Thanks to everyone who responded to my message yesterday (side effects of pacemakers). The responses are reassuring! I'm sorry to have caused anyone unnecessary anxiety. At the end of the day, most of us here are alive/functioning better because of these devices and I wouldn't want to put anyone off having one on the basis of 'hearsay'.
This site is always a great resource for information that is not always easy to find elsewhere, and Im really grateful to you all for your time.
Best wishes to everyone


Hi jbj

by Gellia2 - 2007-11-08 09:11:22

This may be what they are talking about. It is why biventricular pacing is becoming more common. As I said though, I have been 100% right pacing for over 32 years with no such difficulties (knock on wood!). Google ventricular dyssynchrony for more information.
Best to you,

PHILADELPHIA -- Single-chamber right ventricular pacing may be producing many new cases of heart failure by causing ventricular dyssynchrony. New evidence for this hypothesis came from a study with more than 23,000 paced patients and controls, showing that patients with pacemakers were 44% more likely to have heart failure (HF) death or hospitalization than matched patients without pacemakers, Ronald Freudenberger, M.D., reported at the annual meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.


by jessie - 2007-11-08 11:11:54

don't worry about apologizing for your concerns. this is what this site is for support and friendship. we are here for you jessie

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