Hi everyone. I have not yet had a PM fitted but I had an implanted loop recorder inserted 2 years ago and my Cardiologist has recommended a PM although not urgently.
I am a 62 year old triathlon coach who has exercised all my life. My resting HR is 32 due to an enlarged heart brought on by endurance sports and it has never caused me any issues until 7 years ago when I fainted unexpectedly. Long story short, it appears that I have a condition called 'Swallow syncope' and specifically, my HR plummets if I swallow very cold drinks, (usually carbonated for some reason). This isn't really problematic as I don't drink fizzy drinks except the odd lager/cider, but about three months ago, I almost fainted when I swallowed some toast. A PM would completely solve the issue, but my Cardiologist has said that the lowest I could be paced at is 50bpm, which seems odd. This would mean that when I'm at rest, the PM would be powering me continuously. I posed the same question on a Facebook forum and somebody has a device that goes as low as 40, which I would be happier with.
Does anybody have a similar condition and if so, would they reccomend the PM solution? Also, does anybody have a PM that has been adjusted lower than 50 please, that is available on the NHS?
Thanks for your help.