Just had one of these (Medtronic D314TRG) implanted 4 days ago. Would like to hear experiences from others who have similar devices. I started with atrial fibrillation and irregular heart beat (at times) a few months back; was put on Tikosyn and warfarin, then my cardiologist said I need this defibrillator/cardioversion device because I am at risk of suden cardiac arrest. The surgeon says the device wil do nothing for the A-fib. I am confused.
I had a severe heart attack 34 years ago and have had an ejection fraction of 32% for several years, but never any heart failure symptoms. I am told the device may delay heart failure symptoms from occuring.
I wish to hear from anyone else who has a device similar to mine. Why did you get it? What has your experience been? Does A-fib increase the risk of ventricle fibrillation, thereby warrenting this device? The device is programmable and there is a lead implanted in the left atria. Can it be programmed to do anything about A-fib?