Hi guys...I'm a 77 yr old man and until recently a fairly healthy old man. About a month ago everything changed! I had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted after my doctor noticed a low heart rate during a monitoring exercise. To quick, too fast in retrospect. But here is where the water gets muddied...whithin a VERY few days of the implantation I started throwing up blood (I know, I know...not connected). But spent most of the next month in and out of hospitals ( three admissions) with low hemoglobin counts <7. During this tine in hospital had different cardiac events...worst a-fib ever, pounding heart rates,dizziness,weakness. All of which can be attributed to heart getting poor quality blood I think.
Just discharged today after 14 blood transfusions (If I'm lying...I'm dieing) GUYS YOU DON'T WANT TO BE IN HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW!!. Three days of controlled hemoglobin count >9.5. But now weakness, dizziness continues...walk 10 ft, rest 5 min,walk 10 ft rest 5 min. I AM ALMOST HELPLESS. I found this site researching pacemaker side effects. Discovered Pacemaker Syndrome and Pacemaker Induced Tachycardia. I can't see a doctor swallowing his pride enough to admit to the possibility.
PLEASE... someone share if they know of anyone whose doctor admitted their pacemaker precipitated one of these conditions.