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Posted by jerrypacemaker on 2011-01-24 22:38. 8 comments. 1305 reads
 
Has anyone with chronic afib, tried the new Blood Thinner Pradaxa?. I will be starting on it next week. It is 4x more effective than Warfrain, and NO MORE INR BLOOD TEST. Isn't that great. A new lease on life for me. I have being getting my blood tested every 3-4 weeks for 22 years, not anymore. Truly a great break thru. Praxada can be expensive, depending on your coverage, but it's worth it. Anyone interested, just say so in your post, and i will e-mail you thru the pacemakerclub with more info.
Jerrypacemaker

Posted by ChristMMPace on 2011-01-17 04:36. 7 comments. 1474 reads
 
Copy and pace this link for the latest news on medtronic pacemaker being test for use with MRI machines. How awesome would that be, here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdeln0mq26A

Posted by acvarnado on 2010-11-20 01:28. 2 comments. 1030 reads
 
http://www.knoe.com/Global/story.asp?S=13486270

Check this out, praying this will be ready to use sooner than later! This technology would allow the body to use different forms of energy to power its pacemaker, and one would never need replacement again! Technology is amazing.

Posted by janetinak on 2010-11-16 02:26. 8 comments. 1133 reads
 
Found this on Stop Afib website. Interesting article:
http://www.stopafib.org/newsitem.cfm/NEWSID/294/

Janet

Posted by lsilva on 2010-10-27 09:35. 1 comments. 914 reads
 
When you next see the ad for afib.com, if you look in the upper right hand corner you will see the name of the pharma company that supports this ad. . .Boerhinger-Ingelheim, a German company that has been selling this drug in Europe for years. It has just been approved by the FDA, but, as I understand, it is VERY expensive c. $7,000 per year. However, unlike warfarin/Coumadin, there are no med or food interactions and no levels testing at all. This is what many potential ablation candidates have been waiting for. lsilva

Posted by janet986w on 2010-09-19 21:46. 3 comments. 852 reads
 

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Posted by johnb10000 on 2010-09-01 00:02. 20 comments. 22897 reads
 
Recently I started seeing TV commercials for www.afibstroke.com.

I decided to check out their web site but you can't get any more information about them without filling out a form. I don't give out any personal information on unknown web sites. Might get some annoying high pressure salesperson calling me.

Is anybody familiar with this web site or company.



Posted by SMITTY on 2010-08-20 00:20. 3 comments. 1017 reads
 
Did you get one of these? If not you may find it interesting.

As a person with an implanted Medtronic pacemaker we'd like to make you aware of a series of educational events in cities across the country on MRI and pacemaker safety, called "A Look Within: What to Know, What to Do, What to Ask," being held by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). As you may know, it is currently not recommended that people with pacemakers get an MRI. The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 in Dallas.

If you are a person with a pacemaker of any age, and you have been told by your doctor that you need an MRI scan, but were unable to have one because of your implanted pacemaker, your story can help to educate others. If you ...


Posted by TraceyE on 2010-07-26 13:02. 17 comments. 1509 reads
 
safety alert on some of their icd's manufactured between 01/06 and 11/07
http://www.theheart.org/article/1105085.do
you have to register to see the full article, but it's free and a trustworthy site.

Posted by hotsabi on 2010-07-23 13:02. 5 comments. 710 reads
 
Found this from Boing Boing this morning.
A new article on Open Software for implantable devices.

"Killed by Code: Software Transparency in Implantable Medical Devices"

http://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/2010/transparent-medical-devices.html

(Full link posted. I don't trust bit.ly or other shortened links.)

My thoughts are that all implantable device software needs open scruitiny.


Just curious, are any of you on this board software programmers?

I will be recieving a latitude device for remote monitoring of my device, anybody have feedback on this?

Posted by Tracie H on 2010-04-24 09:04. 3 comments. 751 reads
 
Found this video and I thought some of you may find it helpful:
http://www.uctv.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=11732
It's about an hour video from a electrophysiologist of how the heart works, pacemakers and conditions of the heart.

