Post PM implant
Nine days ago had PM implanted for heart block. It was done at my HMO and am not pleased with the post implant care. Never saw the doc post surgery, attending cardiologist came by and said he would see about getting me realeased and never showed up again. One week later to HMO for check up on PM, attended by a young tech with less than a year experience and briefly seen a cardiologist at the clinic who was surprised that I since had two near faint episodes. She suggested it may have been vasovagal related, then disappeared. Tech went to show her the test printouts and then said I could leave. Asked for the cardi as I had questions. She was occupied with another patient. Have had 3 incidents since the install and find it difficult to sleep as I feel that i cannot catch a breath. Pacing is set at 60, my normal pulse was 48-52 and as low as 44 when at complete rest and ready to sleep. I am obviously pacing most all the time. I suspect the problem is that the paced rate of 60 requires more oxygen and thus I must breath deeped to provide it. If so its tough to do when trying to sleep. Is this a normal aftermath? Got the Medtronic manual I ordered and also find the AV voltage set at 5 v which depletes the battery. Is this common practice i.e to set it high in the post operative period?
Thanks for your replies--much appreciated.