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Posted by admin on 2012-01-19 15:13. 0 comments. 669 reads
 
An irregular heartbeat that isn't felt but is detected by a pacemaker may point to an increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests.

The study in Wednesday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 2, 580 people aged 65 or older with hypertension and no history of a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial tachyarrhythmia.

For more details visit:
www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/01/11/
stroke-pacemaker-silent-atrial-fibrillation.html

Posted by tampasailor on 2012-01-15 16:13. 2 comments. 791 reads
 
Apparently recent advancements in this are very promising and 5 Universities in US now heavily involved with much success. I am looking into the possibilities. Anyone else? Any experience?
Here is a good place to start looking.

http://bit.ly/w1v1lD

Its Google links on the subject.

Please share here if you can.

rgds, lyman

Posted by Vmurph on 2012-01-12 23:12. 13 comments. 941 reads
 

Saw my EP on Tuesday. He spent 3 full mins with me, wants me to go back to work part time. My pm showed a flutter and hr of 185 at rest.  He said those were no big deal.  Are they?  I’m not sure of the flutter, not sure they have ever seen a flutter before. Or if they have, I was not aware?

He said the fatigue I have he wants me to work through it and start exercising. He was in and out in a whirlwind. I didn’t get a chance to ask any questions.  I wish I would have asked him how much I am using my pm. It was 50% right after surgery.  

I can feel when it paces and it’s a lot. Still haven’t received Merlin yet.  I’m ready to go back to work mentally, b...



Posted by admin on 2012-01-04 21:15. 3 comments. 698 reads
 
I found this story and thought others may also find it inspiring.

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/12/31/
stechford-pacemaker-baby-all-grown-up-after-defying-
doctors-and-battling-heart-condition-97319-30036946/



Posted by SMITTY on 2012-01-01 13:58. 1 comments. 1030 reads
 
When you have nothing better to do and would like to read the History of Pacemakers (and defibrillators I found out) log in to this site http://www.biotele.com/pacemakers.htm

I do not know the author and do not even know where I got the address, but it is a very interesting article (23 pages) on the development of the pacemaker and defibrillators starting in the 1700s. In this article the story ends in the 1960s. But it makes me appreciate even more the advances made in pacemakers before I got my first one.

Posted by Parrothead57 on 2011-12-13 15:33. 3 comments. 1896 reads
 
Medtronic To Pay $23.5M To Settle Kickback Claims

http://click.mail.advantagebusinessmedia.com/?qs=45998b434d4eb99202b2d57c53e5b88ab2118919479ef734af050dcb022d7e84

December 13, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle allegations that the company paid kickbacks to doctors to implant its pacemakers and defibrillators.

The government alleged that Medtronic caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid by using two post-market studies and two device registries as vehicles to pay illegal kickbacks to doctors.

Each of the studies and registries required a new or previous implant of a Medtronic device in ...


Posted by Selwyn on 2011-10-14 08:50. 2 comments. 2483 reads
 
Warning!!! following a software update the new battery impedance elective replacement indicator theshold may trigger an unexpected ERI in this device and En Rhythm MRI devices. - patients should have a recall visit if have had software update , or if update in future regular reviews etc.

( NHS medical device alert issed 28th Sept )

Futher info. Phone Dr Dunham 01923 212 213 ( UK)



Posted by janetinak on 2011-09-28 13:41. 9 comments. 944 reads
 
Local paper has an obit for the inventer of the PM., Wilson Greenbatch 92, died in Buffalo, NY died Tuesday according to the Associated Press.1st implantable PM placed in 1960 & 77 yr old recepient lived 18 month. Interesting article.

Janet

Posted by polaris on 2011-07-17 17:28. 1 comments. 1499 reads
 
Anyone know what's going on with this Guidant class action in Canada lately?

Is it even GOING on any more? the Kim Orr site has not been updated on this matter for well over a year. That cannot be encouraging news in and of itself. If progress were being made, we'd hear more, no?

I suffered a great deal from an infected lead from a Guidant pacemaker, losing months of my life because of this horrible experience. I'd like to see this suite come to a satisfactory conclusion in a timely manner [as I said, if it's even HAPPENING any more].

Posted by Ivana on 2011-05-11 14:34. 0 comments. 794 reads
 
from The Associated Press Posted: May 11, 2011 11:52 AM ET

Medtronic's cold heart treatment gets federal OK.

The world's largest medical device maker said the Arctic Front system treats a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. It uses cold to destroy some tissue, creating lesions around the pulmonary vein, the source of the signals that cause the irregular heartbeat.

Minneapolis-based Medtronic acquired the Arctic Front system in November 2008, when it bought Montreal-based heart device maker CryoCath in a deal valued at about $380 million.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart do not beat in sync with the lower chambers.



Posted by sereimund on 2011-04-09 23:02. 5 comments. 1139 reads
 
So today I was trying to look to see if medtronic has a bi-ventricular pacemaker and while doing that I found out that they have a device called Revo MRI Sure Scan Pacing System. You can actually get an MRI with this impant. I just thought that was interesting because if for some reason you have something wrong with you that would need an MRI. Now you can actually get one.

Posted by sgm on 2011-02-10 13:49. 6 comments. 1872 reads
 
Looks like the FDA has approved. The Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System made by Medtronic. Anyone have any other information other than 500 patients were tested and it looks good?
sgm

Posted by truenorth on 2011-02-08 16:55. 8 comments. 3110 reads
 
I received notification a year ago on the Guidant pacemaker class action lawsuit in Canada. So far, there has been no news I heard regarding the process of this action.

How long do such things normally take? Has anyone gone through this process themselves? What can be expected?

I'm TOTALLY at sea here.....

Posted by candi51 on 2011-02-08 13:06. 5 comments. 2275 reads
 
Saw this article and thought it was interesting. A new option for blood thinner is very exciting but it sounds like they may have some issues to work through to get this one to mass market.

Pradaxa may expire after thirty days

FEBRUARY 7, 2011

in ATRIAL FIBRILLATION,DABIGATRAN/PRADAXA,GENERAL MEDICINE

There was important news concerning the short shelf-life of the novel new blood-thinner, dabigatran (Pradaxa) reported today.



Once dispensed, most medicines expire after a year. Dabigatran, however, is far from the usual pill. It’s packaged in pellet form within a capsule. These pellets are highly susceptible to water and humidity. So when dispensed in a typical vial–not a...


Posted by kathykat11 on 2011-01-30 11:47. 2 comments. 1040 reads
 

This was an easy to understand little video and I wanted to show my kids but I didn’t save it and now I can’t find it to show them, any help would be appreciated.

Kathykat11



Posted by pacergirl on 2011-01-29 09:16. 5 comments. 5189 reads
 
I am so excited! I was just doing some research on this early Saturday morning... and look what I found;

St. Jude Medical Launches Wireless USB Adaptor For Merlin@Home Transmitter

The article is all about the new wireless adapter that allows people like me and you to travel without a landline for our MERLIN!
Now I just have to figure out how to get an adapter from my Dr. The only reason we have a landline is because of the home monitoring devise "MERLIN" for my St. Jude PM. This could quite possibly save me a lot of money and allow me to go where I want without worrying about being hooked to a landline.... like camping, hiking, and traveling to other countries!

Here is the link:
http://www.medic...


Posted by jerrypacemaker on 2011-01-24 22:38. 8 comments. 1604 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. 1977 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. 1271 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. 1505 reads
 
Found this on Stop Afib website. Interesting article:
http://www.stopafib.org/newsitem.cfm/NEWSID/294/

Janet



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