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My father had a Defibrillator installed. After three months he is keeps getting these shocks almost everyday

My father recently changed his pacemaker and had a difibrillator installed, but now after three months he keeps getting these shocks almost everyday and thier becoming more and more intense to the point where he goes almost unconscious. Is there anything he can do to avoid this? Does it have to do with the pharmaceuticals he s taking? The doctors he s seeing now are saying that he might need an implant. Can anyone help?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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I am a paramedic and deal with external pacemaker/defibrillator every day. If the cardiologist knows he is being shocked daily, he has checked that the defib is not failing. Your dads heart is going into ventricular fibrillation or vent. tachycardia causing the defib to shock his heart into a livable rhythm. I have never heard of this happening daily. We get 911 calls all the time for implanted defib going off and we always take them to hospital, so I am surprised he is not admitted to hospital. It cant hurt for a second opinion, but it sound like you would be wasting valuable time. good luck.
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