St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Alastair on 2015-05-06 04:26. 7 comments. 262 reads
 
I have posted a version of this in the meds category but I figure put it here as well. I'm a Brit guy in London. 45, previously very fit swimmer and triathlete. Competed at age group level for GB. I had an episode of VT, non sustained, over a year ago. I had a Medtronic icd fitted, 4 months ago, it's been dormant. I take 1.25mg of Bisoprolol every day. I was originally taking 40mg of Nadolol / Corgard. I found the Nadolol made me feel like a zombie, the bisop less so. I have been swimming about 15km a week, steady, without any incidents. No running or bike. I just wondered if anyone has come off meds entirely and how you they are finding it? The docs here seem fairly adamant that meds will be required for ever, but in general they take th...


Posted by hbl on 2015-05-04 23:03. 7 comments. 349 reads
 
Got my pacemaker three weeks ago and started running again and I can feel the PM bouncing. Is this normal / safe?

Posted by vickster on 2015-04-30 00:46. 3 comments. 294 reads
 
Hi everyone, I have bradycardia and have had my new friend for 4 months now. I play field hockey and am struggling with the pace of the game as my max HR is now set at 170bpm. Is it because I still need to work on fitness levels or is this it? I feel like my PC isn't kicking in fast enough. Cheers, Vickster

Posted by Patsy2728 on 2015-04-29 20:34. 5 comments. 316 reads
 
Hello I am new my name is Patsy and I have cardiomypathy with LBBB and low EF. Due to the low EF of 25 after 3 months of wearing a zoll life vest I now have a CRT-D . I had my surgery on feburary 17 2015 all went well. I am now in cardio rehab doing well. On Monday the worker put on a machine that you sit and lift these bars that have weights and you pull the bar up so your arms are straight up well I think this is to soon to be doing beings that my arms are over my head with 40 pounds weight and the Dr agrees. I didn't hurt but I thought maybe pull out leads. Well now here is my problem I need to do something else with my arms in cardio and between me and the worker we are not sure. I now do 20 minutes 1 mile on treadmill at 3.0 then I do...


Posted by Jazzgirl on 2015-04-28 08:04. 6 comments. 351 reads
 
I teach aerobics and have had a pacemaker for 13 yeArs. Wish I found this site sooner. My rates are set at 60-140 when I exercise my average heart rate is at 152 and maxes at178 fairly consistently.
I just had the lower changed from 70-60. Is there an issue with consistently going over ????? And what range would be good for me?
I want the most out of workouts !

Thanks

Posted by Claret on 2015-04-27 14:18. 0 comments. 230 reads
 
Hi,

I am from England but hate rugby, however I have found that a "Gilbert Ladies Rugby Vest" provides perfectly placed padding (I am male). You should find them if you do an internet search. It is great for football/soccer. "Decathlon" do a man's rugby vest with front padding that just covers the implant.

I have also found some really light-weight body armour that I use for mountain biking - search on "ten ounce racing". I can actually wear the armour and vest together quite comfortably for challenging/dangerous mountain biking.



Posted by Tabby on 2015-04-24 11:45. 4 comments. 334 reads
 
I got my pacemaker 2 weeks ago and was wondering if I will eventually be able to lift weights again

Posted by Jardiniere on 2015-04-22 12:19. 7 comments. 466 reads
 
Hi all:

I've had an uneventful several months since my pacemaker was installed for Bradycardia. We winter in Florida and I play a lot of golf. I have noticed since the temperatures have risen in April as has the humidity, that I feel somewhat breathless and just a little woozy. Has anyone has these symptoms? It also feels as though the pacemaker is actually starting up. Mine is set to not allow the rate to fall below 60 but I was told it could go as high as I wanted during exercise, etc.

Posted by iany on 2015-04-19 20:34. 5 comments. 397 reads
 
I’m a competitive Masters swimmer, age 62, who has been experiencing episodes of slow HR (low 30s) junctional rhythm over the past 15 months. On average I experience about 3-4 episodes/month with each episode lasting, on average about 12 hours. I’m conscious of a slow, unsynchronised HR (uncomfortable), slight breathlessness, fatigue, but no syncope (yet). Probable causes is sick sinus (?plus high vagal tone). Prior to these junctional rhythm problems I had occasional episodes of AF/atrial flutter which appears to have been rectified by a successful peri-mitral ablation performed 18 months ago. Both the AF episodes previously and now the junctional rhythm appear to be related to intense competition or hard training. (though curious...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-04-18 17:35. 1 comments. 314 reads
 
New Medtronic VIVA XT CRT-D was implanted late Jan. this year, replacing a Consulta PM. Even though my EP optimized the timing while watching the "Echo" screen last month, it was tough for me to begin my exercise. The first 15 minutes were slow --- as if the device were not increasing my heart rate quickly enough. I would do an hours exercise on the treadmill @ 3.3 mph or so. Climbing a flight of stairs would have me panting when I reached the top. A fast trot of 50 - 75 yards would also leave me breathless. Here's the scenario: I use a 40mg dose of furosemide once every 9 - 12 days per my cardiologist. Earlier this week, I took a 40mg dose on Sunday and another on Monday. My EP's nurse had stated, "Fluid buildup can sneak up on you, s...


