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Anyone Not on meds, have a device and are active?


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  • Anyone Not on meds, have a device and are active?

    Just curious. I was told that I could now come off the meds, after a year on Sotalol. I remained active under docs supervision. I have an ICD, but I am a little scared. Do I spend a life time with side effects or live with the fear of getting a shock when I am on jogging?

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    Re: Anyone Not on meds, have a device and are active?

    Medication alone will not prevent a shock. As a rhythm medication, and not the typical beta blocker or calcium channel blocker most of us are on, you were weaned off it as your heart rhythm has been well behaved. I'd check with the doc as to its settings - to allow you to jog, Know what the watch and fire settings are and wear a active heart monitor to keep below those limits. If you're a dual lead, you can also have them adjust the recover/response, so it slows down when you slow down. I assume when they reviewed the data on the ICD and it shows when and how it responds to your running. Do inquire and note any odd issues (date & time) to compare with the data.
    Diagnosed @ 48
    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
    Quietly going insane . . .


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      Re: Anyone Not on meds, have a device and are active?

      I don't have a device...am on relatively low meds but am exercising pretty hard....pushing to a pretty consistent 85% of rate capacity for a half hour at a time one a run and knock wood so far so good.......I am definitely running not jogging though no wind sprints of bleacher type runs.