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New ICD Implant
Hey, y'all, it's been a while since I checked in, but I finally got that ICD implanted I was asking about a couple months ago. It's one of the spiffy models that allows for slightly modified MRIs, if needed. Thank you, to everyone who gave me input on devices and all.
I have one main question for the gallery: once it's been in there a bit...is it meant to move around much? It's been almost 4 weeks for me, and the ICD feels it's swimming in my chest. But i had a "device check" not long ago and the leads are fine and everything. But the ICD itself is just....uncomfortable. Anyone else have this issue?
jerzeycate, September 12, 2019 6:10am EST
I have a question for you... Are you feeling any better since the device was implanted?
It takes a few months for the device and your chest to get their act together. It may be uncomfortable for a bit more. Your tissue grows around the device and keeps it stable. t takes a few months.
At this point, 6.5 years post-implant, I can move the skin but the device is solid inside its tissue pouch.
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Jharad, September 12, 2019 8:21am EST
Thank you, JerzeyCate! I don't feel any better, no, but then mine wasn't meant to. It's only prophylactic. My underlying cardiomyopathy is idiopathic, and I have sinus rhythm tachycardia, but low BP, so it concerned my advanced heart failure specialist enough they wanted me to have the ICD, "just in case."
Jim1962, September 29, 2019 10:18pm EST
Mine hasn't felt like it's 'moving around' at all at any point, but that 's just me. As time goes by, it becomes less noticeable. Don't forget that a good sized hunk of titanium(which will most likely save your life at least a few times ) is embedded in your chest, so you're bound to feel something. At times, I also feel my implant area to remind myself that this is indeed real.