Newbie Pacemaker Questions
I'm scheduled to have an EP test and most likely a pacemaker installed on 4/10 so I'm wondering what to expect after the device is installed. I'm a 56 year old MWM who has had a slow pulse rate, lower 40s to upper 30s, since I was first hooked up to an EKG machine. Now it appears that my pulse drops into the 20s while I sleep and the overnight halter monitor showed lots of "squiggly" lines when my heart did some kind of reset while I slept. The only other symptoms I appear to have is that I tend to doze off a lot while watching TV or in the afternoons at work. I had thought this was a result of just getting older but now I'm starting to have different ideas. I'm classified as obese, as I should ideally weigh 180 but I'm about 230 at this time. I recently gave up smoking cigars and am currently a light to moderate drinker. I try to walk as much as possible and do light calisthenics and back exercise almost every other day.
Two quick questions:
How long are most people in the hospital for this procedure?
How long are most people out of work?