Hi, I am 42 F and am due to have a pacemaker fitted in 3 weeks. I’ve always had a low HR, currently resting rate is 42-44 with dips to 35. Top end Hr can go above 200 when exercising. When it drops below 40 I sometimes feel dizzy, not always. I’ve fainted maybe 4 times in my life, usually when I am ill.
My Cardiologist thinks I need a pacemaker, but is a little concerned about my age. I am not convinced. I’ve never known any different so I can only see the negatives to having surgery, especially with small children at home. Is a low heart rate alone enough to need one? What will happen if I don’t?