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  • Scott Stanley
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    Boz
    I just wanted you to know that a right side implant works great. I just have a pacemaker but it hasn't stoped my hunting, the only thing that is going to stop that is that I also still have a clot in the left atrium. Don't let it bother you to much I have been traveling and playing lots of golf with it there.

    I also have been in a-fib since January.


    Scott Stanley

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  • Dana
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    I haven't been on the board for a while, so I'm just reading all these messages. I'm headed to Boston in a week, implant on the 20th. I was there in August for my evaluation, and then Lisa approved of their course of action. No one else in my family shows symptoms either, but I'm pretty sure my grandmother had it. She died in the 30's, so no way of knowing. Good luck with everything.
    Dana

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  • Heartmans Wife
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    Hey Boz-

    Sorry I haven't posted earlier - I've been crazy here at work - has anyone heard that there's a Presidential Election coming up?? My county office is involved in all that good stuff.

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that Alan and I are thinking of you and hope all is well. Will call or PM you soon.

    Looking forward to seeing you up in Boston in early November.

    Ange

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    You are not giving up the chance at a future procedure with the choice to get your ICD.

    You can still try to ablate the pathways...AND have the device already there if the procedure alters your sinus node at all!

    Lisa

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  • Burton Borrok
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    Hi Boz,
    Listen, instead of an AICD I got a vibrator – and let me tell you, it works great fighting the effects of tension and stress. That is, if I can ever get it back from my wife. She used it on my back one day, and I haven’t seen it since.

    I mentioned this before, but Jim poo poo’d the plan – and it works really great. That is bubble baths for two. One good long soak – deserves another.

    I call them home remedies because, well, who would do it in the street? I mean, after all.

    Hang in there buddy. You soon will be talking about it in retrospect.
    Burt

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  • Pam Alexson
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    Boz,

    Sorry to hear things are delayed for now for you. I hope the plan works out and you can then proceed.

    As far as procedures go , Shirley is correct all things can be managed around the AICD. It is just turned off when interventions are performed . Only thing prohibited is an MRI and anything involving large magnets. Radio frequency ablations are OK too , I had a friend who had one w/ the devise.

    It will be good w/ the AICD to cardiovert you. This works well to eliminate the small burn that occurs when they use the paddles. It took a few years for my doc to get it right when I would go into a-fib, when they would test my unit yearly. She kept asking me why I would go into a-fib everytime they tested my AICD. I thought it was funny that she would ask me. She finally found out that it was a timing thing. So far no paddles for almost a year.( Knock on wood).

    You take care and don't drive yourself nuts thinking too much, sometimes you just got to ride these things out.

    Pam

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  • shirleymahoney
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    Boz

    I had open heart surgery with mine in and in August i had a heart cath and it is still working so i think you will be ok, i don't know about the Ablation end of it though maybe someone else does, i hope i help some, try to relax and take it easy

    Shirley

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  • Boz
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    The transesophageal echocardiogram (aka TEE) showed last months clot stuck in the left atrial appendage has not disappeared. So we decided to postpone the whole shooting match until after Thanksgiving. Proceedure was to included starting me on sotalol, implanting the ICD and then using the new device to cardiovert. I've been in A-Fib since the end of July. The sotalol might help the cardioversion to stick this time.

    No one, except my wife, seems too concerned about the fact that a clot is sitting in there, but there sure seems to be a shortage of volunteers willing to kick me into sinus rhythm in this state.

    I am very interested in the right side implant - the only concern Dr. Link has is about being able to supply enough power across the longer leads.

    Something I've been wondering about and haven't asked the DR yet . . . Does having an ICD implant complicate, or even rule out the possibility of having other heart proceedures in the future? For instance: what if - down the road - some one decided that a radio frequency ablation might fix my A-Fib (ala Tony Blair). Or - could these leads even interfere with a heart cath that might be needed?

    Now unfortunatly, I'm going to have some time to think about all this.

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  • Laoshur
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    Boz,
    Just a few weeks (about 3 or 4) after I had the ICD implant, I had a barium swallow (an xray of the upper digestive track). The radiologist was very interested in my results and wanted to show me everything. But frankly, I was only interested in watching those ICD leads snaking back and forth in my chest. What made them so fascinating was that they were really long and snaked back and forth so much that I could not see how I could possibly straighten them out and thus pull them out of my heart. So, I agree with all here. If they say they can implant them right side and that they will be long enough, trust them!

    Rhoda

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  • Dolly (Andrew's mom)
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    Hi Boz,

    My son Andrew has a right side implant. They decided on this since he is left handed and does almost everything with his left arm/shoulder.

    Andrew is a very dare-devil, no fear type kid and nothing he does surprises me anymore! Despite his recklessness he has never had any problems with his right side implant. He does have a deep tissue implant, which gives the box some extra protection from direct blows. The leads have never had any problems and it is now 5 years after original implant.

    Good luck!

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  • Boz
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    Thanks all for the encouragement!

    Before finding this site and the great - 1st hand information, I never would have considered this step. In fact, I probably never would have switched Drs. and would still be in cloud of confusion!

    I go in first thing Monday for a TEE. A month ago they saw a clot in the left atrium. We expect it to be gone now, but if it isn't I guess the proceedure is off.

    Burt - my wife wants the model that comes with GPS capabilities - the one that tracks my every move.

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  • Reenie
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    Good luck, Boz.

    Reenie

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  • Burton Borrok
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    I guess it’s no Quincy-dence that Boz is now in Boz-ton. He must really know where to go to get the very best of care.

    Good luck to you my friend. Ask them for the model that also tells time and gets radio stations. I hear they may include cell phones now too, but there’s no getting away from the monthly phone charges. (You’ll never guess where they put the antenna. - Wahoo.)

    Watch out for the models from South America though. I hear they pace to a rumba beat.
    Burt

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  • Pam Alexson
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    Boz,
    Good luck to you with your implant. They will take good care of you. Of course you know I am a little prejudice and love them all at NEMC
    Best Wishes. Pam

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    Glad to hear you have some answers and a path to follow.

    You are in good hands and I hope all goes well with your ICD!

    Take care!
    Lisa

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