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My Story (Kinda long)

I had a pacemaker/defib inserted back in 2003. This past December, after receiving the famous Medtronic Recall notice, I visited with my doctor concerning the recall. The office read my pacemaker and there is a particular code that it reads (not sure what it was) and they are looking for a reading greater than 1,200 to indicate that there is a fracture in the lead. Mine was sitting at a little over 400 so I was ok.

On New Years day, just walking across the living room, my defibrill...

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Painful?

  • by ML
  • 2008-02-18 11:02:39
  • ICDs
  • 1165 views
  • 2 comments

I have A-Fib and continue to have frequent episodes of PVC's and I have read that they can lead to vtac. I know at one point my cardiologist brought up the possibility of a ICD. I already have a single lead pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome that does nothing for the A-Fib and PVC's and struggle with this at 41 years old. D/t my age and sensitivity/reactions to many meds, they have maxed on what can be done with them. I am on Flecainide, Verapamil and Fosinopril. For those of you that do have th...

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My Mother's Bloating...?

Hello!

My mother had a pacemaker/ICD implanted last summer, around late July/early August. Her heart has been fine ever since. No pain or complications - period.

However, lately, she's been experiencing some gas/bloating in her upper abdominal area. She's been to the emergency room, her cardiologist/specialist and our regular doctor. They ran about every test you can think of (x-ray, upper GI, ultra-sound, blood work, etc.). Her heart and pacemaker are working perfectl...

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Do i need Defibrillator??

  • by mohan
  • 2008-01-31 12:01:25
  • ICDs
  • 1522 views
  • 22 comments

Hello All,

I got a cardiac arrest 3 year back at the age of 25 and doctors have implanted Defibrillator in my chest. They said the haven't found any reason for the cardiac arrest. Till now they havent found any probelms or shocks or any other irregualar heart rythms after that in this 3 years span. I know it is always good if we have Defibrillator for secured life after the cardiac arrest. But iam not intrested this electronic device in my chest. And also iam playing sports...

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Back Home

Hi Friends,

Thanks for the support, especially those that read and commented to my previous comment. I am back at home with my new Medtronic Maximo ICD that shoul keep me company for the next 8 years, if we take care of each other.

All happened between 10:30 and 12:30 this morning and two hours after I am here sharing my experience with you. My Super Cardiologist also found time to improve the scar I had for the last 18 years and opened 4 times, I am really glad for that.<...

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Tomorrow is the day

Hi Friends,

Tomorrow I am having my ICD changed after 5 years and had been told that the new one will give me between 8 to 10 years, (obviously depend)

Actauly now I am looking forward to go through it and go on with my life as I did after each change, This is going to be my second ICD after three pacers.

Keep pacing.

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What to expect

Hello All,
I am a 43 year old female and was dx w/ Cardiomyopathy
3 years ago. My latest EF was 33-36% and had been feeling great until about 2 weeks ago (SOB and tired). Cardiologist said it was time for the ICD and I am scheduled to have surgery on 2/15.

I am very nervous about what things I can and can not be around and if I get too close to something what is going to happen. I have heard that when it "goes off" it can feel like someone kicked you in the chest. Any...

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Decision not to get pacemaker replaced

Are we allowed to make the decision not to get our pacemakers replaced when the batter wears out? I was asked this by a friend and did not know the answer.

Regardless of the consiquenses, do we have the right just to let it run out of battery and let nature take it's course?

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i have the sprint lead 6949

i am 21 years old and i have the recalled lead 6949 i had an alarm put on it but when they did it i could not hear the alarm. i am worried about it going off and not hearing it. every day i stress about it fracturing and i dont know what to do about it i am only 21 i dont need this stress everyday what can i do abou this recall.

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OptiVol Fluid Monitoring

Howdy,

I found out during my last visit to my EP that my ICD has a feature, described below, that monitors the build-up of fluids in the thoracic cavity that is apparently caused by overindulging on liquids & high salt intake from food.

My doctor showed me a chart and asked what I was doing around New Year's and the week before in general. I told him I was celebrating the holidays like lots of people do here in the US and he replied that everyone "cheats" on their diets at...

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medtronic lead recall/sprint fidelis

ICD Friends,

Since medtronic lead recall lately, I've been just waiting here patiently hoping that the alarm won't sound; Otherwise it's also hoping that the lead will not act up and fracture. It's all so stupid, we're so scared and because I've already had a lead replacement last year it's like "what now?" I'm numbed. Also, everytime you hear something sounds akin to the "beep" of the alert, you cringe in fear....what sort of life is this?
Anyone out there in the same predicamen...

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Life Insursnace

Hi there, I want to wish a healthier 2008 to all of us and families from (not so today) sunny Malta.

I have a question regarding Life Insurance. I have had an ICD for the last 5 years now and this had followed two pacemakers that i had for the previous 13 years. My problem is that I need to make a life insurnace but could not find an insurer that could help me. Anyone knows of an insurance company that cater for us?

looking forwrad for a positive answer.

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exercise

  • by bob
  • 2007-12-20 01:12:41
  • ICDs
  • 1526 views
  • 6 comments

i am four weeks post-implant; was a consistent exerciser before, in otherwise good health. my doctor can't give any helpful guidance on limits of what/how vigrorous upper body workouts might cause problems with the implant and its placement. i'd like to return to pushups, pullups, exercises involving overhead pulleys, and so on. but i don't want to do anything that might cause the implant to shift or be damaged or pull the leads. (obviosly i know to avoid direct impact to the site itself). do an...

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New Pacemaker

Hi,
I just received a new pacemaker, and I have some questions. Anyone care to chat?

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Running with ICD

I've started to get back into running, but I find when I go from a fast walk to a slow run that although my heart rate stays the same I get a sensation that feels like my heart is being paced - the heart does not feel normal. Any suggestions on what might be happening?

Thanks
cmgdavid

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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
  • 3931 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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