Pacemaker exploding in body?

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Danboy
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   Posted 11/16/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
 My sister just  told me that her best friend  who had a pacemaker  installed  last week,  actually had it "explode' and SMOKE was coming out of her mouth!..she is back in the hospital...has anyone ever heard of such a thing happening? What could cause something like that?...The poor thing has enough anxiety. This is truly weird...

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   Posted 11/16/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Danboy,

Welcome to HealingWell.

Today, pacemakers function as microcomputers, detecting their own malfunctions, and they are designed in different sizes and forms to suit each patient.

I have never heard of one exploding in someone's body, and they are still alive? I would certainly be interested in seeing the article or story on this event.

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Danboy
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   Posted 11/16/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
 
If it becomes a story I';; let you know.. I am only repeating what happened..I have no reason to doubt this person or to think that she is lying..She is back in the hospital after the event....Perhaps it didn't 'explode" in the true sense of the word..She reports there was  a loud noise, and smoke and a metallic taste  came out of her mouth..no...she  is a non smoker..

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   Posted 11/16/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Im sure they can malfunction, But I have never heard of one exploding. But I guess anything is possible.
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   Posted 11/16/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I think this is an urban legend. It was the plot of a movie, but I could find not evidence of it ever really happening.

The story may have arisen because there have been many instances of pacemakers exploding during cremation. The extremely high temperature (1500-2000 degrees) is what causes the explosion. Needless to say, these conditions would never be found in a living person.
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Danboy
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   Posted 11/16/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Just heard that her doctor  said that was absolutely impossible..Suppedly this is what happened...it shocked her because her heart rate was 200. (afib) waiting for meds now to help this condition.  the pacemakere did not cause the afib.   the md raised the pacemaker to shock her if her heart rate goes over 200. 
 
She no doubt had  some form of anxiety thing going on and "imagined' it???...Good to know that something like that can't happen though...thanks..

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   Posted 11/19/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I enjoyed the part about smoke coming from her mouth it made me smile .

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   Posted Yesterday 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey all, interesting topic.

This young woman probably had a n implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) looks very similar to a pacemaker, except that it is slightly larger. It has a generator, one or more leads, and an electrode for each lead. These components work very much like a pacemaker. However, the ICD is designed to deliver an electrical shock to the heart when the heart rate becomes dangerously fast, or “fibrillates.”

An ICD senses when the heart is beating too fast and delivers an electrical shock to convert the fast rhythm to a normal rhythm. Some devices combine a pacemaker and ICD in one unit for persons who need both functions.
I am glad to hear there was no explosion. 
 
Thanks for sharing this story with us.
 
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Danboy
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   Posted Today 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes!!! After talking to my sister, I think that is absolutely correct...Plus the poor thing is a shall we say "very anxious person" to begin with, etc....But i believe my sister did mention to me that  the person involved, did have the thingy "go off" to reset her heartbeat and the doctor said that is what it's SUPPOSED to do..No "smoking gun" here....LOL Thanks!
 
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Paul Brannon
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   Posted 3/26/2017 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
turn I did not see any other threads that deal with this subject here.

Suggest Google "pacemaker recall" there is a recall on Medtronic InSyncIII ICD and CRT, 2016 & 2017

Speak with your cardiologist, mine alerted me.

Two more days, my 3rd implant in 4 years.

Take care all!

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   Posted 3/26/2017 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
thx. maybe others will read it. old thread. your welcome to start your own; always good to have this sort of info. cheers. ht.
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