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Suggest treatment for dislodgement of left ventricle post ICD implantation

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Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016
Question: I had an ICD implanted in October of this year, started to have diaphragmatic stimulation about a month ago and come to find out the left ventricle lead that was assisting the lower left portion of my heart has come dislodged. What could have caused this to happen? My surgeon thinks it is repetitive movement as I am a hair stylist> NO one else agrees. I have to have surgery to correct the issue. Also wondering if implanting under the muscle would make a difference? XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Sudden jerk can cause this.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic
I can understand your concern.
Following are the causes which may displace ICD.
1. Sudden movements of the left side of chest.
2. History of blunt chest truma or fall on chest
3. Sneezing
4. Vigorously coughing
Yes, implanting under muscle will definitely give it more support and less chances of displacement.
Hope I have solved your query.
I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (5 minutes later)
Nothing that I have read said anything about sneezing or coughing. It seems to me that 4 months post op, it would be securely attached. I am trying to wrap my head around another surgery if it is going to have the same results, from something so trivial. So this could happen again? Are there any measures I can take to prevent this from re occurring?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I want to know few more things.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
I want to know few things first before answering this query.
1. Do you have single lead or double lead ICD?
2. What was the indication for ICD?
3. Better unit was placed in chest pocket (subcutaneous) or not?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (8 hours later)
It is a Medtronic icd,4 leads one to help pump the bottom left side of heart, one left top, one for correcting,and one for the shock. Indications were heart failure, I am at risk for sudden cardiac death, from arrhythmia. It was placed in a pocket on my left side, not under the muscle.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Better to keep under muscle to prevent displacement.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, you should now ask doctor to put under muscle.
This will prevent displacement.
This is also safe option for long term use.
Hope I have solved your query.
If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for dislodgement of left ventricle post ICD implantation

Brief Answer: Sudden jerk can cause this. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic I can understand your concern. Following are the causes which may displace ICD. 1. Sudden movements of the left side of chest. 2. History of blunt chest truma or fall on chest 3. Sneezing 4. Vigorously coughing Yes, implanting under muscle will definitely give it more support and less chances of displacement. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.