Most Recent Messages in ICDs

Using ATP option in ICD

  • by mrag
  • 2009-02-07 02:02:03
  • ICDs
  • 1228 views
  • 2 comments

This board had an article dated in 2004: "Pacing can replace shock to restore heart rhythm." There were 10 comments, but I can't figure out how to access them.

Basically though, there is an optional setting (on my Guidant ICD anyway) called ATP for AntiTacycardiaPacing. If the ICD detects a bad rhythm, it will FIRST try to speed up the heart to get back into a normal rhythm BEFORE deciding to issue a shock. In a number of cases, a shock is avoided.

My ATP function is set to...

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Ventricular Ablation Arrhythmias

  • by mrag
  • 2009-02-01 04:02:46
  • ICDs
  • 1518 views
  • 2 comments

Have an ICD that has now fired eight times over the last two years. Was on amiodarone, then toprol then sotalol, now after most recent three shocks (one on Jan 7, two on Jan 10 that also required two cardio versions and a week in ICU) am back on amiodarone and toprol. As doctors don't seem to like amiodarone (at least long term) and I don't like shocks, we are now considering a ventricular ablation cathertization.

I've seen all sorts of posts on atrial ablations, but want to know abou...

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Medtronic ICD

Hello:

I have a Medtronic ICD- installed on October 1, 2007--it was a four hour ordeal. I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, V-TACH and AFIB on July 10, 2007- ICD was implanted on October 1, 2007. I was 46 years old- I am now 48.
So..it's been about a year and 1/2. They think I've had this bad heart for most of my life, but no one caught the symptoms.

Anyway, I am still not sure what to make of this whole situation.
I never know if I am o.k.---or just...

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Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

Hello
My husband has had his ICD with three leads put in 3 mths ago and was shocked for the first time New years Eve Morning while he was in the shower. He is having a hard time changing his whole life and wanted the ICD removed. He felt that he did not really need it and they should have tried other ways first. His question to all of you is why did you need to get a difibrillator? can any one encourage him and does it get better? He is having to change his life, drinking, smoking, and now...

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Newness and questions on Fluid Retention

This site is wonderful. I have felt so lost and almost desperate at times trying to understand everything. I suffered Sudden Cardiac Death on 12-31 around 4:30am. My husband heard my last breath and with his CPR until the Paramedics arrived they were able to revive me. fter two days on a ventilator seven days later I had an ICD put in. I still am very sore and not quite me yet and wondering how long until I really feel better. Still can't lay flat to sleep and don't know why but at least I...

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ICD support group

Hey, I just read about somebody who started an ICD support group in Houston for any of you that are interested. The web address is http://icdzap.com.

You can also read his story on http://heartdisease.about.com/library/community/bljim-houston.htm

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Tattoos and ICD's

Hello-

I have never had a tattoo before but after everything that I have been through with my heart this past year I am wanting to get one.
I would like to have it on my shoulder but was concerned about if the vibration or magnets would be a problem with the ICD. So my lower back is another option. I did search through the previous posts but most them dealt with PM's.

Any info would be great and I do have a call into my Dr as well to get his input.

Thank...

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Update to when amiodarone fails

Hi everyone...Ok they added mexiletine to Bobs amiodarone and it made him deathly sick, woosy, confused. So that has been stopped. Friday he is going to have a doppler echo to see if he is a candidate for the third lead on his ICD. As of now he is on 400mg of amio a day and no more shocks, knock wood, but we don't know how long he can continue the 400 mg daily, amio is toxic in some people. Thats where we are at right now. He is feeling better, mexiletine did a number on him....Marilu

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do i really need it????

OK..im 21 i have genetic long qt"s type 1 and recently went to my doctor cause of some pain i was having thinking my icd was just pacing extra hard,and my nurse told me the icd is just sitting there....sitting there? i mean im not anxious for a shock or anything but she then explained to me that i will not receive pacing until my heart rate goes up to 100 and that i will not get socked until it goes up to 200 and the usual they say and as it monitors goes only up to 80-90 when im walking althou...

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Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

  • by Leora
  • 2009-01-19 09:01:04
  • ICDs
  • 1261 views
  • 1 comments

Does anyone else out there have this particular heart disease? I know very little about it and was diagnosed with it a little under 2 years ago. I learn bits and pieces of information here and there, but am curious to know more. I have found out that it is 'supposedly' from the Asia side of our family and genetic. Any information would be most helpful.

