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  • #16
    Re: Dr. Recommends ICD

    Steve, I'm sure you'll feel fine to travel. The only thing I'll suggest is that you be the passenger and let someone else drive. The seatbelt will make the ICD site tender. Especially if you're driving more than a few minutes. Good luck, and here's hoping that there are no other issues that they find when they do the cath.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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

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    • #17
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      Steve. Best wishes, we'll be waiting for progress reports. Linda

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      • #18
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        Just wanted to let everyone know my ICD implant went fine. A little sore in the chest and shoulder with some bruising but it feels better each day. What a strange sensation to feel something hard under the skin, you can trace the outline with your fingers. The Dr. who performed the implant was very nice, we sat for some time and chatted about HCM, surgical specialists for HCM and the importance of second opinions. He took time to answer ALL my questions on the device and the procedure that would be done. I was surprised to learn they actually screw the leads into the heart muscle wall. Learn something everyday. I have a dual chamber unit for both the atruim and ventricle with a pacer function if the heartrate gets too slow. A very nice gentleman. I also had a heart cath done to confirm my chest pains and pressure was due to HCM and not some other cause. Everything came back fine there. Those babies are wide open. Next stop... Cleveland.

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        • #19
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          Sounds like a good experience!
          Yeh - it is odd getting use to the device in there - but you get use to it faster than you think.
          Lisa
          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)

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          • #20
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            Glad to hear all went well. You'll get used to it pretty quick, but watch out for the tops of car doors. Until you are used to making lots of room, you might whack yourself a time or two. And DON'T ask how I know.

            Reenie
            Reenie

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

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