changing from a 2 lead to a 3 lead
Hi everyone, I recently posted because my husband has been having bouts of CHF and several trips to the hospital because of fluid build up in his lungs. A little reminder on background - he has had cardiomyopathy for about 9 years and last Oct. had a Medtronic 2 lead ICD implanted because of v-tach. Now because of the CHF and it seems they are out of options other than a heart transplant our cardio wants us to talk to the EP about changing this one out for a bi-ventricular (3 lead). He is so thin and the one he has hurts him all the time and the 3 lead is 30% bigger. I'm also concerned because his health is so fragile, I'm concerned about infection and many other things. We don't see the EP until 5/16 because she is currently out of the country. I hope we can make it until then without more trips to the ER. From previous appts. with her I get the impression that she is afraid to "mess with him too much" because he is so fragile. Does anyone have any experience with this or thoughts? Smitty?
Thanks for any input you can offer. Kathy