52 years old and fit, and had an emergency pacemaker put in March 29th with less than 12 hours notice. Didn't have much time to research anythying. I had been in the Philippines in december, came back through LA, ended up in hospital there with syncopse and vomiting and they think some kind of viral infection. Was in for five days. They released me and I drove back to Vancouver, BC about a week later, but kept having near fainting spells after I got back. I had instances like this at times when working out, but thought maybe I needed surgar, so would keep fruit or juice afround, but I guess that wasn't the problem.
I ended up in ermegency three times in two weeks, then they finally put a holter monitor on me, stress test, then a two week monitor. The day after I turned t in, the doctor called me and said I needed a pacemaker put in the next morning. I had already had a couple of episodes that morning, and while on the phone with him, I almost fainted, fell into a couch and had a hard time standing, so he told me to got to the ER and I stayed overnight until the PM was in. Apparently my heart was stopping several times a day for up to four seconds at a time.
They put in a SJM Assurity MRI. They didn't really explain well what would happen other than asking if I played golf, if I was right handed, etc. I'm very fit and am both an actor and a filmmaker, and sometimes carry up to 100pound packs of gear into the mountains on my back, so I was a bit concerned after surgery to see the puck under my skin right where a strap would go. Three months later it rides up and over my collar bones when reach around, over my shoulder, drying my hair, sleeping on my side, etc.
July 2nd, another doctor is cutting me open to move it under the pec. I'm happy and nervous at the same time. And then there is the recovery. I just started being able to to pushups again not long ago.
The PM was origainlly set to min 60bpm, but I was constantly getting that feeling your throat and it felt too fast. When they did the two week check, it was working almost 100% of the time. They said I was fit for my age and lowered it to 50bpm. I am having less issues with that feeling, but now I am also having the ocassional feeling of faintness after exercise. And as few time, my heart started beating very hard and would not seem to stop, even when lying down after moderate exercise and trying to relax to slow it down.
I also get that faintness, tingling and weakness after even 30 pushups sometimes, like I have seen others describe. Takes about 30 minutes for the weakness and weirdness to go away.
Anyway, that's my story so far. Still get a bit freaked out by the odd jolt, pin prick feeling shooting pains, and some dull aches in the chest area, but I'm alive. Just need to be brave enough to excercise a little harder.
I received a Merlin@ home device. Didn't even know it was coming or what it was until it arrived. It does not have wirless. Only landline (EX1150) and I don't have one. There was a manual for a cell adapter, but nothing in the box and I searched here and there has been no talk of this thing since like 2015 the latest. Some people spoke of a wifi possibility, but it's unlcear. Is this thing an ancient paperweight? Any videos also seem like they are like 10 years old.
Thanks for sharing information everyone. I'll see you around here as I dig around looking for ansers and maybe when I have a few questions.