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    Does a defibrilator make any sound when giving a treatment or at any other time?

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    Re: defibrilators and sounds

    No. I had thought it might sound like a camera's flash with a high pitch whine in between jolts, but no. its silent at all times. They can and do "beep" when the battery is low enough. Just what i need; to sound like a house fire alarm when the batteries are low! A shock is felt "system-wide," so some may have ringing in the ears or other sensations, its temporary.
    Marc
    Diagnosed @ 48
    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
    Quietly going insane . . .

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      Re: defibrilators and sounds

      What about feeling like a vibration, like a phone on vibrate? Not sure if it's my imagination or what but I get that sensation once in awhile.


      Beejay

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        Re: defibrilators and sounds

        I thought I felt a vibration once. Called customer service and was told it doesn't vibrate. I might suggest you make the same type of call.
        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: defibrilators and sounds

          I have a St. Jude defibrillator and mine does vibrate instead of beep. It is very strong and easy for me to notice. Strong enough that its waken me up before. It feels like a cell phone has been slipped into your body.

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          • #6
            Re: defibrilators and sounds

            Just to clarify- during normal operating times no movement/sounds. When the generator is low, a vibration or beep is used to notify you - Its not constant, I think its for a few seconds every 12 or 24 hours. (I believe your EP can put it on "snooze" until surgery).
            Marc
            Diagnosed @ 48
            Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
            Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
            AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
            After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
            Quietly going insane . . .

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            • #7
              Re: defibrilators and sounds

              Originally posted by lynda View Post
              Does a defibrilator make any sound when giving a treatment or at any other time?
              Those devices are actually highly programmable. The hospital can cause it to beep for a wide range of activities that are preset or, in some devices, have the supplier custom write a program.

              My ICD will sound an alarm at three events that I'm aware of. My battery low, getting too close to a magnet, and the wire going to my heart breaking.

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