Enjoy!
Tracie

Posted by sam78 on 2010-04-04 15:46. 2 comments. 1119 reads
 
Many times on here people have asked questions about when it comes to dying and our little machines. I thought I would post a link to this article that was on MSN. Talks about the defib/ICD at least (not the pacemaker). Bottom line : when someone is in their final days their ICD should get turned off to prevent unnecessary pain.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35879389/ns/health-heart_health/

Posted by Fideaux on 2010-03-25 00:21. 0 comments. 720 reads
 
About time.

This is worth a read.

http://healthcarereform.nejm.org/?p=3213&query=TOC

Posted by admin on 2010-02-22 20:21. 6 comments. 1405 reads
 
Just read this report and thought I would post the conclusion.

Shock, age, gender, underlying pathology, industry recalls, and increased indications all have a profound effect on the psychological well-being of ICD patients. The majority of ICD patients experience a desirable quality of life and a high acceptance rate. However, 30-50 percent of patients report some degree of negative effect such as fear, anxiety, and depression at some point during their implanted life. Additionally, lifestyle changes that affect driving, sexual activity, social interactions, physical appearance and physical activity further complicate the life of the recipient. Younger implanted patients, those aged less than 50, those with undiagnosed psycholo...


Posted by pacemaker writer on 2010-01-05 13:19. 0 comments. 730 reads
 
I just read the JAMA article on pacemaker approval processes and posted an article about it at http://tinyurl.com/ya42spk. This is kind of the Cliff's Notes version of the article, if you care to read it. The article itself is pretty dense and hard to get through unless you like reading a lot of scientific data.

Bottom line: the testing methods used by manufacturers to get pacemakers and ICDs cleared by the FDA could be more scientifically sound.

Posted by ppt on 2009-12-29 21:42. 9 comments. 909 reads
 
On www. msnbc.com there is an entry for how the FDA does not set success criteria for "devices" - including PMs, stents etc. Here si the link:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34623228/ns/health-heart_health/
Any thoughts? I am not freaking out but it is concern ...
Thx all
Putnam

Posted by Juan on 2009-12-28 19:52. 8 comments. 819 reads
 
By Steve Sternberg, USA TODAY

Heart specialists on Monday filed suit against Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in an effort to stave off steep Medicare fee cuts for routine office-based procedures such as nuclear stress tests and echocardiograms.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, charges that the government's planned cutbacks will deal a major blow to medical care in the USA, forcing thousands of cardiologists to shutter their offices, sell diagnostic equipment and work for hospitals, which charge more for the same procedures.

"What they've done is basically killed the private practice of cardiology," says Jack Lewin, CEO of the American C...


Posted by TraceyE on 2009-12-10 14:13. 23 comments. 826 reads
 
theheart.org sent an article this morning about the US health care reform bill with its tax on cardiac devices and its impact on manufacturers.
http://www.theheart.org/article/1033123.do
You may have to create a membership and log in to see the article, but membership is free and they don't spam you.

p.s. no political discussion!!!! I just found the article interesting and it'll impact many of us

Posted by J.B. on 2009-10-21 12:14. 0 comments. 864 reads
 
More marvels of electronics that await us. Now and the doctor can sit in the doctor's office and sen what your heart is doing, maybe.

General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt, Tuesday gave an audience at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco the first public viewing of the company's new pocket-sized device, dubbed Vscan, that's designed for point-of-care imaging.

Though Immelt couldn't say how much the Vscan will cost, he said he's hoping a much lower price tag than traditional medical imaging machines while getting the technology into the hands of doctors around the world.

"It's the stethoscope of the 21st Century," said Immelt. "It's an ultra sound the same size as a Blackberry with the same power that an ultr...


Posted by denise713 on 2009-09-16 14:12. 1 comments. 870 reads
 
www.centerwatch.com
www.searchclinicaltrials.org
www.clinicaltrials.gov

I recently tried to qualify for a trial for a new drug for A-fib (it was a coumadin replacement) I was turned down after question 4. Which was do you have CHF. The first 3 were are you diabetic? Did you have a heart attack? Do you have high blood pressure, all those answers were no the CHF seemed to be the deal breaker.. I imagine most of us will not qualify for the stringent guidelines they have nor will we want to. But I was interested in a drug other than coumadin.

Respectfully,Denise



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