20 year old female with pain
My 20 year old daughter was diagnosed with a left ventricular aneurysm at birth and followed by a pediatric cardiologist for 20 years. In these 20 years she never had any substantial symptoms (besides some dizziness) that would lead us to believe that her heart condition would cause her any problems in life...until recently. She was waitressing at a small restaurant in town when she went into sudden cardiac arrest. Luckily there was a first reaponder nearby who preformed cpr until the police arrived with a defibrillator. They had to shock her 3 times to bring her back from cardiac death. This was about 10 weeks ago. She was transported from our small hospital in Morrisville to a level 1 trauma center in Burlington VT. After she woke from her coma and gained some strength, her EP implanted an ICD . He was assisted by a plastic surgeon to insert the device under her pectoral muscle.
My daughter, Ema, has has some occasional dizziness and shortness of breath, which her doctor has been consulted about. Tonight she has some new pain just under her breast. She said its hard to explain, its not at the site of the defibroallator, but under the breast and close to the sternum. It hurts to sleep on that side and at the same time it almost feels better to put pressure on this one particular spot. She cannot tell if its muscular pain or deeper than that.
I hope its just a pulled muscle or something minor, but I dont want to ignore it if it could be related to the defibrollator. My first thought was infection or lead movement, but I really have no idea. This is all so new for us.
Ema has felt well for the last 7 weeks, and almost back to her normal life. Her doctors did an amazing job with the implant, you can barely even see it!! I feel like this pain could be insignificant, but I want to stay ontop of any concerns.
Has anyone had pain in this area related to their defibrollator? If yes, can you ellaborate?
I would be beyond grateful for any advice.
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I finished 29th in London in 2 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds which is my fastest with or without a device so clearly it didnt slow me down ! I had no problems apart from some slight chaffing on my scar - more Vaseline next time.