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Posted by frankie61 on 2015-05-20 19:14. 1 comments. 97 reads
 
On Thursday, May 14 while driving to work I felt the vibration in my chest 10 hours later my ICD alerted again. I went to my cardiologist the next day and they checked my ICD and said everything seemed to be fine except for one lead which registered below 20 ohms. The text said the alert happens four times the doctor didn't think it was anything to worry about. Everything was fine until yesterday May 19 when my ICD alerted twice in the same day. Today on May 20 at 9:30 in the morning he just did it again and I called the doctor and they said nothing to worry about just come in at my convenience. I feel fine nothing seems to be wrong but it's a little unnerving to have it happen as this happened to anyone else? At my visit I had 11.5 months...


Posted by adkpops on 2015-05-20 17:50. 2 comments. 97 reads
 
Can I drive a small van or a 10.000 lbs stake bed with a ICD

Posted by Burnthebeans on 2015-05-19 15:15. 0 comments. 45 reads
 
Hi, I am wondering if there is anyone out there with ARVD? If so, I would love to hear what your symptoms were that led to you having a device implanted. I have never talked to or met anyone else with this condition! Thanks

Posted by WilliamMacgregor on 2015-05-16 18:45. 1 comments. 102 reads
 
i have. Been shocked over 50 times since June 26th. I now suffer from chest pain and severe pleural Pain. They car find nothing wrong with my chest. It really hurts. Xanax seams to help a little.

Posted by JackCarter on 2015-05-15 18:51. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi,


first I'd like to say that I'm really glad I found this forum.
Week ago I had an icd implanted, following a tachycardia. It was a messy affair, water in my lungs, pneumonia and a bacteria I picked up in hospital. Apparently they had to defibrillate me ten times.

Since I got home I read lots of posts on this site, but still have some questions...

In the Biotronik booklet it says it usually takes some 4 - 6 months before you're fully recovered and ready to start living ' as usual '. Does that mean I'll be able to go back to work in 6 months time ? Being an advertising photographer I often have to go on location, with a carload of gear, and we work almost around the clock.
Doc said I'll ...


Posted by TICKYTICKBOO on 2015-05-05 19:56. 0 comments. 130 reads
 
My current device is a Maximo II CRT-D by Medtronic.

I spoke to a doctor on Sunday about replacement of my device. He suggested I have a VIVA XT CRT-D implanted to replace my Maximo.

I am wondering if someone could give a me a quick idea of the difference between the two devices. My vision is poor today, trying to find the information on the Medtronic site is not working well for me.

Thank you in advance.



Posted by daisy0388 on 2015-04-24 23:48. 3 comments. 256 reads
 
It has been awhile since I have posted and quite a bit has happened. Long story short got diagnosed with IST about 3-4 yrs ago, I have had 8 ablation for the IST, junctional tachycardia and svt the came back after ablations. I have had also 2 pocket revisions due to pm's moving. I started out with just single lead pm, then biventricular and now since I have diaphragm still from the right ventricle lead my dr at mayo clinic (which is amazing) added a 3rd lead in the left ventricle so after its stable they hope to turn off the right lead which leads me to the CRT-P that I have now. Now for my questions...Even though I'm pacer dependent, as I do not have anything left of my sinus or av node at this time, my heart rate stays right about 70 whi...


Posted by irish_jessi on 2015-04-23 09:50. 11 comments. 439 reads
 
Only a few times have a gotten the really big shocks from my ICD, but I get smaller corrective shocks a lot. They are very uncomfortable. Feels like somebody is hitting me in the ribs from the inside and I can't breath.

My situation is this.....

The smaller shocks are happening everyday on my way to work, at the same point in my drive. It's a small two-lane road. There are no underground scales or nearby power stations. I drive the same road home and it doesn't happen on my way home. But on my way to work, as soon as I hit that dip in the road in the Eastbound lane, my ICD starts shocking me and won't stop. It takes everything I have to get the the nearest point that I can pull over. I pull over, turn off my truck, an...


