I do not have a ICD but my husband does and I hope it is still appropriate for me to post on his behalf. He had a medtronics ICD placed in 2003, in all that time he had 7 shocks. Last month that ICD was replaced with the new and improved medtronics virtuoso, he has had 2 shocks and 1 pace with this ICD in less then a month. Both shocks put him unconscious and scared me beyond words. He feels them coming on and gets to the floor as fast as he can. Now the only thing that has changed is the ICD, but yet the doctors are telling him to take more coreg and amiodarone. I have asked them could it be the ICD or the settings and they are telling us that the ICD is doing its job. Well his life has changed dramatically with this new ICD. Why and how could he go from 1 shock every 5-6 months to shocks weekly. And only after receiving the new virtuoso. We are scared, seeing him lying on the floor and not being able to do anything about it, is taking its tole. Has anyone here ever had a problem like this..Thanks
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Muggers want your ICD, not your wallet.
The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.