Ectopic beats with DDDR Pacemaker
I'm on my second PM for complete heat block.
I had no trouble for 18-years but now the old symptoms of skipping one out of three beats are back.
I'm alright if I'm active but as soon as I relax the missing beats start. Lightheaded and BP low.
Scary in the middle of the night.
The irregularities started and I had a run of several days. It was picked up on radial wrist pulse, chest sensations, oximeter and BP monitor.
I contacted the cardiac physiologists and they dismissed the readings I had, blaming the oximeter and BP monitor algorithms.
These same people allowed my first PM to fail, and I had to call the ambulance. The PM was replaced the next day.
For information, the battery had gone so low it changed the PM mode settings. The symptoms apart from feeling very apprehensive were my pectoral muscles and one arm twitching in time with the pulse.
A senior paramedic said a PM couldn’t do that. So much for that advice.
This was despite 3-monthly checkups. The battery was nearly 11 years old.
I've had to get the GP to chase up the cardio people.
My pulse has been getting down to 31 BPM despite an IPG minimum rate of 60 BPM.
To make matters worse, locally they’ve gone from 6-monthly full face to face checkups, to annual, now none.
I have a bedside monitor but it's no substitute for a full ECG and it shows no problems despite periods of up to 2 or 3 hours of very low heart rates.
I have next to no confidence in the physiologists who are the gatekeepers of the cardiology department and I have no confidence in the bedside monitor or "virtual device clinics"
You know you're wired when...
You take technology to heart.
A lot of people are and live normal lives with no problems whatsoever.