Time frame

I've been living and traveling in my motorhome since I retired 4 years ago and sold my house. In May I had a heart attack while out West, got a couple of stents and went though cardiac rehab, lost a little more than 30 pounds and went to the gym twice everyday too. But my EF didn't improve enough, I need an ICD. So I'm back in my hometown to be near family and for help after implantation.

My new cardiologist has confirmed my need and sent me to a different department, heart rhythm specialist/ED and I'm trying to get my first appointment, almost a month from now, moved up. 
What is a normal time frame from meeting with the ED the first time and then actually getting the ICD procedure done? 
I'm trying to figure out how long I'll need to stay here and when I can get back on the road. I have a small house being built and had hoped to be back out west by early November.

Thanks!


6 Comments

Time Frame

by benedeni - 2022-09-14 18:38:12

Pretty sure the time you wait will be mostly based on urgency.  In my case, I saw my pcp on a Wednesday.  He did an EKG and found my heart block.  Called the EP and I saw him on Thursday.  Friday morning I had my pacemaker.  My heart rate was in the 20's so guess I was considered somewhat of a priority.  You'll find out more when you get in to see your EP.. I know it's hard to be patient as you obviously need a device and you have fun plans you want to get going with but hang in there.  Sometimes the process takes time and it's all so terribly important.  Best of luck to you!

ICD

by AgentX86 - 2022-09-14 19:04:38

If you got an appointment to see an EP in a month, you're more than half way home.  After that, it's a matter of urgency and cath lab availability.  Depending on the hospital, I'd guess a couple of weeks.  If it's urgent, 12-72 hours. 

It was decided that needed an PM on a Friday and got it on a Monday, only because a weekend got in the way. I'd already been seeing an EP for a couple of years but that only got him into my hospital room the week before and an event monitor on the way out.

You should be in good shape by November but if you're the one doing the driving, particularly a big bus, you're going to have real trouble.  I'd think about flying and renting.  If you have another driver, you should be fine. 

You need to have an EP on board "out west" ASAP so there is no long wait to see him.

normal time frame.... actually getting the ICD procedure done

by Persephone - 2022-09-14 19:21:12

You've got the right attitude, Janet, in my opinion. Keep your eyes on the prize, and congrats on your achievements. I didn't get an ICD, just a PM, but moving up your appt if possible seems like a good move. Document, document, document and research, research, research, including whatever new meds you may be prescribed - but you probably know all that already :) Wishing you good fortunes.

Time

by Good Dog - 2022-09-15 08:22:25

Congrat's on being so prepared and on top of all of this. You should be able to get it all accomplished very quickly if you push for it. Actually, you need to get your Doc's to push. In my case, I was admitted on Sunday night after watching the 4 pm NFL playoff game while in complete heart block. I had my pacemaker implanted the next morning.

You will be in our thoughts. so please post again when it is all over to give us the details. Then, you can get on with your life which sounds very interesting! It must be exciting to get a new home!

Sincerely,

Dave

Earlier appointment

by Janet Sullivan - 2022-09-17 21:22:37

I have seen the EP doctor, got lucky and saw him two days later! 
im scheduled for a left sided single chamber defibrillator implant on 10/19. Gotta get a MRI in a couple of weeks, meet with the nurse practitioner and get lab work a few days later. Then they might be able to get my date moved, but at least now I have a date.

They said I can drive when I feel confident enough to. So I'll take it as it comes. Gives me more time at the gym and to get back to my optimum weight too. 

Thanks All!

Update

by Persephone - 2022-09-18 18:11:28

Excellent - best wishes and may the wind always be at your back!

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