Heart 'jumping'

I would like to know whether it's normal to experience a strange sensation in your chest, as if you can feel your heart nearly jumping out of your throat with a pacemaker. I've just experienced such a feeling and it was really scary. I have experienced 'flutters' before but nothing as strong as this. Could it be the pacemaker kicking in, and therefore nothing to worry about? I am really tired at the moment and a little stressed (more so since experiencing this 'flutter'). Thank you for your responses.


Stress is baaaaad!

by dward - 2007-10-02 04:10:26

Dear Morlew,
If you look at my past postings, you will see I too have had strange feelings in my throat since my PM installation. I think there are a few possible reasons this can happen.
They keep telling me: "You shouldn't feel your pacer working at all."
I say: "Okay, but I DO feel it!"

It can make you feel pretty stressed, which they say is not good for your heart!?!?

Anyhow, I have also been told that SOME people CAN feel their pacemaker... lucky us eh?

I am going to a Pacemaker/Cardiologist tomorrow to see if my lower lead may be stimulating a nerve - because I also get the odd muscle twitch when they make the lower lead kick in.

You know, I have decided instead of getting all stressed about it - I'm going to just keep letting the PM techs and Docs know what I'm feeling and let them figure it out.

But to answer your question, YES, you can sometimes get a strnge sensation, especially for the first couple of months (mine has been in since May 07).
I keep a log and note what time of day I get the weird sensations, what they feel like, and what I was doing.
You may want to do that and take it with you to your next Doctor visit or Pacemaker check-up.

Try not to stress...


YES, exactly

by scpck - 2007-10-03 08:10:07

Three times now this week. Under no stress internal or external. Just like a hard punch in the gut enought to push my heart straigh OUT!

Thank You from Morlew

by Morlew - 2007-10-04 05:10:43

Thank you 'dward' for the above comment. I have also been told by my pacemaker technician that some of us are more sensitive to feeling the pm than others. I suppose it's just something that I have to get used to, it's just difficult not knowing anybody else with a pm and having nobody 'who knows' that can put your mind at ease when you experience new sensations.

Thank you again. I appreciate your response.


Feeling in throat... then, COUGH!

by leila - 2007-11-07 10:11:36

I too have had odd sensations and feelings when my pacemaker is working. One sensation is everytime it goes on, it is like a flutter times 10 in my chest. A hard, fast, flutter. Make sense? I know, not really. Then, I get a second sensation. I can feel my heart beating in my throat, right where the sternum and collar boat meet kind of. It also makes me cough fiercely when the sensation occurs. I talked to the technician who checks my pacemaker, and she told me I was NOT crazy. That's right folks, I still have some sanity. She said that some people are more sensitive then others to their pacemakers. As far as the feeling in the throat, she said she most commonly sees this in patients who had vaso vagal syncope, or similar situations that had caused them to have a pacemaker implanted. I feel this sensation only when one of the leads is working ( Sorry, I forget which one). So, I hope this helps, feel free to contact me, I hope to be finding out more about this. Thanks

me too

by ronpage - 2007-12-06 12:12:52

Glad to hear that others have experienced a 'flutter' in the chest at times. I've felt that, also. I don't know if I'm feeling the pacemaker working, or if I'm simply feeling the increased heart rate caused by the PM working. My PM's function is only to keep my HR from dropping below 55. My HR does seem to increase much more quickly now than before getting my PM a month ago, so maybe that's what I'm feeling. Or, maybe the PM is momentarily firing at a faster rate and that's what I feel.

I'll find out more when the PM Tech reads all the info at my 3 month checkup in Feb. Meanwhile, it's nice to know that others have the same sensations at times.

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