End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

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End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

Post by freckles1880 » December 14th, 2015, 9:12 am

For those of us who want to make sure our families understand our needs.


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Medtronic-Visia AF implanted 7-8-2016 stayed with the with 6947 Sprint Quattro Secure lead. Original ICD implant 2-4-2009. ICD turned off 10-6-17 as stage 4 lung cancer taking over.
Major heart attack, carcinogenic shock and quad bypass 10-13-08 post myocardial infarction, old inferior MI complicated by shock and CHF, combined, Atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic Aneurysm, Seroma 7 cm, left leg. Stent in the left main vein 10-7-2014

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Post by Grammaram » December 14th, 2015, 8:50 pm

I thought the piece was well written; it was informative, and also sensitive to the seriousness of the topic. I guess I still want to think I've got a lot of "time" left and haven't really made an effort to do any end of life planning. Maybe it's just pre-procedure jitters, but I am now wondering if I should start thinking about putting something in writing for my family for the future. Maybe that's a question I could throw out here: at what point should we consider creating a living will/ advance directives? Im thinking it's still too early for me to go polishing up my golf clubs, but I also know I'm at a point where things could happen that are life changing.

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Re: End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

Post by freckles1880 » December 15th, 2015, 8:28 am

Grammaram wrote:Maybe it's just pre-procedure jitters, but I am now wondering if I should start thinking about putting something in writing for my family for the future. Maybe that's a question I could throw out here: at what point should we consider creating a living will/ advance directives? Im thinking it's still too early for me to go polishing up my golf clubs, but I also know I'm at a point where things could happen that are life changing.

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Although many of us who are age challenged may think of the need for the documents they are really necessary for everyone. When you consider so many ways a family can be made to think about the worse because of an auto or some other type accident. I also expect to be around for a while as there are many things I have yet to do, but things do happen. Making the decision for living wills and advance directives should be made now and updated if necessary. It saves loved ones a lot of unnecessary grief later.

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Medtronic-Visia AF implanted 7-8-2016 stayed with the with 6947 Sprint Quattro Secure lead. Original ICD implant 2-4-2009. ICD turned off 10-6-17 as stage 4 lung cancer taking over.
Major heart attack, carcinogenic shock and quad bypass 10-13-08 post myocardial infarction, old inferior MI complicated by shock and CHF, combined, Atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic Aneurysm, Seroma 7 cm, left leg. Stent in the left main vein 10-7-2014

My "Wardens" are my bride of 54+ years and my daughters.

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Re: End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

Post by lilbit33 » December 16th, 2015, 11:27 pm

Grammaram wrote:Maybe that's a question I could throw out here: at what point should we consider creating a living will/ advance directives? Im thinking it's still too early for me to go polishing up my golf clubs, but I also know I'm at a point where things could happen that are life changing.

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That is a great and very important question. I agree with Freckles in that things do happen that we do not expect. I am barely into my 20s and have made a will and all that and have my parents as my advance directives, as they know my wishes. I see it as just a safety net, a thing in the background or like a body guard who watches and is only there if there is trouble (analogies work for my mind to comprehend and accept things). I dont expect to need it now or in the near future, but knowing I have the medical issues I have, it is comforting knowing should something happen, I have the right things in place to have the best care/plan for me :)
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Re: End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

Post by mykidsmom » December 17th, 2015, 8:42 pm

so i didnt see anywhere in the article about HOW to switch them off....id hate to be on my last breath and my last visual to be poor willie sitting on a magnet on my chest....??
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Re: End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

Post by freckles1880 » December 18th, 2015, 8:59 am

mykidsmom wrote:so i didnt see anywhere in the article about HOW to switch them off....id hate to be on my last breath and my last visual to be poor willie sitting on a magnet on my chest....??
That would be for the medical team to do. Your "representative" would agree to it. Some of our members have a magnet but I am not sure their "representative" would be the one to use it.

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Medtronic-Visia AF implanted 7-8-2016 stayed with the with 6947 Sprint Quattro Secure lead. Original ICD implant 2-4-2009. ICD turned off 10-6-17 as stage 4 lung cancer taking over.
Major heart attack, carcinogenic shock and quad bypass 10-13-08 post myocardial infarction, old inferior MI complicated by shock and CHF, combined, Atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic Aneurysm, Seroma 7 cm, left leg. Stent in the left main vein 10-7-2014

My "Wardens" are my bride of 54+ years and my daughters.

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Re: End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

Post by mykidsmom » December 18th, 2015, 9:59 am

well thank heavens for that lol..
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