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I too have an ICD. I havenever had any trouble with it at all. It is a Medtronic, but i have a St. jude experimental device on the other side of my chest and they are working together great!
Well lately there's been a controversy about Medtronic vs St. Jude Defibrillator leads:
It seems like they're both at some kind of fault, both have had recalls/safety issues,etc.
I've actually had an ICD since I was 15 as a precautionary measure (between family history and actual condition). I'm 22 now, and am on my second unit after a VERY fun recall by Medtronic during my first semester of college.
I actually have an axial implant. Is everyone else in the "normal spot"? Does anyone have any really great security or other defibrillator-based stories?
I am on my second ICD; it's a Boston Scientific (a/k/a Guidant.) This one is on the right, which makes things a bit more interesting - but the space on the left wasn't usable anymore after that one got removed due to a MRSA infection in the device "pocket" in my skin!
On the internet, nobody knows your socks don't match.
I too have a pacemaker/defibrillator (ICD). I had my put in 04/14/08. I had went into cardiac arrest on the 7th and had it implanted on the 14th. Between those days I was in a coma and on life support and received the surgery when I was stable enough. It has been a really hard change for me having the surgery because I was only 25 years old when I had the surgery. Young... At first I had to go in to the pacemaker clinic to have adjustments done because I could always feel it pacing but that has gotten much better. I had complications after my surgery of a blood clot and had to be on blood thinners for 3 months. It was not fun. For the most part things are going good with it, but it still hard to get used to.
I noticed ICD's mentioned in a few of the older posts on the team & thought maybe a topic about them might be in order.
I was just wondering how many of our team members have an ICD. What has been your experience with it? Have you had any therapies from the unit? What has been your experience with the device?
My ICD is a Marquis made by Medtronic. Hopefully this link will take you to a page on the Medtronic site that will give you some information about ICD's. http://tinyurl.com/qkchg9
My ICD was implanted Sept 2003 following a heart attack in June of that year. There was a recall on my original device & it had to be replaced in March 2005. Following the replacement procedure my patient alert started going off & I had to have yet another surgery in Aug 2005 to correct the lead that had come disconnected. All has been smooth sailing since that last surgery. No therapies & a good report with each interrogation.
All things are possible with God.
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