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I got the expected ICD and maybe a heart transplant listing

After a cardiac arrest (luckily in hospital on a heart monitor with a cardiac nurse present) on 7th September (VT requiring 1 shock), I got my ICD (VVI) on 16th September, and after a pocket haematoma was sorted with compression, I came home yesterday (17th).

The two hospitals involved (Great Western at Swindon, and Queen Elizabeth at Birmingham) conferred and transferred me from Swindon to Birmingham so that my heart transplant assessment could go ahead as scheduled (before the ICD was...

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Possibly joining the ICD club

Well, this has been an exciting week. 

Last Thursday the heart transplant team at Birmingham rang with the news that they were restarting detailed assessments, but as two long outpatient days rather than three inpatient days. They hope to assess me next week subject to a review of a recent lung function test which showed my lungs operating at 75% of normal - not great when you add it to their July assessment of my kidneys at 33% of normal, so I already wouldn't be surprised if...

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Meditronic MyCareLink

  • by Choco
  • 2021-08-11 11:37:31
  • ICDs
  • 198 views
  • 6 comments

My Carelink monitor has been unplugged, no power,  for about six months -  got accidentally switched off and I didn't notice.

Today the hospital called, they'd tried to get a reading but of course couldn't.

So I plugged the monitor in and it's connected but it seems the reader isn't working. I get error message 3230 and none of the three display lights on the reader is working.

aDoes this mean the reader battery is totally flat?  Will...

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ICD discharge

Here I am back again.  It's been a while but my ICD discharged on me again on 7/19/21.  I'm feeling that PTSD again, every time my heart flutters, is it going to go off again.  I thought after the shock storm in Sept 2018 I thought a single discharge wouldn't affect me this much, but it has.  And the doctors are no help.  The electrophysiologist increased my Amiodarone with the comment "We can't have this keep going off like this".  Obvi...

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LBBB PACING

Just was made aware of LBBB Pacing which is a new technique. Just wondered how it differs from HIS bundle pacing and if it involes a third wire. 

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Upgrade to CRT-D tomorrow!

Another update to y'all,

I am trying to write all this down in posts to keep those curious up to date and also in hopes that if anyone ever goes through the same process I have they can have some expieriences to reference.

We are now just waiting for my insurance to approve my "transplant assessment". Which at this point is more of a formality than it is about getting the tests (most of them I have already had done).  Goal is to get me listed in the next 4-6 wee...

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pain

My dif/pacer started beeping a week ago and I went in this past thursday for them to turn the beeping off. I did not even realize it was me that was beeping until they called and told me. I have to have a battery change in a couple of weeks but my questions is that tonight I had a pain where my device is and it rain down my left arm. It was a sharp and tingling pain and it stayed around for a few minutes. Is that normal after they turn the beeping off.

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Beta blocker

I was put on a pacemaker three days ago. The same day that it was put in my heart rate went up so high they decided to put me on a beta blocker. Now my heart rate is lowered so much that it's constantly kicking in my pacemaker. I'm not feeling good with it and wondered if anyone else had problems with beta blockers and how to get them adjusted. It's making me foggy in the brain along with this morning I had to episodes where I stopped breathing and woke up gasping for air. I&...

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Possible replacement of PM with ICD

Hi 

I've had a PM, for second degree heart block, since October 2018 with no issues.  Last week my cardiologist's secretary phoned and said the cardiologist wants to see me - This appointment is tomorrow.

It seems my PM picked up an episode of ventricular tachycardia [VT].  I don't know how long the episode lasted or if there was more than one.  I was unaware of any episode. 

My general practictioner advised me that the cardiologist most...

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Upgrading my PM to ICD on 3/19

My EP and Cardiologists discussed my case after the cardiac MRI (which was normal) and decided to put an ICD and extract out a lead couple of days from now.I am 46 years old, male living in Dallas TX and had my dual lead Medtronic PM for 6.5 years which I got due to Atrial flutter plus bradycardia back in 2014. Couple of vtac episdoes over 30 secs sealed the decision in favour of an ICD.I did not feel any symptoms during those episdoes. My last months echo showed a drop of EF to 45% but...

