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Jun 26, 2012 · CRT-Defibrilator in Heart Rhythm Conditions

It was an easy procedure. They kept me overnight afterward. Manufacturer reps are present in the operating room and help with adjustments. As I was in recovery my heart felt like it was trying to jump out of my chest. The technicians used a computer to adjust things and that went away. It happened again later in the hospital room and they repeated the computer adjustment. That has never happened since. I believe it is a fairly routine event having to do with the frequency of the pacemaker and a particular nerve it excites. Have the device for nearly a year now and don’t think much about it. Going for bloodwork every 2 weeks to check Warfarin level, and dealing with the dietary restrictions regarding that is more on my mind.

Dec 28, 2011 · CRT-Defibrilator in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thanks for your posting. I was not aware of it until today when I received an email alerting me to another more recent post. Like you, I have the pacing function mostly disabled. It was kicking in when not needed (like at night if I moved about in my sleep, causing me to awaken). Now mine will come on only with a heart rate below 50, They totally turned off the attempt to increase heart rate in response to exercise. I have never experienced cardiac arrest, though my doctors say it could happen. I believe the primary reason for my implant is to resynchronize beating of the ventricles. At age 38 I had a major heart attack, and the subsequent disruption in electrical signals led to that problem which results in a low ejection fraction. I should understand things much better after my upcoming apointment in January when 4 months worth of data collection will be downloaded and analyzed.

Sounds like you really need the defib. function. Hope mine never has to activate.

Dec 28, 2011 · CRT-Defibrilator in Heart Rhythm Conditions

So sorry to hear about your husband. The 10 and a half hours of surgery while on a heart/lung machine puts him in a different league from me. I’m sure that was a contributing factor to the other problems. Are his doctors and the hospital you use highly rated for the treatment he requires? Convince him not to give up. Medical research is always producing new medications, devices, or procedures to remedy previously insurmountable problems. Best of luck.

Sep 1, 2011 · Prinzmetal's/Variant Angina in Heart & Blood Health

If I ever need another cath for some reason, I’ll discuss this with my Doctor. Don’t see the need to have a catherization only to prove something I believe is probably true. Right now I’m more concerned about my newly implanted CRT-D which probably needs some reprogramming.

Aug 21, 2011 · CRT-Defibrilator in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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?

Aug 21, 2011 · Prinzmetal's/Variant Angina in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Annie, My cardiologist “suspects” that I suffer from coronary artery spasm. Had a severe heart attack 34 years ago while playing basketball. Subsequent catherization found no blockage. Over the years stress tests have led to the belief that I have blockage and subsequent cath have always found no blockage. Dr. feels the most likely cause is arterial spasm, but evidently there is no way to prove it. Rarely do AI have angina. May use a nitro pill once or twice yearly. It was more frequent in the years after the heart attack. Recently have experienced arrithmia and a-fib. Just had a CRT-Defib device implanted.