Hi all. . .  Another question for you.  I am 10 days post surgery and feeling so much better.  However a day ago I started with a cough coming from a tickle in my throat and mucous.  I do not feel sick but worried I could dislodge a lead.  Have any of you experienced this?  I do have allergies but they are in check.


Leads are tough

by Gemita - 2022-05-16 03:15:22

Pacer54, it is unlikely that you would dislodge a lead from coughing alone.  Leads are tough, are actively fixed to heart tissue and the implant surgeon always leaves a certain amount of slack so that we can stretch without pulling on our leads.  

What is important is that you are feeling better already from your pacemaker.  Drink plenty of fluids to help ease the cough and see your doctor if symptoms worsen. I had a general anaesthetic for my implant procedure and this caused throat discomfort for over a week.  Have you by chance changed any meds?  Some meds can trigger a cough (I am thinking here of Ace Inhibitors like Ramipril).

Anyway hope cough eases and you continue to make good progress

Tough Leads

by Good Dog - 2022-05-16 16:13:32

I agree with Gemita! The possibility of dislodging a lead from coughing is slim to none. I can't say it is not possible, but highly unlikely. All the leads I am familiar with have corkscrew tips. I do not claim to know that much, so there may be others I am unaware of. Most leads screw-in much like you insert a corkscrew in a bottle of wine. 

Not to worry!




by AgentX86 - 2022-05-16 17:09:36

A persistent dry cough is something that needs to be addressed. There are many reasons that could cause a dry cough, usually not serious, but some can be. Could is only one. Some are heart related. Get it checked out.


by Pacer54 - 2022-05-17 07:52:23

Thank you all for your feedback.  Started taking some Antihistamine and it has helped with the cough,  Good to know that the leads are screwed in and hard to displace,  Off to the Dr for my 1st follow up appointment post surgery.  Thank you again!  Love this site.


by Tulp - 2022-05-20 20:36:56


I get a réal bad dry cough from one of my meds, Perhaps check yours with your doctor

Final word on the cough?

by Mo61 - 2022-06-28 13:03:46

What did you find out last month on the cough?  I am new here, and came looking for info on a cough as well.  I am six days post-implant and granted, it is dry allergy season here in Texas, but the cough is painful.  Also, very irritated throat, but I suspect there was a tube down my throat as I was out completely for the surgery.  

I'm thinking it can wait until my post-op appt next week, unless it gets alot worse.  

Cough reply

by Pacer54 - 2022-07-02 19:17:00

I accidentally found out why I was coughing at an ENT visit.  They scoped me via my nose and found that I have a condition called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease Or LPR.  This is a condition where stomach acid travels up into your throat.  You may experience heartburn but many patients don't feel anything.  The symptoms are chronic cough, throat clearing, post nasal drip,sore throat,hoarseness, difficulty swallowing.

They told me to take OTCs, I take Prevacid 40 mg twice daily..  You should look this up as it may be your issue as well.  

Hope this helps.


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