heart defibulator shock

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Submitted by Dr T on May 23, 2012 – 8:41am

Question: 
i am followed by a person that checks it regularly……. but they fail to explain the questions i have…… (1)  everytime they put the megneti on to check the machine i start coughing…. like i am sensitive  to it is this normal………… (2)   the shock i have ….. feels like the old pain machine…. where you press to hard it feels like a drill went through the body……is this the way most people feel when they get a shock.

Hi George,
I don’t know why you should start coughing with the magnet. The shock can be very powerful; one of my patients described it as being kicked by a horse! Just remember your defibrillator only fires when a dangerous heart rhythm occurs that would threaten your life.
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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