Pacemaker side affects
I need the wealth of all this pacer experience. I have had a pacemaker/ICD for about 18 months. I’ve never felt whole with it, but I kept a good attitude and resumed my life.
That is until last Monday. I recorded multiple VTs that almost caused me to faint. Ac
companying this is a tiredness, weakness, and shortness of breath I had not experienced before. I checked into the ER where they conducted tests and released me with a clean cardiac bill of health and no reasons for my near fainting. Our ER didn’t interrogate devices but did all other related cardiac tests. It was two days later when I interrogated my device and the near fainting spells were the result of VTs.
Im very healthy otherwise. And I have a pacemaker for no diagnosed reason. At the time of implantation they thought I had sic sinus syndrome or heart block, but a later heart study proved I didn’t have either. I did have an ablation while they were in there. So maybe I don’t need the PM.
Without getting onto my rant about not needing this pacemaker the question is, how common is pacemaker-induced VTs. I did some research and discovered it is a “Thing”. Apparently it happens with dual-chamber devices, which I have and when delays aren’t set properly, the PM doesn’t catch the native pulse and delivers one as well and VTs can be the result. Excuse my rudimentary understanding.
I have my doctors appointment in several days. And I want to make sure she considers all things. One interesting difference in my interrogation was that my RV pacing had jumped from 4 percent to 14 percent. Maybe this jump is what is causing these sudden non-sustained VTs