Heart rate spike

My pacemaker is set at 55 bpm, and usually is right there. Lately, though, after a glass or two of red wine before bed, it spikes to 80 bpm, with no chest pain nor shortness of breath; my Kardia Card reads out its ECG info as normal rhythm, normal bpm range (50-100), with no sign of Afib or other irregular rhythms. My bpm usually pops back to the pacemaker setting of 55 after 48 hours or so. What goes? Has anyone else had this unsettling experience?


wine or not

by new to pace.... - 2022-10-22 14:46:55

Would suggest you avoid the wine for  a couple of weeks and see how you feel.  

new to pace

What is unsettling?

by Good Dog - 2022-10-22 15:01:24

The most important question is; How do you feel? It is entirely possible that your heart is beating on its own. It is possible that your body is just reacting to the wine. Are you getting any palpitations? I am not trying to suggest that I know what is happening, but I am only throwing-out a possibility. It doesn't sound like a serious problem. I would revert back to the famous medical phenomenon of a cure: The symptom: It only hurts when I do this. The cure: Stop doing that.



Wouldn't Worry Unless You Feel It

by MinimeJer05 - 2022-10-25 10:47:56


I know all of our situations are different, but I always lean into how I FEEL vs. what I see/record. I work in IT and have all of the "smart tech" under the sun, and sometimes that makes me overly anxious about things. I stopped staring at my Apple Watch heart rhythm or EKG unless I felt like I needed to.

I noticed that my heart will be around 100-120 if I am walking around the house and doing things and then a brief stair climb or just ANY sort of movement and it might spike to 150-160 for a second or two. It COULD be my heart actually doing it (and I don't feel or sense it) or it most-likely is my Watch giving me an inaccurate reading.

If you think the wine is causing it, then safely remove it for a few days and then try it again and see if you notice it.

Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it unless it comes with other uncomfortable symptoms. 

Take care


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