Waiting for Pacemaker
I'm 29, F, and i was diagnosed with complete AV block just recently.
All my life i was asymptomatic, I never really felt dizziness, chest pains or lightheadedness (or so i thought, cause i think i don't have any other comparison). I lead a very normal life. I play sports at least twice a week and I even went skydiving just the previous month.
One day, I was on my third day of fasting for my religion (dinner only), I went out with my friends to have dinner. I was making a joke so I stood up quickly then, I fainted. I woke up 30 secs after.
When i was in the hospital,I'm apparently already averaging 39bpm resting heart rate and my sleeping heart rate goes down to 30bpm. I did multiple tests (ecg, stress test, 2d-echo, cardio mri). They said that my tests such as MRI is good (my heart is structurally ok). During my stress test i reached anout 110bpm. During my 6 day stay in the hospital, i felt normal and i walk around and go to the toilet. No more fainting episodes. Doctor said that my lower chamber is independently beating as a survival mechanism and could be stressing my heart already.They told me that to have PM for preventive measures.
At first i was really scared of PM. Why would i need it? Me passing out could be because i didnt eat anything right? Why would i have surgery if I feel okay? I was scared that it will change my lifestyle and I'll be limited to what i can do. Once i was educated by the doctor and read messages here i become much more confident to do it.
I'm scheduled to undergo surgery on the 25th, which is 2 weeks from now.
Because of the incident, some nights i become anxious to sleep. I was scared that my heart will not beat anymore. Is 2 weeks from now a long wait? i ws thinking if it's an emergency the doctor will do it asap right?
You know you're wired when...
Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.
I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.