I am 50 years old. I had a heart atttack at age 40 from a blocked LAD. My EF is 32. I walk regularly and jog sometimes. I feel very good. My cardiologist wants me to have a defibrillator. I'd like to delay having this device put in. I've not gone had any pain or I don't have any apparent fibrillation. My Q wave is .0014 (not sure on the exact number).
What are your thoughts? I would like to delay having this done another year.
My doctor wants me to have a defibrillator because my EF is 32. I have not had any V-tachs that I know of. What is V-tach?
My doctor wants to protect me from going into defibrillation where the heart quivers instead of punping. The chances of me going into defibrillation is 7 - 8 percent. He wants the defibrillator to be for protection for that 7-8 percent. If I go into defibrillation I might not come out of it OK or I might not live.
I have had a second opinion and a third opinion. All the cardiologists hve a standard that the AHA wants them to adhere to. I am pretty active and I don't feel I fit in with all the studies that have been done. I don't feel like I'm represented in those studies performed. The electrophysiologist I met with 3 weeks ago said it is all based on my EF.
As for being more pro-active in my own care, I eat a very excellent diet and I exercise regularly; I take care of my stress and I'm happy. I have read about 7-9 books on heart disease but I need academic knowledge. I'm just not sure about those studies and how everything is based on a low EF only.
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