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What can we do for my father who wakes each night feeling cold? 

My father had open heart surgery about 5 years ago. He now wakes almost every night around 3-4am so cold he can't get warm. His normal heart rate for him has always been around 65. He also suffers from borderline diabetes and neuropathy. He is 82. Could a pacemaker help him or what can he do?

submitted by Patricia from Hudson, Florida on 5/03/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mehdi Razavi, MD  

Mehdi Razavi, MD A heart rate of 65 is not considered low enough to lead to symptoms. Note, however, we do not know your father's heart rate when he has his symptoms. It may be that his heart rate drops during sleep. This can certainly cause his symptoms, although a number of other conditions can, too. One can consider wearing a heart rhythm monitor so that the episodes can be recorded. Then we will have more information as to the actual heart rate during the episodes.  

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Updated June 2013
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