Pacemaker implantation decision
I'm 53 yo and so far have enjoyed a very active life in terms of exercise & sports. Love to run, swim, bike, row, windsurf, kitesurf, ski, etc, etc...
About 6 months ago I started experincing an abrupt lack of energy while running or cycling after the first 10 minutes of exercise, and in coincidence with an abrupt drop in HR from 130 to 90 BPM. I've always been a low HR person and my physician used to attribute it to an athletic condition, but after consulting a cardiologist it turned to be a SSS case with Chronotropic Incompetence that just got worse in the last months. My max HR used to be 150.
Apparently, the solution to recover my physical capabilities is a pacemaker, but the information about up to what extent this will be a good solution is quite contradictory. Even some cardiologic surgeons have advised me to start a psycological treatment to let go running to avoid living with a pacemaker.
So my question to this community is, have any of you gone through this process, what was your decision and how did it work for you?
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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.