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ICD pain

I first had a pacemaker inserted, then remove and an icd inserted.  The icd was inserted 5 years ago.  Recently i have had regular and consistent pain in my left breast.  It will not go away.  Has anyone ever had such a thing and what does it mean?

I will be having my icd battery replace next Spring.

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Tattoos

I have a pacemaker/Defibrillator (ICD). I would like to get a few small tattoos on opposite arm not on incision site. Doc is worried about an infection from the needles. Anyone ever hear of someone getting an infection at ICD site this way??

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CRT-D and shoulder range of motion?

So I am just throwing this out there as a question.  Has anyone experienced decreases in range of motion in their shoulder or shoulder and back pain on the same side as their CRT-D?  I have had some serious left sided shoulder and back pain with decreased range of motion the last couple years despite exercising.  At first I thought it was posture etc but I am starting to wonder if it's related to the location of my CRT-D.  I am going to ask my EP about this but I am no...

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Defibrillator activation

My pacemaker was placed Aug 2023. It is a Medtronic CRT-D. 
Last Wednesday I was getting on my exercise mat to do morning stretches. Just got on my back when I experienced a shock which I initially thought was my demise! What a feeling. 
As recommended by my ep doc we called 911 and got transported to the local hospital. After several tests, ecg, xray, bloodwork etc. they checked my pacemaker memory and determined that the defib was triggered by ventricular tachycardia.&nb...

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CRT-D question

  • by R2D2
  • 2024-02-19 21:15:11
  • ICDs
  • 323 views
  • 10 comments

I was just reading some information about the difference between a CRT-D and a CRT-P or ICD and was interested in the treatment part of it in regards to the mild little shocks it gives to cause the heart to beat in both sides. I'm making this generic, but from what I understand, it's more than just regular pacemaker stuff like making your heart go faster when it needs to. If I read it right, this provides an extra bit of therapy that no other device does. It actually gives me some new...

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Exercise following a shock

  • by Wings
  • 2024-02-11 06:57:35
  • ICDs
  • 267 views
  • 6 comments

Hi All

Sorry for this long message but I need to give some background before asking some questions (if you dont mind)

I had a Medtronic ICD fitted about 2 and a half months ago (dual, pacemaker and defib) following a cardiac incident while out jogging that eventually led to me being shocked in hospital to get my heart rhythm back on track.

Turned out I had Arrthymgenic cardiomyopathy that had finally reached a point of "no return" (was told most likely ju...

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Question about sensations during ICD self-check

Hi everyone,

I'm a new club-member and was recently implanted with a Boston Scientific Resonate HF ICD. Whenever the device runs a self-check, I feel a fluttering in my upper chest that extends up through my esophagus to the base of my throat. It's a very unpleasant feeling and has startled me a couple of times while I was driving. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm going to ask that the self-check feature be disabled when I go to my 3 month follow-up, but in the mea...

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Periods of High Heart Rate

Hi, I have been experiencing high heart rates often and for long periods of time. I checked with the remote monitoring team and the data looked good with heart rates of 50 to 60 but occasionally of 120 to 130 but that is expected I am told. I asked about arrhythmias as I feel a flutter when running high. I was told that there was no tachycardia or AF at all right across the range of bpm. They also said that the increase in bpm was being driven by my heart not the device. I went to my loc...

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CRT-D vs ICD decision

my father's lvef of 20-25%, got stented in 2017 after a heart attack. last week he had an episode of VT/VF. he is currently on meds on)

one doc suggested CRT-D implantation, other suggested ICD. the second one is a better doc overall.

I asked his assistant is that why not CRTD, she said they will do tests on admission to determine whats best for the patient (crtd or icd)

the admission and surgery is scheduled for monday by the second doc, I am worried that the doc will n...

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ICD Safety

Just had a Gallant DR ICD implanted from  Abbott Labs. I am concerned about EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) effect on my device from mototcycle riding.

Does anyone have any info on this subject?

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New to having an ICD

Hi

 

Im 47 and from Blackpool UK. I've just had an ICD fitted due to VT heart rhythms and diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Weeks prior to knowing this outcome I was swimming at a competitive level both in pool and open water. I was an active member of a triathlon club and walking the Lake District Wainwright summits. 

