ICD newbie

I am 48 years old, and I just got my ICD for idiopathic ventricular tachycardia in November.  I received my first defibrillator shock yesterday.  Just saying hi.


5 Comments

Why were you shocked?

by BarbD - 2019-01-10 19:34:58

Was it an appropriate shock? 

ICD newbie

by RowanWolfe - 2019-01-10 19:55:20

Thanks, Robin1.  Yes, BarbD, it was an appropriate shock.  Sustained VT of 230 bpm.  Thanks for your responses.  I'm glad I found this place.

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by Uelrindru - 2019-01-10 21:51:38

Haven't had a shock from my ICD yet but I had a VFIB pulse over 200, was shocked, had chest compressions and I'm hoping if I ever get one from my device it isn't as bad. my chest ached for two days and I became a bionic man three days later.

welcome to the forums and enjoy your new enhanced prowess :D

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by RowanWolfe - 2019-01-10 22:56:46

Thanks Uelrindru.  I can tell you it doesn't hurt afterwards.  I just got my second shock today (first shock yesterday), so my meds are upping and doc is recommending ventricular ablation.

ICD newbie

by RowanWolfe - 2019-01-11 20:08:21

Hi, Robin1.  I live in a remote rural area, and I don't think we have any EPs here.  EP is listed as an area of interest for my cardiologist.  But he works with an EP (well, it's his secondary specialty) in a more metropolitan area and refers his patients to him when warranted.  This EP did an SVT ablation on me in July and will now be evaluating me for a VT ablation.  Thanks very much for your comments.

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