ICD shock

Has anyone here had an actual icd shock? If so will you please describe your experience?  Like where you were or what you were doing, how long did it last, was it painfull? Anything.


pacers don't shock

by Tracey_E - 2021-01-27 14:20:51

Only an icd can deliver a shock. A pacer can only pace. 

My Reply

by Alli - 2021-01-27 16:50:56

Then AgentX had lied to me. He said that an icd and a pm were the same thing.. Can i edit my question? Let me see.....btw i have an icd.

Thank you Tracey!

by Alli - 2021-01-27 17:08:38

Thank you Tracey for that correction. I must say you are one of the nicer ones. Smiles.


by Tracey_E - 2021-01-27 18:14:02

All icd's come with pacers built in.

Not all pacers are icd's. 

icd shock

by islandgirl - 2021-01-27 21:54:25

Don't dwell on getting shocked.  As time goes by, you will become more comfortable.  I went 3 years without a shock.  Yes it hurts, but it's quick.  It catches you off guard.  My anxiety includes knowing the reason for my shock was I was in a lethal ventricular arrhythmia.  Live your life and know you are protected if you need it.  Some people never get shocked with their ICD.  When you see your EP, the report will show any arrhythmias you may have experienced.  


by Alli - 2021-01-28 08:00:46

How do you get more comfy with a device in your chest? It feels like a stone to me. I hope and pray i am one of the lucky ones who never gets a shock. I never had anxiety in all my life so i don't know what it is like. But anyway thanks for your reply.

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by Alli - 2021-01-29 12:21:26

Please forgive me everyone for my arrogence! I know i still have lots to figure out.

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