To Interesting: Just wanted to let you know that you will probably do very well with your new
hardware. I was diagnosed with CHF in 1993, had a defibrillator installed about late 1995. It saved my life!! I had a very severe heart attack 1996 [in hospital slang they are called "Widowmakers". I had made it to the ER when my Defib. went into action. It literally knocked me to the ground. I felt like I had been hit between the eyes with a huge baseball bat!! This happened twice and was very unpleasent but it took my heart from 220+ beats per minute back down to a steady rythm. I got a heart transplant in 1997 and they gave me the defibrillator with my name engraved on it. Still have it.
Other than the 2 times it was doing its job, I never experienced any discomfort, problems, or had to make any special accomidations for the device. You'll forget that it's there except when you shower because you can feel it beneath your chest wall with your hand, but that's it. Also, it would probably be wise not to walk through metal detectors [like at the airport]. Just tell the attendant you have an implanted medical device and they will screen you by hand--no big deal!
Glad you're getting this lifesaver! Alerdice