I know it's early days, 2 weeks post op, but I'm trying to look what I may be able to do in the future after I get the fir...

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Hello and nice to meet you all

Hi

 

Im 47 and from Blackpool UK. I've just had an ICD fitted due to VT heart rhythms and diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Weeks prior to knowing this outcome I was swimming at a competitive level both in pool and open water. I was an active member of a triathlon club and walking the Lake District Wainwright summits. 

I know it's early days, 2 weeks post op, but I'm trying to look what I may be able to do in the future after I get the fir...

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What does this mean?

  • by R2D2
  • 2023-12-05 20:39:33
  • ICDs
  • 341 views
  • 7 comments

My test results said the therapy that was applied was 35J ×6, does that mean I was shocked 6 times??? I sure hope not! I sent a message to my doctor to ask him, no response yet. 

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I got shocked and now I'm scared

  • by R2D2
  • 2023-12-05 16:15:18
  • ICDs
  • 378 views
  • 4 comments

Yesterday, after feeling really good for over a month and having no issues, I was just resting with my feet up and started to drift off to sleep when I noticed my heart having an oddly irregular beat, rather fast and concerning. Before I could even think about it much, I blacked out. I don't know how long I was out, but it wasn't but maybe a few seconds. When I came to, it felt like a struggle; I immediately knew something strange happened and the area around my device was tight and p...

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Weird sensations in device area last few days

Hi. First time posting, thanks for letting me be a member of the group. I have a Medtronic ICD for nonsustained polymorphic VT and electrical storm in the setting of stress. Stable, taking flecainide and nadolol daily. Recent checkups and stress tests have been A-OK, and I have mostly forgotten the ICD is there. But, over the last 4-5 days, I am getting random tickles in the ICD area. Sometimes below the ICD, sometimes to the side, etc. These weird sensations only last 1/2 seco...

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Palpitations & unwell

Dear all, I want to share my current situation as I would appreciate your comments. I am 24 days post op a CRT-D and things were going well for a couple of weeks as I put in a previous post. Then I started suffering from high heart rates of 85-90 with palpitations which made me feel unwell. On the advice of my cardiologist by email, I went to my GP and she advised that I increase my bisoprolol to 7.5mg (and 8.75mg if the HR didn't drop). I stayed the same for a couple of days and this is...

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New CRT-D

Hi, I have just joined this community. The information on it is very helpful. I am a retired 66 male in the UK. I had a CRT-D installed 9 days ago. Initially the HR was set at 40 but yesterday they reset it to 55 due to being poorly for a week. I suffer from AF and low heart rates and some pauses. The longest pause was 6 seconds which although I wasn't aware of it, seems a scarcely long time. Since the adjustment to 55 yesterday, I had a couple of light headed moments both whilst sitting...

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Earthquake and ICD

Hi Everyone!

I got a ICD implanted 18 months ago, never got a schock. I am 53.

Recently I have been in the Alps and climbed the Montblanc without any incidence or ICD issue.

Before the climb I was of course following a somehow demanding training. No problems have arisen.

Two days after the summit I was riding a e-bike, doing 1/3 of the fatigue I did in previous days, having no symptoms of tachy, breathing normally and nevertheless I got a shock. My first...

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ICD Pain

I've had my ICD for 5 years now (after two years with a pacer); and I've been experiencing pain in the area of my icd. Does anyone else experience this?  I am also having problems with CAD with a 50% stenosis.  I've not been feeling great but this pain is really bothering me.  It feels like a sharp, cutting pain.  Please let me know if anyone experiences this!  Thanks so much!

 

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Life with an ICD

Hi - I recently experienced v-tach while practicing brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ). One of the outcomes from my visit to the ER is that I will need an ICD. In fact, it will be installed this Friday.

While trying to come to terms with how this is impacting my life, I found this site while searching for information about training BJJ with an ICD. Overall, this site seems super helpful and I'm happy to have a forum where I can connect with others. It's very isolating being 37 and being...

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Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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