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  • #31
    Esther, I'm glad you told us why some people have their ICD's tested that way. I wasn't sure if it was a patient-by-patient decision or a doctor's preference. Maybe it could be a combination of the two.


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


    • #32
      Well i can't get paced anymore my top lead don't work anymore, it was shorting out last year and now they said it is doing nothing so they turned it off but said it would still shock me if i needed it, she said that comes from the ventricle lead

      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


      • #33
        I never knew why they kept testing my ICD every year via shock. I just thought it was the "thing to do" yearly when you have an ICD.

        It's no big deal. I go the day before the ICD test for an x-ray, blood test and talk with the doctor that will be doing the procedure. The next day I am admitted, taken to the cath lab, put to sleep, wake up then taken to my room. If all goes well, I go home the same day. If there is unforeseen complications, who knows?? I have been very fortunate that my ICD is working and no complications.

        I'm good to go until Feburary 2006.