sick sinus /bradycardia

I was diagnosed with sick sinus/bradycardia Dec 2019 ,medtronic PM implanted at that time, (68 year male) at times i still seem to be dizzy ,it happens in spells ,some times i go for days without spells and then they come back,mostly later during the evening,anyone else have this happen? also i would like to know how long you have had this condition and your PM,i look on the web and it seems the problem (sick sinus) continiues to get worse as time goes on and the life expectancy acording to some web sites is discouraging .


SSS treated should not reduce your life span.

by crustyg - 2020-09-15 18:21:30

If your SSS/bradycardia is effectively treated with a PM, then your life expectancy should be normal, all other factors being equal.  Clearly if you have wrecked coronary arteries then that's not going to magically get better on its own...  But usually this causes MI/CHB/AFib.  Heart muscle health is important and a PM doesn't (usually) fix this.

Dizzy spells: probably the best initial things to do are a) count your heartrate when you feel dizzy and note what you were doing and when, b) borrow/buy an automatic sphygmomanometer and record your BP twice each day for a couple of weeks, hoping to catch a dizzy spell.  Keep records.  Then, either go back to your EP doc or your PCP for advice+help.

Not all dizzy spells are cardiac in origin.


Sick Sinus Syndrome/Tachy Brady Syndrome

by Gemita - 2020-09-15 18:21:43

I was diagnosed in late 2016 with the above and got my pacemaker in May 2018.  I believe I will live forever and I try not to let internet searches upset me.  Seriously I do not believe my diagnosis of SSS/tachy/brady syndrome and other health conditions will shorten my life providing I continue to look after myself.

I get dizzy spells because of arrhythmias and blood pressure changes.  Make sure you are getting adequate fluids daily.  This will help.  See your general doctor for some checks if you are worried since there are many causes of dizziness.  Also check with your EP to see whether you need monitoring of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate to see whether these fluctuate and cause your symptoms.  But above all, please don't worry about your symptoms.  Maybe a simple medication change is all that is required to help you to feel better.  I wish you well

Don't look online for information, doctor's orders

by KF - 2020-09-15 19:09:59

I'm soon to be 70. Male 145 lbs. I take no meds and have a Medtronic Azure XT. now for five months.  I to was diagnosed with heart block. After one month after implant I went back to normal life. Exercise, stretching, resistance band work-outs, gardening and other assorted crazy stuff. I walk for a half-hour six to seven days a week.  My BP is typically 11O /120  over 70/80. One drink a week only (martini friday) I do get tired but I ignore it. My cardiologist  gives me thirity years. Take care of yourself. 


by AgentX86 - 2020-09-15 23:11:40

As others have said, a pacemaker won't change your life expectency except, I suppose, the non-zero chance of something going very, very, wrong during a box or lead change.  I don't worry about such things.  I'm not going to change them, except by worrying and not in the right direction.  Live well and enjoy.

Gemita alluded to another thing you should check for when you have a dizzy spell.  In addition to checking your heart rate *manually*, check to make sure it's in a normal rhythm.  Arrythmias are a major cause of dizzy spells.   Meds are another.

As Crusty said, the heart isn't the only thing that can cause dizzy spells. I'm the poster child for that.  My cardiologist and EP sorta blew off my really strange dizzy spells.  Wrong answer but it had nothing to do with my heart.


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