1. Will I be able to feel the implanted Cameron Health S-ICD System? Many people are aware of their implanted S-ICD System, but quickly become used to it over a short period of time.
2. Can I participate in physical activities such as running, skiing, and sexual intimacy? Generally, the S-ICD System is compatible with an active lifestyle. After your recovery, your physician will advise you on when you can get back to your regular activities.
3. How does the system know not to shock me when my heart is beating faster, such as when exercising? With highly advanced technology, the S-ICD System is designed to detect the difference between increased heart rates due to exercise and dangerously fast heart rhythms due to ventricular fibrillation (VF).
4. How often will I get shocked? Therapy delivery varies for each patient and depends on your specific heart condition. For each instance of sudden cardiac arrest, a single therapeutic shock will be delivered to restore the heart’s natural rhythm. After a shock is delivered, the S-ICD System will continue to monitor your heart and deliver an additional shock if needed.
5. What does a shock feel like? People have reported a wide range of experiences as a result of receiving a shock, from a mild thump to a kick in the chest. While the shock may be painful, this means your S-ICD System is monitoring and responding to dangerous heart rhythm irregularities.
6. Will I be able to travel with the S-ICD System? Your physician or nurse will give you a Cameron Health Patient Identity Card (ID card) after the procedure. This ID card lets people know you have a S-ICD System and provides medical device, implant date, and physician information. Be sure to carry your card to alert healthcare professionals and airport security about your device. If you plan to travel and don’t have a Patient ID card, you can print a temporary card, and show other forms of identification to airport security. The card has six languages that help explain that your device may trigger airport security alarms.
7. What do I do if I get shocked? Consult your physician on what to do if you receive a shock.
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