just wondering if you guys received any prior warnings to getting shocked or if it was unexpected? in my experience i actually thought i was punched in the chest and had no idea what was going on until the 2nd shock, i had no warnings at all (other being out of breath and my heart being all over the place) but honestly for me that's pretty usual 



by Dave H - 2020-04-03 12:27:34

A while back, I asked my device nurse, "If my ICD fired, would I know it?"  She answered , "YOU BETCHA!!"


by Booster - 2020-04-03 14:53:48

No warning. If it can alarm when I’m to close to a magnet it should warn the shock first. The first time I was driving and thought I had been rear ended, then electrocuted, then dawned on me what it was. Next time I New what the “jolt” was, popped again 5 minutes later and that one took me to my knees. All of my shocks have been inappropriate (worst medical description ever) for afib hr over 230. 

prior to ICD shock

by islandgirl - 2020-04-04 09:29:50

I was recently shocked 4 times, and lost consciousness after the first shock.  Mine was appropriate, and it saved my life.  Since I am active, my EP was looking for a device that would actually alert you prior to a shock.  Medtronic had taken that feature off their devices when I received my ICD 3 1/2 years ago.  I wish they still had that option.  I had been having some arrhythmias and fluttering for a couple of months before, and had been getting 'paced out' of ventricular arrhythmias.  My meds doses were adjusted, new meds added, ICD adjustments were made, and I had to wait for the insurance to approve a cardiac MRI before my EP would do mapping and ablation. My EP continues to tell me I can expect another shock, as reasons for the shock and 2nd SCA are still unknown. 



by DMJ - 2020-04-20 01:01:11

I was shocked in three different times.  Once when I was doing yard work and I was feeling like I was over doing it.  The other two I really wasn't doing much, climbing stairs carrying a load of clothes and the other time moping.  It was thought my leads were not conducting correctly and they were taken out and a new PM with ICD put in, no problems since.  Yet, once you experience it there is a fear of it happening again.  No warning for me either.

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