Post-Heart Attack Defibrillator & Drumming

CavemanD

Junior Member
Hello,

I was wondering if any of you Cardiac Arrest Survivors have a defibrillator implanted in your chest & are still drumming.

I went down in late January but thanks to some quick action I was transported to a hospital, stabilized & eventually operated on. Besides stents, they implanted an S-ICD which is a defibrillator that doesn't penetrate the heart.

If you have an S-ICD or an ICD (traditional "in heart" version) ... how's your recovery been? Any "inappropriate" shocks?

Thanks
 

lefty2

Platinum Member
Wow! Glad you're ok now. I don't have any experience in this area, yet anyway. Have you asked your DR. about drumming? I'm pretty sure there are drummers out there playing in situations like yours, but I would still consult my Dr. about all the physical activity I plan on doing, and see what they have to say about it.
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
I had an external defrib implanted for 9 months about 12 years ago. This followed failure of my heart electrics, not a heart attack. I played during that time, but nothing onerous in terms of gigs / schedules. Your situation is entirely different though, & I'm pleased to know you're in recovery.

It's absolutely consult your specialist time.
 

SmoothOperator

Gold Member
Once I forgot that I had a Dr's when I left my house for my daily bike commute. I ended up going to the appointment in my bike outfit. The Dr. asked if my heart beat was always this low... "Yep".


Maybe time on a trainer is better spent, just sayin'
 

WallyY

Platinum Member
Once I forgot that I had a Dr's when I left my house for my daily bike commute. I ended up going to the appointment in my bike outfit. The Dr. asked if my heart beat was always this low... "Yep".


Maybe time on a trainer is better spent, just sayin'
For incorrigibles, yes, but there's a lot of people who have an inability to mediate systemic inflammation. Their bodies cannot compensate for metabolic stress, even with proper exercise and nutrition.

I bought a defibrillator for the club I manage.
I setup CPR/AED classes there.
It's amazing how many people don't want to bother to get certified in CPR.
It's easy and it's good.
 

SmoothOperator

Gold Member
I've been doing lots of drum dancing with a Native American frame drum. It has a noticeable trance like effect on the heart. I think the motion of holding and playing the drum resembles the prescribed cardio exercises. I can feel the vibrations of the drum go through my chest, and the synchronized steps. Rx
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member

SmoothOperator

Gold Member
Here is a picture of my frame drum, the suspension grip is key. The whole drum vibrates on the grip and you can feel it through your arm and chest.

Another good one to get the heart going are shakers. The rawhide ones are great, but I have a set of large coconut ones. You don't have to shake in one dimensional way, you can add all kinds rolls and trills with the shakers. I just find they are a little high pitched when I get into it(ear plugs).

 

CavemanD

Junior Member
I had an external defrib implanted for 9 months about 12 years ago. This followed failure of my heart electrics, not a heart attack. I played during that time, but nothing onerous in terms of gigs / schedules. Your situation is entirely different though, & I'm pleased to know you're in recovery.

It's absolutely consult your specialist time.
"Failure of Heart Electrics" ... that doesn't sound much fun either. So after those 9 months & the incident, did you get another or a different one?
 

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New member
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