Need a new battery and a new Medtronic ICD soon.

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Need a new battery and a new Medtronic ICD soon.

Post by Hal » December 26th, 2015, 6:05 pm

At my recent ICD pacer check, I was told that I will need a new battery and probably a new Medtronics ICD shortly. My old battery has lasted about six years and I was shocked once with 5 shocks and once a couple of years later with 1 shock. I have been told it will be an outpatient procedure, but I would like to know what to expect afterwards. For example, will I have to make sure I don't raise my left arm afterwards for awhile? I take a blood thinner (Xarelto), so I hope that doesn't complicate things.


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Post by freckles1880 » December 26th, 2015, 8:03 pm

I don't think you have to worry about a replacement. Yes, you may have to keep the arm down for a short while. And Yes, most of the time you will find it to be an outpatient procedure. Almost all of those who have had a replacement have found it is easier than the original as the leads are left alone. The doctors will tell you upfront if you need to cut back on the blood thinner and for how long.
I am also waiting for a replacement sometime in the next 90 days and am on Warfarin, usually I need to cut off of it for 3-5 days prior to a procedure.

Just think you are getting a newer and more advanced model.


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Post by TruckerRon » December 27th, 2015, 8:42 pm

The new Medtronic Viva XT CRT-D I got last January seems to be using its battery more efficiently and came with a CareLink monitor that uses cell technology instead of relying on my ancient landline.

And as Bob told you, if they're not replacing leads it will be a much quicker recovery time and almost no concern about using the left arm.
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Post by LeoH » December 29th, 2015, 12:54 pm

don´t worry too much. procedure and the "after" is much more simple and faster than first one. there is no such thing as battery replacement. all icd must be change but usually keep wires. i been replaced 3 times already and will change again next year. Just relax and have a very happy new ICD and Happy new Year too
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Post by mykidsmom » December 29th, 2015, 2:46 pm

what everyone is saying is;ll do is 99% of the time a day surgery....and yes the dont lift your arm thingy still applies...Good luck....
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