Posted By CCF Cardio MD on July 31, 1997 at 14:09:56:
In Reply to: Implanted Defibrillator (PCD) posted by William on July 29, 1997 at 12:20:54:
: In December of 1993, I had a heart attack, which destroyed approximately 50% of my heart (ejection fraction = approx. 25%). 5 months after the heart attack, I developed ventricular tachycardia, which required that I have a defibrillator surgically implanted. Since that time, I have had 68 episodes of being "paced" and 0 episodes of VT. My question is, when the time comes to have the device "changed", would it be advisable to get only a pacemaker, rather than a PCD, which is uncomfortable and cumbersome?
Thank you for this wonderful forum!
Your ICD was implanted because your doctors felt that your risk of
suffering an episode of sudden death is quite high. Recently, the MADIT
trial which compared the survival rates in patients with ischemic
cardiomyopathy and reduced ejection fraction who had ICDs implanted survived for longer
for a longer periods of time. Therefore, given the available scientific
evidence, it would probably be prudent to continue with the ICD. I would
encourage you to discuss your concerns with your cardiologist or if you
desire seek an appointment with one of our cardiologist who specializes
in the treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.