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Old 10-18-2016, 08:51 AM
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Default I've got a samsung s7 in my chest

Not quite but I learned the ICD (pacemaker with defib) that I am dependent on 100% has a potentially bad battery and St Jude said the battery can run out in less than a day.

Bummer is that I just had this replacement one put in less than six months ago. The procedure is simple but it means hospital, anaesthesia, and limited use of arm for a couple of three week.
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You have to look at the bright side of things, it's better to find out this way than the other way.
Stay on top of this and tight lines.
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What is this all about ? Are they getting bad lithium ? bad mining ?
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Sorry to hear that. You would think they would introduce wireless charging?
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Sorry to hear that. You would think they would introduce wireless charging?
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Sa.../ucm524666.htm

They tried to have wireless charging and there was extensive testing. Essentially according to my electrophysiologist who was part of the study the big guys (St Jude, Medtronics) killed it as it would hurt their profits. There was a slight issue with the device heating up during the charge (like your phone does) but not an insurmountable problem.

I'm 60 and this will be my fifth. Started due to a freak disease when I was in my late 30's. On the other hand if this happened 50 years ago I'd be dead.
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What is this all about ? Are they getting bad lithium ? bad mining ?
The malfunction occurs when deposits of lithium form within the devices’ batteries and create abnormal electrical connections, leading to battery failure. The problem was identified by medical researchers as far back as 2014. St. Jude said it resolved the problem with a new battery design in 2015. (From the WSJ)
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I have a icd joe. Got it Memorial day. Mine is a Boston Scientific. Which one is yours. Love to communicate with you about your experiences with the ICD
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Joe,

Ever had your defibrillator go off? I understand you may be pacemaker dependent. I'm asking if you have ever been shocked because the gadget thought you needed it?

I had a number of opportunities to see AICD's go off. Anesthesia for cardiac surgery sometimes causes bradycardia and perhaps hypotension enough to trigger the AICD. You can imagine lot's of patients with ischemic disease are quite succeptable to arrest at any time prior to revasularization. Cardiac anesthesia induction is not for sissies. You had to stay on your toes and be ready. It looked to me like the AICD really jolts the patient. (Kind of like an internal kick by a mule)

On another side note, there was an old and beloved family physician in our community had to have heart surgery. He did not receive a pacemaker or AICD. Only bypass grafting. After surgery, and after he was extubated, but still in the ICU he had an arrest. He got the external paddles..... While he was still conscious! (strong nursing and ICU care btw)

I asked him about being defibrillated months later. His reply........"IT HURTS LIKE HELL." God I liked that guy.

So sorry to hear about the recall, and best wishes for getting updated and back in the game.
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Better off than a Note 7, lol. Good luck with the procedure....
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Joe,

Ever had your defibrillator go off? .
No, but I was told that they test it when the device is replaced and that it lifts you off the table.

Replacement set for next week.

My neighbor was a mortician and told me about being freaked out by dead people with beating hearts because of the pacer. He started taking wire cutters with him when he picked up a body.
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No, but I was told that they test it when the device is replaced and that it lifts you off the table.

Replacement set for next week.

My neighbor was a mortician and told me about being freaked out by dead people with beating hearts because of the pacer. He started taking wire cutters with him when he picked up a body.
You were told correctly. And they test every one that is placed before you leave the cath suite. Got to know if it is placed correctly.

Ask your EP doc if they will be giving you a test after they put in your new battery. It wouldn't surprise me if you get the juice.

edit: Didn't read closely your previous post. Looks like you already mentioned you would get tested with the new battery.
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This is all some scary stuff to me, not looking forward to it when its my turn.
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They replaced my ICD today. In at 6AM home by 11AM. Modern medicine. There were eight people scheduled to get theirs done too.

My guess is I'll be hearing from a lawyer soon about a class action.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
They replaced my ICD today. In at 6AM home by 11AM. Modern medicine. There were eight people scheduled to get theirs done too.

My guess is I'll be hearing from a lawyer soon about a class action.
You should have waited - bet you'd have gotten way more money if you burst into flames.

Seriously though, it makes you wonder - they banned the Note 7 from airplanes, not any pacemakers. I this situation more extensive than we think?
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Glad all is good...some scary stuff
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Good news Joe!
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Good news Joe!
Same as ol guide.

Glad you got fixed up and best wishes for no more complications.
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I believe you meant the Note 7.....the S7 is perfectly fine.
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