Re: energy level

I just had a pacemaker put in on 12/13/18. I have intermittent heart block. I  was wearing a Holter monitor because I was feeling lightheaded and the Holter picked up a 10 second pause while I was sleeping. The cardiologist I went to said he wasn’t concerned because it happened when I was sleeping. I then wore a Zio patch for a month and nothing happened. I was away one weekend and went to an art show and felt like I was going to pass out. I got nervous called my doctor and she put on another Holter monitor. That night while falling asleep I had another 10 second pause. This is when they told me I needed a pacemaker.


 My question is, I feel really tired and I don’t have any energy since the pacemaker. It’s been about two weeks and I have a follow up in another couple of weeks. I used to be very athletic, weightlifting. I’m having a hard time coping I’m wondering if anyone else felt tired after the pacemaker. 



by Tracey_E - 2018-12-27 21:22:02

It's not uncommon to be tired for a bit after. It's a minor surgery, but it's still a stress on the body and can take a few weeks to bounce back. If it's only pacing for 10 seconds at a time, you shouldn't feel any different once you fully heal. With av block, all it's going to do is make the ventricles beat when they don't stay in sync with the atria. The rest of the time it just sits there. 


by Gretchen - 2018-12-27 21:39:06

Thank you Tracey and Robin,

I'm having a hard time with the huge bump on the left side of my chest, below my collar bone too :(

the bump

by Tracey_E - 2018-12-28 11:18:25

It can take up to a year for it to fully settle in, so it should look better than it does now.

Re Energy level

by Mopar Man - 2018-12-29 14:15:59

Hey dude, I feel the same too. I’ve had my pacemaker about five months, I’m also a type one diabetic which adds another dimension of tiredness. I’m 57 and haven’t started back to work yet as my job is very physically demanding as I’m a tv sports cameraman, and not sure if I’ll be able to continue. I’m only 57 and wanted to go on until 60 atleast. But the way I feel, with tiredness and a little depressesd with it all, I fully understand your situation. 

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