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RevFreaknic
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/28/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
wink  I, I am new here and looking to find some support. I am 35 year's old and had an ICD implanted about 3 years. I have gone through a whole slew of medications and have been trying to deal with things the best I can. I hope to here from some of you.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/28/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello RevFreaknic

Welcome to HealingWell and the Heart & Cardiovascular Disease Forum.

I am so glad you found us.  You have joined a great Peer Support sit and I do hope you hear from some of the members.

Perhaps you could share a bit more about yourself and any concerns if you feel comfortable.

I am Kitt and my background includes Critical Care Nursing and Hypertension which I control well on medication.

Again a warm hello to you.

Kitt


 

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RevFreaknic
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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx Kitt,
Ummm, where to begin.
At 16 I was diagnosed with a (harmless) heart murmur. At 25ish I was going to have knee surgery and they heard (something strange" in my chest. I went to a cardiologist and was diagnosed with ASH and was prescribed Nadol (I think). Over the years I have had episodes where my heart went "crazy". I have since found out I was in arythmia and sever A-fib. One Dr. was amazed that I was alive in the middle of an episode. After misdiagnosing myself (thought it was stress related) and stopped taking meds. In 2006 I was walking and had an episode, I went to a clinic and after being at rest for about 2 hours my BP was 203/120, the Dr's there strongly suggested I go to the ER. I did, about a day or 2 later I was woken up by a Dr. telling me I need an ICD (something like a Pacemaker) and that I had strong signs of sudden cardiac death. I have cardio myopothy, hypertension, low ejection fraction, A-fib/Atrial flutter, arythmia... and abunch more. I presently take 400mg. of Amiodarone 2x's daily, Lisinopril, coumadin, deltiazem, pravastatin. Did I mention that both my mother and oldest brother died due to heart problems. I think that's a good start. Please respond, I could really use some friends who can relate to/understand heart problems.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for sharing Rev. For those members  that are not familiar, ASH = asymmetric septal hypertrophy :)

I am so glad you finally made that trip to the ER.  You my friend are one of the few that contributed your sx to stress to have them turn out to be cardiac in nature. 

Chronic Illness and stress  go hand in hand. Stress is a natural part of dealing with a chronic illness. I am glad to see you reach out to a communitry like HealingWell and look for peer support........I am proud of you for taking the first step is finding peers to help you. Sharing your story and problems plus your successes is a good way to stay grounded.

Again for members who may not know an  implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is designed to quickly detect a life-threatening arrhythmia and prevent sudden cardiac death. Nearly 3 million US patients have ICDs and I am glad one of them is you Rev as they are a wonderful thing.

Stick with us and know we care.

Gentle Hugs,

Kitt


RevFreaknic
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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for making me feel welcome Kitt. I would love to talk with some people who have ICD's/Pacemakers and had several procedures (cardioversion, ablation...) and trying to deal with meds and there unpleasnat side effects. I am positive most of the time, but sometimes really need an understanding ear.
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