I just got my pacemaker on Nov 2/23. I was suffering from lightheadedness & like my heart was skipping a beat. I noticed that it happened mostly in the morning and at night. Sometimes as much as every ten minutes.

However today I noticed it wasn't happening when I had my cpap machine on. So I decided to focus on my breath without hyper-ventilating and no more lightheadedness!

I hope this might help someone.

This is a great site!





by piglet22 - 2023-11-22 06:00:18


As I read it, are you having lightheadedness post implantation?

I haven't looked at your bio details, so just commenting off the cuff.

This could indicate some underlying problems.

Don't be alarmed, but I think you need to get back to your clinical team.

It could be a setting that isn't quite right, or it could be a rhythm problem that hasn't been picked up.

The fact you say that resting is involved is a possible indicator that the pacemaker may not be responding to your original symptoms.

Good luck anyhow.


by Gemita - 2023-11-22 09:36:08

Melissa, Welcome.  I am not surprised that hyperventilation caused lightheadedness and a lot else I suspect, including some breathlessness.  My husband hyperventilates from time to time due to lung disease and it is difficult to calm him and to slow his breathing. Blood gas analysis is helpful (measures the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood, as well as pH balance), so speak to your doctor if it keeps happening.

I am glad your CPAP helped you to figure out what was going on and to focus on breath control.  A great way to help yourself. 

Reading your post, it suggests that you got your pacemaker on 2nd November because you were suffering from lightheadedness and skipped heart beats.  These two symptoms on their own wouldn’t be a reason for a pacemaker, although their causes might. It would be helpful to know why you have a pacemaker, so that we can support you in the future?

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