@lov, it is absolutely natural that you are worried––pacemakers can detect asymptomatic AF but are not routinely monitored for this purpose.
However, since you are taking a blood thinner, you you seem to be on the right track to prevent the risk of stroke.
Here’s a recently published study that investigated whether pacemaker checks could be used to identify patients with asymptomatic AF, who could then be given anticoagulation for stroke prevention. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151017152236.htm
I’d like to connect you with others who are living with a pacemaker like @dragonass @lmclaugh @lynjolo @exboater @danab @rog @elwood @maryrohrer1 @texas14. You can also read their stories in these discussions:
– Pacemaker recipients https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pacemaker-recipients
– KardiaMobile https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kardiamobile/
There are service animals–Cardiac Alert/Response dogs–that are able to detect various heart-related symptoms. You could ask your local ASPCA or Humane Society chapter for more information.
Recovery after pacemaker surgery takes time, @lov and everyone is different. Are you noticing any improvements at all?