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What is a typical schedule for ICD Monitoring?


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  • What is a typical schedule for ICD Monitoring?

    I have had my ICD for 6 years. I have HOCM and had a septal myectomy and mitral valve repair 5 years ago. I am ICD dependent with no reserve. My monitoring schedule has been a remote scan weekly and an in-office check quarterly. My cardiologist has retired and I am scheduled to see my new one next week. I received a letter from his office that my new monitoring schedule will be remote quarterly and in-office annually. My monitoring was discontinued last September and was just resumed at the end of December. At my last in-office check 5 months ago I was told I had slightly less than 3 years left on the generator. I would like to know what is a typical monitoring schedule to see if I am nervous about nothing or need to ask for a more frequent schedule from the cardiologist. I have had no incidents except for some occasional pressure, dull pain in my chest and a strong fluttering at the base of my neck causing me to cough.

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    Hi, so for me personally if I am stable and having no issues my device is interrogated once every 6 months. But if I feel I may have had a VT I can call them and usually they will book me to come within the week for an interrogation.


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      I have a home monitor. It will prompt me every 3 months to transmit. If I haven't had many arrhythmias, I can skip. Also when I visit the hcm doctor, he will have the device interrogated.
      My 26 year old son has a defibrillator and is only checked twice a year. He was told he doesn't need a home monitor because he doesn't have arrhythmias


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