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Pam Alexson single mother of 3 wonderful young adults;a special ed teacher, an RN and a senior accountant. Find out more about Pam Alexson
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  • Pam Alexson
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    Gee, I hope there is no $ involved in my change out because they are getting nothing from me. Even if they tried . I have medicare/ BC& BS and usually it is all covered if the doctor deems it necessary , and she does. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Pam

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  • shirleymahoney
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    Well guys

    I have not got one of the right serial numbers thank goodness, i was told right model wrong serial number, i was told i had one of the revised ones i hope, but it does make you wonder when they didn't bother to tell anyone about the flaw for sooooo long and it took someone going public, you know it is a shame well i guess it wasn't their life or one of their loved ones huh

    Shirley

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  • Tricia Wonderly
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    ventak Prism 2 "issues"

    I have confirmed that I am an owner of the potentially flawed device. quite honestly I have been fine with my diagnosis and treatment for 5 years..until now. I am a total mental case trying to decide if I should change out the ICD. Ironically I had my annual at CCF last Wednesday and discussed the situation with Dr. Lever and Dr. Wilkoff. Dr. Wilkoff was very thorough, but statistic oriented in his explanation of the problems that have occurred with the Guidant device. My husband sides with his mathematics..Lever was staying out of it, because he could tell I was about to become emotional(smart guy!) and the decision is ultimately left up to me. It will have to be done eventually RIGHT? UGH!
    I called Guidant and they will give my physician a FREE Guidant device and me up to $2,500 out of pocket expenses(ie. deductibles). The medical expenses will have to be covered by insurance~ I still have to check into that aspect. Do any of us really need this added stress and interruption in our lives? Best of health to all of you!

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  • Pam Alexson
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    Overall the positives far out weigh any negative potentials. Two of my first cousins who were younger died ; they did not know they were at risk of SCD or that they had cardiomyopathy. For me it is a no brainer it is just too bad that a manufacturer took it upon themselves to not value 24,000 lives over the value of stock and potentially poor publicity.

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  • Theguywiththebigheart
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    Making my choice of getting an AICD real hard. Very hard. ......

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  • Pam Alexson
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    I am going to "get the planned date for rmoval" when I see my EP Thurs. I got another call today alerting me to the possible problem I could have with my devise if I need it. I am wondering now if some of the voltage problems thay have seen in my readouts could be from the devise . At the time they could not figure what was happening and have just been monitoring it for increases. I have had a couple about 3-4 weird sensations, like an electrical impulse like when you get zapped by a plug ( small shock) in my left chest. It happened actually before the news release. It made me briefly yelp out loud.

    Pam

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  • Toogoofy317
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    Well,

    I'm the proud owner of one of the defective devices! But, when I talked to the EP nurse in Boston today said I was on the fuzzy side. He said that it may be more harmful to re-implant but said if I was pacer dependent or had several shocks then it should be changed out. I told him I was paced 100% but he said he didn't think I would need an new one because I have a rhythm without the pacer.

    I have to get mine checked out tomorrow anyway. I had a freaking accident today on the turnpike and the seatbealt sits right on the device! OWWWW! I sat in my car for fifteen minutes wrecked an no one even stopped. I nursed my car to my docs office where she took care of me. She felt so bad for me. While I was getting all the x-rays and stuff she ran out to the store and suprised me with a birthday cake. Now that is a compassionate doc!

    If it weren't for her today I think I would have thrown in the towel. I mean really what else can go wrong!

    Mary S.

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  • Daniel X
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    I have the guidant device model 1861. This really upsets me and I am thinking of taking legal action. The mayo clinic has not been responsive to my questions or calls at all and it really pisses me off. Guidant knew about this defect for 3 years and didn't say anything? I think that is very irresponsible.

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  • Lisa Inman
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    Originally posted by Heartmans Wife
    .......Well, this week we found out that they'll cover the cost of the device but not the medical costs - at least that's something!!
    ..............
    Ange
    Oh great, like the ICD is going to do him any good without being implanted...this all makes me angry and I don't even have an ICD--hard to even imagine what it must be like to be one of the folks with the defective ICD's. Good luck, Lisa Inman

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  • Heartmans Wife
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    Hi All-

    Alan's device is one of the ones in question. He has an appointment at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA on June 30 to get it replaced. He is scared to death and this along with my father being very ill has him quite stressed at this point. Neither of us can understand how the company has gone 3 1/2 years knowing that these could be defective and not doing anything, and why they even implanted them after they knew.

    Anyway, I have a call in to the Guidant rep for the area and he hasn't called back - next week I'll try calling every day. We were told last week that since his device is over 3 years old (he had it installed on May 28, 2002), that Guidant would only reimburse our insurance company $6000.00-$8,000.00 of the cost of the replacement (under 3 years, they would have covered the whole cost???) Well, this week we found out that they'll cover the cost of the device but not the medical costs - at least that's something!!

    Lisa, we'll talk to the media - I'd like to get this story out as much as possible. Take care all!!

    Ange

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  • karen cicconetti
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    ICD replacement

    My son Chris is 15 and he also needs to have his ICD replaced. He is not happy and even told the doctor he wasn't doing it . He has since changed his mind but now the Company feels that his can wait because he has never had an irregular rythym or any other problem since he had it put in.


    Karen

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    I have recieved many calls from the press on device issues over the past 2 weeks. If anyone is interested in speaking to members of the press just drop me a note and I will make sure your name gets to the reports. If you would like more information on a particular reporter or the angle they are taking on the piece, call the office and we can discuss it.

    Informing the public is an important part of what we do...your help is appreciated.

    Lisa

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  • Aimee
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    Devices

    It is the Ventak Prizm 2 model 1861 that has the problem. It was listed in the article that Lisa listed. Look on your card and the model number and name are listed.

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  • Toogoofy317
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    How do you know exactly what model is the one recalled. I fall righ in the fuzzy area. Mine is the model specefied and was implanted on NOV 1,2002. Right on the boarderline. I've been trying constantly to get a hold of Dr. Maron but to no avail!

    Mary S.

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  • Aimee
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    Change Out

    Pam I am sorry to hear you need a change out for their mess up!! I live and work in the backyard of Guidant , Medtronic and St Judes. YEP they are all here...and I worked as an EP nurse with the Clinic that did trials for them. I chose Guidant when it came time for my implant .. I was and still remain friends with the reps from the respective companies.... The young man that died as a result was from this area also... I was so upset and angry when I found out that they did this with 3 years of knowing under their belt. The clinic has run through the entire list of Guident patients and plans to replace all the devices of that model number and had a list of nearly 150 to call. The price tag of a human life>

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