Posted by mg on 2015-04-17 03:43. 2 comments. 287 reads
 
I`m hoping someone can throw some light on this problem.
18months now after mitral and tricuspid valve repair and Maze procedure and CRTD fitted. Generally all seems fine and work and exercise well(I`m 68 always been active). I`ve always had this funny feeling when resting as if something is mismatched.
Docs have tried different resting rates to see what happens 60/65/70 .
One thing that puzzles me and no one seems to have an answer is that if I take a brisk 30min walk and check BP and HR 5min after finishing my HR has only increased by 3/4. So when set at 60 reads 63, when set at 65 reads 68 and at 70 reads 73. Surely if my body requires 73 when set at 70 then why does it not go to 73 when set at 60? I have repeated this se...


Posted by Alastair on 2015-04-16 08:49. 7 comments. 358 reads
 
Advice sought.
Ex swimmer. Keen master/ open water racer. Post VT I had a dual chamber icd fitted 4 months ago. Waited out the requisite 6 week no exercise period. Resumed swimming. Steady base of 12-15km a week over 4/5 hours. Felt fine and returning to being quite fit. Discovered now that I need both leads repositioned. Doctors who were unable to give very specific advice pre op now insist I'm to blame for over exertion. Am I?
Also read that a cephalic vein entry is better than the usual clavin vein insertion?
Thank you

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-15 14:39. 5 comments. 474 reads
 
I had a dual chamber pacemaker put in this past Friday (4/10/15). Dr. told me the standard 4-6 weeks regarding excessive movements of left arm. However, he didn't seem to have a problem with me riding a stationary bike or running ie: any cardiovasular exercise not stressing left arm/shoulder or pulling on leads. He just said start out in moderation; no marathons. Does this sound pretty standard?

Also, how long did it take most of you to start feeling better w/more energy after pacemaker was installed? I'm not even a week out from my implant and the pain from the subpectoral implant has been minimal and gets less and less each day. Still some swelling. However, I don't feel any different and am still lacking in energy and the a...


Posted by RMH1812 on 2015-04-15 13:37. 1 comments. 163 reads
 
Being on a low salt diet for 5 by pass surgery and pacemaker in Oct 2013. I just had my pacemaker replaced with a 3 lead CRT-D.
I completed a 6 hour walk run in Sept 2014 and am looking at a 12 hour event in Sept of this year. Has anyone done any endurance events requiring electrolyte monitoring while have a CRT-d implant.

Posted by natlat on 2015-04-15 07:41. 0 comments. 146 reads
 
So I had my yearly Echo and no events this year. In short, last year in March and April I experienced fainting episode while running and sustained vtach. I got an Icd and also on Sotalol 40 mg 2x per day. I continue to run and workout, not doing heavy mileage nor high intensity. I feel great. Docs say I can now come off the meds! I am interested in anyone else on here who has successfully come off meds, but are runners and athletes who still workout and have an ICD. Hope to hear from you! I have not yet come off the meds...

Posted by J00ney on 2015-04-14 03:30. 3 comments. 268 reads
 
Hello,

I hope this finds everyone well.
I have had my Medtronic in for 15months and feel really well.

My query is: I usually go for a 5-7km run every alternate days. For the past 10 days or so I have noticed a clicking sound just over the site of the pacemaker, like something is hitting somethin.
It's not painful just disconcerting. My pacemaker was last checked in Feb 2015 and all was good.

Has anyone else had this problem? I have tried to contact Medtronic and the Cardiologist, but have yet to hear back, so thought I would put it on the club website.
Many thanks.

Posted by Motown61 on 2015-04-13 15:12. 8 comments. 283 reads
 
Hello all,
I've had my pm (Elvis) for about 8-9 months and I think I'm doing pretty good. Lately if I do too much I feel like I have a hang-over for the next few days. No alcohol for over 20 yrs, just feel exhausted. Anyone else feel like this? When I'm active I do anything I want, ride my bike, walk long distances or cut grass with a push mower. I do feel stronger (I don't feel my legs getting weak quit as fast) and when I get done with my day my blood pressure is great, but some days I'm just wiped.

Thx
Motown61

Posted by wljonesaa on 2015-04-12 11:56. 8 comments. 351 reads
 
Hey everyone, need help understanding how these leads work while we exercise.

We are told not to raise our arms above our head for the first 6-8 weeks post op to help prevent a lead from becoming unattached. When we start working out again, my vice is crossfit, and lifting our arms are not still tugging at our inner heart wall? That just doesn't sound good. I guess im afraid im doing damage to my heart. Im only 2 weeks into this and still struggling with everything but thankfully this club exist.

Posted by philco on 2015-04-10 17:45. 6 comments. 327 reads
 
when working in yard and lifting, pacemaker feels "funny " like pins sticking in the scar normal ? or am Ilifting
too much ?

Posted by natlat on 2015-04-09 15:33. 4 comments. 201 reads
 
Anyone come off meds? With docs guidance? And remain active? And have an ICD?

Thx!



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