anxiety post AV ablation and pacemaker insertion 6/20
Hello Folks, I am new to this sight and grateful to have found it. I'm 100% paced and have had an AV ablaton as well. I am 100% dependent on the pacemaker. The pacemaker was put in on the 20th of June. Since then I still feel the palpitations (from persistent afib) but not as bad. An SA node ablation was not possible due to my mitral valve repair in 2003. I understood from my heart surgeon that the afib would still be there, but hopefully my palpitation would be less. My PM is set at 90-120. I have not had my first check yet and my concern is that I don't feel much better re: the annoying palpitations, and I continue to feel like I can't take a deep breath or inspiration which was one of my symptoms prior to the AV ablation and PM insertion. The other question I have is that since my AV node was ablated, IF the pacemaker were to fail there would be no electrical backup in my heart, and I would just go out. Needless to say, I am quite anxious re: this and hope I can get some hope from this group and education to help me cope. Any recommendations as to what I need to ask my doctor when I see him for the first time since the procedures would be gratefully appreciated. thanks in advance.