I turned 70 in March, had a PM implanted in December. I have SSS, junctional Bradycardia, almost exclusively atrial pacing.
My brother died from a rupture aorta in June 17. Having checkups related to his condition ultimately led to my diagnosis, with poor exercise performance being my chief complaint. As far as I knew, the electrical and plumbing problems may not be related, but who knows.
It turns out that my aorta is larger than "normal" , 4cm, but showed no bulging. A recent echo showed that it is now 4.3cm. I saw a cardiolgist who suggested that start a beta blocker-saying that is what he would "normally" do. I take no medications and would like to keep it that way. He said that the PM would prevent my HR from dropping below setpoint (60). He couldn't speak to what would happen with exercise.
The whole reason I agreed to try the PM was to help my exercise. From what I read about beta blockers, they are problematic with exercise. Does anyone have experience with this combination of conditions. The jury is still out as to whether the PM has improved my life. I may not have the best device for my lifestyle. I am concerned that this medication will put me right back to where I was, except my resting HR will be 60 instead of 40.
Any thoughts would be greatly appeciated.