Hi good people my pacemaker set to a min heart rater of 60.

But heart is not going below 90 at the moment 

I'm not well at the moment think its a flu bug im on antibiotics and meds. 

I've got a unsual feeling in my chest.

Could the meds or flu cause this I'm going back to family doctor tomorrow morning 



by AgentX86 - 2023-02-12 16:10:23

What meds?  If you're taking over-the-counter drugs be sure they're heart safe.  Anything with a decongestant, like pseudoephedrine, in it is a no-no. They'll often raise blood pressure, heart rate, and drive one's nervous system like a hundred cups of coffee.


by Daedalus - 2023-02-12 21:35:26

Agree with AX86.... that was my go-to decongestant for years.  And on long drives, an espresso coffee and two of those, and I could drive for miles and miles and miles..... lol.

l haven't touched one in over a year.... they're not Afib friendly.  And only decaf. 

So now I can sleep for miles and miles and miles.... 

when in doubt, to go the hospital

by Tracey_E - 2023-02-13 08:25:00

As the others said, some meds can raise the heart rate as can being sick. But if your rate is staying elevated, you need to be seen asap. 

The pacer is a gas pedal, not a brake. The heart can go as fast as it wants on its own, the pacer will just watch. 

What’s the doc say?

by Lavender - 2023-02-13 16:00:03

I'm with the others on over the counter meds issues. How was your dr appt today?


by NOFEAR-ZN - 2023-02-14 00:01:02

Hi went  to the technician he checked my pacemaker found no recodings of any problems sis all the usual testing a ECG. All good. He just said when you body is fighting a infection or on medication can raise your heart rate up.

I did also go see my GP and he said they same thing.But today I'm feeling alot better.It was a scary feeling. Thanks so much for all your help guys 

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