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  • Karen P
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    Hi,

    Jamie went today to have her ICD interrogated. Actually, Jamie and her dad went together to have their devices looked at!! No events, other than some runs of sinus tach, were noted.

    Cynthia, the different rhythms detected in this device are A fib, SVT, ventricular tach and fib and bradycardia. Isolated pvc's aren't recorded. They were also able to look in the history at 2 weeks ago when Jamie had a pre syncopal episode. Were you able to get the answers you were looking for regarding what your ICD records?

    Take care

    Karen

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    Your device will only record what it is programmed to record...PVC's will not record and you may feel them often...Your device will record events that nearly make the device fire or which do make the device fire only...
    A device called REVEAL will document all abnormal rythms...this is used for diagnostic purposes.
    Lisa

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  • Cynaburst
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    Karen,

    I asked my former EP doctor whether the device was like a holter monitor, and he said no. I also have felt arrythmias that the device didn't record. That's why I am curious about the subject. It doesn't seem to record every errant beat, and that's why I want to know what it does record.

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  • Karen P
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    Hey Heather,

    Glad your visit went well! Jamie goes on Wednesday to have her ICD interrogated for the first time. I agree with you.........it's odd looking at that xray for the first time, seeing the box and wiring inside your body!!

    Hi Cynthia,

    These devices store tremendous historys. They will record v tach along with other arrhythmias. I would think your ICD would record every beat that wasn't normal. It's almost like wearing an event recorder 24/7 to document an arrhythmia. If you feel something odd on a certain day at a certain time - tell your EP person and they can usually see that day on the history.

    Take care ladies. Stay well.

    Karen

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  • Reenie
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    Hi. I'm not sure how the device decides what to record, but I know that my husband's does tell how many pvc's. He also had an episode that he was sure it had fired, such a strong palpitation it was, but the device hadn't recorded a thing. I wish I understood it more.

    Reenie

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  • Toogoofy317
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    I'm kinda curious about this. While I was in the hospital with my gallbladder ordeal they were tweaking my heart meds. Anyhow my heart rate was dropping pretty low high 40's-50's. At one point the nurse came in because the monitor I was on said I had v-tach so she watched it a little and said she had seen "pacer spikes" on my EKG. I know my ICD is set to kick in if I drop below 50. The cardiologist on call called in a Guidant rep to check it and she said it had done nothing.

    I guess I should trust the machine but I had seen the spikes as well. Since I am an EMT and very curious she showed me how to find them. Is this something I should be concerned about?

    Mary S.

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  • Cynaburst
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    A nurse at my EP's office reads the print out. I have not yet met a Medtronic rep.

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  • Rich Miller
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    well I dont get my readouts,but its under the monitor area and I would call your EP's office and ask them or the medtronics rep where it is and how to read it .there are differnt menus and choices they can make depending on what they want to do and if you had no events recorded then tyhey wouldnt go into that area for the print out. I just went and got my id card and I have a Gem DR . so I think yours will do it to. but the more I know about this thing the more amazed I am . but the therapy its like a double edge sword , your glad its there and if you need it your glad it fired , but its not a pleasent experience . but i am getting used to it mine has fired 6 times since sept 2002. dpes a nurse at your Ep's office read yours or is it a medtronics rep ? if its a medtronics rep if you can get them to talk about it let them brag a little bit and they will tell everything you want to know, atleast thats how I do it lol good luck
    Rich

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  • Cynaburst
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    Rich,

    Do you know where on the print out this info. would show up?

    I got a copy of my settings, but I can't figure this out. I also wonder if there is a place that explains what the device will do. The info. that comes with the ICD is very scanty and seems very basic. I didn't do much better on MedtrOnic's website. Any ideas?

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  • Rich Miller
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    yea I have an older medtronics than yours so I know the DR will do everything mine will and more so its just about how they set it up
    Rich

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  • Cynaburst
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    Hmm. Interesting. I just got mine 2 weeks ago. I wasn't aware that it had that recording capability. I will have to investigate further. I have a Medronic Marquis DR, which I am told is the latest in dual chamber devices. I will have to check it out.

    I had it interrogated at my one week follow up. All they told me was that I was being paced 50% of the time, and that I had no activity. I will have to investigate what that meant.

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  • Rich Miller
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    cynaburst,
    they can set the newer ones (mine was put in,in 8/98) to monitor and record at what ever bpm they desire . mine is now set to give therapy at 200 bpm v-tach but monitors anything over 150 or below 44. these things are amazing at what they can set them to do, its all about getting someone who can get the settings right!! :P hope this helped
    Rich

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  • Cynaburst
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    OK, here is a question. How do they know you had few PVCs, PACs, and SVT. I thought the device is only programmed to recognize VT and, in your case, A Fib since you have one that is also a A Fib defibrillator.

    I was told that the device only records when it senses a dangerous rhythm. My device isn't programmed to shock me unless my HR is 200 bpm. Also, it has a charge time, right, so a PVC or 2 won't set it off. So here's the question. I thought that it will only record when it recognizes something dangerous....not just an errant beat here or there.

    Any one?

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  • Reenie
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    Heather,

    So glad you're doing great. Thanks for the update.

    Reenie

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    I know what you mean...I have a copy of my xray after my ICD and it looks so odd to see the wires and box there!
    I am glad all is going well!!!
    Take care
    Lisa

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