Husband just died after getting a pacemaker
I don't want to scare anyone but my husband just died 16hrs after getting an Adapta DR Medtronic pacemaker installed. He had Sick Sinus Brachcardia (his heart only had problems when he was at rest. It would drop down to the teens, but worked fine when he was up a moving).
Here's my story. Eight years ago my husband was repeatedly complaining of not sleeping at night. Frustrated, I called his phys. and requested him to be tested by a sleep apnia cly. Well while in his phys. office he sat for so long waiting to get in apparently by the time the doc. got him in to check him over before he referred him he found him heart rate was in the 40s and was concerned. about 2 months later my husband was diagnosed with Sick Sinus Node and had a pacemaker implanted. He lived a great life with that pacemaker with little side effects. Well this year they told him he was due to get the replacement because the battery life was getting low. So on the 16th of August I took him to the hospital to get this low risk surgury done. He came home that night and was perfectly fine. He went to sleep in his recliner and I took my two children up to bed knowing that he would prefer to sleep in the chair because he was in pain from the surgury. Well the next morning my 7year old and my 4 year old woke before me because something was wrong with their daddy. He was dead! I feel it is my obligation to let all of you know that this happened to him. He was 39 years old and in perfect health. So far I've only been told that he went into a tachycardia at midnight. 12 different instances - then his heart stopped completely at 12:26. I still don't know why he died because the pacemaker was sent back to the manufacturer (medtronic) to test for defects! Can you believe they get to have their hands on this device and not an independant company! I am completely devastated and don't know what to do. I don't know if you all know, but I just found out that a pacemaker cannot start a stopped heart. Only a difibulator can do this. Has anyone else experienced something similar?
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