To get a pacemaker or not, that is the question - bradycardia
I'm new here on the forum, thanks for any responses. I had to go to the ER for a heart rate of 40 over a 4 hour period one afternoon. They took me off diltiazem, but I still have HR 40 intermittently.
I have a history of Afib and somewhat successful ablation, except for aLOT of PACs (burden of 22%), alot of atrial bijeminy. The EP says "non-conducted PACs" are causing the bradycardia. I can't take meds to control them (diltiazem and flecanide) unless I get a pacemaker.
Will a pacemaker help me have fewer premature beats? Will I have no bradycardia but still have PACs/PVCs? It seems to be my choice at this point. Living with the bradycardia seems like a limiting lifestyle. I get cloudy thinking and sometimes feel weak. For example, when I'm sitting in the recliner and eating, my jaw begins to feel weak and tired just chewing, and then I discover my HR=40. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks