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This is probably the most exclusive group I’ve ever joined. I will have a pacemaker implanted next month. At 72, I’ve always been extremely active and   have no symptoms except fluttering occasionally. I had a Holter monitor and was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. I have both bradycardia and tachycardia.. I have always had a low heart rate but the holter shows it is down in the 30s while sleeping and I have spikes over 100 a couple of times a day. If anyone has brady/tachy I’d like to hear from you. I’m living the good life alone in Costa Rica on a very remote finca so my commute is 4 1/2 hours each way to the hospital. I was told I would have to be checked 1 week after implant. Should I just stay in the city? I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing and loved reading how many of you are doing so well. Any suggestions would be appreciated.



Brady/Tachy and SSS

by AgentX86 - 2019-06-02 22:21:52

I had both, along with Afib and Aflutter.  Actually the Afib was fixed with a Maze procedure but that caused the flutter.  The Brady/Tachy didn't buy me the pacemaker, though.  I also developed long Asystoles which got my EP's immediate attention (I was called at 3:00AM by a monitoring company, telling me to get to an ER).

Your medical team thinks a PM is right for you and I'm sure it is.  Whether you go home between or not is purely a convenience/cost thing.  The check, after a week, is really just to make sure the wound is healing properly and there is no infection. Infections are a really bad thing, so it's important that PM wounds get checked.

There is really nothing to be worried about.  The vast majority of paceakers are implanted with no fuss.  You see an inordinate number of "problem cases" here, because those who had no troubles don't bother to look for support groups.  They're living a normal life.  You will too.

The same

by Kimmiee2 - 2019-06-03 00:47:50

I had SSS and bradycardia and tachycardia and had a pacemaker inserted May 29, I am 4 days post op

t am still sore a little swelling and go to check my sutures this Wednesday.

I am 60 and can’t wait to get back to my normal life 

i felt great before this all came about. They said it was there but finally came out...bpm low 38-45 dizzy 

Good Luck 

God Bless


by Tachybrady - 2019-06-03 13:34:14

Thank you AgentX86 and  Kimmiee2 for your comments. I really appreciate the info. I hope I can do as well as you since I’m a bit spooked at just learning about SSS. Thanks again, appreciate your effort to respond.



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