I'm 19 and just had my pacemaker implanted on April 16 after a positive tilt table test and a diagnosis of vasovagal syncope I think. My EP was really split on whether or not I should get the pacemaker because of my age and since I've had very few episodes, but my heart rate was practically 0 for about 15 seconds during the test and I didn't have any obvious triggers to when I've passed out in the past. After talking to my family and weighing my options I thought I'd just go ahead and take the safe route by getting the pacemaker
Healing has been perfectly fine so far. I've had some soreness but honestly taking off the dressings and Steri-strips hurt the most. However, I've felt my pacemaker pacing multiple times and it's not painful but just uncomfortable. I can feel my heart rate speed up quickly, which I expected and know I'll just get used to, but sometimes I can also feel a sensation in my chest. It's almost like a throbbing or ticking normally in beats of four whenever I feel my heart rate shoot up. It's around the middle of my chest and sometimes faint but other times I can't ignore it. Is this the pacemaker itself? I haven't mentioned it to my EP yet because every visit with him is just extremely quick and to the point and although he is usually helpful, he can also be hard to get a hold of and difficult to understand. I just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this. This is my first time posting but I've been reading these forums for a little while and it's definitely made me much more optimistic about living with a pacemaker. However, this one symptom is kind of worrying me just because I didn't expect it and can't find much on it.
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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.