U.K. based - NHS query
Good afternoon all, been reading this forum for a couple of weeks now, and I have to say it's all very informative and supportive. In particular I love the funny and motivational quotes at the end of each post.
I know no one can answer for sure but I'm hoping someone might have some insight into the criteria for an ICD on the NHS. Apologies in advance for the lengthy post.
I (46F) suffered a STEMI on 5th June and was released home 9 days later with an EF of 21%. Because I didn't realise I was having a HA the damage was already done so nothing could be done surgically. I feel really well physically all things considered and would stil be thinking I'd had the worst acid reflux if it wasn't for the paperwork telling me different! I immediately quit smoking and I'm on various medications. Emotionally and mentally it varies but leans towards positive most days.
However! I have still not sat in front of a doctor and discussed any options. I discovered these devices whilst looking up my condition. When I mentioned it to my nurse she said they didn't want to overwhelm me with information but that ICD was definitely a possibility and then the next time I spoke with her I mentioned that if the NHS couldn't do it for whatever reason I would look into going private, so could do with knowing sooner rather than later to get the ball rolling. She replied that wouldn't be necessary, and that they were also looking to see if there were any stent options once the swelling had gone down. I have an awful lot of permanent damage unfortunately.
I've now had all my post discharge scans and am just waiting for my cardiologist appointment, but can't help but worry (especially at night) that I won't qualify for an ICD. From all I've read I feel one would give me the peace of mind to live my life again without fear. I don't want to read too much into the nurses comments, but at the same time the thought of having something so life changing is the only thing keeping me going at the moment.
So after that overload of info about me, does anyone know of it sounds like I'm a candidate for an ICD? In particular on the NHS?
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