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Largehearted I miss living in Europe, specifically Munich, GermanyI like to think out loud. Some of my ruminations can be found at beinganddoing.wordpress.com. I love to cook and eat, but hate to clean up. I tend to be confident in my opinions, but will change when presented with a compelling enough reason/argument. Find out more about Largehearted
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  • V-tach

    Hi everyone. Back in February I had a MAJOR PVC or so I thought. When I did my quarterly de-fib check yesterday I made sure to ask the tech what she saw. Instead of the normal PVC it was an episode of V-tach. It was not enough to cause an intervention, but it was over 200 bpm.

    I feel so blessed to have this little box in my chest! Just knowing it is there waiting to fire when necessary gives me so much more confidence and peace of mind.

    My kids often refer to my "gizmo" and how it helps me. It gives them peace of mind too. Last evening my wife and I were so thankful and humbled to be able to have such a device.

    Peace,

    Leon
    God Squad co-moderator
    Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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    Re: V-tach

    Leon, I'm so glad you have that little box to keep you safe.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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

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    • #3
      Re: V-tach

      Let me be clear about this, did your defib discharge? Or did it sense?
      Either way - I am thrilled you have your device.

      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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      • #4
        Re: V-tach

        Lisa.
        My de-fib just sensed the episode. It would have fired in another couple of seconds had the v-tach not ceased.
        Leon
        God Squad co-moderator
        Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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        • #5
          Re: V-tach

          Better living through electrical intervention. Glad to have you around, - but isn’t 200bpm a tad on the high side? Is your little toy (batteries included) in need of adjustment? I don’t know about these things, but I thought the optimum pulse rate for us is somewhere around sixty, and that’s over triple that rate. I guess they don’t want it going off every time you tie your shoes, or something.
          Just curious.
          Burt

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          • #6
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            Hi Burt, they set different parameters for each individual. My highest setting is 180 bpm, so like Leon if my heart rate were to suddenly go up to 180 bpm my devise would stand on alert and then make a decision in a few seconds before standing down. It has to identify the rhythm and such. If my rate goes up to 120bpm my pacer will pace and attempt to reduce the rate. I can't remember how many seconds and really do not care to know at what interval it will fire. For me a case of too much info. Does this explain it for you? Everyone's EP varies it a bit. Pam
            Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
            Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
            Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
            SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
            [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
            Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
            Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
            Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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            • #7
              Re: V-tach

              And all devices can have different capabilities. My husband's is like Pam's. It will try pacing therapy before it will fire. Some won't do that.

              Reenie
              Reenie

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

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              • #8
                Re: V-tach

                Well i'm paced all the time so i guess mine would just go off, that was something the doc couldn't fix he said my heart was just too stiff, so they had to turn the pacemaker back on. Hope everyone is having a great day


                Shirley
                Diagnosed 2003
                Myectomy 2-23-2004
                Husband: Ken
                Son: John diagnosed 2004
                Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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                • #9
                  Re: V-tach

                  Thanks for the info people. I’m sure I would learn a whole lot more about it if I ever was in need of one myself. Isn’t it wonderful what science can do?
                  Burt

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                  • #10
                    Re: V-tach

                    Burt.
                    Pam hit the nail on the head. While my unit is set to go off above 180, it needs to read 12 out of 16 beats at that speed. It would then first start pacing, then give me a "milder" shock and if that didn't kick things into gear I would experience the big one! From what they say that will all take place within 3-5 seconds.

                    This episode was for 5 beats. It dosen't sound like much, but I sure felt it. So hopefully my implant will never need to discharge. But if it does, I have it and feel happy for such a friend.
                    Peace,
                    Leon
                    God Squad co-moderator
                    Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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                    • #11
                      Re: V-tach

                      Leon, Then I have lived up to my fathers legacy: we come from a long line of carpenters!
                      Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                      Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                      Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                      SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                      [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                      Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                      Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                      Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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                      • #12
                        Re: V-tach

                        Leon,
                        You are absolutely right. If you’ll pardon the expression, that little box can be a God send. It is good to know such wonderful things exist in this world of ours.
                        Burt

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