St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Donkong on 2015-08-30 06:23. 2 comments. 58 reads
 
I had an AICD implanted June of this year, after 3 bouts of receiving a shock, my medicine has seemed to smooth things out. When I do anything physical, walking around, climbing stairs, I feel strange. Sort of light headed, sometimes some shortness of breath. Has anyone else had similar issues? Just wondering how normal this is

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-08-29 01:51. 1 comments. 60 reads
 
I want to get a fitness tracker, can anyone tell me how the Fitbit Charge is or the Fitbit Charge HR is ? Thanks, Laurie

Posted by alder343 on 2015-08-26 00:22. 3 comments. 153 reads
 
I'm 91 yrs young. Just had my PM installed a week ago 8/17/15.
So far no problems.
I was glad to see the article by Artist on 8-25-2015 about sleep apnea.
My apnea test some three weeks ago indicated 40 missed breaths an hour,
I just received my apnea machine. Its uncomfortable to use. Am wondering about taking the test again. Will be asking my doctor this next week or so,

One remaining question. Any other golfers had a recent PM and how long before they were back to golfing???

I'm anxious to get playing again. Bob A

Posted by Andyfoo on 2015-08-24 14:00. 9 comments. 246 reads
 
This is my 6th day after having my PM installed. Prior to this I have been going to the gym almost everyday doing cardio like stationery biking & some mild weights like 60lbs for bench press, 30lbs for biceps, etc more for keeping fit than anything else. I was cautioned not to indulge in weights anymore as it might damage the wires in the body,etc. I just wonder if anyone has done weight training after installing a PM. It will be a wonderful piece of info if anyone can help share their experience.

Posted by Jane21 on 2015-08-20 20:12. 9 comments. 383 reads
 
Hi
I am 55 and now 4 weeks post PM implant (Medtronic dual chamber) and am starting to feel more like me again. I had level 3 heartblock and the PM was fitted as an emergency procedure.
I wasn't very fit before the PM was fitted, although I was active before all this kicked off - it's been developing for about 4 months and as I only had 2 hours notice prior to the op, didn't really have too much time to understand what was happening.
I have to say my technicians have been great since - they got me back in as I was feeling awful, put me on the treadmill and tweeked the PM. They have also tried to answer my many and probably stupid (at times) questions.
I'm still struggling to take it all on board though.
I can ...


Posted by Ttworek on 2015-08-15 11:45. 1 comments. 182 reads
 
Are there any yogi out there?

I'm only 8 weeks post op from my PM, I'm wondering what I can do to get back into yoga, I feel like it's pushing things , but im so keen to start back, even with adjusted poses?

Any hints would be grand.

Posted by pschmidt on 2015-08-14 02:30. 7 comments. 237 reads
 
This morning I had a Pacer implanted and am aware of 6 week recovery/limited activity time. However, I have been swimming 2000 yds 2-3 times a week for a while and hope to continue following recovery. I am 69 years young. Any comments suggestions?


Posted by pmclub on 2015-08-12 10:35. 4 comments. 237 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

I got paced (dual chamber) about 2 yrs back as i had Complete Congenital Heart Block . I have a question though.

Is it safe to learn swimming with the pacemaker. I did take some lessons, but i feel breathlessness later during the day.

kindly do advise if i should continue or stop.

kind regds
Raman

Posted by climber5 on 2015-08-08 13:54. 2 comments. 160 reads
 
HI Everyone, am scheduled to have an ICD implanted on the 22nd August. Any climbers out there still climbing as hard as they did before the implantation,,,or climbing harder? I'm 52 but am still pushing my grades :) Also, what about rucksack straps? Any suggestions to ensure the ICD doesnt prevent me from carrying a rucksack? Best regards from Malta in the Mediterranean :)

Posted by rcg1212 on 2015-08-08 01:39. 4 comments. 302 reads
 
I just had my PM put in May of this year - 2015. It's a medtronics dual chamber. I was cleared after two weeks to begin my pilates and exercising, but with limited range of movement and no weight excess of 5lbs until after 6 weeks.
I started increasing my movement in my left arm recently and now I have sharp burning pains in my left side at the PM site. The PM site looks great, incision is not red, or warm to the touch. It's just a sharp, burning pain throughout the day and night.
I called the doctor and they rechecked the PM and everything is working fine. They said the Vein that is feeding the main leed is irritated and swollen. I could try bloodthinners to reduce swelling or not do anything with my left arm and see if I g...


Posted by leethebarron on 2015-08-08 00:06. 3 comments. 157 reads
 
I am a backpacker. Should I have the pacemaker installed above or below the muscle to be the most comfortable when carrying a 40 pound pack? Doctor says he can put it in either place. Any backpackers out there that can comment on things to do to ensure the left strap does not irritate me or bother the pacemaker itself?

