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Mom's ICD...very concerned

Hello! My dear mother has a St.Jude ICD which was implanted in April, 07. ( I might add she is a tiny woman...barely 100 pounds) In July, she had to go back in because one of the leads had come loose. Now it appears as if something is sticking out...lead that was capped off...she calls it an "ice pick" because it is so very painful. Right now, even showering hurts her.

The suggestion now is to go back in and place the ICD under the muscle to give her relief. I guess I'm afraid to...

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pannic attack or heart prob ??

  • by Aztec
  • 2007-12-11 01:12:58
  • ICDs
  • 3742 views
  • 10 comments

hi all, iam 46yrs had cardiomyopthy all my life its been controled by meds inderal 60mgs a day, well my doc changed my meds lastyear to tropel 50mgs a day since then i had my first in 20yrs i started meds when i was 20 , panic attack or heart defib ? i got short of breath sweating real bad blacking out allmost while driving...so i tell my doc she says put in a defib ok its in now 3 months i get my attack again i get shocked at 188 BPM GO BACK TO THE DOCS THEY RAISE IT TO 200 BPM, with pacing at...

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Anxiety

I have had my ICD for about six years now (I had it implanted at 16 and am now 22), and have experienced some anxiety in the past but never as bad as on this past Friday evening. As many of you know, panic attacks are frightfully similar to heart-related episodes (so much so that I cannot tell the difference, and I've definitely had both), and so while it very well may have been my cardiomyopathy acting up, I'm skeptical because I don't believe my heartrate was elevated enough for me to get defi...

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What do you do?

Hello all! My name is Michael Schaap and I am new to this group. Actually, I think I posted a few times when I got my unit. Here's the question.... what do you do when your defib unit goes off? I am VERY CONFUSED as to what to do.

Last Wensday I had what I thougth was the flu. Came home with body aches, chills, shacking, sweating like crazy, you know the symtoms. Crawled into bed and fell asleep. Then what happened is I thought my defib unit fired. Heard the big BOOM and wok...

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Driving Restrictions

Just a general question about driving restrictions when zapped by an ICD. Over here in the UK it's a six month restriction and your required to surrender your licence. Is this the same in other countries or do the restrictions vary? I'm told they do but I don't know the detail. I'm currently on a 6 month restriction and was wondering whether this was universal. I have to say I really feel OK to drive and it's frustrating when your not allowed to. Using public transport is a whole new experience!...

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BOSE ENTETAINMENT CENTER

HI, I have a pacemaker/defibrillator, I want to purchase a Bose entetainment cd/dvd entetainment unit. Has anyone had a problem getting a rapid heart beat with this unit. I know it has happen to me a few time when I was at a wedding with very loud music. I don't play music loud, but would like to know if this could effect my pacemaker. Any info would be appreciated.

jbkeys

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is this normal ?

  • by Aztec
  • 2007-12-01 06:12:00
  • ICDs
  • 1084 views
  • 6 comments

hi there, Dose anyone know about this i have a icd inplanted for my cardiomyopthy and yesterday i got my first shock since i got it in june, well all of the sudden it was bang and a bright light and my ears were ringing no pain at all, oh yes i was having a episode before it went off i felt faint... i know its working but is the flash normal....

Thanks :")

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ICD testing

Does anyone know where I can get a defective ICD Interrogated independently?? Best to all Oh!! no its not still inside me...
papaknight

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Sprint Fidelis Leads

Hello all,
I'm sure many of you have read about the Sprint Fidelis Lead
(Models 6930, 6931, 6948, 6949) recalls. I myself have some leads implanted (6949), along witha Medtronic ICD. Luckily I have had no issues with them. I'm due for a checkup next week. .
I am bascially posting this message for people with these leads. I was just wondering for the people who have these leads implanted or know of people with them. Maybe contact me just to see what your status is with you...

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back from the doc

  • by dibs
  • 2007-11-14 07:11:04
  • ICDs
  • 1041 views
  • 6 comments

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...

