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Posted by pippt36 on 2014-02-12 10:57. 6 comments. 580 reads
 
I bought some new bathroom scales and noticed on the instructions that they are not to be used if you have a pacemaker. I asked why this is and was told that bathroom scales can only be used if you have pacemaker that measures weight only - - not body fat etc.

Posted by Music on 2014-02-09 12:03. 7 comments. 326 reads
 
Hi people! My husband had a cardiac arrest in July, flatlined by the time he got to hospital, but they worked on him for 17 minutes & got him back. That was the longest flatline the hospital had to that point, with no brain damage. Then 17 days in ICU and a week in rehab to learn how to walk again, etc. His systems had begun to shut down. Prior, I had noticed his legs were a bit swollen, but I just assumed since he was a big guy, and had diabetes II, that it was just due to his weight. He's 66. He'd even had his heart checkup (from prior 1991 heart attack) three days before & was prescribed a diuretic. He never paid much attention to the "lose weight, exercise, eat right" advice. Turns out heart failure let to a flash pulmonary edem...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-02-04 19:15. 7 comments. 408 reads
 
I have read somewhere and wondered if it was really true that in UK if you die they want your ICD back-surely not?

Posted by Andreas on 2014-02-04 13:01. 4 comments. 720 reads
 
I am new to this forum and I got an ICD implanted last October 2013 after a cardiac arrest.

I was working on an offshore drilling rig. I had done a new medical and that was all ok. The doctor wrote on that same certificate that "working in a surrounding with very weak electromagnetic field". When my company received this certificate they gave me my notice and told me that they couldn't guaranty my safety on board the rig. I had asked prior to get a test done but they didn't.

I have tried to get information about the electromagnetic interference from certain equipment onboard but no success.

I just wonder if there is anybody or knows somebody who is working on a drilling rig with an ICD???????

And...


Posted by MICHAELECKER on 2014-01-31 11:16. 4 comments. 465 reads
 
How does one choose an ICD manufacturer? Pros and Cons etc.
Thank you
Mike

Posted by guitarman on 2014-01-22 22:14. 4 comments. 640 reads
 
My name is Don and I had a St Jude ICD fitted on December 31,2013. I'm 49 years old and on December 23, I thought I had a bad case of heartburn but after taking some antacids, I was feeling worse so I had my son drive me to the ER (should've called 911 . that's another story) and I was admitted to the hospital for 9 days after they did a cardioversion to get me back on rhythm. The next day, my doctor told me I was lucky to be alive since my heart rate was at 250 bpm because I was suffering a Vtach. During my stay, I got the million dollar workup , echo, angio, MRI, ep study. All of the results were indicative of a healthy heart with 65% ejection fraction. They were stumped as to what caused my episode so they installed an ICD.

I...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-01-18 14:03. 2 comments. 225 reads
 
My husband has icd.he has chf and LBBB.when he next has his device check his cardiologist is going to see how many vt episodes he has since having device fitted and he will refer him for vt abalation.is this procedure always successful and do you have to keep having it.does it improve sob?

Posted by Sylvia1 on 2014-01-17 19:05. 3 comments. 285 reads
 
My husband had icd fitted last July 2013 and received his first shock four and a half months after device fitted.On day of shock he had 14 episodes of vt throughout the day and it wasn't until the fourth time his defib activated with absolutely no warning.He was just lying still in bed.Has anyone else experienced a shock without warning?tks

Posted by mattsond34 on 2014-01-17 03:29. 1 comments. 309 reads
 
Hi everyone im a 28 year old male that up until recently I have always had a healthy heart with no issues with high blood pressure or anxiety. I have had chronic back pain for about 5 years now cause my a work related injury so had been prescribed gabapentin for the nerve pain. Over the past 2 years I had gradually increased my doses to compensate for the increasing back pain. Eventually I got to the point I was taking way too much I decided to take myself off of it. That week is when my heart issues started. The week after I got off of my medication is the worst week I've ever had in my life. The whole week I had no energy, no balance, blurried vision, severe depression because I couldn't do anything but lie in bed. Mid way through the w...


Posted by Badge65 on 2014-01-13 19:23. 3 comments. 259 reads
 
I am having ICD Surgery next week, I live 8hrs away from the hospital, just wondering if one can fly after surgery or do I have to Greyhound it? Oh by the way I just love this site, so much info.