Posted by Eddiedowling on 2015-08-07 20:09. 1 comments. 154 reads
 
Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me out. I have recently (2weeks ago) had a duel chamber pacemaker fitter.
I have looked through all the do's and don'ts and they advise a lot of things. However I am 22 and playing football is a large part of my life, they mention that it would be good to get a padded shirt/ vest.
Has anyone managed to find a suitable one or where I would even start to look.
Thanks for any help
Ed

Posted by oldearthworm on 2015-08-07 17:26. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
July 15, 2015 , first hours of the St Jude two lead PM, implanted subcutaneously below the left side collarbone .. I was strongly(IMO) advised not to do anything but lay around like a vegetable for many weeks (about 8) ..
Yesterday, I used the Simplicity ZT1644 mower for 30 minutes , easy, no strain, 90% one hand operation ..
But, with the pull hard to start equipment (mower, shredder, blower, etc.) a different story .. this may be too much strain/stress on the left side shoulder .. I was told NOT to do any portside pitching .. for two months ..
At the Holy Spirit, there is so much stress and fear - primarily with pulling out the PM wires .. understandable, to an extent ..

Posted by KiwiniD on 2015-08-03 19:50. 5 comments. 346 reads
 
I am a 69 year old triathlete and having a PM implanted this week. I have a low resting heart rate, about 42. I have been experiencing dizziness and shortness of breath when running. On a recent stress EKG, my HR did not rise above 74 when I was running on the treadmill. When not exercising, I sometimes have mild symptoms, but am generally OK.

I understand that a PM will pace the heart of a sedentary person to a higher HR if it falls below a set level and bring it back to a certain minimum.

My question: Can a PM sense that running is putting an increased demand on my heart and pace it to a higher HR, perhaps 125 or 130?

Thanks


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-08-01 11:58. 4 comments. 257 reads
 
I want to go up to 15 lbs on my biscep and other exercises. My pacemaker has been installed for 4 years. Should I have any problems ?

Posted by Willseajr on 2015-08-01 04:37. 2 comments. 247 reads
 
From my understanding there is no problem with using a Fitbit with my pm. However, my question is specifically with the Charge HR which tracks heart rate as well as tracking other entities. I am not sure of the technology involved in capturing the heart rate and wondered if there is any interference or potential for problems between this device and my pm. I suppose I should call Fitbit as well as my EP's office but wondered if anyone else has looked into this! Just don't want to mess up my pm! Thanks.

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2015-07-20 23:33. 1 comments. 239 reads
 
I have a Boston Scientific k173. I had the tech put the accelerometer on passive, and just use the minute ventilator. After several adjustments it seems to work great. A lot better than the St Jude I had before.

When I get on a strider in the gym on a low setting and use just my left arm, the HR goes to the max 155 within 30 seconds. When I use just the right arm it slows to about 110. I am not breathing hard at all. Is there something wrong with my pacer?

The same thing with rowing exercises. Left arm use shoots it up but right arm only it stays low.

Does anyone have some insight?

Posted by ptelge on 2015-07-14 19:26. 8 comments. 533 reads
 
Hi
I am 44 female with a PM for 22 months, active lifestyle, yoga, running, work full time, 3 kids, give free yoga classes on saturdays, walk my dog... :)
I used to run 6 miles a day at 9.5 min/mile but 18 months before my PM my running capacity was reduced dramatically, the speed drop down and I had to walk for periods of time. I got my PM in August 2013 and still haven´t recovered my capacity.
Now I run 3.5 miles a day at 13 min/mile have to stop for a walk, my PM works 97% of the time and when I run, my HBR doesn´t goes above 115 HBR.
I´ve read about people with PM doing marathons, maybe it´s because the PM settings? any idea?
In my last appointment with the doctor, he turned the PM off and my heart didn´t...


Posted by ScoobyT on 2015-07-13 13:09. 2 comments. 344 reads
 
I've had an ICD since 2001 and at 37 am on my 3rd device. I was originally diagnosed in 1992 with a dilated cardiomyopathy due to a viral infection. Since that time we've discovered it to be genetic. My mother was diagnosed at 45 and died at 57 after a number of complications. My brother recently had a heart transplant just before his 30th birthday. I luckily have been somewhat stable, but have had treatment since I was 14.

Over that period of time I've struggled with sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, PTSD (from excessive firings), and excessive weight (caused by thyroid removal due to complications with meds). Weight training has always been the most cathartic way for me to emotionally deal with my condition. Aside from the...


Posted by nina2301 on 2015-07-12 20:33. 2 comments. 279 reads
 
I am 34 years old and have pacemaker and am dependent on it... I have had it for a year and half and I am completely dependent on it... Has anyone ever felt while working out or after that your heart hurts?? It feels like a sore
Muscle??



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