I spoke to the nurse yesterday afternoon, and this is a study being done by Yale University, to follow folks who have ICD and continue to participate in sports at a competitive level. Although, I no longer consider myself in that category, I convinced the nurse otherwise, (I dazzled her with numbers from my cycling spreadsheet log
Basically the study will be done by phone, and they will get all my medical records...which by now are the size of metropolitan phone book, and the quarterly defibrillator reports from my cardiologist's office.
I think the Yale group is more interested in those in the study group that have actually inversions (shocks) and at what time.
I remember after one interrogation...which is when they download info from the device, every three months, it was noted that I was in ventricular tachycardia, for 19 seconds. When the nurse asked me about it, I was able to tell her that I was out riding my bike, and actually knew based on the time, approximately where exactly I was on the course (again the numbers geek in me). I was 11 seconds away from getting shocked that particular time. I had no symptoms at the time, so that would have quite a surprise to me if it in fact did happen.
The nurse was very impressed with my level of activity and how disciplined I am about trying to maintain an exercise program under the current circumstances that I am under, and also how even though I am exercising I do so within the limitations set by the doctors.
Should be interesting to see how this goes
I have only had one shock in the four years I have had the device, and a few arrhythmia's that were recorded as well. What is interesting about the devices is that when you have events, (shocks, arrhythmia's, etc) it records the actual time and date of the event so you can pinpoint the wherefores and whys of what caused said event