Travelling With an ICD?

Came across this link on the St Jude Medical website earlier.

Some may find this link useful whether travelling at home or abroad….



Wearing a bra following ICD implant may be a bit uncomfortable.


Hooking and twisting your bra into place can be awkward, to say the least.

Many women have found it more comfortable to purchase front opening bras for this very reason.

For those who favour underwire bras then Ask The ICD at   have all the information that you need on that very subject.



Defibrillators situated in Blaenau Gwent

From: malinda morgan []
Sent: 20 June 2017 09:41
To: Davies, Alun (Aelod Cynulliad | Assembly Member) <>
Subject: Defibrillators

Good morning Alun
We  spoke in Tredegar Park the other Sunday about defibs
I now have some figures for you supplied by N.H.S. Direct.
There are some 40+ defibs throughout Blaenau Gwent and I have a breakdown of these:-

Dental practices 6

Health Centres 10

Schools 8 (6 being in Tredegar)

Sports Centres 4

Sports clubs 5

Care Homes 2

Manufacturing Firms 1

Retail Stores 3

Public Access 3 ( 2 being inTredegar)

I have tried to contact Blaenau Gwent councillors to discuss the lack of defibs in schools and other public places but have had no reply. If you could help in any way I would be very grateful

Mike Morgan
Chairman Gwent Defibbers


Dear Mike,

Alun has suggested meeting up to discuss how best we can take this forward.  If this is acceptable I can provide some potential dates and times?

Best wishes,


Kelly Preston
Office Co-Ordinator and Senior Caseworker for Alun Davies AM
Address/Cyfeiriad            23 Beaufort Street, Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent, NP23 4AQ
Tel/Ffôn                           01495 311160

Feedback to follow…

Volunteer Awards

Excellent news.

Gwent Defibbers support group was nominated for a volunteer award and I am very pleased to announce that we have come runner up in the ‘Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017’ thanks to Wales Council for Voluntary Action.



Gwent Defibbers (Tredegar)

A support group for cardiac arrest survivors and their families has been ‘monumental’ in helping its 90-plus members come to terms with living with the condition.

The ‘Gwent Defibbers’ group was set up in 2009 by Mike Morgan – who suffered a cardiac arrest many years ago – and Sandra Davies, whose husband is also a survivor.  Also involved in the group are Mike’s wife Lynne, Sandra’s husband Jeff, and Liz, who looks after the website.

‘People who have Cardiac Arrest (CA) have a high risk of experiencing another and are offered an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) – a matchbox-sized device implanted into the chest with lead(s) implanted into the heart,’ said Mandie Welch of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

‘This device can save your life by delivering an electric shock directly to the heart, these shocks can be very painful, and living with this device is known to cause anxiety and depression. Gwent Defibbers has been monumental in helping others come to terms with living with their ICD.’

The group runs a buddy system, where patients have the opportunity to discuss their ICD implant with others who have a device, it has raised funds for defibrillators in public places and has a website offering up to date information for all aspects of living with an ICD.

‘All of this is done on a voluntary basis – the arranging of meetings, venues and speakers is a huge task to take on, but they both do it regardless.’ Mandie Welch added.  ‘Mike has recently been diagnosed with severe heart failure, as has Sandra’s husband Jeff, yet they continue to provide their ongoing support to others who need it.  They are both inspirational and deserve to be recognised for their ongoing support and hard work.’

Thank you

UPDATE (July 2017)

Hello all

I hope you are well. Congratulations again on your well-deserved achievement in the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017.

The photos from the event can be viewed here:

I have pleasure in attaching an image that you are welcome to use on your e-mail and other correspondence which highlights your amazing achievement. If you have any questions about its use, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes and congratulations once again.


Kate Gobir 
Swyddog Cymorth Digwyddiadau a Phartneriaethau / Events & Partnerships Support Officer
Cyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru / Wales Council for Voluntary Action

WCVA Volunteer of the Year 2017

WCVA Volunteer of the Year 2017

WCVA Volunteer of the Year 2017