I was in the hospital Monday night for a throat infection which was bleeding. My BP was high so they put me on the monitors. My HR was at 132 for two straight hours in ER. They put me on a portable ECG monitor to do a cat-scan thinking I may have bleeding in stomach from taking plavix and aspirin. My pulse dropped immediately to 70 on the portable as soon as the other machine was disconnected. They hooked it back up and both the portable and the wall machine jumped to 132. During cat-scan, rate was normal with portable. They brought me back to ER and as experiment hooked me up again to ECG machine and pulse jumped up to 132.
I think the wall monitor (the thing that looks like a small TV and shows BP, Oxygen, a few ECG waves, and HR). My pacemaker guy says that it is impossible to get electrical feedback from those machines. He says the machine was picking up afterbeats (or something like that) and doubling the actual heart rate. The people in ER said my PM was pacing entire time at 132. They think machine was sending out electrical impulses and messing with my PM.
Pacemaker guy next day said pacemaker was fine after interrogation. He said this happens more often then people realize. However, I had to get an IV which stopped up, had a failed and painful attempt to get another IV, and then finally they got a new IV in. They gave me medicines to lower BP and pulse in IV...which if everything was actually normal is not good. I mean do you really want to lower a heart rate that is already being paced? Isn't that dangerous?
My basic questions: What really happened? Who is right? How can I stop this from happening again? I even have the ECG print out and it says I was in Vent. Tachycardia. Very stressful.