Hi everyone - I had a pacemaker implanted in February and an AV node abation in March. This was because I have suffered from Atrial Fibrillation for 20 years and it was getting worse. Admission to A&E every few weeks because my pulse would exceed 250 plus. It was a difficult decision but I felt I could not go on as it was.
All went well and for about 2 months after the pm took over, I felt really well for the first time in ages. At this time I was still taking 80 mg Sotalol twice daily. But then I went for my 6 week check and the pm was reduced from 80 to 70 and it was after this I began to notice PVC's, sometimes in runs of 3-4 missed beats. The pacemaker was checked out and I was told not to worry about the PVC's. After another week of this, one night I had a horrendous episode where I very nearly passed out, with the whole world spinning and my heart banging. At first I thought the pm had stoppped, but after a few minutes of utter horror, I managed to get downstairs to phone an ambulance.
I was taken to the heart centre where I remained for 5 days. I was told I had had a VT episode. Sotalol was stopped and I was given 10 mg of Bisoprolol. I had an ECHO which showed heart failure with an ejection fraction o;f 41%..My blood pressure had gone into the floor, so although I was given Ramipril, I have not been able to take it .
The bisoprolol has made me feel utterly ill and I have been advised to reduce it. I have taken 1.25 today and feel better.
I have now been given an appointment for the pm clinic next week to have the pm turned back up to 80, although one of the doctors when I was in hospital there told me I should not do that.
I am at my wits end. All the doctors are saying different things and I do not understand what is happening.
I'm sorry to go on like this, but I know that you people will understand how I feel. If anyone has advice then it will be most welcome.
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