I was on a beta blocker for many years. For the past year I noticed a very slow heart rate. My internist lowered the dosage of atenol. Everything checked out fine in February. For the past year my energy level had changed and I assumed it was because of my age. However, in March I woke in the morning and felt light headed so I took my blood pressure, my heart rate was so low and my blood pressure was all over the place. My husband took me to emergency at the local hospital, and they immediately hooked me up to the heart monitor. Long story short, I was admitted, they ran tests, and monitored my heart for a couple of days. I was diagnosed with tachy/brachy, and seen by a electrophysiologist who ordered an event monitor for me to be hooked up to for three weeks. They took me off the beta blocker and because of the quarantine I had an appointment with the electrophysiologist via the computer. He said since I hadn't fainted or had other symptoms we would have another appt. in three months, and more than likely I would eventually need a pacemaker. He didn't seem too concerned about my blood pressure readings which were very labile. My concern at this time is how can they get a better control on my blood pressure since most medications for blood pressure usually slows your heart rate down. Will they ever be able to normalize my blood pressure since I have this condition? Hope this isn't too lengthy or confusing as I tried to condense the wording as there was a lot more that happened in between. Also, does the insurance companies set up the criteria for allowing a patient to receive a pacemaker. Is it necessary to faint before you are approved for one. You could be driving a car or crack your head open from falling if they are waiting for you to faint. Has anyone had similar experience with this? I sure am looking for a little reassurance from someone who might have experienced a similar situation.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me, I really would appreciate any feedback.
You know you're wired when...
Youre officially battery-operated.
But I think it will make me feel a lot better. My stamina to walk is already better, even right after surgery. They had me walk all around the floor before they would release me. I did so without being exhausted and winded the way I had been.