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Posted by GrandmaRose on 2015-03-30 15:46. 1 comments. 45 reads
 
Just had an ICD 'installed' the first of February, 2015. My left arm was slightly swollen and was causing me discomfort as well as my left neck and shoulder. Not as bad now, but will this be a permanent feeling? {I think with the restraints, feeling the 'pain' twice when medicine wore off, I may have pulled a muscle but not sure.}

Posted by EricBros on 2015-03-26 19:19. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
I do not have one, but my doctor's want to put one in me.

This is my history:
I'm 54 years old.
I had "successful" Mitol Valve surgery in late September, 2014. I had no symptoms at all before the surgery. I ran 4 miles the day before the surgery. My heart was getting worse, so I allowed the surgery. At the time my Ejection Fraction was less than 45%, but a portion was going back the wrong way through the Mitrol Valve.

I still have no symptoms after surgery. However, now, my Ejection Fraction is less than 35%, so now they want to put an ICD in me.

Since I am still active, Run / Jog, Bike and Workout I want to know, not so much how it acts (yes I am worried about that as well), but how it loo...


Posted by Katswonders on 2015-03-18 03:28. 5 comments. 192 reads
 
Is there any reason I can't go tanning? I've had my implant for over 3 years. I'm new to the group so I would invite any and all advice.

Hugz,
Kathy

Posted by sherryher on 2015-03-17 14:53. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
hello i have an icd thiws is my 3 one. i got this one put in in nov of 2014 and i noticed the last few days when i move my arm i can feel my device moving. i never had this issue with my other two. is this normal? please help it is starting to freak me out .

Posted by Olena on 2015-03-16 10:26. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
S-ICD and ICD users question. Did anyone have a shock treatment from S-ICD or ICD? Can anyone tell me if shocks are bearable? I guess I’ve read many horror stories about being shocked while awake or missfires, and it’s really scares me. So if you are standing while having a shock will you fall down? Can you get an injury, like break a bone? If someone drives and get shocked, will you most likely get into the accident? How bearable is the pain? People describe that it feels like a mull kicks in your chest. Well, I am pretty skinny little woman, and if I would feel mull like kicks in my chest, I probably will fall down and pass out. Or I might have a horrible panic attack which will make thing worse. How people handling this?
If ...


Posted by shucker on 2015-02-27 18:42. 1 comments. 192 reads
 
medtronic,have not got a clue if it works or not,gathering dust. could be some companys work to make money

Posted by JoeR on 2015-02-25 12:09. 8 comments. 316 reads
 
Hi,

3 months ago, I went into Cardiac Arrest and miraculously survived. A few days ago I had an echo done and was told that my Ejection Fraction was around 30%. I have been wearing a life vest (portable defibrillator) for the past 3 months in the event that another attack would occur, and have been ok since. I now have to rid of this portable defb and get an ICD inserted under my collarbone sometime soon.

I am just nervous about the whole thing and was wondering if anyone else has been through this.

Any kind of input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Joe

Posted by Jason on 2015-02-22 05:01. 25 comments. 940 reads
 
My first time and during sex
Comment posted by Jason on 2015-02-22 04:24.
Hey guys,

Haven't been around in a while as things have been going well with the device. I owe you all for the support and the information so freely shared.
I had my first big one this morning after a little over two years with nothing. I forgot to take my meds a couple times over the course of the week and had been quite active. Also running on not much sleep all week as I'm swamped with work and home. In addition to that as if that's not enough the tension is pretty thck at home s well.

So that's the leading up to it part... This morning around 6am my bride and I engaged in a very passionate and active love making session. Th...


Posted by drenje75 on 2015-02-18 15:20. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi to members

Any experience with the longest period of replacement ?
My ICD device is fitted exactly four years ago, with no activation- without shock,works only like a pacemaker for about 1% of the day,during night (physician claims).

Device is Biotronik Lumax with St.Jude electrode.

thanks in advance...

Posted by drenje75 on 2015-02-17 15:50. 2 comments. 192 reads
 
Hi friends

Any new informations about wifi router impact on ICD devices?
Or some independent statistics or similar (not statistic made and payed by some "magic antimagnetic shield producer" or etc.

Sorry for bad English---Thanks for answers.

Posted by taylorii on 2015-02-14 12:33. 4 comments. 283 reads
 
Hi, new to the club (really wasn't aware there was one). Had Merlin, my pet name for my ICD, installed the first of this year. At 66 years old, Viagra or Cialis is a real help for me.

I would like know if anyone has used either and received any side effects.

