St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Dave H on 2014-12-28 12:13. 1 comments. 416 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...


Posted by Charlotteis on 2014-12-23 17:22. 4 comments. 362 reads
 
Hi there, a week after my pacemaker insertion it was discovered that one of my leads have detached. I went in yesterday to have it reattached. The surgeon was really upset that this happened and he talked about how hard the MRI compatible leads are to work with. I found this second procedure to be way more painful than the first - the first I couldn't remember anything, this one I believe I felt everything, to the point they told me it was ok to swear if I'd like.

My question is - how common is it for leads to come loose? I'm not sure what I did to have this happen but now I am ultra paranoid about having it happen again. How long does one have to be really careful?

Posted by zonka1965 on 2014-12-17 20:25. 3 comments. 493 reads
 
My history is that I had my first pacemaker implanted in 1991. In 1994 I had a lead break and it was decided to leave the old wires and push through new wires if they would fit. They did fit and the wires were pushed through leaving the old wires. In 2000 I had a battery change and in 2006 I became sick and was found to have an infection and had endocarditis on my heart valves so all of the first set of wires had to be removed along with the second set to give me a chance at recovering from the infection. My surgery was at U of C Hospitals in Chicago. I survived that surgery and had another pacemaker implanted in 2006 and in 2013 I had a battery change and in 2014 one of my leads broke. I went back to U of C Hospitals to have the wir...


Posted by mrdredge on 2014-12-17 12:51. 2 comments. 260 reads
 
Back in 2013 I helped my family load hay. Somehow I must have done allot as my lead broke and shorted out which made me feel like a car miss firing. I went to Emergency they could not find. Said I had anxiety however this was over them not figuring out what was wrong with me. Next day my cardiologist had me come in and while being interrogated they shook my unit, made me raise lover arms and while on monitor the lead shorted just as i thought.They replaced my lead left the exiting one there and replaced my ICD pacemaker defibrillator unit. Feeling great now walk allot 8000-10000 steps a day still slow in morning getting going and that is trying my patience. Very happy with ST Jude unit and team keeping my tuned up. Has anyone scuba...


Posted by Lizziemcb on 2014-12-16 21:12. 2 comments. 397 reads
 
Hi,
My husband had a new Medtronic CRT-D (Viva) implanted in October of this year. At his first appointment is showed that there as 9 years on the battery, a week later.....8.9 years, three weeks later 7.3 years and now six weeks in it is showing 4.9 years left on the battery.

What the heck?? At this rate it will need to be replaced after just 3 months!! Has anyone heard of this happening? Should we be concerned? Has anyone had this happen?

Posted by alexisbagel on 2014-12-15 10:49. 5 comments. 337 reads
 
Hi all. I have a St. Jude defibrillator. Implanted august 2008. It has never shocked me. I have long a t syndrome. I'm getting monthly checkups because the battery is low. But the clinic can't give me even a rough estimate of when it will be replaced. I guess I'm just frustrated and anxious, and looking for some guidance on how quickly you go from monthly checkups to a replacement. I know it's different for everyone. Thanks to those who respond.

Posted by ella on 2014-12-13 21:04. 0 comments. 204 reads
 
Hi again Went to see EP and he try his hardest with Medtronic rep. to rhythm control both bottom part of heart said he couldn't do anything for top part which is in A fib 100% but felt he wants to take me off of Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily and place me on Coreg 25mg he says that Coreg better then Toprol XL for A fib he also said that Coreg can take 6weeks to get use to not being tired? is any one using Coreg that was on Toprol XL I am on Xarelto 20mg Altace 5mg 2xdaily digoxin 0.125 and have been feeling good the Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily has brought my EJ fraction to 45 which before the # lead placement was 18 (NOT GOOD) only take water pill 40 mg 1 weekly so I am not holding water. but the EP said the A fib is weakening other part of my he...


Posted by ella on 2014-12-13 21:04. 0 comments. 158 reads
 
Hi again Went to see EP and he try his hardest with Medtronic rep. to rhythm control both bottom part of heart said he couldn't do anything for top part which is in A fib 100% but felt he wants to take me off of Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily and place me on Coreg 25mg he says that Coreg better then Toprol XL for A fib he also said that Coreg can take 6weeks to get use to not being tired? is any one using Coreg that was on Toprol XL I am on Xarelto 20mg Altace 5mg 2xdaily digoxin 0.125 and have been feeling good the Toprol XL 100mg 2xdaily has brought my EJ fraction to 45 which before the # lead placement was 18 (NOT GOOD) only take water pill 40 mg 1 weekly so I am not holding water. but the EP said the A fib is weakening other part of my he...


Posted by kawasherpa on 2014-12-07 21:01. 2 comments. 486 reads
 
I'm almost 8 weeks with my first PM. When I walk over 1/4 mile I'm exhausted, have chest dis comfort and wonder If I should see the Dr. that doesn't return calls. What happens to the wires if a stent is needed?

Posted by bhyde1454 on 2014-12-03 17:47. 4 comments. 429 reads
 
Mt Husband has a Boston Scientific Pacemaker w/ 2 Leads. Due to his ongoing A-Fib Issues...His EP wanted to go in surgically and disconnect the One Lead to the upper chambers so he will not feel the A-Fib but will still have it ( Which is still leaving him @ Risk of A-Fib) ...But leaving him w/ just One Lead ...his Heart will be totally dependent on the pacemaker. This scares me to death. Has anyone ever had this done or heard of it? After postponing the Surgical Procedure to Disconnect the One Lead from the Upper Chambers....I learn that Boston Scientific Representative can easy do it by simply touching a program button during a PM Device Check and can Deactivate the One Lead...Just that simple without going through any surgery? She said ...


