Felt dismissed and not taken seriously
I am 6 days post implant. I originally had a PM implanted on the left side in 2010, subsequently had 2 abalations, and the PM and leads were removed in 2011. Since then I have had tachy pretty well controlled on meds. Starting November 8th, I started bradying down, first in the 50s for a day (even with activity ) and then the 40s and finally the 30s. I ended up in the ER on the 11th with sinus bradycardia. After numerous hits of atropine which only temporarily brought my HR up to the 50s, and an IV of a beta blocker binder which did nothing, I was admitted to the ICU. I had a treadmill stress test which I could not finish because my HR want up to 185bpm in less than 3 minutes. They discharged me and I want back to work the following day, which was a Thursday. The next day (friday) I ended up back in the cardiology clinic with my HR once again in the 30s. Had a nuclear med stress test which was essentially normal (thank goodness) and the doc on call came in and basically said, "you are in no danger. People live with a HR in the 30s all the time. It may be coming from all the abdominal surgeries you had. If you really feel ILL I can admit you and do some more tests, or you can go home and rest as this is not malignant." I felt shoved aside and I want home. Less than a week later the director of the clinic implanted the PM. What would you have done ? I feel 99% better as my rates are 60 to 140 ... 60 seems fast but I know that's from such lows I have been dealing with. Has anyone else had this happen to them? How did you handle it?
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I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.