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3/13/08 10:54 P

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Gwen, I get my pacemaker/defib checked every quarter by a technician, and they always check the battery level at that time, so there's no way low battery could sneak up on me like that.

Don't be afraid of the surgery, though. Techniques have improved hugely in just the last couple of years. I couldn't believe how much faster and easier my 2006 device surgery was than my 2003 surgery! You'll be fine - as long as you can stand the hospital food!! My advice? Bring your own snacks!

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3/12/08 7:24 P

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I am a 70 yr old white female & have had a pacemaker & defibrillator for nearly 5 yr.
3 days a go I felt it go off. From what I mean is the warning chirp went off. Like to have scared me to death. I went to my Cardiologist in Dec & he told me it would last for another yr & a half. So i was unprepared for this. Now every morning at a certain time it reminds me & will till I have batteries replace on the 24 the of March. They do not get in a hurry for this procedure as they see thousand's every Day. I went to ER & the did a pace check on me.
Has any one else had this trouble? I was just getting in on the exercise & now afraid to over except my self.
Please pray for me as Can be a frightening thing. emoticon

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11/21/07 4:14 A

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Hi! Welcome to the team. I have CHF, and I have a defibrillator - in fact, I'm on my second implant. The surgery is much less dangerous if you are not obese. How much weight do they suggest you lose beforehand?

One of the easiest ways to cut out some calories is to stop eating gravies and dressings. Put lemon juice or flavored vinegar on your salads, put cranberry sauce on your turkey instead of gravy, put chopped tomatoes and a bit of pesto on your spaghetti instead of half a cup of commercial tomato sauce. I lost 40 pounds in the 6 months after I first got diagnosed with CHF, and it was mostly by:
(1) eating less of everything, and
(2) just having raw fruit and vegetables for lunch most days - no cooking, no bread, just a couple of pieces of fruit and a couple vegetables - a tomato or a handful of grape tomatoes, a couple of carrots, a cucumber, whatever looked good.

One suggestion: take up a hobby that keeps your hands and eyes busy, such as knitting or crocheting or cross stitch or needlepoint. That way, you won't be looking at food, your mind will be on something else entirely, you won't want to get your fingers dirty with food, and as an added bonus, you'll produce a lot of homemade holiday gifts for people and save money!

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11/21/07 1:11 A

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I need to have a defibilator put in and I cannot do so till I lose some weight. I am having a hard time getting started. I have CHF and Mitral Valve Prolapse and only 34. I am at witts end. Someone have any advice for me?

 
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