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Posted by polaris on 2011-07-17 17:28. 1 comments. 1073 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. 627 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. 900 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. 1452 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. 2195 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. 2019 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. 829 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. 3347 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. 1380 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. 1613 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. 1091 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. 1238 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. 972 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. 904 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. 23059 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. 1089 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. 1590 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. 761 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. 802 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. 1193 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/



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