My pacemaker saved my life
I'm brand new to the pacemaker club and have absolutely loved reading everyone's stories on here! I'm still trying to process everything that happened, but your stories have helped incredibly.
I'm currently in my third year of residency to become an emergency medicine doctor, and long story short, I want into work one day and left 3 days later with my pacemaker. I have no known medical problems or family history of heart issues/sudden death. I was coming down with a cold, and suddenly started developing syncopal symptoms. I played it off as just being tired from work until I almost passed out during my shift again. To my utter surprise, I had a left bundle on ekg- unclear whether this was new or old because I had never gotten an ekg previously (this had never happened before). Shortly after being put on the monitor, I went into high grade AV block which later progressed into complete heart block with ventricular escape. I was absolutely floored when the cardiology team decided I needed an emergent transvenous pacemaker until I could get my permanent one in the morning (again, this was in the same day that I went into work thinking it would be a normal shift!) The team successfully floated the temporary pacemaker and I received my permanent the next day. My entire work up including cardiac MRI, rheumatologic, etc was completely normal. The only odd thing was that I tested positive for mono, but I'd had mono in the past and our lab wasn't able to tell me whether the test they ran just looked for prior antibodies or acute infection.
I'm so unbelievably grateful for the entire ER and cardiology team- I really believe they saved my life as the heart block was getting progressively more unstable.
Now I am the proud owner of a dual chamber pacemaker and am getting ready to go back to work Monday! During my follow up appointment, they told me I am 70% atrial paced and 100% ventricular paced.
Curious to see if there are any other young medical folks here with pacemakers too? And if anyone has recommendations on genetic testing and whether they have found it helpful- I'm only 29 and want to have kids one day. The cardiologist said they don't believe it was congenital complete heart block, but of course I got on google and found a bunch of other rare genetic causes for this.
Thanks everyone! 🥰
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You have a maintenance schedule just like your car.
This is my second Christmas with my pacemaker and I am so happy to be with my family.