Pacemaker comparisons: St. Jude, Boston Scientific
My wife has had a Biotronic pacemaker since 2000. This has been unsatisfactory since it has not responded when she engaged in exercise and continued to pace her at 70 bpm even when she was in an exercise class.
When she came due for a replacement this past month, her health plan and doctor offered her a choice of Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and St. Jude. The Boston Scientific model seemed attractive since it uses a blended algorythm, i.e., it speeds up the pacing rate if it perceives that you are engaged in either (1) rapid movement or (2) rapid breathing.
Although the doctor's notes correctly reflected her choice, the pacemaker that was inserted was a St. Jude, not a Boston Scientific.
So far her experience with it is not promising. She is out of breath after a single flight of stairs, or even just standing up and walking across the room. The product literature is much more restrictive than were the instructions for the old Biotronic, i.e., cautions about using ordinary household appliances, standing away from stereo speakers, avoiding wands at airport security checkins, etc. In short, the St. Jude instructions sound like the instructions that were given years ago, not like the instructions that the reps for other pacemakers give today.
Does anybody know anything about St. Jude pacemakers? Boston Scientific? Can anyone out there compare them, particularly in regard to their responsiveness to exercise and movement?
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