Thanks

Posted by trish on 2015-02-14 10:52. 1 comments. 130 reads
 
I too sleep on left side of bed and have pm on left. Even with left arm folded over chest, I simply reach over putting right hand on mattress and push with right hand . In doing this my feet just naturally drop to floor and I stand up. Have done this since home from hospital after pm insertion Seems no strain and I am over 75. Let your body mechanics for you. Trish

Posted by Olena on 2015-02-13 10:06. 6 comments. 268 reads
 
Hello, I was needed to go several times thru the security at the government buildings. And every time I told them that I have an ICD. And everytime the security personnel still used their stick (sorry don’t know what would be a correct word) to check my body for metals. I told them that they shouldn’t do it, but one guy said that they do it all the time. Does anyone know if it’s ok for security people to use the security stick on someone with ICD?


Posted by srogers353 on 2015-02-08 00:24. 3 comments. 227 reads
 
Hi I just had my icd installed this past wednesday.I am still on kflex for my antibiotic and 50 mg of coreg, 10 mg of lisinopril, 40mg of lasix andb12.5 mg of spirolect.it feels like my heart is pounding and I feel lightheaded. I dont know if this is from the icd, meds or just my anxiety. I am so worried it will go off and I am extremely emotional about all of this. Any help please

Posted by Cheryl B on 2015-02-05 10:05. 4 comments. 259 reads
 
Hello everyone:
I haven't posted in a long, long time, but I read this site frequently. And now I have a question. I know there are no stupid questions on this site, and I'm hoping I'm not asking the first one:)
I have an ICD, and I was looking at purchasing a Bowflex Treadclimber. I noticed that there is a heart rate monitor built into the handle bars. But I was remembering some time ago reading that we PM and ICD users should not use those wristwatch heart monitors or chest heart rate monitors they have on exercise machines now. I might be confused by what I read. (That happens frequently.) But before I shell out a lot of money, I wanted to know if anyone has purchased one of these or has used a wristwatch or chest heart ...


Posted by mrcleankm on 2015-02-03 09:03. 7 comments. 306 reads
 
I received my first ICD shock after 15 years this past SAT, well, a bit unnerving, to say the lease,, not a good explanation, may have been dehydration perhaps, anyone have any similiar events??

thanks Kelly Moore

Posted by Rena450 on 2015-01-18 12:04. 4 comments. 376 reads
 
My mom is 89 years old and 1 year ago had a brain bleed. She has since recovered 100%, which was amazing. 3 months ago she had an over night stay in the hospital because of bladder prolapse. Her pacemaker/defibrillator battery is depleting and it needs to be replaced, however, from what they can estimate - it's only kicking in for her 2% of the time. So, my questions is - could it just be left in the way it is? Why should she be put thru a 2 hour surgery under sedation, if, in reality, she apparently didn't really need this (a family member really stressed that she should have this device be put in). If left in, is there the possibility of the battery leaching toxins? problems with the leading down the line? complications? etc. If ...


Posted by gabscameronxo on 2015-01-18 10:46. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
I recently had an S-ICD fitted back in October, only being at the age of 18, soon to turn 19, has anyone ever beein in the same position as me? How did you find it coping going back to work, gym and college? and how did you cope having to loose your driving license for 6 months

Thanks

Posted by ashokreddy2 on 2015-01-16 04:38. 2 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi I'm 29 Years old male from India, have 1.8 year old first ICD. I undergone RFA (Ablation), and thereafter as per my health condition i don't need to carry ICD, it can be explainable. In India Doctor are not experienced in lead extraction and i can't travel other country due to financial reasons.

Currently my doctor suggested me that we can only remove ICD and keep the leads as it is as there is no harm.

Is this correct approach to keep the leads for my rest of life, if so what are the precautions do i need to follow?

Please suggest.



Posted by erginefe on 2015-01-11 05:32. 2 comments. 258 reads
 
Hello my mum has ELA ICD SN 050YG01C. Her heart was %50 damaged after a heart crisis.Moreover, she uses a lot of drugs and now she is getting weight day by day. I want to buy a magnetic exercise bike (voit X-bike delux). However, this exercise bike has magnetic system on its pedal place in order to get smooth and silience exercise quality. Does it cause a problem if i use this exercise bike. I want to add that i asked same question to my doctor in Turkey and your representatives in Turkey but nobody couldnt answer my question. Then, i sent a lot of mails to Sorin Ela Group but they also never replied me ..if you replied me message i will be really glad. My best regards...



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