Pacemaker Removed/ICD Implanted
In 12/07 I got a pacemaker after passing out two times due to really low heart rates. After a very long recovery with a lot of problems, I finally was able to return to work on 5/29/08. Everything seemed fine for three weeks then I started to feel like I was going to pass out again all the time. Pacemaker interrogation showed that I had several episodes of v-tach five days in a row.
Electrophysiologist did an EP study on Thursday. She said she didn't expect to find anything; thought that the v-tach would turn out to be benign. Well, that wasn't the case and within two hours of the EP study being finished, I was in surgery to have the pacemaker removed and get a Medtronic ICD. I didn't have a lot of time to think about it beforehand but now I really wish I didn't get consent to getting the ICD. I am so scared thinking about what it will feel like if I get shocked. And what if I'm driving my car when it happens?
The doctor also put me on Sotalol to try to get the abnormal heartbeats under control to prevent the device from being used but it's just a lot to worry about. And the night that I got the ICD, I passed out in the hospital bathroom. They said it wasn't due to my heart rate because when they checked the rhythm strips there wasn't anything abnormal that happened at that time. They attributed it to a very long day with the EP study, the surgery, anesthesia for both and not eating for 26 hours.
Just when I thought my life was starting to get better, this happens. I read in the ICD manual that the device can monitor for changes in your rhythm that your doctor would want you to be aware of and make a beeping sound for about 10 seconds. While I don't really want to walk around beeping, it seems a better alternative if you could at least get a warning that something might happen. Does anyone know anything about this?