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Nerve Pain Story

After a few years of my initial implant of my ICD, I started to have pain in my incision. The pain started out as mild and only occur occasionally. After my first replacement in 2004, the pain started to get more moderate and it occur more frequently but I did not...

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...

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...

List of Questions prior to ICD implant

Why is this particular brand the best one in my circumstances and not the other brands (the brands are Abbott (formerly St Jude), Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and Biotronik)? How many leads will I have and why? Are the leads and ICD going to be the same brand? What...