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Posted by Jay4 on 2014-04-16 21:28. 12 comments. 189 reads
 
Question to all of you experts out there: I am getting out of the Military and losing my life insurance policy. I went to USAA today and they won insure me due to my ICD, the military's version of our current life insurance policy balloons to 1800 a month at 75 for 400K of term. I was wondering, what options do we have in regards to life insurance for people with an ICD? A recommendations on companies?
J

Posted by adairwic on 2014-04-16 20:49. 7 comments. 158 reads
 
Hi again this is Carolann, been gone again for a while not feeling very good, one up date my low blood oxygen problem is all heart related, and I am still throwing pvc's all the time, also I will be put in the hostipal this next Wednsday, to have a medication change done, never had this done before, update also I had stress test, it was very abnormarl, had heart cath done, 3 weeks ago this Thursday, no blockages and no plague of any kind, Have any of you folks had a hositpal stay for what my heart dr. called medication change? I have be kept there for over 24 hrs. would anyone know what is involve in this.? again I have ICD/CRT-D, the last 15 months my heart has gotten very very weak, also I not sure I have share this, my heart doctor...


Posted by Glyn on 2014-04-13 14:25. 2 comments. 99 reads
 
Hi. Just had a wisdom tooth out, give me PCI procedures - 5 stents total and a Medtronic CRT-D anyday! Due for 6 month check soon, all going well. At 62 and still working that's OK with me!

Looking back it is surprising how quickly one adapts to having a PM as a friend. At 6 months According to the literature my heart will have positively remodelled about as much as it will, though so far my recovery from a serious anterior MI 7 years ago still continues. I was told I would not be able to fell walk again and hills would always be a problem. Now fells ok though have to get breath on steep hills, no problem walking 15 miles and I can run a decent distance again.

For the Uk members if there is anyone interested in f...


Posted by rustynak on 2014-04-12 21:13. 4 comments. 77 reads
 
well its been 3 weeks since the implant and doing very well some tightness at the implant site but other then that feel great. Now if I can just beat this smoking problem think all will be good.

Posted by tanapuff on 2014-04-04 00:19. 3 comments. 136 reads
 
Can anyone out there who has a CRT-D explain a bit about what is paced. Is it the atrail and both ventricles? Also do the technicians set your pulse and high end heart rate so when you run or hike that your hr doesn't go over. I am not familiar with what is happening and need more info. Thanks. The Tec doesn't give out info and my EP said not to worry and isn't explaining much.

Posted by labor99 on 2014-04-03 13:28. 1 comments. 84 reads
 
I am still having sore mouth issues, have even stopped my Metoprolol now (past 24 hours). When I get up in the morning my mouth isn't too bad, but as the day goes by the redder my mouth becomes and the more painful. I thought maybe I was much better this AM. but I just looked and my mouth and gums are growing very red again. Has anyone heard of a person getting a reaction from their Device in and of itself? I do not have a fever nor is the area around my ICD inflamed. PS. by the way, went to my Doctor yesterday because I'm still having issues and he put a monitor on me for what was to be 7 days. I just got a call and because of something this monitor sent during the last 24 hours he wants to see me ASAP! scary. Jim

Posted by tanapuff on 2014-03-30 20:19. 5 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi, have an CRT-D implanted close to 6 weeks ago. I am on 25 mg metoprolol er and 25 mg Losartan. I am having wheezing and coughing and a rash around my ankles and legs. The cardiologist says it is my asthma and the ENT says its the heart meds. At present there is lots of pollen out but before the defibulator and Losartan meds l could control with asthma meds. Has anyone else had side effects from these meds. Before the defibulator l was on Carvedilol 3.125 twice a day. I see the Cardiologist tomorrow and wonder if l should ask to go back on Carvedilol. I am told my meds are very low dosage and need them for the rest of my life which l was not aware of and wonder why. My EF is 30. Had mitral valve repair and maze on left side and a...


Posted by dosoich on 2014-03-29 23:40. 3 comments. 111 reads
 
What does the phrase referring to my ICD

having "tripped" mean?

Posted by MillerKAP on 2014-03-28 12:24. 5 comments. 182 reads
 
I have 3 young kids (15,12,7) and I've been recommended to get an ICD. I hug my kids a lot and tightly, I backpack (girl scout leader) and i"m small boned and thin on top. Should I consider asking my EP to implant the ICD in my pectoral muscle? I'm concerned it will stick out and get bumped a lot during this stage of my life. Does anyone have an opinion either way? I would love to get any advice I can on this.
Thank you!
Karen

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-03-27 19:05. 3 comments. 108 reads
 
I received my second shock from ICD this week and they talked about changing the settings.Had 1 VT 187bpm treated with x3 bursts of ATP,x3 RAMP.All ATP failed so they want to increase aggressiveness of ATP regime as failed on VT.Struggling to understand what all this means.EP explained that if they changed setting would probably get more shocks but as I get absolutely no warning I am to be shocked (luckily I have been laying down resting when had shock),if I was standing I could injure myself as would be knocked to my feet.Would appreciate any input on this.tks.

