battery change and update
I went to my EP today and and my head is still spinning to find my battery is down to less than a month (looked at votage as well). Last week I had 3 months, a couple of weeks before that was 2 months, so bouncing all over the place.
I wil be upgraded to a CRTD from an ICD. He wanted to do it tomorrow or Friday, but due to the anticoagulants I take, it will be done next Thursday or Friday. It will be changed from Medtronic to St Jude/Abbott (that's who the hospital's contract is with). My current device has lasted 5.25 years.
I had over 600 events, and 2 atrial flutter events, 1 receiving therapy from the ICD in the past couple of weeks. He doesn't feel as though my vein will be able to handle another lead near my collar bone. He will also probably need to make a new pocket and reposition the device and also will clean up the original scar. Even though he secures the device to the muscle, the previous PM and now the ICD have moved laterally. He closed the pocket with the last device change, but it didn't work. He may have to move it to my right side....which I don't care. My ICD has been hurting and aching for a couple of years.
I hope that this new device helps my heart failure, gets rid of my swelling, fixes the dyssynchony in my heart, and allows me to not be so short of breath, exhausted, and generally feeling better.