Pacemaker vs defibrillator

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Everything went well and I do not have a pacemaker. I was told by my EP that if I needed an AV node ablation then I would need a pacemaker, thankfully that did not need to happen.
Why did they decide on pacemaker and not a defibrillator? I am just curious, I am learning about both... I'm not sure VT could go on for 19 minutes, though I'm not sure on that...? To be honest, I'm not sure on most stuff. I can relate, however to your situation - I am 34 and am also a mystery to doctors. For the past 10 years I've gotten a lot of shoulder shrugs from them. I had a stroke, no cause was found for that. Now I have what appears to be VT but they can't find a reason for it.
Went through this recently with my aunt - the decisions made though I must say were a squabble among sons and my aunt died a very painful death due to one (who was not involved in her care at all) wanting to withhold morphine, not turn off the pacemaker/defibrillator when they could tell it was only extending, and she was brain dead - it was rather awful. So I do hope that you can work it out peacefully for your mom's sake.
This cardiologist suggested device to resynchronize heart. Went to his EP. Choices were three lead pacemaker defibrillator and stay on Sotalol or try switching to Amiodarone for very short term. He said that EF may indeed be a slight bit less than MRI showed with the regurge. Hopefully device would improve EF and could also improve the regurge. May still need repeat ablation down the road if arrhythmias continued. He said it would be pulmonary vein ablation.
My dad had a stroke on 7/6/04. We were told it was likely in the brain stem & cerebellum & that it was likely not his first. CAT scans were done BUT he has a defibrillator & pacemaker so MRI not feasible. He was stabilized (also some CHF issues) arose & went to reahab (still acute care) for 3 weeks before returning home in wheel chair. Balance & coordination were still not great. He had another episode August 28 (stroke... seizure???
Patients with coronary artery disease and low ejection fraction due to prior heart attacks (ejection fraction less than 35%) may be considered for protection with a ‘defibrillator’ – which is a kind of pacemaker device that shocks the heart back to normal rhythm. This is only recommended if the ejection fraction remains low despite what we call ‘optimal medical treatment’, which is the medications I described previously taken as recommended for 3-6 months.
Hi Lisa, They haven't done a tilt table because my BP when laying down vs. standing up is perfectly normal, there are never any changes and because I don't have any pre-syncope.
They found I had polymorphic VT (malignant arrhythmia's) and I had to stay in the hospital and have tons of tests done then a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted. Within a few months time, my counts were back over 10,000 pvc's and 1,000 pac's daily. I had major complications during the procedure and even after 2 years not in any hurry to have another procedure done, even if they gave me a 100% success rate.
I was just woundering your ideals of the maze vs the pacemaker ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Dean I only refer patients to the Maze procedure as a measure of last resort. It does involve heart surgery and carries the attendant risks.
I had an EPS where the EP triggered long runs of P-VT and went into V-Fib 3 times so I had to have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted. No known cause was found, so I'm still trying to find the cause but haven't yet.
Right, no defibrillator! As for PVCs vs normal beats, isn't that read by looking at the height and shape of the graph? Maybe for his purpose the point would be to see the normal beats on the graph and look for gaps longer than normal between normal beats. Like, if you get bu-bump, bu-bump, bu-bump, bu-bump, bibbitybo, bu-bump, bu-bump -- for him it's the distance of that gap that matters, not the details of whether the gap is filled by biggityep or bibbityoo or whatever.
Is there an easy way to tell when I go into an SVT vs a flutter or PVC? I'm constantly getting different flutters, thumps and flops in the chest and tend to be tachy most of the time. It's just a normal day for me. Thanks for reading and helping....
much more fainting (life long issues) and my brain will be more damaged (mild now)...I fainted about 6 weeks ago and severely sprained my neck...I've had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted and meds for syncope for 2 years and nothing has helped.
my heart stopped 3 times during surgery and I had to have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted. Yes, I'm a very RARE case - I have an echo which shows very mild stuff (it's in my journals) ekg's which show unifocal and multifocal pvc's; and echo, stress test that echo says is "normal" and my stress test was slightly "abnormal" - so where is the flaw; what caused my heart to do this? I've gone to 2 other EP"s and 4 cardiologists and none of them have answers.
I forgot to mention one thing in my original post (We only have 1500 characters). I have always had normal EKG's which was a comfort. Well, I also have another job (lots of nurses have more than one) and they were testing the new EKG machine...on me. It showed a left fascicular posterior block. Now I KNOW I've seen that show up on an EKG in the ER when I went there for a terrible virus a few months ago, but no one even mentioned it there.
Keep an eye on what upsets you or look up on line about food combining and check PH foods vs acidic foods. Do some walking or light excercising and do not eat atleast 4-5 hours before bed. If your hungry have only a light protein snack. This even now is still a work in progress for me but I feel a lot better. I am trying to figure out whether getting this has caused what I suspect to be a succeptible area or pocket somewhere that may or may not heal with time?
I was truly not attempting to be negative or non-supportive of anyone's 'choice' -- I too believe it is a very very personal thing as to treatment options, meds vs. procedures, etc -- faith in doctors, second opinions, research.......... I am not judging anyone. I was just trying to make the point of 'listening' to your heart/body and react as needed.
My SVT ablation was successful but during the procedure they found another 2areas, another SVT and a VT which is very close to my natural pacemaker. The SVT ablation I had done was quite near my natural pacemaker too but they managed to do it successfully just by catheter ablation alone. My VT is even closer to the natural pacemaker and I am going to have that done in a couple of weeks.
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