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What is my life going to be like now that I have a defibrillator?

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Receiving a defibrillator for your heart can be a very powerful experience physically and emotionally, but most people who have defibrillators go on to lead full, happy lives. If you have a defibrillator, you should consult your doctor on whether or not you are subject to any physical restrictions and if there is a specific diet and exercise regimen he or she recommends.

Oftentimes, however, defibrillator patients do not realize the emotional toll that comes along with the device. That is why it is important to surround yourself with a strong support group. Defibrillator support groups can connect you with other patients in your area who can offer advice, resources and guidance. Learning coping techniques from patients who have been through similar struggles can be a very helpful supplement to the information you are already receiving from your doctor.

If you or someone you know would like to attend a defibrillator support group, meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every other month. Call (504) 454-4145 for dates and location.

For more information on cardiac care or to schedule an appointment with someone in Cardiovascular Services at East Jefferson General Hospital, call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000.

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