemaker...my last one has lasted nearly 7years....1st time round I didnt get much time to think about it because I was so poorly and it happened rather quickly. This time round I'm just a bit nervous if I'm honest, not too bad because I know that I need this and it's going to happen.
What was all your recovery times? When did you return to work etc?
In the USA are you allowed to keep your old units? I don't think I will be allowed in the UK but would love to keep it. Anyhow thanks for reading.
Take care
Louise xx

Posted by Lisarose on 2015-01-27 21:26. 1 comments. 178 reads
 
Hello all, has anyone experienced a pacemaker lead fracture then feel a sharp shock like pain to chest, radiating to chin then top of head? Of note, this is not an ICD, just an MRI comparable pacemaker. Also, recent check states increased voltage is required in atrial lead.

Posted by tenett on 2015-01-25 10:00. 2 comments. 196 reads
 
Has anyone had trouble with their St. Jude leads?
My first set broke in the first year and now the second set has failed.

Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-01-24 13:48. 2 comments. 271 reads
 
I am scheduled for my 1st replacement in two weeks after 7 1/2 years of success with rate responsive Medtronic Versa.. They tell me I am 100% dependent. I am now in the ERI mode and being paced at 65 bpm. I notice my bpm does not go above 65 even with moderate exercise. Is this because the pace maker won't let my heart beat any faster even with exercise or is it because my heart can't beat faster on it's own? Feeling somewhat more fatigued than normal but still can function.

Thanks for any input,
Rodger Zawodniak

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-24 09:07. 22 comments. 577 reads
 
I chose to have my pacemaker's wifi turned off when the new one was implanted on 1/15/15. The nurses and other staff had more questions why, as well as judgmental responses, than the doctor did. (Maybe he saved it for when I was out during the surgery? ;o) )

They seem to forget that these batteries last a long time...my last one lasted 12 years. Just a brief search online will show all the technical advances during that time frame. According to an article in Forbes magazine, back in 2012 it was discovered the ability to hack them had occurred. No one has had that done yet, but it doesn't take too much out-of-the-box thinking to come up with scenarios within the next 10 years that could cause a lot of havoc and harm to people wit...


Posted by mrhanchang on 2015-01-20 19:42. 4 comments. 376 reads
 
I have a Medtronic dual chamber PM implanted in 2005. After 9.5 years I was told in a checkup yesterday that my battery is running out. Meanwhile one of the two leads goes bad. I was told the data collection part quit working because of this. But the pacing still works by the other lead. But I found out my maximum hearteat is 50 now which is lower than 6 months ago.

My questions are
1. How could a lead suddenly go bad after 9 years?
2. Could a low battery affect the lead life?
3. Is there a chance that the PM box side have a problem and made a false bad lead alarm?
4. Can I ask the surgeon to double check whether the lead condition before he insert a new one?
5. If they insert the new leads and keep...


Posted by my4turtles on 2015-01-19 20:24. 6 comments. 306 reads
 
I have a Medtronics BIV pacemaker which I got in October ... My 3rd pacemaker .. I went in today for my pacemaker check and was told I have used almost 5 years of the battery life all ready. I Was surprised how quick It has been used up.. I'm pacemaker dependent so I don't know if that uses more battery.. I was told the BIV only have 4-6 year battery life is that true?

Posted by jacobsmom on 2015-01-16 22:17. 1 comments. 250 reads
 
Need to find a good surgeon to use laser to replace old leads and pacemaker. anyone recommend a really good cv surgeon?
thanks

Miami lady

Posted by nato on 2015-01-16 18:55. 5 comments. 364 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his first PM (Boston Scientific Advantio K063) on 10-Dec-2012 battery life was 9 years at the time. On Dec 2013 his PM interrogation showed a battery life of 6.5 years and Aug-2014 was 5 years. Today we had done another PM interrogation and his battery life is now showing 4.5 years. He is being paced 19% on the atrial and 100% on his ventricular with a pace threshold of 1.6V @ 0.5 ms.

Today his electro-physiologist/cardiologist said that his battery life is an estimated value and we should not be worried until the year 2019 for his next implant date.

I'm watching the trend of his battery depletion as it is not depleting within the estimated time after an interrogation is done but instead...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2015-01-13 14:49. 7 comments. 400 reads
 
Has anyone ever had a lead come disconnected ?
Has anyone ever has a lead break in the artery ?
Has anyone ever experienced "electric tingling" near there PM ? Not being shocked , just a PM.
Thanks
MK



Posted by nato on 2015-01-09 20:45. 2 comments. 374 reads
 
Hi All,

My 33mths old son likes jumping and playing, can his jumping activities contribute to leads being unattached? He is quite active and I'm a bit concern. Parents can you please share your experience if any that resulted from cases like these.

Thanks and appreciate your feedback.

Posted by nato on 2015-01-06 20:27. 2 comments. 355 reads
 
Hi All,

I'm quite concern and would like to know an average cost to replace my son's PM in the US who has a Boston scientific pacemaker being 100% dependent with dual chamber epicardial leads.

Very soon we would have to replace his PM as the battery life is depleting and my husband and I would greatly appreciate your feedback. It's very hard for us as we don't have anymore insurance coverage as a result from his first implant and the insurance maximum benefit being lifetime and not annually for that specific ailment.



Posted by ReeAndThree33 on 2015-01-01 22:06. 1 comments. 317 reads
 
Good Evening....I went to the ER yesterday because I was experiencing pain in taking a breath....They took a chest xray and found that my lead is frayed....I only have one lead...I have to make an appointment with the EP doctor.....What is the next step?? Meaning what are they going to do about this lead?

Posted by pieface315 on 2014-12-30 02:01. 3 comments. 292 reads
 
Hi. I had my pacemaker surgery in July 2014 I was in third stage heart block. I am 100% dependent on it. Since I am, how long does the battery last at that rate?

Posted by michigan on 2014-12-29 18:47. 2 comments. 257 reads
 
This is my 3rd CID. I was informed that I have 2 months left on battery. At one of my CID check, I was told that if I feel like crap, get in. The things that I am experiencing are not normal to me. Even though I was told the battery is still good, I know there is something not quite right.

Posted by Dave H on 2014-12-28 12:13. 1 comments. 415 reads
 
In my earlier "New EP is thorough" post, I neglected to mention this fact: My new EP was puzzled by the placement of the third lead of my Medtronic Consulta PM. I had not given him a COMPLETE "report" of my previous months health issues: Primary doc and ENT doc gave me a dangerous mix of drugs that lowered my blood sodium number to 124 (normal: 136 to 148.) So, what happens when one has "hyponatremia?" Delirium, aggressiveness ---- you basically go insane. A psychiatrist evaluated the Rx drugs I was taking and she stated this: "I see danger here. Stop taking 4 of these, (HCTZ, Betahistine, Primidone, & Lexipro) ------ and do you have any guns in the house? - If so, GET RID OF THEM!" Her advice was too late ---- that night during an EMS...




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