back from the doc
Saw the rep from Medtronic and yes we have the infamous 6949 lead. We found ALOT today.
First John has Cardio Myopathy due to the 2 arteries 90% blocked, then the heart attack. They had hoped that his heart would improve with a medicine regemin but it didnt. His heart is quite compromised due to the damage done because of the heart attack. He is paced @ 100% with a Bi-V because of this.
He passed out last night -- first time in three months. But when the EP interrogated and we spoke with the doc, it had nothing to do with his heart. They moved some settings up and some settings down [impedement?] to assure John that the 6949 would not fowl up..........
well as best they could -- we were told that it was better to take a wait and see rather than to open him up and change it
Rep said that after 30 months time 97.2% of the leads were fine but that left 2.8% that fractured. And although that was not statistically significant, it certainly WOULD be to a patient who had a fractured lead !!
I am sure you all have hear the talk from the Medtronic rep by now or will soon. All the patients at the heart institute here in Shreveport LA were given the 6949 lead in the last two years.
One thing I didnt understand- John is paced at 100% but not dependent on the pace maker -- that doesnt make sense.
They said his heart rate is his own and not done by the pace maker. -- I dont get this !
They set the alarm on the ICD and you can barely hear it !!!!
We were told to move some of his meds in the hopes that we can get rid of the dizziness. They think its the meds or like you all said - low BP. IF this doesnt work they want to put him on a tilt table. FUN !!!!
They set him so that his BPM would have to go past 207 for 24 heartbeats before the Defib fires up or at least thinks about it
I feel much much better knowing more. I only hope that John learns to relax more. Of course, I am not the one with a tin box in my chest. So this is all very easy for me to say.
Please let me know if I am not understanding any of this !!!!!!
We are feeling better -- Well I am but John is still frightened. He will get better in time but it may take him longer because he is a WORRIER !!!!!
Physically John is good but Mentally I cant help him. I have tried to get him to look on the positive side but he can only worry. So at this point, I can only give him time and patience.