Fast hear beats at nights

Hello! Last night my heart beated very fast. I woke up to have a rest and the HR became ok. I am wondering why it often does this during the nights.

The doctor ordered me betablockers but we later decided together that I do not have to take those because my HR has been ok.

I wonder how long period does the Metronics PM memory have data. Is there any devices available to read pm memory at home?



by Tracey_E - 2008-07-22 09:07:52

I don't know about Metronics, but my St Judes will remember an incident until another incident overwrites it. I think it can remember 3 total. I usually call and tell the receptionist "I had an incident and want to be checked before it's overwritten". That usually gets more attention than "I'd like to be checked".

I know some units can be read over the phone but I think you need the equipment. That's usually only available to people who aren't well enough or close enough to get to a clinic.

Information Stored

by rayan - 2008-07-22 10:07:50

Hi: Was wondering how they can tell if you had a attack, didn't know about the stored memory , Helps a me to understand about questions I had. Dr didn't explain any of this to me. How do they check the device may I ask. Thanks, hope that you are feeling better.


by Tracey_E - 2008-07-22 11:07:20

Rayan, do you mean heart attack? They've have to find the damage. Or do you mean other things I'm calling incidents? Usually you can feel it- dizziness, sudden high rate, things like that.

Bambi, sometimes it can tell too much! My tech always can tell when I've been drinking coffee with caffeine (hr shoots up into the stratosphere) or haven't been working out as much as usual. Good thing I behave most of the time ;o)

I too have a St. Jude

by bambi - 2008-07-22 11:07:27

Unless I didn't hear right, I was told my pacemaker holds 6 months worth of information such as battery life, function of the pacemaker, my average heart rates, and any "red flags". When I go to have my pacer interrogated every 6 months, they place a magnetic wand over my shoulder and on top of the pacemaker site. It is hooked up to a computer that then spits out everything you and your pacemaker have done since your last checkup! [so if you ran that red light last Tuesday, beware!] Tests can be run and adjustments made, and if everything's great, I get a pat on the head, a gold star, and told to come back in 6 months! Hope this helps a little!

Perhaps a Holter

by dward - 2008-07-22 11:07:33

My Medtronics PM records a lot of things "Episodes" of things like PVCs, how often it "kicks in" but (as far as I've been told" it doesn't record your heart rate. For that, you need to have a Holter Monitor test done.
THis will give an accurate reading of your heart rate for 24 or 48 hours, plus they will be able to see exacly WHEN your PM kicks in.

Ask your Doctor...

At night also

by Zombie - 2008-07-22 12:07:43

I've got the dual chamber 2 wire lead ICD by guidant. I also have the latitude heart monitor at home hooked up to the land line phone 24/7. I have to test myself every monday. It keeps track of everything but blood pressure, as far back as the doctor wants it to record. I had a follow up yesterday and he set it to a more sensitive setting, and also opened up another memory chip inside the ICD so it had more memory and could record different events. He explained there is more than one program in my device. My ICD records what day, what time [done to the minute], my heart rate before, during and after the event, type of event and length of event [down to the second]... So far I've had 3 paced events since implant 8 months ago. And each event was about 13 seconds before normal rythmn returned.
I've decided to never sleep again....haha

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