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Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Hi!

Has anyone got cardiac sarcoidisis and is fitted with an ICD? I'm due to get one and was researching a bit online and saw that in some studies they state that patients with CS and ICD's are at high risk for ventricular arhythmias and of inappropriate shocks and device complications..

Is that true from your experience?

thanks for any input on this

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Ventricular Tachycardia

I had my medtronic PM for more than 6 years and no issues so far.Sometime when I send my transmission they used to tell me about an episdoe of A-fib for few seconds or mins but my EP said he doesnt see the need to put me on blood thinners. During my last check up they noticed a ventricular tachycardia rythm and he ordered an ECHO and MRI. The echo showed my EF dropped to 45% and MRI is scheduled mid-March. He also mentioned that they could replace my PM to an ICD to manage these rythms. Just...

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terrible experience with My ICD , Want to take it off !!

i`m a 28 years old male from india. i had my single chamber ICD implanted almost 1 year ago. reason was i had a sudden cardiac arrest when i was sick due to a food poisoning. didn`t have any isuues before even when i had "dengue fever". My EP didn`t really force me to go for an ICD immediately. He asked me i can get a one if i want .but i had no idea what so ever about ICDs and cardiac arrests. so i got my device implanted exactly after 1 month of the incident. My experience ha...

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defibrillator/pacemaker

I'll be getting a defibrillator soon. Can a person get a defibrillator AND a pacemaker?

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Icd causing palpitations?

I had my second ICD change last year.

I just feel as though since it has happened I've just had problems with it since.

My second ICD was so good it lasted nearly 7 years and I had no problems at all.

Anyway.  Since having it changed I was really ill. And they couldn't figure out if it could be Covid or an actual infection from the ICD.

Then after a couple of months later my ICD started beeping randomly in the morning.  I had to get it checked and the...

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Pacemaker to Defib upgrade

Hello. I am a 44 year old male who has a Medtronic Dual Chamber pacemaker for complete heart block.  I have 12 months left of battery and have been told that I need to have it upgraded to a Defibrlator in the near future.

Can anyone who has also had this done give me any advice on the procedure and living with a Defib compared to a Pacemaker.  

Thanks in advance

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Possibility of change from pacemaker to icd

On October 19th of this year i had a Medtronic azure pacemaker implanted.   This past Friday after i woke up I had a v tach episode.   My pacemaker captured it at 205 for 15 minutes.   I am not at the hospital waiting.  Echocardiogram tomorrow and not sure what other tests.   My EP Dr is talking of replacing my current pacemaker with an icd.  If surgery can not be done soon He is also saying i will be given a Lifevest until surgery.  They...

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PM replacement with ICD

Hello expert friends,

I've had a PM for bradycardia and complete heart block for three years and learned this week that I have a mutation known to cause PRKAG2, a rare cardiac glycogen storage disease that in some respects mimics hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (indeed, I have a thickened septum). With this diagnosis, my doctor is urging me to have my PM extracted and replaced with an ICD, as PRKAG2 is associated with sudden cardiac death (probability unknown, as there are simply n...

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Propranolol & Home Monitor

Hi everyone!

I had an ICD checkup yesterday, and I have a couple questions for you all!

I have Arrhythmogenic Mitral Valve Prolapse (SCA Dec. 2018).

When they interrogated my device, they discovered that I had an episode (arrhythmia) back in September where my ICD started to charge but it was aborted. I've never had a shock before. My EP is concerned about this episode, so she wants to change my medication from Bisoprolol to Propranolol (because it deals better...

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BiV ICD“flickering”

Hello, this is my first post, and I am so glad to have found this group!

I had an Abbott (formerly St Jude Medical) BiV ICD implanted Nov 12, 2020, due to dilated cardiomyopathy and LBBB. While I feel significantly better than I did before implantation, I do have what I call a "flicker" feeling intermittently - it feels somewhat like a tic feels in your eyelid. No pain, but it is noticeable. 
Is this normal, or should I advise my EP? My next appointment is Dec 17th.<...

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