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Had defibrillator installed in July anyone playing with one

mizleftmizleft Advanced Members Posts: 411
As mentioned I had a icd installed, iwas told by the doc no golf for 12 weeks.if you had one when did you golf again were any issues with lead pulling out etc.

I've got the itch so bad to try and play but can't .

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  • GWDGWD garywdixon Members Posts: 1,666
    1. Follow the doctor's advice.

    2. Follow the doctor's advice.

    3. See above.



    My frequent playing partner had a pacemaker w/defibrillator installed. He did fine AFTER the incision was completely healed and his doctor said it was OK to play. Note above # 1-3.



    His issue was that the pacemaker wouldn't increase his heart rate so he tired very quickly. His defibrillator never went off. Not your situation.



    No, he didn't die, but moved away.
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  • Forged4everForged4ever Putting is 98%+ Mental..... ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 15,502 ClubWRX
    edited August 2015
    Hey Miz, glad to see that You've bounced back and ready to go image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    First, listen to your doc, lol!!!



    While I do not have the ICD in me, my father had one installed 3 1/2 years ago at the age of 71yo.



    He was/is extremely active, Playing Masters level Squash(Singles & Doubles), along with tennis, golf and downhill skiiing.



    The only changes that he had to make are that he's ambidextrious and played squash from both sides though after the implant, he only plays from the right side(right handed).



    To answer your question regarding golf, as I'm sure that your doc has alwaedy mentioned, folowing the recoup period, there should be no increased risk of a lead failure.



    Obviously if you work out, you should avoid repetitive movements such as "pulldown" excercises either with pulley machines or bands or any movement with our arm above your head on the side of your defibrillator.



    As GW said, listen & let it heal!!!!



    The very best to ya and I wish you nothing but Fairways & Greens when ya hit the course again image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    Stay Well Bro & God Bless



    All the Best,

    Richard
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  • Soloman1Soloman1 Advanced Members Posts: 2,441
    Good plan to listen to the advice of the experts here. Forget what the doctor says.





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  • KYMARKYMAR Advanced Members Posts: 13,257
    Soloman1 wrote:


    Good plan to listen to the advice of the experts here. Forget what the doctor says.





    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here...






    Read the OP again. When did he say he wasn't listening to the Dr? He asked those who have the same device if theyve had any problems once they returned. Hello? Is this thing on? HELLO?



    I know nothing about this Op but i wish you good golf and better health.
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  • Soloman1Soloman1 Advanced Members Posts: 2,441
    It's humor, Kaymer. relax...
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  • Forged4everForged4ever Putting is 98%+ Mental..... ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 15,502 ClubWRX
    KYMAR wrote:

    Soloman1 wrote:


    Good plan to listen to the advice of the experts here. Forget what the doctor says.





    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here...






    Read the OP again. When did he say he wasn't listening to the Dr? He asked those who have the same device if theyve had any problems once they returned. Hello? Is this thing on? HELLO?
    LMAO, ok, this is the third time that I've spit liquids out of my mouth upon reading one of your comments, lol



    Stop!!!



    Just STOP!!!



    LMAO



    Have a great weekend Bro image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    All the Best,

    Richard
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  • mizleftmizleft Advanced Members Posts: 411
    Thanks guys

    I just turned 48

    This was a procedure reqd due to demon gene in my family genetic heart problems.golf for now has a bad seat

    Appreciate all responses.tee high &hit hard

    Glenn
  • q-schoolq-school Advanced Members Posts: 458 ✭✭
    i'm pretty sure they lower handicaps. as long as it's on the left side and you play right handed. otherwise you are screwed. image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />

    good luck!
  • bmetrickbmetrick Members Posts: 3
    I have an ICD, also. I've been playing golf for 3 years with no problem since I took up the game. I am 48 also - genetic heart defect.
  • mizleftmizleft Advanced Members Posts: 411
    Left handed on left side

    Did some putting today,but will not try full swing till next year
  • GuiaGuia Advanced Members Posts: 8,692
    Best of luck.
  • tap in birdietap in birdie Advanced Members Posts: 531
    All I gotta say is God bless you and best of luck. Please document your experience so that those who have this question in the future have more to go off of. This is what the golfing community is all about. I'd love to see a picture of your first tee shot when you get back out. Be sure to post a pic !
  • scratch72 scratch72 Advanced Members Posts: 1,083
    My wife had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in and I golfed the same day. Didn't slow me down at all. But seriously good luck with your ICD it has been a life saver for my wife and she feels better than ever. She has more energy than I do now and never even thinks about it.
  • jaxbeachpackerfanjaxbeachpackerfan Advanced Members Posts: 208
    edited August 2015
    I had a neurostimulator put in in April. Similar issues, don't want the electrodes put in next to the spinal cord to pull out or move. They told me six weeks. I start gently swinging the golf club six weeks to the day, and full golf the next week. No issues. Probably a whole lot different with wires going into the heart, all soft tissue, whereas the spine provides some pretty good anchoring for my wires. Four months later, all good. Best thing I ever did for my back. Went from almost constant discomfort with frequent pain, to virtually no discomfort, even after golf. I'd stick with the Doctor's orders, you'll be surprised how quickly the time goes by. Meanwhile, work a lot on your putting!!!!
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  • snapiersnapier Advanced Members Posts: 784 ✭✭
    I had a Boston Scientific Subcutaneous Defibrillator implanted on October 08, 2013 ten days after experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the age of 57. I was at the TPC Champions Course the morning of September 28 walking out of the clubhouse to the practice area when I suddenly and literally dropped dead - no breathing, no pulse. I was "dead" for only a few minutes and lucky enough to have two physicians standing nearby. They quickly began CPR and I was revived before the EMTs arrived. I was rushed to the hospital, induced into a coma for three days and awakened on Tuesday, not having any idea of what transpired. I have no memory of Saturday's events.



