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    Hello everyone.
    So much seems to be going on here lately. I hope everyone is well. Well I had my second opinion appointment and checked out New England Medical Center. I was very pleased with how informative all the doctors were there. I guess it was kind of funny because I had never seen the technological echos they had there. My ejection fracture has decreased to 30 to 35%. They stopped my verapamil and put me on zestril. They told me that this was the first step. They told me the second step would be biventricular pacing. They told me I am in Congestive heart failure and what is happening is that withing the ventricles of My heart they are not beating in sync. One ventricle is beating and then the other is they aren't beating together. They told me that I will most likely need a heart transplant but there is a second option before the transplant. So I went to my electrocardiologist at brigham today and he's planning to do the biventricular pacing in July has anyone had the biventricular pacing done? any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks so much and god bless you all.

    sincerely,
    Kimberly K. Plaster

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    Kimberly,

    I am so glad that you have gotten a few hints of things that the doctors can do to help you.

    I don't have any advice or answers for you, but please know that we are praying for you and hoping that your news will get better and better.

    Rhoda

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      I haven't had a bi-v pacer put in, but I attended an ICD support group meeting last month where all they talked about was how great Bi-V pacers were. My doctor was performing trials on patients with heart failure by installing Bi-V devices in them, and apparently the results were really great...so great in fact, that he is putting them in all of his heart failure patients. They supposedly improve the ejection fraction as well as making a difference in how the patients felt (for the better, of course). I recommend trying it. It can only help, and maybe it will alleviate the need for the transplant.
      Daughter of Father with HCM
      Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
      Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
      ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
      Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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        Kim, I cannot offer any info other than to hope that the Bi-V pacing work well enough to avoid heart transplant.
        Good Luck & Stay Well.
        Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
        So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
        Good luck and stay well.
        Glen

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