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Posted by truenorth on 2011-02-08 16:55. 8 comments. 2021 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. 1966 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. 797 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. 2997 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. 1344 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. 1531 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. 1065 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. 1179 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. 939 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. 877 reads
 

I'm Janet, a totally newbie to this community.
Nice to see you all and great to be a part of the community. Hope to get help from you, thank!



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Posted by johnb10000 on 2010-09-01 00:02. 20 comments. 22972 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. 1047 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. 1549 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. 735 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. 777 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. 1165 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. 742 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. 1467 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. 754 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. 935 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



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