Stress test

I would like to say first that I have had a pacemaker for 3 years and that I am going in for a stress test June 6. what I would like to know is.If I do this first stress test since they installed my pacemaker, and if something should go wrong, can they revive me being that I have a pacemaker?, please give your in put on this situaion..


worry, worry!

by aldeer - 2008-05-29 04:05:00

Oh my how I worried about my first nuclear stress test after my pacemaker. It is over, tho it made me a little tired for a couple of days, I am just fine. Of course, a few positive words from Smitty helped me thru it. So my advice is just DON'T WORRY, YOU WILL BE JUST FINE!... aldeer

Stress Test

by SMITTY - 2008-05-29 12:05:45

Hello Harry.

Yes, you can receive the same life saving procedures you would receive if you did not have a pacemaker. The procedures used may be a little different than the ones that would be used if you did not have a PM, but that is all.

As for something going wrong, that should be the last of your concerns. That pacemaker will do the same things during the stress test as it does when you are doing any type exercise. If you have a problem when running, walking or any other physical activity, tell the doctors about this, but other wise go get your stress test and please stop worrying.

I've had my PM for 8 years and during that time I have had the treadmill stress test and the chemical stress test and so far as I know my pacemaker could have cared less. The doctors did ask if I had a PM and they seemed to not care, it was just information they needed to have.

Good luck,


stress test

by kaka - 2008-05-29 12:05:47

I have my PM since August 2007 and have had both the nuclear and chemical stress test and everything was fine...I also was very anxious,as it turns out for no reason.

Just relax,


check out cardiac rehab

by tedlutz3 - 2008-05-30 08:05:41

do you have a cardiac rehab unit in your local hospital? if so, ask your doctor if you can take part. the rehab is under guidance of pros. if you can do some of the rehab some-- treadmills, stairclimber, bikes-- you should be able to handle the stress test with confidence. (They also will be monitoring you on stress test and will abort if there is a problem)

true, true!

by bambi - 2008-05-30 11:05:40

I don't have anything else to add to the above posts, except to say that I've had the stress test both ways. A treadmill, and a chemically induced test, due to a knee injury that kept me from being able to walk. I prefer the treadmill since the other one made me feel awful and triggered an asthma attack [of all things!]. I always felt just fine after these tests were done though! As a matter of fact, the test gave my EP a better idea of how I coped with exercise with my PM than just reading the printout at my check ups. He made adjustments that were quite beneficial! Good luck!

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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.