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Can you have (Short Wave Thermolysis) Electrolysis with an ICD?


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j1plante I'm 34 years old. Diagnosed with HCM in 2007 during my 1st pregnancy. Find out more about j1plante
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  • Can you have (Short Wave Thermolysis) Electrolysis with an ICD?

    Has anyone with an ICD had electrolysis since your implant?

    I called Boston Scientific and they confirmed that I cannot have electrolysis if the machine uses Galvanic technology because it sends an electric current throughout the body. The rep said she "thinks" an electrolysis machine using short wave thermolysis would be ok since she doesn't think it sends an electric current throughout the body. I found little about it online and she googling for info like anyone could do. When I asked my EP he said to ask Boston Sci.

    So, just wondering if anyone with an ICD safely had electrolysis.

    Diagnosed during pregnancy age 30, July 2007
    2 mutated genes found in Feb 2009
    ICD Nov 12, 2009
    2 daughters born in '07 & '09. Normal EKGs.
    No known family history of HCM
    In 1995, at age 18, an echo for a misdiagnosed mvp showed HCM but it went unnoticed.
    Still jog and feel no symptoms on most days.

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    Re: Can you have (Short Wave Thermolysis) Electrolysis with an ICD?

    I would contact the mfgr of the piece of equipment and ask them if they use Galvanic technology.
    Onward and Upward !

    Diagnosed 4/07 HCM with fixed & dynamic obstruction
    Myectomy with resected cordonae tendonae 4/08 CCF
    ICD 10/08


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      Re: Can you have (Short Wave Thermolysis) Electrolysis with an ICD?

      What is the electrolysis for? Is that for hair removal? Are there other treatments like lasers that are as effective that wouldn't put your ICD at risk of going off or malfunctioning?
      Patty Thomas -
      My mother has HCM.
      I'm currently looking at Medical Alert Systems for her.


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        Re: Can you have (Short Wave Thermolysis) Electrolysis with an ICD?

        I had lots of electrolysis when I had my pacemaker (before ICD). However, I also had a letter from Medtronic that said it was safe. I don't remember anymore the type of equipment that was used, but, it was compatible with my device. I would go with the rec of the manufacturer of your device.