Waking up with weird feeling in chest

Hi All - I recently posted this on FB as well.  I have a weird question. I have had my ICD (pacemaker & defibrillator) for about 2 years. Since I have had it, I am woken up at night with a weird feeling in my chest. It's very hard to describe but I'll try. It's kind of a crawly, tingly, hummy feeling.At first I thought it was anxiety (considering I could of died : ), but after all this time I am just wondering if that is really it. I found out they only download/test my device remotely once a month so it's not that. Any of you have anything similar? Any ideas?


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Auto Check

by arentas80 - 2020-03-05 16:19:15

Hi there!

Every night at 11:30pm for about 30 second my heart feels weird. The docs told me it's the PM running an auto check. I had them change it to 8am so now everyday at that time I feel the same thing. It's harmless and is just the PM checking itself. I would ask your doc if that might be it. Best of luck!

Alejandro

Auto Check

by ginala2002 - 2020-03-05 16:31:16

Do you know if my bedside monitor has to be plugged in for it to do the check? Wondering if I uplug it until I get the ICD timing changed, if that will stop the check? I have had not instances of VT since I have had the ICD (2 years) so not worried about having the monitor turned off for a little while.

Not sure...

by arentas80 - 2020-03-05 19:34:28

I only have a little remote. Looks like an old cell phone. I don't think unplugging it will do anything but maybe check with your doctors office. Sorry I couldn't help more. Take care!

Self test

by AgentX86 - 2020-03-05 22:00:18

No, the box by your bed has nothing to do with your pacemaker's self test.  It may report the results as it reports whatever your EP has programmed it to report.  However, the box isn't involved in the self test. If you have that much problem with the test, have them turn it off.  It's not a necessity, particularly if it affects your quality of life.

Self test

by ginala2002 - 2020-03-12 16:37:56

Thank you all for your help. Went to the cardiologist and sure enough my ICD does a self test at 2am every morning and that's what has been waking me up for 2 years! They turned it off and I have beed sleeping much better!

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