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  • Anniversary

    It is the one year anniversary since I had my Guidant 1880 implanted. Thank Goodness it has never went off but it is nice to know it is there.

    If it were not for Lisa and the HCMA I probably would not have even known that this life saving device was an option.

    Mary S.

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    Re: Anniversary

    i had the first year anniversary of my medtronic gem III a.t last month. so far it hasn't fired either. in fact i had it interrogated today; it is working fine and the tech said that if nothing changes i can expect at least another 5 years on this battery. glad to hear that i won't need to go through the surgery again any time soon but on the other hand i will have to live with the fairly awkward implantation for quite some more time (i don't know whether it is because i am skinny or because i moved too much during recovery but my device sticks out more than normal--and causes some discomfort when i lie on my side or on my stomach).

    anyway--i'd rather be uncomfortable for one or two more years than go in for early replacement. no complaints from me about the device not firing or the battery lasting a while!


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      Re: Anniversary

      Mongo, my husband's ICD sticks out some too. But not up front. His sticks out a little on the bottom left corner, under his arm sort of. The EP said that he accidentally got it a little close to the side instead of centered. We're living with it too. His might be replaced in 2 years or so.


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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        Re: Anniversary

        WOW...looking at the date, today is my 10 year anniverary since I got my ICD. How time flies!!!!


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          Re: Anniversary

          Well happy Anniversary to you too!

          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)