Hello, New to PM
I got my medtronic dual chamber PM on 12/7/18 due to sick sinus syndrome. I just turned a young 66, and have been a type 1 diabetic for the past 54 years. Fortunately I am now retired. I used to exercise regularly by walking 6 miles 4-5 days/wk. The symptoms came on slowly, and were compounded in getting a diagnosis because of another issue that affected my diaphragm. But once I got referred to an EP doc the diagnosis was simple. I really need to get back to exercising regularly.
My advocation is photography (digital and 4x5 film), and I haul around my camera gear in a pack weighing 30-40lbs. I was worried that the backpack straps would rub on the PM, so I had my wife take a picture with my cell phone to show the surgeon. He confirmed that could be an issue, and he would place the PM more toward the sternum than usual. However, he was not able to place the ventricle lead due to the sharp angle of insertion.
Has anyone had this issue? Do you really need the ventricle lead if you have SSS? If AV block develops he said he would worry about it later.