what are the symptoms of SVS?

I have had a Dual Chamber Pacemaker for 7 years.  I have recently been having Fullness, Pressure, & Redness of my Faace & Neck when I lean forward or pick up objects.  My doctor ordered a Chest CT Scan which was read as normal, but the symptoms persist.  Anyone had similar probablems with Pacemaker?



by Gotrhythm - 2019-01-17 15:20:19

Ever curious, I looked up SVS. Could find nothing that related to humans. Is SVS a typo? or maybe you could tell us what SVS stands for.


by sam.tipton - 2019-01-17 17:20:31

I meant SVC Syndrome

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome.

by Selwyn - 2019-01-18 12:05:57


Swelling of the face,neck, arms. Dusky redness of the face.Worse when you bend forwards. Blurred vision. Headache.

I am sure you can get this with pacemakers. This is confirmed by literature:

Venous thrombosis or stenosis after implantation of transvenous pacemaker leads occurs frequently, although this occlusion is usually asymptomatic. ... The incidence of pacemaker-induced superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome, however, is rare, ranging from 1 in 40,000 to 1 in 250 patients 

Any help?

Suggest vascular ultrasound may be helpful?

Red face

by Pippi36 - 2019-03-26 07:07:55

Just came across your post re red face. I had something that may have.been similar but I never did find out why. It was a good few years ago.now but my face.was very.red and looked swollen when I got up.out of bed. Also, like you, if I leant or looked down my face was.bright red.until.I stood up. Did you ever get an answer to.why.this happened? I didn't ever know why it happened altho I asked a few different medical departments. Perhaps mine just went away or meds changed (long time ago so cannot recall). I have an ICD and heart failure. I often wonder if it was fluid retention.

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