Can a tech’s mistake damage my heart or pacemaker?
I have had a pacemaker for complete heart block (unknown cause; I'm 100% paced, but otherwise medically very healthy) since 2016.
Long story short:
On Monday, I went in for an MRI for something completely unrelated to my heart. I have an MRI compatible pacemaker that simply needs to be set by a tech before and after the MRI, and I have had at least 2 MRIs previously with this pacemaker without incident.
The techs who adjusted my pacemaker on Monday were new (they literally greeted me with "we're new here" when they walked in) and one seemed to be training the other. While interrogating my pacemaker, one of the techs (I found this out later) somehow turned my pacemaker up to 6 volts when it should have been maybe 2 or less. This caused my left side visibly to twitch visibly while my pacemaker felt like it was trying to jump out of my chest. This went on for maybe 10 min while they waited for a more experienced tech to come down and fix what they'd done and reset my pacer.
My question for you all:
Could their mistake have damaged me or my pacer?
The experience while it was happening felt pretty awful (and the tech's incompetence was pretty scary), but I initially wasn't worried that there would be any lasting effects. Over the past couple of days, I've started wondering if I should be worried. I'm not experiencing any symptoms, just nervous.
Has anyone else had this kind of mistake happen to them during an interrogation? Anything to worry about?
Thanks all in advance for sharing your thoughts and hopefully just giving me some peace of mind. Thanks!