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  • little zaps hmmm didn't know it acted like that

    Hi all Know it has been a while since you all have heard from me. Sorry about that. Things happen. I hope everyone had a wonderul holiday season. well my current issue now is a lot of chest pain and also My icd going off and me not even knowing. I went to the doctor a while ago and they tested my device and found that on October 25th my device went off twice. My heart got up to 200 bpm and then zap and shock. I didn't feel a thing and didn't even know. I was working that day nonetheless. It makes me feel safe and good that it 's there but it also gives me a sense of discomfort that I don't know when it goes off. I go to my electorcardiologist on wednesday so they can figure out what's up.I am curious as to if anyone has experienced similiar circumstances.thanks for everything happy new year all.

    Kimberly K. Plaster

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    Re: little zaps hmmm didn't know it acted like that

    Kimberly, I have no experience with that. My husband's device hasn't ever gone off. However, you can go to www.zaplife.org and you might find others who've gone through that. Hopefully someone else will answer you soon.


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


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      Hi! Definitely stop by the BBS on www.zaplife.org as Renie suggested and pose your question. That site is dedicated to people with ICDs. I personally don't have a device either but am an EP/ICD nurse and post daily on Zapper.

      It does seem strange that you didn't feel the shock because I'd say 98% (and that's not a researched statistic, I'm just guessing off the top of my head) people feel their shocks. But anything's possible and if your interrogation said you were shocked then I'd have to believe it, if everything corresponding to the shock was also confirmed on the interrogation, then it's tough to argue.

      One therapy that you don't feel alot of times (that you may have gotten confused with a shock if they mentioned that you received "therapy" and actually didn't refer to it as a shock) is antitachycardia pacing (ATP). That's when small bursts of rapid pacing are delivered in response to Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) that has met the ATP detection criteria. Many people report that they don't feel that, especially if they are sleeping or it may happen so quickly that they just might feel "funny" for a few seconds and then it's over. Other people feel their ATP and regular pacing if they are paced in addition to just back up pacing. So it can really vary.

      When you get interrogated at your upcoming EP visit, find out how many joules the shock was that you are referring to. It would be interesting to know.

      Hope this helps,



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        Re: little zaps hmmm didn't know it acted like that

        I think the visit to the doctor may shed some light on this. I have not heard of anyone who did not feel a shock (while awake), however there is always a 1st time!

        Let us know what the doctor says!

        Best wishes,
        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)