PostBy: Devil5052 On: Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:44 am
beemerboy wrote:Three years ago I had a defibrillator implanted and last year I had the catheter ablation done and that allowed me to reduce a couple of my meds. It's a simple procedure, although for me it was a one day thing (in at 8:30am and out by 2:30 in the afternoon, someone else may take a couple days in the hospital. I feel good and hopefully I'll have no more shocks from "Sparky".
Very interesting Beemer....Did you have Afib? I spoke with my cardiologist about having a defibrillator implanted (if nothing else works) & he discouraged that idea making it sound like the shocks were painful & not worth it. How do you feel about that? I'll mention the catheter ablation idea when I see him Monday. Thanks
Devil5052: Yes, I have been dealing with afib and tachycardia for over 30 years. The defib shocks do hurt but the alternative, to me, was unacceptable. The defib "fired" 3 times about two minutes apart.
Before I went to St Elizabeth's in Brighton, Mass to have Sparky put in I called Medtronic directly and spoke to the head engineer with some question that I had about electrical interference. I talked to him for about an hour, very interesting. I went in and they did an electrophisiology study and then they implanted the defibrillator. I was home in a couple of days. After my defib fired, St.E's got me in three days later and did the ablation procedure and, like I said earlier, it was in and out in a short time. I can't say enough good about St. Elizabeth's Hospital.