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My EF Is Still 30 And My Doctor Says I Need An Implantable Defibrillator. Survey..should I Get It?

My EF Is Still 30 And My Doctor Says I Need An Implantable Defibrillator. Survey..should I Get It?

I'm 70 years old, also have Anemia of Chronic Disease and severe sleep apnea. I know I have to make a decision. Just need some feedback.

over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Yes, get the ICD. Here is my story on them. ICD Story
Here is Tom's Truth about an ICD. The procedure has some risks, be sure you listen when they explain and ask questions. They do it in a twilight state with the area numb. You will not feel much except some pushing and pulling. They will take you under when they test the shock function. You really do not want to be awake. (I have been told recently that some doctors don’t do this test anymore.) They may put your arm in a sling for a few days and they may keep you overnight to prevent the leads from moving. The site will hurt for from a few days to maybe a week. (6-hour Tylenol and ice packs) You will always feel the unit under your skin particularly if you bump it. You will feel the unit pacing and controlling your heart, strange feeling beats. If you ever need a shock, it hurts but lasts only a second. Then your muscles feel it for a while. Getting a shock hurts, walking away is priceless. Unless you have a synchronization problem the ICD will really not improve your CHF, it is protection and some pacing. Find a smile :-)

over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Liveoak, yes pacing is a very small electric stimulus. So if my heart rate goes down to say 50's it will pace back up to 70 which Doc set it at for me. If i get a run of V tach HR may go to 130s very quick. Then unit will overpace and try to bring back to 70. If don't slow it down and hits 200 i will get the big shock.

LV assist is usually for a very stiff or weak Heart that cant strongly contract and pump blood out. So not everyone qualify for it. I don't now but maybe some day.

over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Jeff, glad info helps you with your research. The LV assist does require additional leadwire for total of three.

over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

the left ventricle assist device sounds like it's worth looking into .

over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I got 2 lead ICD. So its pacing and can administrator life saving shock if I go into V fib. My heart can go low to high beat (46-160+). The pacing is keeping it in better range 70's. I think my EF improve by Meds mainly Entresto and cardiac rehab.

over 1 year ago

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