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by dick
February 12th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: New Guy
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: New Guy

The odds are your icd never fires. Make sure you have a GOOD ep and that your device has high settings, ATP and so on. If your device fires, you want to be certain it was absolutely necessary. No idea who did your "ablation," but they should only be done by experienced and well respected eps in a ho...
by dick
February 12th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Well, I have to delurk sometime.
Replies: 8
Views: 559

Re: Well, I have to delurk sometime.

Is your pain only on the left side? Are you left handed? One month seems a reasonable recovery period. Were you careful during that period-keeping the left arm somewhat immobilized? Some people have found there arm frozen by not using it at all. My young, healthy neighbor put together a foozball tab...
by dick
November 12th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: o/t Serious topic...of topic...
Replies: 2
Views: 1023

Re: o/t Serious topic...of topic...

As a recovering dentist, nice move Ron.
by dick
October 30th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Good Article
Replies: 12
Views: 2127

Re: Good Article

Under these scenarios, it would appear we now have the most phenomenal president ever. He and his family have raised greed and avarice to new levels. Meanwhile as for celebrating science breakthroughs: https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/10/29/heart-failure-stem-cell-trial-be-paused-after-ca...
by dick
October 25th, 2018, 7:43 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Hard learned life lessons...
Replies: 22
Views: 3729

Re: Hard learned life lessons...

Interesting topic now.

So can CPR fix a heart attack?
by dick
October 17th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: multiple shocks
Replies: 29
Views: 2892

Re: multiple shocks

On your latest EKG, there is a QRS number. What is it? As I recall, most people that do find benefit from a CRT have a QRS under 150ms. I could be off there, but this allows the great helmeted one to chime in, he would know. How old are you as if you are 95 getting a defibrillator is a clear waste a...
by dick
October 17th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: multiple shocks
Replies: 29
Views: 2892

Re: multiple shocks

Don't take this wrong, but you read too much. And what you are reading seems old or misguided or wrong. You don't wear a red baseball cap for luck do you? My doc has told me up to 10% of people with ICDs will receive an unnecessary/inappropriate shock due to the device getting confused by certain rh...
by dick
October 16th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: multiple shocks
Replies: 29
Views: 2892

Re: multiple shocks

ROBO Pop: It definitely matters if my heart is damaged from 1 or more inappropriate shocks! If the jolt is appropriate then it saved my life. Otherwise it is doing more damage than good, to my heart as well as my mind. Excusez moi madame. You are making a few assumptions here not in evidence. Are y...
by dick
October 15th, 2018, 3:39 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: Echo with or without contrast
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Echo with or without contrast

Well I guess that answers who got the bad bowl of cereal in the morning.

If I might interrupt, other than being able to charge a lot more $$, what are the particular advantages to the patient for a contrasted echo?
by dick
October 15th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: multiple shocks
Replies: 29
Views: 2892

Re: multiple shocks

I wonder if we may be confusing ourselves. My understanding is, a shock is a shock is a shock. 20J or 30J or 40J (joules) all feel the same. In the early days when Robo was a young man perhaps, a device could be set to issue a 20J shock the first time. If that didn't work the next shock would be 30J...
by dick
October 12th, 2018, 4:17 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: multiple shocks
Replies: 29
Views: 2892

Re: multiple shocks

The general guideline is 'more than 2 shocks in a 24 hour period" constitutes a "storm." Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY. Given your experience, something ain't right. You could "see a flash under your skin?" How did you do that? How long have you had your device? DO you have remote transmission equ...
by dick
October 10th, 2018, 10:10 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: OT: US cell phone service
Replies: 7
Views: 1408

Re: OT: US cell phone service

I currently use the crooks from Verizon and they are a lot more than $28 a month. Can't say I have heard of Puppy Wireless, but cute name. I have heard of Consumer Cellular and there plans and options and costs seem very similar to Puppy. I think they use AT&T towers. I will check out Puppy. Had a f...
by dick
October 10th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: CRT, pacing and PVCs
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

Re: CRT, pacing and PVCs

Understanding PVCs appears to be a problem. I went back to my interrogation/transmission reports and as of April I was being paced at 98%. However in September my pacing was down to 92% and the other day it was down to 91%. My EP tech interrogator said they get concerned when it gets into the 85-87 ...
by dick
October 9th, 2018, 10:46 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: CRT, pacing and PVCs
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

Re: CRT, pacing and PVCs

You raise a good point. I am looking now at my interrogation report (Boston Scientific) and under a section titled Brady/CRT Counters then Ventricular Counters then "Total PVCs" it lists 0 (as in zero). I would note they may have tried to explain that to me but I did not grasp it. Something to the e...
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October 9th, 2018, 8:08 pm
Forum: Main Forum 2019
Topic: CRT, pacing and PVCs
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

CRT, pacing and PVCs

I had a CRT installed some 5 years ago. Everything has been good. Today during an interrogation the tech noticed a change. In the past I was being paced about 100% of the time. Now it looks like I'm being paced 90% of the time. The likely explanation so far is I am having a number of PVCs which make...