Shortness of Breath

Ok so i have had my PM for 1 year now and about few weeks ago have been experiencing SOB when walking short distances, doing daily chores and going up a flight of stairs. Has anyone experienced this? If so what would you recommend? I see my cardiologist in 3 weeks.


This one is tough!

by arentas80 - 2020-02-13 14:58:34

Hi there!

I was experiencing SOB before my PM and it got worse after. Typically any SOB is heart or lung related. In my case I swore I had heart failure but thankfully all the docs say I don't. I attribute mine to anxiety and rapid weight loss without exercise. All of my heart related troubles caused me a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. I would DEFINITLEY make sure your cardiologist runs multiple tests on your heart to ensure it's nothing serious. An echocardiogram, a CT Angiogram, a stress/echocardiogram test are the basics. Do not let them tell you it's anxiety without first proving it's not heart related. It may be your PM as well but it's best to cover all bases. Make sense? Best of luck and hope you feel better soon :-)


by ROBO Pop - 2020-02-13 17:20:44

It could be as simple as adjusting your rate response setting/sensitivity on your device. Document each time it happens and circumstances then discuss with your Cardiologist

Shortness of breath is a common symptom when muscles aren't getting enough oxygenated blood

by crustyg - 2020-02-14 03:44:16

As ROBO Pop suggests, this may be a simple matter of having your PM tuned to drive your heart faster when your muscles need it so that it delivers the blood supply that they need.

Shortness of breath is a common symptom when muscles are working but not getting enough oxygenated blood - they produce lactate which causes the sensation of shortness of breath.

Do you check your pulse?

by Narelle - 2020-02-14 08:47:22

It could be oversensing the atrium and making your heart race, or it could be the opposite and mode switching to ventricle paced only at your minimum set rate which is about 60, not enough juice to get to the top of the stairs without puffing..  Just saying, keep a diary of when it happens, your pulse and if you can check your blood pressure that could help too and get it checked by a good technician.. your probably just on the standard settings and need it adjusted for your heart. If your worried bring you appointment forward...


by AgentX86 - 2020-02-14 12:02:41

It sounds like this is a recent development. If so, I'd try to get you appointment with your cardiologist moved up. Sure, it's probably as simple as a pacemaker tuning but, considering that something has changed significantly, it could be more serious. That's why we have ongoing relationships with our specialists.

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Sometimes a device must be tuned a few times before it is right. My cardiologist said it is like fine tuning a car.