Scared to have 11 YO Lead Removed
Was diagnosed with VT in 2005 SCD in the family brother had an MCI at 37 and Uncle at 44 both DOA. So, doctors decided to install a Guidant ICD device. A month later it was recalled. Four years later I had the Guidant device removed along with a bad lead in 2009 and then a new Medtronic device installed at Yale New Haven. Then Medtronic recalled the Sprint Fidelis 6949 which I have. Also a tech inadvertently programmed my device in early 2010 to not let my heart go below 100 BPM and it was almost 4 months before a tech discovered it when he asked me how i was feeling during device interrogation and I asked him why he was asking and he said because your heart has not gone below 100 since the last time your device was interrogated. I have never received a shock/therapy ever in the 15 years I have had these devices. I have had a negative experience with the hardware. My battery is now totally EOL I should have had it changed on early 2019. I am scared to have the Sprint Fidelis lead surgically removed sounds risky. I still have episodes on NSVT but no SVT. I am leaning towards having the device replaced and abandoning the bad lead and have them implant a new one. Wish me Luck.