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Old 04-19-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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Pro v cons defibrillator

They want to do a defibrillator implant on me...seems like a permanent thing for a short term problem...the wanted to send me home with a life vest but they say they wonít fit because of my height..

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Old 04-19-2018, 04:13 PM   #2
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I have no first hand knowledge but do know that opinions from one cardiologist to the next can be different in some cases. There may be several ways to skin the cat? Have you considered submitting your charts to a specialist with another cardiology group to get a second opinion?
I have a friend on the west coast with a genetic heart issue that has gotten worse over the past several years. He is now equipped with an implanted pacemaker that is monitored by his cardiologist via the internet. As long as he stays in WiFi range he can be adjusted remotely as need be!!! He's been improving steadily since they started down this path.
Keep in mind having a positive attitude is essential regardless of which direction the treatment goes.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:01 PM   #3
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I have a friend who had a heart attack and has a defibrillator. It doesn't bother him.

I was always surprised I didn't get one. Sometimes I think it would be a good thing to have.

If you have a really low EF, they might recommend it.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:12 PM   #4
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Days ago the echo showed 23%. Did mri this morning and they rethink it..37%....so dodged that one but they want to send me home with a life vest...just in case...not as much dead meat as the first figured ...Iím good with that. Day 11
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They want to do a defibrillator implant on me...seems like a permanent thing for a short term problem...the wanted to send me home with a life vest but they say they wonít fit because of my height..

Iím sure some of you may have come across this....Go..
I had to go back to another post of yours shootinit. I am going to tell it the only way I know how. You said in this post you are in the hospital recuperating from a heart attack. The ICG is put there to prevent future heart attacks. Heart attacks are not short term problems you survived this one now get the tool that will prevent the next one. please! I like having you as an active member in this forum. We are all here for you. Trust in the lord!
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I have an implanted cardiac device. Have had it for six years. It saved my life twice. Like your carry gun....better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:18 PM   #7
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Are they giving you a beta blocker to help control the heart rhythm? It sounds like you might have some second thoughts and you should definitely get a second opinion. An EF over 35% probably means you won't need one.
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Have to agree with Islander on this one...It's Like your carry gun....better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. It won't stop you from another MI, but it will shock you back into rhythm if your heart goes into V- fib and you have no LV- EF.
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Old 04-19-2018, 09:24 PM   #9
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Are they giving you a beta blocker to help control the heart rhythm? It sounds like you might have some second thoughts and you should definitely get a second opinion. An EF over 35% probably means you won't need one.
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July 3,2003, I had a heart attack and died!! You would think this would have been the result of some sort of strenuous activity. Hell no, I just woke up from a nap!!! Long story short: My wife took me to the Walton Medical Center in Monroe, GA. The ER nurse took one look at me and told me that I looked like hell, to which I said, "Thank you!" She told my wife she could stay up front and do paperwork while she took me in the back and worked on me.

She started me on oxygen and told me that she did not know what was wrong with me, but she was going to treat it as a heart attack until she knew better. She was going to start me on an IV. As she gathered the stuff to start the IV, I watched her. My vision took on the attributes of the old 50's tube powered television when you turned it off. The edge of my peripheral vision became a black border and the border enlarged by the second, until my vision was down to a little teeny white dot. Then it blinked out and I was GONE!!! I still had an awareness of existence but nothing else.

Suddenly, I felt a jolting blast of searing white heat and a crushing impact on my chest! On the third charge of a hospital ER grade defibrillator, while I was 2 feet off the examination table, I became aware of the world again.I thought that was a heart attack. I was later to find out that that was the cure!! Later the next morning, a cardio surgeon installed a stint in an artery just outside my heart that was 95% blocked. As far as they were concerned, I was good to go. I do not have an implanted defibrillator. I'm on my own.

However, from my experience of, as my cardiologist refers to it, as having "Georgia Power" administered, I'm not fond of defibrillators!! Knowing what I know now, if someone had asked me if I wanted the defib administered, my answer would be not only no, but HELL NO! That hurt like hell!! And just before they hit me with the defib, that is the most peaceful and placid I have ever been. I have no fear of death now!! If I have to go, I will not fight it. I'm ready.

So my thoughts on the defibrillator are that I want nothing to do with them ever again. Yes, I'm here now due to the use of one. That crushing, burning, electrical jolt is not pleasant. I had a copper taste in my mouth for a week after that!!! Not pleasant either!!

Since my "death" in 2003, numerous people have told me that the Good Lord saved me for a specific purpose. For the life of me, I could not figure what that could be. Suddenly, last year at one of my grandson's birthdays, as he was getting in trouble for an action that I had just taught him, I figured out what I had been saved for:

TO SERVE AS A BAD EXAMPLE TO OTHERS!!

Do not do what this guy does!!!! My special purpose!! Thank you, Lord!!!


So, I will neither recommend or discourage you from the life vest/implant. All I know is that they aren't getting near me with another defibrillator!! I now have a living will and that is right there at the top of my list!!! The next item is that I want a viking funeral!! The Coast Guard now will supervise the launching of a wooden craft with the ashes of the deceased on it that can be sunk by burning. My son has promised me a viking funeral and I'm looking forward to it!! Going out in a blaze of glory!! What a way to go!!

Viking Funeral - U.S. Coast Guard.jpg <----Coast Guard setting up for a viking funeral.

Viking Funeral.jpg <----Going out in a blaze of glory!!


To each their own!!! Best wishes on your recovery from your heart attack. Hope I didn't scare you with my crazy, cavalier thoughts toward death. My wife hates it! It's hard to handle if you haven't been there. Damn few of us have been there and are still around to talk about it!! Even though I have medical proof that I died, my life insurance company refuses to pay off!! BLOOD SUCKERS!!!!
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