Quick surges of rapid heart rate

Since last visit to cardiologist and having device check i’ve been experiencing rapid heart rates off on on throughout the day. Sometimes when doing nothing but sitting and then when involved with movement that in the past would not have been considered taxing.  Wondering if settings could have been changed on pacemaker?  I will be contacting doctor but I’m interested in knowing if the tech who does checking on pacemaker does anything other than set heart rate?  Mine is set at 60.



by Tracey_E - 2020-09-18 10:04:48

There are lots of settings- max, min, delay, how much signal is used, how it responds to activity and much more. If you aren't doing anything with it happens, it could be you. I would give them a call and ask if they want to see you. Do you have a home monitor? If so, do a download and call to let them know to watch for it, and what time it happened. They should be able to tell if you were pacing at the time. 

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by Gemita - 2020-09-18 10:27:19

Hello Tux,

Quick surges of rapid heart rates are all too familiar for me.  I get them frequently when my heart rhythm is playing up and sometimes many times in a 24 hour period but as long as they stop as quickly as they come, I won't complain.  I do however have arrhythmias, so if these sudden surges of fast heart rates are new for you, I would recommend that as Tracey_E says, you give your doctors a call.  They may want you to do a download when you next experience symptoms, or arrange for you to have an external monitor for 24 hours, seven days or longer to try to pick up what is going on.

It is important I believe to try to get information of what is happening before we go in and change settings.  A good Tech is more than able to change settings on your pacemaker other than set heart rate, once they know what the problem is.  It is possible that some of your settings were changed during your last check but only your device clinic can confirm this and what was changed.  Good luck 

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by Tux - 2020-09-18 11:33:58

Thank you Gemita and Tracy for your response.  Very helpful information.


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