Shortness of Breath After PM
I am a veteran and for about 15-20 yrs I was treated several times a year for what the docs kept calling chronic bronchitis and sinus infections. About 6 yrs ago I went to a pulmonary specialist outside the military and within 2 visits they diagnosed me with COPD.
I'd also had 2 heart attacks in the past 30 yrs. One treated with an angioplasty, the other with a triple bypass. After the 1st heart attack it was noted I had an minor AV block. That has never changed over 30 yrs. Whenever checked it had remained constant AND a chart looked identical. A year ago I had emergincy surgery for a blood clot and while in the hospital, I was told my heart would go in and out of afib. I never felt or noticed it. The docs recommended a pacemaker AND put in a Biotronik PM and my life has never been the same.
I get short of breath a dozen times a day doing almost nothing. I set down for 2-3 minutes and I'm back to normal. I can get on a recumbent bike for 30 minutes and have no SoB, then go to the grocery store - walk down 2 aisles and I'm out of breath. OR I'll come home and walk in my house carrying a sack of groceries and sound like I ran a 60 yrd dash and my chest is pounding. The PM reps have adjusted my PM 8-9 times to no avail. In the past 4 months I've had pulmonary tests, lund xrays, EKG's, CT scans, echo cardiogram, and a PET scan. They tell me all look normal ......... So the question is WHAT or WHY is this happening?
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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.