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Old 01-04-2015, 05:56 PM   #1
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Travel with a defib

hi all I was just wondering how many people travel with a fib?
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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hi all I was just wondering how many people travel with a fib?
Went AF about a year ago. Heart threw some clots to the brain. Complete recovery in a few days. Found out my heart also stops sometime for seconds at a time. So, pacer for stopping, blood thinners just in case of AF for the clots. Sure hope they work! Still travel and go anywhere I want to.

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Old 01-04-2015, 06:33 PM   #3
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Have they suggested an ablation? Medication?
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:51 PM   #4
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Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrythmia that is fairly common as we age. Sometimes it can be treated with mediation or cardioversion, trying to shock the heart back into normal sinus rhythm. Sometimes we have to live with it, and you may be more tired than usual. However, you should be treated by a cardiologist with medication for the condition and certainly with an anticoagulent, since the atrium of the heart is not emptyng fully and it predisposes you to a stroke. Many folks do just fine with this condition, but you need to be treated by a cardiologist. Spent 20+ years as a cardiology RN.
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As a matter of fact, have labs today and will see cardiologist is another week. My son is also a doctor, about 2,000 miles away, but he keeps reminding me to take my meds.

No talk of ablation... yet. I have read up on it and still have reservations on its effectiveness. But if that come up, I'm sure my son would chime in.

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Old 01-05-2015, 09:40 AM   #6
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I will once I can afford one, but then I'm also trained in it's use.

Folks, This can save a life.. Find places in your area that offer CPR or CPR with AED classes, Take the class, Get certified,

Some places offering them are
Hospitals
Fire Departments
Red Cross
and in my case.. CHURCH.

If you are involved with a church or other gathering place, Encourage them to obtain an AED and have at least a few folks trained in how to use it...

I have seen CPR save a life more than once.
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I don't know what statement is true, do I travel with a defib? or does it travel with me. It's sewn into a pocket in my chest and they just sew in another when the battery wears out. Mine requires a monitor' linked by phone to a data base somewhere in MN. When I first got it I would have to rely on the good folks in the RV offices to let me connect to their landline and send the report weekly. Now it is much easier, When we move into our rv each trip I simply plug it into an electric circuit nearby my bed and it reads what it needs during the night. I also pay for a service that makes adaptable cell phones to send the report automatically. As I recll the cell phone reader cost me $10.99 a month.
Ya could say I don't leave home without it!
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We have been carting one around for three years. No real reason to have it so just insurance for us and anyone else who might need it.
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Two different types people are talking about. One is the kind implanted in the chest, the other is a portable device used during CPR. I am assuming the original poster is referring to the kind planted in the chest.
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Where as I assumed the AED (Portable device) however it is good the thread is covering both. one should never assume.

Folks, I will say again, IF you have not done so.. Take a CPR or CPR with AED class, GET CERTIFIED.. You may some day save a life.

I have witnessed more than one life being saved by CPR.
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I agree on TAKE A CPR CLASS. I have been certified in CPR for over 35 years. I have done CPR many, many times. Work in a hospital. Unfortunately I am the only one in my family who knows so I get to die if I have an MI and everyone else gets a chance.


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My son has had 2 ablations in the past and last July had the nContact procedure done.
So far, so good for him. He's in his early 40's and has been having this problem since he was about 19 or 20. Hopefully this will be the last for him. Look at this procedure here nContact.com Seems much better the just the ablation.
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CPR saves only about 5% and that is when it is performed immediately. Just about every year they change the procedure too. Last time I took the course they had dropped the breathing. Since 2003 I've had a pacemaker, new ones are much smaller and have new software that mimics the actual beating of the heart better. Mine paces 95 to 98% of the time and my old one lasted 8 years. Not bad for a battery based device. Wish my RV batteries would last as long.
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I had one implanted no more worries
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