PVCs & VT = Ablation & possible ICD

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Fireman488
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   Posted 10/13/2012 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a pacemaker for the past 3 years, due to complete heart block.

I have also been suffering from PVCs for some time. Last week while running on the treadmill, I had a run of PVCs which went into VT (248 bpm) for 2-3 minutes.

I was taken the hospital by ambulance.

Now I'm waiting to have an ablation to try to correct the PVCs and resulting VTs.

My cardiologist tells me that if he can correct the PVC and there is no scarring that will be a success.

If he can't correct the PVC or if there is scarring, indicating that more PVCs will develop, he is going to upgrade my pacemaker to an ICD.

I am really concerned about this, because I have read horror stories about ICDs; and the prospect of having an implanted defibrillator in my chest isn't very appealing to say the least.

Has anyone experienced anything like this?

Thanks.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Try not to listen to the horror stories about the implantable ICD as freqeutnly it is only the people with those stories that talk about their ICD.  People who have one and never have any problems don't usually join forums or talk about their device as they are to busy living and enjoying their life.
 
My husband's uncle has the pacemaker and the ICD which were place at least 10 years ago and never has he had any problems with the  device. 
 
If you should need the ICD try to think of it as protection for yourself.  If you believe the manufacturer, ICDs are 98% effective should your cardiac rhythm ever have the need for the ICD to kick in.
 
I will say a prayer that your cardiologist can correct your problem with the ablation.  My thoughts are with you.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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Fireman488
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   Posted 10/14/2012 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks very much Kitt. Your words are very comforting.

I will keep you posted.

Thanks again,

Syd

stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2012 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Syd,
 
I will be looking for an update from you !  :-)
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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