Thanks!!

Leora

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Phantom Shocks

Hello everyone, I have had my ICD for 8 mths now...the first week home I had this shock that made my whole body jerk, but when I went to the dr he said it was nothing...months went by where I would get these mini zaps but no one gives me a straight answer. I get them very consistently and very often. They are not the real deal because they don't knock me out they just cause me to let out a loud sigh/yell. But it is mild enough to call a zap- not a shok...does anyone else ever feel this way? A...

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when amiodarone fails

Thanks everyone for your replys. My husbands problem is not atrial but ventricular and he goes into V-fib. He has tried tikosen in the past without success. Plus a number of other rhythm drugs and none worked like amio. The problem now is, it is taking more and more amio to keep the V-fib under control. And as we all know amiodarone can be a dangerous drug...I have faith in his EP but I also know that we are getting close to the end of the drug list. He has another appointment on the 20th...hop...

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when amiodarone fails

My husband has had a ICD since 2003. He has been on amiodarone off and on since then. He tried other rhythm drugs like sotalol, dronedarone, mexiletine, without success.. At present he is on 200 mg of amio and 200 mg of mexiletine daily. The mexiletine makes him unbalanced. His ICD continues to shock him on a regular basis, weekly. Which makes his life miserable. Now they want to increase the amio again to 600mg a day. I worry because amio can be a dangerous drug, he already has neurological pro...

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ICD Interference?

Does anyone know whether radio activated dog training collars, such as the ones sold by Innotek , which operate between 2112 and 219 MHz, can have any negative affect on my Medtronics ICD. I just had it implanted December 5 and I'm still pretty paranoid about it.

Thanks,

Phil

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CRT-D

Hi, I am relatively new to the blog and I would like to say it has been very helpful to me. I was wondering if anyone else has a 3 lead? I just had my St. Jude ICD/PM 2 lead replaced yesterday with a 3 lead, due to my low EF and V-Fib. The new model will sense when my upper chamber is pacing, sending a signal to the bottom chamber so my heartbeats will be synchronized. I am very hopeful I will see a positive change in energy etc.

Bruce

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hurting shoulder

hi, had my icd a few months now all was well until lately i have an aching pain in my shoulder is this normal?

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An ICD Crossroads

In 2000, at the age of 34, my doctor here in L.A. noticed a strange heart rhythm. After many tests, a cardiologist suggested that I MIGHT have something called Brugada syndrome, a sudden death disease, even though I was asymptomatic. The abnormal rhythm was caused by a drug I was taking at the time, but the culmination of these factors led them to suggest an ICD implant, which I had. In 2007, I had the unit replaced and over the years, both devices never delivered any therapy whatsoever.

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ICD issue

I had my ICD implanted on October 23rd, have felt OK for a while, but have had some days where I don't feel well. Especially since returning to work this month, some things are starting to become a daily occurrence.

I have times where I get very light headed and it feels like the bottom has dropped out on my BP. It usually lasts a couple of minutes, but then I feel like yuk for about an hour.

Also more recently I have more SOB when climbing stairs or with mild exertion t...

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ICD And Pace-Maker "I'm new to the Message Board"

Hello everyone, I am a female, I have a long standing history of heart disease on both sides of my family. My first heart attack was when I was thirty-two which left me with extensive heart damage. I have CHF, and recent diagnosis of COPD. I had a Pasemaker/defibrillator, 2 leads implanted on February 14, 2008 "on Valentines Day" I have tremendous pain in my arm and blood clots were discovered two weeks ago. Long story. I am pleased that I found this web site and message board and hope I can mak...

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Breathlessness

  • by Ajay
  • 2008-12-06 01:12:53
  • ICDs
  • 2581 views
  • 5 comments

Hi,

I got a ICD + PAcemaker (Combo) device 2 months back. Everything went well for the initial 2 weeks and slowly i developed loss of breath. I had discussions with my doctor and per his advise my medicine for pumping the heart and for BP ( Medicine Cardace) was increased to 2.5 mg BD. It helped me initially with no episodes of breathlessness but again I am developing the same problem. My doctor advises taking Lasix during these episodes however I need advise from all who have got thi...

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