Flouroscopy Risks during Implant Procedure
My EP has recommended that I get a CRT-D installed, and the more I read about it the more nervous I get about the whole thing. I was reading about the implant procedure, and it sounds like fluoroscopy is always used when implanting pacemakers, ICDs & CRT-Ds.
From what I am reading, fluoroscopy exposes the patient to a huge amount of radiation that can lead to skin burns or even cancers later in life. Has anyone discussed this risk with their EPs, and if so, what were you told about it? If it’s a 2-4 hour procedure, that sounds like an enormous amount of radiation you’re exposed to. My EP said that the large amount of radiation exposure was "for the most part, acceptable". Not very comforting :-(
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You have a 25 year mortgage on your device.
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