Swallow Syncope, Deglutition Syncope anyone?

My doctor gave me the choice of getting a pacemaker or not (but says he recommends me getting one). (I am also going for a 2nd opinion). Apparently I have a rare condition called "Swallow Syncope". (Essentially, this is not a "heart" condition, but the vagus nerve is over stimulated upon swallowing solid food which leads to complete AV block and occasional syncope.) I want to know if anyone has a pacemaker due to this condition and if so, do you notice you have more energy now that you have it? Any regrets? Honestly, I can deal with the occasional lightheadedness when swallowing. But if my tiredness is due to the 2nd and 3rd degree AV blocks (and not just that I have 4 small children running around all the time), I'd feel better about getting a pacemaker. Thanks!


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Syncope is no fun--and sometimes dangerous to those around us

by Gotrhythm - 2019-01-31 19:43:09

People regularly get pacemakers for NCS ( a drop in blood pressure causes the heart to stop) which also is not strictly a heart problem but a problem with actions of the vagus nerve. 

I can't think of why you wouldn't get a pacemaker for Swallow Syncope.

Everything carries a risk of course, but it's hard to see how the risks of getting a pacemaker would outweigh the risk to 4 small children of having you faint when no other adult is present.

Speaking from my experience, if you're going into heart block with any regularity, you will feel tired and dragged out. A pacemaker might indeed help you feel better.

My 2 cents.

 

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