Posted by louiehvivas on 2015-04-19 10:16. 3 comments. 214 reads
 
hi.my stepson who is 27 yo and a former collegiate volleyball player is subject to icd implantation asap (3rd week of april 2015)at the philippine heart center.doctors recommend biotronik(2-lead),because of its dependability and battery life-span, but the cost is too much for us. however, he said that there are organizations/companies that sponsor the device.
it would really be a big help if anyone can help us find/talk to a sponsor (any brand for that matter).
my stepson is getting really depressed because our family cannot afford the device and procedure, estimated at P1.2M-1.5M (US$26K-33K).
please help.
thank you very much.


louie






Posted by strong on 2015-04-15 13:28. 5 comments. 205 reads
 
Dear all,

My dad is scheduled to get an ICD on May 1 2015. He had a massive heart attack two months ago and was diagnosed with heart failure.

He is anxious about the ICD and would like to meet someone with an ICD to discuss how life is w/ the ICD. He doesn't use the internet and insists on a personal meeting or at least a phone call. If anyone is in the Toronto or GTA area could you please msg me. I love my father dearly and want him to get the ICD but only on his terms.

If anyone is willing to speak with him about your experience I would be eternally grateful.


Posted by MattLane on 2015-04-14 14:51. 12 comments. 431 reads
 
I apologize if this issue had been addressed before; but I was only informed two weeks ago, that I need a ICD.

Let me start by saying, I was a collegiate runner and still hold mutliple records for sprinting at my college, as well as the running record at my state academy.

I was informed two weeks ago, that I need an ICD, my doctor has recommended one of the new S-ICDs. My question is, are there any police officers out there who had an ICD or S-ICD implanted, and returned to full duty, pushing a patrol car. I'm currently sitting at a desk on 'light-duty' waiting for surgery becuase of the way the doctor wrote my note for work, stating "no high stess activitiy, no heavy lifting, nothing that would be considered high...


Posted by Electrically Enhanced on 2015-04-09 09:35. 4 comments. 177 reads
 
Got my ICD implanted Jan 31,2015. Decided to join club so I could talk to other people that have or are in a similar situation.

Posted by Heatherhi on 2015-04-05 19:18. 4 comments. 334 reads
 
My eldest daughter had an ICD fitted 1 week ago, after loosing my youngest daughter to sudden adult death 5 weeks ago, and a history of heart problems in our family. My Eldest daughter is now suffering boust of severe chest pain in her heart, she is in hospital yet again tonight.
Im so worried and cant find any reason for this severe pain, bloods, ecg, and scan all appear normal.
Can anyone tell me if they have heard of this and any possible causes.
many thanks xx

Posted by farhan on 2015-04-05 10:21. 7 comments. 323 reads
 
Hello Everyone!

I am glad to report back to this forum that I have got my new friend implanted on 2nd April, 2015. I am thankful to this forum in many ways and hence I owe a lot to this forum. I am grateful to all those great people who are spending their time to add value in life of others, specially when they do not know them. This forum had given me what I was looking for and on top of my shopping list was a 'courage' that could help me deal with my 'biggest fear of life' i.e. to decide and to go for ICD implant. I was XXit scared inside and could not collect myself to come to a conclusion. I found all necessary help here that I was looking for and answers to my worries on various threads and my personal posts.

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Posted by Einguy on 2015-04-03 13:47. 0 comments. 145 reads
 
Am asking whether anyone with a sjm device uses CorVue. If so, how; how often; complications getting data.

Posted by Twila on 2015-04-02 21:42. 1 comments. 177 reads
 
A year after getting my icd I have developed severe afib. I'm on Tikosyn and digoxin but still have occasional afib but not as severe. My heart has improved from the cardiomyopathy from 20-25ef to now 50-55 ef. They adjusted my pacemaker from 40-125 to 80-125 and I'm having way less afib. Could my ICD be causing the afib? I never had afib before the icd. I usually get it after I come home from work and set down and relax. I keep getting defibed because the afib makes my heart get up into the 170's. Has anyone else developed afib after receiving a icd?

Posted by GrandmaRose on 2015-03-30 15:46. 1 comments. 161 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. 4 comments. 368 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. 296 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. 218 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 .



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