Can someone have a heart attack with a pacemaker? Most heart attacks are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood, after the artery has already been narrowed by the buildup of sludgy material called plaque. Because people with pacemakers can still have this coronary artery disease, they can have heart attacks.
What does a pacemaker do when you have a heart attack? A pacemaker is implanted to help control your heartbeat. Your doctor may recommend a temporary pacemaker when you have a slow heartbeat (bradycardia) after a heart attack, surgery or medication overdose but your heartbeat is otherwise expected to recover.
What are the 3 primary problems that can occur with a pacemaker?
- 1) Failure to pace the appropriate cardiac chamber: Output failure. Capture failure.
- 2) Problem with detecting intracardiac signals: Undersensing. Oversensing.
- 3) Pseudomalfunction: Crosstalk with resultant safety pacing.
What are signs and symptoms of a failure pacemaker?
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Fainting or loss of consciousness.
- Feeling like your heart is fluttering (palpitations)
- Hard time breathing.
- Slow or fast heart rate, or a combination of both.
- Constant twitching of muscles in the chest or abdomen.
- Frequent hiccups.