    The survival rate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest is about 5%. Of those 5%, many survivors experience life long cognitive issues. I am very fortunate. I survived with no cognitive issues. There is/was no diagnosis for my experience. My issue was not cardiac related, rather an electrical short circuit that remains unexplained.



    Before my release from the hospital, a Subcutaneous Defibrillator was implanted on my left side, about 5 inches below my armpit, level with the base of my sternum. A wire runs below my skin, perpendicular to my sternum then up the center of sternum another six inches. There are no wires or probes connected to my heart.



    The surgeon suggested I wait eight weeks before golf, mainly to allow the trauma and scar from surgery to heal. After 8 weeks, all was fine. I am always cognizant of the defibrillator, as it is about the size of a deck of cards an protrudes under my skin.



    My golf game nearly returned to normal but still not quite as sharp. Before the incident my index was 3, now it is 5. Although I suffered no physical or mental effects, I am not 100% the same as before, maybe 97%. I think there is something about being dead that "changes" you, a feeling of your molecules being rearranged is the best way I can describe it.



    I am now much less of risk than most people to experience death either from a heart attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest. There is golf after death (and with a defibrillator). And one thing I would like to pass along....If you see someone fall down and out - no pulse, no breath - star CPR immediately. Don't worry about doing it correctly, just do it.
  • jaxbeachpackerfanjaxbeachpackerfan Advanced Members Posts: 208
    snapier wrote:


    I had a Boston Scientific Subcutaneous Defibrillator implanted on October 08, 2013 ten days after experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the age of 57. I was at the TPC Champions Course the morning of September 28 walking out of the clubhouse to the practice area when I suddenly and literally dropped dead - no breathing, no pulse. I was "dead" for only a few minutes and lucky enough to have two physicians standing nearby. They quickly began CPR and I was revived before the EMTs arrived. I was rushed to the hospital, induced into a coma for three days and awakened on Tuesday, not having any idea of what transpired. I have no memory of Saturday's events.



    The survival rate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest is about 5%. Of those 5%, many survivors experience life long cognitive issues. I am very fortunate. I survived with no cognitive issues. There is/was no diagnosis for my experience. My issue was not cardiac related, rather an electrical short circuit that remains unexplained.



    Before my release from the hospital, a Subcutaneous Defibrillator was implanted on my left side, about 5 inches below my armpit, level with the base of my sternum. A wire runs below my skin, perpendicular to my sternum then up the center of sternum another six inches. There are no wires or probes connected to my heart.



    The surgeon suggested I wait eight weeks before golf, mainly to allow the trauma and scar from surgery to heal. After 8 weeks, all was fine. I am always cognizant of the defibrillator, as it is about the size of a deck of cards an protrudes under my skin.



    My golf game nearly returned to normal but still not quite as sharp. Before the incident my index was 3, now it is 5. Although I suffered no physical or mental effects, I am not 100% the same as before, maybe 97%. I think there is something about being dead that "changes" you, a feeling of your molecules being rearranged is the best way I can describe it.



    I am now much less of risk than most people to experience death either from a heart attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest. There is golf after death (and with a defibrillator). And one thing I would like to pass along....If you see someone fall down and out - no pulse, no breath - star CPR immediately. Don't worry about doing it correctly, just do it.




    You indeed are quite fortunate. I have a nephew who was also fortunate, dropped "dead" in his kitchen at the age of 35. Fortunately, his fiancee who is trained as a nurse was standing right there and immediately started CPR while calling 911. He too was in a coma for several days, but like you, escaped with no discernible cognitive issues. Also has the defibrillator. He, too, had no prior heart issues, but has MD, which I guess makes one prone to events like that.
  • tiger168tiger168 Advanced Members Posts: 555 ✭✭
    WOW, just WOW... I wasn't aware I am playing amongst the walking dead!!! I am truly honroed!!! My Dad just had a defibrillator installed and plan never play golf again, I am going to encourage him.
  • mizleftmizleft Advanced Members Posts: 411
    Arvd is the short form of what I have,my bro had near death cardiac event at 27, sister at 34.hence the term demon gene.i have Boston scientific defibrillator as well but have lead to the heart. Thanks for the responses and input.
  • Popeye64Popeye64 Advanced Members Posts: 846
    My step dad has had one in for 20+ years and plays 3x a week.
  • chuck722chuck722 Members Posts: 4
    mizleft wrote:


    As mentioned I had a icd installed, iwas told by the doc no golf for 12 weeks.if you had one when did you golf again were any issues with lead pulling out etc.

    I've got the itch so bad to try and play but can't .
    I just hada S-ICD implanted under the arm pit how did it workout for you ?



    Chuck
  • BB28403BB28403 Advanced Members Posts: 2,723
    edited March 13
    I think I know this stuff ok enough to post.

    Pace makers are for when the heart rate goes too low and you are going to pass out. They prevent the passing out. Keeps it locked at 64-65 BPM and won’t fall below that. Looks cool on a heart monitor .

    The defibrillator shocks your heart if it goes into an potentially lethal arrhythmia .



    Your heart rate can go as high as it wants on a pace maker.

    And the defibrillator just prevents you from dying and needing the paddles. Pretty dang handy!



    Listen to your cardiologist , they make the big bucks for a reason.



    And take what I say with a grain of salt, I mess up the medical stuff docs tell me all the time.

    Good luck to you fellas and hit the links when you can!
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