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Implantable Cardioverter Defibulator (ICD)
Does anyone have an ICD? I would like to know if it helped them or not. I had a massive heart attack about 4 months ago and only 30% of my heart is working. I have 1 stint on the left side of my heart (left Ventricle). The thing is that getting a defib... doesn't increase the amount my heart is working. Apparently there are many things that can go wrong with having surgery to have an ICD implanted in your upper chest. The article I read said that 36 out of 100 people vs 29 out of 100 people getting the defib would increase a persons chances of living longer by seven people. There was less risk of dying suddenly of an irregular heart rhythm within 5 years. But not having a defib....implanted didn't have much difference in added years to my life and there would be no multiple surgeries for possible things going wrong with an implanted defib. I would appreciate anyone who does have a defibulator to tell me how they felt about making that decision. Thanks, JBL
EMON1, September 24, 2020 8:20pm EST
I'm sorry if I'm wrong, but just to clarify, are you sure the '30% heart' you have isn't an 'EF of 30%', your Ejection fraction, which does mean 'heart failure' but not that you have 30% of your heart. The EF is normally (50)55%-75%, the amount of blood pumped per beat. Under (40)45% is considered 'heart failure'. Your heart works, just not as efficiently as it should. That's why a lot of us take certain pills to help. I ask because you should accurately understand your situation when discussing this with your cardiologist. My understanding is, an EF below 30% is when they 'consider' an ICD, but medications 'may' still be an option.
Again, I apologize if I'm reading you wrong, I just want to make sure you fully understand your situation when discussing this with your doctor. (Matter of fact, for this procedure you may want a 2nd cardiologist's opinion) Good luck regardless!
AHAASAKatie, September 25, 2020 8:21am EST
Good morning, I can share the information we have on Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and heart failure with you. I do agree with Emon1 that getting clarity on your condition, is it an arrhythmia issue or heart failure or a combination of the two is important. And, second opinions are always a good idea.
I am truly sorry that you are having to manage all of this, it can be A LOT of information to take in at one time.
Please know that we are here to help you and offer support.
Jbm2020, September 26, 2020 7:04pm EST
Thank you for your replies and advice. Yes, the EF is 30%, which is considered heart failure. It has been difficult and after meeting with the implant doctor regarding the ICD, the risks outweigh the benefits. Having a defibulator implanted does not increase the amount of heart function and the life expectancy of having one as to not going through the procedure is not much of a difference. Reading all of the things that can go wrong with implanting the ICD just reads like a horror story. Thank you both so much for responding. God bless you both!!!!!