New to having a Pacemaker
My name is Chrissy. I'm 37 and I got my pacemaker on 10/16/2023. I recently came across this website looking for a support group. Let me know if any of you have experienced what to have. I think I may have needed a pacemaker for a few years without knowing it. I started running in 2015. It was really difficult. I had no energy and I would tank or lose energy very quickly. I thought for a few years that maybe it was because I was out of shape or I was not eating enough before my runs or not eating the right carbs. I tried everything I could think of including what my trainers suggested. I noticed last year and this year leading up to me being hospitalized, I was so tired all the time. My runs were getting harder and harder. I thought maybe it was just I was doing too much. I was working, taking care of the house, husband, stepchildren, and trying to help myself with exercise. I wasn't able to breath right while running, so I thought it was my asthma. Used my inhaler before and during my runs. I would have good days and bad. Two days before I was in the hospital I did a 5K. It was the hardest run I have ever done. Not being able to really breath while running made it very difficult. I was trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Then I almost passed out at work ended up in the hospital for 4 days because my heart rate was staying around 40-45 beats a minute and would drop down to 38 sometimes at rest. Could barley get my heart rate over 60 when I was up and about. They did many tests over the next few weeks and the last test they did was when they determined I needed a PM. They did an average heart rate test. It ranged from 38-105. I could barley get my heart rate over hundred while walking. That's when I needed one. Since I've gotten it, I can breath while exercising. I can do a lot more around the house and no more dizzy spells. I had headaches for years and now they are gone. What's it been like for anyone else who has had a PM?
You know you're wired when...
You get your device tuned-up for hot dates.
Sometimes a device must be tuned a few times before it is right. My cardiologist said it is like fine tuning a car.