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A list of abbreviations commonly used in cardiology

A list of abbreviations commonly used in cardiology. DFT- Defibrillation threshold testing VT- Ventricular tachycardia VF- Ventricular fibrillation AF- Atrial fibrillation EKG/ECG- Electrocardiogram PVC- Premature Ventricular Contraction PAC- Premature Atrial...

Lead Extraction Story

In December 2015, I found out I had a small problem on one of my leads in which it had a higher threshold pacing causing it to use more energy to detect my heart. I was given the choice to have the leads extracted sooner or wait until replacement time. Due to my...

I Learned I Was Not Alone

As I sit here on train to Mineola Station I know one thing for sure: I am confident . Confident of the condition I was born with, the limits I posses, and the boundaries I can break.  Outside the window to my right passes scrawny trees and packed cities. This sight is...

No more doom, no more gloom

If you've recently come across this diagnosis, whether in yourself or a family member, chances are things are looking a little dark right now. And that is 100% ok. I'm here to say that it's not all doom and gloom. In fact, you may find that the future looks pretty...

List of questions for generator change /lead extraction

 What kind of anesthesia would be use and why? What antibiotics are going to be use to prevent infection? If I am allergy to certain antibiotics, what alternatives will be used? Is the same incision going to be use? Is the ICD going to be in same spot and pocket? How...