Pacemaker

I have just been informed by my cardiologists nurse that my Dr. wants me to come in and talk to her about my most recent tests for shortness of breath and fatigue. The nurse said that she wanted to talk to me about a pacemaker.

My doctor has been around for many years and has a stellar reputation.

I will meet with her in 9 days. I am really flying blind. I do not know anything about pacemakers.  Is there anything I should be asking or doing?

I am totally lost. I don't know anyone who has a pacemaker so I have no one to ask. 

Please try to remember  when you were in my shoes. There is so much that I don't know. I am a babe in the woods. Any and all advice is welcome.

I am 72 years old and other than this shortness of breath issue, in good shape

I will post this message and check this forum tomorrow, it is almost midnight and passed my bed time. So if anyone responds immediately I won't be online

Ray

 


3 Comments

Pacemaker

by zoe123 - 2020-07-29 01:22:57

Hi ray, I know what your going through. I had mine year and a half and now I’m realizing it’s a part of me. I had some anxiety because of it. The operation is quick and I was home the next day. Just be careful you don’t lift your arms up for a couple of weeks. You’ll be fine. It’s life changing but be strong and we’re here to help you out. God bless 

Response

by Rayjuswa - 2020-07-29 10:10:18

Thank you, I found your comment to be very comforting

Coping

by Hot Heart - 2020-07-29 11:41:29

Just remember that the majority of people who pace never have any problems.  You can look on social media and scare yourself about anything.  I've been pacing for almost 12 years, had my pacemaker removed and a new one put in today which is why I've logged on; I rarely even remember I have it.  I hike, swim, dance, pick up grandchildren, do the gym, fly all over the world, shop, go to rock concerts.  It will be life changing for the better.

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