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ICD Experiences And Ejection Fraction Question

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Hi everyone - For those of you with implanted defibrillator, would you mind sharing what your ejection fraction was when you had the procedure done? I was diagnosed with CHF in March (with ef of 24) I was in the hospital for 15 days and on a ton of meds but feeling good. I had echo done again and my ef has improved to 37. I have no symptoms other than being light headed now and then from meds (my bp was normal to start and can go low on the mes). I have been very much wanting to avoid the ICD and thought 37 might be enough to not move forward with it at least at this time. My cardiologist is still encouraging me strongly to get it though.

I only had 1 rhythm issue when I was at my sickest in the hospital but know the weakened heart makes dangerous (potentially fatal) rhythms more likely though and the ICD is a safety net. I don't want to go on too long but I have a lot of reasons to not want one but I also don't want to be reckless.

If anyone is wiling, would love to hear the good and the bad with your ICD experiences along with your EF when you had it done. Thank you so much

posted July 14, 2022 (edited)
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A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I have had 2 with defibrillator. There were some problems with the Dr but saved my life 3 times, always in my sleep. Have you asked your Dr to be specific and detailed? If he won't time for a second opinion!

posted September 14, 2022
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

My EF was 12 when I got mine. I had been very sick and so weak. The procedure to implant the device wae simple and relatively painless. I felt better immediately. It's been over 8 years now and I have nothing bad to say. When I get out of breath I recover very quickly. I named my device Agadore and am glad to hear him aboard. Hope this helps you in some way. 🤠

posted July 15, 2022

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