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Posted by farhan on 2015-08-27 08:59. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
Hello Form,

Post 5 months of ICD implant, I had been living a very comortable life till the time (5 days ago), I sarted getting this numness and later hard muscle on my left arm. Feels like the blook circulation has stopped.

With this condition I went to my doctor who advised that the lead (single chamber ICD) that is landing in my heart is causing the stoppage in blood flow so he advised me to go by process and as first therapy, he increased the doze of one my medicine (loprine) to double. This will further dilute my blood and will help circulate blood.

The next stage will be a test by which he will insert some liquid in my vains (from left hand) to see the blood flow (it will about 15 minutes procedure...


Posted by bcohen294 on 2015-08-23 11:43. 9 comments. 244 reads
 
I have had my ICD since late December when I flatlined in the OR during an EP study. After it was implanted, I got shocked in January, June, and then last week I was shocked 5 times in 50 seconds. I had to be taken to the emergency room in an ambulance and stayed for a few days to recover.

How many times do people normally get shocked? I am so scared to do anything that might raise my heart rate and get paranoid anytime my heart skips a beat.

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-08-20 06:20. 0 comments. 107 reads
 
Well first visit with EP was fairly uneventful.

Talked about the device, and scheduled to have a Zoll Lifevest
will monitor and in early Oct get another Echo done.

If EF is still low, schedule at that point for an ICD.

I have had AFib before but would only show up when my BP was really high. Doc noted Afib at the visit. BP was relatively good at 159/89.

AFib before was when bp was in the xxx/112 range or higher.

D

Posted by relax221 on 2015-08-19 23:58. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
CAN I HAVE A NANOSTIM PUT IN TO REPLACE MY ICD ?

Posted by JackCarter on 2015-08-19 12:15. 12 comments. 291 reads
 
Hi,

as I said in my previous post I had an ICD implanted, following tachycardia attack.
During three week that I spent in hospital ( due to complications and some hospital bacteria ) doctors told me next to nothing.
And of course, they didn't tell me anything about quality of life after icd implant. Before the op I was going mountaineering on a regular basis, and running 100 yards to catch a bus didn't present itself as a problem.
Now it feels like I have a power limiter built in, and simply can't run up the stairs.
Is it possible that icd works as well as a pacemaker, and thus limits heart rate ? As far as I know peacemaker sets heart rate at around 80, consequence of which is limited physical activity....


Posted by HUJO on 2015-08-18 20:58. 8 comments. 257 reads
 
I HAVE A SINGLE LEAD PACEMAKER WITH DEFIBRILLATOR. MY BATTERY IS ALMOST DEAD. I HAVE DECIDED TO NOT EXCHANGE DEVICE AT THIS TIME. IT HAS NEVER PACED OR SHOCKED. MY HEART STRENGTH IS AT 51% THE MINIMUM TO QUALIFY IS 40% ? MY DOCTOR IS VERY INSISTANT THAT I GET A NEW DEVICE. PLEASE COMMENT.

Posted by Erinlw16 on 2015-08-10 08:38. 6 comments. 216 reads
 
Hi everyone,
My name is erin and I'm 25 years old. I just got my ICD implanted a few days ago and am a but uneasy with this new addition to my life. Can anyone give me some experiences they had after getting it implanted? What were your emotions like? Did you feel anxious, uneasy, depressed? I've noticed that I have a lot of fear having this device so any advice on coping solutions would be wonderful.
Thank you in advance!

Posted by Flagirl on 2015-08-09 17:07. 2 comments. 181 reads
 
Hi, Today my Mother's 4 month old Medtronic ICD is making an alarm sound on the hour. Called the Dr. and he said for us to come in tomorrow. She is quite upset, this is the second time this new ICD has set off an alarm. What do you guys think? Have you had this happen to you?

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-08-08 02:32. 2 comments. 179 reads
 
a couple of years ago I had a heart failure. EF was 28%, 5 months later had recovered fot 45%, so talk of an ICD at time quit.

About a month ago, had another incident with the HF. and EF has dropped below 35%. Now after exertion, (walking fast, walking upstairs etc) I get fatigued more quickly. I also notice if I am lifting or grabbing items. above my head that I get faint sometimes. and alot of times get vertigo.

Also after the exertion, will get chest pains during the recovery. last time was getting significant PAC's in the past I got them but don't remember them hurting.

So we are talking about an ICD. now my normal cardio doc is referring me to another cardio doc so will find out more in a we...


Posted by granttee on 2015-08-07 11:35. 4 comments. 305 reads
 
Has anyone survived a cardiac arrest.
I have had a CRDT device fitted, two years ago and last week had a cardiac arrest , blacked out for 25 seconds , then defib kicked in and came to..
Any ideas what the cause is and what the long term effects are.
Previously I was really quite fit.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-07-14 12:12. 0 comments. 214 reads
 
I know that this topic has been addressed here several times, mostly by patients, who were offered a totally subcutaneous ICD instead of the conventional version and were looking for information. So, in my latest blog post I have reviewed some of the research published on the safety and efficacy of the S-ICD: http://bitly.com/1HtEx5E

If you have the S-ICD implanted, please share your experiences! I'm sure this would be of interest for many members.

Inga

Posted by Slim on 2015-07-06 22:22. 1 comments. 315 reads
 
I would really like to get a tattoo on my right upper arm. I've had a ICD in my left chest since February. Is it safe to get one? I'm sure don't want that sucker going off!

Posted by JackCarter on 2015-07-06 09:21. 3 comments. 250 reads
 
Hi,


I have a question about driving an electric car...
Since I had an icd implanted I've been told to steer clear from strong magnetic fields, i.e. not to do any welding, to be careful with metal detectors, mobiles and loudspeakers...
Does anybody have any experience with electric cars ?

As an advertising photographer I did some studio shots of an electric car and now should take it to some remote locations. Being an electric car it probably generates strong magnetic fields...

Thanks...


Posted by dio on 2015-07-01 10:46. 2 comments. 227 reads
 
Does the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy device use pro-active or re-active pacing? IOW, in any given heart cycle, does the device always pace or does it detect and dynamically respond to arrhythmias such as what I have (LBBB)? Thanks.

Posted by BLee on 2015-06-26 17:28. 1 comments. 222 reads
 
I had an icd implant 2/17/2015. 2 wires. I was getting weekly mild to medium shocks once a week at the same time. 1:45 AM. Would set me right up in bed! The first time I thought it was normal, after the second time I called the doctor and saw the Medtronic tech. She did some computer stuff and managed to shock me again. I jumped and she jumped. She said the Icd was doing a self check, never had that reaction from someone before. The tech talked to my cardio, he said to turn that function off. It has not happened since. Has anyone else heard of this? Should I look into this further?

Posted by WilliamMacgregor on 2015-05-16 18:45. 1 comments. 376 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. 5 comments. 402 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 daisy0388 on 2015-04-24 23:48. 3 comments. 391 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. 685 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. 383 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








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