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Cracker73, October 28,  2020  4:29pm EST

Dual Chamber Defibrillator

I am having this Defibrillator put in on Nov. 13th. I have no idea what the procedure is like or how my life will be after I have this done. I am 72 yrs. old and just found out I have Tacky Brady or sick sinus rhythm. I would appreciate any comments from the group.

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  • axnr911
    axnr911, October 28,  2020  7:18pm EST

    Hi--i am 75. After I had a stroke it was found that the cause was afib and I was put on medication for afib. The meds. stopped the afib, but also caused my heart to beat too slowly.  So a pacemake was put in to keep my heart beating at at a normal rate.  The procedure did not bother me at all.  It was done at the hospital, but I went home the same day.  I was given something that made me vaugely conscious, but I felt nothing and no fear.  It was a rather quick procedure.  The device was  put in under the skin below my collarbone and wires go down to the upper and lower chamber of my heart.  Amazing that they can do such things and the patient feels nothing! A pacemaker is not exactly the same, but it is very similar to a defibrilator.  The first thing I want to say is don't be afraid -- either of the process, or of having something implanted inside you.  It doesn't bother me at all.  Sometimes at night if I sleep all scrunched up on that side I can feel that there's something near my collarbone.  But most of the time I forget about it. The first year while I was adjusting I needed the response rate adjusted a couple of times.  That was easy, done at the docs office remotely with his computer.  It's wonderful what medicine has available for us now to keep us healthy.  Good luck.! I'm sure you'll soon be feeling much better!

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, October 29,  2020  8:26am EST

    Cracker73, I'd like to join axnr911 in his description of having a pacemaker inserted and the fact that "most of the time I forget about it."  It sounds exactly like my positive experience.  However, I hope someone who has had experience with a defibrillator will describe his/her experience.  I seem to remember descriptions of bad stories in which a defibrillator gave the person a jolt of electricity at the wrong time or with the wrong amount.  I hope the knowledge and engineering of defibrillators has progressed since then!  If you are signed up for the virtual conference on AFib ( which is taking place this weekend, perhaps you can (virtually) seek information on this issue.

  • Larkspur
    Larkspur, October 29,  2020  1:38pm EST

    Hi *******,

    i'd also like to join the others with reassurance that this is an easy procedure and that you are put in sort of a twilight zone but still basically awake while feeling nothing. I also have Tachy Brady or six sinus syndrome but I was given a pacemaker rather than a defibrillator so I wondered why they chose a defibrillator for you? I had mine placed in the pectoral muscle which means that it is not visible and does not bother me at all so that might be something to ask about. The only real difficulty is afterward when you have to restrict your arm movements until the leads well seated in the tissue.

  • Lalabuddy
    Lalabuddy, October 30,  2020  8:50am EST

    Please call your doctor and get a detailed explanation of why a defibrillator instead of a pacemaker. They are 2 very different devices. Let us know what you find out.

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