Hi, been off here for a while, due to health issues. Anyway, I had an ICD implant on 12th Aug. It should have been a 3 lead connection, but halfway through the procedure, I experienced the most severe pain in the middle of my back & chest. Neither me or my EP could explain it, as my heart was functioning normally. I was given morphine. he had to cut short the op. and connect only 2 leads. When I was returned to the ward in the bed, sitting up, the pain was well gone within 20 mins. On reflection, I think the pain was from acid reflux, which I've had for several years. Lying flat on the operating table must have triggered it, as I would never normally lie flat. My bedhead is raised to try and offset an attack. The pain from acid reflux can be as severe as a heart attack, it was certainly excruciating in the theatre. Now, because I have only a 2 lead device, I will need an av node ablation at some point.
I had an episode of AF 3 days after the op, (I'd had two months free of it prior to!), it lasted 5 days and I was re-admitted to hospital, where they increased Bisoprolol to 10mg. Since then, I've had short sporadic episodes.
During that 1 day stay, I contracted a viral infection!! It absolutely floored me, I felt so ill, weak and so tired all the time. It lasted for over 2 weeks, I've only just started to feel better these last few days. Hospitals are'nt always the healthiest places to be!
Hope all here are reasonably well. Nice to be back.