Why am I having high bpm?
Background: Around thanksgiving, I passed out while driving. ER doctor diagnosed me with bradycardia and vasovagal syncope. Two weeks later, during a tilt table test, my heart paused for 8 seconds and the next day, they implanted a pacemaker.
It's been 9 weeks since my pacemaker implant and for the past week. I have been having palpitations and chest pains on my left side and also a burning sensation sometimes to the right of my pacemaker.
Today, I borrowed my son's Apple Watch to check my heart rate and it was averaging 108bpm over 30 seconds.I was standing but had not done any exercise or activity to justify the high rate. I sat down and did the test again and it read 78bpm. I did it a third time standing up and it averaged 110bpm.
I then cross checked with a blood pressure monitor that showed my sitting pulse as 75bpm so the Apple Watch appears to be correct.
I have an appointment with my primary care doctor on Friday for something else but is this something I need to see my cardiologist or EP doctor for ASAP?