Fluttering feeling

I am having this aggravating flutter feeling in my chest and throat. I asked the Device nurse at the Doctors office and they don’t know what is causing it. I’ve had my Pacemaker for about 5 weeks. Does anyone else experience this?


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by AgentX86 - 2020-09-10 20:06:42

You say nothing about yourself, why you have a pacemaker, or whatever else is going on. There really isn't much advice that we can give with no information.

Flutter feeling

by Ddoerr - 2020-09-10 20:42:21

I am 66 and retired military and Federal Aviation. I started getting really short of breath and eventually passed out. Ambulance took me to hospital for 3 days. Complete battery of blood test, X-Rays, MRIs and other scans. Went home with diagnoses of vasovagale syncope. After still having episodes, ordered to wear monitor for 21 days. Sent to Electrophysiology Doctor and set up for PM next morning. Set to not go below 60 beats per minute. 

At this time, that is all I know about this need to have the PM.  

Flutter feeling all too common for me too

by Gemita - 2020-09-11 00:52:21

Hello Ddoerr,

It is hard to know where this sensation is coming from.  I know clearly when it comes from an arrhythmia like Atrial Flutter because I know the flutter like sensation it creates and I can also tell when it is caused by this arrhythmia because of my racing "regular" heart rhythm which it produces as opposed to the fast, slow or normal speed of an irregular arrhythmia like Atrial Fibrillation.

There is a condition known as "diaphragmatic flutter" which i was getting before my pacemaker was implanted so worth speaking to your doctors about your problem if it is really causing you distress.   Are you getting "flutter" sensation regularly?   If it is not atrial flutter  - the arrhythmia - or it is only happening intermittently then you should ask for longer term monitoring to look for an arrhythmia as the cause or you need to look for other causes which could include stimulation of your diaphragm or irritation from pacing.  I certainly wouldn't accept a "don't know answer" if this problem has arisen since pacemaker implant.  Good luck

Palpitations after a pacemaker

by Heart-Rhythm-Center.com - 2020-09-11 10:36:19

DDoerr:

There are several possibilities within several weeks of pacemaker implantation. First, device interrogation to make sure leads working appropriately (e.g., no diaphragmatic stimulation as mentioned above) and see if any arrhythmias were detected on the pacemaker. Next, there is the possibility that the device is causing PMT (Pacemaker Mediated Tachycardia) which is generally harmless but can cause symptoms. The device can be reprogrammed to prevent PMT from happening. Finally, a chest xray may be performed to make sure there are no mechanical complications from device implantation such as perforation or pneumothorax. Hope this helps.

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