What questions to ask the doctor
This is my first post here. Feeling a little overwhelmed and hoping someone can help me make sense of this PM thing. I was diagnosed with 3rd degree heart block in Dec '19 and received a Biotronic Edora PM. By Feb I was feeling much better, but still had heart palpitations. In my follow up visits the cardiologist said they were nothing to be concerned with.
By April, the palpitations started getting worse, my heart rate would jump from 70 to 115 without any activity. Since then it has gotten progressively worse. Practically any movement like walking up the stairs at my house, walking around a grocery store, etc I am so short of breath that I'm about to pass out. Sometimes I can't even stand up without palpitations and shortness of breath, and my heart rate is so irratic that I stopped paying attention.
I have a long history of doctors ignoring my symptoms and making me feel guilty (I also have RA and morbidly obese) so I've been hesitant to do anything about it. After reading some of the posts here, I see I really need to get checked out, but I don't know how to have the conversation with my doctor.
Getting the PM was such a whirlwind that I remember little about what happened. I've learned more in 20 minutes on this site than I did from the doctor.
What are some things i should ask my doctor so i can be more informed about my condition? What info do I take with me to my next visit?
I appreciate any direction you can give.