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Posted by alanb on 2014-12-21 03:38. 4 comments. 86 reads
 
My husband has had an icd for nearly 2 years. He has recently developed pain in his left arm which he thinks is muscle pain. This is worse when he bends his arm so he tries to keep it straight. Anyone know if this could be related to the icd?

Posted by dbaumlv on 2014-12-16 23:08. 0 comments. 55 reads
 
Hello to everyone,
Does anyone have a biottronik defibrillator model Lumax 540 VR-T? If so I would like to shear my story with you....


Posted by dbaumlv on 2014-12-16 23:08. 0 comments. 29 reads
 
Hello to everyone,
Does anyone have a biottronik defibrillator model Lumax 540 VR-T? If so I would like to shear my story with you....


Posted by dbaumlv on 2014-12-16 21:18. 1 comments. 99 reads
 
Hello everyone, I am a 59 year old man and in march, 2011 I had a massaive heart attack. They said...They inplanted a Biotronik defib Lumax 540 vt-t and put me on meds and when I took my meds it would lower my blood pressure below 100/60 so we cut the meds back to nothing. 10 mounths later. I am in great shape work out everyday, eat healthy no stress and feeling good about life. Meet someone very toxic, (not blaming anyone) starting changing thing that I knew had to end. in two months of this energy I had a very crazy thing happen my fib went off and she said it look like I got struck by lighting. The doctor said thank God I had the fib or I wouldn't be here. My guestion is it possable that the fib could have went off by defaulf. blood pre...


Posted by beekeper on 2014-12-16 01:23. 1 comments. 92 reads
 
well,
i just got my St. Jude ICD put in, been fighting it for a couple of months. they wanted to put it in back in Oct., but they couldn't schedule it so I've been wearing an external one (a life vest from Zoll)
I've been a welder most of my life and weld for a living now, so I've been burning up the internet. after talking to the medtronic customer service i was pretty much quoted what was on the internet pamplet, and it seemed to reference stick welding. almost all of my welding at work is T.I.G welding with the high frequency start. the high frequency is about 4 MHZ, (T.I.G. welders used to come with FCC certs in the old days) and i can shoot a 1" spark off my finger tips.
the most knowledgeable person that i talk...


Posted by kirkmanmj on 2014-12-14 11:58. 3 comments. 136 reads
 
What does it feel like when the ICD uses anti tachycardia pacing (ATP) to break arrhythmia or tachycardia?????

Posted by TB on 2014-12-10 05:30. 1 comments. 126 reads
 
Hi,

My brother has had an ICD in 2006. In 2011 the Cardiologist he's seeing said that the ICD capacity is over and that it has to be replaced by a new one. He got a new ICD in 2011. He has had many shocks, sometimes about 10 a day. Now the Cardiologist again says the ICD is nearing it's capacity. Has anyone else had ICD's replaced so often? Is there any other treatment other than ICD for Brugada Syndrome?

Posted by 79bronco on 2014-11-30 21:02. 2 comments. 121 reads
 
Hi I have a St Jude's ICD. It has been good for first 21/2-3yrs. They had to turn off 1 lead do to noise sensitivity. Now I am getting tingling sensation over site area. Doctor says it is just nerves over the device.

Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-11-21 19:52. 4 comments. 256 reads
 
Hello All: Received the upgrade in the tile line yesterday. I was well under all of the indications for insertion of this device under American FDA standards for over a year. However, I've noted that this exact device was not really approved in the US until August 2014. I have not had any angina for the past 24 hours and with the exception of minor pain from the wound I slept like a baby last night. No shortness of breath or sudden gasping or forced concentrated counting and breathing. Don't want to get my hopes up but it sure seemed like a Spring day in Atlanta today. Any comments from Europe or a location where this type of device has been in use for a year or two?

Posted by marcr69 on 2014-11-19 22:20. 3 comments. 117 reads
 
Hi all,

Has anyone got any first hand knowledge about the S-ICD's? Have heard some pros and cons so hoping to get some feedback prior to my implantation (still trying to decide on the type to go with).

Thanks,
Marc

Posted by marcr69 on 2014-11-19 13:00. 5 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi All,

I'm about to go in for an ICD and my doc has said that I can chose the device I'd like. Having done a lot of reading, I'm reluctant to go with St. Jude's due to the poor response to their recall. I'm deciding between Medtronic and Boston Sc, but I can't tell if Boston Sc is just good marketing or do they really have a better device (battery life, smaller etc). There are a lot of posts on this forum board, but they are mainly from 2012, so curious if there is some updated thinking on the devices. Thanks in advance!!

