Quick question..have my pacemaker 2 years this Oct for AV block with basically no issues.    Today will sitting at work talking to a coworker I started to feel dizzy almost like feeling like passing out.  it passed within 5 seconds at which time she stated I was flush.  Felt like my heart was racing.  I work in a hospital so they checked my pulse with was fine and pulse which was 75.  Has this happened to anyone. Could it been my HR was dropping and then was paced.  I believe I am set in the 50's for it to kick in.  This happened one other time over a year ago and that has been it...I was told at my last visit that I am pacing like 5-10% 


Something Similar happens to me but no one seems to be interested

by AgentX86 - 2019-09-27 11:01:05

It happens to me infrequently but regularly (if that makes any sense). One day a month, I'll get episodes like that. When it happens, it'll happen several times during the day. I can't trace it to anything heart related. No "missed" beats and after an episode, my Kardia Mobile doesn't show anything unusual (for me). I'm PM dependent so, by definition, 100% paced.

The only suggestion my vascular doctor could make was to keep a detailed log of the events. Maybe someone will make sense of them someday.


by ROBO Pop - 2019-09-27 14:37:15

Happens to me all the time. It's called near syncope and caused by sudden blood pressure drop.

Most often it happens as you begin to stand (postural syncope), but it can happen anytime. If you are taking blood pressure meds that may be contributing.

When I do go completely out and kiss the floor it's called romancing the stone.


by kmg021 - 2019-09-27 14:39:48

thx for the feedback.   I am not on on BP pills or cardiac meds.  Health 48 yr old basically.   


by Gemita - 2019-09-28 09:58:30

Hello kmg021 do you have arrhythmias, like AF ??  This could cause dizzy spells and a feeling of being close to passing out as we go in and out of normal sinus rhythm.  I have paroxsymal AF and this happens to me and I have actually passed out while eating (swallowing syncope).  It is all very complicated but very very real and may be difficult to detect.  Yes, keep a diary of when (time/date) you experience symptoms and ask pacemaker clinic to check downloads during checks to see if they can offer you any explanations.  The flushing too I got just before AF was diagnosed when I experienced multiple short faints while I was travelling on the London underground.  It was frightening until I understood what AF was and the symptoms it can cause.  I wish you well


by kmg021 - 2019-09-28 10:32:13

No I do not have AF.  They think it may be palpitations that may have caused it.


by new to pace.... - 2019-09-28 16:08:38

when you are keeping a record of when this occurs.  You might also write down what you just ate, everything including spices and seasoning.  See if there is a pattern.  I have found now 6 weeks from PM inplanted. that my food senisitivies reactions have changed. Instead of right away now an hour later and not so severe.


by Cheryl B - 2019-09-28 16:55:42

I have "dizzy" episodes maybe once every two months.  I just sit back down for a second and act like nothing's wrong.  My husband gets a little freaky when it happens, so I try to act nochalant.  I don't want him bringing me to the hospital for nothing but being dizzy.  But what really bothers me is if I'm walking and I suddenly feel like each of my legs is about 100 pounds. I have to stand still for a minute and let everything "even" out.  (That's what I call it.)  And then I'm fine.  Or sometimes I just yell at my legs to move it.  That doesn't seem to help. Wonder why?  I am 100% paced, and I am 100% grateful for this technology that's allowed me to live an absolutely normal life.  Well, as close to normal as I can get.

Cheryl B.

100 pounds

by AgentX86 - 2019-09-28 22:03:34

If you ever figure out what it is, let me know.  My legs don't feel heavy but they don't do what I tell them to do.  Sometimes I'll have a hell of a time keeping from turning right into the wall, though.  Like I said, it happens to me about once a month, often exactly one month apart.  When it happens, it'll do it a half dozen, or more, times within 24 hours.  Sometimes when I'm in bed, sometimes at work.  Completely random times during the day.

Your husband sounds just like my wife.  I don't tell her until the next day. She'd be dragging be off to the ER, too.  The problem is that she knows me too well.  She can tell something's wrong.

I'm with you 100% on the technology.  My ep was kinda surprised that I wasn't at all depresed when he gave us the news.  My attitude was "when?".  IT didn't scare me at all.  The couple of day wait did and he offered to hospitalize me until they could schedule it (Friday to Monday).


Me too

by Gotrhythm - 2019-10-02 13:09:58

I make a disttinction between dizziness--which to me means a loss of equilibrium, the room spinning, etc., and lightheadedness--which is a feeling like the top third of my head is lighter than it should be, and the top of my skull isn't commected. It's floating. Still I'm oriented,  turning my head doesn't make the feeling worse.

That said, the same thing happens to me. If I check my bp it's dropped but only about 10-15 points. Sometimes as Robo says, it seems postural, but sometimes I have been just sitting for several minutes, and really can't relate it to any precipitating factor.

Legs weigh 100 pounds, check.

When it happens I have enough sense to sit down. After a while the feeling goes away. So far it's never been an emergency or led to an emergency. It used to worry me. It doesn't any more.

LIke AgentX says, I've mentioned it to my docs. Nobody cares.

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