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Posted by Hugh228 on 2014-05-14 16:29. 7 comments. 417 reads
 
I have just finished reading "A nation forsaken" by Michael Maloof. The gist of the book is that its not if but when an EMP attack will come. On page 65, he states "While the actual pulse of electrons or microwaves has little or no effect on the human body, electronic circuitry installed inside the body does not fare well when subjected to high energy microwaves. The devices could heat up very quickly, turning surrounding tissue and blood into steam, searing the body at the site of the device and doing irreparable damage to the user." To his discredit, he cites no reference for the above statement. Still, I would like to hear what you think before I run out to have my ICD removed. Hugh228

Posted by rocko on 2014-05-14 14:25. 1 comments. 206 reads
 
I can not find much on this problem. I know you can now apply for a waiver but that is only half the problem. I now have a waiver for vision and can not find out if you are allowed two waivers at the same time. I know in the past it wasn't possible, but the FMCSA are changing regulations pertaining to this, and wondering if anybody has any answers.

Posted by martin1995 on 2014-05-14 14:18. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
I have not been able to use my Merlin transmitter from
Barbados and need to know how to use the internet to relay the readings. Anyone have any suggestions?

Zapper had a post on 2/21/14 with some ideas for an inexpensive hookup with a broadband kit using off the shelf router and a USB adapter. He was going to the EU for work and I wonder if the setup worked in Germany.

Any communication on this will be appreciated before I invest in a router and adapter.

Martin1995


Update 8/23/2014
Still looking for the success of using locally purchased electronic leads and router to send transmissions via Merlin. So far I have to return to Florida from the Caribbean to be able...


Posted by farhan on 2014-05-13 08:57. 6 comments. 396 reads
 
Dear Forum,

I am 43 years old male. I had a near death experience three years ago when I was taken to hospital while I was facing a massive heart attack. I was lucky and survived that terrible attack. I was treated with a stent into the main artery. Naturaly, some part of my heart got damaged due to this incident.

Later on (2 months post incident), my echo test results were coming around 35% which means my heart was not fully functional. (For a normal healthy person, the echo results start from 55% onwards).

Couple of months back, my doctor advised me another echo test and latest results showed 25% percent of heart functioning. With these results, my doctor advised to me to go for a PM and this way I can ...


Posted by Lyn4477 on 2014-05-11 22:44. 4 comments. 288 reads
 
Hi. I am a newbie and wll probably be asking a lot of questions.
Background---54 yrs old. Had open heart with 2 bypasses and mitral valve repaired in January of this yr. just had an ICD implanted bout 1.5 weeks ago. Have low ejection fraction 20.
Please give me some helpful advise. Right now it seems so uncomfortable and seems like I have a deep pain.
Will all this go away as I learn to live with this? Will I ever be able to sleep on my stomach? Will there ever come a day when having this device doesn't seem so uncomfortable? Thanks in advance for any helpful advice😊

Posted by HollyGuy on 2014-05-09 01:22. 4 comments. 174 reads
 
Hello everyone! I am new here. I have something called Brugada's syndrome. I was diagnosed with it last august and then 6 days later I had an ICD put in. My heart had stopped a total of 3 times before the ICD was put in. I am grateful to be alive and am happy. I have a lot of anxiety over this ICD, though. I'm happy there are things like this though to talk to others with the same issue. Glad to be a part of this group!

Posted by Marty on 2014-05-08 14:59. 3 comments. 314 reads
 
Hello, is there anyone else out there who's received the Medtronic Viva XT CRT-D? This is my fifth device, 2nd CRT-D, and my first "lead revision."

The lead revision was necessary because that tricky LV lead was not previously placed in an optimal spot, due to vessels being too small to allow the cath tip down into the vessel as far as they wanted. The result was that it zapped the battery at only two years because it took more energy to capture that left ventricle.

I am a HUGE FAN of Medtronic, and I credit the CRT-D with saving my life, after losing both my sister and brother to dilated cardiomyopathy way before they should have died. I'm 53 now, and have managed to not only survive heart failure, but it's now been ...


Posted by Music on 2014-05-07 14:57. 10 comments. 264 reads
 
It's been 10 mos. since my husband's cardiac arrest & subsequent bi-valve defibrillator was inserted. He's fallen 5 times since then, as his balance is not what it was. So far no problems, but what if he lands on the unit? Will it dislodge it or hurt it? I'm worried he'll fall again when I'm not home. Thanks!

Posted by sll0714 on 2014-05-06 15:57. 3 comments. 247 reads
 
I have had my ICD for a little over 5 years. At my interrogation last week, I was told the battery is at 2.98. At 2.60 it will need to be changed. Does anyone have any idea of how long this might be. The EP had no idea, just guesses. I pace minimally and I have never been shocked. Thank you for your help.

Posted by billvan on 2014-05-01 19:03. 4 comments. 220 reads
 
I had a St Jude ICD implanted in 2009. Lately I have been experiencing intermittent episodes of a very irregular pulse rate in the low 40's Could this mean the unit is not working properly?

Posted by Rogue427 on 2014-04-23 11:10. 5 comments. 275 reads
 
Anyone with a ST. Jude's ICD use a chain saw? I called the tech line and they are not sure. Thanks.

Posted by Jay4 on 2014-04-16 21:28. 13 comments. 419 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. 326 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. 207 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. 180 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. 319 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. 135 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. 241 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. 220 reads
 
What does the phrase referring to my ICD

having "tripped" mean?

Posted by MillerKAP on 2014-03-28 12:24. 7 comments. 600 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



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