Posted by armlor on 2014-01-12 21:39. 3 comments. 201 reads
 
I would like to know if the ICD can perform an EKG?
Thank You, Armlor

Posted by relax221 on 2014-01-04 17:13. 6 comments. 491 reads
 
JUST BOUGHT A NEW LEXUS RX350 AND THEY ARE WARNING EVERYONE WITH PACEMAKERS TO BE CAREFUL ?
HAS ANYONE EVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH A CAR REMOTE JUST TO OPEN THE CAR ?

MIKE

Posted by cjdrish on 2013-12-29 22:41. 1 comments. 225 reads
 
Hello! I have had a pm for since 12/1/12. At a normal check up my EP found that I had had a 63 sec episode of V-tach. He put in a icd 3 days later. The night before last I was laying down and I felt 3 distinct pluses or beats or something. I also felt my incision site and it was warmer. I didn't think anything of it, then an hour later it happened again. This time it woke me up. I am going to call my dr tomorrow, but I'm just worried. Any ideas?

Posted by mkyah09 on 2013-12-27 13:19. 7 comments. 372 reads
 
Hello guys,

My Dad is 67 years old and he has a EF of about 25%, he was hospitalized 3 days before due to heavy shortness of breath - Pulmonary edema, the doctors did mention he has severe heart failure where the heart has expanded quite a bit due to dis synchronized beating.

The did echo today and suggested CRT-D as a way of treatment.

I want to know from you guys who have CRT-D your opinions and whether it helped you guys?

Appreciate your quick help. Let me know if you need additional details

Posted by drverahughes on 2013-12-26 12:15. 3 comments. 195 reads
 
I am wondering if anyone with end stage renal disease and takes hemo dialysis has a defibrillator?

I am on the UNOS kidney transplant list for over 3 years and don't want to be passed up if I have a defibrillator. The nephrologist indictated that I will get a call for a kidney transplant within 4 months.

Please let me know your experiences if you have kidney disease and a defibrillator and on kidney transplant list.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dr. V.

Posted by whydar on 2013-11-22 17:15. 3 comments. 530 reads
 
Good Day,

I had my IDC implanted on 10/11/13, on 11/9/13 I was shocked 3 times within 5 mins. I fell to the ground, I really lost control of my thoughts and emotions. It felt like someone was attacking me and there was nothing I could do about it. My husband heard the 1st shock from another room and when it was trying to keep me calm (poor man I scared him to almost death) he felt the 3rd shock. Bottom line I did not rest my arm enough (I was reaching upwards, backward, forwards etc...) and I pulled out one of the leads. I had to go back into surgery to reattach and now I have another round of recovery. I am terrified that this will shock me again, I am having thoughts of this foreign thing in my body and their tracking m...


Posted by daisy0388 on 2013-11-21 20:14. 0 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi everyone, it has been awhile since I have posted but I'm looking for any answers I can find. After 7 ablations which included both sinus and av node I am still having problems with the sinus node. After seening the dr today he has possibly suggested a total sinus node removal and installing a epicardial pacemaker on top of the heart. He has to talk to a few of my other drs first to decide what to do but said this may be what they have to do to help me. Has anyone ever had that done? Just a few things I have found said it was done in an open heart kind of surgery and I'm not sure I want to do that. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by BioGran on 2013-11-16 16:48. 2 comments. 424 reads
 
I can't find any answers in the books, so, does anyone here know if long term exsposure to copper is detrimental to my Icd. It also paces. I want to get a Tommy copper compression shirt to help with arthritis.
any advice?

Posted by niggy2 on 2013-11-14 17:28. 8 comments. 895 reads
 
Hi. I'm brand new to this forum and a new patient to an ICD. My ICD was fitted just three weeks ago and obviously I get concerned about all sorts of things. I'm hoping some nice soul will help me out.
1. My ICD seems to be more prominently close to the surface today than it diid yesterday. I inadvertently moved my arm a bit too much last night in bed and now I feel more aware of my ICD - is this normal?
2. How possible is it that by moving my arm too high that I have dislodged something - god forbid its one of the leads.
3. I seem to be more conscious of my heart beat than ever before, especially in bed !!!
4. I have read various things on the net about inappropriate shocks. How likely are these and can they be caused b...


Posted by erginefe on 2013-11-04 15:04. 7 comments. 736 reads
 
hello everybody, i am from turkey and i am new member of this website. My mum has icd and i wanna ask a question. My mother's half of heart was damaged and she is using ela 's icd.
She is a little fat and need to do sport. i wanna buy treadmill for her. However, all treadmills have electricty motor(engine). I want to know wether it is dangerous for her or not. Thank you so much...



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