feeling heart beat off and Nausea

Hi,

 

I had my Biotronic Edo 8 impant 3 weeks ago.

The first week, even with little pain recovery was fast and I felt great.

I was diagnosed brady/Tachy cardia with arrithmia

After 1 week my heart started racing even resting never dropped 90-100, so I went to the ER.

The PM was checked by Biotronic techs, everything was ok. Dr. diagnosed Tachycardia and started me on 25mg Atenolol. A Inflammation with liquid was also treated with 9 days of Ibuprofeno

I started to feel more tired after that, but kept on with the recovery instructions, which is resting and short walks.

Yesterday I felt something hard to explain, like my heart is missfiring, or off beat. Only while I'm sitting, standing or walking. While laying down the feeling went away. Little Nausea comes along with it and I get tired fast. Heart rate is in between 60-115, which is ok

I have my checkup until February next year and the only other way is getting back to ER.

I would appreciate any thoughts, otherwise I would have to get back to the ER which I want to avoid.


2 Comments

Very common

by AgentX86 - 2021-11-11 16:35:59

You're almost always assuredly feeling PVCs. These are extremely common after PM implant. There are several threads lately regarding them. They are benign. If you were given a remote box you can send a record while it's happening. You should then call your EP's office an tell them it's coming. They should get back to with the cause.

Not to worry!

 

Brady/tachy and pacemakers and you

by Gotrhythm - 2021-11-12 13:08:51

Back 11 years ago when I started this whole pacemaker journey, I had Brady/Tachy. With hindsight, I can see that I probably had it at least 10 years before diagnosis. For a long time the tachy episodes predominated and were so short lived I didn't know anything was wrong. I'd just feel my heart racing for 30 seconds, rarely longer than a minute, and think, "Well, that was weird."

It was only when the brady episodes got longer and the tachy episodes less frequent that I was diagnosed and got a pacemaker. Here's what I learned.

What you have going on is a good news/bad news situation. The good news: your heart is still capable of beating on it's own--that's what is happening when you have tachy episodes. All by itself your heart is beating faster than the pacemaker's base rate.

The bad news: the pacemaker cannot prevent your heart from beating too fast. It can't subtract beats. It can only add beats when the heart is too slow.

More bad news: those funny out of rhythm, missed-a-step thumps? That's your heart beating before it's supposed to. Again the pacemaker can't fix it.

As AgentX says, What your're feeling is likely PVCS, preventricular contractions. They are harmless. I don't know why, but for some reason, for some people, PVCs are more likely to come on when you lie down.

So when it comes to tachycardia and PVCs, the good news is that the pacemaker is not the cause of the problem. It's working fine. The bad news is that the pacemaker can't fix it.

The other good news is, because you have a pacemaker that will keep your heartrate from going too slow, it's safer for you to take drugs to slow your heartrate.

BTW, not saying it will happen to you, but over the years as my sinus node has failed more and more, the tachy episodes decreased. I haven't had one in years.

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