St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Jardiniere on 2015-04-22 12:19. 7 comments. 411 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. 271 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. 293 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. 232 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. 307 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. 395 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. 142 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. 115 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. 235 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. 253 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. 313 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. 292 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. 169 reads
 
Anyone come off meds? With docs guidance? And remain active? And have an ICD?

Thx!

Posted by SALEMRoy on 2015-04-09 12:43. 5 comments. 222 reads
 
Ive had my Pacmeaker going on 8 years now and at one point I was told that I could not operate a snowblower due to the vibration. Living in New England and after this bad period. Has anyone used a snowblower while having a pacemaker if so have you experienced any issues or not?

Posted by Bobbiesheart on 2015-04-07 12:17. 6 comments. 296 reads
 
I have been living with a Pacemaker for 42 years. I walk 3 miles every day. Life is great!!

Posted by wljonesaa on 2015-04-06 14:47. 12 comments. 427 reads
 
Hey everyone, this is my first post to the site after just receiving my pacemaker a week ago today at he old age of 33. I have spent so much time reading on this site that I have actually been able to accept things now where just a few days before I thought this was a life sentence.

A quick background... just yesterday I was told to walk over and talk to a lady at church who has had a pacemaker for "years". THAT WAS A MISTAKE! She obviously has had nothing put pain and trouble with hers since she got it. Said she cant use her arm for hardly anything. So I was instantly depressed and had to get back home quick to this site.

my question... before this I had just started competing in Crossfit competitions and really fe...


Posted by WENDYMARA on 2015-04-06 13:10. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
Okay so I finally decided to join a gym to work my heart out more. Question for you, I've been doing weights over my head and was told I shouldn't due to possibly pulling out my leads.
Thanks
Wendy


Posted by Firefoy on 2015-04-03 18:57. 2 comments. 194 reads
 
Has anyone here been i the Medtronic Global Heroes program and run the Twin Cities Marathon?

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2015-04-03 15:41. 2 comments. 199 reads
 
I noticed that tappiong on the unit, St Jude, will increase the HR.I'm having trouble getting the HR to respond to effort when cycling. I tried using a thunping type of massage machine at home and it actually works good when placed right over the PM. It goes from 60 resting seated to 85 fairly quickly. My home unit is 110 volts so obviously wont work on a bike. Has anyone tried a mobile unit, battery operated?

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2015-03-31 18:23. 2 comments. 180 reads
 
Can a St Jude PM be adjusted remotely by cell phone? If so can the user do this? I would like to increase the sensitivity of the accelerometer before cycling. It only paces me up to 75 BM, like a brisk walk. The rest comes from my natural heart, which only gets up to about 105 on a mountain bike. Tapping on the device doesn't do much.



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