My EP has scheduled me for a biopsy in mid November. My heart function and echo has changed since mid June, including additional thickening and stiffening and a change of movement in the septum wall. He spent 2 hours doing the echo, working with the tech and many times doing the imaging himself, having his med students write down areas to biopsy. What a difference with him doing it at the hospital, as when it is done in the office he will pop in and out between patients and look at the images. I saw him several weeks ago and he was explaining the importance of the biopsy. He has adjusted meds since the echo and spent a lot of time at my last appt. adjusting the pm settings on the ICD. I have become paced 100% in the RV, no block, and he is unsure why. I'm 100% paced in RA due to SSS. He mentioned amyloidosis. The nursing assistant called me last week to set it up and I will see the EP the week before. He says it's very important he try and figure out what is causing the cardiomyopathy. He said I need a LV lead but right now I don't meet the criteria due to my EF above 35%. He said the biopsy results may allow it. My battery was down to 6 months but with no therapies for VT for the last several months it is up to 11 months. He will also check for a possible lead fracture in the RV lead.
I'll keep you posted. Thanks for listening. I continue to work as a private plant and animal biologist, although it is a struggle. I push myself every day despite my exhaustion.