ICD And Pace-Maker "I'm new to the Message Board"

Hello everyone, I am a female, I have a long standing history of heart disease on both sides of my family. My first heart attack was when I was thirty-two which left me with extensive heart damage. I have CHF, and recent diagnosis of COPD. I had a Pasemaker/defibrillator, 2 leads implanted on February 14, 2008 "on Valentines Day" I have tremendous pain in my arm and blood clots were discovered two weeks ago. Long story. I am pleased that I found this web site and message board and hope I can make a contribution to you all as well as gain some needed insight.

God bless all, DLESLIE



by randrews - 2008-12-09 03:12:38

I'm glad you found your way here. It's a great place for encouragement and information. Just talking and knowing I'm not alone is a great comfort for me. You will meet lots of new and great people here.

Welcome to the group

by joy1 - 2008-12-09 04:12:28

Hi DLeslie,
It is so weird. Your story is similar to mine. i was 32 when i had my heart attack which occurred on Valentine's Day in 1992. I also, suffered considerable damage to my heart. About 22% - 25% of my heart muscle died. It's up to 33% dead tissue now.

I experienced a cardiac arrest in 05' and had an ICD put in at that time. I have since had it removed but now have more damage to my heart and clotting of my peripheral veins. It DOES hurt alot; my sympathies. i don't have COPD but CHF, CAD, several different arrhythmia problems, and some other stuff.

So, see! Your in the right spot! Hopefully you will learn enough to help you deal with your problems, an ear to rant or cry to when things are overwhelming, and the sharing of your experiences to help others go through what they have to go through. Again welcome



by sculptor - 2008-12-09 05:12:07

Welcome to the club. Glad you found us - you'll find a lot of help and compassion here.

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