ASD, A-Fib, A-Flutter and now PM
What a year! I started off feeling fine. A routine physical with EKG informed me I had atrial fibrillation. This led to an Echocardiogram, which led to a TEE which led to open-heart surgery in march to correct a large ASD (atrial septal defect) and the a-fib (maze procedure.)
Four weeks after the surgery, life was starting to get good again, when my heart beat sped up without reason. Back to the hospital to discover I now had atrial flutter! Ablation procedure to stop the flutter. Everything was supposed to be fine after that.
This all occurred in Philadelphia. We moved to Sweden with our job (decided before discovering the problems.)
Everything was fine until two weeks ago when I almost fainted about 20 times. Off to the hospital to discover I now have total heart block. Pacemaker was implanted last Wednesday.
Today I felt dizzy a few times and the initial feelings of what I had when I almost fainted two weeks ago. The 'episodes' lasted much shorter than two weeks ago - but a scary reminder.
Am I to expect this? Will I get dizzy at times? Should I be worried? I'm going in for a PM checkup in three weeks - should I move it up?
Any advice or experience with PMs is much appreciated.