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Old 11-26-2004, 09:51 PM   #1
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Heart Defibullator

I am having a defibullator put in this coming Tuesday. A bit nervous about it, but my only hope at this point. Has anyone had this procedure?

 
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Old 11-26-2004, 11:52 PM   #2
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Re: Heart Defibullator

What condition do you have? I tried looking up your other posts but couldn't find any specifics. Someone might be able to give you better info, if we know bit more about your specific case . Wishing you the best in your surgery, regardless.
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Old 11-27-2004, 06:50 PM   #3
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Thank you Kitten for your reply. I have Congestive Heart Failure Stage 3. My EF is 28.

 
Old 11-28-2004, 03:02 AM   #4
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Re: Heart Defibullator

I have had a defibrillator implanted twice - the second time as a replacement for the first when the battery ran too low after 6 years. !997 and 2003 to be precise. It is a straight forward procedure with low risk factors. Infection is the major worry I think. The time taken for the procedure would be variable because of the placement of leads in the right ventrical and testing the device. Maybe 1 -1.5 hours.The second implant took only 30 minutes for me because the leads were not replaced and it was done with sedation and local anaesthetic. The insertion wound is only a couple of inches long, maybe slightly more, and heals up with just a simple scar. There is not much post-op pain, and the implant presents no difficult-to-live-with problems except you may not be able to drive for a certain period and will have to keep yourself away from dangerous situations., like painting the roof or rock fishing !! Good luck.
Barry

 
Old 11-28-2004, 09:38 AM   #5
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Thank You Barry for all the Helpful Information. It always helps to hear experiences other than from the doctor. Thanks Again, Larry

 
Old 11-28-2004, 09:57 AM   #6
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Hi Larry,

I would like to add that after your defibrillator procedure, please follow these suggestions. This is what I was told after my ICD implant:

-- Do not lift your left arm over your head for 6 weeks -- very important.
-- Do not lift anything over 10lbs with your left arm for at least 6 weeks. (the less weight the better)
-- Be careful not to pull anything heavy too.
These are so that you do not pull any of the leads out of your heart chambers. Please favor your left arm for a while.

-- Do NOT keep your cell phone near your heart (for instance, do not store your cell phone in your shirt pocket).

-- Do not talk on your cell phone using your left ear, only your right ear.
-- Do not stand close to microwaves.
-- Do not walk through those security devices used in airports or court buildings. And so not let the security personal use the hand-held wand on you either.
Show them your defibrillator card or ICD card when you get near them and tell them you cannot walk through the security devices.
This is to protect you from magnetic fields.

Hope this helps. I wish you the best of luck.

Eileen

 
Old 11-28-2004, 10:11 AM   #7
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Eileen, Thank You so much for the advise. Hopefully, they will tell me some of this stuff before leaving the hospital. What would happen if you do walk thru a metal detector? Like the ones used at department stores. Again Thank You for Your Most Welcome Advise. Larry

 
Old 11-28-2004, 07:46 PM   #8
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Hi Larry,

Here is what will most likely take place..... After the procedure, while you are still in the hospital, a representative from the manufacturer of your defibrillator will advise you on all of the necessary information and answer your questions. They should also give you a temporary defibrillator card or ICD card (until you can receive a personalized one through the mail) and give you a booklet that tells about the device and other information.

The reason why you never want to go through those metal detector/security system devices that are used in airports and court buildings is because they have a very strong magnetic field that can interfere with your ICD or defibrillator. Those metal detector security devices can cause the defibrillator to either turn off or shock the person.
However, once the person has walked through the security system, and is out of the magnetic field, the defibrillator will turn itself back on.

As far as the security system devices that are used in department stores and grocery stores, you can walk through those, BUT do not linger around them. Walk quickly through them and everything will be okay.

Please remember, do not raise your left arm over your head for 6 weeks. And do not pick up anything or pull anything heavy for 6 weeks. Time is needed for tissue to form around the leads that were placed in the heart chambers, so that they will not pop out of the chambers.

I wish you the very best, all will go well.
Hugs -- Eileen

 
Old 11-28-2004, 07:59 PM   #9
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Thank You Eileen for all of the information and especially the Hugs. I am very positive that all will go well and I thank you for your good wishes. I will let you know later in the week. Larry

 
Old 11-28-2004, 10:41 PM   #10
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Pleased to be able to help Larry.
All The Best,
Barry

 
Old 11-28-2004, 10:46 PM   #11
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Re: Heart Defibullator

Barry Thank You for your kind words and help. Larry

 
Old 11-29-2004, 12:57 AM   #12
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Re: Heart Defibullator

hi there my great grandmother has had one of these in for about 2 years, they are called PACEMAKERS over here in australia), because she was fainting all the time and short of breath, the only worry she had was with the surgery until she went through it and saw it was pretty straight forward.

The inscision area was a little bit uncomfortable and a bit sore she said until it heals completely.

She is not aware of it at all.....no pain or anything if it goes to work on here....also your doctor will have to adjust the rate on which it works with a magnet, you will also need a follow up with your gp or specialist after 6 yrs for a new battery for it.

You will have to stay away from anything with a strong magnetic field, also do not keep your mobile phone (if you have one) on your chest, put it on your belt or in you pants pocket.

Hope this helps and best wishes......your surgery WILL go well.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 03:10 PM   #13
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Re: Heart Defibullator

My surgery went Very Well. Defibullator working perfectly. Just a bit sore, but otherwise fine. Thanks to everyone who responded to this post. Take Care and Happy Holidays!!!

 
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