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Backpack Blower use with ICD

Does andyone have experience in using a backpack yard blower with and ICD implant. I have a Stihl 420 backpack blower and would like to know if anyone has had experience with using such a tool.

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New ICD recipient

  • by dibs
  • 2007-11-11 10:11:47
  • ICDs
  • 1144 views
  • 4 comments

Hi all,
My name is Donnal. My Boyfriend who is 48 had a massive heart attack at 42- two arteries @ 90% blockage.
could only stent one and waited 4 years to stent the other.
He passed out about three months ago just after a stress test and the last stent. The Cardiologist recommended a ICD to be implanted immediately.
John is also quite bipolar and with the worries himself sick over the ICD. I need advice from your experiences with your device.
He is going this Tuesd...

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Removal of an ICD


Hi, I am new to this pacemaker club and hopefully some one can answer my question. My physician has informed me that effective Jan. 2008 he will remove my ICD.

Now the question can anyody give me information on the affects and problems once the ICD is removed?

Thanks, Barbara

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tightness and sensitivity

Hi I'm new to this but lately I have been having a tightness in my chest and around my defibrillator I have also been very sensitive in my chest even when I wear a t-shirt I have to pull it away from my chest to get relief ,my cardiologist said it is because I have had two different bypasses and that I have damaged nerves from surgery,I was just wondering if this is normal! I had my first bypass in 1991 and second in 1993 but didn't think should stil sensitive after 14 years!!

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st judes icd failure

Anyone out there have a problem with low impedence in their St Judes ICD?? Mine failed to shock but luckily I was in a hospital elevator and quick response aved me..most of me anyway. Still trying to sort out thew cause. Besat of luck to everyone.

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Epicardial Ablation

Hi,
My ICD was inserted in 2002 and have had ever increasing VT episodes since then 5 resulting in shocks. Had two previous ablations which had limited success (each reduced VT episodes for 6-9 months only). A third ablation in July this year failed and in fact increased the episodes to daily occurances.

Last Thursday in Barts Hospital London I had an Epicardial Ablation ( www.medscape.com/viewarticle/458545 ), has anyone any previous experience of this type of procedure?
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Sudden Increase in Heart Rate while Exercising

I posted a few days back about flushing and minor increase in heart rate. The Feedback was appreciated. No all of sudden after 2 months of cardio rehab at about the 2 mi mark of my 3 mile run/walk I will get pressure in my chest and my heart rate will go up to 106-110 for about 30 seconds and then come back to normal levels. I am going for a stress test on Monday, but has anyone else had this experience.

Dave

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Pain in Left Arm due to ICD Placement?

Hello, I am also new to this forum and hope this is not unusual but I am posting on behalf of my mother. I've been reading some of the other postings and am writing about my mother's nightmarish ordeal in hopes of getting some help for her. On top of other symptoms, she has an excruciation pain in her left arm and we think the ICD may be affecting the nerves in her arm. Is this possible and if so, what can we do about it?

My mother had a three lead ICD placed middle of July, 2007 s...

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medtronics icd shocking experience

Sorry this is so long, but need to vent. Posting this for my husband since he's in the hospital. Husband had a ICD implanted approx 1 year ago. Friday night he was working out of town and his ICD went off 39 times within 3 hours. He was taken by ambulance to a small local hospital and then transported to a larger hospital where a Medtronics rep came and turned it off. There was no indication that there was any cause for it firing. Husband overheard the cardiologist & rep talking that there...

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Periodic Flushing and Accelerated Heart

Hi There:

I have a dual chanber ICD had an ablation back in May and every month or so I expereince flushing and my herat will go from a reasting bpm of 60 to 85 and then within 2-3 minutes the flushing goes away first anf the heart slows don in 2 stages: Stage 1 around 75, Stage 3 around 65 and then a retrun to 60. ANYONE ELSE HAVE A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE?

Dave

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