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posted on May, 22 2014 @ 01:56 PM
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A minor victory occurred today! We went to London for a ICD check up/scan/ tune up, expecting more bad news and I was kind of down this morning.

You should have seen my face when I was told I could drive again:-)
No Highways/Freeways but heck I am able to cruise the city for chicks! LOL

I know its trivial stuff but my ego really really needed this little kick in the ass.

Regards, Iwinder



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posted on May, 28 2014 @ 04:37 PM
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originally posted by: Iwinder
a reply to: Pardon?
Hi Pardon, If you every read this we have another question for you.
It is apparent that the clock in my device is off and needs resetting, at the moment it is fast by 1hour 20 minutes.
We are hoping its just a minor thing and we do have an appointment to get this fixed/checked out in the near future.

Would you have any ideas of why this has happened? We are assuming the clock was fine after the operation and the follow up checks.

My Cardiologist is having fits about it because when I had an episode in the hospital he assumed the time was correct and questioned me thouroghly on my activities in that time frame which turned out to be incorrect.

We are concerned that it may not just be the clock.......They are checking it in London so I am packing a bag.
I am actually hoping the remove the unit and replace it even considering the risk and pain.

Much appreciated.
Regards, Iwinder


Apologies but I've not been on here for some time.
The clock in the device can be set to any time using the programmer at clinic. It may be that they set a wrong time-zone on it.
I've seen your last post and I'm pleased your doing well.

The devices pack a bit of a punch don't they!


It's good that you've got remote monitoring on it now too, that saves so much time for both you and the clinic (and not to blow my own trumpet but I had a fair part in bringing that technology to the public almost 14 years ago. So glad to see it works as well as we hoped it would).

Again, feel free to ask questions and I'll answer what I can but I'm no replacement for either your clinic or cardiologist.

Keep on living!

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posted on May, 29 2014 @ 06:07 PM
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It's good that you've got remote monitoring on it now too, that saves so much time for both you and the clinic (and not to blow my own trumpet but I had a fair part in bringing that technology to the public almost 14 years ago. So glad to see it works as well as we hoped it would).
a reply to: Pardon?

I want to let you know that you are more than welcome to "Blow Your Own Trumpet"! This is very hard for me to describe but your dedication and my illness crossed a path that I cannot undo nor explain in simple terms.

Your helpfulness in this thread is without a doubt the most useful information we have ever gotten from the web/net call it what you will.

As far as my clock out of whack goes it looks like it was our local hospital's scanner was out of whack not my implant.

In our small city they do have a "generic scanner" for the Medtronic Implanted ICD'S but they need a specialist to do the scan.

What I witnessed first hand after my second major issue was that when they scanned me it was a teaching session and the Nurses were learning how to do it.

Nothing wrong with that at all, but the doctor that did the scan is only available from 8 am to 4 pm and thats if he is not in surgery.
So odd's are the scanner in our local hospital was not set to the right time.

Now when we go to the emergency department we bring our own scanner so there is no chance of a FUBAR which can cost me dearly.
We will do our own scan and it goes to London and then they get right back to our Hospital here and all is good after that .......we hope....:-)

Pardon, you are very kind and patient and we want you to know that we will never ever forget how kind you have been to us on this thread.

Regards, Iwinder & YogaGinns

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posted on Nov, 22 2014 @ 07:42 PM
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A minor update to the situation at hand, I received a low dose of therapy on Aug 16 of this year and I had no idea it even occurred. That is what it is supposed to do as we were told, the reason for the very minor shock was that my heart was starting to race and went over the pre set limit for my heart rate.

Now they have put me back on one of my old meds (Digoxin) and I am feeling much better but I am going to ask them to increase the dosage a bit more because the change was very profound to the positive side of things.

But maybe more is bad?????? I can only ask and see what they say.
I also no longer am suffering from the "Frozen Shoulder" due to the implant surgery so that is a big bonus:-)

Regards, Iwinder



posted on Nov, 23 2014 @ 03:16 AM
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originally posted by: Iwinder
A minor update to the situation at hand, I received a low dose of therapy on Aug 16 of this year and I had no idea it even occurred. That is what it is supposed to do as we were told, the reason for the very minor shock was that my heart was starting to race and went over the pre set limit for my heart rate.

Now they have put me back on one of my old meds (Digoxin) and I am feeling much better but I am going to ask them to increase the dosage a bit more because the change was very profound to the positive side of things.

But maybe more is bad?????? I can only ask and see what they say.
I also no longer am suffering from the "Frozen Shoulder" due to the implant surgery so that is a big bonus:-)

Regards, Iwinder



The "low dose therapy" was probably what's known as ATP therapy (ATP=anti tachycardia pacing).
That's where the device senses your heart is going faster and tries to "outrun" it by pacing your heart even faster for a very short while. It sounds like that would be counter intuitive but it can make the heart muscle "tire" long enough to break it's own fast rhythm. Most ICDs will try this first before delivering a shock.
The fact you don't feel it is one of the major benefits of it although it doesn't work for all fast rhythms.

I can't really comment on your medication apart from saying that as you know, getting them just right can take a little time. It's very much a balancing act.

Anyway it's great to hear you're doing well and long may it continue.



posted on Nov, 23 2014 @ 05:40 PM
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The "low dose therapy" was probably what's known as ATP therapy (ATP=anti tachycardia pacing). That's where the device senses your heart is going faster and tries to "outrun" it by pacing your heart even faster for a very short while. It sounds like that would be counter intuitive but it can make the heart muscle "tire" long enough to break it's own fast rhythm. Most ICDs will try this first before delivering a shock. The fact you don't feel it is one of the major benefits of it although it doesn't work for all fast rhythms. I can't really comment on your medication apart from saying that as you know, getting them just right can take a little time. It's very much a balancing act. Anyway it's great to hear you're doing well and long may it continue.


Pardon, thanks for your kind words and your explanation of what probably occurred that day.
Yeah on the meds, it's been over 8 months now and they are still changing things here and there. I am not complaining at all because if I am dead I can't do so :-)
Your input is most welcome as usual.
Regards, Iwinder & YogaGins






 
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