Can An ICD Interrogation Actually Hurt?

Today I had my ICD interrogated in person. Twice a year my ICD transmits remotely from home, and twice a year I have to go into my electrophysiology doctor’s office to get it checked. The in person visit is a more in depth interrogation than the remote transmission in that they actually run a test to make sure the ICD is getting voltage to the heart.

I dislike that part if the test. It does not shock the heart, but sends mild bursts which causes the heart to quiver. Some people says it tickles, but for me it feels like missed heart beats, which are really uncomfortable.

The test usually last a few seconds, but today for some reason the test went on for what felt like a minute and I had to ask the technician to stop the test because I thought I was going to throw up, and it actually began to hurt.

Now I am back home, and I swear my heart is sore, for lack of a better term. It is a muscle after all, and I guess today was the equivalent of the leg muscle walking uphill.

Think I am just going to take a nap now.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I do not like the feeling that you described about a quivering heart or the skipping beats. I would be in a bit of panic. I once went a little over a week with almost none stop skipping and heart quivering befor the cardiologist put me on Cordarone. I don’t want to go through that again. I feel for you for having to endure the ICD tests.


    1. Basil Rene says:

      I get those ectopic hearts beats all the time. Part of the package deal with heart failure I guess. The ICD interrogation never bothered me before, but for some reason it went on too long this time.


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