Blow to the area where PM implanted

Good morning:  I have a quick question, I took nearly a direct blow to the area where my PM is implanted from an overzealous grandson just yesterday.  It caused discomfort for a while after and not sure if it feels off or a bit uncomfortable today or if I am just hyper aware of the PM and area.

Any experiences with this type of thing??


4 Comments

Direct Hit

by doublehorn48 - 2021-07-19 11:49:06

Yeah, when I get hit on the pm it feels like a pinch.  A blow to the pm won't hurt it, but the leads could be damaged.  I say this because it is always mentioned but I can't remember ever seeing where someone's leads were damaged.  I've never been sore except for the initial blow.  If I have to be hit on my pm I would choose a grandchild for the incident.

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done that!

by Tracey_E - 2021-07-19 16:11:38

I've had 3 direct hits over the years, hard enough to bruise. One was a toddler foot. Once one of my dogs knocked my knee from the back and I went flying into a sharp corner, stuck my hand out to protect my face and my chest caught the corner of the steel door. The one that makes my ep roll his eyes the most was scaling a wall in a Spartan race, I caught the edge of the pacer on the wall. It shifted permanently and was sore for weeks.  The pacer was fine each time. They are a lot tougher than we are.

Ice will help it feel better.

If in doubt, send an interrogation report. 

There used to be a video on Heartbeat International's website of a boy who was shot in the chest, the pacer stopped the bullet and saved his life... and kept on pacing. Titanium for the win!

Oh, yes

by TLee - 2021-07-19 20:18:45

I posted a couple of months back with the same worry. Dropped something from the top shelf in the grocery store right onto my pacemaker. The area was still pretty tender & it hurt like crazy! No lasting harm done though. 

A blow to the area...

by TAC - 2021-07-22 17:55:55

There are two issues:

1- A trauma to the tissue surrounding the pacemaker.

2- Damage to the mechanism of the pacemaker.

Unless it's a major accident, like a car accident or a very severe fall, I doubt that the pacemaker or the leads could be damaged during a mild blow to the PM area. Of course, the tissues around the PM could be easily bruised.

 

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