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Guidant Issues Advisory on Early ICD Battery Depletion
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Steve Stiles



April 11, 2007 (St Paul, MN) - The Boston Scientific division Guidant is warning physicians and patients [1,2] that some models of its Vitality, Vitality 2, and Contak Renewal 3 and 4 lines of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) devices may require...

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VT, ARVD faulty lead?

Hello,
I am 56 years old and have been having episodes of VT over a number of years and 7 years ago I had an ICD implanted and prescribed Sotolol. I have tried Nebivolol and Flecanide but find Sotolol suits me best, however any more than 120 mg per day gives me a headaches and sleepless nights. I was diagnosed as having ARVC (ARVD in USA). Over the past 2.5 years the incidents of VT have increased considerably and I have had quite a number of shocks. In October 2005 I had ablation and was f...

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Data Storage

I have a question for those of you who have new models of pacemakers implanted. Does your model store data? In other words, can the doctor download all heartbeats since the last checkup and see any abnormal behavior by your heart? If so, this is an awesome feature that can help determine when problems hit. If not, it is a much needed feature by all PMs.

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PLEASE HELP

In July of 04 I was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, with a 15 - 20% ejection fraction. I also have CHF and COPD. I had my ICD implanted in February of 06. I felt like a whole new person at first. I received my first shock about 8 months ago so they raised me to 180 threshold. Again, I felt great. For the last 2 months I have been very tired, I never feel good and I get these sensations in my chest that feel like I am going to have an anxiety attack but they go away after a few...

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