Pacemaker induced left ventricular systolic dysfunction
Good morning everyone,
I'll try to make my question brief, despite the lengthy subject title.
I had Medtronic dual lead PM implanted three months ago (along with a TAVR, the day before). I am 100% paced. 74 years old.
I had an echocardiogram last week with my local cardio. He called me in to discuss it. My ejection fraction went down enough that he was concerned and is scheduling a nuclear stress test to determine if my 80-90% clogged coronaries need stenting. The stress test was originally to take place after my cardio rehab, but now moved up.
I have no medical training, but researching online, learned about pacemaker syndrome (PICM). Given the timing of the PM implant and the decline in LV ejection fraction, I think I fit the pattern. Local cardio said it was not PM related (I asked before I read about PICM).
Of course, it could all be from the clogged coronaries, but, so soon after the PM?
Can anybody recommend the better hospitals for diagnosis and treatment of PICM?
It seems to be a complicated and uncommon diagnosis.
I live in Northern New Jersey, very close to NYC. I also have family in Baltmore, if Johns Hopkins becomes the super best choice.
Thank you so much.
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