Posted by Rufus14 on 2014-12-03 16:03. 3 comments. 270 reads
 
Hi,

I have a biventricular pacemaker and have been feeling dizzy, faint and just generally odd for quite a while. I went to A & E to be told I probably had an inner ear infection ( but that's another story !!) since the. I have been for my 6 monthly pm check to find out my RV lead is faulty - I'm unsure why Pm was only implanted dec 2011.

I have been informed I will have the lead replaced sometime in the next month - my question is how much damage am I doing to my heart whilst I wait for this correction, I was 99% dependent on pm previously. I also have an additional problem as in I am waiting for surgery on my ascending aortic aneurysm ( end of Jan expected op date), I'm concerned that the extra pressure from the RV ...


Posted by PMC on 2014-11-24 13:56. 1 comments. 269 reads
 
Had my pacemaker changed 5 days ago how long does it usually take to get back to normal activities ie gym etc nites out lol i feel ok not sore still a little swollen and scar tender apart from that feel ok

Posted by PMC on 2014-11-20 07:40. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
Had my pacemaker battery change on tuesday all went well got out on the same day a little sore and swollen but expected so few dyas rest then back to normal thanx guys for all the advice and gd words xxx

Posted by KC on 2014-11-19 15:26. 5 comments. 394 reads
 
Ok. Anyone ever have chest pressure/feel like you could burp/maybe cough. Noticeable sometimes on movement like on riding lawn mower. It is not when my pacemaker is firing. (I use it less than 1% of the time). Just up into my throat etc.

They're thinking it is a possibility of the location of the lower lead and where it is at. I also have scoliosis so I'm not straight. They are considering moving the lower lead. Leads have been in since 4/2013.

Anyone have those type of symptoms just by the prescence of the device/leads? Ever have a moved lead? Thoughts? I'm freaked to have them go back in. But the feeling is there are 30-45% of the time in a 30 day period. So since I've gotten the PM I haven't really been able to ig...


Posted by Hunter94 on 2014-11-19 14:15. 6 comments. 480 reads
 
Hi my name is Hunter. I'm 20 years old. I have had my second pacemaker since 2008 and I have two leads. Now that it is 2014 I know I need to get it changed, but haven't been to the doctors for about almost three years. I was wondering if there was a way without going to the doctors to figure out if the battery is empty? I mean is there any signs like shortness of breath, pain, etc. ? I haven't been to the doctors, because I need to get insurence and now I need to find a doctor who specializes in pacemakers. It's been taking me sometimes to find one, because I'm so busy being a student and Im kind of scared. I have to leads. I over heard my old doctor say that it can be dangerous to remove leads, that they need to surgical teams in the room...


Posted by kennyg on 2014-11-18 01:03. 4 comments. 389 reads
 
Just had a checkup on the pacer and the Doc said the battery was running low (7 years).
I guess they change the pacer. Is this a big procedure?
a bit nervous I guess.
Ken

Posted by PMC on 2014-11-16 18:10. 3 comments. 372 reads
 
Getting my pacemaker changed this tuesday i have a few questions if anyone can help

1.how long does it take to do procedure?
2.I know i will be sedated will i feel anything kinda worried about that never been awake for an operation?


Posted by PMC on 2014-11-09 18:46. 3 comments. 402 reads
 
Getting my pacemaker changed in a weeks time and have a few questions if anyone knows anything? many years ago when i got my pacemaker fitted one of the leads didnt work right and i felt dizzy faint because my heart couldnt pump the blood fast enough i wanted to know when they take my old pacemaker out to fit new one how do they keep my heart at a normal rhythm so i dont feel faint and dizzy lol is that a stupid question to ask lol also will i feel anything when they do the procedure

Posted by judyblue on 2014-11-09 08:42. 1 comments. 412 reads
 
I read with much interest the responses from donr and Inga to vattens1 about the lines on the Medtronic card. I hope you all can help me understand battery life. My Medtronic is a year old. my last four pacer checks say Dec, 2013 6 years battery life (at that time device is 2 months old). March 2014 I am up to 10.5 years. June 2014 10 years. November of this year I am down to 6.5 years! I am pacing at 2.2%. I looked at battery voltage and the sequence for that time period went: 3.04v, 3.04v, 3.03v, 3.02v. It is decreasing, but steadily, not like the projected battery life which actually increased when the voltage decreased. The most distressing part is the 6.5 years is the average of 4.5-8.5 years. I have had lots of issues with this thing...


Posted by merrilee on 2014-11-08 16:31. 5 comments. 338 reads
 
Hello, I have a heart defect I was born with. I had my pacemaker replaced in May 2014. Now I am being told that my heart is skipping beats and I need another lead added to my pacemaker for the bottom chamber of my heart. I had my pacemaker placed durning open heart surgery 11yrs ago so the leads are on the outside of the heart. The doctor is taking about replacing all the leads and adding the new one. From what I have read they can not remove the leads placed on the outside of the heart.

My question is has anyone had this done? What are the risks of the surgery? What is the recovery time?
Please help! I am totally freaking out and I'm obsessing about it 24/7.



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