chest and throat pain

i got my pacemaker about 3 weeks ago and soon after the surgery i started getting pain in my chest and my throat when i would breathe in. it went away, but it has started again, mainly when i go from a sitting to laying position or laying to sitting. last night i ran up the stairs in my house to answer the phone and when i got to the top of the stairs my throat was hurting really bad for about a minute when i would breathe in. i went to the dr. about it about a week after i had my PM put in and he seemed to think it was just sore from the surgery, but i feel like if that's the case, it still shouldn't be hurting 3 weeks later. i've never had surgery before this so i don't know how long recovery takes. has anyone had any pain like this after their PM was put in? thanks!



Hi Paula

by KarenLL - 2007-05-17 01:05:46

I have had a similar problem with pressure in my chest that seems to go into my throat. I wouldn't call my a sore throat but a pressure, almost burning sensation deep at the base of my throat. I had my surgery Mar 23 and I still get it. It seems to be worse on days I am very active. It is frustrating because the doctors can't explain it. They keep suggesting that I might have reflux...I don't think so. They tell me to take advil, which I do, it seems to relive it but it just keeps coming back again. I feel like I'm crazy because they make me feel like I am imagining it. I hope yours gets better soon. If you find out anymore...let me know!

Chest and throat pain.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-05-17 06:05:05

Hi Paula and Karen.

Since neither of you mention the reason why you were fitted with a pacemaker, I did some research, based on the description of your symptoms.
I have no medical background, so don't take what you read to be what is going on with you.
The following data is what I was able to find. You might want to mention it to your respective doctor.
Neither of you is crazy, your symptoms are very real, doctors don't know everything. Sometimes, they need a big nudge from their patients, to make them work a little harder to figure out your problem.
I have AFIB, so I know the feeling.
Good luck, take care,

~ Dominique ~


What is SVT?
SVT is an abbreviation for a long complicated sounding term. It stands for paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. SVT in plain language is a term we used to describe an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that typically starts suddenly and ends suddenly. SVT often begins with a sudden fullness in the chest or throat or a sudden strong heart beat. The heart beat then takes off at a very rapid rate. When SVT stops, it does so abruptly. Some patients describe it is similar to turning off a light switch. First it's on and then just as suddenly it stops. Some patients may feel lightheaded for the first few seconds. The spells are often misdiagnosed as panic attacks because during panic attacks the heart does beat very rapidly and the patient may feel frightened. One tip-off that the spells are not panic attacks is that SVT begins and ends suddenly.

Read more....

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-05-17 06:05:54


It's me again. I forgot to add, if you want to read more, go to the web site:

~ Dominique ~


by randrews - 2007-05-18 12:05:34

I also had problems with my throat. After the pm was put in I developed a cough every time I layed down and I almost lost my voice. The doctor just dismissed it and said it wasn't due to my pm. whatever.
It all finally went away.
I hope you feel better, keep us updated,

sore throat

by lana - 2007-06-10 06:06:48

I just had mine put in 4 days ago.
My throat was so sore
it was from the tube they put down my throat.
It was preformed as a reguar surgery and they had to put me out. They said it would be too painful, because they would try out the shock system.
Now I am glad I was out.
Did you have the tube in your throat?


Sore Throat

by BeachGirl - 2017-05-06 21:05:01

I just had pacemaker surgery 4 days ago and my throat hurts too. I thought it might be my thyroid? Or maybe even my heart is a little swollen from the leads?

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