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Posted by farhan on 2015-04-05 10:21. 7 comments. 608 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. 374 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. 521 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. 331 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. 684 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. 516 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. 368 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 .

Posted by Olena on 2015-03-16 10:26. 6 comments. 761 reads
 
S-ICD and ICD users question. Did anyone have a shock treatment from S-ICD or ICD? Can anyone tell me if shocks are bearable? I guess I’ve read many horror stories about being shocked while awake or missfires, and it’s really scares me. So if you are standing while having a shock will you fall down? Can you get an injury, like break a bone? If someone drives and get shocked, will you most likely get into the accident? How bearable is the pain? People describe that it feels like a mull kicks in your chest. Well, I am pretty skinny little woman, and if I would feel mull like kicks in my chest, I probably will fall down and pass out. Or I might have a horrible panic attack which will make thing worse. How people handling this?
If ...


Posted by shucker on 2015-02-27 18:42. 1 comments. 448 reads
 
medtronic,have not got a clue if it works or not,gathering dust. could be some companys work to make money

Posted by JoeR on 2015-02-25 12:09. 15 comments. 1065 reads
 
Hi,

3 months ago, I went into Cardiac Arrest and miraculously survived. A few days ago I had an echo done and was told that my Ejection Fraction was around 30%. I have been wearing a life vest (portable defibrillator) for the past 3 months in the event that another attack would occur, and have been ok since. I now have to rid of this portable defb and get an ICD inserted under my collarbone sometime soon.

I am just nervous about the whole thing and was wondering if anyone else has been through this.

Any kind of input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Joe

Posted by Jason on 2015-02-22 05:01. 26 comments. 1783 reads
 
My first time and during sex
Comment posted by Jason on 2015-02-22 04:24.
Hey guys,

Haven't been around in a while as things have been going well with the device. I owe you all for the support and the information so freely shared.
I had my first big one this morning after a little over two years with nothing. I forgot to take my meds a couple times over the course of the week and had been quite active. Also running on not much sleep all week as I'm swamped with work and home. In addition to that as if that's not enough the tension is pretty thck at home s well.

So that's the leading up to it part... This morning around 6am my bride and I engaged in a very passionate and active love making session. Th...


Posted by drenje75 on 2015-02-18 15:20. 1 comments. 381 reads
 
Hi to members

Any experience with the longest period of replacement ?
My ICD device is fitted exactly four years ago, with no activation- without shock,works only like a pacemaker for about 1% of the day,during night (physician claims).

Device is Biotronik Lumax with St.Jude electrode.

thanks in advance...

Posted by drenje75 on 2015-02-17 15:50. 2 comments. 508 reads
 
Hi friends

Any new informations about wifi router impact on ICD devices?
Or some independent statistics or similar (not statistic made and payed by some "magic antimagnetic shield producer" or etc.

Sorry for bad English---Thanks for answers.

Posted by taylorii on 2015-02-14 12:33. 4 comments. 1195 reads
 
Hi, new to the club (really wasn't aware there was one). Had Merlin, my pet name for my ICD, installed the first of this year. At 66 years old, Viagra or Cialis is a real help for me.

I would like know if anyone has used either and received any side effects.

Thanks

Posted by trish on 2015-02-14 10:52. 1 comments. 314 reads
 
I too sleep on left side of bed and have pm on left. Even with left arm folded over chest, I simply reach over putting right hand on mattress and push with right hand . In doing this my feet just naturally drop to floor and I stand up. Have done this since home from hospital after pm insertion Seems no strain and I am over 75. Let your body mechanics for you. Trish

Posted by Olena on 2015-02-13 10:06. 6 comments. 607 reads
 
Hello, I was needed to go several times thru the security at the government buildings. And every time I told them that I have an ICD. And everytime the security personnel still used their stick (sorry don’t know what would be a correct word) to check my body for metals. I told them that they shouldn’t do it, but one guy said that they do it all the time. Does anyone know if it’s ok for security people to use the security stick on someone with ICD?


Posted by srogers353 on 2015-02-08 00:24. 4 comments. 498 reads
 
Hi I just had my icd installed this past wednesday.I am still on kflex for my antibiotic and 50 mg of coreg, 10 mg of lisinopril, 40mg of lasix andb12.5 mg of spirolect.it feels like my heart is pounding and I feel lightheaded. I dont know if this is from the icd, meds or just my anxiety. I am so worried it will go off and I am extremely emotional about all of this. Any help please

Posted by Cheryl B on 2015-02-05 10:05. 4 comments. 622 reads
 
Hello everyone:
I haven't posted in a long, long time, but I read this site frequently. And now I have a question. I know there are no stupid questions on this site, and I'm hoping I'm not asking the first one:)
I have an ICD, and I was looking at purchasing a Bowflex Treadclimber. I noticed that there is a heart rate monitor built into the handle bars. But I was remembering some time ago reading that we PM and ICD users should not use those wristwatch heart monitors or chest heart rate monitors they have on exercise machines now. I might be confused by what I read. (That happens frequently.) But before I shell out a lot of money, I wanted to know if anyone has purchased one of these or has used a wristwatch or chest heart ...


Posted by mrcleankm on 2015-02-03 09:03. 7 comments. 559 reads
 
I received my first ICD shock after 15 years this past SAT, well, a bit unnerving, to say the lease,, not a good explanation, may have been dehydration perhaps, anyone have any similiar events??

thanks Kelly Moore

Posted by Rena450 on 2015-01-18 12:04. 4 comments. 582 reads
 
My mom is 89 years old and 1 year ago had a brain bleed. She has since recovered 100%, which was amazing. 3 months ago she had an over night stay in the hospital because of bladder prolapse. Her pacemaker/defibrillator battery is depleting and it needs to be replaced, however, from what they can estimate - it's only kicking in for her 2% of the time. So, my questions is - could it just be left in the way it is? Why should she be put thru a 2 hour surgery under sedation, if, in reality, she apparently didn't really need this (a family member really stressed that she should have this device be put in). If left in, is there the possibility of the battery leaching toxins? problems with the leading down the line? complications? etc. If ...




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