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How do you relieve pain from implantable cardioverter defibrillator surgery?

How do you relieve pain from implantable cardioverter defibrillator surgery?

Pain and AICD: Post-operative pain is normal but should not be excessive. First, what is the cause of the pain? If the surgical site is red, swollen, or oozing fluid, contact the implanting physician immediately. The problem could be serious. ...Read more

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Dr. Liviu Klein
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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Definition)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or icd, is a small device that can automatically detect abnormally fast heart rhythms and stop them with a rapid pulse of paced beats or a shock. It monitors the heart rate and delivers the treatment through special wires, or leads, that may be attached to the inside or outside of the heart or placed under the skin. Most icds ...Read more


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What can I expect from using an 'implantable cardioverter defibrillator'?

Palpitations, jolt: If your heart has a serious rhythm problem, the device should intercede to correct it. When that happens, you may feel palpitations or a jolt in your chest. If the defibrillator didn't intervene, you might never feel anything again! ...Read more

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How can you operate medical devices if the electricity fails?

How can you operate medical devices if the electricity fails?

You mostly cannot: Many of the things we are accustomed to using in medicine require electrical input and will stop operating when the power stops. Most hospitals and many clinics have back up electrical generators for this circumstance. This is not different than all of society, dependent upon technology usually run with electrons. ...Read more

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Can I have Atrial Flutter (AF) while wearing a pacemaker for complete heart block? Do I need ablation or it managable by using medication?

Can I have Atrial Flutter (AF) while wearing a pacemaker for complete heart block? Do I need ablation or it managable by using medication?

Complex question: Your best off using HealthTap Prime to ask this question, since it's complex & answer is nuanced. The only problem, as I see it, is that with ongoing AF, you can develop clots (thombus) that can dislodge & cause a stroke. Your heart RATE should be controlled by the pacemaker, so the only adverse effect of AF would be a stroke. This can be mitigated by anticoagulants (blood thinners). Use HT Prime. ...Read more

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Does an implantable heart monitor hurt? Do they give me pain meds?

Does an implantable heart monitor hurt? Do they give me pain meds?

A little: An implantable loop recorder (ilr) is a 0.5 x 2 CM device (think memory stick type) that goes under your skin in the 3rd rib space on the left side of the chest. The surgical procedure is done under local anesthesia and the incision is very small (~ 1 cm). There is minimal pain involved that is usually controlled with tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Suffering from depression/anxiety after pacemaker/icd surgery. What do you suggest?

ICD: It is not unusual for transient depression after such a procedure. You should realize that the icd is a device which should help protect you from sudden death. As such if you put your mind on it being a positive, hopefully you can adjust your viewpoint and convert your anxiety depression to positive outlook. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of remedies without pain, for postoperative cardiac bypass?

Does anyone know of remedies without pain, for postoperative cardiac bypass?

Pretty normal: Most patients feel different during the first 48 hours but quickly adapt. By two weeks a lot feel back to normal and certainly by 8 weeks the vast majority are back to work and resuming normal activity. Try some stretching exercises and take your pain meds especially during the first two weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the procedure for av fistula placement works?

Can you tell me how the procedure for av fistula placement works?

It works well.: A fistula is the best option for long-term hemodialysis. Your own artery and vein are connected in a small surgical procedure. It takes 6 weeks or more to grow or mature and then 2 needles are inserted for dialysis. There is no artificial material as in an av graft so the fistulas stay open. See www, fistulafirst, org for more info. ...Read more

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I'm in Afib n atrial flutter. can i do some physical exercise? what is the best exercise for patient Afib n Atrial flutter like me?? thank you

I'm in Afib n atrial flutter. can i do some physical exercise? what is the best exercise for patient Afib n Atrial flutter like me?? thank you

Exercise is good for: You must exercise; it is not harmful to your heart rhythm. But do it with moderate pace like a brisk walk for one to two miles daily(start slowly and build it up). Avoid heavy duty weight lifting etc. Good luck ...Read more

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Could you get electro cardioversion without anasthesia, to save money. Bad heart.?

Could you get electro cardioversion without anasthesia, to save money. Bad heart.?

Yes: The anesthesia makes the procedure tolerable. The shock can be quite painful. We give anesthesia that's very short acting so you don't remember it. I would not want to have it without it. ...Read more

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What patients should get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (icd) for heart failure?

What patients should get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (icd) for heart failure?

New Guidelines: This is somewhat complex and will not all fit in 400 characters so I am creating initials. 1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, i.C., with ejection fraction, ef, >30% but <35%, newyork heartassoc, nyha, class ii or iii, and >30 days post mi/revascularization. 2. Ic, ef <30%. 3. Ic, ef between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, 4. Non-ic with ef <35% and nyha class ii or greater. ...Read more

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Having my aortic valve replacement surgery next month.I need to relocate to a different country. How long before i can do that. Any supervision needed?

Having my aortic valve replacement surgery next month.I need to relocate to a different country. How long before i can do that. Any supervision needed?

3 months: Wait at least 3 months. If you have no complications by that time, you should be good to go. At your (young) age, i presume you'll receive a mechanical valve since a bioprosthetic valve won't last long enough. You'll need warfarin/coumadin and will need close medical supervision of your protimes/inr in your new home. Get hooked up with a cardiologist or other doctor there as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I'm having distal clavicle resection surgery. What is the recovery time when i can go back to work an able to lift 75lbs?

I'm having distal clavicle resection surgery. What is the recovery time when i can go back to work an able to lift 75lbs?

Let me explain: There are two ways to do this procedure. 1-using open method. 2_arthroscopy. The recovery time for job like yours i believe will 12-16 weeks. ...Read more

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I need alternative to shoulder replacement to relieve constant pain what about copper compression brace?

I need alternative to shoulder replacement to relieve constant pain what about copper compression brace?

Copper Comp Brace: In my patient population, copper compression sleeves & braces have worked best for muscle pain as well as aching bone pain with joint stiffness. It is not unreasonable for you to try this copper sleeve for comfort sake. Might still need a medicine geared towards your described chronic shoulder pain. Will be great if use of copper sleeve delays your need for shoulder arthroplasty. ...Read more

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Baclofen pump placement surgery incisions does to you back?

Baclofen pump placement surgery incisions does to you back?

Yes for a reason: Baclfen or opioid pump delivers medications into intrathecal space of spinal cord , small amount of medication is directly delivered , ideal to have a small catheter from pump to the space to have less of catheter problems , than longer catheters if it is not in the back. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Defibrillator (Definition)

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a ...Read more