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Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: April 25th, 2017, 11:19 am
by Poppy
I am wondering if some of you can enlighten me. It is now nearly a year since my event with VT. I have made quite a lot of progress since then. From having quite a lot of fatigue last summer to a gradual increase in strength during the Winter months. I now feel reasonably normal. Some of my meds have been reduced in strength and I have been allowed to stop the statins and have had various tests on the device itself.

The trouble is here in the UK is simply that the NHS don't really discuss your individual case. You tend to be on a conveyer belt. They stick the rubber bits on you, tell you that they are going to speed up your heart, which can be a bit painful, although it doesn't last long.
I have not had a shock and don't want one, but is there anyone out there who can boast on never having been shocked ? Would be interested to know. Thanks.

Poppy.

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: April 25th, 2017, 11:26 am
by freckles1880
Poppy wrote:I have not had a shock and don't want one, but is there anyone out there who can boast on never having been shocked ? Would be interested to know. Thanks.

Poppy.
From every survey that we have done it appears that most of us have never been shocked. I don't worry about that as when I do get the jolt I hope the unit just saved my life. The folks I worry about are those who get the shocks when they should not have. Not many but it is usually a hard time to follow.

wavhi

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: April 25th, 2017, 10:44 pm
by 4EverHopeful
Hi Poppy,

I've had my unit since 2012 and have not received any shocks. As Bob stated, I believe that there are more of us on this site who have not received a shock then those of us who have.

If you break down the numbers between those who have been shocked as an "appropriate shock" vs a "non-appropriate shock", I believe that you will find that the "non-appropriate shocks" have been shrinking over the years due to more advanced technology or units now being implanted. That leaves the "appropriate shocks" which totally depends on each individual's heart condition, diagnosis, doctor's expertise, compliance to treatment, or sometimes a heart just misbehaving for no reason at all regardless of how well of treatment one receives, it's beyond our control and a mystery at times for sure...

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 6:26 am
by okapi
Poppy wrote: I have not had a shock and don't want one, but is there anyone out there who can boast on never having been shocked ?
I think it is worth mentioning that while a shock is not exactly fun, it isn't worth getting anxious about it. It is over very fast and makes me feel a lot better instantly so I quickly move on to being most bothered about having just drained a bit of power from the battery. I was first zapped shortly after getting the implant before it had been properly calibrated and am in some ways glad that I then knew what to expect from the experience.

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 12:47 pm
by Poppy
Thanks very much for your reassuring replies to my query,

Poppy.

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: April 27th, 2017, 11:26 am
by TruckerRon
Sometimes two people starting out with the same heart problems can end up with very different experiences with the D part of their device.

I'm in the LBBB group running around with a CRT-D implanted in my chest. Since my SCA and subsequent initial device being installed in Sept 2009, I have had no shocks. During the first year I had a few runs of VT that I was paced out of; adding Sotalol to my daily mix of pharmaceuticals eliminated those.

Others starting with the same problem have had different experiences; they have responded differently to their medications or have experienced other health issues, like needing heart valve replacements.

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: June 16th, 2017, 10:14 am
by manplex
Poppy ,
I thought I was in that group. At my last device replacement , which was 2 years ago and
after 20 years of no zaps, I was seriously thinking, why?
Lucky I kept it because 2 years later - - and they tell me the zaps were appropriate- all
17 of them! it probably saved me.
Would have gone on a while too if I had t gotten an amiodarone drip.
Harold

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: July 7th, 2017, 5:47 pm
by jan122016
Hi,
I've had an ICD for 7 months and have gotten shocked 4 times. I just got a diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis as the reason for the ventricular tachycardia, so I have the ICD for a totally different reason. The standard treatment for sarc is steroids, and they have not been effective (6 weeks so far), as I'm still getting VT. Of course, since they said I could go back to my regular activities I was out doing 2 hour bike rides. I have an ablation scheduled for Monday.

I'm a little envious of you folks that haven't gotten shocked and aren't getting VT anymore. Keep up the good work!

The most ironic thing about this is insurance said my ICD wasn't medically necessary (it's being appealed ).

Jan

Re: Can everyone with an icd expect to get a shock at some time

Posted: March 26th, 2018, 12:06 pm
by PSchorr
I've only had my ICD since December, 2017 and have been shocked 4 times (just 2 incidents: one time, one shock; the next time, 3 shocks in a row.) I live in such terror of getting shocked. They are over fast, and do not hurt once it's over, but they knock me to the ground, and cause such post traumatic stress. I've had 2 ablation attempts which were unsuccessful, and finally a 3rd recently where they ablated an area in my left ventricle. I'm hoping that between the ablation and my medications, I will not be shocked again. I have ventricular tachycardia which they suspect was caused by a virus that I contracted that damaged a small part of my heart.

I am finding it so difficult to live with the fear of getting shocked, even though intellectually, I know it has saved my life twice. Maybe with time, I will not be so afraid of my ICD.