Medical humor and lingo can sometimes be a bit confusing to folks outside the medical field. Take for example usage of the phrase"pacemaker interrogation". If I'm a patient with an extensive cardiac history and I come to the ER with unexplained dizziness and I happen to have a pacemaker, more than likely my doctor is going to ask that my pacer be interrogated.
What does pacemaker interrogation mean? Every pacer has a built in memory of sorts that can be retrieved with the help of specialized equipment at the bedside. Lots of information can be extracted from your device to help make medical decisions. The bedside pacer interrogation can tell your physician what kind of pacemaker you have and whether it is an MRI compatible pacemaker.
Did the pacer or ICD fire appropriately with evidence of VT or VF? Did the pacemaker detect any atrial fibrillation or other abnormal rhythms? Did the pacer do what it was supposed to do every time or did it fail to pace your heart appropriately to prevent swallow syncope during your Parkinson's holiday cruise.
When your doctor says they are going to interrogate your pacemaker, it means they are going to extrapolate all this important information to help them make medical decisions. It does not mean they are going to call the police from the ER and have your pacer interrogated with a lie detector, as this pacemaker interrogation cartoon humor suggests. Don't worry Mrs BioStMedic. Your husband won't get away with this. We're going to interrogate the heck out of him!
This post is for entertainment purposes only and likely contains humor only understood by those in a health care profession. Read at your own risk, especially if you have a pacemaker. What you see here may be shocking!