Defibrillator Phantom Vibrating?

Hi. I am Retta, 44 from Upstate NY. I have CHF and I have had a defibrillator for 11 years. Last year I had a battery change. All was good. After a year I had pain in shoulder and what can be described as a "zzzzz" feeling up my neck. It comes and goes. Cardiologist says "Dont worry, it looks good". Well then it started literally vibrating in my chest! I found out it was a notification and they could turn off the vibrating. And they did. Now every so often, more often than not, i feel a slighjt vibration and it panics me. ANYONE at all know what I am feeling/ experiencing? Thank you.


Muscle spasm?

by lildanishgirl - 2019-06-21 13:50:01

I got my ICD implanted 6 months ago. I'm still getting used to sensations. A couple times now, I've had a beating feeling/vibration right on the ICD area. I thought it was the pacemaker part of my ICD kicking in but when I had the device interrogated, nothing ever showed up! I'm wondering if it's maybe muscle spasms because my body's still getting used to things...? Do you think it's maybe muscle spasms for you because you got your new device just a year ago? Just a thought...

Vibrating Notification

by Grateful Heart - 2019-06-22 13:18:32

If they knew it was a notification, what was the message?  A notification should not be ignored.  Is your new device St. Jude?  If yes, check the St. Jude website for your model.  Some of them have been recalled due to premature battery depletion.   

Some devices vibrate, some sound an alarm.  My Boston Scientific sounded like a watch alarm but would stop before I figured out it was me!   It was low sounding that I could hear it but if a family member was just 2 feet away, they did not hear it.  I was told my device did not alarm when the battery was low but this alarm sounded due to an unusual problem.

It doesn't make sense to me to turn off the vibration and ignore it without knowing why it was giving a notification.  You need some answers ASAP in my opinion.

Grateful Heart 


by girlretta - 2019-06-22 13:49:53

My vibrating was an alarm that something was wrong. But it was not wriong with my heart , but the device actually needed to be turned up higher for that particular problem. I ahave pvc's and a-fib. So screwy!

Ok Good

by Grateful Heart - 2019-06-22 19:27:35

Now we have the rest of the picture.  :)

Grateful Heart


by TooYoungForThis - 2019-07-15 17:53:43

I had this same problem but ended up with emergency surgery. I sent you a PM, please reply.

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