Marc

Posted by adg on 2014-11-17 07:20. 2 comments. 161 reads
 
May need to get a pacemaker. Are they all pretty much the same?

Posted by ella on 2014-11-16 18:43. 3 comments. 138 reads
 
I just moved and just had a ck-up and tech turned off my top lead she said due to 100% a-vib I have the new vistia icd and was told that the 3 leads and this new unit can help control the avib and heart rate I am worried that the top of my heart is now with out control or and help by the icd I went through the side of my heart to get the 3rd lead in just for them to shout it off? and really worried that now 4 years later still in avib and no controlling it or even why I have it? I am in the Memphis area and thought I found a good dr. but now I am questioning this group? can and one help with same problems ella

Posted by MaryKay on 2014-11-13 03:32. 6 comments. 364 reads
 
I have had a device for 10 years but in August was implanted with an ICD. Now I have an infection, and will be admitted to the hospital tomorrow ... Has anyone been thru the treatment to clear it up? My doc is talking about removal, return to pacer til clear. I have had an AV node ablation so need some type of device. I am really scared HELP

Posted by Luehring17 on 2014-11-10 23:54. 3 comments. 197 reads
 
Hello my name is phil
Ive had an icd since i was 25 and i am 33 i get scared every time it goes off in the 8 yrs that i have had it it has gone off over 90 times and this past friday it went off again i just got out of the hospital but i still have a hard time with dealing with this im always afraid its gonna go off and i dont know how to deal with it anymore

Posted by daisy0388 on 2014-11-08 12:16. 3 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi all!

It has been awhile for me since I have posted. Back in the beginning of the year I had to have a couple pocket revisions for my PM due to it moving in my arm pit and then wires came uncoiled. After that was done I started having lots of palpatations/diaphragm pacing coming from my RV lead. After many setting adjustments that didn't work I was sent to the Mayo Clinic.

Let me just say that the drs there are amazing and I wish I would have went there long time ago. I went for my first official visit oct 1 and he said that the plan was to install a LV lead so they could turn down the voltage on the RV to almost nothing so I wouldn't have the diaphragm pacing, which required me to get a CRT-P device. Now the proble...


Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-11-07 14:39. 6 comments. 280 reads
 
Hello All, Been awhile since I last posted but here's the story as of an hour ago. NP for my EP Cardiologist called and said after having taken an echo and then an a nuclear stress test that I now need a CRT-D for various reasons ...AFIB, low EF, scar and dead tissue, enlargement; an apparent MI in the past. For 26 months I have had a dual lead Medtronic Pacemaker and am 100% dependent. She said the scheduler will be calling back to setup the upgrade. I also have angina and two minor blockages in the heart that have been treated with meds and no stents. Right Iliac is also partially blocked, Can somebody sort of guide me through this who procedure and what to expect? Where in the heck are all those leads going now? How do they swi...


Posted by farhan on 2014-11-05 05:57. 9 comments. 297 reads
 
Hi Fellows,

I will go through an ICD implant procedure in due course and most probably will have St. Jude's single chamber ICD (I think model is fortify and it lasts more then 10 years. Is this a wise choice? Is there anything coming new in short course that is drastically better in life and in avoiding unnecessary shock?)

My recent echo was 32% so still am evaluating the decision for transplant and most probably my doctor and I will conclude to go for the transplant. my age is 43.

One of the question that is keeping me awake now a days is about the procedure itself and that is why I am here.

Can you please share your experiences specifically around procedure itself. Will it heart spec...


Posted by ScaredOne on 2014-11-03 05:08. 3 comments. 223 reads
 
Has anyone experienced a shock from the ICD? What happens when you are brought back into the right rhythm? The reason I ask is because I have mechanical heart valves (sounds like a ticking clock in a quiet room), and I can hear my HB rapidly which freaks me out so I sit down and wait for the ICD to do its job, which it does (thankfully). The only downfall is that I let out a "cry of pain" sound, even though it doesn't hurt. I think it's because I am caught off guard from the shock that it makes me yell. How does one adapt?

Posted by sassylatin on 2014-11-02 17:33. 4 comments. 255 reads
 
Does anyone know what it means when the Merlin@Home monitor beeps once and an orange light flashes across it for a couple of seconds. I have a St. Jude Medical 3 leads difibrillator since April 3rd, 2013 and this never happened before. It happened last night and now I am worried as I just had a check up at the end of June and my heart went from 19% capability to 56% since the difibrillator implant.



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