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ICDC Surrey

About ICDC Surrey

ICDC SURREY is the support group for patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and their families. We are based at St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, but members are welcome from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Epsom Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital and East Surrey Hospital. We also aim to engage patients and families from other hospital trusts, raising awareness and sharing information through our blog. http://defibrillatorclub.blogspot.co.uk/

Sudden death in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices: a review of research from the USA

27Aug

Take note but don’t worry, Dr Ian Beeton, Consultant Cardiologist writes. Many of our ICD patients will have seen recent newspaper articles with headlines from the USA such as this in The Daily Mail ‘Faulty pacemakers killing 2,000 a year: … Continue reading

  

Drugs for Heart Failure: New and Old

9Oct

My patients have been asking me about the new ‘wonder-drug’ for heart failure, as reported in the ‘Daily Mail’, so I am sure they have been asking you the same thing. The drug is LCZ696* (angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor) and in … Continue reading

  

Your ICD and the DVLA

29Apr

Driving restrictions / Contacting the DVLA You can find the DVLA ‘At a glance’ guide here. One of our members has spent many hours attempting to determine the most straightforward and simple way to inform the DVLA following your device … Continue reading

  

Skiing, hiking and ICDs

9Aug

ICDC Surrey is the support group for patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and their families. We are based at St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, but members are welcome from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Epsom Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital and East … Continue reading

  

ICDs and airport security

29Apr

This information was provided by MHRA to ICDC Surrey for our patients, regarding the use of airport security body scanners and implanted electronic medical devices such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and neurostimulators. During their travels air passengers will encounter … Continue reading

  

Travel with an ICD – just do it!

24Apr

One of our patients writes about travelling with an ICD. Having been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and having an ICD implanted is not really good news. In the great scheme of things its probably means my days on this earth … Continue reading

  

Exercising with an ICD

7Mar

Research has shown that regular exercise and physical activity have numerous benefits for people fitted with an ICD. These include improving your heart and lung function, increasing life expectancy as well as boosting your confidence and energy levels. One of … Continue reading