Pacemaker for 38+ Years
Hi all. I've had a pacemaker since age 5, I am 42 years old. I've had 7 pacemakers (I think!) and have always done great with them. The bottom chamber of my heart uses the pacemaker 99%+. I got called into my cardiologist because I was getting some "noise" across my Merlin tests. They adjusted a few things but now I'm going for Echo and meet with my Dr. One topic mentioned was that since I've used a pacer for so long and so frequently in that lower chamber - there is a possibility of heart damage. Has anyone experienced this? I don't know that it's a widely known subject since pacers haven't been around super long and not used as often in children. Just curious if anyone really knows the long term effects an artificial pacer has on the heart. Thanks!