Hello..Newbie Here-Complete Heart Block
I am so glad I found this site. I am almost 58 with no serious heart problems in the past. I was diagnosed a few years ago with a leaky valve (not mitral valve prolapse but something like it) and an irregular heart beat and sometimes rapid. I have been taking 100 mgs. of Toprol XL for a few years now. Two Sundays ago I was at work when I started feeling weird. Heart racing, feeling hot, weakness in legs, hard time breathing. Went to ER and they told me I had complete heart block and very low pulse rate. Docs thought maybe it was the Toprol causing the problem. So, I was admitted and they stopped the Toprol...no change after 3 days. That's when my cardio said I need a pacemaker. He had another cardiologist do the operation. I have now had it for almost 2 weeks. St. Jude, dual lead. Can't get my mind around this. Then, a few days ago I went to the cardio that installed it and he told me my heart block was gone! That my pacemaker had only been used 1% of the time since they put it in. I was shocked as they told me previously the heart block would never go away. Not complaining...this is wonderful but makes me wonder if these docs know what they are doing. He also told me it could come back at any time. They have no idea why this happened. I do not have heart disease, no heart damage. But I do have the leaky valve and irregular heart beat at times. I see my regular cardiologist in two days for first follow up. He doesn't do pacemakers and I guess will have a tech from St. Jude come in with their fancy machine to check me out. This is all so scary to me.
Anyone have complete heart block and then have a doc tell you it's gone a week after pacemaker was implanted?