I am 69 years old and in August 2017 I had a Medtronic dual lead pacemaker implanted after
my Reveal Linq device was analysed a few days before. It showed a pause on 25 July at 04:15 hours; the ECG showed a brief episode of Wenckebach, followed by a 16 seconds pause in the context of complete heart block. I was asleep at the time so luckily knew nothing of this. It could have been a very different story had I been driving or simply going about my daily stuff. Prior to this ventricular standstill I had episodes of feeling faint hence the Reveal Device implanted the previous year. I'm so thankful I had this device as otherwise my problem may not have been found and my cardiologist told me the pause was very long and I was very lucky my heart restarted on its own! Otherwise I may have just not woken up that morning. Pretty scary!
I now have a conundrum to solve. For the past month I've had sciatica I'm having physio but it's not really improving. I know if I take it further and see a consultant he will ask me to have an MRI. I know my pacemaker is MRI compatible and it has to be set in safe mode and I need an EP on hand in case of anything going wrong. But I have a further problem! I am very claustrophobic I can't possibly go into a closed machine. Before my pacemaker I had quite a few MRIs for various conditions but always in an open machine. I have done some research and so far can't find any facility with an open matchine that offers cardiac monitoring too? Surely I can't be the only person who needs this? Anyone else out there with similar experience would love to hear from you!