Testing Anomaly

On my recent in-office pacer testing, my tech adjusted my settings because my heart was beating on it's own when she turned off pacer.  She was very confused about this and looked up my previous 2 visit test results where I was not pacing on my own independantly. (Complete heart block).  She said she had never seen this before.  Is it possible to get better?  Could diet have something to do with this? (Recently went Carnivore Diet) Also have been taking Electrolytes more regularly because I have been having trouble keeping hydrated.  Hmmmmm.....


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Miracle cure

by AgentX86 - 2019-07-19 13:19:21

It's possible to get better. There are illnesses that will cause cardiac electrical problems that will clear once the infection subsides. Is it because you're eating (or not eating) meat? Nope. Is it because you're drinking expensive water? Nope.

The only "electrolyte" in these drinks if any consequence is sodium (salt). Have you been diagnosed with low magnesium or potassium? If not, don't go out of your way for more. If so, your doctor can tell you what to take.

You ARE seeing an electrophysiologist, right?

No PM

by doublehorn48 - 2019-07-19 15:07:50

I believe I've seen one person on this board that had actually gotten better.  Everyone thinks, hopes, they will get better.  That said maybe you are getting better.  Go with the flow.  You could be the second one to get better.

Been tested for Lyme disease?

by crustyg - 2019-07-20 02:57:46


Hi: Lyme disease can present as Atrial Flutter, can produce heartblock neither of which should be treated with anything until the Lyme infection has been cleared.

Have you been tested for Lyme?  I see you've had your PM for years - but you live in an area where Lyme is well known.

Blood tests in the early stages aren't usually that difficult to interpret, but it can become more difficult in later stages, although an expert can usually tell the difference between someone who has *had* Lyme and someone who still has an active infection.

how long

by Tracey_E - 2019-07-20 12:01:09

Had you not been pacing since your last visit or were you just beating on your own during the few minutes for the test? Having complete block doent  mean we can't have short episodes of beating normally. It's more likely it was a blip. 

I've been paced 25 years, pretty much every beat. Once when I went for a check, I was beating in the 60's on my own. I was shocked. The tech was shocked. I got all excited and had visions of not needing the pacer so I asked if I'd been pacing less. Yep, sure had! 99.4 instead of 99.9. Guess I'll keep the pacer lol. And next visit I was back to a rate in the 30's without the pacer and pacing every beat. 

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