pacemaker surgery yesterday

I got a pacemaker yesterday.  My electrophysiologist said I didn't have to get one but he thought I should.  So yesterday I got a pacemaker.  I was fine last night and didn't have to spend a night in the hospital.  Today I am dizzy.  My Medtronics transmittor device shows nothing wrong but I'm having constant light dizziness today.  Any thoughts?  I have already contacted my doctor.  I experienced dizziness off and on before getting the pacemaker but it's constant today.



by AgentX86 - 2021-08-05 17:17:46

Hi Terrace, welcome to the PM club. I'm sorry that you have any reason to be here.

Did you have these symptoms before? A pacemaker may not fix these problems "out of the box". Did they use general anethesia? Often there can be a long anesthesia hangover.o

Can you explain your symptoms a little more? Are you "dizzy" (woozy or just "not right") or is it "vertigo" (spinning sensation)? I know it's sometimes hard to describe these sensation, BTDT, but it often helps track it down. It's hard for us to do, without mrdical training and at a distance, but many here have experienced such feelings. It also helps to talk it out so you can better articulate these symptoms and perhaps any triggers to your doctors.

All that said, I wouldn't be too concerned. It's still very early in your path down this, sometimes scary, road. We all find some bumps but you'll soon learn to trust your box and even forget it, as you do your little toe. Sometime we remember it too, loudly, but then it dissappears again.


by ROBO Pop - 2021-08-05 21:23:22

You've done everything right, so now it's wait for your Dr call. Should your symptoms worsen go to emergency post haste. Likely nothing major but don't risk it.

pacemaker surgery yesterday

by terracegolf - 2021-08-05 21:53:17

Thank you for your replies.  I hadn't thought about the anesthesia giving me a problem today.  I have been dizzy and/or out of sorts.  My monitor has shown everything to be normal today and I'm possibly less dizzy tonight.  Next week I have a checkup with the monitor technician.

I really do appreciate your replies as this is so brand new to me.

It can take time

by TLee - 2021-08-06 11:34:15

I went in to surgery thinking, no big deal, in & out, good as new...It wasn't like that for me, although I guess it is for some people. Keep in mind that we all heal in our own way & in our own time. For me, the procedure triggered some pretty awful a fib, so I didn't feel very well at all. In fact, that was what led to the search that introduced me to this site. That was last January & things are much improved. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.  


by new to pace.... - 2021-08-07 08:54:39

make sure you are drinking alot of water to flush your system from all the chemicals they gave you.  Then of course continue drinking more water each day.  At one time it was said to drink half your weight in ounces. 

new to pace

Dizzy can mean a lot of things

by Elisabet - 2021-08-07 19:19:22

"Dizzy" is a word that covers a lot of different sensations. I experienced variations of "dizzy" from low blood pressure, dehydration, true vertigo, fever, ear infections, ventricular pauses, medication, anesthesia hangover, and cerbellar embolization treatment after a brain bleed. They didn't all feel the same, but our language isn't great for describing the difference between these sensations. 

I haven't felt the "everything wooshing sidewise while I grab the counter thinking I'm passing out" sensation since I was in an ER bed a few hours before my pacemaker placement. So it seems to be doing it's job! But I have experienced other flavors of dizzy.

As others have said, drink plenty of water, make sure you have some sort of food, and for me, stretching and very light exercise (sitting down) sometimes helps, just do something to get your large muscles moving and breathe deeply. I wouldn't hesitate to call the number they gave you to reach the hospital nurse or the doctors office for questions after your procedure. They are there to help you, and that often means reassurance, because unlike them, YOU haven't done this before and don't have a good idea of what is normal. 

Anyway best of luck, hoping you are already past whatever is causing it. 


Give yourself some time to adjust

by Tulp - 2021-08-08 00:46:06

I had the dizzy part when I had my secixe implanted in february. I got very dizzy from some of my meds more than the device itself.

Your body will adjust. You called the doctor,and the monitoring is OK, so I suppose a bit of patience will do it.

Hope you will feel better soon.


How are you doing now?

by Lavender411 - 2021-08-12 15:08:45

Checking in to see how you are feeling now. Seeing what might be ahead for me as well!

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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.