Posted by mg7 on 2014-03-27 05:28. 4 comments. 191 reads
 
This is urgent. Please help. My ep doctor says I need to have an AV node ablation done asap. It's schedule for April 11, 2014...Has anyone had this procedure done? What's the long term effect? I am a 65yo female with approx. 4 yr history CHF and Afib. I have had 3 cardioversions each lasted only 1 yr. Several antiarrhythmic drugs have failed to keep me in normal sinus rythum. I now have an AICD implanted because of non sustained vt. . I only have wires in both ventricles. So far I have only gotten shocked 1x. Doctor said the shock cause was afib with rvr, possibly due to a low potassium level and not taking the morning dose of metoprolol (150mg). My activity level is poor. Sometimes walking from the bed to the bathroom wears me out. Sin...


Posted by MillerKAP on 2014-03-25 12:18. 8 comments. 212 reads
 
I am an active 47 year mom of 3 young kids and I've been recommended to get an ICD. I have started to look at support groups like this one for information regarding what it's like to have and ICD. It's been scary in that most postings seem to convey all the horrible, uncomfortable aspects of having an ICD. Things such as unnecessary shocks, shock storms, burning pain at implantation sight. Is there anyone out there who is active and doesn't even know they have an ICD anymore? I'm so worried my lifestyle will go downhill once the ICD is implanted as I really love to exercise. Can anyone attest that it doesn't have to be this way? Thank you so much for any feedback.

Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-03-24 15:14. 2 comments. 149 reads
 
HAS ANYONE EXPIENCED CHEST MUSCLE TWITCHES AFTER A WEEK OR SO AFTER HAVING THEIE ICD DEVICE INSTALOLED ?

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-03-16 20:21. 4 comments. 125 reads
 
Do lifts/elevators that operate by magnets affect ICD's - does anyone know?tks

Posted by Alan88 on 2014-03-10 23:09. 5 comments. 177 reads
 
Hello: I had a pacemaker/defibrillator implant in September. Lately I've had some pain in the area. Hard to describe - anyone else have pain 6 months after surgery? Also - I've been having some mood swings. I have a cardiologist appointment next week, so I guess I'll ask him, but just curious what others have experienced. Thanks -

Posted by normsky on 2014-03-05 12:03. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Hello

I had an ICD placed 12-31-2014, When I sleep on my right hand side I feel my device move in place as I move upward, as anyone had this happen before? It's the second time it happened. Is it normal or should I call my doctor? I don't feel pain or get any shocks.

Posted by mareannrobles on 2014-03-02 02:50. 5 comments. 202 reads
 
I had pacemaker surgery a mounth ago, and iam still having upper left shoulder pain,sometimes more thig other times, what can I do to get read of the pain. And will I always have this problem.

Posted by nivla50 on 2014-03-01 18:55. 8 comments. 249 reads
 
I am new here with a diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy , LBBB and LV enlargement with an EF of 20. The doctors believe it was Viral in its origin. I am on multiple medications: I would love to hear back from anyone that has been in my shoes previously. I am 50 year old male.
I believe medications will help but the doctor says most likely I will need some ICD- my research tells me a CRT/ICD is tge way to go if thr EF doesn't get passed 35.
Anyone has had one implanted I would love to hear about your progress and how you are feeling. Thank you for any and all support.

Posted by daisy0388 on 2014-02-28 21:47. 0 comments. 103 reads
 
Hi all!

I just have a few questions that are a little abnormal and I can't find much online. After having 7 ablations to sinus and av node I'm still having problems with the sinus node. I recently was sent to a cardiovascular surgeon for a possible maze procedure and he talked about removing the sinus node completely. He talked a little about the surgery but not a lot other than it hasn't been done in years but is possible and said that it would be open heart. The problem is when I am atrial sensing my chest pounds, nauseated, chest pressure, and dizziness. When I am pacing in both nodes I have no symptoms. They have tried to kill the sinus node but keeps returning. Has anyone heard of anything like this? The drs are stumpted an...


Posted by daisy0388 on 2014-02-28 21:47. 0 comments. 68 reads
 
Hi all!

I just have a few questions that are a little abnormal and I can't find much online. After having 7 ablations to sinus and av node I'm still having problems with the sinus node. I recently was sent to a cardiovascular surgeon for a possible maze procedure and he talked about removing the sinus node completely. He talked a little about the surgery but not a lot other than it hasn't been done in years but is possible and said that it would be open heart. The problem is when I am atrial sensing my chest pounds, nauseated, chest pressure, and dizziness. When I am pacing in both nodes I have no symptoms. They have tried to kill the sinus node but keeps returning. Has anyone heard of anything like this? The drs are stumpted an...




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