Long stretch in swimming
It has been recommended that I get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) because tests show i have a mutation sometimes associated with "Brugada syndrome" but not actual Brugada syndrome.
("Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a genetic disorder in which the electrical activity within the heart is abnormal. It increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death.")
SWIMMING: I swim in a 25m pool at least 5 days a week usually for 60-80 minutes (between 1500-2500m) freestyle and a tiny bit of backstroke for warm up and warm down. Mostly it is robust sprints and distance (300's, 200's, and 100's, 50's and 25's) with a small pick up group of experienced swimmers.
Wondering about instances of ICD leads pulled out from the long stretch that the proper free style stroke is suppose to be.
If I can determine that I can return to full swimming within 2-4 months, and that the ICD will not transform me into a fragile delicate person who is afraid to move, then I will most likely get the ICD sooner than later as per Dr.s advice.
I was also wondering about possibility of a swimmer passing out from a defibrillator shock while swimming?
Would I need to now inform everyone, e.g lifegaurds, everywhere I go that I have an ICD?
Also how does swimming hard effect where they place it and how they adjust it to recognize fast rises in heart beat that comes from sprinting sets?
THANK-YOU IN ADVANCE for anything you see/respond with.
You know you're wired when...
You have a $50,000 chest.
I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.