Thank you to you and success101; I appreciate the information & encouragement. Have a good holiday!
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Hello, I’m responding to this discussion & appreciating the information. Have PM 3 years, mid sixties and active. I am experiencing recent significant increase in palpitations, feeling like I’m anxious but am not, feeling like I’m on the top floor dropping to the first with no stops. I am wearing 30 day event monitor to sort this out. I would like to hear more about what I can control without medication. Sounds like stress, caffeine, alcohol all increase symptoms. Could you add more about this, such as diet besides chocolate, already gave that up😩. Does the one cup of coffee have to go? Wine with dinner too? My goal is to avoid blood thinners or other health impacting medication. TY
I have been following this discussion and have had a dual chamber pacemaker for 2 years and I am in mid sixties.
If you have had a full cardiac work up by a very good cardiac clinic and cardiologist who specializes in only heart electrophysiology, and told that you need a pacemaker to be healthy and safe, then it is something to seriously consider. Then get a second opinion by an equally good cardiologist from a different clinic. A good Dr should tell you not only how this will help you but also:
That it can not be reversed without huge risk.; the procedure has significant risks (can puncture your lung) ; the pacemaker can get infected (very possible during a future surgery) and this can cause extremely serious complications.
If someone needs a PM, then it should be an option after necessary diagnostic testing, more than one opinion and all risks are discussed. Then you will not have doubts or be surprised by negative outcomes. I wish you well.
I am responding to the posts today regarding whether or not to have a pacemaker implanted. Mine was implanted nearly two years ago. It is very important to need this device and have that verified through tests and a second opinion by a cardiologist at separate clinics. If it is absolutely needed and resolves a serious problem, that is all good and you won’t second guess your decision if these steps are taken. Pacemakers can save lives but are also invasive and can cause other problems during and after implantation. That is a fact and a good Dr will be honest about that and insist you have the facts.
I did not have too many bothersome symptoms from the bundle branch , a little lightheaded occasionally. It was the bbb with bradycardia together, that produced more problems. Signals were not getting through and I could feel pressure radiating into my face and slower pulse.