Breathless on exertion after pacemaker
I'm wondering has anyone experienced a tightening of the chest post pacemaker surgery, as though you cannot get enough air into your lungs.
Particularly happens on exertion, even light exercise i.e. walking my dog less than quarter mile. If I ignore initially and continue to work my heart for example cutting a large lawn then the feeling becomes quite severe and I get an ache in the upper right side of my chest. It takes me a few hours to feel 'normal' again.
I had a Medtronic pacemaker fitted in Feb 2020 due to a very low heart rate (Bradycardia - 34bpm) but this is something that seems to have come on approximately 2 - 3 weeks after surgery and is affecting my lifestyle as I'm unable to do much without feeling unwell
Medtronic have tested the device which they say is doing it's job... and I've had an ECG which also indicates said pacemaker is working within its defined parameters. However I had to present to the ED (within the past week) when the feelings of being breathless continued to escalate
I'm due for an Echo within the next day or so. I had an angiogram which didn't show any blockages a subsequent CT showed no clots on my lungs either.
Three months on I would have thought things would be better. I'm 57. If the hospital send me away happy that heart, lungs etc are ok, is this something I just need to adapt to and maybe increase physical activity i.e. get fit(ter)